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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Little Kitty on: February 18, 2018 02:45:47 PM
Thanks!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Shirt We Don't Taco 'Bout Rises From the Ashes on: February 18, 2018 06:09:03 AM
Great story and great save! Glad the shirt was the only thing injured!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 17, 2018 04:11:02 PM
Yay, roler!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Little Kitty on: February 16, 2018 03:24:00 PM
I watched the video and have a question about it, is it to secure the tail better than just feeding the needle through the work and snipping it off at the exit point? Do you feel this is necessary? I usually just hide it inside the bulk of the body and it seems to stay put ok.

I think it's to secure it better, and avoid excess bulk along the seam by making some sort of knot there (which is what I've always done). With this method, you stitch the part on, then secure the tail and hide it all at once. I ended up with nice clean seams.

I tend to go a little nutty with my end weaving, and while I know my starting tails are super secure, I never felt good about the ending tails, especially on something that a child might tug on. So, for me, it's so much better!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 16, 2018 02:55:31 PM
I am officially on vacation, and I just organized my project list according to the days of the week Ill be working on specific projects:

Tomorrow, I have a non-crafty commitment that will take up most of my day, but I can do a bit of project prep in the evening.

On Sunday, I have a project that involves paint, so Ill work on that throughout the day. I can probably work on at least one other thing between coats.  

Im going to my aunts on Monday and Tuesday, so I can work on one big project and a smaller project.

Wednesday is a non-craft day, but on Thursday, I have most of the day free, so I can craft some more.

Friday, a friend and I will craft together, and on Saturday, Im crafting with my sister and her friends.

On Sunday, Ill have time for 1 craft, but then Ill have to work on my progress report grades Sad  So, while I wont get much housework done, Ill get plenty of crafting done!

I love crafty vacations Smiley
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Little Kitty on: February 16, 2018 01:52:46 PM
Thanks, everyone! It really was fun to make, even though it had a lot of parts.

craftylittlemonkey, the video definitely helps, and every time the knitted tail popped out of view, I was delighted!

LimeRiot, stitching it together is definitely my least favorite part, but I do love seeing the personality appear as the parts are added- a tilt of an ear, the angle of the eyes, the stitches for the mouth, the way the arms and legs hang. They all add just a little something to it that makes each one unique. And, by doing the sewing together in chunks, it makes it not as bad.

geekgirl1000100, Im so glad you like it!

gozer, you could totally do it! The stitches are easy, and as long as you mark the start of each round, crocheting in a continuous spiral is easy!
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Little Kitty on: February 15, 2018 07:04:10 PM
Thanks! I finished it a few days before it went in the mail. Every time I walked by it, I had to pat its head. I kind of miss it now Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2017-2018: December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 on: February 15, 2018 04:25:57 PM
Here are a few projects that I made for the Hookers Only Swap (plus one for me, as a bonus Smiley ).

Prompt:  December- All Your Base Are Belong to Us
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Meme Bonus, Swap Bonus, Brain Power, Community
Project Name: Amigurumi Kitty
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454292.0
Brief Description: I made this for geekgirl1000100 in the Hookers Only Swap. She doesnt like to do amigurumi, but she loves cats, so I figured Id make an ami kitty for her. I used a free pattern from here and she also has a really neat way to tie in the tails after youve stitched them on, which I had never seen before (watch the video it makes it just a little easier to understand), and Ill be finishing all of my amigurumi projects using this technique!

Project Picture:







Prompt:  February- Judging/Perception
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Meme Bonus, Swap Bonus
Project Name: Crochet Hook & Knitting Needle Roll
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Ive seen plenty of hook & needle rolls around here, but I dont think Ive ever made one, so when geekgirl1000100 had one on Pinterest for the Hookers Only Swap, I decided to give it a go. Except for the wonky fat quarters giving me fits, it was a pretty easy project!

Project Picture:

Inside view:





Prompt:  February- Your Personality
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Meme Bonus, Swap Bonus, Brain Power
Project Name: Half Square Triangle Zipper Pouch #1
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this for geekgirl1000100 in the Hookers Only Swap, and it came from a free pattern on Craftsy. I just love zipper pouches, and I love tucking things into individual pouches, so I was very happy that this pattern actually made 2 pouches at one time, so I got to keep one. And, I also learned how to make something using just one half of a zipper (and how to swap out zipper pulls, but my zippers were two different types, so I couldnt do it).

Project Picture: (With bonus shot of the hook & needle roll all rolled up Smiley )






Prompt:  Free-Range Crafting #2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Meme Bonus
Project Name: Half Square Triangle Zipper Pouch #2
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I love zipper pouches, so I was VERY happy that I got to keep this one. I think Im going to use mine for my crochet stitch markers, which is what I made the one for geekgirl1000100 for (except the stitch markers were on backorder and didnt arrive in time so she just got the pouch Sad ). Plus, I really loved the batik fabric (and was pretty happy with the fabric combo, in general), so I was psyched that I got to keep something made using it.

Project Picture: -( The one for geekgirl1000100 is on the left mine is similar, but it has a different color zipper)



9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cute Little Kitty on: February 15, 2018 04:08:04 PM
This cute little amigurumi kitty was a free pattern from here and she also has a really neat way to tie in the tails after youve stitched them on, which I had never seen before (watch the video it makes it just a little easier to understand), and Ill be finishing all of my amigurumi projects using this technique!




I always forget how long it takes me to sew the parts together...the little pile of parts can be a bit daunting! Smiley



Over halfway done!

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hookers Only Swap - Round 2 Gallery on: February 15, 2018 03:52:06 PM
I love that scrappy yarn basket! So much better than a wicker basket, which catches on the yarn. And, great idea to use a bit of the cut off fabric to make a scissor cozy. The star dishcloths definitely are fun- love the bright, cheery colors! The yarn is super pretty and the books are great! I think I have to add the afghan book to my list. The crochet necklace is brilliant- what a clever idea to add the stitch markers to the yarn cutter. The needle holder is making me jealous... I just keep mine in the little plastic thing they came in, but now I think my needles deserve an upgrade Smiley

That gingham lapghan is fabulous! I never would have been able to make something like that for the swap... it would have been a many weeks project, for sure! I really like the strawberry trivets (and love the photo shoot Smiley ). And, I'm intrigued by the crochet design book (another one I may have to add to my list!).

geekgirl1000100, I'm so glad you liked everything! The hook roll was off of your Pinterest, and it's big enough for knitting needles, too. Also, circular needles (and hooks, too, I guess!). I had a lot of fun picking out the fabrics for that. And, the kitty was fun to make! After it was finished, it was sitting on my table and I patted its head every time I walked by. It was a little hard to send it away!

My package from geekgirl1000100 was stellar, and geeky, too! 

First, she made me some hyperbolic crochet dishcloths (and included the pattern, too!). It's something I've wanted to try for a while, and the pattern has links to more info, so I'll definitely be giving it a go soon.



Next, I had requested a project bag that wasn't scratchy, was big enough to hold a gallon-sized ziploc bag full of yarn, and closed up so stuff wouldn't spill out (i like to crochet while traveling, and I keep my bag by my feet... my current bag is lacking in all of those features). She certainly delivered! The bag is generously sized (I might even be able to sneak in a second, smaller project), closes with a zipper (which she put some lace on  to cover the inside seam), and is made of lovely cotton material (I really love the floral print!).



And, finally, she sent me some hooks in my favorite sizes, some little storage containers (for stitch markers and other small items), and a set of SCIENCE-THEMED stitch markers! Geekiness abounds! I love them!



Thank you so much, geekgirl1000100!
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