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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rasta ski mask on: November 30, 2008 08:40:18 AM
Knitted by request for a painter friend, who is giving me some of his work in exchange.  Now everyone wants it!  I'm charging $25 for the next one, even though they take me HOURS to complete.

Sorry for the horrible pictures, he's wicked hyper and wouldn't stand still long enough for me to take any more.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flounder of Love on: June 01, 2008 06:22:57 PM
A friend recently began living alone by the ocean, and I wanted to make him something to keep him company.  OK, well, he's living in his car, so it had to be something that didn't take up a lot of space.  Plus I was out of polyfill.  Also, I am stranded on Martha's Vineyard, there is only one yarn store and the woman who owns it doesn't know the meaning of customer service, so I had to make do with the four skeins that someone sent me-so I used tan Super Saver and pink Sugar 'n' Cream, plus a piece of black wool thread I had left over from a needlepoint project and two buttons from the thrift shop.
He's not exactly huggable due to the flatness.  I worked the body in the round from tip to tail so he'd be a little fatter in the middle, then back and forth on the tail and the fins.
The best part is, after being featured on MySpace for just a day, two people already want to commission me to make them one!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Zombie, with braaaaaains on: February 06, 2008 11:16:46 PM
I'm trying to clean out my yarn stash in preparation for a move, I could have done so much more with this if I'd had some red yarn but I am not allowed to make purchases!

The brains and the eyeball are done with embroidery floss.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fuzzy guitar on: January 24, 2008 10:00:24 AM
Made in sc throughout with mostly Red Heart- I am moving in a few months and trying to decrease the stash I've been building since I was 9- I am now 27.  The front is this horrible scratchy wool that seems to be about 20 years old given to me by a friend ("I know you'll be able to do something with it!").  This was a birthday gift for a friend.

No pattern, I started with the black thingy and the hole (technical musician terms) and worked down from there, then up, sometimes in the round and sometimes back and forth to get the shape right.  The fuzz covers most of the resulting inconsistencies.  I worked the sides around it and then made the back as a separate piece and attached with sl st.  The neck is supported with a piece of cardboard, that was just worked in the round until it was as long as the one piece of cardboard I had.  Grin
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pint of Guinness on: October 08, 2007 04:15:00 PM
Housewarming gift for a friend.  SC in the round with Red Heart Super Saver.  The glass is embroidered with thinner yarn and white DMC floss.

...I'm having a REALLY hard time getting this photo to post!  Hopefully 4th time's the charm...

This was a really rushed project, next time I will put more effort into the embroidery.  It does say Guinness, but it looks like "Guinees."
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help! Have you ever seen this slipper pattern? on: September 23, 2007 02:24:00 PM
I recently learned that my father's mother crocheted, and that she made these slippers that she called doo-doos.  I have a vague recollection of my daddy wearing some made in the style of high-top Converse All-Stars.  My mom says, "It only took her like an hour to make a pair!  As soon as they got a hole in them you'd say, 'Memere, I need some new doo-doos' and she'd whip 'em right up!"  Finally, I know where I get the craftster gene from!
Anyway, I am googling my heart our for this pattern, and I come across a supposed crochet pattern for "Cottage Slipper Socks" on the Lion Brand site.  Upon closer inspection, the socks in the photo are VERY knitted.  It's pretty obvious. Here's the link: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/cwe-socks.html?noImages=
Has anyone ever made these socks (the directions are for crochet, at least!), and did they look anything like the KNITTED ones in the photo?  And who should I complain to at Lion Brand?
My real question though, is about the "doo-doos."  I've seen the pattern for baby booties but there has to be a commercial pattern for adults somewhere- my grandmother was just not the type to sit around and think up crochet patterns on her own.  Has anybody seen CROCHETED Converse All-Stars for adults?  I would REALLY love to make some for Daddy for Christmas.  I'm sure I could create some on my own but I would like to see if I can find the original pattern Memere might have used first.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / More BICO sweaters on: September 09, 2007 05:24:04 AM
All using Cotton Ease on J-hook.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Headband/hat hybrid for keeping dreads under control *now with vague pattern!* on: September 09, 2007 05:05:33 AM
I am still a slow knitter so I whipped this up just to practice.  It's nothing but stockinette and 2x2 and 1x1 rib, seamed together up the back because I didn't have any circulars small enough.  And it does an AWESOME job of holding them back, I hula hooped and partied until 4 a.m. and it didn't even try to slip off!

I cast on 60 stitches, I'm not sure what yarn this is but it's a wool/acrylic blend, sort of on the chunky side.  
I did 4 rows of k1,p1 (duh, can't think of the name of the stitch...) to keep it from rolling
About 15 rows of stockinette
*About 6 rows of 2x2 rib
4 rows of stockinette, and decrease by 2 sts at each end on the first row
repeat from *
About 15 rows of 1x1 rib, bind off

Very basic, but I like the blocky pattern it makes when stretched over my head.  The one complication is that the bind-off is a little tight so it's hard to put the dreads through.  How can I make the bind-off row as elastic as the last row of ribbing?  I thought that binding off in pattern would help but it really didn't.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Need a recipe for a nighthawk-themed potluck on: August 15, 2007 08:11:39 PM
The common nighthawk is a threatened bird here in New Hempshire.  I participated in a monitoring program this summer, and we are having a potluck to celebrate next week.  We are supposed to bring something nighthawk or bird themed.  I'm totally at a loss... they nest on gravel roofs and eat insects...  I know they make pebble candy, but I want to bring something that isn't a desert.
If all else fails, I'll probably just make those banana-chocolate chip peanut butter frosted muffins.  I can put sprinkles on and say they're ants.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stashbuster rug on: August 01, 2007 06:14:05 PM
Dozens of small balls of mostly Red Heart plus nothing on TV equals something colorful...

Double strands, J-hook, single crochet except for the shells around the edge.  Took me two nights.

Oops!  Almost forgot the close-up!
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