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21  Re: Fill a Coffee Cup or Mug Swap! in The Swap Gallery by Kiki870 on: October 13, 2007 10:21:34 AM
I got my package from hardcoremothball and it was great!  All the pics are clickable to see bigger sizes!

Look at all my goodies!  A travel mug worthy of the name, a pretty cozy in the softest yarn, a bag of coffee, a jar of coffee-infused sugar scrub, and spoons dipped in white chocolate and sugar crystals for stirring!  Isn't it great!

The spoons smell so good and I am waiting from Monday morning, after the kids leave for school, for my hour of Me Time before the little one wakes up to use them in my coffee!

This is a jar of the most delicious smelling scrub.  I used a little last night and it felt and smelled wonderful!

This cozy is so soft!  It is in purse right now, ready for travel to a hockey game tonight.  They never have sleeves for their coffee cups so I am fully prepared!

See?  Perfect for a hockey game!  Genuine hockey players in the back and thoughtfully modeled by my son, who thinks I am nuts for taking a picture of my coffee cup!

Thank you so much for everything!
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22  Hockey Scarf (w/ pseudo pattern) in Crochet: Completed Projects by Kiki870 on: October 11, 2007 12:21:08 PM
I whipped this up Friday night and Saturday morning for a season opener of our local university hockey team.  All images are clickable for a larger view.


YARN:  Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage and Caron Simply Soft Brites in Lemonade
HOOK:  J or K
1.  Chain to 206.
2.  For center row, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each chain across.  Finish off.  Mark as right side. (204)
3.  With color 2, join with slipstitch in first hdc on right side and ch 3.  dc in each across and Finish off.  (204)
4.  Repeat on other side of center strip.  (204)
5.  With color 1, join with slipstitch in first dc on right side and ch 1.  (sc, ch5, sk2, sc) to end.  (51 repeats)
6.  (sc, 3 sc in ch5 space, sc) to end.  Finish off.  (51 repeats)
7-8.  Repeat on other side of strip.
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23  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Kiki870 on: September 25, 2007 08:39:09 AM

I know it isn't beautiful, but it is a reminder of how close my son came to dying in January of 2006, and how amazing a guy he is.

To be a child,...!

A memorium to a friend killed in Afghanistan.

Pretty cow at a county fair.

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24  Textured Neck Nuzzler in Crochet: Completed Projects by Kiki870 on: September 24, 2007 03:53:20 AM
I needed a project to keep me occupied this weekend while tending to my grandmother and this was it.  I call it my Textured Neck Nuzzler!  I love mixing yarns of different textures and this is no exception, except that the pink yarn can be a pain in the butt to work with!  The pictures don't do the colors or the texture justice!

All images are clickable!

::double crochet in Red Heart Fiesta in Orchid
::single crochet in Moda Dea Beadnik in Blue Beat
::half-double crochet in Red Heart Symphony in Light Pink
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25  Anti-Creature Work Apron ::NOW WITH TUTORIAL:: in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kiki870 on: September 21, 2007 02:32:04 PM
NOTE:  All images are clickable for larger sizes!  If a tutorial is wanted, just let me know and I will do so!

If you read my post of yesterday, Pink Camouflage Goodness, you will have heard my tales of trying to accomplish anything crafty (or anything else, for that matter) with my 3yo "helpful apprentice", aka The Creature, seen below!

So, said Creature inspired me to come up with some way to gather my tools about me but still have them within reach.  Since we are lucky (more sarcasm) to live in pretty bad military housing, a craft room is not something I have so I have no permanent place for my things.  Instead, I have a dining room table within view of the Creature in the playroom.  Now my tape measure will no longer be used as a jump rope, my stitch ripper no longer used to puncture small fingers (thusly saving money on band aids for the Creature and therapy for Mama after bouts of high pitched squealing), my crochet hooks no longer used as swords, and so on!  I present to you,... my new fashionable, crafty tool apron!

My pretty fabrics!  The colors are truer in the first photo.

Pattern:  None.  I winged it!
Fabric:  medium weight canvas
Notions:  heavy black ribbon
Time:  without The Creature, about 45 minutes


Printer friendly PDF version HERE!

1.  My cutting mat has rounded corners so I used that to trace the bottom corners of the base and b\pocket pieces, but straight is fine.  
2.  I also folded the tops hems of the two pockets in .5" twice for extra stability.  My canvas was heavy enough that I had to iron my hems and folds before sewing, especially with #3 in putting it together below!

1.  APRON BASE:  2 pieces 15.5" x 24"
2.  LARGER POCKET:  1 piece 12.25" x 24"
3.  SMALLER POCKET:  1 piece 8.25" x 24"
4.  WAIST BAND:  2 pieces  4"x 24"
5.  RIBBON:  36"+

1.  Hem top edges of both pocket pieces, folding each over .5" twice.
2.  Right sides up layer (from bottom up) 1 apron base, large pocket, small pocket, aligning bottom raw edges.  Sew vertical lines from bottom to the top of the larger pocket, reinforcing at top of each pocket.  Space lines as you wish.
3.  On waist band, iron top and bottom edges in .5".  Fold in half, aligning pressed edges and iron.
4.  Take each apron base piece and sandwich it within the waist band piece and pin.
5.  Right sides together, pin apron bases together and sandwich ribbon ends into the waist band seam area from between the right sides.
6.  Sew together with a 3/8" seam allowance.  Clip corners and turn right side out.  Press.
7.  Top stich along top & bottom edge of waist band with a 3/8" allowance.  Top stitch apron from just beneath the waist band around to other waist band.
8.  Put on and stun others with your crafty beauty.  
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26  Pink Camouflage Goodness in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kiki870 on: September 20, 2007 07:48:59 AM
NOTE:  All images are clickable for larger sizes!

This is a proud testament to my ability to sew with a 3yo who decided that he was qualified to "help Mama".  Please note the sarcasm.  Let's just say that he won't be my apprentice any time soon.  I had to do the elastic casing twice, because I accidentally tacked it down,... in the wrong direction.  I blame,...

my "apprentice" who wouldn't leave me alone for two seconds! In his favor, he has a mohawk, he is cute, and he knows when it is a good time to tell me he loves me!

But, I did finish, after an unfortunate hour wasted on threading elastic because I was so distracted that I had a duh moment(s) and didn't think of the old safety pin trick.  Again, I blame it on the above creature.  But here it is, in it's glory!

Me, at 6:45am this morning BEFORE a gallon of coffee!

The extra length I added gives proper coverage to a gargantuan sized butt.  Again, I blame the creature,... and his three brothers,... and Oreos.  On the plus side (not the butt!), my hair looks really cute today, although you can't tell in the pics!

Before I knew what he was doing, my photographer (also my 15yo son, a little disturbing) zoomed in for a close up of the button detail.  He is used to the kinds of things I take close-ups of, but I wasn't really going for boob shots.

Pattern:  Built by Wendy Simplicity 4111
Fabric:  medium weight jersey knit
Buttons:  stolen from my hubby's BDUs
  1.  Lengthened 6" or so
  2.  Instead of gathered sleeve caps, I made two tiny pleats on each.
  3.  Didn't elasticize the sleeve cuffs
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27  Re: Loved one in the Military Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kiki870 on: April 06, 2007 08:59:31 AM
I got my package yesterday!  I absolutely love it!  If you ever get to swap with frix220, she is an amazing and thoughtful partner.  She obviously thought it out and the entire package was WONDERFUL!  I am posting the pic I took of the whole thing, but there are a ton of pics and close-ups on my blog on today's post!

Here are all my goodies!!  Definately worth a visit to my blog to see close up!

There 3 adorable frames in the back, 2 with cute little sayings on them!  There is a pretty hook case (in the front) and a pincushion, complete with red, white and blue pins (in the upper left).  There is a case for cards and cash (behind the pincushion) a tissue holder (behind the hook case) and a sunglasses cozy (above the hook case to the right).  The "D" is for our last name and she even put our names on the back, which made me cry since my hubby is deployed.  It is hanging with honor on my front door.  There is a bag of Army men for my kidlets (in front of the frames) and some Army stickers.  The camouflage egg is full of yummies!  On top of the hook case are three dog tags, all of which are on my keys now!  One says "I love my SSG!", another is a pinup-style Army woman (neat since I am an Army vet) and the other is covered in patriotic words.  The cute little button things on the red bag on the hook case?  The cutest little magnets in patriotic themes! And the little red bag now holds my contact case and spare bottle of fluid in my purse! 

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28  Re: My Sha Sha Bags,...! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Kiki870 on: February 06, 2007 10:23:28 AM
My mom has recently had to start walking with a cane and it is a permanent thing.  She can't carry her normal heavy purses, so I thought the Sha Sha would be perfect!  I am going to make her a ton of them, but this is the first one so far.  I have never embroidered before so that was a first, too.  I love Sublime Stitching!

The denim is from the back of a shirt of mine.  The straps are from the button flap, cut in half, one for each strap.  The inside pocket is the whole breast pocket from the shirt, embroidered with her favorite flower, with her favorite animal on the front.

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29  Re: Dragons Rule! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Kiki870 on: February 05, 2007 08:17:24 AM
All of these dragons are so beautiful, I had to try one of my own, which my 3yo promptly stole!  Here is Dispsy the Dragon:

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30  Re: A Year of Amigurumi in Craftalongs by Kiki870 on: January 31, 2007 02:05:02 PM
I used the bear pattern from http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=31654.

Here is my bear!!

And a close up
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