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1  Chew-proof cover for crate pad in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by rina on: April 29, 2010 12:05:38 AM

My Goldendoodle puppy Henry started power-chewing a while ago.  We were forced to have him sleep on a folded up towel for a while (because he started to eat his crate pad), until I improvised a cover that goes over both the bed and the tray underneath.  Because the whole thing fits tight inside his crate, he cant get at a corner to chew. 

Found a great fabric by the yard from Ikea, measured and cut, sewed two hems, and snipped slits into the hem (on the long sides), evenly spaced apart.  Then I crocheted a long chain with mercerized cotton yarn to make a cord.  After wrapping the cover around both the tray and the bedding, I laced the cord through the hem (kind of like with shoelaces) and tightened it.  Finally, I took another cord (triple ply of the same yarn) and drew it though the middle of the short sides, and tied that tight. 

Success!  Very comfy for Henry, and he has slept on it for a whole month without chewing it once.  It looks cool, and the pattern camouflages dog hair.  The fabric machine washes and dries (with about 10-15% shrinkage, which I accounted for), though it's a bit of work to put it back on because of the lacing. 
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2  Re: Babette's blanket from IK Crochet 2006? in Crochetalongs by rina on: February 17, 2008 01:46:26 AM
ok.. so i made all the squares and now I dont want to sew them together.

Congrats on finishing all the squares! 

Yeah, sewing is a drag.  I'm still crocheting the squares on mine--delayed for a whole bunch of reasons--and am up to panel 7.  I'm sewing the panels/wove in the ends as I went along, but man it's a lot of ends. 

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3  Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) in Knitalongs by rina on: December 13, 2007 03:10:25 PM
So I started this back in June and posted a couple of times, then it took FOREVER to finish.  Meanwhile I've been enjoying seeing all the new projects on this thread. 


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  I cropped my head off b/c I had bed head.   Smiley

Thanks KnittyKnitter for a terrific, flexible pattern!
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4  Lipstick Lava Boteh Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by rina on: November 20, 2007 04:39:31 PM

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Pattern: Boteh Scarf by Kathy Merrick, in Interweave Crochet Spring 2007.

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn, in Lipstick Lava (I think #270).

Hook: 4mm Susan Bates Silvalume

Modifications: I joined the pointy tips of each motif to the side of the next one while crocheting the border, to create a smoother snaky look.

Fun pattern, good TV crocheting after you do a couple of motifs.  Let me know what you think!
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5  Big Big Fuzzy Fat Bottom! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by rina on: October 14, 2007 11:03:22 PM
I'm hooked!  After seeing this giant fat bottom bag by Emiko Hime, I made a slightly different version using Lion Chenille Thick n' quick.  I only did a couple of rows of the top border, and added a long strap.  I hate working with chenille yarn so this took a while, but I love the rich dark silver effect in this color! I wanted the strap long enough to let me sling it on my shoulder without a fuss, but I think I have room to shorten it a few inches. 

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6  Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.)[opt. July-Aug. theme: Cables!] in Knitalongs by rina on: September 16, 2007 08:35:03 PM
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Been a while but after a couple months of lurking it's time to jump back into this thread!  I'm improvising a cardi in "Shocking Pink" Malabrigo, with YO instead of KFB for the raglan increases.  I'm adapting from a Fitted Knits cardi pattern for the waist and bottom.   I think it might be too small for me; if it doesn't block larger I'll have to give it to a petite friend.   Roll Eyes
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7  Fawne Sweater/Cardi from French Girl pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by rina on: August 27, 2007 01:03:35 PM
I worked up the Fawne pattern by French Girl   


I did the medium size, using Woolease and a 6mm hook.  The bottom turned out too wide, so I just kept adding rows and decreasing until I got the right waist.  This is easy because the sides are just straight DC.  It looks cuter when laced only about 5" down, but then it flares a lot at the bottom.  I'm going to shorten the bottom by about four or five rows, to make the look a little more up to date.  If I do, I'll post updated pics.

Overall, I like the pattern. The fabric is somewhat thick but still supple, and the sweater is cuddly and soft enough to wear over just a camisole. 

I may do another one, but in a color that doesn't make me look like Robin Hood!   Roll Eyes
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8  Re: Babette's blanket from IK Crochet 2006? in Crochetalongs by rina on: July 09, 2007 02:41:03 PM
Thanks, WIPs!  That's quite a nice compliment.

I sewed on the 6th panel; the blanket so far, being (rather belatedly) spray-blocked.  Don't know if the technique is sound, especially since I'm using wool blends as well as 100% wool, but we'll see.  I'm too lazy to block each square individually.  Next time, I will block the panel first before sewing on.

The panels keep getting larger and larger, so it will be a while before I post the next progress shot.
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9  Re: Babette's blanket from IK Crochet 2006? in Crochetalongs by rina on: June 27, 2007 08:21:56 PM
Thanks, you guys.  This is definitely a good candidate for stash busting. 

Valerie, I found it easiest to whip stitch (through both loops at the top of each stitch) using the long tails I left on the squares, making sure that the sewing yarn always matched one of the colors being joined.  There's often a one- or two- stitch discrepancy between panels; I resolved this at T-shaped seams, by joining the two corner stitches into one stitch on the flat side. 

The sewing direction makes a difference: It's virtually invisible if you insert the needle away you (with the seam placed horizontally, as below) or left to right (with the seam placed vertically). That's what I settled on.  (a)

If you sew *towards* you, by inserting the needle through the top of the back panel then drawing it back up through the front panel *(or right to left, in vertical position), the stitches are more visible, but still pretty. (b)

a) b)
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10  Re: Babette's blanket from IK Crochet 2006? in Crochetalongs by rina on: June 27, 2007 11:16:27 AM
Joanie, that's absolutely stunning.  I really love the colors you chose!  Thanks for posting such an inspiration.

Here's my progress thus far.  With heavier worsted yarn, already a 29" square!  I'm enjoying sewing as I go--seeing the progress, not to mention keeping the square pile from getting out of hand. 

Image links to flickr photo entry.

I love this project!!
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