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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 / 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...
3  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

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dark Mantle... ummm... it's basically a cave squid... (lots of pics) on: September 22, 2008 10:49:00 AM
I just finished a quick anniversary present for my boyfriend and I thought I should share it... WELL, it's a crocheted dark mantle; a dark mantle is a monster from Dungeons and Dragons. It basically is a squid-like monster that lives in caves and ambushes innocent spelunkers or adventurers. ANYWAY, I decided to crochet a dark mantle (which can also be used as a hat) because what would be a better nerdy anniversary gift... Nothing says "I love you" like a fictional cave-dwelling squid... Time for pics!
Here he is lurking on my desk at work...

Here is the reference I used to create this monstrosity (and a wiki link for those curious)...

And a close-ups...

His mouthy mouth...

Here is an innocent co-worker who stumbled upon the dark mantle lurking in my cubicle...

Thanks for taking a look at my latest creation and I may have a pdf of this pattern if anyone is interested... I think my boyfriend will love it! I can't wait to get some actions shots of him and his dark mantle...

**Dark Mantle Pattern**

For the Dark Mantle pattern, please pm me with your email address and I can send you the pdf; I will make another post with the pattern, but it is too long to include in this post... BUT I will include actions shots of my bf with his new dark mantle... and his dark mantle interacting with the some of the other crochet creations I've made for him  Grin...

Here's the bf enjoying his new friend... (I wish the picture was better  Sad )

The dark mantle hanging out with his crocheted brethren soul donut and companion cube...

Pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270060.msg3068166#msg3068166
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My full-size Companion Cube... (IMG heavy) Edit: Pattern included... on: March 17, 2008 04:05:28 PM
OK, I've been a lurker (I'm really addicted actually, but shy) for quite some time, but I've never felt worthy of posting my original work, so here goes... I started this project in November for my boyfriend after watching him callously incinerate the companion cube in Portals without blinking an eye... so I carefully sketched out the dimensions of the cube I wanted to make and then slowly made the pieces praying that they would come together and at least resemble a companion cube... ANYWAY, I've seen a few companion cubes on here before, but here's my take on it (and it's full-size  Grin)... I wrote down the pattern I used for this monstrosity as I went, so if anyone is stupid interested enough to try this I can type it up and email or post it... thanks for listening to my story to anyone took the time  Wink...

Here is the cube pre-assembly...

Here is my my boyfriend's cube in all it cubey goodness...

Companion Cube Pattern

Size G hook throughout entire pattern.

Yarn: (approximate, may vary depending on your gauge, etc.)
Dark Gray/Gray Brown (taupe): 20-24 oz.
Light Gray (linen): 18-20 oz.
Pink (pink): 3-6 oz.
(I would get extra yarn just to be on the safe side; I bought my yarn on sale at Joann's, Vanna's choice (lol))
dc=double crochet
sc=single crochet
slst=slip stitch

Background: (sides)
Using dark gray, ch 41.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (count as 1st dc) and dc in every chain to end, ch 3 and turn.
(39 dc)
Row 2-19: (ch 3 counts as 1st dc), dc in each dc to end, ch 3 and turn. (39 dc)
Row 20: dc in each dc and finish off at end. (39 dc)
--Make 6 background pieces; finished size approximately 12x12 inches

Middle pieces (see picture; pieces at the mid-point of each side)
Using light gray, ch 20.
Row 1: sc in 3rd chain from hook (count as 1st sc) and sc in every chain to end, ch 3 and turn. (19 sc)
Row 2: dc in ch 3 space, dc in each sc with two dc in last sc of row, ch 3 and turn. (21 dc)
Row 3-4: DEC, dc in 3rd dc and dc in every dc until 3rd to last dc, DEC again, ch 3 and turn.
(19 dc & 17 dc)
Row 5-6: dc in ch 3 space, dc in each dc with two dc in the last dc of the row, ch 2 and turn. (19 dc & 21 dc)
Row 7: DEC, sc in 3rd dc and sc in every dc until the 3rd to last dc, DEC again and finish off.
(19 sc)
--Make 12 middle pieces; finished size it about 4x2.5 inches (see picture as a shape reference)

Double Corner piece (see picture)
Using light gray, ch 31.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (count as 1st dc) and dc in every chain to end, ch 3 and turn.
(29 dc)
Row 2-3: (ch 3 counts as 1st dc), dc in each dc to end, ch 3 and turn. (29 dc)
Row 4-6: DEC, dc in 3rd dc and dc in every dc until 3rd to last dc, DEC again, ch 3 and turn.
(27 dc, 25, dc, & 23 dc)
Row 7: DEC, dc in 3rd dc and dc in every dc until 3rd to last dc, DEC again and finish off. (21 dc)
--Make 8 double corner pieces; finished size is about 5.5x11 inches.

Single Corner piece (see picture)
Using light gray, ch 16.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (count as 1st dc) and dc in every chain to end, ch 3 and turn.
(14 dc)
Row 2-3: (ch 3 counts as 1st dc), dc in each dc to end, ch 3 and turn. (14 dc)
Row 4: dc in each dc until 3rd to last dc, DEC, ch 3 and turn. (13 dc)
Row 5: DEC, dc in 3rd dc and dc in each dc to end, ch 3 and turn. (12 dc)
Row 6: dc in each dc until 3rd to last dc, DEC, ch 3 and turn. (11 dc)
Row 7: DEC, dc in 3rd dc and dc in each dc to end and finish off. (10 dc)
--Make 8 single corner pieces; finished size is about 5.5x5.5 inches.

Using pink, ch 2.
Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1 and turn. (2 sc)
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (4 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1 and turn. (6 sc)
Row 4-5: sc in each sc. (6 sc)
Row 6: slst in 1st sc, 5 dc in next sc, slst in 3rd sc, slst in 4th sc, 5 dc in 5th sc, slst in 6th sc, ch 3 and do not turn.

Border: dc in each row to point of heart, 3 dc in point, dc in end of each row to beginning of 5 dc shell,*1 dc in 1st two dc, 3 sc in center (3rd dc), 1 dc in next two dc*, sc in space between shells, repeat from * to *, slst to join to 1st dc. Finish off.
--Make 6 hearts; approximately 3 inches in diameter.

Circle (see picture; background for heart)
Using light gray, ch 4, slst to form ring.
Row 1: 12 dc in ring, slst to join. (12 dc)
Row 2: ch 3 (count as first dc) dc in ch 3 space, 2 dc in each dc, slst to join. (24 dc)
Row 3: ch 3, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc*, repeat from * to *, slst to join.
Row 4: ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next two dc*, repeat from * to *, slst to join and finish off.
--Make 6 circle pieces; finished size about 4.25 inches

Ridges (see picture; lines which bisect each side)
Using pink, ch 44 and finish off.
--Make 12 ridges; finished length about 14 inches.

Joining (use pictures as reference)
--Center heart on circle and join.
--Center ridges on background pieces and join. (whip stitch along the length of the ridge)
--Center heart/circle pieces on background piece and join. Use polyfil to add dimension before finishing off.
--Join single corner pieces to double corner pieces. Long side of double corner piece to both long sides (long sides=sides without DEC). Use pictures as reference; resembles a pyramid.
--Join background pieces (sides) to form cube. Orient hearts as desired or according to reference. Fill with polyfil before finishing off; do not over stuff.
--Center middle pieces on cube and join. Use polyfil to add dimension before finishing off.
--Align single corner piece on cube and join single piece only (stitch the entire perimeter of the single corner). Use polyfil to add dimension before finishing off.
--Fold down double corner piece and join to cube. Use polyfil to add dimension before finishing off.

--It is not necessary to weave in the ends; all ends can be hidden within the pieces of the cube or the cube itself.
--When joining pieces, you may (probably will) need to stretch and shape the pieces to get the desired look.
--Do not over stuff with polyfil; if more polyfil is needed even after finishing off, carefully add through dc. If more polyfil is needed a pencil or chopstick is useful for adding polyfil between dc.
--When joining background pieces or sides, attaching middle pieces, heart/circle, and corners, ridges are a good reference point for alignment.
--Good luck and be patient, the final product will be well worth it!
--PM sprocketfish with an email address for the pdf of this pattern.
--If you have any specific questions about the pattern or changes, please PM (sprocketfish) or email me. If anyone completes this pattern, please post pictures or PM and let me know if the pattern was helpful.
--Please feel free to share this pattern, but please acknowledge the original source. Thanks!
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