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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rolling Stones iPod case on: May 18, 2009 06:54:49 PM
My girlfriend has the broadest musical knowledge of anyone I know. She is obsessed with her iTunes playlists. Strangely, she does not have an iPod. Even though she can mix a great CD with everyone from Holly Near to Atmosphere, the Rolling Stones have always been her favorite. She loves (loves loves loves times infinity) the Rolling Stones. So when I thought, "I want to get her an iPod," I knew I had to make her this to wrap it in.

I stitched the image onto a separate piece of fabric so that it could be sewn on like a patch. Someday she'll want a new iPod with different dimensions, and this way I don't have to restitch it on a new case. (I'm sweet, but I'm also a bit lazy.) I made the pattern from the Minipop Rolling Stones: Modern version (http://www.flipflopflyin.com/minipops/index.html).

Here's the front. Vinyl windows, opening at the bottom, velcro tab at the top.

12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ewok village on: December 16, 2008 09:27:00 AM
My boys (5 and 3) love Star Wars. They haven't seen all the movies yet, because some are waaaay too scary for little guys. I finally let them watch Return of the Jedi (I watched it with them, and we skipped some scary parts). Predictably, they fell in love with Ewoks. Predictably, I ended up making make this for them.  Smiley

(I gotta say, it looks a little less rough-and-shoddy in person.) The trees are PVC pipe topped with foam leaves. The hut doors are Sculpey. The platform is corrugated plastic (the kind from political lawn signs). It all got primed with plastic primer, then painted. I got a yard of forest-y fleece to spread out on the floor.

We also made a nifty elevator out of a vitamin container, but that got stuck behind a couch before I could get a picture.  Undecided  When the Ewoks and their friends gather in the center of the platform, we use an LED votive light for a campfire.

Has anyone else made anything like this -- either an odd playset, or anything with PVC or corrugated plastic? I'd love any advice you have before tackling another one.

Thanks for looking!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Doll dress on: December 11, 2008 10:47:25 AM
My sister wisely suggested a $5 limit on gifts for nieces and nephews this Christmas. You know, it's really hard to find something that befits my status as Favorite Aunt for $5 at the store.

Wait! I'm crafty! My niece is two, and she has a doll she loves! Sweeeet! This stashbuster cost me nothing.

I didn't have a pattern -- or the doll. (It's in New York and I'm in Minneapolis.) My mom in South Dakota, though, has the same kind of doll at her house, so she sent me the measurements and I made a cardboard dressform. I sent the dress down for my mom to try on her doll, and it fit! Phew!

Now if only my nephews played with dolls ...

Thanks for looking!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Coffee cozy for organic chemistry professor on: September 05, 2008 07:25:19 PM

I made this for my organic chemistry professor. After I finished two semesters of o-chem, she met with me during the summer to help me prepare for the Dental Admissions Test. She refused any kind of payment, but I know she has a weakness for fancy schmancy coffee drinks, so I sent this to her.

I made the buttons out of Sculpey (red for oxygen, blue for nitrogen, which is how most molecule model kits represent them). The professor knew the molecule immediately (it's caffeine!).

For the inside of the cozy, I crocheted a simple rectangle that would cover up (and protect) all the embroidery guts, and I sewed that inside. I hope that will make it last a long time.

Thanks for looking!
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tiny Jabba the Hutt with special guests on: July 08, 2008 01:36:40 PM
Just another day at Jabba's palace:

Then Boushh the bounty hunter arrives.

But Jabba sees right through her little ruse!

I made this as a going-away gift for a friend of mine. I got a small metal box from a craft store, and I sewed in some magnets on the bottom side of Jabba. That way he won't roll off. Leia and Boushh each have a magnet on their base, too. I made the figures from Sculpey. I cut a few layers of this random foam I had to make the box lining so they wouldn't bang around in there.

The friend keeps it on his desk at work.

Thank you for looking!
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Battlestar Galactica: President Roslin and Admiral Adama on: July 08, 2008 01:18:57 PM
The Lords of Kobol really dig crochet. So say we all.

This was a gift for my son's preschool teacher. She and I talk about the BSG episode every week when I drop the kids off, and all the other parents look at us and no doubt think, "You're chatting about a show about genocidal robots? At a preschool? Really?" The show is taking a break until January, so I made Teacher Ruth these dolls to get her through the withdrawal.

I'm not crazy about how the Admiral's hair turned out (a little black helmet, for crying out loud), but I was pretty happy with the method I used for Laura Roslin's hair (a method I first encountered in "Creepy Cute Crochet"). I went sort of a minimalist route with details. I mean, Roslin wears a black mini and a jacket, and pumps -- no problem. But Adama's uniform? I could totally have gotten carried away with trim and the belt buckle and the boots ... but then I never would have finished!

Thank you for looking!
17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Star Wars amigurumi: Jabba the Hutt on: March 14, 2008 01:50:08 PM

"This amigurumi is my kind of scum: fearless and inventive."

No, wait -- that's what Jabba says about Princess Leia. Anyway.

This took a while to finish! But not because it's all that big -- I just couldn't settle on how to make it. First I thought the way to go was with two strands of yarn and a larger hook, but all that did was consume vast quantities of yarn. Then I started over using a G and Sugar 'n Cream sage worsted weight. Then I tried to make him as all one continuous piece, starting at the end of the tail, so that I didn't have seams, but his head area never looked right. So then finally I realized a seam wouldn't look bad if I sort of hid it under his lumpy torso. (Heck, that's why you can't see seams on MY body, either. They are hidden under my girth.) It ended up looking a little "gathered" as I stitched it all together, but I can live with that.

The other end -- the end opposite his tail -- wouldn't snug up very well, so sometimes there's that bump. Argh. Makes it look like Jabba has contracted some sort of abdominal goiter.

For scale:

(The blue nails were not my idea. Well, not THIS time, anyway.   Smiley)

I would love feedback! Thanks for looking!
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Um ... let's call it early for next year! 16-piece nativity set on: February 04, 2008 02:00:17 PM
In December, my son's daycare director saw a little Santa doll I made for my 2 year old. She asked my partner, "Oh, do you think she'd make us a nativity set for the kids to play with?" "Oh, sure!" my partner said, "DeAnna just knocks these things out left and right!"

(Did you all just cringe with me? Thank you.) But I was actually quite happy to do it, and so of course this turned into a project that has taken over my life over the past four weeks. I have probably spent 60 hours on this -- a couple hours here and there in the evenings and MANY hours each weekend. I'm delighted with how the project turned out, but not as happy with the photos. I think I need to make a light box to do it right.

So here is the story:

As shepherds

were watching their sheep

(I may make a few more so they have a respectable flock)

an angel appeared before them

and said, "Go see the baby. And his mom and dad."

"You will know them by their very tired donkey."

"You will find the baby lying in a manger lined with Fun Fur."

Three kings arrived.

I guess they could all fit on one camel.

They brought gifts.
(I made a box of gold (Glitterspun yarn), a silver bucket-y type thing, and a lame basket of some peach yarn, as if frankincense is peach ... I think I'm going to re-do the lame basket, so just picture something cool. What I made isn't as cool as what you're thinking of.)

And then a giant attacked!

I've never done a big project like this before, and I would love feedback! Thanks for looking!
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Darth Vader amigurumi [EDIT: Now with SUPER long and SUPER lame pattern on p3!] on: November 25, 2007 01:26:19 PM
"The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of crochet."

I am slowly creating a crocheted cast of Star Wars, and here's the latest addition. I have a vague plan for each one that I make, and I've been trying to work up a real pattern, but the shoulders always throw me! (Sorry, jmigs -- that's what's taking so long!)

Here's a bit of a close-up on his chest and belt. I thought this would be so easy to embroider and make it look great, but then everything I tried just looked lame. So after this version, I gave up and called it done.

I'm pretty pleased with his helmet, but if I had it to do over again, I'd make his head one or two rounds taller, because the helmet would look better if it sat up just a little higher off his shoulders. But I think the cape turned out really well.

Here's a photo with my hand to show size perspective, but it probably would have made more sense to show him with a ruler.

I would love to hear what you think (especially if you have any advice for writing up patterns!)! Thanks for looking!

20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Jellyfish costume on: October 29, 2007 07:08:13 PM
I got this idea from the Make Magazine blog. They had a link to an Instructable for a very fancy version using battery-powered LED rope lights and a large plastic wash basin bolted to a skateboard helmet. (http://www.instructables.com/id/Halloween-LED-Jellyfish-Costume/)

I went the lo-cal route, with a bunch of glowstick bracelets (eBay!) and a dollar-store plastic bowl. Here my son almost holds still enough to get a good photo.

I used plenty of clear tape to hold it all together, and I also used some strong packing tape to attach a circle of elastic at the front and back. That way I could stretch the elastic out and lower it onto my head, and the elastic would hold it more or less steady. It turned out really well.

Thanks for looking!
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