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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / more crochet mary jane type things on: February 11, 2007 12:50:07 PM
I made these from this pattern: http://crochetcurbsidecouture.blogspot.com/2005/01/crochet-mary-jane-slippers.html
It was pretty easy to follow, but I had to add a few rows at the end because the pattern writer apparently has tiny, tiny feet. But that's fine, I know my feet are huge. Tongue

I like 'em. They're made with red heart and a K hook.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Swirly wire scarf rack on: February 11, 2007 12:19:23 PM
I'm not sure that this is the best place for it, and it's pretty simple, but I like it so I thought I'd share.

I have really been getting into wearing scarves and wraps lately, and I bought a bunch on my recent trip to Thailand that are really nice and I both wanted to display them and have a place for them where they wouldn't get all wrinkled. So I cut some pieces of wire and got to twistin'. This is what I came up with. I may spray paint it later.

A far view, so you can see the scarves...

And a closeup. I like swirlies Cheesy

I dunno, it turned out classier looking than I expected (always good!), and I think I really like it.
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A monster of a post... pic ridiculous. on: December 29, 2006 08:56:37 AM
Okay, so a couple of weeks ago I taught myself to crochet. Here is what I made first, a misshapen ball type thing. I gave it to the cats, that is why it is now gross and hairy.

Well, later that day I felt ready for something a bit more intense. So I found this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=92096.0 and decided I wanted one. It took a bit of time since it was only my second crocheted thing ever. A few days later I had this cute new purse!

It's actually even, I don't know why it's so lumpy in those pictures. Anyway. I made a matching wallet, too, which is sewn but hey it matches the purse.

Well, then one of my gloves tore! So there was nothing for it but to make some mittens.

They both have flaps, I just folded one under for that pic. I used this pattern: http://www.geocities.com/febmommy/openmitten.html

yeah, when I made the right mitten I had no idea how to join rounds. I did better on the left mitten, I swear. Thumbs a bit wonky on the right one, too.

Well finally (and this is also sewn but crochet related) yesterday, I was looking at all the awesome crafty goodness that I got for christmas (quilter's cutting set, tons of crochet hooks, glass penguin beads, four kinds of kitty fabric, a new set of jewelry pliers/tools) and I realized I needed something to hold all of my crochet hooks, so I made this.

I think it turned out really well. It has 15 slots for hooks, so one slot for each size B-P (10 smaller slots, 5 bigger ones) and a pocket for yarn snips, blunt needles, etc. It also has a felt needlebook with a safety pin in it holding a couple of penguin stitchmarkers that I also made.

Whew! Did you read all that? Congrats. I've been a busy bee, haven't I? Well anyway, thanks for putting up with my blather Tongue
Comments, criticism, etc. very welcome! I'm so new at crochet, and sewing too for that matter, and I love to learn!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Plum Alpaca Shawl on: December 06, 2006 09:05:09 AM
Here's my first ever non-scarf FO! It's a Christmas present for my mum, so shhhh don't tell her.  Roll Eyes Tongue She has arthritis and gets cold easily, but she likes to do embroidery and stitching so I wanted to make her something to wrap around her shoulders that would leave her hands free.

It's the "Easy Triange Shawl" from Lion Brand Yarn. You're supposed to use Lion Brand Homespun but I didn't like the way it looked, I wanted it to be a tiny bit lacier, so I bought 5 skeins (and used 3.5) of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush, which is, I believe, 90% baby alpaca and 10% acrylic. It is the softest thing I have ever touched in my life, and was like knitting with dreams. And I adore the plum color.
The pattern was super simple- a YO at the beginning of each row, and then knit knit knit- but it gave me a bit more confidence in doing stitches other than knit and purl.
Here's a horrible picture of the pretty edge detail!

And finally a picture of it on me. It's quite long, which I like, so it won't point at my mom's butt when she wears it. Some people don't like that with triangle shawls. As you can sort of see it stops at my elbows, which is perfect for not getting in the way of her hands.

Comments and criticism appreciated! I did mess up a few places, and I'm not sure if you can really block alpaca. Can you? and if so, should I block it?
All in all I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. Thanks for looking!
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Braaaains- I mean, Christmaaaaaaassss (complete w/ photos) on: November 29, 2006 07:13:55 PM
So, here is my Christmas present for my friend Nicole. Nicole, if you browse this forum, do not continue reading! Go away, so that your present will be a surprise! Good. Ok. Now, here is the present.

It is a zombie ornament! Nicole is doing her honors project on zombie movies, so I thought it fitting to give her a little moaning, brain seeking christmas cheer.
It's completely made out of felt except for the ribbon hanger and the sequin/seed bead eyes. It's all layers of felt. There's a green layer with the ears in the back, then a red layer, then the eyeballs and teeth, then the top green layer, then the bloody mouth and hair, and then the hat. The hanger is sewn on between all of the layers.

And here is how it hangs- I thought it would be good to have it a bit crooked, since it IS a zombie after all.

Flash makes for shiny zombies.
I sure hope she likes it!
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Red velvet tree topper star (complete w/ photos) on: November 24, 2006 07:11:23 PM
Yesterday, my boy and I bought our very first (fake) tree together. It was extremely exciting for one such as I, who is completely obsessed with everything surrounding winter holidays. We're going to decorate it (and every other available surface of our apartment) tomorrow, and tonight I suddenly realized that while I have a ton of ornaments, I had no tree star, or any kind of topper at all! I couldn't be having with that, so I whipped up this one. It took a while, mostly because of the beading.

It's about 10" by 9", including the bit that goes on the tree. I made it thus:
First, I made a wire star. I outlined it on the back of my velvet, and cut out two (plus seam allowance). I sewed up the velvet and hemmed the bottom, and then realized, d%@* it, I should have put in the armature first. So I scrunched up the wire armature and stuffed it into the velvet, and then somehow managed to unbend it while it was inside the star. I don't know how, but it worked. Then I stuffed it lightly, and then beaded the pattern on the front. I put a cardboard cone in the base for the branch to go in, and put a chopstick (high tech!) through the whole thing to make it sturdy.

I think it came out pretty nicely. I might make a new one next year, and do better, with more interesting fabric and better beads- this was all stuff I had around- but it's still pretty!

I'll add a pic of it on the tree once our tree is up.
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / my version of the chocolate monster... aka Huggymonster! on: October 25, 2006 02:14:38 PM
Now that KatJones has recieved, I can post this. I made this for KatJones in the October Unconditional Swap- it's my take on the "chocolate monster" posted by someone else a while back. I gave my monster his own bag of chocolates. It's velcroed to his hands, and the bag itself has a velcro patch for each season.
Here he is!

Here are the patches:

and of course the pumpkin patch is above.
Here he is without the bag- the velcro on his hands is the soft side, so he's huggable and doesn't stick to things.

I'm really happy with how he came out, and i'll probably be making more now that I know how to do it.
Oh, and he's made of thin green fleece and felt. The bag and patches are all felt with embroidery.
28  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Yes, it's last minute, but I need help! on: October 24, 2006 02:49:21 PM
Ok kiddos, here's the deal. My friend is having a "zombie" themed halloween party (come in any costume, get "zombified" with makeup at party, late at night go on zombie shamble).
Now I wasn't planning on going, but today decided it might be fun, so I need to think up a costume that would be really amusing if it got zombified.
For example: one friend is the going as the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, and then will get zombified and be zombie white rabbit. Her girlfriend is going as Marie Anntoinette, who will then get zombified. etc. etc.

ANY ideas are appreciated. Keep in mind that I'm 5'5 and overweight (so no "sexy" or revealing stuff- at least not THAT revealing anyway) , and I'm going with my boyfriend, so any couple ideas would be cute- he's 5'2 and muscular. (Yes. 5'2. I'm not kidding.)

So yeah, any ideas? I have a very limited budget and mediocre sewing skills. PLEASE help me out... I'm kind of at a loss.
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I Did It! Or, Dr. McNinja Stencil on: October 17, 2006 08:22:38 PM
Woohoo, I did my first stencil EVER! I'm so proud. The cutting out alone took me two and a half hours. Gah, but I think it turned out really well! I used the freezer paper method. It's a christmas present for my big brother. If you know Dr. McNinja, you may remember this part- it's from I think chapter 3, when the guy says "but I have diabeeeeetes!" And Dr. McNinja says:

Here's a shot of the whole shirt, so you can see the placement + whatever. Excuse my messy kitchen table.  Tongue

So, tahdah! I did it, and the only thing I don't like is how dark the shirt is as compared to the paint. It's a little hard to see the picture in some light. But I hope my bro likes it anyway.
Oh and the flash made the paint lighter in these photos, it's actually opaque black paint.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Earrings, and my boyfriend is awesome on: June 14, 2006 09:05:11 AM
So last night as I sat on the bed making these earrings

(from left to right, some kind of green stone with silver wire wrapping, hematite and black seed bead, black stone drops)
my boyfriend came and sat down with me and asked if he could use my stuff and make a bracelet with hematite beads. I of course said yes. he's never made anything like this before, and I think it's SO COOL:

He was very proud, and I am overjoyed that he's gettin crafty too. Grin
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