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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Matching Shell Stitch Sweaters for Twins! on: February 24, 2009 10:17:47 PM
I'm having twins, oh, any minute now (I'm at 38 weeks) and I've had a hard time doing anything but lay around and eat for the past couple of months. I have managed to crochet about a thousand hats, and these two sweaters!

A closer shot of the blue:

I used this pattern: http://bundlesoflove.org/MaryJosShellStitchSweater, which turned out to be a bit trickier than I thought. I had some Craftster help, though, and figured things out. The pattern claims to be newborn size, but looks more like 3-6 months to me, maybe even 6-9. But that just gives me more time to find the perfect buttons!

(It's a boy and a girl, if the colors didnt give it away  Wink )
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Trouble With a Shell Stitch Baby Sweater on: January 29, 2009 12:02:18 AM
I'm definitely a beginner when it comes to using patterns, even though I've been crocheting for a few years now. I'm having twins in about a month and I'm trying to crochet them a pair of matching sweaters using this pattern:


My problem is, when I get to a part of a pattern that confuses me, I generally use a photo of the finished product to un-confuse my poor little head. This pattern, of course, has a tiny picture and the part I'm confused about is somewhat obscured. Here's where I'm confused:

(right front)
Row 12: (continued for left front): Dc in first open dc of row 13, (Sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc) 3 times, dc in ch 2 of turning ch. Ch 2, turn.

Rows 13,15: (Sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc) 3 times, dc in next st. Ch 2, turn.

Row 14,16: (Dc in next 2 dc, sk2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc), 3 times, dc in ch 2 of turning ch. Ch 2, turn.

Following that takes the shells out of their (so far) perfect alignment, and from what I can tell in the photo, that's not right. Has anyone crocheted this sweater before? Or can anyone help me out?  Huh
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / stress reducing crafts! (boys! help me!) on: July 10, 2006 11:16:49 AM
My fiance is struggling with some stress related illnesses, among other things, and the doctor has told him to do anything he can to keep his stress levels down. He's the sort of person (like me, and I'm sure a lot of other people here!  Grin) who needs to be doing something at all times. So, the solution I've come up with? Teach him to craft!

I've already put together a learn-to-crochet kit for him, but I'm having trouble coming up with more things to help him with that aren't either too girly for his taste or too frustrating to learn. My question is, what sort of easy to learn crafts do you guys do to unwind that wont compromise his machismo too much? I know there's a few guys lurking about around here, what crafts do you enjoy?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Give me a listen you corpses of cheer! on: June 11, 2006 06:04:53 PM
This bag started off boring and black, and I wracked my brain to come up with something other than my usual star applique to jazz it up. I don't know why it took so long to click, but the lining looks straight out of the corpse bride!

See? Perfect!

A close-up of Emily. I'm really happy with how she came out.

She's not as green in natural lighting, those parts are more of a grey tone. I improvised, since I have no fabric paint. The white is gesso, then I layered some basic colors on top of that with acrylic, and did all the detail work in marker, mostly sharpie. She'll probably wash off as soon as she comes in contact with any sort of weathering. Any ideas on how to "seal" her? I'm considering investing in some matte mod podge just for this.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / yarrrr! bag for a musician/pirate on: May 18, 2006 07:14:23 PM
I made this for a friend, but I'm so thrilled with how it came out I might have to keep it for myself!

(ignore the fabulous scarf that everyone thinks I made when in fact I got it for 50 cents at urban outfitter's bargain basement)

Closeup of the applique:

I used some sturdy fusable interfacing on the back of this, and drew the skull and crossed swords on that, then cut it out. All the detail work on the front is done with fabric paint. I think I might do another outline around the edges now that it's sewn on, just as a bit of a security measure to "glue" it down. The bag is lined with that same fabric.

It has three pockets, two side pockets (one on the inside and one on the outside) and the third on the back inside (if that makes sense.) I tried to photograph the inside but my camera hated it.

AND it has this awesome red reflector! I realized I put the fabric through the top part wrong after I went crazy with the zigzag stitch, of course.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / that godawful salvation army smell on: May 14, 2006 06:20:46 PM
You know of what I speak. That stench of dog piss and old people and must and mildew. What my car currently smells like thanks to a lunch break trek to salv's on a rainy day (couldn't leave the windows open!)

Got any surefire tips and tricks to get rid of it for good? Don't be greedy! Share, Comrade! No matter what I seem to do (multiple baking soda infused washes, febreeze, the lot of it), I just can't seem to get it out. My current method is two washes, one with baking soda, and then just sucking it up and waiting for it to go away.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / teeeeny little lambkin! on: May 08, 2006 04:37:25 PM
I made this little guy with a free pattern from
I found a link to the site from someone on craftster, but I forget who  Embarrassed

He was very fun and very simple to make, despite some frustration over teeny tiny seams. I made him in a couple hours while watching a movie.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / how the heck do I manipulate this stuff? on: April 20, 2006 08:45:48 PM
A number of tiny, tiny, tightly coiled wires have come into my posession in various colors, and I happen to think they'd make an excellent bracelet. They're the perfect length, and the colors look wonderful together. But there's one problem.

I have no idea how to attach these things to a clasp! Simply stretching them doesnt work, since I only have two hands, and need at least two more to get anywhere with that. They're so tiny! Here's a comparison shot.

I'm afraid threading anything through them would mess with the shape and motion of them, which is a huge part of their appeal! Has anyone worked with something like this before? Any ideas? Advice?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / i have commandeered a beading kit! on: April 20, 2006 08:41:23 PM
My stepsister has had the most complete, varied collection of beads sitting on her desk for at least a year and a half, completely untouched. AND, she has two of these. So I've taken one for my own. And made earrings!

Just a handful of the earrings I've made in the past week or two. I ran out of hooks!

The silver pair in the center, the fishies, and the orange and white pairs went to my cousin for her 16th birthday, and she wore the silver ones the second she took them out of the box. The purple ones in the top left are my favorite, I think.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old h&m sweater now a shrug! on: April 07, 2006 07:50:30 PM

I've had this thing for aaaages, and its never really fit properly, the bottom's always sticking out funny, and it was too short to begin with, so I just decided to shorten it a little more!

How could I let those awesome sleeves go to waste?
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