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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First ever knit project - wristband on: March 04, 2006 08:18:15 PM
So I was a self-taught crocheter, and I get bored of things easily, so I decided it was time for knitting. Grin I almost gave up that night, staring at the computer monitor with the diagrams and pictures, and thought that the purl stitch was so freakin' hard! Angry I tried again the next morning, though -- and persevered and just did it again and again, and I can say I'm a knitter now! Smiley I used a toy plastic knitting needle and the wooden stick of a paintbrush, though (yeah, the other toy knitting needle got lost  Roll Eyes ) -- which is slightly less comfortable than real needles, I would assume.

Anyway... I wanted to make the Boogie time watch band at Knitty, but I think either my yarn or my needles were too big, so the band became too thick when I tried folding it in like the pattern asked to. Plus, the watch that I intended to use is broken, as a result of my dismantling it to change its face. Embarrassed Now it is just a wrist band.

Click on it to see its Flickr page with some notes. Smiley Now I don't have much yarn anymore to knit anything, but the satisfaction of knowing I could knit all on my own is just awesome. Cool It seems knitting takes a bit longer than crocheting though, or maybe it's just my beginner-ness.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Paper Bead Keychains on: January 29, 2006 12:35:04 AM
...Or tissue beads or newspaper beads.  Cheesy

The thing is, pony beads (very cute plastic beads) are very difficult to find here, and they're a little expensive, so I made my own beads to go with pony bead weaving patterns, mostly from makingfriends.com


The three keychains above (Cat in the Hat, Ladybug and Teddy) were made from paper beads. Lined notebook paper, if you must know.  Smiley


This MnM was made from newspaper strips, the beads are tougher and slightly bigger.


And this butterfly was made from facial tissues, the beads are slightly spongier and rounder. (Ignore the fact that their widths vary. Tongue I wasn't an expert yet then. Wink )


My friend Nabeelah made this Big Bird, only it's a different technique. She mashed the newspaper up papier-mache-like, and sculpted them onto wooden sticks by hand.

So, my basic technique is a mix between the traditional magazine-page-strips wrapped onto a stick, then glue the ends and a papier mache technique. I have a little tutorial on my site, right here. It's the same thing with newspapers and tissue also, you just need to fold them lengthways a couple of times instead of precisely cutting them to the width you want the beads to be.

The keychains would be tougher if I had proper lanyard and stuff, I used embroidery thread for most of these.  Undecided I like making my own beads because the colour and size are totally customisable.
13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crochet Teddy and Bunny ... and Duck! on: January 19, 2006 11:46:39 PM
I'm very much a crochet beginner, and recently I tried making little stuffed animals:


My mother asked me to do this bear.  Cheesy The pattern is from DMC, but at first I didn't understand the bit about decreasing, so ... I made things up myself.  Tongue The face is also different. I might add a ribbon or a bowtie at the neck if I can find one. This one is pretty big, slightly less than a foot tall.  Smiley


This bunny is really tiny, about the size of my palm. Turned out a little bit different than the pattern, because I used the same yarn all through, while the person used bulkier yarn for the white areas.


I finished a duck today! It's the nicest-looking among the three, even though it's supposed to be an Ugly Duckling.  Tongue Pattern here. (PDF file.)
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stripey Crochet Bag! on: December 25, 2005 10:11:06 AM
It's more like a purse, but the word purse sounds so ladylike. Tongue


Thanks to AuntBecky for help in the beginning, this is only my second project ever. (And I'd rather not show my first project, thankyouverymuch. Wink )

The pattern is from http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/Ashley's%20Chic%20Purse.html . I had a serious case of not having enough yarn (the store around here -- and I live in Malaysia -- had a limited choice of yarn, and this was the only stiffer sort, and it came in such small balls. Undecided And, they were on the pricey side.), my plan was to just make it mostly white and choose another colour for the stripe, but I ran out of my first ball of white yarn after just five rows! (Front and back, that is.)

Considering the fact that I only had one other ball of white yarn, I had to use more colours. And the annoying thing is; not all balls of yarn had the same length (even though it was the same type, brand, etc.) and the length of yarn isn't stated on the label! Shocked It just said weight.

I guess the uneven widths of the stripes add to the hand-made-ness, but I don't like the fact that the green is hardly visible when the flap is closed.  Sad Ah well. I like that it took just over 24 hours for me to make, though!  Grin (But now my fingers are stinging.)
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Making a Purse - "continue around the back side of the ch"? on: December 24, 2005 02:40:46 AM
I'm a crochet beginner, and this purse is only my second project ever. It says:

Round 1 -  hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch, continuing around the back side of the ch working 1 hdc in each st on the back side of the ch (66 hdc)

I'm done on the hdc up to the comma, but what does "continuing around the back side of the ch working 1 hdc in each st on the back side of the ch" mean? Is this what makes the purse ... a purse? (Two "walls", so it becomes a tube?) Or is it just continuing the next row on top of my current row?  Huh

Thanks in advance, and sorry if this sounds like a stupid question.  Cheesy
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