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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Can't find enough yarn for matching shawls! Help! on: September 27, 2012 09:55:21 AM
Ok, here's the situation: I have decided that I want to make matching shawls for the bridesmaids (3) in my wedding, as well as one for myself (of course!). I have chosen a pattern I like (http://www.stitchdiva.com/knit-crochet-patterns/endless-crochet-cardi-shawl) but it uses a lot of yarn (1790-3373 yards depending on size!). We are going to have a Fall/Autumn theme at the wedding, so the shawls are going to be autumn leaves colors like burgandy red, pumpkin orange, mustard yellow, and white/off-white for me. I want them all to match each other in texture and color tone because I want them to be worn *during* my wedding.

Therefore, I've been looking for yarns that are:
  • the right weight yarn (DK)
  • have all four colors I want in the same yarn
  • are made from nice material (I don't need 100% silk, but 100% acrylic is out of the question...)
  • AND have enough skeins in stock for me to buy enough...

Unfortunately I just CANNOT find my yarn anywhere! Does anyone know a good online store that might have these quantities of yarn? Should I keep looking for the perfect yarn that will have all these qualities and in the quantities I need, or should I just settle for trying to find a couple yarns that are "similar enough" to complete the color selection, knowing that it may be obvious they aren't the same yarn when they're standing next to each other? I'm stuck and I could really use your help!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern for Amigurumi Na'vi from James Cameron's Avatar on: February 03, 2010 08:50:44 AM
I wish I could get something that looked sort of realistic, but these look like they will get me at least close enough to work with! Thank you!

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Pattern for Amigurumi Na'vi from James Cameron's Avatar on: February 01, 2010 01:42:59 PM
I'm new to crochet and I'd like to tackle making an amigurumi of Neytiri, a Na'vi from James Cameron's Avatar movie. I have sort of thought out what I want to do about certain things but I still need an actual pattern for the doll.

Reference Image: Front

Reference Image: Back

I was going to use tapestry crochet to make her stripes. I'd have to make a test doll first and mark on it which stitches I want to be the darker blue.

Bioluminecent Spots:
I thought about using bead crochet techniques to add beads for her bioluminescent spots, but I thought that would be too limiting as to their placement, so right now I'm planning on sewing the beads on after completing the doll.

Clothes (Top):
I was going to embroider her feather necklace/top on with yarn, to give it additional depth while ensuring that it covers the right areas (I don't want this to be an "X" rated doll! Hahaha) I also plan on giving her breasts as per the instructions suggested here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331340.0

Clothes (Bottoms):
I haven't decided if I wanted to have her loin cloth part of the doll or a separate item that is tied onto her body.

Skin Color:
I have *no* idea what color/type of yarn would be ideal for this. Any suggestions? (Pretty please?)

I figured I would just attached some chain crocheted strings to her head since she's got dreads in the movie. Most of the could be short and I could have one that's actually braided and a little thicker that could be her queue. Maybe I could even unravel a piece of pink floss and put that in the middle.

Face (Eyes):
I haven't decided if I want to just tapestry crochet a block of gold on her face to represent her eyes and just embroider floss to create pupil and white and eyelashes or if I should attach gold colored safety eyes. Any opinions?

Face (Nose):
I was thinking of using the idea of this doll as inspiration for the nose and maybe the mouth too.

Face (Ears):
I don't have any idea what kind of pattern I could use to make her ears. Any suggestions?

I need help finding a pattern that produces a doll that has thin body proportions. I know this won't be easy since most amigurumi are supposed to be cute, but I'm sure that there's a pattern out there that would work. I just need help finding it!

I was just going to crochet a tube, using tapestry crochet to make stripes, and use some black fun fur or something at the end for the fluff.

So, in summary, my questions are these:

Does anyone know of an amigurumi pattern that would have these proportions?
Any thoughts on the bead-attachment plan?
Any ideas what type/color material to use?
Should I stitch loincloth as part of doll or separate piece of clothing?
Any thoughts on Eye type?
Any pattern suggestions for ears?

Thanks again!!!

ETA: removed image tags from hotlinked pics - fantasticmio
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Slouch Hat on: January 19, 2010 06:48:22 AM
Wow, those colors look great together and they are so vivid! would you mind saying what yarns you used? Thanks!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Beginner, Several Projects (Image Heavy) on: January 15, 2010 09:35:09 AM
Thank you all for your kind words. I'm glad to hear that you all think they look okay!

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Beginner, Several Projects (Image Heavy) on: January 14, 2010 11:10:30 AM
Hi all!

I just learned to crochet recently (at a christmas cookie baking party) and I wanted to post the fruits of my labor! It's pretty basic, but I feel like I've done well.

Granny Square

Cotton Variegated Yarn, "H" hook
Used Double Crochet (dc) and Chain Stitch (cs)


Cotton Variegated Yar, "H" hook
Note: I made a mistake and started adding more loops to each row, which is why the pattern changes throughout the washcloth. Oops!
Used Chain Stitch  (cs) and Single Crochet (sc)


Cotton Variegated Yarn, "H" hook
Used Chain Stitch (cs) and Double Crochet (dc)


Cotton Variegated Yarn, "H" hook
Used a pattern I found online

Lace Square

Cotton "Sugar 'n Cream" Variegated Yarn in Renegade
Pattern found in "Encyclopedia of Crochet"


Cotton "Sugar 'n Cream" Variegated Yarn in Renegade
Pattern found in "Encyclopedia of Crochet"


Cotton "Sugar 'n Cream" Variegated Yarn in Renegade
Pattern found in "Encyclopedia of Crochet"


Cotton "Sugar 'n Cream" Variegated Yarn in Renegade
Pattern I made up

Crochet Hook Case

Acrylic "Vanna's Choice" Yarn in Olive, Medium Weight (more than one skein)
Pattern Here: http://www.crochetspot.com/free-crochet-pattern-crochet-hook-case/

Fuzzy Scarf
(No Picture)
Fun Fur Yarn (Fun Fur is Evil!)

Breezy Ripples Beanie

Acrylic "Red Heart Collage" Yarn in Rust, Worsted (Medium) Weight, "G" hook
Note: In real life it really does look rust colored, not so orange
Pattern Here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333533.0

Breezy Ripples Scarf

Acrylic "Red Heart Collage" Yarn in Rust, Worsted (Medium) Weight, "G" hook
Note: A little closer to the real color
Pattern Link Here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304221.0

Matching Set

Rose Blossom

Acrylic "Red Heart Collage" Yarn in Rust, Worsted (Medium) Weight, "E" hook
Note: In real life it really does look rust colored, not so red
Pattern Here: http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-flower-pattern-rose/

Rose Leaves

Acrylic "Vanna's Choice" Yarn in Olive, Medium Weight, "E" hook
Pattern Here: http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-flower-pattern-rose/

Whew! wow, it didn't seem like much as I was doing it, but now that I've had to type it all up, that was a lot! Hahaha, anyway, tell me what you think!!!


7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Homemade Sun Jars as Christmas Gifts w/ Tutorial (Picture Heavy) on: December 27, 2009 03:54:31 PM
In my family, all the women over the age of 18 do a Christmas Present Swap. In the swap, instead of trying to think up a unique idea for each person, you come up with a single idea and create a bunch of that one idea.

See last years gifts here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288564

See my mom's gifts for this year here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332071.0

This year I remembered how hard it was to come up with a unique idea for each journal and I wanted to do something that would end up being a little easier. So as I was cruising the internet looking for ideas, I stumbled across several DIY sites that talk about creating a homemade "Sun Jar".  This just seemed so cool and very impressive so I decided to make this my project this year! (Please forgive the poor quality pictures. I only had my phone to take them with as my camera is dead)

Lit and Unlit

The idea of Sunjars is that they have a solar panel to collect energy during the day and then they turn on and glow all night.

-------Begin Tutorial---------

I started by looking at what would be needed. Since I planned to make about 20 Sun Jars, I worked up this list of materials:
Solar Garden Lights (x20)
Glass Jars (x20)
Hot Glue gun and sticks
Glass Frosting Spray
Decorative Ribbon

I started by ordering the Solar Garden Lights online. I looked in several places trying to find the cheapest lights I could because I had to be able to afford to buy 20 of them. Eventually I found these at Amazon.com for about $3.00ea.

A closer view of what the individual units looked like:

To disassemble the units, I had to twist the clear plastic piece off the top of the black top piece. At this point the bottom looked like this:

And the top looked like this:

I opened the battery door and removed the rechargeable battery to use later, and removed the three screws to open the unit up. The inside looked like this on the top:

(You can see the housing for the battery above and the simple circuit board in the center)

and this on the bottom:

(You can see the back of the Solar panel and the light sensor to the right of it)

Each of the four pieces had to be removed from the black plastic. I carefully pried the circuit board out of the pieces holding it, I used a razor knife to cut the plastic around the battery housing, I used a knife to score the glue around the solar panel so I could press it out from the otherside and I used a flathead screwdriver to pry the light sensor out of the hot glue. After all the pieces were liberated, I used a Hot Glue Gun to attach them to each other, the battery housing to the back of the solar panel, and the circuit board and light sensor onto the battery housing. When assembled, it looked like this:

(You can see the LED sticking off the top of the circuit board, which is glued on top of the battery housing, which is glued on top of the back of the solar panel. The sensor is not pictured.)

Repeat until they are all assembled:

(I used a charged battery to test each assembly at this point to ensure that nothing had been damaged)

The next step was to frost the jars, which I got from Ikea. I got the "Slom" jar in the 17oz size for $3.00ea. These jars are made from glass and have a water-tight seal, which means my completed sun jars can live outside on a porch safely. I used Valspar Glass Frosting spray to coat the inside of the jars after rubber banding a garbage bag around the jars to protect the outside of the jars from the spray. (I thought about simply spraying the outside of the jars, but the spray can states that the frosting effect can be scraped off with a thumbnail, so I sprayed the inside of the jars for the sake of longevity). When the frosting spray was applied in three coats and allowed to dry, the jars looked like this:

Once all the jars were sprayed, it was time to glue the assembled guts into the jars. I used Hot glue to accomplish this by gluing the four corners of the solar panel onto the inner flange of the jar lid. When completed, it looked like this:

(The LED easily clears the lip on the far edge as the lid is closed.)

I was concerned about how well the hot glue would be able to hold the assembly into the jar, so I took a completed jar and dropped it onto a carpeted floor from about chest height. The assembly didn't move in the jar, so I feel confident that the jars could be accidentally kicked or pushed off the rail of a porch onto the grass below without breaking the jar.

To add the finishing touches, I tied a ribbon around the outside of the jar with a cute little bow. I also included a tag that explained what the jar does. I charged the batteries and installed them on Christmas morning so they would be at full power when they were presented.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Bauble--Now with pic heavy tutorial. on: December 27, 2009 03:05:51 PM
Thank you so much for your help and advise and, of course, for your wonderful tutorial! We used your advise and were able to create the ornaments we needed for the gift exchange. Again thanks so much!

Full Post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332071.0
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Handmade Christmas Ornaments on: December 27, 2009 02:35:31 PM
In my family, all the women over the age of 18 do a Christmas Present Swap. In the swap, instead of trying to think up a unique idea for each person, you come up with a single idea and create a bunch of that one idea using different colors for each rendition. Here's my craft from last year: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288564

This year my mom decided to join in the crafting mayhem too! She was trying to come up with an idea for this year, and I gave her a link to this board for the to look at. After looking around some of the boards, she found the Christmas Bauble Tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324730.0) and decided that project was the one she wanted to do. After a lot of planning and a little customizing (we couldn't get the sizes listed in the tutorial, so we had to improvise!) we sat down to make them! A few thousand pins later, they turned out beautifully!


My Mom's

Group Shot of all 14 that we made

I'm very proud of her. It was a lot of hard work to do all these and have them done for christmas morning, but she was able to do it.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Bauble--Now with pic heavy tutorial. on: November 24, 2009 04:39:56 PM
My mom and I went to the store today to try to get the parts for this project but we couldn't find the right sizes of anything.

The styrofoam balls we found were either about 16 cm around or almost 24 cm. (They were marked by their diameters in English units, 2 in or 3 in)

The ribbon we found was either 5/8 in, or 1.5 in. We got kinda frustrated and put everything back.

Where did you go to find these parts? We went to Micheal's, is there a different store that you went to? Thanks for the help!

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