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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled 2 pairs of jeans and a few buttons - Upcycled crocheted bag! on: August 16, 2011 07:47:56 AM
My Bloke cleared out his wardrobe on Sunday and with nothing much to do on sunday afternoon I decided to raid the charity bag and see if I could crochet a rug from a pair of denim jeans...
I cut up one of the legs into a long length and found out a huge crochet hook, it wasn't as hard as i had imagined, the denim yarn crocheted up quite easily! I had decided on an oval rug and crocheted a few rounds. And then I realised that I didn't really need a rug!! and the piece I had crocheted would make an excellent bag base, the idea was born! I measured a few stitches and decided on an increase pattern, the bag evolved as it grew!

I had lots of fun designing the finishing touches and enjoyed the challenge of making the handles from the jeans.

Ironically, next I'd like to make a really huge rug from denim, one large enough for the centre of the new living room. I think hubby will be wanting to lock his wardrobe when he leaves the house from now on!  Wink

I'd welcome any comments  Smiley

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby booties - Puppy dogs! with crochet pattern on: February 24, 2010 01:03:19 PM
My new little nephew Edward has been round on a visit this week, he's just 3 months and has a fascination of things that move, especially his feet!  Knowing that he likes his little black and white picture book and anything brightly coloured I decided to make him some booties so that he could create his very own puppet show!
- here are the results:

They are nice and easy to make and Edward certainly enjoyed wearing them today Cheesy


Appox. age 3-5 months

Bootie length 5"

Materials: Small amount or worstead weight/DK in White, brown, red, pink and black.

Crochet hook size: G 6 4mm

Beginning at toe and using white, ch 3, sl st in first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1  (right side) Ch 3, work 10 dc into ring, join with sl st into first dc. :10 dc
Rnd 2  Ch 3, turn, 2 dc into each st around, join with sl st into first dc. :20 dc
Rnd 3  Ch 3, turn, dc into base of ch 3 (1 st increased) dc into each st around, join with sl st into first dc. :21 dc
Rnd 4  Repeat Rnd 3 :22 dc
Change to red -for collar
Rnd 5  Repeat Rnd 3 :23 dc
Change to brown -for body
Rnd 6  Repeat Rnd 3 :24 dc
Rnd 7  Ch 3, turn, dc into each st around, join with sl st into first dc. :24 dc
Row 8  Ch 3, turn, dc into next 21 sts. Do not work last 3 stitches.
Rows 9-11  Ch 3, turn, dc into each of the 21 sts.  Cut yarn at the end of row 11 leaving enough yarn to sew up the back seam.  With right sides together sew the back seam and then turn right side out.

Cuff. Using brown attach yarn at back seam of bootie
Rnd 1  Ch3, work 22 dc evenly around top of bootie, join with a sl st into first dc.
Rnds 2-6  Ch 3, turn, dc into each st around, join with a sl st into first dc.  Rnd 6 will be on the outside of the bootie when cuff is turned down.

Ears. Make 4 using black.
Ch 6, Sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc into next ch space, dc into next ch space, hdc into next ch space, sc into next ch space. turn work and work a sc into the back loop of the original ch work. Cast off.

Tongue. Make two using pink.
Ch 2. 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Cast off.

Tie. Make 2 using red.
Ch 68. Cast off. Make sure the beginning and end of work are secure and then cut yarn 0.25" from work.  Lace through dc's on first row of cuff (I tied the centre of the lace to the dc at the back of the bootie and then threaded each end to the front of bootie, this made the lace less likely to come free)

Making up. Sew in any ends on booties.  Sew on ears as positioned on booties in picture. Sew tongue into position. Embroider eyes and nose, (Making sure to securely fix ends - you don't want any bits to come loose) again using picture for reference on position.

Please post pics if you use the pattern Grin

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find short sleeve cardigan pattern like Knitter's magazine 2007? on: September 19, 2009 04:41:57 AM
My mum's just getting back into knitting and I'd like to buy her a pattern and some yarn for her Birthday, I've found the ideal pattern on ravelry:


But I'm in the UK and can't find the pattern available anywhere Huh

Can anyone point me in the right direction please?

If not perhaps you've seen a similar pattern available?

4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Printed Silk Cardigan interweave KAL anyone? on: June 07, 2009 02:06:28 PM
Anyone care to join me in a knit-along for Connie Chang Chinchio's Printed Silk Cardigan from Interweave knits ?

I thought it would be a handy little cardi for summer.  The pattern is in Interweave knit's Spring 2008 -unable to find the magazine I was pleased to discover the pattern available online  Smiley  http://www.interweavestore.com/store/p/938-Printed-Silk-Cardigan.aspx

I'm substituting with 4ply cotton, I'm going for the centre swatch colour

I think I'm going to make a start in the morning, the weather forcast for the week is rain, so maybe I can really get going with it - I usually opt for much chunkier yarn than this and I have to admit to starting a lot more knitted projects than I have ever finished Wink so this is going to be a bit of a challenge for me Cheesy

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Vogue wind chime scarf on: July 10, 2008 10:32:44 AM
I'd been meaning to crochet this for a couple of years  Cheesy I finally got round to making it, it didn't take too long -it was a bit repetitive! but I'm happy with it now it's finished  Smiley

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help needed please! :-) on: July 08, 2008 02:20:46 AM
I really want to knit the phildar leaf sweater: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206549.0 from Phildar Tendances Winter 06/07 issue No. 460

klement's version:

But I can't find the pattern book in english for sale anywhere.  I just found a copy in french on the phildar website and very nearly bought it  Grin It's a wonder that i managed to get all the way through checkout to the visa page given that my french repertoire consists of 'Micky the cat' and 'my name is Julie' I came to my senses before offering up my card number and I decided that buying a knitting pattern in french was a recipe for disaster!

So please if anyone knows the whereabouts of an English copy of the catalogue please please get in touch, I'm happy to trade or buy  Smiley  thank you!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I can't find fitted patterns! on: April 27, 2008 11:39:17 AM
you know how it is you find some yarn you love, your knitting needles are itching to get started and then you can't find the right pattern! ...I've been searching nearly all day for a fitted pattern

I'd like to knit either a cardigan or jumper similar to this:



I had imagined I'd prefer the ribbing to go a bit higher or at least have a bit more shapping around the waist, if anyone knows where there are patterns similar to these or a bit different but still quite fitted I'd really love to know about them  Grin -thanks  Cheesy
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap Gallery on: April 08, 2008 12:23:37 AM
post them here when you get them, we can't wait to see!

original post -https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235532.0
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap (CLOSED send-outs 4/23) on: March 23, 2008 04:15:45 PM
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE BEFORE JOINING & Only join if you are prepared to abide by the swap conditions   

Swap name: A Jar of Mini Whimsies swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: RubyTuesday
Co-Organiser: Penlowe
Sign-up date range: March 23-April 2
Date to send item by: April 23

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country?NO

Age requirement? 16+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants:  YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap: If you're anything like me, you have a little stash of whimsies and would welcome any excuse to accumulate a few more! This swap is an ideal opportunity (excuse to buy, send on and receive more whimsies!)

For this swap, you will stuff a clear plastic Jar full with whimsies! (a glass Jar, cardboard tube or tin can also be used, I will do my best to match up partners like for like, but it will be down to partners to agree finer details.
Think pretty, think cute, think weird, think wonderful, think fun!! Buttons, beads, baubles, pretty stamps, miniature toys, charms, bits of old costume jewellery, stamps, keys, ribbon, marbles pretty much anything you can get in there!!

You may only send what fits inside the jar, so this will be a fun, easy swap. Please send nice things that you would be happy to receive!

If you're sending within the States, dc's will be required. If sending within another country please make sure you get a proof of posting.
Filled Jars are not expected to have a theme or be decorated but if thats what youd like to do and or receive please feel free to talk to your partner and see if they have any ideas in mind. Otherwise, just make it pretty with what you have.   

One more thing: please post in this thread if you are going to participate!!

Heres the original conversation about this swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235338.0

If you want to participate, make sure the swap title is in the subject line of your pm and send this information:

Name of swap: A Jar of Mini Whimsies swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Are you only prepared only to ship to an address within your country?
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Would you prefer to ship to an address outside of your country?
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old (yes/no)
Would you prefer to send and receive whimsies in: Plastic jar, Glass Jar, cardboard tube, or a can? Please list in order of preference
1st choice _________
2nd choice _________
3rd choice _________
4th choice _________
Please indicate which size of vessel you would like to send and receive:
Approx. 15 ounce (approx 500ml) (3/4 of a UK pint)
Approx. 30 ounce (approx 1000ml) (1.5 of a UK pint)
Larger than 30 ounce!
Would you want to include and receive a small handmade item in the jar?
What else would you like to tell you partner?  (Please be sure to include any restrictions, such as no animal by-products, religious symbol preferences, etc.)

Please list your favourites:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

A few other things to follow:

1.   Please post on this thread. A simple I'm in! or whatever will suffice. This is so I'm certain you get all messages.

2.   Please put Jar of Whimsies in the title of all PM's - don't send me a PM with no subject as I might miss it!

3.   I'm hoping that no one will send late but, if closer to send out date, you know you are going to be late, you
      MUST inform me and your partner.

4.   This is how I plan to give feedback:

            If you send on time and follow the guidelines of only one item, I will give you a "Great Swapper"
            If you send late (with a good reason) but communicate, I will give you "Sent late but communicated"
            If you send late but don't communicate and the package actually arrives at it's destination, I will give
               you "Sent late and didn't communicate"
            If you flake (and I don't expect any flakers) you will be given "Negative"
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / A jar of mini whimsies Swap - Sign-ups are now Closed on: March 22, 2008 03:48:49 PM
Sign-ups are open here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235532.0

I've just seen a sweet jar of whimsies in the Swap shop swap 12 from AspheltQueen

I thought a jar of mini whimsies swap would be fun! if it was open to people in different countries but partners were kept in the same country to keep shipping down - and perhaps stick to plastic jars too, but if swap partners prefurred they could send heavier jars or send overseas if they agreed amongst themselves.

Here's one posted on craftster by mandalinn:

Ajar posted by Cindy_23492

and here's one I found on the net

Anyone have any thoughts on this possible swap??
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