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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Needle-Free Knitting Needle Bag on: October 26, 2007 06:52:13 AM
I loved the look of the Knitting Needle Bag [available free here http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/bags/?patternsandposts=1&showposts=1&organizeby=date&skilllevels=all], but I thought it would be uncomfortable to carry around a purse with pointy needles on the end.  Plus, I wanted a purse that could stand up to everything I cram in there.  When I saw a faux-croc purse on clearance at a local store, inspiration hit and here you have it:

I was fortunate that the pattern fit the frame as-is, no tweaking needed!  I used two skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky, just knit one side until I got to the end of the skein, then repeated for the other side.  Stash-busting is a beautiful thing.

Here's everything I cram in my purse (minus the odd scraps of paper and receipts that eventually work their way in) :

And here it is all full and zipped up:

Thanks for looking!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / In the News: Woman Crochets Oversize American Flag on: October 12, 2007 08:11:07 PM

I saw this linked on another site earlier today and thought you guys might get a kick out of it.  The sheer size of the thing is awe-inspiring, but I'm even more surprised that she's flying it in her front yard!

The flag is 24 x 13 feet, weighs 43 pounds and contains more than 20 miles of yarn!!!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lariat and some fulled Kola Bears on: July 26, 2007 09:22:28 PM
A friend of mine fell in love with an expensive knitted lariat so I decided to try my hand at making one for her.  I used her favorite colors in WoolEase Chunky.  I wanted to make it somewhat washable in case of sticky fingered children.   Cheesy  Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers book helped me figure out the roses.

Hopefully I can get her to model when I give it to her, but for now, here's Elmo:

close up:


Tip for all you knitters with kids who get spoiled by their grandparents-- bring the kid and grandparent along to your LYS and you might just score some free yarn!  My well trained little darling squealed with glee when she saw this Fiber Trends pattern and, before I knew it, I was the proud owner of enough yarn for two (plus some extra "just in case"  Wink).  Thanks, Mother-in-Law! 

While I was knitting the bottom one a little hellion darling child [not my own] ripped out several rows and I had a hard time figuring out where I was.  Short rows make it hard for me to "read" my knitting.  The end result was that his head turned out a little wonky, but I think that gives him personality.  It was either that or rip back 2 hours worth of work!

I used Lamb's Pride Worsted for both of these little guys and they are snug in their proud owner's little beds as I type.

Who's cuter?  Grin

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tooth Fairy, Somewhat Literally! on: March 12, 2007 09:52:39 PM
Okay, it's not literally a tooth fairy since it's not made of teeth, but it's close.  My 5-year-old has her first loose tooth, and she's obsessed with all things tooth-related.  First she asked me if the Tooth Fairy was real, and I asked what she thought.  "No," she said, "but it still sounds like fun."  Then she drew a picture of what she thought the tooth fairy would look like.  She was a tooth with wings, a crown, a wand with a flower on top, and a little pouch to hold the teeth.  That inspired me to make this...

I got the tooth shape pattern from Crochetville, but the wings, arms, pouch, etc are my own creations.  I added a pocket in the back in case she wants to leave a note or something that won't fit in the little pouch:

And here's a close-up of the Fairy's pouch, with an example of what the Tooth Fairy will be leaving (gold dollars are so much fun!):

I had a lot of fun making this, and I can't wait until my daughter's tooth falls out and I can surprise her with her special Tooth Fairy Pillow inspired by her own imagination!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Calmer Kid Shrug on: February 10, 2007 04:35:39 PM
Fashion disaster!  My daughter's Kindergarten is holding a Sweetheart dance tonight, and I thought her outfit was all planned.  She has a sweet little red dress with a warm, black velvet bolero that was perfect.  Last night she decides that her heart is set on wearing the thin, sleeveless sundress grandma gave her for Christmas (because 5-year-olds love getting clothes they can't wear for four more months!).  I told her no because it was too cold, but she was heartbroken.

The I remembered the stretchy little ball of Rowan Calmer I had bought to make a pair of Twinkletoes.  It matched the dress perfectly!  I could make a shrug!  I found a lace pattern from an old calendar, and off I went.  My husband didn't think I could pull it off in time, but I steam blocked it and had it seamed with almost an hour to spare.  Grin

It's the perfect yarn for a shrug because it's stretchy- very easy to get on and off.

Alyssa was very happy.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Elephant Camera Case- Now With Peanut!! on: January 18, 2007 04:15:02 PM
My new digital camera needed a fun case, so I made a big sister for my elephant MP3 cover! 

Here she is:

I added an interior pocket to hold my extra battery:

The only thing that would make it perfect would be if I could find a button shaped like a peanut.  I have been Googling all afternoon with no luck.  I'd like to have the fastner be the elephant's trunk wrapped around a peanut.

**Update** Scatter Kincaid and I did a personal swap and she made me the perfect little polymer clay peanut buttons.  I really think they complete the elephant perfectly.
Take a look:

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pegboard for Bedroom Craft Corner on: January 18, 2007 12:22:08 PM
I used to have an entire room for my craft stuff, but after I had my second child I had to move out!  For about a year I've tried to make do with a card table in the corner of my bedroom.  For Christmas I got the craft storage system from Target (it's similar to Store in Style's line).  In addition, my wonderful husband helped me put together a peg board to hold some craft tools.  Since it's in our bedroom I wanted it to look nice.

I got vinyl pegboard from Lowes.  It costs a bit more but it won't scratch like painted peg board.  Then I hit a 50% frame sale at Hobby Lobby.  My husband sawed the board down to size and put it together for me. 

I need to pick up a sturdier dowel for my ribbons but I keep forgetting!  I love having everything at my fingertips when I sit down to work!  It's much handier than going through the drawers.

Here's the whole corner:

And some favorite Christmas gifts.  Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic and Cables? on: January 10, 2007 09:11:53 PM
I really, really, REALLY want to knit IW's Cardigan for Arwen, but I cannot afford nice yarn for the project. I was thinking about using Caron Simply Soft, but I'm wondering if that's a good idea.  The pattern is a cable panel and lots of stockinette.  Since acrylic can't really be blocked, would the cable panel come out okay? 

This would be my first sweater, and I'd really like it to be a good experience.  Should I just save up and wait?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Accidentally Self-Designed Scarf on: December 21, 2006 06:18:29 PM
My mother-in-law gave me some Lion Suede yarn to match coats she bought my daughters and told me to make scarves.  I intended to do a simple triple crochet pattern, but I'm a bit rusty and I did the stitch wrong.  After a few rows I realized my mistake, but I really liked how it turned out so I stuck with it.

The flower hides a hole to pass the scarf end through.  My five-year-old hates the feeling of a scarf wrapped around her neck, but she likes how this feels.

The Scarf:

Stitch Detail:


I got the flower pattern from Happy Hooker.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Homage to My Grandma on: November 18, 2006 09:16:57 AM
A little back-story:  My grandma made all those great, funky crafts without a touch of irony, but I loved them.  The Craftster book makes me think of my grandma and all the wonders she created.  When she passed away several years ago, my grandpa gave me Grandma's old tea pot.  The cosy it came with was store bought and stained, but I used it anyway.  

Yesterday, I decided to make a tea cozy worthy of Grandma's pot.  I found an inspiring pattern here: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/teacosies/loop-st-cosy.htm  It took a bit of tweaking to get it to work with my worsted weight yarn and my squat tea pot.  But I'm very pleased with the result.  It looks just like something Grandma would have made, acrylic yarn and all.

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