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141  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A beanie with a bill. Inspired by newsboy, rasta, cabbie caps. Now w/tut &pics on: April 07, 2006 02:51:10 AM
I was looking at all the posts with crochet hats and it inspired me to make one of my own.  It's sort of a beanie with an improvised bill.  I was looking at this post and decided to concoct something.


And here it is.

Although it's getting late in the season to use it in the snowy mountains, I can still wear it for chilly mornings outside.  I'm super pleased with this because I look doofy in regular beanies and I think I look decent in this one.  And it will keep my ears warm which is very important. 

I used red heart yarn, burgundy, rose pink, and some creamy white colored something I had in my yarn box.  I had several other photos I was going to post, but they won't upload properly.  I even had a monkey face photo.  Everyone should have a monkey face photo of themselves and their friends.  But that's just a tangent.

Thanks for taking a peep!

142  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: this costume might cross the line for me... - Tutorial on: April 06, 2006 12:58:22 PM
Ok, so granted this post was started ages ago, but I just found it and seriously I was laughing so hard my eyes started watering.  I love this and it made my day.  travtrav you're adorable.  This is now my favorite Halloween costume.  My previous favorite was a friend of mine who actually came to work on Halloween as Robin Hood.  Leggings and all.  We worked at a restaurant, though, and everyone else was dressed up too.  It was fantastic.  I was bartending and therefore I was a bar wench.  I didn't make my costume, but my mom did because I didn't have time. She's very crafty too, so I think it's still valid as a craftster project.  He won the costume contest for the morning shift and I won for the night shift.  I'll try to get a photo from him and post it. 
143  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rockabilly Rumble, Jolly Roger Gown. on: April 05, 2006 11:57:27 PM
Maybe I'm not seeing it right, but I don't know how it stays up.  Can we have a picture of it on you?  Cheers for such a great dress!
144  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Re: Death to Doc Marten's on: April 04, 2006 11:38:20 PM
These are adorable!  Doc Marten's are kind of heavy, do they stay on when you walk?  I'm very impressed!
145  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric boxes on: April 04, 2006 03:36:07 PM
Thank you for your complements!  I got the pattern out of a book called "Fast, Fun, & Easy Fabric Boxes" by Linda Johansen.  I looked it up on Amazon and here's the link:


I would be happy to post a tute, though.  The book is in my storage unit (a.k.a. in a box of craft things in my parents' garage) but I'm going to see them tomorrow afternoon.  I'll get the book to refresh my memory and write up some directions.  The only tricky part was stitching all the way around the edges.  Once you get going it's simple enough.  More to come tomorrow night or Thursday...

It just occurred to me, since I'm new to posting here and I haven't done a search on it yet, is it some sort of copywrite problem to make something from a pattern in a book then post either my version of directions (which I was going to do) or copy text straight from the book?  Plagiarism is bad.

And j_en, I think your idea for your 7 year old is super cute!  You'll have to post what you came up with when you find time to make something.  Oh, Oh! Inspiration, you know the hanging closet shoe rack things?  With the cubes for shoes or sweaters or whatever, and they hang from the hanger bar?  What about one of those with big cubes that have t-shirt or shorts fabric on the inside and then big strips sewn onto the sides of them to keep it all together?  Yes, I'll definately write up some directions now. 

This is the kind of shelf I'm talking about.
146  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric boxes on: April 04, 2006 01:11:30 PM
I decided this was the best place to post these.  This box is a combination of sewing and origami.  It was both fun and frustrating to make, but I rather like it.  I keep all my extra iBook and iPod cords and cables in it. 

Here's the box.

The lid and box separate.

The lid fits on the bottom just as well.

Size wise I think this is about 5 inches cubed.
147  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Beautiful and easy monk's cloth blanket **tips added** on: April 04, 2006 12:51:35 PM
I made this blanket several years ago.  I worked on it off and on for a summer when I lived at my parents' house.  If I remember right it took about an hour to finish a row, so that's 28 rows.  With finishing time I would say it took about 30 hours to do.  It's really light but still warm.  I sleep under it during the summer because even though it's pretty warm in my room I still can't sleep with no blanket at all.  Call me crazy.  So far I've made three of these blankets but I gave one away to a friend for her wedding.  If anyone is interested I'll post a tutorial with helpful tips I discovered along the way.  There are also books available, and I found a good list of them online.


This is the whole thing on my bed.

Here's a close up of the detail.

And a super close up of the detail. 

I have another purple blanket on my futon which is almost done.  It has been waiting for me for about a year now, but I still use it.  Maybe I'll get around to taking pictures of it too.  The nice thing about these is that you buy the whole length of cloth at the store and then weave on it.  Like decorative stitching but all over.  If this doesn't make sense, please ask and I'll try to clarify.  Thanks!!

Edit for some tips...

First of all, Monk's Cloth can be found at craft stores like JoAnn's or mega-marts like WalMart.  There are lots of colors, blue, green, purple, red, black, white, yellow, some pastels, um... more I'm sure.  I like taking the whole bolt of Monk's Cloth over to the yarn section so I can pick what will go best with it.  I bought the Red Heart yarn.  I buy at least 2 1/2 yards so I can make sure it will be long enough after washing.  If the person cutting the cloth for you doesn't know what s/he's doing, tell them to pick one of the horizontal strands (there are really four strands, but consider them as one all the way across) and pull it so the rest bunches up around it.  Cut that one and you'll have a nice line to cut all the way across on the vertical strands.

When you get it home, resist the urge to start your pattern on it.  You definitely want to use a sewing machine to zig-zag along the cut edges so it won't unravel.  If the long sides look questionable, sew along those too.  Now put it in the washing machine and dryer to shrink it.  I know this takes forever and you just want to start, but it will shrink the material and make the whole blanket look much better.

Now you're ready to go!  No, not really.  You have to find the center of the blanket.  It's tedious, but I took a long piece of yarn and sewed right along the edge of the long side and every 10 bars I made a loop so I could count them when I was done.  Do the same with the short side.  Find the center of both and then find the center of the blanket.  

Finally you can start!  I recommend getting a book like one of those on the link I have above.  It will give you a pattern to follow, which is more important than the other directions in it.  Here's a moment of brilliance I had.  Scan or xerox the pattern and take your crayons or markers and color each row to correspond with the same color of yarn.  Or make your own pattern.  Here's a pattern from a book.  It's not the same as the pattern on the blanket.  

The gray squares are the vertical strands, but you stitch horizontally under them.  Each of the points of the triangles are made by going under two of the strands, not all four, then up to make the top stitch, then back down and under the remaining two strands, then on to the next four.  Maybe this will help if you want to make your own pattern.  As far as length goes, it's better to have too much than to run out before you get to the end of the row.  For example, I think on mine the yellows were 3x the width of the blanket, red was 2 1/2 and blue was between 1 1/2 and 2.  The small inside row was 1 1/2 the width.  Something like that.  

So for the fun part of sewing on it.  Start in the very center you found.  It should be a vertical strand in the center.  Stitch under it and pull the sides of your yarn even.  I'm right handed, so I sewed left first then flipped the whole thing around and sewed left again.  Which was right.  So one whole row is done.  After that I would sew  all of one side of the middle row (top and bottom), then flip it around and do the other.  Then one whole triangle side, then the other.  Just alternate directions so the fabric doesn't warp.

Stitch all the way to the side of the fabric and out the ends of it.  You want the yarn all the way to the edges for finishing later.

I used a triangle wedge pillow to keep my stitches flat and even and it also put it at a comfortable angle to work.  Sometimes I sat on the pillow and sewed on the coffee table.  Whatever you do, just have the part you're working on rest on a flat surface so the tension is even.

When you have the whole blanket covered, zig-zag around the long sides to keep the ends of the yarn in place.  This is why you want the yarn out the edges of it.  Then trim the extra pieces of yarn off.  

Crochet around the edge of the blanket.  I did one stitch in every other hole along a horizontal strand so it was spaced consistently.  When you get to the end of a row, chain one and keep going on the next side.  Just work the edges in when you get all the way around and you're done.

If something isn't clear and I'm able to take a picture of it on my blanket, let me know and I'll post a pic.  I'm a visual learner, so I totally understand.

If you make a blanket please, please please post it!!!  I love seeing how different people approach the same idea.  Thanks!

148  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Small side table thing made super cute! on: April 03, 2006 02:19:02 PM
My grandma had two of these little side table things and gave one to me and one to my mom.  These things are really little, so I can't imagine them being terribly useful.  Up until this morning mine was at the end of my bed, by the wall, covered in clothes.  When I opened it I found the directions for my fish tank.  Random.  I've been spending all my spare time on craftster for the last couple weeks.  How did I live so long without knowing this was here?  I figured it was time to start contributing since I've been drooling over other people's projects.  This is my first post so I don't know what I'm doing as far as pictures, so I hope it works.

I've been looking for something good to do with some fabric I got in Hawaii.  I have four other patterns and I don't know what to do with them yet.  

The last photo is for height comparison next to an electrical outlet.  Told you it was little.

I love it!  But what do I do with it now?

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