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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Chew-proof cover for crate pad 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. 
2  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Babette's blanket from IK Crochet 2006? on: April 17, 2008 11:59:09 PM
Pink Poodle, what a great idea to design your own granny square layout.   :)I like the variegated you have.  A little here and there can add interest. 

I think color choice depends on your personal color sense.  Next time I'm going to go with a smaller range of complementary colors (like blues/grays/browns) to keep things from looking too garish. 

I'm most of the way through Panel 8.  Each panel is bigger than the last, and I'm running out of some of my colors.  Worsted Weight yarn = more required yardage!  And Lion discontinued the Peacock and Turquoise woolease, my favorites....   Angry
3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Babette's blanket from IK Crochet 2006? on: April 01, 2008 04:47:03 PM
Adeemareej and Yvette, I love both your blankets.  I've been on a knitting kick for a while but am ready to pick up Babette again.  It's true, it does get a bit monotonous after a while.

Yvette, I love that you guy dyed your own yarn for the whole project!  KP bare superwash dk is a great choice.  Thanks for the compliment about my blog; I'll pm you about coffee shop crochet  Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Babette's blanket from IK Crochet 2006? on: March 04, 2008 11:55:44 AM
Mikan, that blanket is stunning!  It's so great when you can use up stash yarn for a beautiful project.
5  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Babette's blanket from IK Crochet 2006? 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. 

6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Yarn for a frou frou? on: February 01, 2008 04:06:25 PM
Basically, any worsted/heavy worsted weight yarn (18 stitches/4 in. on the label).  But note that the pattern uses a yarn that weighs very little in relation to the yardage.  I made one version with heavy worsted acrylic (label 18 stitches, but more like 16/17 in real life), and it felt like a coat more than a sweater.  I started another with Lion Brand Woolease, that's much lighter than most inexpensive yarns. 

You can also check the finished Frou Frous on Craftster to see what everyone used.  Good luck!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Violet Kimono Cardigan on: January 27, 2008 05:46:52 PM
Super cool!  Really love the kimono look.  I peeked at your blog--you do amazing crochet work.  Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 1st finished FO of 2008. a top down raglan on: January 14, 2008 04:01:09 PM
if you use the right needle size, it's not so bad to work with. i didn't curse at it once, or throw it across the room!! it's just a pain in the ass to weave in.

May I ask what needle size you used?

The sweater looks wonderful on you.  I love the purple too.  I'm impressed that Homespun stayed in such great shape after a day of wearing.  I crocheted with it once (never again!) and knit one scarf with really large needles.  But your sweater is giving me new regard for this yarn. 
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Chanson En Crochet in pinky orange sherbert SWS on: December 20, 2007 04:38:01 PM
Love it!  What a great idea to use SWS.  The pattern photo is in a boring ecru or something like that, and the SWS colorway takes it to another level.   Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Round Yoke Cardigan - Tutorial now available on: December 17, 2007 12:51:43 AM
I commented on your blog, but again thanks for putting up a tutorial.  Gorgeous cardi!  I love cardis.   Smiley
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