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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My Crobot Collection on: May 16, 2009 11:35:04 AM
I think I may become addicted to making these little guys. These are from the new book Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make by Nelly Pailloux.

This is Catbot.

Followed by Dogbot.

Babybot, who is featured on the cover of the book.

And last, but not least, Thinker!

I made all of these using leftover scaps of Vanna's Choice and Bernat Satin. They are slightly bigger than they should be because the book suggests using a sport weight yarn and a 2.75 mm hook. I was using about a 3.5 - 3.75mm hook along with my worsted weight wool. Since we don't have any small children in the house, I also cut corners and used a glue gun to attach all the beads instead of sewing them on, as the author recommends.

In short, the book is awesome. All the little robots (err, Crobots) are adorable and the patterns are easy to follow. I regularly review amigurumi books, so if anyone wants to check out my more detailed review of this one, you can see it here: http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2009/05/crobot-roll-calland-review.html

Thanks for looking,

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Settlers of Catan Afghan on: April 29, 2009 02:29:13 PM

I've been in school so it's been a while since I've had anything completed that I could post here. The idea for a Settlers of Catan afghan has been floating around in my head for a while now.  I originally made all the brick squares with a hexagon that had more airy space in it. After looking at them for a couple of months I decided I didn't like them. I pulled them apart and settled on this more tightly crocheted hexagon which makes me much happier.

The colours are all Vanna's Choice in White, Black, Brick, Mustard, Charcoal Grey, Dusty Green, Olive and Colonial Blue. I used about 2 1/2 skeins of the blue, but managed to get away with one skein or less for all the other colours.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to have some sort of sheep roaming around on the light green squares. It took me a while to figure out how I was going to do that. I picked up six pre-cut, painted wooden sheep from Micheal's for 39 cents each. Then I bought broach fasteners and glued them to the backs of the sheep. This way my little flock is both moveable and removeable when it comes time to wash the afghan.

I wasn't sure how I should lay out my Catan map. We normally play with the Cities and Knights expansion, but I didn't want to have the single hexagon sticking up at the top that represents the pirates. Instead, I just used the map suggested in the instruction book from the original game.

Finally, for those who have no idea what I'm talking about, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Settlers_of_Catan. I learned to play Catan a couple of years ago when my boyfriend's brother gave us a copy of the game. It's a lot of fun and very easy to learn. In some ways it's similar to Monopoly, except you don't have to spend time counting and giving away money. The real game doesn't come with plastic sheep, just cards with pictures of sheep on them, and yet it's still awesome.

Thanks for looking!
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / The Boneville Family on: September 07, 2008 06:44:55 PM
I just finished the last of these this morning and I'm very proud. These are the three cousins and the baby rat creature Bartleby from the wonderful comic series Bone by Jeff Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_(comics)). I designed the pattern for Fone Bone and crocheted him back in March (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231839.msg2528484#msg2528484
) and I also posted the completed Bartleby (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=78.0), but promised myself I wouldn't put any more up on Craftster until I had the whole set finished. A good way to motivate myself to finish! And now, here they are:

From left to right is Bartleby, Smiley, Fone and Phoney. Smiley is the one I finished today. I cheated a little bit and used the glue gun to make his vest sit down properly. I was being lazy because glue is so much faster than blocking! I stuffed the inside of the bowler hat to help it keep its shape and also put glue on its underside to keep it on his head.

And Phoney was done a few months ago. The black shirt is a colour change worked right into the body, it's not a separate shirt that can be taken off.

I still have to write up the Smiley pattern in proper pattern language, but the other three are available on my blog. Just look in the left sidebar under My Free Patterns (http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com). I hope to have the Smiley pattern listed there sometime in the next couple days.

I really love this comic and I've had such a positive response to my Bone characters on the blog. At least two people (that I know of) started reading the comic just because they saw the crocheted versions of the characters I posted. One of them was in France and went to the local cultural centre to track down translated versions for herself. I thought that was very cool! I love reading and it's was such an unexpected side effect that making these guys actually encouraged others to read.

Finally, for all the Bone fans out there, I have to include this action shot of Bartleby and Smiley enjoying one of their favourite snacks, the blank sandwich!

Thanks for looking!
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / hdc under all loops??? on: August 28, 2008 11:40:46 AM
I'm working on this Shoulder bag from Lionbrand (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/cchs-bag.html?noImages=) and I'm having trouble understanding this part of the instructions:

FLAP: Place a marker on 11th st from end of rnd, cont counting 23 more sts from marker and place a second marker. Return to work. Ch2, turn.
Row 1: : Work in hdc over next 21 sts, Ch2 turn.
Rows 2, 4 & 6: Work in hdc over 21 sts inserting hook under all loops of each hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Rows 3 & 5 : Hdc in each of the 21 hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Rows 7, 9 & 11: Dec 1 hdc, hdc in each st to last 2 hdc, dec 1 hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Rows 8, 10 & 12: Dec 1 hdc, hdc in each st to last 2 hdc inserting hook under all loops of each hdc, dec 1 hdc (9 sts rem). Fasten off.

What exactly does "under all loops" mean? How is that different than making a normal hdc? Which loops are "all the loops"? If the alternate rows said to stitch in the back or front loop only, then these instructions would suggest that I return to stitching normally for these rows, but as it is I don't understand what they mean by all loops. I'm guessing it means to do something different than a normal hdc, but I'm not sure what?

If anyone can explain this, it would be greatly appreciated  Smiley

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Adventure Island Coaster Set (Perler Beads) on: August 17, 2008 02:01:35 PM
As a teenager I loved the Nintendo game Adventure Island, so I was inspired to make this set of coasters in honour of the game. I still think the game's dinosaurs are absolutely adorable.

As you can see these are made with Perler Beads. I did a lot of Google searching to find pictures of the characters from the game then magnified those pictures until I could see the pixels. I've created a tutorial about how to get from a video game picture to a finished coaster, which can be viewed here: http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2008/07/perler-bead-coaster-tutorial.html and if you want to know more about the game Adventure Island, I wrote a bit of a description of it here on the blog: http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2008/08/adventure-island-coaster-set.html

Thanks for looking!

26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Creepy Cute Bookmarks on: July 12, 2008 05:19:39 PM
This is my first post here. I'm usually hanging out over on the crochet boards and it's been a long time since I did any cross stitching, but I just finished these and wanted to share.

I still have to trim them, but they are going to be bookmarks that I'm giving to my two best girlfriends for Christmas. (Yes, I'm already working on Christmas stuff, crazy!)

I got the basic pattern from NeedleNoodles who designed them and has them available for free on her blog (http://needlenoodles.com/home/?q=node/80). Then I came up with the phrases (that suited my friends) and made some colour changes.

I wanted the vampires to be reminiscient of Spike and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I used Ecru for the skin tone and for Angel's hair I used DMC 938 and 898. Spike's hair is DMC 3045 and 3046 and that tiny blue patch on his shirt is 931. I couldn't resist adding the bit of blood and frown to Spike. He doesn't like being cross stitched and he's not happy standing this close to Angel  Smiley

Less changes here. For the light grey on the ninjas I used DMC 414 because I wanted them to be a little lighter than the pattern recommends. The purple ninja is DMC 209 and 208.

They were a lot of fun to make, but I haven't cross stitched in about four years. I had forgotten how long it takes to complete even the smallest of areas.

Thanks for looking!
27  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Amigurumi World on: May 08, 2008 02:13:05 PM
I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a crochet along based on Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli. No rules, no time limits. Just post pictures in this thread when you've made stuff from the book and stop by here from time to time to chat about the patterns in the book and comment on each other's work.

I'll start us off with these creatures I made for Mother's Day:

The cat is for my mom, the hedgehog for my boyfriend's mom, and the owl for my grandma. I'll probably be posting more pics of them on my blog later, but I have to wait until after mother's day because my boyfriend's mom reads my blog and I don't want to ruin the surprise for her.

Let me know what you think.
28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Monsters for Charity (with free pattern link) on: April 30, 2008 12:32:18 PM
Every time I turn my back these guys are fighting again...at least I hope they're fighting!

I made these two monsters, Tiny Cthulhu and Oni, for the 2008 Softies for Mirabel campaign. You can learn more about the charity here if you're interested (http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2008/04/send-your-amigurumi-to-australia.html) I'm hoping to ship them out to Australia on Friday, although it's going to be tough parting with them.

My boyfriend designed the Oni. He doesn't really enjoy crocheting (although he's learned a few stitches) so he drew his design on paper and then I turned it into an amigurumi for him. He did the eye placements and was kind enough to stuff both critters. (My least favorite part of the amigurumi making.) The Tiny Cthulhu is my design and mostly just a modification of a previous cthulhu pattern I'd made.

I'm hoping to ship them out to Australia on Friday, although it's going to be tough parting with them.

I've written out the pattern for the Tiny Cthulhu and in the spirit of charity it's free! You can view it here: http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2008/05/tiny-cthulhu-free-pattern.html
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mystery Science Theater 3000 Coasters on: April 29, 2008 03:21:15 PM
My boyfriend and I made these coasters as a birthday gift for his brother. We'll be giving them to the brother for his birthday on Saturday. Siince I know there's no way he'll be surfing around Craftster (not his thing) I figured I was safe posting them here before the party. We're giving him a DVD boxed set of MST3K too, so it's kind of a theme present.

I used the MST3K knitting chart that was created by Sara at goingcrafty (http://goingcrafty.com/?p=3) for the basic design and then made them out of Perler Beads. We put cork on the back to make them waterproof.

(Now that they're done they kind of remind me of those ipod ads where silouhettes of people dance around in front of coloured backgrounds.)

What do you think, sirs?
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Birthday Afghan on: April 24, 2008 02:46:46 PM
I'm calling this one the Birthday Afghan because I made it for myself for my birthday, purchasing the wool with money that I received from my family for said birthday.

I saw these four colours in a ball of varigated wool from Patons and unfortunately it's been my experience that when I try to make something with varigated wool it always looks better wrapped up as a skein, than as a project. So, I was really happy when I realized the colours in the varigated mix were also available from Patons in separate skeins. I just love how they look together!

The colours are Patons Decor in Pale Sage Green, Pale Aubergine, Aran, and Taupe. The pattern is based on the Float Away Scarf which can be found here: http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/crochet/Float_away222-1.html. I put in a couple extra repeats of the pattern to make it wider and changed colours after every three rows. It took two skeins of each colour, so a total of eight balls of wool were bought.

Just for a time reference, I started working on this during the last two weeks of February. My birthday is March 1, and I just finished it last night (April 23). Not bad, although I ambitiously started it thinking I would actually have it done by my birthday. Hey, at least I got it done before my next birthday!

While I've done lots of crocheting in the round, including several round ripple afghans, this is the first time I've actually crocheted a large project where I had to work in rows and turning chains. As you can see, I actually managed to keep things even and didn't lose or gain any unwanted stitches, which is usually what happens when I'm working in rows.

Sorry, I can't seem to stop taking pictures of this thing. The boyfriend and I ended up taking over 40 shots, trying to get the camera to give us an accurate representation of the colours. (Thank goodness for digital cameras, at least we weren't wasting film) I think these pics show the blankets true colours best.

What you can't tell from the picture is that the blanket is very soft and it's also going to be quite warm, which will be nice for snuggling up in front of the TV in winter. The Patons Decor is a wonderful wool to crochet with. I was really impressed with how easy it was to work with, no fraying or splitting.
Thanks for looking!
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