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1  Re: 12-point Star Blanket~along (a.k.a. Round Ripple) in Crochetalongs by kowaiusagi on: July 01, 2008 03:53:56 PM
i'm making my brother one of these for his wedding.  it's supposed to be big enough for a queen sized bed (NEVER make this blanket that big!!). 

here's a pic of it a few weeks ago.  once it's completely done and i have some place to spread it out i'll take a pic of the whole thing.

(if that doesn't work, here's the link: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/arlip/Dsc04559.jpg)

i posted this question in the discussion forum but i figured i'd ask here too: what's the best way to fold one of these blankets?  i've just been kinda folding it in half a couple times and shoving it into whatever bag i was using.  any suggestions?
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2  best way to fold a circle blanket in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by kowaiusagi on: July 01, 2008 03:37:32 PM
Hi all!  I am crocheting my brother a 12 pointed star blanket for his wedding (it's in 2 weeks, yikes!).  there is a CAL on craftster for it, which is also where i got my yarn choice (sensation's rainbow boucle).

btw, NEVER make a circular blanket bigger than a baby blanket... i made this big enough for a queen sized bed and it got to be waaaay too unwieldy by the end.

anyway, my question is: how should i fold it?  i'm going to go buy a really nice box for it at the container store but i dunno how i should fold it.  what i've been doing is folding it in half (to a semi circle), then folding it in half again.  but at that point it's kinda like a triangle (with a curved edge) and i was never sure what to do with it, so i'd just fold the point down and shove it into whatever bag i was using at the time. 

any suggestions for good boxes would be helpful too ^_^

for anyone interested, here's a picture of the blanket from a few weeks ago (far from finished!)

(if that doesn't work, here's the link: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/arlip/Dsc04559.jpg)
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3  Re: Star Baby Blanket~Along in Crochetalongs by kowaiusagi on: April 14, 2007 07:47:57 PM
i've never attempted to participate in a CAL before, so i hope it's ok for me to just jump in here and post my blanket...

i've been working on it for a few weeks now, adding a couple rows every few days or so, and just decided it was large enough to use as a lap blanket so i finally ended it ^_^  it started as a project to use up scraps of yarn i had in my stash, but quickly grew too big for that. i was lucky that my grandma had a few huge skeins of yarn i was able to get from her, so i never had to pay for any new yarn for this one!  that's why the colors are so... varied (or random rather).

with a notebook on it for size comparison:

bonus in-progress pic from when i first started it!

everyone else's has such pretty colors mine looks almost dull in comparison tho...
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4  turtle and owlies- amigurumi style in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kowaiusagi on: April 11, 2007 04:43:47 PM
these are some of the first amigurumi i made, but still some of my favorites. 

the first is a darling little turtle that i made for my grandmother (she collects turles, and also helped teach me to crochet, so i felt it was appropriate ^_^)

then i wanted to make my mum a prezzie too, since she really did most of my crochet-training with me.  she loves yellow, so i had to make her a yellow owl.  then my dad got jealous of everyone else getting gifts (even tho he claims to not believe in presents, we should all just enjoy being together as the greatest gift of all), so i had to make him a matching owl in *his* favorite collor (red).

and then i had spent all this time making everyone else gifts, i wanted an owl for myself!  so i made a slightly smaller purple owl to round out the owlie family (who now reside in our kitchen).

both patterns are from this book.
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5  took a kewl shirt and turned it into... an even kewler shirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kowaiusagi on: March 26, 2007 12:09:13 PM
first *real* post here in crafster!  hello all~

i took this shirt:

i bought this about two years ago when i was in japan doing a study abroad program in tokyo. i adored it then, but wouldn't pay the obscenely high price to buy it from the original store.  and then my friend bought it yet didn't actually like it, so i got it off of her for cheap(er).  but it's been two years now and i barely wear it anymore.  it's not *really* my style anymore. and at the end of my year in japan the same store started selling these awesome shirts with the same fabric and such but with kewl spaghetti strap-like tops. sooooo, i decided to mess around with the one i had.

and i got this:

i basically cut it apart and put it back together. the straps cross in the back and the buckles *do* actually come undone. the straps actually used to be on the sleeves, which i loved, but were actually really annoying when you wore it. so i just snipped them off and used them for the shoulder straps. the silver do-dads on the buckles are actually from a crappy hot topic necklace i had taken apart. the sleeves were always attached to the body with ribbon so i took those off no problem; i still need to weave some elastic and ribbon into the grommits so i can wear them as arm covers/warmers.

there are still a couple finishing touches that need to be done on it, but i'm rather pleased with how it came out considering i kinda BSed the whole thing. i'll take a picture of myself actually wearing it eventualy (i've tried it on and such, but i don't feel like taking off my pajama bottoms and straightening my hair, hehe).
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6  Re: taiyaki purse from Knit Room by Tomoko Fujita in Crochet: Completed Projects by kowaiusagi on: March 22, 2007 01:31:15 PM
i have this same book!  i actually bought it mostly for the taiyaki pattern.  i love taiyaki sooo much but haven't had a real one in two years now ;_;  it's actually supposed to be a cell phone case, but even after i made it with a smaller hook than was called for, it came out huge!  but it's actually the perfect size for my nintendo DS, so i'm not complaining ^_^ 

i've never posted a project on crafster before, but i figured i'd share my version of the taiyaki purse here ^_^  i hope it's ok for me to post these here!  links cuz i can't post full pics yet...



inside (this was the yarn that was the closest color to anko that i had-- if i made it again i think i would go buy a burgundy or maroon color i think)

perfect for the DS! (i put stickers on mine cuz everyone and their little brother had a blue older style DS)

this was actually the first project from a japanese craft book where i had to pull out my electronic dictionary to make sure i was doing it right, but it was a bit more complicated that the usual amigurumi patterns i felt.  i really want to try making the cute pocket tissue holder next!
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