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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / New hats on: December 03, 2007 10:20:16 AM
So I posted a beanie I made a while ago using this pattern...


Since then I've made one for my mother-in-law and a few more for myself. It's an addiction actually. I keep finding yarn that makes me go "oh! that would be a cute, cozy hat!" Lately it's been alot of colors of the Sensations Angel Hair yarn. I love working with it and I love wearing it on my head!

So I decided to try something different for my latest one and gave it kind of a curly brim. I kind of decided to do it at the last minute (like when the hat was a couple rows from being done), so I'm not sure about how it turned out. So tell me what you guys think? Is it ok, or does it look totally stupid??

And here's another one I made with just a normal brim...

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for first sweater attempt on: November 20, 2007 07:11:54 AM
Ok. I've crocheted off and I since I was little. (self and mom taught) At the moment is the most on I've been in a while. I have to credit the Happy Hooker book in helping me figure out those little things I could never understand before. (like why my blankets/scarves/anything rectangular always ended up smaller and how to really SEE your stitches) This may not be much to some, but for me it motivated me to keep going, as where in the past I just put the hooks and yarn back in the closet.

So now, I feel like I've gotten to the point where I can follow patterns and am even able to figure stuff out if the pattern doesn't quite make sense. I can do all the basic stitches, as well as a few more difficult ones. But as of yet, I have only made scarves, a few different hats, a few purses, and a couple animals. I'm ready to move on....

I want to take a crack at a sweater. But I am nervous. I am trying to find a pattern that seems somewhat easy to follow, but is also sorta cute. I mean, I know the reality of the situation, so if it turns out to be something that I'm not embarrassed to wear on camping trips, I'm ok with that. I am not expecting complete perfection for my first attempt, but I would like to not get so frustrated that I totally give up.

I have the yarn and am ready to start the Bernat Chunky Hooded Sweatshirt


(check it out on their site, you have to be a member to see the free patterns but membership doesn't cost anything). Do you guys think this is an ok place to start? Or does anyone have a better, more reasonable suggestion?? I have some books, and am not opposed to buying another book or a pattern if it means that I will be somewhat successful in this venture.

Of course, I will keep you all posted on my progress, and probably have questions as well. Smiley Thanks in advance!!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Just a beanie on: November 18, 2007 12:16:57 AM
I have made at least 8,336,569 beanies using this pattern....


In case that link doesn't work, you can find the pattern at Crochet Pattern Central. It's the Chunky Yarn Cap by Janelle S. I usually add a couple rows because I have a giant head. Smiley

Anyways, I found one skein of this multi color Jo-Ann Sensations Angel Hair yarn that I had never seen before and totally fell in love with. And it was on sale. And there really wasn't enough to do anything else with it. So here's my new favorite hat.

The colors are way better in person. But you get the idea. It's so soft and cozy!!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Green stripe scarf and ripple baby size afghan on: November 08, 2007 02:20:23 AM
This is just double crochet with Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in a couple of different shades of green.

And here is a baby blanket I am working on for a friend who is due in January. It's one of the ripples from that 200 ripple stitch pattern book...I think it was the Pink Ripple. The yarn is Red Heart Soft.

I have yet to make anything more adventurous than scarves, hats, or blankets. I made a little sheep once, but can't find my pictures. I'm trying to work up the nerve to do a sweater or shrug....but it's so scary! Smiley
15  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / My first fat battom bag! on: August 07, 2007 05:39:54 PM
Hi all! I had posted a while back, with frustrations about lining my fat bottom bag. I put it aside for a while and now it's done!! And looks cute too! I gave it to a friend and she absolutely loved it.

Thanks to those who helped! Check it out...

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Little girly backpack on: July 29, 2007 02:49:49 PM
I made this little drawstring backpack for a friend's daughter who was about 3 at the time. It looks much cuter in person, especially when she is wearing it!

I didn't use a pattern, but I kind of modeled the basic bag part after a little purse I have myself, and then added the flowery girlyness.

Here's the part you would see while wearing...

and here are the straps...

the lining...

and a closeup of the lining...

And this is Gordy, who is an attention whore....  Smiley
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ripples on: July 29, 2007 02:42:25 PM
I made this a while back actually. It was pretty fun and worked up pretty  quickly (especially since I became obsessed with finishing it). Smiley

It's just cheap Red Heart acrylic.

18  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Fat bottom lining question on: June 14, 2007 07:34:39 PM
For those who have made this, (I know there are a bunch Smiley), when and how did you put in your lining? I cut fabric before I did the handle flaps with the main part of the bag laying flat, thinking I could sew it in after the bag was finished. Now I've got the bag done, including sewing in the handles, and now it seems the fabric I've cut isn't really going to work. It's ok if I have to cut new fabric, but is it too late now that the handles are attached? Can I just trace the shape of the bag, with extra for seams? Man, I don't know why I can't figure this out. Help! Thanks all. Smiley
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Angry ornaments on: December 02, 2006 10:18:56 PM
I suppose I could put these in the holiday section, but I thought they might be more appreciated here....

Happy Holidays!

20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cake! on: January 04, 2006 11:32:08 PM
For my birthday, a friend of mine made me a super yummy cake from scratch.  So I sort of returned the favor and made this as a gift for him.

The pictures really don't do him justice.  He is pretty much the same size as an actual layer cake.  He's stuffed with a chunk of that memory foam so he is super squishy too.

Here's a little better view of the cherries and chocolate curls.


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