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401  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 01, 2011 05:05:05 PM
Here's my #76! Ends all woven in to look tidy for the camera, too Wink

I used some bits of Bernat Satin (from fantasticmio in one of the Little Odd Ball swaps- thanks, Becky!) and just had enough of the pink. I'm not super crazy about picots, for some reason, but they came out pretty good on this (except for 1 or 2 that look a bit squashed). This was nice and quick! Great for procrastination Wink

And now, I really do need to think about my journal for the Sketchbook Project... for a little while, at least Wink
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402  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 27, 2010 07:14:53 AM
 Here's my hexagon! I love this pattern (great choice, fantasticmio!) and I'd consider making a whole hexagon blanket of them. It has a great texture and it looks way cooler in person than it does in my picture Tongue

I couldn't get to most of my yarn without a ton of effort last night, and the browns within easy reach just weren't what I wanted. Fortunately, on Christmas day, my aunt had given me a bag of leftover yarn, and I was able to scrounge up some colors that went fairly well together (I like the color combo {light blue, grey and an army-ish green} and would use it on a guy blanket).

And, my new motivation for weaving in the ends of motifs... finding a more odious task that needs to be done (in this case, shoveling out the car in rather fierce winds) and procrastinating with end weaving instead. I wove in the ends on 3 motifs (I would have done more, but my elderly neighbor was out shoveling and I'm feeling guilty...).

Anyway, here's my hexagon!

Just ordered the book on Amazon! So if -as a crochet beginner- I can make some things I'll probably join  Cheesy

And, welcome, IdlersDesign! Crocheting motifs is a good way to hone your crochet skills. They are big enough that you can practice your stitches, but nicely compact so that if you mess it up, it isn't a lot of time (or yarn) wasted. Her patterns are well-written, and you can learn how to read the symbol charts, too. Plus, we'll all be here to help!
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403  Re: ACTIVE - "Beyond The Square" Motifs CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 26, 2010 01:49:32 PM
So the just-beginning-blizzard means I have to stay in the house  Tongue but it also means that I can get some crocheting done (and what better to do when there's a snowstorm happening?!). I took stock of my motifs and I think I've identified all of the ones that I have. I have a couple on my original list that I made for swap partners and I'm not sure if I made one for myself, so I am not counting those for now (unless I find them somewhere). I still haven't tackled #54 (hexagon), but I did weave in the tails on at least a half dozen motifs so they would look pretty for the camera Wink (well, as pretty as my photography skills allow them to be).

#18 and #27

#15, #28 and #51

#51 (I think it's missing a round), #123 and #40

#60 and #83

These are all #89, but the yellow one has a different border.

#112, #104 and #92

#93, #88, #115 and #98

Now, I think I'll pick out some yarn to tackle that hexagon!
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404  Re: 2010 200 Crochet Blocks CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 26, 2010 01:31:42 PM
With a blizzard bearing down on my humble abode, and the travel restrictions it brings with it, I am forced to stay at home and get something done! So, I finally dug out my camera to photograph my December square, which has been done for weeks...

A bit blurry, but it's evidence that I finished it Wink

Thanks again, playswithneedles, for running this CAL!
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405  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- December in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: November 20, 2010 12:06:49 PM
I finished weaving in all of the ends on my 13 (12 Craftster + 1 Ravelry) 12" blocks!! And, in celebration, I'm posting the December square early in case anyone needs it to finish up their blankets for a holiday gift.

It's Winter Dream over on Dishcloth Diaries. I only found a minor correction and posted it on the first page.

Sorry for the blurry shot- I just couldn't get a good one that was in focus!

Now, here's hoping that I can get the blanket finished by Christmas so my mom can pack it down to FL and I can save room in my suitcase!
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406  Re: 2010 200 Crochet Blocks CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: November 11, 2010 10:23:48 AM
Here's my Fretwork square! The colors in real life are a little different, but it's close enough. I like this color combo and could see a whole blanket done this way. Not that it would match my house or anyone else's, but maybe someday!

It ripples a bit, and I'm not sure why... maybe I snuck in an extra stitch along the edges...
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407  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- November in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: October 31, 2010 01:52:03 PM
It's November already! Well, at least it is somewhere in the world Wink But, I needed to post this today because tomorrow (and the next 2 days) is a crazy full day.

This month's square is Smooth Fox's Mulberry Bush and it's very nice looking in a single color, but I think it looks nice in multiple colors too! There was a tiny correction, but I got in touch with Smooth Fox (AKA Donna, who is such a sweet person!) and she corrected and uploaded a new PDF. (Note: It's a free download, and when you get to the download site, you just need to click on the gray "Download Now" button, wait about 30 seconds and click the second "Download Now" link. You don't need to install anything or sign up for anything.)

It stitches up nice and fast and is pretty easy, too! My picture looks a bit wonky because it's on a bumpy comforter so it's not really crooked in real life Grin

I can't believe we only have one month to go! I've got December all tested and I've been working on weaving in the ends for all of my blocks (did you notice that November has its ends woven in already Wink )while watching TV at night. Since this blanket isn't a gift (it currently has no designated recipient), I thought I'd use it to learn the flat braid join before I tried it on the ones that are gifts. I don't know if I can do it, but I'd like to have it joined together by December 1st so I can show off a completed blanket (for once).
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408  Ralph Wiggum Pumpkin in Halloween Decor and Parties by craftADDchick on: October 24, 2010 12:35:32 PM
So, I work at a middle school and each team needed to carve a pumpkin to enter in the carving contest. This was our 6th grade team's entry:

Ralph Wiggum, of The Simpsons fame!

I taped the image (found via Stencilry) onto the pumpkin and went over it with a ball-point pen. Then, with the pen again, I went over the faint tracing lines on the pumpkin skin (I had to guess in a couple of spots because the original tracing didn't make an impression as deep as I had hoped). Then, I grabbed my Speedball linoleum carving tool, fitted with the U-gouge, and went to town! Later, the kids carved out our team designation on the back of the pumpkin.

And, even though I don't think our pumpkin won, it was a big hit with our students!
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409  Re: 2010 200 Crochet Blocks CAL in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: October 11, 2010 11:27:24 AM
Here's my Seville block. It isn't the best photo- the color is not as washed out in real life (it's Tea Leaves, I think, in RHSS), but it'll have to do Wink

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410  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- October in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: September 30, 2010 03:59:12 PM
As we head into the last quarter of 2010, here's the October block! It isn't the one I had originally selected, but I couldn't make sense of the one I had chosen. So, I bumped November up into October Wink

It's Double-Framed Lace by Chris Simon, and it's quick and easy. And the pattern needed no corrections! Sweet!

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