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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first sock monster on: September 02, 2008 02:07:52 PM
Stuck for an idea for another birthday present for my (now) 11 year old I remembered her seeing another of these posted on Craftster and remarking how 'cute' it was, so a quick trip into the pound shop and 15 minutes later I had this and a matching pair of socks to go with it ("I can't find any socks" is a constant theme in my house so it was kind of an in joke)
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First try at wire wrapping and soldering on: July 15, 2008 04:16:29 AM
I haven't made any jewellery for a couple of years but it's suddenly caught my attention again and I don't want to do anything else right now. My photography skills are non existent so I won't put up too many photos but first of all this is soldered wire with lampworked beads, ideally I wanted to make PMC ends but when I unwrapped the little bit I had left I discovered it had turned into rock.

This is my first attempt at wire wrapping, again just using what I had in my bead box which was some sea glass. Beside it are silver circles soldered together with peridot chips and silver chain. I'm going to put this on a piece of leather I think.

Lastly these are stone chips on silver wire from a broken bracelet belonging to my daughter, I'm going to put a few more strings on this one as I prefer chunkier jewellery

Let me know what you think, these are just practice pieces, but if anyone else likes them I might invest in proper supplies. I'd also be very grateful for any photography tips!
13  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Free Form CAL - All instructions now on Pg1 on: May 24, 2008 04:20:25 PM
Would anyone be interested in a a freeform CAL? There was one on Ravelry at the beginning of the year, I missed it but the thread is great - the organiser posted a different rule each week such as 'throw a dice and do the that amount of DC' or 'take your birth date away from your age and do that amount of slip stitches.'
The results were fascinating, each persons' work came out completely differently but looked beautiful. I'd really like to have a go if anyone else would like to join me.

1. Using your favourite hook and whichever yarn comes out of your stash first, chain the average age of your household

2. DC an amount of stitches equal to the number of letters in your full name

3. It's Monday. Boo. Lets cheer ourselves up by using the brightest yarn we have and whichever hook suits it best. I'd like you to measure your foot in centimetres and do that amount of trebles. If the number exceeds the amount of stitches you already have then either start a new row (count the turning chain as another treble) or carry on round the corner of your base chain using the other side.[/b]

4. 3rd June instruction. sticking with the foot theme, please do a cluster for each pair of shoes you own  How to do clusters here -
and here -

5. Good morning - 4th June instruction. Please change to a thinner yarn and smaller hook and we're going to do Single Crochet Lace (1sc, 1ch, 1sc in each stitch) for the day of your birthday (so as I'm on the 29th I'll be doing 29 sets of 1sc, 1ch, 1sc).

6. 5th June instruction. Randomly change yarns and hook accordingly, first one out the stash as before. Today we're doing filet crochet choosing the number from the page of the book or magazine you're currently reading filling in every tenth square.
If you're near the end of something the length of Deathly Hallows feel free to add the page number together until it becomes reasonable.

How to filet crochet here - http://www.smartcrochet.com/tutorial.shtml[/b]

7. It's Friday! Let's play. Take a breath, how many times can you say the phrase 'floppy fluffy puppies' before you need to take another or you trip over your tongue? That many shell stitches please in your own choice of yarn.

How to shell stitch here http://www.ehow.com/how_2044293_make-crochet-shell-stitch.html[/b]

8. Please change to the yarn or hook with which you're most comfortable because today we're doing a speed trial. Three minutes to HDC like the wind.

9. June 8th Instruction. One Solomons Knot (or Lovers Knot) for each spice or herb jar in your kitchen.[/b] Solomons Knot instructions here http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art4830.asp

http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa122698.htm (I think this one is clearer)

10. 9th June. Changing yarns again I'm afraid, something fatter if you have it and again using a suitable hook. Do a slip stitch, then SC, then HDC, then DC, then TR, then Double Treble and keep stepping up - how tall will you go?  when you get to YOUR highest stitch do a second one of your tallest then step all the way back down again.

10th June instructions - I'm having to post early as tomorrow morning will be chaos (school sports day and I have a picnic for I don't know how many people and work and my husband home all day - apologies for any confusion)
As ever change yarn and hook as you desire and we're doing  Popcorn stitches for every Craftster bookmark you have.
Popcorn stitch here http://www.expertvillage.com/video/28022_crochet-popcorn-stitch.htm
(this is the best one I found, I'll try to post my own directions tomorrow)

11th June instructions. A really pretty stitch today, please add up the digits in your phone number until it becomes reasonable and star stitch that number
Star stitch here - it looks quite straightforward but I'll admit I haven't tried yet.

12th June. Nice easy one today. Change colour again if you wish and using your favourite/lucky number, do that amount of front post double crochet.
how to here - http://www.crochetkitten.com/tutorials/fpdc.html

13th June. Pick a card from a normal deck or use online generator (there are loads of them out there) counting Aces as 11 and pictures as 12 and do that amount of back post doubles.

14th June pick out a coin from your purse and do alternate front and back post DCs to value of that coin.

15th June Change your hook to one with a straight shaft if possible because today we're doing Tunisian crochet Roll 2 dice or again use the random number generator http://www.random.org/ to get your number of stitches then roll one dice for your number of rows
How to here http://www.crochetme.com/Apr_May_2005/reads_tunisian.html

16th June We're over halfway! Today we're going to make a ruffled section. Change to a smaller hook and yarn as necessary then three chain and 2 dc into each stitch for each window in your house/apartment, 3 chain again turn and 2 dc in each of those DC's.

17th June Today 1 berry stitch for each door in your house/apartment
berry stitch

18th June (Apologies again and again and again) today we are are doing a Chinese fan stitch for every colour you're wearing
chinese fan stitch
if these instructions aren't clear chain 3 then 12 DC in third stitch from hook and repeat as necessary.

19th June change colours and double trebles for every letter in your Crafster name

20th June count how many colours you've used so far in this project and Astrakhan (or twisted loop stitch) for each one
Astrakhan stitch here Astrakhan stitch

21st June use a smaller hook and with the same yarn as yesterday slip stitch the first number you see

22nd June Picot the number of items you are currently wearing
picot stitch

23rd June  Oh! You are NOT going to like me for this one. Count how many items you are wearing and Bullion Sitich for each one. (Please don't throw things at me.)


24th June Nice easy one today. Please change yarn again, either texture or colour and 1 extended single crochet for each year you spent in formal education
extended single crochet

25th June It's exactly 6 months until Christmas! One treble for every gift you think you'll make this year.

26th June We're going back to picots but picot crowns this time, change colours (and hook accordingly) and one for every present you meant to make last year. Like this
 ch 3, sl st in first ch made of ch-3 to make a picot, ch 4, sl st in first ch made of ch-4 to make another picot, ch 3, sl st in first ch made of ch-3 to make a third picot,  single crochet in the same place as the first single crochet that was made for this 3-picot group
If that doesn't make sense try these instructions Look at the highlighted steps 1-4 and 5-7

27th June 1 crab stitch for each cup of tea or coffee you drank yesterday crab stitch

28th June Today Loop stitch your age Loop Stitch

29th June Todays instruction depends on how many candles you last lit be it a birthday, religious occasion, dinner, whatever and we're doing -
Backward Front Loop Slip Stitch - Bring the yarn in front of the hook. Insert the hook going from back to front under the back loop. Yarn over. Draw yarn through both loops on hook. (It doesn’t matter which direction you yarn over for these backward stitches. Try both directions and use the one that is easiest for you.) I've taken this instruction from a blog called a A Yarnified Life

30th June Our last instruction - June has flown by for me, I really hope you've all had a good month and thank you so much for your support, I didn't think this would take off but you've made it so much fun. Anyway enough gushing here we go one last time 1 corkscrew spiral for every stitch you've learnt this month.

Thanks again!  Grin
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / mini food on: April 29, 2008 03:43:48 PM
I know there are hundreds of these on here already but I just wanted to share.

The photo isn't great (I have no idea how to use the macro bit on my camera yet), this is around the size of a penny.

Again, not a great photo, the pink is far more sugary in reality but more little food bits, hotdogs, pink birthday cake, doughnut and some little chocolates. I made hundreds more on Monday morning but I won't post those until I learn to take better photos.
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first skein! on: January 14, 2008 05:23:11 AM
I'm almost ashamed to post this on here having just seen so many beautiful pieces of work on this board but at the same time I'm also quite proud that I've made a start. I followed a link from somewhere on Craftster about making your own drop spindle from a CD, dowelling and a curtain hook, I have a ridiculous amount of crafting supplies (and in line with the Buy Nothing Swap I'm trying to buy nothing I'm not going to use immediately) so after searching through my garden shed and the black hole that is the cupboard under my stairs I had everything I needed to make a start. And here it is, my first skein from roving my Mother gave me a couple of years ago dyed with Kool Aid I've received in various swaps (thank you lovely partners)

The photos are terrible as it's very dark here in the UK at the moment and I'm not terribly sure how to use my camera
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Avast ye scurvy dogs! on: May 27, 2007 02:44:33 PM
This started life as the skull & cross bones jumper from the Happy Hooker but I always get bored following patterns so it kind of evolved. My daughter chose the colours and how she wanted it to look (it does actually fit when she isn't pulling it over both shoulders). I'd never tried motifs or even changing colours before so on the whole I'm quite pleased.

17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bottled satsumas on: November 27, 2006 10:17:17 AM
Does anyone know how to preserve or bottle whole peeled satsumas? I've searched this forum and googled for a recipe but haven't found a thing. What I want is to be able to preserve them in some kind of alcohol (I'm thinking probably Cointreau) but I don't know if I should boil or steep them in sugar syrup first. They look so lovely in the shops and I think if I make them now they should be just about ready to use as gifts for Christmas. Any help would be supremely appreciated.
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Off duty showgirl on: October 17, 2006 04:57:10 AM
I work as a dance teacher when I'm not looking at Craftster and over the last week or so have been doing a V cheesy routine to Copacabana which now runs through my head constantly. Hence Lola.
This is what she's like when she doesn't have yellow feathers in her hair or a dress cut down to there.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sealife bowl on: October 17, 2006 04:05:14 AM
I hope this is the right forum but inspired by the army bowl thread in the discussions and questions bit, (sorry I have no idea how to link to it) I thought I'd try the same heat gun technique on different objects. 

This is my second one and I have to say I'm quite pleased with the way this is working out. The photos are bit bit rubbish but what I have at the moment is a shallow sweetie dish made of glossy killer whales, lobsters and turtles. Next time I 'll use more seaweed to line the sides. Let me know what you think, are these worth persevering with or am I in the grip of another desperate pointless displacement activity?
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Crisis of confidence on: August 25, 2006 04:32:19 AM
I've made this for my daughters birthday on Tuesday (she loves Captain Jack) but now I'm not sure if it looks like him or not. She's only 9 and I'd hate it if I thought she was trying hard not to be disappointed. Please be honest (but gentle), it's the first time I've tried stencilling.

Thank you

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