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21  Knitting Needle Roll in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftybernie on: May 07, 2007 04:36:14 PM
I was inspired to make my own needle roll after seeing this one  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=69952.msg659223#msg659223

I made it for my scarf pal on the International Scarf Exchange.  It's my first attempt and I'm very pleased with it. 

The fabrics are left overs from other projects including the shirt and a blouse that had never been worn.
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22  Donut, with Icing & stuff... in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: May 07, 2007 04:10:42 AM
Ok, if i've missed the boat on this one then please delete me!  If it's not too late to enter then here's my crochet donut which I created from my own noggin:

Good luck everyone!!!

Bernie Smiley
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23  Re: Donut, anyone? UPDATED 30.04.07 in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: April 30, 2007 10:44:26 AM
I finally got round to decorating my donut.  Doesn't it look even more yummy?  I can't believe it has taken me almost 6 months to decorate this!  


While you're at it, check out my cherry bun too.  I found this little critter lazing around my FO box and gave him a makeover!  Wish I could remember where I got the pattern for this one.....
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24  Polystyrene Glitter Bals (w/tut & photos) in Winter Holidays by craftybernie on: December 03, 2006 10:55:17 PM
I made these with my niece this weekend - she's seven.  I've been promising to have a craft day with her for ages and we finally got round to it on Saturday.  We made a few Christmas decorations, and this is one of the fun things we made.

Here's a quick tutorial 

Glitter / Glitter snow*
Polystyrene balls (any size will do but we used 2" balls)
Wooden skewers (or the handle of a skinny paintbrush)
PVA glue (if it's too thick, water it down very slightly)
Small pins
Sequins (optional)
Narrow ribbons or braids
Two plastic dishes or trays (the kind you get with take away)
Disposable plastic cup
Something to stand them in while they dry

*I found this glitter snow stuff at the local garden centre last year and immediately thought "hey, that's cool".  Then it never got used (like most stuff in my craft room!).  Anyway, it was perfect for this project, although you could use just about anything small enough to coat the balls such as fine (Art Institute glitters work well), coarse glitter, caviar beads or small delicas, sugar or even sprinkles (but don't eat them!)


Fill the plastic cup up about a third with the PVA glue.

Half fill one of the small trays with the glitter snow (or whatever you're using) and place the second tray beside it.

Pop each ball on a wooden skewer.  Use the pointy end of the skewer when pushing it into the ball or you run the risk of splitting the polystyrene ball.

Fill a disposable plastic cup about 1/3 full with PVA glue.

While holding the ball upside down by the skewer, dip the ball into the cup twirling and rolling the ball around in the glue (kind of like when you make toffee apples).

Allow the excess glue to drip off.  Make sure the entire ball is evenly coated. 

Hold the skewered ball in one hand over the empty tray.

Pick up the tray with the glitter in your other hand and gently sprinkle the glitter all over the ball, allowing the excess glitter to collect in the empty tray.  Rotate the skewer so that you cover the ball completely and gently tap off the excess.  Don't be tempated to dunk the ball into the glitter  as bits of glue may drip and ruin your glitter. 

Stand the skewer in a suitable container to allow the ball to dry.  I used an old air freshener but you could also stick the skewers in some plasticine/play dough, a polystyrene block or one of those oasis you get from florists.  Use whatever you've got lying around the house.

When dry, gently remove the skewer.  Now it's up to you to decide whether you want to embellish the balls further, or just leave them as they are.

When attaching ribbon to the ball, use a pin, pushed into a sequin - this stops the ribbon from fraying/tearing

Hope you find this useful and fun.  This is my first tut on Craftster so if you have any questions then let me know.

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25  Voodoo Wristers from Knitty in Knitting: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: December 02, 2006 02:48:32 PM
I knit up these wristers within a 24 hour period.  I used King Cole KwikKnit and I was pleasantly surprised by the striping of the yarn.  Not bad for only 2.50 a ball!!! And I still have enough yarn left to make another pair!

I can't wait to make some in Wendy Fusion - it has just arrived on the island and it looks like a half decent yarn.

Although these wristers are an xmas present for a friend, I persuaded a reluctant little miss CB to model them for me.  I'm beginning to think she's a bit of a yarn snob as she wasn't too keen on this acrylic/wool mix.  She seems ok with Debbie Bliss Merino Aran or King Cole Merino.  I've spoilt that child!  I should have never let her near the 'good' yarn! Smiley
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26  Pucker up Puffagami! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: December 02, 2006 12:24:04 PM
Do fish have lips?  I don't know.  But Puffagami has.  Big juicy luscious pink lips!   Kiss

She's looking for a loyal companion puffer fish and has puckered up nicely hoping for a snog.

I made my 'puffagami' with 'Dory' from Finding Nemo in mind.  

This pattern is a total original.  No help whatsoever.  Nada!  And all made this evening.  I've forgotten how much I love a challenge....  Ooooh the tension.   Grin
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27  Ceefer Cat in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: December 02, 2006 03:00:13 AM
This is my version of Amineko and my very first amigurumi project.  I made her a few months ago.  She doesn't really look like other versions of Amineko I've seen out there in blogland but I guess that's ok.  

However, you may have noticed she's not terribly happy in the photo - she didn't get a rosette in the crafts classes in the agricultural show here on the Isle of Man.  

But she is loved lots so that makes up for her disappointment.
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28  Spritely Doll in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: December 02, 2006 02:28:20 AM
Here's my version of the 'CrochetMe' Amigurumi Sprite doll. 

Granted she's not an original pattern, but the sprite was a great inspiration and starting block.

As you can see, I added lots and lots of hair (it took me hours - one strand at a time!).

I crochet a little orange body warmer and a lime green skirt - all from my own noggin.

She's also got a little scarf which is tribute to the Stripes Forever scarf from the Happy Hooker!

I hope she is an acceptable entry in this challenge.  She's very very excited!

Good luck everyone!

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29  Re: CALLING ALL KNITTERS OF ENGLAND in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by craftybernie on: November 22, 2006 01:03:05 AM
These are the little woolly hats that I crochet for the Innocent Drinks Supergran 2006 campaign for Age Concern in the UK. 

I made them this weekend after reading about this on another forum. It didn't take up too much time and was quite enjoyable. Nice to be able to help in such a fun way!

To check out the more woolly hats made for this campaign, visit the Flickr pool here.

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30  8" squares for Grandmother Purl's Blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: November 10, 2006 11:15:51 AM
I knit these two squares for Grandmother Purl's blanket.  Crazy Aunt Purl has received lots of squares for this project (can't remember how many!) Lol.

Check them out if you get a mo.

Aren't knitters great!
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