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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Purple Poptab Flower on: April 26, 2010 09:13:25 AM
I made this for the Frugal Living swap, I just crocheted around the pop-tabs until it looked flower like, it took a few times ripping back before I was happy. I used up some of my thread scraps, and tied it to a market bag I crocheted from yarn leftovers, I hope the recipient likes it, it was definitely frugal.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Thanksgiving Hostess Gift-with Upcycling on: November 25, 2008 11:13:12 AM
Recycled tin can (washed of course) filled with homemade snack mix, decorated with scrapbooking left-overs and topped with a hand knit dishcloth. Wrapped up with yarn scraps and topped with a vintage acorn button. Made for the hostess of our small groups annual pre-Thanksgiving feast.

In the past I bought pretty containers for gifting snack mix, but with a tighter budget I'll be Recycling this idea for Christmas gifts,too.

Thanks for the kind feed back. Here's my base recipe, straight from Allrecipes.com. I often change up the nuts &/or cereals depending on what's on sale. I also like to add pretzels. It's always a big hit, and a great gift to snack on, I especially like to give it to those who have long drives around the holidays.
3 quarts popped popcorn (1 cup un-popped)
4 cups Cheerios cereal
4 cups Corn or Rice Chex cereal
2 cups salted peanuts ( I use almonds)
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (I've occasionally forgotten Undecided to add this & it still worked)

In a large greased roasting pan, combine popcorn, cereal and peanuts. In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter; bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; quickly stir in vanilla and baking soda until mixture is light and foamy. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; mix well. Bake, uncovered, at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 Mini-Calorimetries on: October 24, 2008 09:49:20 AM
the first is from lapoli's lovely handspun:

The second is from 2 different scrap balls of sock yarn, I just alternated rows:

These are perfect for my girls to put on after swim practice.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Buttony Bracelet on: October 24, 2008 09:42:59 AM
 I love to play with my stash of buttons. I just crocheted a chain, picking up buttons within the stitches, through the shanks, with a loop on the end to button it together.

5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Cold Shoulders Boucle on: May 27, 2008 12:05:33 PM
I've had the hook,book & yarn for a year & finally got it done-pretty quick project once I got to the shell section. I added extra rows & a sc edging all around, it could still use a blocking.

I want to find some nice ribbon for the tie- I think the boucle would be to scraggley as pom-poms.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Purple Octopus Amigurumi on: May 08, 2008 10:02:33 AM
I made Cindy the Cephalopod for a swap-bot swapI think she's so cute & hated to send her away! An easy project but the 8 legs get a little tedious, so it took me a while to finish.
I didn't exactly follow the pattern but here it is:
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Noro hat w/ rib-knit brim on: January 23, 2007 09:15:45 AM
I had to try out this yarn after seeing it in so many great projects. I love the colors but it is a bit rough. Just a basic crocheted hat but I picked up stitches towards the end,on circular needles, to knit a ribbed brim (as I was getting to the end of the ball & didn't want to run out). I used a crocheted bind off & then added rows until I ran out of yarn 3 I think.

Modeled by my son.
Has anyone seen any knit/crochet hybrid patterns for hats? I like aspects of both crafts, but I'm still a novice knitter.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Owl Cable Bag on: January 23, 2007 09:01:34 AM
This is based on a hat pattern I found on the web http://www.ruthieknits.com/owlhat.htm
(-but being a new knitter I have gauge issues and a lack of DPN's that have been thwarting my hat efforts)
 I'm still looking for the perfect owl pin/brooch but the little heart works for now.

I found a lovely little cream on white floral print fabric for the lining and added a pocket for my phone, too.

Comments appreciated.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another Jayne hat on: November 15, 2006 08:04:50 AM

I know this hat has been done to death but these colors were already in my stash so... here's my crocheted version of the Jayne hat. It's just Hdc in the BLO I made a long rectanlgle sewed into a tube, gathered the top & added the pom-pom & earflaps.Just RedHeartSS w/2 strands held together. It's mighty warm.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Purse from thrift store yarn on: October 25, 2006 11:24:56 AM
Who says you can't make a silk purse from a sows ear?
I found the yarn & buttons at various thrift stores, and just sort of made it up as I went along.

I'd appreciate any comments-but please be kind as this IS my 1st post since coming out of lurkdom.
I also made a sweater for my dog with some thrift store yarn.
and a smaller version for my BIL's Chi modeled by the nearest like-sized item.http://photobucket.com/albums/h126/yelutci/th_IMG_2733.jpg
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