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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Felted purse for a fall purse swap and a kinda tut. on: September 23, 2006 06:08:00 AM
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/52476635@N00/250415031/

Ok since this is for a swap for another forum I think I am safe in posting this. I just finished this purse this morning. It was a long time in making. My puppy had gotten into my first purse and chewed up my knitting needles and some of the wool yarn. So I frogged that one and decided to make a crocheted one. I really like it and it even has an unintentional southwest feel. My partner lives in Arizona and I didn't give it the southwest feel on purpose. 

I used a J hook and started Double crocheting in a circle, until I got to the size (for the bottom) I wanted, I messed up since the bottom has some "ruffles" but I think its cute. Then I did straight DC up the sides, switching yarn colors every 2 rows. On the last set of stripes I did a DC in 5 stitches, chained 5, skipped 5 stitches, around so I would have the loops for the strap and tie. Then the next row around I DC in each stitch and the did 5 DC into the chains.  For the tie and strap I just did a chain that was LONG....  I did my stripes in DC in each chain across, each row was a differnt color.  I think my strap ended up being 12 feet long before felting.

I used Patlns classic meriono 100% wool yarn. I felted this using my washing machine. I turned the water to hot wash cold rinse, low setting. added a bit of detergent, a pair of jeans and placed my handle tie into a pillow case, and then the purse into antoher pillow case tossed it into the washer and let her go.  I only did one wash/spin cycle. This felted super fast, usually if I use brown sheep lamb's pride I have to do 3 or 4 cycles to get it to this felted consistancy.   After I took it out of the washer I blocked it kinda and then hung it up to dry for 4 days.  I threaded the tie thru the holes and then cut the strap and sewed it onto my purse body. I tried to needle felt it but I couldn't get it to work, so out came the handy dandy sewing needle.

and Michaels has this yarn on sale this week, ending tonight 9/23/06. it has lots of cool colors
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Too cute, it will make you wanna puke!!!! on: September 14, 2006 02:46:15 PM
Ok, I broke down and purchased a Japanese book off ebay. Man it was expensive but once I got the book and looked at it and then made one item I have to admit it was well worth it!!!! This little scrubber, dishcloth I think, is just so darn cute.  Here is a photo of the scrubber
http://flickr.com/photos/52476635@N00/243401928/

and the book cover
http://flickr.com/photos/52476635@N00/243401926/

I made the koala out of regular peaches and cream cotton dishcloth yarn.  now to make a bunny up tonight....
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Happy Gift Bags on: August 25, 2006 11:17:46 AM
I just saw this on ETSY and had to buy a pattern. I can't wait until after work so I can start in on some of these. I think they will make great little holiday gifts for anyone.

http://www.etsy.com/view_item.php?listing_id=410066

Now for the rest of the work day to get over with.. sometimes I dislike workings, especially when it gets in the way of my crafting obsession.
34  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Punk Rock Porkies!! on: August 06, 2006 12:59:41 PM
Here are 2 of my felted punk rock porcupines. I got the pattern from the book felted crochet. Instead of using fun fur I used a boa yarn for the orange one and another type of eyelashy yarn for the varigated blueish one and a strand of brown sheep lambs pride yarn (85%wool 15% mohair).  I crocheted them, and then felted them in the washer.   I then used a needle felting needle and did the eyes and noses.  they need a trim but I think they are cute.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52476635@N00/208367759/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52476635@N00/208367758/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52476635@N00/208367757/
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