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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Mini Tissues :-) help please!! on: September 13, 2006 10:31:12 AM

I'm just making a mini tissue holder but it's just occured to me that packs of mini tissues in the US might not be the same size as the packs we get here in the UK

Please would someone be kind enough to tell me the dimensions of a pack of US mini tissues?

thanks so much  Grin
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Old British kids tv swap? on: September 11, 2006 07:36:03 AM
would anyone be interested in a swap based on characters from old British kids tv??

If you have fond memories of: the flumps, the moomins, chorlton and the wheelies, bagpuss, the herbs, mary mungo and midge, willo the wisp, bod, mighty mouse, hector's house... or any other british kids tv show that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside and you're interested in joining a themed swap post here!!

http://www.sausagenet.co.uk/  loads of inspiration here!!
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Wist swap August - the Gallery! on: August 14, 2006 11:31:26 AM
Someone's already received!

Post your pictures here!  Cheesy

Original swap thread -https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111487.0

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Vogue crocheted scarves - has anyone made this scarf or any other in the book? on: August 10, 2006 06:53:53 AM
Vogue Knitting on the Go: Crocheted Scarves

I was wondering if anyone's made the scarf on the front cover?  ..and what the other patterns in the book are like? - can anyone recommend it?


I'm thinking of buying the book but i'm unsure whether to or not because I've no idea what the other patterns are like, if only there was an internet site that enabled you to see inside the books! I Love buying over the internet but hate buying books when i've only seen the cover!

Also... Does anyone fancy a crochet along to the cover scarf? ..as long as I've managed to get the pattern! I've already tried to make it without the pattern..I failed!  Grin
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / White Tussah or Bombyx Silk Roving, which is best for a beginner spinning silk? on: June 25, 2006 10:09:07 AM

I'm new to spinning and i want to buy some silk to spin but I, foolishly! presumed there would be only one or two variations available!  White Tussah and Bombyx Silk Roving and noils are just a few of the varieties i've seen so far

I'm hoping to produce something similar to fyberduck's gorgeous spun silk:

So please, please if anyone has any tips on what type of silk is best to learn on, and tips on dying and spinning silk, -for a complete beginner, I'd be very grateful  Grin Thank you 
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / Kitschy Beads an' Baubles Clock on: June 01, 2006 12:01:07 PM
Kitschy Beads an' Baubles Clock
I just couldn't resist this challenge! ..After locating several bags of stash I was surprised to find I already had pom poms, gimp and chenille stems ... not to mention countless other items that might come in useful one day, one of which was a clock mechanism, I'd bought it ages ago with the intention of making a clock from an old vinyl..... Decision made, my challenge 12 entry was 'probably!'  going to be a clock!

Playing around with the pom poms and thinking of the round vinyl gave me the idea of a Howard Miller style clock ...and it went on from there....

  Here's a pic of the ingredients I used!

Gimp, pom poms, chenille stems, wire coat hangers, a clock mechanism, and  a brass washer

I drilled 12 holes into the washer for the sections of wire coat hanger to go into so that each would represent an hour on the clock
I found the wire wouldn't stay in the washer so I soldered it into the holes:

I ditched the vinyl and instead decided to weave the gimp around the spokes like this:

The hands on the clock were too small for the design so I used the chenille stems to extend the existing hands, glueing them on using a glue gun,
I trimmed the wire spokes to different lengths and glued on the pom-poms!

This is my first real attempt at Kitsch and it's growing on me in a weird sort of way!!

27  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi on Safari! Monkey, elephant, lion and giraffe! on: May 09, 2006 04:39:15 AM
my hook wont stay still for a moment! Safari was my inspriration for these little critters!



I'll have to have a couple of days off from crochet now as my hands get stiff! ... must be my age lol
28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi bumble bee, ladybug, beetle and ant pattern on: March 30, 2006 02:49:22 AM
Insects with backpacks ?!!  ok I never was blessed with a conventional brain!!

He's an ant, ..he's a bumble bee, ..he's a ladybug, ..and he's a beetle..... but not all at the same time!  after making the Easter chick that can be taken out of his shell i realised that kids just don't tire of changing things around! so I've designed this little ant type bug with his backpacks that are very easy to change, so in a split second he can transform him..or herself into another insect! :-)




This amigurumi thing has really got me, i just don't know what or who i'm going to crochet next!!
any suggestions? :-)
29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Baby Octopus Pattern: Amigurumi tutorial, crochet animals, free pattern on: March 03, 2006 12:49:45 AM
Hi  Smiley  I've been asked if i would post a tutorial on one of my amigurumi animal patterns, so here's the pattern for an amigurumi baby octopus ( bottom left in pic!)

I hope you like him, the baby octopus is the easiest pattern I've designed and people who have recently learnt to crochet can usually make him.  here's a slightly closer shot of him

One of my friends has crocheted 4 of them in really bright colours and has them 'living' in her bathroom, they look really great :-)


Materials needed
Worstead weight  / Double knit yarn, eyes and a small amount of stuffing

Height: 1 inch / 3cm

Rnd 1   Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook:  6 sc
Rnd 2   2 sc in each sc around:  12 sc
Rnd 3   *sc in next sc, inc,; repeat from * around:  18 sc
Rnd 4   * sc in next 2 sc, inc; repeat from * around: 24 sc
Rnds 5-7   Sc in each sc around
Rnd 8   *Sc in next 2 sc, decrease; repeat from * around:  18 sc
Rnd 9   * Sc in next sc, decrease; repeat from * around:  12 sc
Stuff firmly
Rnd 10   Decrease 6 times:  6 sc
Rnd 11   Decrease twice, sl st into next chain, cast off

Make 8
Row 1   Ch 9, 3 sc in second ch from hook and in next 5 ch, sl st in last 2 ch: cast off

Making up
Sew tentacles evenly to the underside of body, sew or glue eyes into position

Let me know how you get on :-)
30  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Easter Bunny on: February 22, 2006 08:14:53 AM

This is such a cool site, wish i'd known about it before :-)

I just love crocheting, I've been designing my own amigurumis because i couldn't find patterns, here's my take on the Easter Bunny!


happy crafting :-)

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