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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Poinsettia Pin from Felt! on: December 29, 2006 07:17:53 AM
My first post on this board! Hopefully this is the right place ...

So I needed something to dress up my Christmas outfits, and I happened to have a gift bag that had a really cute felt poinsettia on it. I took that idea and made my own poinsettia pin! It was super easy. On the bag, it just has a regular old safety pin sewn on. I didn't want to put it in the Winter Holiday crafting section, because it really can be adapted for so many things other than poinsettias. Hope you like it!  Cheesy

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarf That Dad Actually REQUESTED! on: December 28, 2006 05:07:49 PM
All right, this is the scarf I finished for my dad on the 23rd, just in time to give it to him on Christmas morning. In my rush, I didn't get any pictures taken before I wrapped it up, so we'll have to go with action shots for now. Oh, and don't mind my dad's thermal pants.  Roll Eyes My dad is the type of person who NEVER asks for anything for Christmas, except for a new pair of shoes or something. So when he heard I was making blankets for my sisters, he told my mom that he wouldn't mind getting a scarf for Christmas. I could not believe it! I'm glad I could make something that is useful to him and appreciated.

Details on the scarf - It's all double crochet, made really wide so he can cover up his mouth and nose with it if he wants. He works on an oil rig on the night shift, so it can get pretty chilly out there. The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Forest Green Heather, and I really liked working with it. It has a really nice weight to it. I used a K hook.



13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Super Stripes Blanket on: December 28, 2006 04:57:34 PM
I thought I had posted this, but apparently not. Well, this was a Christmas gift for my 17 year old sister this year. It's double crocheted, and the yarn is Bernat Super Stripes in orange and black. The yarn was kind of a hassle sometimes to work with, but I liked the effect. Anyway, on to the pictures!!


The blanket turned out extremely big, which is what I was going for. You can't even see my sister in the picture (she's the one holding it up).


And one more for fun ...

14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Miss Bossy Amigurumi! on: December 17, 2006 02:34:05 PM
Well, here is one more Christmas present I've completed. This is Little Miss Bossy, based off of the image from the book. I modified the Amigurumi Dude pattern from Crochet Me to make her, and I didn't make arms/legs - I just couldn't get them to look right, and I think she's cute just as a ball. Anyway, she is for my 6 year old sister (she gets the book as a gift too). Hope you like her!


15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarf for my Mother In Law! on: December 15, 2006 07:11:58 AM
My mother-in-law's favorite color is purple, so of course that is the color of her scarf. This one is pretty plain, no fringe on the end or anything, but I think she will like it. It's all double crochet, made with Lion Brand Homespun in "Grape" and with a K hook. It only took one skein and about 4 hours total - yay!  Grin



16  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Scarves for the Elderly on: December 03, 2006 02:41:30 PM
I just thought I would share my latest crafty "do gooder" experience...

I saw in the newspaper that our local nursing home is having their holiday celebration on December 10, and I remember going to this with my grandma (she lived in the home for a few years before she died). The event acts as a fundraiser, because you can "sponsor" a Christmas tree ornament for a loved one if you also make a donation. In addition to this, however, they also have the residents' gift exchange where Santa comes and hands out gifts. Now, these gifts can be from family members, but there are also lots of residents whose families are not in the area and whose families also just don't get them gifts.

I decided that something I could do to help all the residents get thoughtful gifts, would be to crochet scarves for them. Anyway, I just talked to the activity director about it on November 30, and I already have 3 1/2 scarves done. Yay! I'm hoping to have maybe about 10 done by the 10th, and then the activity director said that if I could make more before the 25th, then she could also give them to residents on Christmas Day as well.

Anyway, my whole point in posting this is - if you're interested in doing some charitable crafting locally, check your local nursing home and see if they do any holiday gift exchanges like this. The elderly would love to get a nice handcrafted gift, especially since many of them probably crocheted/knitted/sewed/crafted throughout their lives and cannot do it any longer.

(Of course, this is also the time when I am doing lots of crafting for my family's gifts ... yikes!) I will post pictures as I get more things completed.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Flat panel monitor carrier? on: November 27, 2006 11:17:14 AM
My husband often transports his LCD flat panel monitor to various and sundry LAN parties in the area. He is currently using towels to cover it up so that it doesn't get scratched up and so that it is a bit protected, and I of course decided he needs something nicer than that.

I have the basic construction idea down, but my main question is ... what type of yarn should I use to crochet this? I want something that will not be scratchy, so I was thinking some sort of baby yarn. I wasn't sure if maybe cotton would be less likely to scratch, or maybe some other kind of yarn. My only idea right now on deciding what kind of yarn to use is just to go to the store and fondle it. Not that I mind doing that of course!  Tongue

I also am a bit wary of crocheting a strap for it. I would need it to not stretch very much (or if it does stretch a bit, I'd need to know so that I can adjust the strap accordingly). The strap is not really necessary though.

So for basic construction details, if anyone else is interested ... Basically it would just be a square (or sort of square - monitor shaped, at least) bag that he could place the monitor in, and then it might even have little button straps on top to close it up and make it more secure. The strap ... like I said, I'm iffy on even having a strap.  Huh

Anyway - thanks for reading, and hopefully someone has a few ideas for me!!

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tote bags! NEW PICTURES! on: November 26, 2006 09:11:51 AM
So I decided that I would embroider some plain tote bags I got at Walmart for my mom and my two sisters for part of their Christmas gifts this year. This is my first "real" embroidery - before I've only done cross stitching on Aida fabric. I'm using "wax free tracing paper" to get the designs onto the canvas. It's working pretty well.

First is my mom's ...



Her name is outlined in black with backstitching, and then filled with burgundy satin stitching. The knotwork is all done in backstitch (which I obviously need more practice with) Tongue.

NEW: My sister's (age 17) tote



Again, the Eiffel Tower is all done in backstitch (number of strands of floss varies), and her name is done with a backstitch outline and satin stitching to fill it in. There are wet spots on the tote because I cleaned off some of the transfer color that was still on it.
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Marvin, the Paranoid Android on: November 25, 2006 11:36:26 AM
"I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed." Meet Marvin, the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!



Here's my reference picture:

This guy was just crying out to become an amigurumi. He was only the second stuffie I've made, and my first amigurumi! I used the "Amigurumi Dude" pattern from CrochetMe.org for inspiration and to get some of the techniques down, but then just went from the picture. Hope everyone likes him, and good luck to the rest of the challenge entries!
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Super Mario Bros - Toad's House! (1 image) on: November 12, 2006 07:32:57 PM
I am on a roll making my Christmas gifts! Check this one out ...


My sister and I have been really into Super Mario Bros. 3 for Nintendo lately, and she wrote an awesome essay (she's applying to colleges now) using Toad's House in the game to her life. So, to commemmorate that, and just for a great gift, I crocheted a Toad's House for her! I didn't use any pattern at all, just kind of winged it. It's all Red Heart yarn, in white, black, and "warm brown". I decided on making Toad's House instead of a super mushroom or a 1up mushroom because, well, I didn't have red or green yarn. But those will come someday! It's stuffed with that polyester fiberfil stuff. The yarn on the top is a loop left so that she can hang it up if she wants to.

Thanks for looking!
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