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41  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Checkerboard, Stripes, and then laziness set in... on: June 29, 2015 07:37:37 AM
A friend of mine, kbrison, sent me the most interesting checkerboard scarf pattern. I thought I would try it out to make a scarf and hat for another friend of mine as an early Christmas gift (I will be giving it to her in October...)...

Well, the pattern was challenging for me and I got impatient, so I switched to stripes...and then those got challenging for me, so I started just plain crochet...but of course, I had to make both halves match, so I had to reverse repeat the pattern I started...

I think it turned out just fine for gift giving! Grin

42  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Possum Yarn Scarf--Old Shale Pattern on: June 29, 2015 07:03:02 AM
I received the most unusual yarn from jemimah in a swap:  it is made with New Zealand possum fur!  It is really soft and drapes nicely,

I found this pattern on Ravelry, which I thought was perfect for the type of yarn.

Close-up of stitch pattern:

It can be worn several ways and seems perfect for cooler days and nights.

I am hoping that a mod friend of mine in Atlanta likes the color...because if she does, I am sending it to her..Grin.
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My own Modern Cowl! on: June 29, 2015 06:15:26 AM
I was really impressed with the design work of 3RabbitsPatterns when I saw this post.

I had some leftover LB Amazing yarn, so I thought I would see if I could follow a pattern.  Thankfully, the designer was able to help me in her blog, because I got a bit confused at first.  But once I got going, this was really a fun and interesting pattern!  I love the texture and the look. I only had enough yarn to do two rounds instead of three, so this one is not as lush as the original.  I think it still turned out fine! (with only a couple of mistakes! Grin)

I have my eye on some yummy mohair to make another one for the winter and maybe for a few gifts.

44  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fans, Feathers and the Ocean Scarf! on: June 22, 2015 12:15:42 PM
A few years ago, a dear friend loves2experiment, gave me tons of yarns from her stash...she was moving!  I have been slowly but surely using up this wonderful stash.  There was a skein of bamboo yarn that was just so pretty, but since it was soft and did not have a lot of yardage, I was not sure what to do with it.

I started to knit a scarf, but the yarn is very splitty...finally found a very simple crochet stitch pattern, fans and feathers.  I connected the scarf so that it would never slide off...it is also very slippery!

I really like it worn wrapped twice around to look like a cowl.

Thanks for looking!

45  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / What a nice way to use up partial skeins to make a baby blanket! on: May 06, 2015 08:00:13 AM
When I saw this post, I fell in love with the baby blanket!  I knew I had a lot of partial skeins of yarn from other projects, mostly from crochet blankets, so I decided to give it a try.  This is the largest thing I have ever knitted...I thought I would get bored, but the interesting color changes were fun!

Here is the original post with her free pattern link on her blog...


And, here is my blanket...I made it a bit larger by adding a couple more color panels.  You can make this as long and wide as you want as long as they fit your circulars...

Detail of the stitches.  I love how the stitches in one panel then become the background in the next panel...it blends everything together nicely...clever pattern, so give it a try!
46  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mandala Band Wagon on: April 14, 2015 06:24:57 AM
I generally do not have cotton yarn on hand, so I had to order some in order to make these...and now that I have made a couple, following some excellent patterns (one purchased and one free), I am so addicted!  Basically, they are a fancy, colorful doily, sewn onto a hoop...easy peasy...and you can probably use just about any doily pattern, so I plan on rummaging through some vintage patterns to see what else I can make!

I used a bit larger hook, since the tiny hooks were hard using the spitty yarn...so I had to buy a bigger hoop than was called for in the pattern.  Pretty easy to adapt to whatever size you want!  I also learned a few new crochet techniques, including how to crochet into rows below, how to make crochet bobbles, and how to weave in as I crocheted...pretty good stuff!

This one was the free...I'll post a link here as soon as I find it! FREE pattern on Ravelry

This one I purchased from Etsy member,ATERGcrochet

47  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Vintage Japanese Quilting Pattern on: April 04, 2015 05:31:29 PM
I was paired with Averia in the Geezer Swap.  One of the things on her questionnaire of things she would like to receive was a quilted art piece.

It just so happened that I was cleaning out a bunch of my mom's old books and magazines and came across an old crafting book of hers.  Inside, there was this quilting pattern.  It was written in Japanese, but the drawings were so good that I could figure out how to do it.  I traced the patterns and then sized them for a standard USA pillow form, about 14 inches.

To be really honest, it was a tough pattern because of the sewn curves...I had to clip every 1/8 inch or so on each curved piece.  I was so glad it came together nicely, despite the few times I had to start over and the massive amounts of cussing! Cheesy

The white is linen and then I chose more modern fabrics to make the old pattern a bit fresher.  The back is envelope style so that the cover can be removed for cleaning.  I made the bias piping myself.  The quilting was very basic, just following some of the curves and around the circle.  I lined the inside to cover up the stitching and to make the cushion stronger as Averia has kids.  I believe a family should enjoy the things in their home and that nothing should be so precious.

Here is Averia's picture of the pillow in her home, along side the one I knitted for her.

Can anyone guess her favorite color? Grin

Thanks for looking!
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ZOMBIE Craftalong on: April 01, 2015 03:38:34 AM
Who ever said "Zombies" are dead was, well, right, but that's not the point....I think that they are an ongoing thing, and I just eat all the old and new shows and movies about ZOMBIES!!!!

So, I thought as the moderator of the craftalongs, I would do a ZOMBIE droolalong!

Complete with prizes and challenges!

Come join me!  Post your own ZOMBIE Crafts (or even others that you admire, but give credit, of course!)...let's see who else LOVES ZOMBIES!!!!

To start:

Here is a set of buttons made for me by fellow craftsters.  I just eat my Walking Dead zombie hunters!!!

gurgle gurgle drool 1 Challenge:

Post your zombie crafts.

1 point for each zombie craft...and, 1 point for each time you use the word zombie (limit 10 per post)....you must tally how many times you used the word! Grin

1 point for correctly guessing how many times I used "zombie" in this first post...hint: they are all bolded!


Challenge entries: (DO NOT COUNT THE WORD "ZOMBIE" here or else you will be counting all day! Grin)

crazyda79--used zombie word: zillion
I Sew Cute - used zombie word: 1
kjlutz - used zombie word: 2
Ludi - used zombie word: 11
missingwillow - used zombie word: 1
phizzychick - zombie projects: 2 ; used zombie word: 3   Total: 5
rackycoo - used zombie word: 2
smeddley--used zombie words: zillion
sueral--used zombie word: questionable frame of mind, so maybe half a zillion

49  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Waxed Coffee and more on: March 18, 2015 08:02:25 PM
My partner in a swap wanted some kitchen art, so I decided to do a small piece with coffee (mmmm) as the theme.  Paper, ink, paint, markers, and then a nice coat of wax using my mini-quilting iron technique and a good buffing with crumpled wax paper...

The base is an old piece of canvas board mounted onto cardboard...everything came from stash except the new frame (on sale at AC Moore!)...

Close up before being framed...the wax gives such wonderful texture and depth, plus it is really fun to play with! Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
50  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / One box + One test tube= Wall Decor! on: March 09, 2015 08:03:45 AM
One Christmas, I got one of those store bought wooden boxes that had a quote on it that was suppose to be funny, but I always thought it poked fun at marriage and did not really reflect my marriage...so I stuck the darn thing in the donation box.  Well, I saw something on a friend's Pinterest and decided I could make something positive from that old box...

I covered it with paper, glued on scrabble tiles that spelled out the names of the family(which I have masked out for privacy reasons), attached a test tube from one of many that my friend batgirl sent to me, attached a few buttons and cut glitter paper,  and there you go, a piece of wall decoration!

I also made the wire and button flowers, but you could easily put a real flower in there...

Hope she likes it!

It looks a lot better in real life with the glitter and the names spelled out...really, it does! Grin
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