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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bavarian Crochet Baby Blanket in Baby Coordinates on: June 23, 2011 12:31:38 PM
While I was working on my first Bavarian crochet blanket I couldn't help thinking that it would look nice in Bernat's Baby Coordinates. (You can see my other Bavarian blanket here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380765.msg4505516#msg4505516). The white blending filament that runs through all the colours can be a pain to work with, but it does create a nice continuity as you change colours. For this one I used Baby Coordinates in soft mauve, soft blue, soft turquoise, lemon custard and sherbert.

Every time I begin a new baby blanket it's always my intention that I'm just making it to use up the scraps I have left over from the last baby project. And of course, every time I run out of a colour or two midway through and end up buying more. So having finished this blanket, I now have nearly full skeins of three of the colours and will someday have to find a new pattern to "use them up." Oh well, it was fun to work on and I'm pleased with how it turned out.

I crocheted with an I hook (5.5 mm), which seemed large enough to keep the white filament from snagging on the hook and gave the stitches a nice loose feel. Once thing I like about the Bavarian stitching is it's very easy to change the shape of your piece simply by changing the number of stitches in your first round. The other blanket was made as a square, while this one is a rectangle. I got the pattern from the book Learn to Do Bavarian Crochet by Jenny King and it also includes instructions for converting it to a triangle, which would be better suited for a shawl than a blanket.

12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ponyo on: June 04, 2011 11:32:18 AM
That is wonderful. The whole time I was watching the movie, I kept getting sidetracked thinking about how I would crochet her! I think yours turned out great.

I'd agree with the previous poster, do a very gradual decrease to get a more cone-like shape. Also, if you repeat the same number of stitches in the first two rows it will come out pointier.

Thanks for sharing, she's adorable! I really like how you did the hair!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Firefly Cross Stitches for 2011 on: May 29, 2011 05:42:30 PM
I love these so much, are you selling your patterns anywhere? You could sell them for charity too!

Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments and support! I'll post an update after the auction to let everyone know how the pieces did.

@cunning_bunny, the patterns are available for free on my blog if you're interested in stitching them (the link's in my signature). Locally, there aren't too many other Browncoats that cross stitch, so I'm better off selling the finished pieces (for charity) than the patterns. I could set up a website/etsy to sell them, but I prefer to give them away for free so that others can also stitch them for charity, or gifts, or whatever they like.
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Firefly Cross Stitches for 2011 on: May 25, 2011 07:05:53 PM
I'm excited to be helping out my local Can't Stop the Serenity screening (http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/) again this year by donating a couple of my cross stitch pieces for the silent auction. For those that don't know, Can't Stop the Serenity is an annual screening of Joss Whedon's movie Serenity, which is the continuation of the story he began telling in the TV series Firefly. Each year, on or near Joss Whedon's birthday cities worldwide host a screening of the film with proceeds going to Joss's favourite charity Equality Now, and local area charities.

Last year my pieces raised a total of $438.00 for Equality Now and other local charities. You can see them here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339236.msg3927822#msg3927822 and here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336609.msg3894642#msg3894642.

I'm still using the same characters I designed last year, but I wanted to make sure that the pieces looked different. I felt that if I used the same layouts as last time then it would take away from the uniqueness of those prizes and I didn't want to do that.

The picture that you see above is the only one I made with all the characters, and it measures 8 X 8 inches. It was stitched on an a 16 count aida cloth, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. The characters take about 1-2 hours each to stitch so this was the most time-consuming piece. I ended up rewatching all of of Angel season 4 while making these cross stitches. Last year I think I was on a Buffy kick while stitching.

It took me a long time to decide what I would make for my second piece. I eventually decided to do another design with the "Leaf on the Wind" quote because it was the best selling of the smaller cross stitches I made last year. Wash seems to be the fan favorite, at least at our local screening, and I'm hoping that adding Zoe to the picture will make it extra appealing. This piece was stitched on the same aida cloth, but it's smaller, measuring 5 X 5 inches.

Finally, I wanted to find a way to use up some of the leftover scraps of cross stitch fabric that I had from other projects, so I came up with these Firefly minis. The hoops measure 2.5 inches in diameter and are made of rubber, although they look like wood from a distance. I made the pattern for Kaylee in her Shindig dress last year, but I had never stitched it. I was excited to give it a try and I'm really happy with how she turned out. You can't see it in the picture, but I used pearl Krenik blending filament on the pink and peach parts of the dress to make it sparkle.

The two framed pieces will be sold in the silent auction at our Vancouver screening this year. The minis I'm going to give to our organizer to use however she wants. They may end up being part of the door prizes or in surprise grab bags that people can buy for a small donation to Equality Now.

If you're interested in stitching Firefly characters yourself the patterns are available under the My Free Patterns tab on my blog (see the link in my signature). And if you want to find a Can't Stop the Serenity event near you to attend or possiblly contribute your own crafty talents, check out the link in the top paragraph, which will direct you to the official Can't Stop the Serenity website.

Comments and feedback are always welcome. Thanks for looking everyone!
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: More Chtulhu... on: May 21, 2011 11:07:42 AM
Those are wonderful, and adorable! I particularly like Thor Cthulhu with his little hammer. I also loved the ones in your previous post, though I can't remember if I posted there to tell you or not. Either way, they all rock! Thanks for sharing!!!
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bavarian Crochet Baby Blanket on: May 18, 2011 12:36:03 PM
I discovered Jenny King's Learn to Do Bavarian Crochet while I was browsing through crochet books on Amazon and couldn't resist giving it a try. The book is relatively inexpensive, which is a good thing, because all you're really getting here is one pattern. Then you get explanations of how to shape that pattern as a square, triangle, or rectangle and numerous pictures showing what it would look like made up into various items. The book does contain full patterns for shawls and blankets, but after the initial starting shape is made the further instructions really aren't necessary since they are exactly the same for all projects.

The pattern itself is easy to follow and I really like the textured look that you get in the finished piece. The lighting in our living room has kind of skewed the colours a bit, but I made this Bavarian crochet baby blanket using Bernat's Softee Baby in mint, white and soft lilac and it measures approx. 5 X 5 feet. You do a lot of 'crocheting around the post' in this piece and it helps to create a thicker baby blanket than you would normally get with the light weight Softee.

Below you can see what the back of the Bavarian Crochet looks like. I thought it was interesting that it comes out very similar to the some of the daisy chain patterns I've seen in other crochet stitch books.

Feedback and comments are always appreciated. Thanks for looking,
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mystery Science Theater 3000 embroidery! on: February 02, 2011 02:12:59 PM
Those are awesome! What a great way to decorate the room where you curl up to watch your favourite eps of MST3K. We're big fans of the show too and so happy that Canadian Netflix has added some episodes. It doesn't air on any channels around here. Thanks for sharing. Your project made me smile!
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mini Boba Fett Amigurumi on: January 14, 2011 02:04:52 PM
Looks awesome. Love the detailed stitching and he's so cute when he's that tiny!!!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cthulhu Tea Cozy on: January 14, 2011 02:01:40 PM
I thought I recognized by Cuddly Cthulhu pattern there. Looks great! I love the idea of a cthulhu tea cozy. Very cool!

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Teresa Wentzler Celtic Knotwork Bookmark on: January 04, 2011 03:24:09 PM
I saw a set of Teresa Wentzler's Celtic Knotwork bookmarks stitched and displayed at an art show during V-Con, Vancouver's science fiction and fantasy convention, many years ago and have been interested in making them ever since. I'm going to put together a couple more soon, but I started with this design because it has always been my favourite. The other celtic knotwork bookmarks I make will likely turn into gifts for friends and family. This one I'm keeping for myself.

If you find Teresa Wentzler's larger pieces a bit intimidating or think they might be too time consuming, I highly recommend these Celtic Knotwork Bookmarks. They require lots of 3/4 stitches and plenty of thread blending, which will give you a feel for what it's like to tackle one of Wentzler's larger designs.

This was stitched on some 32 count cream belfast linen that I had left over. I'm not sure exactly how long I worked on the bookmark, but I'd say it was about 2 weeks of stitching fairly regularly for a couple hours a day.

The Celtic Knotwork pattern is out of print now, but you can get it as a download from PatternsOnline (http://www.patternsonline.com/Patterns/Pat.aspx?P=3787). Warning though, before spending any money there be aware that their downloads are only PC compatible. Hopefully if you're an avid Mac users (like me) you at least know someone with a PC who can download and print patterns for you.

Thanks for looking everyone! Feedback is always welcome.
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