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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Are you guys sick of me yet? on: July 18, 2010 08:21:46 PM
I was lucky enough to be in a swap with miss FoxyBlue, and I got one of her awesome paintings!  This was what I sent her.  Hippies!  Yup, she loves them too.

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A pair of girls, one winter themed, one summer themed!  You can't see in the picture, but the winter girl's hat has a giant pom pom on the end.

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This one was a custom order for her momma.  Apparently she knows an old hippie that looks just like this!  His hat is removable, and reveals a giant bald spot.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My house smells like Koolaid and Sheep on: July 01, 2010 02:39:02 PM
I made this vest out of Fisherman's Wool this winter, with plans to dye it eventually.  It sat on my shelf for ages, waiting.  Then I went to the grocery store, and they had a bright blue koolaid, and I finally knew how I wanted to dye it.

It's not really as loosely knit as the pictures make it appear.  The camera's flash really picked up on my black tank top underneath.  And I really need to reblock the sleeves.  They're kinda pointy.

This was dyed with 8 packs of the bright blue, and 1 pack of green.  I dipped it in gradually, and I really like how it turned out.  I didn't want distinct straight lines, so I let the wool bend and fold while dying for an intentional uneven look.  I like how it picked up all the green first.

Here's a link to the pattern I used.  I'm not a fan of brioche stitch, so I make it in stockinette instead.  I also made it single stranded, so I had to make some modifications for gauge.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chess/Checkers Board on: June 23, 2010 03:01:28 PM
The boyfriend and I have recently discovered we love playing chess together.  We also love to go hiking, so we wanted to make a chess board we could take with us into the woods.  It's a little too hot right now to spend an hour or two just sitting in the woods, but come fall, this is gonna be great!

The board, all set to play.  We found a chess set with cheap plastic pieces that we can take with us outside.

Mr. Turtle can be quite a worthy adversary!

My stranding.  The body is made of acrylic, so I had to kill it to keep it from rippling.  I've never killed acrylic before, but now I'm hooked!  I'm going to do this to all of my acrylic projects.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Creature from the Black Lagoon, or just Lagoon for short on: June 12, 2010 04:42:07 PM
The Creature from the Black Lagoon, or Lagoon for short, is taking a break from monstering today. Hey, even monsters need to relax sometime. He's stepped up on the shore, as lighters don't work underwater, so he's still covered in lagoon-ish muck. He's using a blue and green swirled water pipe. He is 420 friendly.

The yarn is handspun by me.  That odd color is the result of a horrible dying experiment gone wrong.  I never thought I'd find anything to do with it!

I considered entering this guy in the fantasy challenge, but entered my dragon instead.  I hope I made the right choice!

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Back.  You can really see all my needlefelting work here.  Those vines, seaweed, or whatever weird plant matter grows in lagoons, were all added individually.

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Here he is hanging out by the foundation of my rental house.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fantasy Crochet Challenge Entry -- Puff the Not-So-Magic Dragon on: June 12, 2010 04:15:00 PM
I made this guy for a friend of mine.  He wanted a big blue dragon, and I think this guy fits the bill pretty well!  He ended up being between 2 and 3 feet long, from head to tail.  This is the biggest plushie I've ever made!  My friend decided to name him Puff.  He's made of a really soft chenille yarn.

I debated between entering this guy and my swamp monster, but I think this guy is a little more family friendly.

Full body shot, plus my messy kitchen table.

I used cat's eye safety eyes.  I originally had regular safety eyes for him, but they just didn't look right.

The spines on his back are the chenille with a sport weight yellow held double.

He's so big, it's hard to fit him all in one shot!

This shot really shows how loooooong he is.  And I think it looks like he's flying.  Cheesy

This is really blurry, but the colors are true in this picture.  He's a pretty dark blue.

The pattern is available here.  I obviously modified the gauge to make this.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Duff Bottle Koozie on: June 11, 2010 04:23:10 PM
I love beer bottle koozies.  They're a quick, fun project, and with Father's Day around the corner, a perfect gift!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple Socks on: June 07, 2010 03:49:45 AM
Sometimes you just need a really simple, satisfying project.  This was my TV knitting for about a week.  A pair of toe-up socks in plain stockinette with a 2x2 rib cuff.

Pardon the bit of fluff on the left leg.  idk what that is.  And those crazy carpets are not my own.  I work at a hotel, and that's the "modern" carpet they decided to lay.

They are so comfortable.  I can't wait 'til I make enough pairs of socks that I can wear handknit every day.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Hookah Smoking Caterpillar on: June 04, 2010 03:51:00 PM
I recently sent off an Angel package for the Alice in Craftsterland swap.  I couldn't resist making more Alice themed goodies!!

This little guy was my absolute favorite to make.  I'm going to have to make myself one!!

The Caterpillar

You can't really tell in the pictures, but his back and tail are covered in spots the same color as his eyelids.   He's made with Paton's Bamboo Silk, some wire for the feelers, felt for the spots, and polymer clay for the hookah and eyes.   Man, my hippie pattern sure is versatile!

(Mods, should this be marked mature? I'm not really sure.)
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Recycling tote for swap on: June 04, 2010 03:47:46 PM
I was recently in a swap with CraftyStoner.  She mentioned she liked the recycling totes that have become so popular lately, so I made her this!

Made on a canvas tote bag with freezer paper stencils.  Freezer paper is kinda tricky to adhere to the canvas.  I  had to re-iron so many times to get this thing looking good, and it still bled a little on the heart.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Custom Armwarmers on: May 23, 2010 05:41:27 PM
I received an order for two sets of custom arm warmers.  One in woodsy colors with lace, and the other in blue and white with buttons.  This is what I came up with!  No action shot, as her arms are a few inches smaller than mine.  I stuffed them with newspaper for the shot, to try to show how they'd look with an arm in them.

I had to run all over town to find enough buttons.  Who knew finding 28 matching buttons could be so difficult?
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