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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crochet jacket on tv last night... on: July 08, 2009 12:14:51 PM
did anyone else watch the series premiere of Warehouse 13 on Scyfy last night?  (yeah, i don't get the "name change" either, but...*shrug* Roll Eyes)  i <3 the crochet jacket Leena, the b&b owner, wore when we first saw her.  wide sleeves, open, loose, short - maybe a bolero?, open diamond like stitch.  i couldn't find any images of it online.  trying to figure out what stitch they used.  anyone have any ideas?  i was thinking maybe a solomon stitch (i think that's what it's called)?  but i haven't seen much of that.
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / pink & black headband on: July 07, 2009 07:42:16 PM
just finished a new headband of which i am extremely proud. Grin it's black & light pink redheart acrylic with a rhinestone button in the center of the flower. i used shell stitch for the band & the edging. the colors are washed out here & it's generally not a good pic, but you get the idea.  (my dc is out of order, so i'm down to using the web cam.)

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / i hate bottom-up hat patterns! on: February 21, 2008 11:32:40 PM
just thought i'd share & see if anyone shares the sentiment. Angry

for me it is so tedious & unnecessarily complicated to work a hat from the bottom & so easy to work it from the top.  i think it's because i hate working the first row into a chain on anything because it's wiggly, & when you work a hat from the top you don't have to!

at least it's easy enough to work the pattern backwards. Tongue
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby brogues & headband on: February 14, 2008 08:01:07 PM
the shoes are the Baby Brogues from the book First Crochet. i freehanded the headband. they were crocheted with red heart soft baby in powder pink twinkle (i think, the label has been lost:~/) & that was combined with lion fun fur in white for the headband. they both use pink ribbon too.

you can't see it in the pics, but the headband was made with HDC & the ribbon is woven through the stitches & the ends tie together. that way it would fit no matter how big the baby's noggin was!

thanks for looking!  Kiss

15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / flirty stitch markers on: February 14, 2008 07:49:17 PM
i'm hoping these count as trinkets.  best i could come up with for them.

they are pretty basic, but i thought they turned out so cute i wanted to share them!  imho, safety pins make the best stitch markers for crocheting, but i wanted to dress mine up a bit. at the craft store today i found some colored wiggly eyes with printed lashes & i knew they were perfect! i glued them back to back on embroidery floss hung from rust-proof safety pins & voila! sooooo cute! wish i could have gotten a better pic of them, but they would not cooperate. this is the cleanest i could get the pic. Cry

16  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Cleveland on: February 14, 2008 06:03:59 AM
i moved here last year, but just found a LYS here, R & M Yarns (http://www.rmyarns.com).  they've been selling online for a while, but just opened the store maybe a couple of years ago.  most of their stuff is off the cone & sold by the pound.  i'm already imagining the large projects i can make with no having to worry about starting a new ball & weaving in ends!  woohoo!! the website has better info than i can tell you if you are interested, lol.

anyhoo, i talked to the owner & she is interested in having knitters, crocheters, etc start meeting there but doesn't have the time to set something up.  being currently unemployed, it just so happens i do though Grin  PM me if you are interested.  i haven't set a date or anything, just giving it some thought really.  "Oh, We can dish, talk about who's getting fat. Oh, we'll just be great big bitches. " gotta love stewie griffin! Wink

also, she's been weaving & teaching weaving for years & just opened a weaving studio adjacent to the yarn store.  she has looms set up to use & offers beginning lessons.  they are having an open house this saturday if anyone is interested (that would be 2/16/08 fyi).
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / dready tam for a bald guy & matching scarf on: February 03, 2008 10:53:12 PM
it's been more than a year since a friend asked me to make him a tam with a bill, & i finally did it! Grin  the day he came over i had just seen patchworkarmy's version (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22332.0) & thought it would be fun to make.

since it took so long & i had plenty of yarn, i threw in a matching scarf & a wrist cuff.  i made the wrist cuff after i took the pics, but it's made just like the scarf only sans tassels & much shorter, lol.

I used a mix of SC, HDC, & DC to get the stripes.  i think i used a K hook, but it might have been an H.  the yarns were Red Heart Aran Fleck, Caron Perfect Match Espresso, & some unlabeled camo yarn a friend gave me after frogging a scarf he gave up on.  the camo was a mid-project decision, but i love how it turned out.  i think it's what really makes it imho.  keeps it from being ho-hum.  he only told me he like earthy colors & wanted the hat big.  what's earthier than camoflage?

here's the hat & scarf (i stuffed the hat to show it's size when i sent him pics.)

here's a detail shot of the brim & band

aerial view of the hat - 12in diameter laid flat

& a detail of the scarf - 92in long! (not incl the masculine tassels)

the scarf was done with DC starting in the middle & working the fleck on either side, then trimming it with the camo in SC.  oh, i started & ended both fleck rows with HDC to round it out.

hope you like it! Cheesy

18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Gingerdead Man:~) on: December 28, 2006 11:27:39 PM
a friend & i both love cheesy horror movies, so we watched The Gingerdead Man for a xmas themed horrorfest.  we both decided it was the worst.movie.ever Shocked

so for xmas i made him the gingerdead man Grin

i made it out of craft foam stuffed with cotton & painted with acrylic craft paints.  the knife was cut from the foam & painted, then glued to him.  the crafty foam gave him an eerily fleshy feel.

i'm not much of a painter, so i'm extremely pleased with the way he turned out Cheesy

there's a bit more about him & some closer shots in my journal if anyone is interested: http://joybilee.livejournal.com/171218.html

did i mention how pleased i am with how it turned out?  i didn't want to give him away, lol.  but he loved him as much as i do & thought he looked just fantastic Grin  hurray!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / solstice frame on: December 28, 2006 04:24:16 AM
i made a solstice themed frame as a gift for a friend.  it's not the most prolific of posts, but i'm so pleased with the finished product & can't post it to my journal yet because she reads it, lol.

i'm by no means a painter, so that is what i'm happiest with.

it was an unfinished wood frame painted with acrylic craft paints.  i started with blue from one corner then purple across the middle corners then black from the last corner, then feathered them into each other (i did the sides & back to match).  i had some faces left over from a clay play day, so added them in 2 corners to represent the goddess & god (the horned god has gold beads for eyes).  i added a sun in antiqued gold wire & a star in silver wire (obviously they are stylized Tongue), & then used "pure silver" acrylic to paint on the stars.

i really hope she likes it:~)
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / pipe cozy for xmas on: December 24, 2006 03:24:41 AM
my older bro is a pipe smoker, so i decided to make him a pouch for one of his pipes this year Grin

the inside is lined with teflon fabric, the outside is heavy denim (from an old pair of jeans), & it has 2 layers of low loft batting in the middle.  i added a flap with a snap & a skull bead to cover the top.


there's more pics & a more detailed how-to on my lj: http://joybilee.livejournal.com/167510.html
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