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11  Someone learned how to crochet. Cute stuff inside! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by toque on: August 17, 2008 05:30:58 PM
So I finally figured it out.  Crochet, that is.  I have been knitting for just over a year now and while I'm not fantastic at it, I knew I could also figure out crochet eventually.  As a teacher I have been working my summer at a temp job as a receptionist at a very small and quiet engineering company in town.  Sometimes the days are very boring and long and ... too quiet.  What's a girl to do?  Teach herself to finally crochet, that's what!

4 Peas in a Pod
(my variation of Three Peas in a Pod by Lindsay Lee)

I made four peas because before we got our new puppy in February, my husband and I and our border collie were the "three peas in a pod."  Now that we have our mini schnauzer we're a group of four instead, hence why I made four peas in a pod instead of just three.  I'm a nerd.

Next up... Bitty Baby!
(from the Bitty Baby pattern by Hannah Kaminsky)

I thought these were really cute and I know waaaaaay too many people who have either had a baby in the past few months (or even year) OR are due in the next few months.  No, we're not ready yet Wink  But I thought I'd try my hand at these and maybe make a few for our moms-and-dads-to-be friends.

another pic:

And finally, an Owlet
(from the Owlet pattern by Brigitte Read)

It turned out ok I guess.

I love crochet! I'm mad I didn't make myself learn sooner.  If you're on Ravelry, look for me as pinktoque Smiley  And beware... I may have been MIA on craftster for a loooooong time, but I'm back and with a new craft and plan to share more often <3
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12  Plush Stapler in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: October 01, 2007 02:31:21 PM
I worked in an HR position this summer in an office and met a lot of great new friends.  One friend of mine in particular, Michelle, is a huge fan of The Office (as am I)... and so being in an office job, we made lots of jokes and references to the show.  We also liked to play similar pranks on each other.  We'd threaten to put each others' staplers into a Jell-O mold, etc.  When I quit working there to get back into teaching, I wanted to make Michelle something to remember me by, so I made her a plush stapler.  It represents our Jell-O mold prank Smiley


She really liked it Smiley

It was a design I sketched out myself on some lined paper and it came out perfectly!  Yay for homemade patterns turning out the way you envisioned them Wink  Thanks for looking!
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13  Plush 4 Tiered Wedding Cake in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: October 01, 2007 02:25:59 PM

Once again, it's  been too long since I've posted. Real life can get busy I guess Smiley  Anyway... my little brother is getting married this weekend and I wanted to make him and his fiance something special to use in their display at the reception... something I made from scratch.  My mom makes REAL wedding cakes and is making their actual wedding cake, so I decided to make an exact plush replica wedding cake.  This one will last and can be kept long after everyone has eaten the real thing Wink

It's 4 tiers, each tier is completely hand sewn and made from white felt. The felt scalloped edges were then sewn on, and I used white fabric paint to embellish the sides with the "lacy" design, much like my mom has done with icing for the real cake.

All total this stands just over a foot tall with the flowers on top.  I used a mixture of various purple felt (with green felt leaves) as well as a few flowers made from the actual bridesmaid dresses to decorate the top.

Hope you like it!  Here's a little close up:

I can't wait to give this cake to them when I head back to the states to visit in time for the wedding on Thursday.  Currently only my mom knows that I've made this, so it'll be a surprise for my brother and his soon-to-be-wife Smiley  Thanks for looking!
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14  Re: Kitty hat from 1 continuous piece of fabric --- TUTE Added! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by toque on: July 29, 2007 10:09:37 AM
My friend requested a "wolf ear hat" and I instantly thought of the technique behind this tutorial... here is my finished result, thanks for the tute and the inspiration! Smiley

(my man was kind enough to model it for me before I shipped it off to my friend)

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15  Stuffed Rancor from Star Wars in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: July 14, 2007 11:29:25 AM
So it's been awhile since I've posted or even been on craftster -- life just gets so busy sometimes! Smiley

Anyway, I was inspired to design a plush rancor... for those of you who have seen Star Wars (Return of the Jedi specifically), you'll recognize the giant monster that lives beneath Jabba the Hutt's throne room and feasts on those who are unlucky enough to take a fall through the floor's trap door into the pit below for the amusement of Jabba and his guests.

I'm fairly proud of how he turned out -- this was one of those times when I had an image in my head of how I wanted the finished product to look and I started sketching out a pattern... and thankfully the first try with the pattern turned out the way I wanted it to.  Don't you love when things go the way you planned them to the first time? Smiley

My plush rancor is nearly a foot tall at just over 11 inches.  He's about 10 inches wide from arm to arm, and completely hand sewn.  No sewing machine on this project!

So what am I doing with him?  Well, I've got him up for auction on my server's trade forums for the Star Wars MMORPG I play called Star Wars Galaxies.  There he will be auctioned off for in-game credits to the highest bidder, and 25% of the highest bid will go to in-game charity and new players, and the rest will help me produce low level items and whatnot to give away to new players as well as go into my in-game bank account.  I will then ship, free of charge, the rancor to the highest bidder in real life to let them hug and enjoy this plushie for themselves.  In the end, everyone wins!

Thanks for looking Smiley

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16  Father's Day Slippers for Dad in Shoes: Completed Projects by toque on: May 23, 2007 09:29:52 AM
I'm getting ready to head back to the states tomorrow morning to spend 2 weeks with my family that I've not seen in nearly a year!  Since I'll be visiting so close to Father's Day, I decided to go ahead and make my dad's gift so I can give it to him in person instead of shipping when I get back.

So what do you make your dad for Father's Day?  Slippers, of course!

What dad wouldn't love slippers?  And not just ANY slippers... handmade ones from me! Smiley

I think next time I've got a few improvements to make to the pattern and whatnot, but my first official attempt at footwear turned out fairly good!  These slippers are made from fleece -- doggie print and black fleece on the outside and then fully lined on the inside with more doggie print and red fleece.  The soles have three layers of fleece while the sides have two.  They're very snuggly and surprisingly "sturdy".

Future improvement plans include trying to figure out how to make the non-slick "pads" on the bottom, but since I'm outta here tomorrow I don't really have time for this pair!  If anyone has any suggestions on what I can do to the bottoms to make them non-slick (that's still washing machine safe), I'd appreciate them!  Thanks for looking Smiley
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17  Re: Sock Elephant in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: May 20, 2007 02:22:26 PM
I made one, too!

My mother in law loves the color blue and collects elephants, so when I saw these cute blue striped kid socks, I knew it was meant to be.  Meet "Ellie"

Thanks for the great tutorial! Smiley
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18  Grease Monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: May 14, 2007 12:00:18 PM
My little brother just graduated from college 2 weeks ago and he is now a mechanic.  I was unable to be there, but will be home finally to visit and celebrate with him next week.  I made this for him:

A "grease monkey" ! Smiley  (btw, his name is Herman, in case you're wondering about "Herm")

He's holding a little plush wrench:

I made this monkey from scratch and designed the pattern and everything.  Even the overalls, which are made from a pair of old jeans.  He's made from felt.  I can't wait to give him to my brother!

Thanks for looking Smiley
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19  Pouches Galore in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by toque on: May 12, 2007 04:35:55 PM
This weekend we were doing a little spring cleaning and filling up a bag with clothes to take to Goodwill.  I saved an old pair of jeans and a shirt that my boyfriend was planning to add to the pile by promising to make something from them. (I'm such a pack rat!  but I loved these jeans and the shirt)  I just knew I could find something else to do with them, and I kept my promise:

A pyramid pouch and little coin cube Smiley

The outer fabrics are his old jeans, and the inside is lined with a soft green and blue "hawaiian" print that was his old shirt.

Our roommate came home in a panic last night because he had been invited to a birthday party for the young daughter of one of his guy friends.  He was desperate for something "that a little girl would like" to give her as a gift (the party was today, lol, men can be so last minute, huh?) so I whipped up a little pyramid pouch for him to give her, made from some Strawberry Shortcake fabric I had lying around:


Thanks for looking Smiley  Happy Mother's Day tomorrow all you moms out there! Smiley
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20  More Hobos - Retro Celery, Citrus Squeeze (Set) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by toque on: May 10, 2007 02:35:07 PM
I've been busy!

Here are two new bags I've made... the "retro celery" is lined with celery green fabric, and I had no idea how to describe the outer fabric, so I guess that's what I'm going to call it Wink  This was for an order:

Forgive me for the horrid photos - I haven't figured out a good way to photograph these yet.

And the inside:

And this next one is another matching set... some of you know that I moved to Canada last June.  I applied for my Permanent Resident Card about 9 months ago, and one week from today I will finally get it Smiley  It was a long process, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel!  And exactly two weeks from today, I get to take my first trip back to the states to see my family in Indiana in nearly a year Smiley  I was so excited to have gotten approved for my Permanent Residency (which means I can finally work again!) and the fact I'd get to see my family that I wanted to make a new matching set just for the trip... I call this "citrus squeeze", inspired by the liner fabric that I found and used for this project.

Close up of the liner fabric:

Close up of the little appliques I made for the front and hand sewed on, and the sunglasses case:


Thanks for looking! Smiley  And thanks to runnermom for the hobo tutorial, and sewnikki for the glasses case tutorial Smiley
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