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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for project with grandma on: April 09, 2010 05:10:06 PM
My grandmother has problems with her leg/back, but, being a feisty Italian woman, she refuses to just sit down and relax!!  Even when surrounded by all her children and grandchildren, who would gladly wait on her hand and foot, she insists on carrying things around and rearranging furniture and making beds, etc etc.  She has really hurt herself recently and it is worrisome.

My evil plan?  Get her to sit down by getting her to crochet something!  I did learn to crochet from her after all.  I think doing a project together would really motivate her to finish something too ^_^

I'm looking for some kind of project that we could do together, perhaps in parts that could be put together at the end.  Maybe a really awesome afghan?  (something more interesting than just granny squares)  I was also considering something like matching sweaters, but it would be hard to find something the both of us would want to wear, lol.  Scarf or an amigurumi would be too quick a project--I want something that keeps her sitting for a while!

So--ideas anyone?  Links to patterns would be most appreciated too!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / best way to fold a circle blanket 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)
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / turtle and owlies- amigurumi style 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.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / took a kewl shirt and turned it into... an even kewler shirt! 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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