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6721  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 25, 2009 08:59:10 AM
Hypothetical McGee, it looks great! I can't believe how much smaller it came out. Maybe you could make a cool tote bag when they are all done?

And, my camera has a macro setting, which helps a bit. I have trouble getting the color right using a flash or the house lights (fluorescent). So, I guess I don't have any useful advice on that point Grin
6722  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Minty Amigurumi on: January 25, 2009 08:56:08 AM
A pattern for Mr. Minty? Please, yes.

It will give me a start, the same as the daughter who received him - to practice how to crochet.



I'll try to type it out this week. I have a couple of baby shower gifts to make for Saturday, so after I finish those, I should be able to do it... unless I procrastinate... which has been known to happen (far too often, unfortunately).
6723  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 25, 2009 08:53:57 AM
Look at what I just found.  If you do the look inside option, you can actually see some of the patterns!!  Woo hoo.  I hope they don't see this and take it away. Wink

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603420398/ref=s9_subs_c2_s1_p14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0WDN2BFEAQ9WXXDABT66&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=463383371&pf_rd_i=507846

Now, that's a nice little bonus! But, you can't print them out... or at least, I can't...
6724  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 2- Signups Closed: Sendouts February 21, 2009 on: January 25, 2009 08:32:34 AM
You didn't have to miss pancakes on my account. Wink  Why do I have this sudden urge for pancakes??  Roll Eyes

I am over half way done and it looks like the odd balls of yarn are providing me all of my granny daughters.  Yay!!  We should always have an odd ball yarn swap before a granny daughter swap.



It was also because I wanted to stay in my PJs a little bit longer Wink

And, maybe after the motif swap, we can have another Odd Ball swap... followed by another Granny's Daughters swap... and then maybe another motif swap Wink

I just sent partners out... so let me know if you didn't get yours, or if I sent you the wrong ones... i just realized I did partners without any coffee...
6725  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 2- Signups Closed: Sendouts February 21, 2009 on: January 25, 2009 08:09:45 AM
I sacrificed going out for pancakes this morning to work on partners Wink I had oatmeal instead... much healthier...

So, partners are posted, and I'm off to send the info... let me know ASAP if you see any glaring errors...

And, please remember to PM when you send and receive. If life gets crazy, I may miss it if you post it in the thread. Thanks, and happy crocheting Cheesy
6726  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Minty Amigurumi on: January 24, 2009 05:47:09 AM
I considered orange, but she's more of a pastel kind of girl Wink Maybe I'll have to make another one with orange hair...
6727  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 2- Signups Jan. 3-24, 2009; Closing 6 PM EST 1/24 on: January 23, 2009 07:31:26 PM
No rush!!  It isn't like a need I partner to start doing the granny daughters. Cheesy

Wink

But, I need partners to motivate me to weave in the ends... Grin
6728  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 2- Signups Jan. 3-24, 2009; Closing 6 PM EST 1/24 on: January 23, 2009 07:23:52 PM
I won't be home at 6 pm tomorrow to close sign-ups, as it turns out, but I'll close them as soon as I get home, and get you partners on Sunday morning. Yay!
6729  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crochet Motif Swap on: January 23, 2009 07:21:41 PM

Yay! Another great link.


ETA...again...
And, I just impulse bought this  Tongue  Grin :
Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman

Ideally, this is what I want.  I just did my taxes online and it cost me $70  Shocked .  Yikes!!  I tried to choose the cheaper option, but they charged me for the more expensive option I used last year (except it was a lot cheaper last year Tongue).  Anyways, before this swap gets going, I should have my refunds and though most of it has to play catch up in paying bills I am getting painfully behind in (  Cry ), I'll be getting enough to splurge on a couple of books. Smiley

I hear ya'! Fortunately, I just picked up a brief tutoring gig that should net me about $100... so I could splurge just a teeny bit Wink

ooooo, good sites. Both had different pinwheel motifs that were nice. I was looking through the 200 block book I had gotten for the granny square swap, and noticed that if I followed just the first parts of a pattern, I could have some nice shaped, small motifs.

Hmmm... I have a 200 block book, too... That's a great idea to use just the center portion... Well, now I'll really have a lot of choices! Grin
6730  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mr. Minty Amigurumi- Now with Pattern! on: January 23, 2009 07:15:35 PM
I found out today that I needed a few Christmas gifts for tomorrow (I wasn't able to get together with a friend before the holidays), and for my friend's daughter, I bought a learn to crochet kit. But, it seemed a bit lacking in the excitement factor (hard to believe, I know), so I crocheted up an example of something that she can learn how to make.

I named him Mr. Minty, because I used mint green yarn (it was handy) for his hair... yes, I am clever  Wink



After I finished him, and gave his pom-pom hair a trim, he was lacking in some way. I put his eyes up a bit higher than I should have, and he had a bit too much face... so I made him a nose...



I like him much better now...  Grin

And, I didn't use a pattern, but I took notes as I went, so I can type them out later if anyone wants...

Here's the pattern! It hasn't been tested by anybody else, so if you find any problems, please let me know so I can make corrections.

Mr. Minty Amigurumi

Materials used:
Small amount of worsted weight acrylic yarn (white for body, mint green for hair)
Size G crochet hook
Pair of 12 mm plastic safety eyes
Yarn needle
Small amount of polyester fiberfil

Notes: Mr. Minty is worked in a spiral. Do not join at the end of each round. I use a stitch marker to mark the last stitch of each round.

Directions:
Start with a magic ring. Great instructions for a magic ring can be found here.

Body
Round 1: 6 sc into ring. (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Round 3: * 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. (18 sc)
Round 4: *2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Repeat from * around. (24 sc)
Round 5: *2sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Repeat from * around. (30 sc)
Round 6: In FRONT LOOP ONLY, 1 sc in each sc around. (30 sc)
Rounds 7-16: 1 sc in each sc around (30 sc)
Round 17: *1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around. (24 sc)
Round 18: *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around. (18 sc)
Round 19: * 1 sc in next sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around. (12 sc)

Insert eyes (or embroider features) and  stuff body. Mr. Mintys eyes are inserted into Round 16.

Round 20: *1 sc in next sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around. (6 sc)
Round 21: 1 sc in next sc, sc 2 together for a decrease. Repeat from * around.  Finish off leaving tail to. Add more stuffing, if needed. Use tail to weave opening closed. Lose tail ends in the body.

Nose
Start with a magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc into ring. (6 sc)
Round 2: *1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. (9 sc)
Rounds 3-5: 1 sc in each stitch around. (9 sc)
Finish off, leaving tail to sew to body. Sew nose to body slightly below the eyes. Lose tail ends in the body.

Hair
Make a pom-pom for the hair, and sew to top of the head. Lose tail ends in the body.


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