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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ogres are like Onions, They have Layers on: October 01, 2009 07:18:08 PM
Hi Everyone.

It has been a while since I posted.  My niece wanted to be Shrek for Halloween and so I helped my sister with her costume.  I crocheted a hat for her.  It is loosely based on the Brrr Baby Beanie found here http://craftyrahrah.wordpress.com/2008/08/11/brrr-baby-beanie-free-pattern/, which I had made before but I couldn't find my copy of the pattern when I made the Shrek hat, so I recreated it from memory.  I was also largely inspired by this person:  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20209006.  I am proud because I didn't know if I could do it, but I did.  Thanks everyone for looking.

I hope I am okay posting it here, since I didn't create the rest of the costume, I thought this was the most appropriate place.  Please let me know if it needs to be moved.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Some Dishcloths on: February 22, 2008 08:43:46 PM
I made these for a swap. 

Flower Scrubbie:

This was a supereasy pattern.  You crochet onto one of those plastic mesh pot scrubbers.  The only change I made was because it didn't close over the scrubbie and I thought it made it look really unfinished.  I just crocheted in the round over it and created a hanging loop.  This was made in Lion Cotton in Poppy (my favorite color)

Star Washcloth:

Nothing special to report here, the yarn was Sugar and Cream.


This one is Lion Cotton in lime.

I got the star and the scrubbie from here: crochetpatterncentral.com.  The dishcloth/hotpad is a pattern I learned on here a long time ago and have made dozens of time.  I will try and give credit when I can find it.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / A couple of FOs on: February 22, 2008 08:31:48 PM
I don't post much in this board.  Here are a few new beaded things I made for a swap partner.

Triple Strand Necklace:

I made this using different size seed beads in different shades of blue, green and purple.  The pattern is random.  There are also some square glass beads and the dragonfly pendant is from a local artist.  It has a toggle clasp.  This was my first time using the coated wire (sorry I don't know the name) and crimp beads.  I have done all my other beading with fishing line or in macrame.

Stitch Markers:

Nothing too special.  The red flower bead on the far right is from some antique beads a friend gave me.  The inspire charm I took from a charm bracelet I never wear. 

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Whoo Hat and mary jane slippers for my niece on: December 28, 2007 10:00:30 PM
Here is the Xmas present I made my 6 month old niece.  It is the Whoo Hat from the book Not Your Mamma's Crochet and some baby Mary Jane's (which at this time I don't have the link at hand, but I will edit and give credit where it is due).  They are crocheted out of Lion Microspun in three different colors (which I have also forgotten)

I am really proud of this project, because I had a really hard time with the hat, and had to restart it after about two gazillion rows.  It is squatter and less tall than the book version and I ended up adding two extra sections of colors.  I am still proud of it though. 

Thanks for looking.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Clay Covered Crochet Hooks on: December 28, 2007 09:43:16 PM
Hi, First post in this forum and first time playing with the wonders of poly clay.  My Aunt-in-law crochets so I made her these for Christmas:

The picture isn't that great.  I used Sculpey and used two colors Fuchsia and a Blue (forgot the exact shade).  The purple you see is from mixing the two together.  I had a great time with these, so you may be seeing me more in the future.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Christmas Slippers for the whole family (and I mean all of them) on: December 28, 2007 08:53:12 PM
So, since catching the crochet but back in July, I decided I would make all of my pressies for Xmas.  Thanks to the darling for her tutorial posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127333.0

The only things I did differently are that when I got to the straps on the female versions I chained the amount between the sides and then continued the hdcs around the next row.  I also single crocheted around the outside to give them pizazz.  I also used puffy paint on the bottoms for grip.
These aren't all the ones I made, but just the ones I got pictures of:

Those pictured:
Red and Blue male pair is for BIL in Red Sox Colors (double strands of Red Heart)
Double blue mail pair for dear ol' dad:  Vanna's Choice Yarn
Purple women's Pair for me sis:  Main part is Lion Homespun, accent is Lion Microspun (I think)
Blue women's pair is for the lovely woman who birthed me:  Main part is Homespun again and microspun again.

I also made two more womens pairs in two shades of sage green (TLC Essentials, don't know the colors)  for my aunt and female cousin.  I made three more male pairs for my uncle and two of my male cousins.  My uncle got a pair in Vanna's Choice in mustard yellow.  The other boys got pairs in brown/blue red heart, and green/cammo red heart.

After all this crocheting I really came to understand what it is like to make the same thing out of different yarns, and how they can change the characteristics of the finished project.

Sorry about the long post, but at least it isn't picture laden. Cheesy Cheesy

Edited to add:
The beautiful flowers on the mary jane slippers came from a pattern from our own Sammimag.  You can get the pattern at http://www.ibrakeforyarnhooksandbooks.blogspot.com/
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mickey Mouse Hat (perhaps a little image obese) on: November 14, 2007 08:37:50 PM
My three year old has been asking me to crochet her a "Micky Mouse Thing".  Not being sure what that meant, I figured I could tackle a hat with mouse ears.  I had some black Red Heart lying around that I inherited, so I gave it a shot.  That is the story of how this was born:

Edit:  I decided to take my daughter's face off the internet, for her safety.  Thank you for understanding.
8  COOKING / Dessert / Robot Cake on: November 13, 2007 08:37:52 AM
My daughter turned three this weekend.  Her favorite movie is robots, so I decided to make a robot cake.  I should have taken pictures before I put saran over top and took off some of the icing, my bad.

Thanks for looking!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help With Who Hat from Not Your Momma's Crochet on: October 21, 2007 08:19:32 PM
Hi Everyone, thanks for at least reading this.

I am attempting to make the Who Hat from Not Your Momma's Crochet (page 159)

I am starting the main part of the hat and have been doing fine up until round 9. Row 4sc in 1st sc then 2sc in 2nd sc and repeat with each row increasing by one sc between 2sc for each successive row.  Row 8 is sc in first sc then 2sc in 7th and repeat.  Row 9 then goes back to sc in next 5 sc then 2 sc in 6th. 

This seems to be a misprint because of the stich counts are off, and each round finishes with a 2 sc, and I cannot get the row to end that way with the 5sc between 2sc's.  I googled the pattern but cannot find any corrections online. 

I think I should just ditch that row and go onto 7 sc then 2sc in 8th, but I don't want to have to frog. Does anyone have any advice, or links to pattern corrections?

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Butternut Squash Soup on: September 23, 2007 06:49:48 PM
I just made this up today, and it was very delicious.  Sorry no pictures.

1 onion Diced
2 stalks of celery diced
2 tbs Olive Oil
3 cloves garlic
1 butternut squash in large cubes
1 tbs dried Sage
4 cups Low Sodium Chicken broth
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Dash Pumpkin Pie Spice blend

Saute over medium onion garlic and celery in olive oil (with a few dashes of salt) for 10 minutes.

Add butternut squash and saute for 5 minutes.

Add sage, pepper, and Chicken broth.  Bring to boil.  Once at a boil lower stove to Med/Low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Either puree in batches in the blender or use a stick blender. 

Serve and eat.

You could easily make this vegetarian with vegetable broth in stead.
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