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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Eight Panel Princess skirt,... for the Queen! ::imgs:: on: April 28, 2010 10:54:13 AM
I found a great 8-paneled Princess skirt tutorial, complete with instructions for adults that would work on a curvy girl like myself, too.  So I set out to make Mama a new skirt.  The skirt itself is SO easy, but the cutting was a giant pain in my oversized butt!  That was probably mostly my own fault since I extended the length to my ankles, making the panels a challenge to cut out!

I made the panels about 6" wider than the tutorial measurements would have given me, but I wanted it to be nice and full.  Here is a before of it, pre-elastic in the waist:

Now I may be slightly fluffy,... but at 137" around?  That's big even for me!!  And that pic?  That is only 1/2 of the skirt!

But with elastic,... it is just fine!  Note:  The flash DID not enjoy sparkly eyeshadow,... so please ignore!

And a close-up of my fun fabrics,...

Pattern used:  Eight Panel Princess Skirt

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lined drawstring bag ::with TUT:: IMG Heavy on: April 21, 2010 09:16:08 AM
I made this little bag and I totally love it!  If you would like a printable/savable copy, you may get the PDF here!


Materials List
1.  1 11 x 21 outer fabric
2.  1 11 x 21 lining fabric
3.  4 yards nylon cording

1.  All seam allowances are 5/8 unless otherwise noted.
2.  The height and width of your fabric can be adjusted to any size for your bag.

1.  Fold outer fabric right sides together, matching short edges at the top, and iron fold.  Repeat for lining fabric.

2.  Cut nylon cord in half, burning cut ends in a flame to sear the ends.

3.  With right sides together, pin lining and outer fabrics together along long sides.

4.  Fold 1 piece of cord in half and sandwich it between right sides of fabric right above ironed fold and pin in place, drawing folded edge of cord through the open top.  Repeat for other cord, placing edges on same side of ironed fold.  See pics below.


5.  Sew sides together, reversing over cords several times to reinforce.

6.  Turn inside out through the open end and iron flat, ensuring seam is flat at the outer edge.  Be sure the hot iron does not touch the nylon cord.  See pic below.

7.  Fold lining and outer fabric inside and press in place.  Top stitch in place close to fold.  Repeat on other end.  See pic below.


8.  From each short edge, measure down 2 on either side and mark with pins.  See pic below.


9.  Fold fabric in half with outer fabric sides together, matching short edges and pins.  Gather cords inside, folding cords parallel to fold.  Sew from fold to pins on either side, reversing several times over cords to reinforce.  See pic below.


10.  Turn bag right side out and fold back top flap and hold it in place. Take cord from right side and place it over the open flaps, ensuring the fold of the cord is on the left side and one side of the cord is on each flap.  Repeat for other cord.  See pics below.


11.  Fold flap edges to the top of the side seams and pin in place for both flaps, taking care not to catch cords in pins.  See pic below.


12.  Sew flaps in place over topstitching on the flap edge, ensuring cord is not caught in the seam.

13.  Enjoy!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Rheatheylia Cable Hat on: December 05, 2007 06:14:27 AM
May I just say that I am in love with this hat?!    Kiss

I made one in Lion Brand Jiffy in Camel and it was WAY too big.  So it has been lovingly adopted by my dad,... who is a dead ringer for Santa.  So no pics of it yet, but there will be.

More more beautiful,... is the one I made for me, with smaller hooks!!  Now keep in mind that these pictures were taken at 6:30am, BEFORE I had my coffee, and by my 15yo son who is less than at optimum operating levels at that time of the day.  They are not examples of fine photography, giving no justice to the beauteousness of both the colors and the pattern of said hat.  But I LOVE IT!!  And you can click them for up close and personal pics!

Yikes, I look rather, umm, busty in this picture!

YARN:  Red Heart Fiesta in Orchid
HOOK(S):  I and G
PATTERN:  Rheatheylia's Cable Hat
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty Pink things FOR ME!! on: November 30, 2007 05:01:06 AM
I am a one woman crafty machine with the impending stress joy of the holidays coming upon me.  That means gift after gift after gift,... well, you get the point.  So I said to myself, "Self, you are an amazing person, so sweet and kind to think of the others in your greedy xBox-wanting lovely family, and you deserve something of your own!"  So I listened to myself and made myself a set of warm goodies,...  And the pics are clickable to see them supersized,... sorta!

The Rockin' gloves!  I ran out of yarn before I could do a thumb, so that will be added when I can get more!

The Turtle Hat, so named because that pic makes me look like the very elusive Kiki Turtle of Nothern NY.  

The SUPER LONG Scarf.  This thing, even doubled, reaches past the waist.

HOOK:  G for hat & gloves, J for scarf
YARN:  RedHeart Soft Baby in Powder Pink, TLC Lustre in Light Sage
PATTERN:  Spring in Winter (Happy Hooker) for the hat, Super Easy Fingerless Gloves by me
NOTES:  All the pink is 2 strands held together.  The stitch pattern on the back of the hand is different than the pattern.  I screwed up the foundation chain and forget to add the extra 2 chains for turning, so I did (dc, ch1, sk1, dc) across for that row.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Noro Bag & some hats, too! on: November 26, 2007 06:16:29 AM
All pics are clickable for larger sizes!

I had 4 gorgeous skeins of Noro Kureyon that I have had for well over a year.  I wanted something nice from them, but could never decide what to use it for!  So here it is in all it's glory!

Yarn:  Noro Kureyon in #92
Hook:  I
Pattern:  Marvelous Mini Felted Tote
Notes:  I added 3 rounds to the bottom of the bag, 2 rounds to the height and made the handles a little bigger.  It took 2 runs in the washer to felt, but I love how it turned out.  I did not enjoy working with the yarn because it was rather splitty and knotty and inconsistently spun in a HUGE way, but the colors made it totally worth it!


So, I woke up Thanksgiving morning, looked in the mirror and realized that my roots were SO showing!  Not having any hair dye on hand,... I did what any self-respecting craftster would do!  I whipped out some yarn and a hook and went to work!  Hence the pink hat shown below, which rocked with the black skully shirt I wore with a matching hot pink Nehru collar.  Even my brother, who has no crafty respect, thought it rocked.  And you know when my grandmother compliments you, you done good, girl!  The green hat was born of a scrap ball of yarn I saw while at my grandmother's for Turkey Day.  My stepmom and dad live with her as she needs assistance, and there is more yarn in that house than in my LYS!  My stepmom knits and crochets, but this ball belonged to my dad.  Yes, my dad.  My dad is addicted to Knifty Knitting and churns the hats out for charity at an alarming rate, considering he is a lawyer and constantly working!  So I batted the eyelashes for it ball of yarn, pulled a hook from my purse (doesn't everyone carry a spare?!) and set to work after dinner!

I waylaid my model as he was headed out to the bus this morning.  He was willing to wear them, but he was not happy about wearing Mama's "girlie hat".  Thanks, kid!

Yarn: Left hat:  LionBrand Baby Soft in Bubble gum / Right hat:  JoAnn Rainbow Classic Sensations in Gray/Green
Hook:  Left hat:  I / Right hat:  H
Pattern:  Spring in Winter from the Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: Happy Hooker

I also did a bunch of dishcloths but those are in the 50 Dishcloths CAL thread!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / For the love of Heather Granny Lapghan on: November 14, 2007 03:39:53 AM
I made this lapghan from yarn that my best friend Heather left behind when she moved last May.  She had borrowed my Crochet for Dummies book and was teaching herself to crochet and left her WIP with me.  The strip she had done needed to be frogged and then it became this, which will always remind me of her!  (All pictures are clickable for larger views!)

Pre-blocking on my bed, and it probably won't be blocked.  It is mine to sit under and I am not picky!!

A close-up

YARN:  Red Heart in Blueberry Pie, Medium Purple, & some kind of blue, Caron Simply Soft in Violet
TIME:  a week
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink Camou fingerless gloves ::TUT ADDED:: on: October 31, 2007 08:06:57 AM
I finally broke down and bought myself a couple skeins of Bernat's pink camou yarn, grabbed a G hook and set to work.  I whipped these up and I LOVE them!  All pics are clickable for larger views.  


Fingerless gloves TUT

Print friendly PDF version HERE

YARN:  Bernat Camouflage in Pink (weight 4)
1.  My gloves were 35 stitches from top to bottom.  Chain any length + 2 for a turning chain.
2.  My thumb hole is made at row 12.  If you need to have a wider piece for your hand, just add width in the Rows 2-11 area.  You can also adjust where along that row your thumb hole is.  Just follow the pattern within the [ and ] for the hole.
3.  Row 19 is the decorative V-stitch row.  To adjust where that lays on your hand, you can add width in the Rows 13-18 and Rows 20-23 area.
4.  Rows 1-12 (or your adjusted width) should be equal to the side of your palm to the thumb hole.  Rows 12-23 should be equal to the thumb hole across the back of your hand to the side.  The decorative row should be along the center of the back of your hand.

Ch 37
1.  hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each to end.  (35)
2-11.  Ch 2 and turn.  hdc in each hdc to end.  (35)
12.  Ch 2 and turn.  hdc in next 7 hdc, [dc in next hdc, ch 5, sk 5, dc in next hdc], hdc to end. (35)
13-18.  Repeat Row 2.  (35)
19.  Ch 2 and turn.  dc in 1st hdc, sk 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next hdc.  * sk2, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next hdc * Repeat from * to * to last 2 stitches.  sk 1, dc in last hdc.  (35)
20-23.  Repeat Row 2.  (35)
Finish off, leaving long yarn for sewing side seam.

Join with sl st in any st of thumb hole.
1.  sc in same st as join.  sc 15 more around thumb hole.  Join with sl st in 1st sc.  (16)
2.  Ch 1,  sc in same and in each around.  Join with sl st in 1st sc.  (16)
3.  Ch 1.  Decrease over first 2 sc.  sc to last 2 sc.  Decrease over last 2 sc.  Join with sl st in 1st sc.  (14)
4.  Ch 1.  sc in same and in each around.  Join with sl st in 1st sc.  (14)
5.  Ch 1.  Decrease over first 2 sc.  sc to last 2 sc.  Decrease over last 2 sc.  Join with sl st in 1st sc.  (12)
6.  Ch 1.  sc in same and in each around.  Join with sl st in 1st sc.  (12)
7.  Ch 1.  sc in same.  * ch 2, sk 1, sc in next sc * joining with sl st in 1st sc.  fasten off and weave ends.

Join with sl st in the end of any row on the top edge.
1.  sc an even number of stitches around, & join with a sl st in the 1st sc,
2.  sc in same sc, ch 2, sk 1 * sc in next sc, ch 2, sk 1 * Repeat from * to * joining with sl st in 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave ends.

Using tail, sew side seams together.  Fasten off and weave ends.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / CrochetWitchy projects, aka scarfapolooza on: October 23, 2007 03:54:14 AM
So, I have been crazy scarf crazy lately and am just now finding the time to post my latest!  All images are clickable!

I have four boys, which equals 4 Harry Potter scarves in all the houses,...

YARNS: RedHeart SuperSaver in (from left to right), Pappy & Light Gray, Cherry Red & Gold, Royal & Light Gray, Black & Gold


Then I made this one in my son's school colors for him to wear to his track meets,...

YARNS:  Caron Simpy Soft Brites in Lemonade & Paton's Ultra in Electric Blue


And the last, Braided Beauty,... a complete stitch and botch, that I still like,...

YARNS:  Bernat Softee Chunky in Carnival and Hot Pink

It was three strips of 2 rows of 250 hdc.  It was supposed to be stitched together at the top, plaited and stitched together on the end.  Somehow the ends were nowhere near even.  So I knotted it, loosly braided it, and knotted again!  But I love it anyway and it will be VERY warm!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hockey Scarf (w/ pseudo pattern) 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.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Textured Neck Nuzzler 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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