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1  my version of dipees and wipees in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by shine on: February 14, 2007 06:38:41 PM
several years ago my coworker gave me 2 sets of well worn 70s sheets. she'd grown up with them and lived with them for literally decades. during a move she wanted to pare down her stuff. she gave me the sheets to craft with.

fast forward to 2007. she is mom to a 2-year-old AND has another bun in the oven. she commissioned a little bag to carry a few dipers and a packet of wipes. (i had never seen such a bag, nor did i know you could purchase wipes in a pocket-sized container.) now she has PART of those beloved sheets back... albeit in a brand new format. i wasn't the inventor of this design. there's a whole company who makes these cute "dipees and wipees" bags.

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2  completed scrap afghan project--now with tute on page 3 in Crochet: Completed Projects by shine on: February 14, 2007 06:23:42 PM
wheee, i'm finally done. thanks to all on the scrap afghan crochet thread who kept me going with the kind words and compliments.

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3  too-tight tee --> tee with crazy quilt inset in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shine on: December 23, 2006 05:52:51 AM
my first post in the recon clothing board!

very excited about my latest crafty endeavor:

i bought a small tee but needed a medium and didn't want to trek all the way back to target to exchange the $9 purchase. SO, i pulled out some teeny tiny fabric scraps from various  past projects and formed them into a long "crazy quilt" strip. then i cut up the middle to insert the pieced panel. i'm not TOTALLY happy with the fit at the top of the collar. a bit of the tee folds over on either side of the panel. i think it's cause the fabric panel is heavier than the actual tee.

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4  bunningham the bedfellow in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by shine on: November 05, 2006 01:58:13 PM
my first crocheted critter. it's bunningham the bedfellow!! all components of the outside of this project--yarn, buttons, bead, embroidery floss--are from my stash. the stuffing is from mom's stash. i added a pompom tail to make him more bunny-like.

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5  Re: Scrap yarn blanket in Crochetalongs by shine on: October 18, 2006 11:04:10 AM
finally i have some progress pics to share:

i am almost done with the hooking-together-of-the-grannies! once i'm finished i think i will crochet a border around the whole piece. am thinking a few rows of black with a row of gold/orange thrown in.

i wonder how that will work around all those corners and edges??
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6  unseamly sweater advice in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by shine on: September 27, 2006 06:35:25 PM
this is supposed to be the first 6-and-a-half rows of my unseamly sweater. i've started and restarted about 5 times. i can't decide which size to make. (the medium looks too big--but the measurements for the small might be tight. methinks a small-and-a-half would be best.) biggest problem, however, is the shape. kinda hard to tell in this photo, but, the chain base (at the bottom of the photo) is narrower than the rows of V-stitches. the sweater is starting to "arc" outward.

why is this happening?

should i carry on with the pattern, under the assumption that i can block the heck outta the FO to have a proper sweater?
or, should i try to make my chain base even looser? (am already loose as a goose on that chain base.)
or should i frog it all and use the yarn for the new "sweet" sweater at www.crochetme.com ?

advice much appreciated!

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7  Re: Scrap yarn blanket in Crochetalongs by shine on: August 22, 2006 07:34:52 PM
Did you sc them all with brown and then join with brown?  I was going to join with either brown or navy, but I was worried about the dark color...

Also, how are you joining them?  I keep flip flopping as to how I'm going to do it.

i went back and forth a few times about how to join the grannies. i was going to whip stitch them together and i tested that method. i wasn't super crazy about the effect. my whip stiches looked too "spacy". i felt like a uniform color would help to solidify the entire piece and make the colors of the hexagons pop.

yes, i single crocheted all the way around the hexagons with black simply soft caron yarn. then, with the wrong sides touching i single croched 2 hexagons together. then i brought in a third hexagon and croched it to the duo. then i crocheted a fourth hexagon to the trio. does this make sense? i could try to draw a diagram if that would be helpful. the single crochet joining technique gives a slight raised channel. i rather like the texture of the joined stitches.

in retrospect i realized that instead of binding off my grannies after the 4th round i could have added on the black SC row. that could have saved some time in the process. but, way back last november i hadn't thought far enough in advance to be concerned about the joining method. that's right, i've been working on these hexagons for about 10 months. so, i'm not so much ahead of you as i'm on a different starting schedule than you!!

i thought i'd do the grab-bag method for joining: stick my hand inside a bag and randomly pull out hexagons to join. instead i decided to join them in this manner:

there are diagonal lines of hexagons with yellow and orange yarn and diagonal lines of hexagons with NO yellow and orange. i hope this turns out to be a very subtle pattern. i wanted to ensure the bright oranges and yellows would be equally distributed thruout the piece.
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8  Re: Scrap yarn blanket in Crochetalongs by shine on: August 21, 2006 05:18:40 PM
eep! you did so mannnnnny grannies! these look great, staysha! your challenge prompted me to do a granny inventory to see what lies ahead... i didn't make the 20 granny goal either--after counting and checking my pattern i realized i only needed 13 more hexes!

here's a look at my most recent hexes. all 39 were completed since the end of july. my 13 newest ones are in the stacks.

and, a peek at the 33 hexagons already joined:

some of the 70 grannies ready for joining are here:

because i'm going granny ga-ga i took a few more photos...see 'em here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55047780@N00/
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9  Re: Scrap yarn blanket in Crochetalongs by shine on: August 13, 2006 06:51:30 PM
i'm working on an afghan right now, made of hexagonal grannies. back in november of last i was inspired by a post to the crochet board...

i started making my grannies last thanksgiving--and am still going. i'm using scraps and thrifted yarn of varying weights and fibers. i'm rimming the finished hexagons with black single crochet then i'm single crocheting them together. here's 3 stacks of my grannies--taken last xmas.

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10  FO: short 'n sweet! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by shine on: August 13, 2006 02:48:00 PM
my short 'n sweet is finally done (all but the blocking, that is!). thanks again, lavonne3ca, heha, and craftykate for your words of wisdom on that tricky front increase. lavonne, i truely love your design!!! i cannot wait to wear my bolero to work this week!!

i used size F hook to make the medium and used 6.5 balls of debbie bliss cotton dk. i made the bolero body a bit longer and the sleeves shorter than the pattern in the book. those of you familiar with the pattern will notice i am accidentally wearing it inside out. oh well! goes to show what a versatile design this is!
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