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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / purple scallop scarf on: October 27, 2009 08:28:50 AM
this is a scarf loosely based on the lion brand "scallop scarf" pattern here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80985AD.html?noImages=0 (access with free sign-up)

in the original pattern, the scallops are made of 9trebles, but i did mine with 7. i think i also made some changes in between the scallops, but i can't remember what the difference is anymore. the end result is a bit less lacy than the one from lion brand.

c&c welcome, as usual!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crochet mitten (with pattern!) on: October 20, 2009 03:35:32 PM

here's the mitten i just made this morning, and here is the pattern, which is probably enough to go on. if it's not, there's a much more detailed (and picture-ful) tutorial over at my blog.

ETA: the yarn i used was sean sheep's "maldon", with a 6mm hook. if you're going to use a yarn that's that thick, i'd recommend going up to a 6.5mm hook and seeing what happens.
ETA (again): worked continuously in spiral rounds, until just before the ribbing starts. instructions are in the pattern. read carefully.


R1:   5 sc in magic ring, pull tight (5)
R2:   2 sc in each sc around (10)
R3:       1, 2 sc around (15)
R4:        1, 1, 2 sc around  (20)
R5 & 6:   sc around
R7:       1,1,1,2 around (25)
R8-20:    sc around (25)
R21:     sc in first sc, ch 10, sk 3 sc, sc in next sc, sc around
      (total of 22 sc, plus 10 ch = 32 stitches)
R22:   sc in each sc and ch around (32sc)                                              
R23:    sc in first sc, sc2tog, sc next 6 sc, sc2tog, sc around (30)
R24:    sc in first sc, sc2tog, sc next 4 sc, sc2tog, sc around (28)
R25:    sc in first sc, sc2tog, sc next 2 sc, sc2tog, sc around (26)
R26:    sc in first sc, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc around (24)
R27:    sc in first sc, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc around (22)
R28:    sc around (22)
R29:    sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc, ch2 (22)
R30:    dc around, join with sl st in top of ch2, ch2 (22dc)
R31:    fpdc around, join with sl st in top of ch2, ch2 (22)
R32-34: fpdc around, join, ch2 (22)
R35:    sl st in each dc around, fasten off, weave in ends


R1:   4 sc in magic ring, pull tight (4)
R2:       2 sc around (8sc)
R3-9:   sc around (8sc)
R10:    1,1,1,2 sc around (10)
R11:    2,1,1,1,1 sc around (12)
R12:    put the thumb and mitten together, and sl st each sc in thumb into the hole in the mitten, both pieces right side    out.
it's awkward (both to do and to explain), but it can be done.
alternatively, you could do a final thumb row like this:  [R13: sc around (12), fasten off] and just sew the thumb and mitten together the old fasioned way, but i've been getting really into NOT sewing, but actually crocheting stuff together. you'll see, when i finish the wizard of oz gang.

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / ooak classic piglet on: October 12, 2009 12:03:10 PM
this is piglet.

i made him this weekend, based on a google-image search result, here: http://www.decor4kids.co.uk/Classic%20Pooh&%20Piglet%20Mural.jpg

his skin is a paton's mohair blend, and his jumper is acrylic and cotton.

head and body are all one piece, stuffed as i went. the arms are as simple as they look. the ears are a variation on some bamboo leaves that i came up with a few weeks ago. the bamboo leaves do NOT look like pigs' ears, for the record. it helps that they're green.

his nose and face were made separately, and when i'd just about finished attaching them to his head, i stuffed some stuffing in so it would have some definition.

his little feet, i gave up on figuring out this morning at about 1:00, and went to bed to dream up possible solutions. literally. i got up at 9 this morning to finish him, and THAT'S when inspiration struck.

the feet, i have a pattern for. i couldn't risk getting one done, and then forgetting how i'd done it.

more pics over at my flickr (http://flickr.com/photos/skelectica/sets)and blogged here: http://skelectica.blogspot.com/2009/10/introducing-piglet.html

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / settlers of catan: crafted! on: October 04, 2009 03:01:38 PM
here is the settlers of catan game set that i made.
i bought a box of resource and development cards, and made everything else.

as usual, there are more pics at my flickr page, in the "catan" set.

comments, etc. always welcome!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / fancy pumpkin poster on: October 02, 2009 04:05:37 PM
here's what i did yesterday. i'm putting it in the miscellaneous board because even though it's a carved pumpkin, it's not really that halloweenie. i've also posted a tutorial over at my blog: http://skelectica.blogspot.com/2009/10/pumpkin-carving.html

the end result is a poster for an upcoming show that friends (of friends) of mine are doing in october. i carved the pumpkin with their names, and added the show details with paint.net, which is an AWESOME free image editing program.

here's a pic; there are more at my blog, and there will be a set up on my flickr page shortly.

comments etc. welcome!


6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / nintendo/heroscape figurines on: September 30, 2009 10:38:12 AM
here are some nintendo figurines my neighbor and i made to play heroscape with.
here's the whole gang:

here's the good guys:

here's the bad guys:

and the koopas:

i made the good guys (mario, luigi, toad, peach, and daisy), bowser, and the koopas.
jesse made the goombas and hammer bros, and his fiancee sarah helped him with chain chomp and bowser.


[eta: there are more pics over at my flickr page - www.flickr.com/photos/skelectica]
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / homage to leonard cohen on: July 05, 2008 11:39:52 PM
my high school hero was leonard cohen, and since i'm almost too late, here he is.
work in progress (note glass of wine)

left side, finished

right side, finished

whole dang thing

also note that this was started about 3 hours ago - and we fit a walk to the store in there!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / handpainted toddler tees (lotsa pics) on: April 05, 2008 11:52:24 AM
Cow, Giraffe, and Moose:

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / stretch fabric and elastic with no zigzag stitch? on: August 01, 2007 08:27:44 AM

i'm working on a dress made of some synthetic stretchy fabric (a little stretchier than stretch jeans, but i don't think it's a knit...).. and i need to put elastic in around the top of it (it's strapless).

thing is, i don't have a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine. when i told the lady who was helping me at the fabric store this yesterday, she just shook her head and was all like, "i don't know HOW you're going to DO this!!"

how to sew elastic and stretchy fabric with a straight stitch, please? teeny teeny stitches, or big long ones?

a new sewing machine is out of the question, both because i can't afford one, and because i'm totally in love with my little singer spartan, even though it has no features AT ALL.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / the bottom 1/2 of my wedding dress.. on: July 18, 2007 11:03:25 AM
all from scratch, even the pattern, which i pilfered from whichever poster got the "trapezoid x 4" idea into my head. i think the original inspiration dress is from david's bridal, but i'm not sure anymore.

and when i'm finished my FMIL's dress, i'll post pics of that too.


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