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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Does this look like Hedwig? (amigurumi owl) on: December 10, 2007 06:40:20 AM
I'm giving this as a present, I wanted to send my brother an owl... does this look like HP's Hedwig?
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Apron - Snickerdoodle on: November 07, 2007 11:20:21 AM
My brother and I have a long running gag to see who can slip in the word "snickerdoodle" - either in emails or saying it during a conversation. During a recent visit, he wrote the word in sidewalk chalk when I arrived at his house and beside my car the day I was leaving town. For Christmas I have embroidered the work on a half apron (more manly) and his initial at the top. The 'snickerdoodle' letters copy the way he wrote it in the sidewalk chalk

The letters were just free-handed, using a white pencil crayon (which I sure hope isn't too hard to wash out!) The snickerdoodle was done in a back stitch and the initial was done in a split stitch.

Now onto making some pillow cases for my SIL who has everything!
13  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / My little Fat-bottom bag on: October 24, 2007 04:19:06 PM
I varied the pattern by using different yarn. The bag is smaller than what the pattern shows but it does stretch. Instead of using ribbon, I used some thicker mink colored 'fur' yarn just below the handle (instead of the orange-y yarn as shown) which looks quite nice I think.
It looks mis-shapen because I didn't stuff it evenly for the picture.....

I really liked that stitch pattern - don't you?
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Felted Sweater Purse on: October 24, 2007 04:14:19 PM
I made this from a merino wool sweater bought at the thrift store and felted, then I crocheted flowers and added beads to flowers. It's a bit small for my liking but the sweater really shrunk!

The purse pattern was from Alterknits by Leigh Radford. The embellishments were my idea.
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sick Pig on: September 02, 2007 12:54:45 PM
I made this pig based on the hamster pattern from Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful. I will give him a little hanky because he's just sneezed.

He's a sick pig.

Is he really that ugly? I just grabbed a bag of yarn ends because I was anxious to make something from the book. I realize hot pink and olive green isn't the best colour combination .... my husband won't even look at him - is he that bad? You can tell me.....
16  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Adorn & Canada on: August 31, 2007 07:38:08 AM
I had been buying Adorn magazine since it's first issue but it's becomming increasingly difficult to find. In fact with both my husband and I looking, and searching 8 different stores, we finally found 1 last copy at Chapters in Metropolis/Metrotown (Burnaby outside of Vancouver). This store is an hour and a half from my home - so I don't plan on making such a trip for future issues.

So I was going to subscribe. But guess what? They only ship in the USA. I contacted them about it but they do not want to supply to Canadians.

I will not run around like I did for this issue again - it's not THAT good. Next issue if I see it, fine, if not-oh well.

I'm very dissappointed to find such a close minded attitude, especially when it's so very easy to ship across our borders and the subscriber pays in US funds and pays for the postage. Canada has many great crafty contributors I feel it's a big mistake of theirs to exclude us.
17  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Coffee Cup on: July 26, 2007 08:28:33 AM
From my "Stitch-it Kit"

finished hanky for the hubby:

Now I'm wandering around the house, looking for more things to do! I stitched this up in under an hour.

He's got a stack of hankies that he wants me to do as well!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Portable (home) phone holder on: July 26, 2007 07:51:29 AM
I wanted to keep the portable unit of the home phone with me, but putting it in my pocket or waist band would cause random buttons from being pushed, so taking from all the cell hone holders, I created a holder with a belt loop for my home phone portable:

I crocheted a chain slightly smaller than my phone (because it stretches a bit) and then crocheted in the round, in the back loops only, when I reached the top I worked 4 stitch rows to make the belt look and then crocheted it to the body of the holder. Then I sewed up the bottom.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do YOU knit? (or crochet) on: May 22, 2007 04:01:14 PM
I know HOW to knit. But what I'm curious is, what things do you do for the knitting process (or crochet-no snobbery here).

For example, many of my patterns are from the internet - so I am working from a couple sheets of paper. Sometimes I make copies of the pattern for the books I have, so I am working from paper and don't have to wrestle with a book that keeps wanting to close.

I also can't seem to knit without a Post-it Note. That's how I keep track of my place in the pattern and often count rows by writing on it.

If I am using small needles, I use a finger protector, which seems to help. Should I be trying to toughen my finger tip? What do you do?

I have a little pouch which I've tied a counter to the zipper pull to make for easy access and easy clicking. Inside I keep a small crochet hook(for dropped stitches), some felt which holds some needles, some pink thread (semi-neutral), a pen, small scissors and a yarn hook.

Sometimes when I am working on a project, I use a tray. Then I can carry all the little project parts from the lawn chair to the bed or anywhere I'm working. The tray is a hard surface so I can write my row or stitch count as well.

Do you only knit in the same spot? Where do you prefer to do it (couch, chair, bed)?

So what "things" do you use, besides your needles and yarn when you knit (or crochet)?

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Duck on: April 06, 2007 08:40:19 PM
I just made this duck today after finding the pattern on http://www.crochetville.org/forum/

Besides eggs or chicks, does anyone have any other good knit/crochet Easter ideas? I know I am running out of time.
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