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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dr. Who Adipose on: December 12, 2011 08:46:14 AM
I was in a bind and needed a quick birthday gift for a fellow Dr. Who fan... so I decided to make an Adipose for her. For the uninitiated, the Adipose appeared in Episode 1 of Series 4 entitled "Partners in Crime"... the Adipose are the offspring on an alien race who is using Earth as a breeding planet, the Adipose use human fat as an energy source (gross I know, but they are so damn cute)... Here is a link to the wiki, if you would like to know more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partners_in_Crime_(Doctor_Who)#Adipose

Now, here is my Adipose...

Hope you all enjoy- I <3 <3 this quick project  Smiley
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: A wedding gift for my husband... Simpsons' style on: August 20, 2011 06:56:06 PM
Thanks again everyone!... without all the inspiration (and sound advice) I get from these boards I'd have never even attempted something like this...  Grin
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: A wedding gift for my husband... Simpsons' style on: August 17, 2011 03:50:16 PM
Thanks all! I did have a great time... my husband loved the cufflinks and plans on passing them on to any future sons or son-in-laws  Cheesy
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A wedding gift for my husband... Simpsons' style on: August 17, 2011 01:38:51 PM
     I've made alot of things for my boyfriend (now husband) through the years, but I had to think of something very special and unique as a present for him on our wedding day (March 4, 2011 if you were wondering)... We both love the Simpsons' (and Futurama) and the first present I ever made him was a soul donut based on Treehouse of Horrors IV (episode 86), so in keeping with that theme I wanted to make him something that would be reminiscent of the donut that brought us together... So I decided to make pig cufflinks from episode 122 "Lisa's Wedding"...For those who haven't seen that episode, Homer presents Lisa's fiance with a tacky pair of cuff links (a bride and groom pig) that all Simpsons men have worn on their wedding day  Grin:

Here is my attempt to recreate these cufflinks... (note: this is my first time with clay, please be gentle  Wink)

Here's an action shot... (we had alot of fun at our wedding lol)

Now the cufflinks (and my hat, did not make the hat) are on display in our bedroom...

Hope someone enjoys this project as much as I did  Grin...
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Groovy Pink Flower Earrings! on: January 11, 2010 07:41:03 AM
Very nice... might have to do this soon...  Grin
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Mardis Gras King Cake on: January 27, 2009 06:01:35 PM
King cake is the best part of Mardi Gras... at work we have king cake fridays during the Mardi Gras season... Did you put a baby in the cake?... I might have to try this if I get the baby in the next couple of weeks  Smiley
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tardis Crochet on: January 07, 2009 02:30:17 PM
 Grin Thanks for all of the great comments... I'll work on a pattern and hopefully post one soon... The pattern will be slightly altered from the picture since I've learned a few tricks since making the first Tardis  Tongue
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tardis Crochet on: January 06, 2009 07:48:24 PM
Hi everyone. I'm finally back with a follow-up to my dark mantle... for your consideration, I present, the crochet Tardis. Now for a little back story, at some point after Thanksgiving, a professor approached me with an interesting challenge: crochet a Dr. Who-themed item as a Christmas gift for her husband. I very rarely accept commissions, but an open ended challenge like this intrigued me and, given the time restraints (she was leaving the country for Christmas, so I had less than 3 weeks- 2 weeks of which were grad school finals  Cry), I knew it would be a fun challenge. So here is the product of my labor. Now I have many problems with this final project, but I'm working on a second one to redeem myself. One of my main problems with this final product is that the windows remain unfinished; I try to be a miracle worker, but something had to give on this project and the windows were sacrificed in order for Santa to deliver this on time. They have assured me over and over again that it's ok, but I can't help my self-loathing. ANYWAY, enough babbling. I hope you enjoy the pictures and if there is enough interest, like with my previous work, I can post a pattern  Smiley. Thanks!!

The Tardis. If you notice the DVD shelf in the background you can get an idea about the scale of the project.

And some close ups.....

Did I mention it is functional  Grin... it's current owner is using it to store his Dr. Who DVD collection... (it's fully lined)

This was just for fun...  Cool

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dark Mantle... ummm... it's basically a cave squid... (lots of pics) on: October 02, 2008 02:06:02 PM
Here is the pattern... I think I can fit it in one post, but if not I'll split it up... if you want a pdf version, pm me  Smiley
Dark Mantle Hat
Vannas Choice Yarn
Weight Category: 4 -   Medium: Worsted-weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn     
Solids: 3.5 oz/100g; 170 yd/156 m balls; Prints: 3 oz/85 g; 145 yd/133 m balls; 100% acrylic
5-6 skeins (20 oz.)- Black
4 skeins (12 oz.)- Espresso (almost black brown)
1-2 skeins (7 oz.)- Brick (an orangey - red brick)
1 skein (<2 oz.)- Linen (a dusty off - white, grayish linen)
*These are estimations for yarn- more or less yarn may be needed *

8 black buttons
6 buttons for the eyes (for this I just looked through the button selection until I found something acceptable for dark mantle eyes; googly eyes would theoretically work here)
Yarn needle.

***Use I crochet hook throughout entire pattern.***

Dark Mantle Body (make 2 of these for the inside and outside of the dark mantle):
For the outside, skin of the dark mantle use black yarn. For the inside, mouth the first half of the base pattern is made with dark red yarn, followed by dark brown yarn for the rest of the inside of the mouth and tentacles.
(The base of this pattern is from Cone Hat Pattern  Design2003 by Catherine Lindsay)
Rnd 1:Ch 4,join with sl st to 1st ch to form ring.Ch 3(cts as dc),5 dc in ring.Join with sl st to 1st dc(6 dc).
Rnd 2:Ch 3,Inc.(Dc in next st,Inc)around.Join(9 dc).
Rnd 3:Ch 3,dc in next st,Inc.(Dc in next 2 dc,Inc)around.Join.(12 dc).
Rnd 4:Ch 3,dc in next 2 st,Inc.(Dc in next 3 st,Inc)around.Join(15 dc).
Rnd 5:Ch 3,dc in next 3 st,Inc.(Dc in next 4 st,Inc)around.Join(18 dc).
Rnd 6:Ch 3,dc in next 4 st,Inc.(Dc in next 5 st,Inc)around.Join(21 dc).
Rnd 7:Ch 3,dc in next 5 st,Inc.(Dc in next 6 st,Inc)around.Join(24 dc).
Rnd 8:Ch 3,dc in next 6 st,Inc.(Dc in next 7 st,Inc)around.Join(27 dc).
Rnd 9:Ch 3,dc in next 7 st,Inc.(Dc in next 8 st,Inc)around.Join(30 dc).
Rnd 10:Ch 3,dc in next 8 st,Inc.(Dc in next 9 st,Inc)around.Join(33 dc).
Rnd 11:Ch 3,dc in next 9 st,Inc.(Dc in next 10 st,Inc)around.Join(36 dc).
Rnd 12:Ch 3,dc in next 10 st,Inc.(Dc in next 11 st,Inc)around.Join(39 dc).
Rnd 13:Ch 3,dc in next 11 st,Inc.(Dc in next 12 st,Inc)around.Join(42 dc).
Rnd 14:Ch 3,dc in next 12 st,Inc.(Dc in next 13 st,Inc)around.Join(45 dc).
Rnd 15:Ch 3,dc in next 13 st,Inc.(Dc in next 14 st,Inc)around.Join(48 dc).
Rnd 16:Ch 3,dc in next 14 st,Inc.(Dc in next 15 st,Inc)around.Join(51 dc).
Rnd 17:Ch 3,dc in next 15 st,Inc.(Dc in next 16 st,Inc)around.Join(54 dc).
Rnd 18:Ch 3,dc in next 16 st,Inc.(Dc in next 17 st,Inc)around.Join(57 dc).
Rnd 19:Ch 3,dc in next 17 st,Inc.(Dc in next 18 st,Inc)around.Join(60 dc).
Rnd 20:Ch 3,dc in next 18 st,Inc.(Dc in next 19 st,Inc)around.Join(63 dc).
Rnd 21:Ch 3,dc in next 19 st,Inc.(Dc in next 20 st,Inc)around.Join(66 dc).
Rnd 22:Ch 3,dc in next 20 st,Inc.(Dc in next 21 st,Inc)around.Join(69 dc).
Rnd 23:Ch 3,dc in next 21 st,Inc.(Dc in next 22 st,Inc)around.Join(72 dc).
Rnd 24:Ch 3,dc in  next 22 st,Inc.(Dc in next 23 st,Inc)around.Join(75 dc).
Rnd 25:Ch 3,dc in  next 23 st,Inc.(Dc in next 24 st,Inc twice at end)around.Join and finish off(79 dc).
Using light gray, after the first half of the mouth is finished in red, on the one before last row of red. Repeat the following pattern around the entire circumference of the base: sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc. This will create a wave like row of teeth on the inside of the mouth; use the picture as reference.
Tentacles (8 total; 2 long and 6 short):
-First tentacle starts in the 1st dc of the base; there is a 2 dc space between each tentacle. Ch 3 counts as 1st dc.
-The tentacles are crocheted along the edge of the base in this order: short, short, long, short, short, short, long, short.  With this layout, the long tentacles should rest on either side of the head. See picture for reference.
Short: (6 short tentacles)
Row 1:  Working in the edge of the base, ch 3, 7 dc in the base. Turn.
Row 2-9: ch 3, 7 dc. Turn. (8 dc)
Row 10: ch 3, decrease, 4 dc, decrease. Turn . (6 dc)
Row 11: ch 3, decrease, 2 dc, decrease. Turn. (4 dc)
Row 12: ch 3, 1 dc, decrease. Slst and finish off. (3 dc)
Long: (2 long tentacles)
Row 1:  Working in the edge of the base, ch 3, 7 dc in the base. Turn.
Row 2-25: ch 3, 7 dc. Turn. (8 dc)
Row 26: ch 3, decrease, 4 dc, decrease. Turn . (6 dc)
Row 27: ch 3, decrease, 2 dc, decrease. Turn. (4 dc)
Row 28: ch 3, 1 dc, decrease. Slst and finish off. (3 dc)
-The webbing is the area between each tentacle; this is used to give the finished base a more polished look.
Starting along the middle edge of one of the tentacles, sc twice in each row to achieve a more finished look. To form the web, on the 2nd before last row before the base of the tentacle follow this pattern which will cover the base of the hat and continue onto the next tentacle: 2 hdc, 3 dc, 2 trc, 3 dc, 2 hdc. Continue to sc and web around the entire perimeter of the base and the tentacles. Complete this on both the inside and outside portions of the dark mantle.

Suckers:  (using Black yarn) (56 total suckers required)
-There are 5 suckers on each short tentacle and 13 suckers on each long tentacle.
-Leave ends long; long ends will be used later to secure the suckers to the tentacles.
Ch 4. Join with slst to form ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc). 9 dc in ring. Slst and finish off.

Eyes: (using Dark Red yarn) (6 eyes required)
Ch 4. Join with slst to form ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (count as 1st dc). 10 dc in ring. Slst and finish off.
-Sew button into center to create pupil.

The ridges are formed with black yarn, on the outside, black portion of the dark mantle. Each ridge goes from the tip of the mantle to the tip of a tentacle; thus, 8 ridges total. To make the ridges, start at the tip of the hat and sc on the surface of the dark mantle to the end of a tentacle (should be a straight line). For the second row, use sc for the length of the tentacle and then for the head, alternate between hdc, dc, and sc to form waves or ridges. Vary the ridge pattern on each tentacle to create the stalactite appearance. 

Finishing and Joining:
-Whip stitch all sucker on prior to joining- 5 suckers for each short tentacle and 13 suckers for each long tentacle. Stitch tentacles near the base of the ring to achieve the correct shape and effect.
-Whip stitch all eyes on prior to joining; eyes are to be placed between ridges on the head. See picture for placement.
Align the inside and outside of the dark mantle assuring that short tentacles are matched with short tentacles and long tentacles are with long. Using black yarn, sc around the entire pieces joining the inside lining to the outside skin. Using each tentacle as a guide for placement, sew a black button on each ridge to hold the tentacles in place while being worn. See pictures for placement.

Tips and Tricks:
-Since the dark mantle is composed of two pieces, there is no need to weave in any ends. All of the loose ends can be hidden once the pieces are joined.
-Use the long ends of the suckers to secure the sucker in place before permanently attaching it; this allows for you to place and arrange the suckers without any commitment.

I hope everyone enjoys this pattern- I love DND and I hope this dark mantle pattern can pass along some of my love. If you have any questions, run into problems, or dont understand something please email me and Id be happy to help out however I can. A pdf version of this pattern is available; please email or pm your request and Ill send you the pattern. This pattern can be shared, but please acknowledge the source and author of the pattern http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/. Thanks!! --Elisa (aka sprocketfish) Grin
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dark Mantle... ummm... it's basically a cave squid... (lots of pics) on: September 22, 2008 07:23:51 PM
Again, thanks for all of the wonderful comments... I'm making the pdf and will post the pattern as soon as I can...  Grin Grin
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