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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 / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lipstick Lava Boteh Scarf 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!
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Big Big Fuzzy Fat Bottom! 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. 

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Knit Picks wooden needle tips for its Options circulars on: September 08, 2007 10:34:19 AM
I just got the email announcement from KP and wanted to share.  These fit the same cables as the regular nickel plated KP Options.    And they're so pretty looking to boot--rainbow layers of laminated birch. 

Details here
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fawne Sweater/Cardi from French Girl pattern 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
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / raglan increases in garter stitch? on: May 30, 2007 09:19:20 PM

Hi -- I did a search but didn't find the answer on the board, or in my knitting books.  Is it possible to do a garter stitch, raglan sleeve cardi in one piece?  And is there a good reason why it's not usually done? 

I love top-down sweaters but purl very slowly, so I've been looking for garter stitch cardi patterns.  There are only a few for adult women, nearly always a boxy drop shoulder number which is not what I want. (One exception is this raglan sleeve robe at Knit Picks, but I think it's done in pieces...) So I'm wondering if it's just an aesthetic thing--garter stitch doesn't look as polished as stockinette and doesn't drape the same way--or if there are technical problems with shaping in the middle of garter stitch fabric...

Words of wisdom appreciated. 

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Je vous present ... Deja! on: May 28, 2007 09:01:20 PM
I love this!   Grin It's a French Girl pattern, nice and quick to work up.  And soft!  Mine turned out longer, but that's okay.  I'm inspired to make a long sleeve cardigan based on the basic design template, it's so easy.


Endless detail on my blog post here, but feel free to ask if you have any questions.  Thanks for looking!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cute cropped cardi -- White Quartz on: May 20, 2007 04:59:07 PM
I did a cap sleeve fitted sweater version of this a while back, and now the cardi version is complete. 

I didn't have a brooch to fasten it with, so my sweet grandmother in law told me to go to her dresser and pick one out.  I love the pin. 

Adapted from the Smoky Quartz Tunic pattern from Interweave Crochet Fall 2006.  Materials:  Lion Baby Soft yarn (1 ball) and 4.5mm hook. 

More details on  my blog post.   Let me know what you think  Smiley

ETA:  here's a close-up of the brooch.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Problems with Knitware software on: May 06, 2007 10:16:23 PM
I searched on this topic but nothing so far on this issue.  Anyone else have problems with Kniware?  I have a free trial version, and recently tried to machine knit a sweater off a pattern.  I noticed that the row counts were screwed up.  The armhole came out way too long in proportion to the rest of the sweater (even though I entered the right row gauge and knit the right # of rows).  The row counts don't add up in the instructions, and are sometimes different between the schematics and written pattern.  I've spotted the latter problem in other test patterns I've generated.  I'm wondering if this is a problem particular to the free version, of if there are problems with the paid software too...

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochetme -- the book?! on: April 19, 2007 07:07:35 PM
Due out in September:  http://www.interweave.com/knit/books/CrochetMe/

For a bigger pic of the cover:  http://www.kimwerker.com/2007/03/28/sneak-peek-crochet-me-the-book/

I love the sweater on the cover. Can't wait! 
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