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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Star afghan, amigurumi hippo, ear flap hat on: May 15, 2006 02:17:38 PM
Gifts for my sister's kiddo...I am new to crochet, but I'm already quite addicted.  Smiley

Link to pattern:  http://www.angelfire.com/va3/heartfeltangels/littlestarafghan.html

Link to pattern: http://etsy.com/view_item.php?listing_id=98247

Link to pattern: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/cwe-earflapHat.html
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2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / So very proud! Sock monkey baby gifts from a beginnah! ;D on: May 01, 2006 05:53:32 PM
My grandma was a world-class crochet queen.  My siblings and I each received one beautiful afghan when we were kids.  I did the unforgivable when I was in high school- I brought my little sister's to school for a drama project and lost it!  Years later, I am finally able to make it up to her by gifting her baby with my first serious crochet project!

Many thanks to Debbie and the designers in her book.  I never thought I could do it!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cigar box kitschy kitschy koo on: December 31, 2005 12:04:37 PM
Sometimes I just don't know what gets into me.

The recipe card on top is for fish sticks with pineapple.  The one on the inside is for barley casserole.  Alas, the recipes are lost forever; such a sacrifice for the sake of art!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stencilpalooza: the fruits of my labor.UPDATED with even more stencily goodness! on: December 09, 2005 06:45:30 PM
Here are some holiday gifts I've been working on:

One tip:  If you wanna make a "blah-blah is my homeboy" t-shirt....those teeny tiny letters are a real beeeyotch to cut out, so have a good supply of replacement blades on hand.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Button question- help? on: August 16, 2005 07:32:46 PM
I love these buttons at reprodepot:


but I want to make some with my own pictures!  Does anyone know where I can find blanks?  I have exhausted myself googling every combination I can think of!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wallpaper-covered wooden box-- finally a use for those samples. Suggestions? on: August 13, 2005 06:44:24 AM
I love wallpaper samples, but it seems I can never think of enough things to do with them.  Last night I saw this wooden box in my stash and decided to try to cover it.  I used rubber cement to stick on the paper, then hot glue to put on the trim.  The worst part was the slidey section on the ends.  I had to keep them clear so the box would open freely.  Finally I just cut off the paper around it and stuck on more trim.  I am pretty satisfied with the outcome. Athough I keep thinking I can do more to it, I'm afraid of totally junking it out.  Suggestions?

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Knit stuffed pug dog on: August 11, 2005 03:04:28 PM
I made this using the tiger cub pattern in World of Knitted Toys.  The legs are a bit plump and she's a little misshapen, but what the hey, so am I.  Smiley

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hippo pattern (or Joy Gammon book) needed! Can anyone help? :) on: May 23, 2005 02:21:21 PM

My little niece has a purple hippo-themed room.  Does anyone know of a pattern for a stuffed hippo?  I would love to make her one!

The only one I've been able to find is on the cover of a book called Easy to Make Knitted Toys by Joy Gammon.  Although the hippo on the picture is absolutely ADORABLE, this book appears to be rare as well as out of print, and all of the existing copies on eBay are in England.  Bleahhhh!!

Can anyone help?  Thank you soooooo much!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thrift store sweater reincarnated into felted mittens and bag!Tutorial(img hvy) on: March 11, 2005 07:30:40 AM
To start off, I found a beautiful sweater at the thrift store.  It was very thick, very inexpensive and 100% wool.  My first thought:  This would be sooo cool felted!  Whoopsie.  It went through two wash loads before I read online that white wool doesn't felt so awfully well...so now I have a partially felted beauty that needs a new life.

I especially wanted to use the collar, which felted pretty much completely.  Mittens seemed like the logical choice, so I removed it and made myself a pattern by drawing around my right hand, which is a little bigger than my left.

This I halved and cut into two mitten shapes using my pattern.

This photo shows one sewn up and one not yet sewn.  I hand sewed these because the felted collar was NOT going to go through my sewing machine!

Close-up of my beauteous stitching ::cough::.

Here are the finished mittens.  They are too thick to drive in, but boy will they come in handy for walks in the frigid New England weather!

Next, I attacked the rest of the sweater for the bag.  My inspiration was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bag someone on this forum had made from a sweatshirt. (see link here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=13826.0) I removed the sleeves, which were going to become bag handles.

I turned the sleeves around and re-stitched them so they would point up instead of down.

This shows the bag with the sleeves sewn together at the center and partially attached at the armpits.  It also shows the bottom of the bag sewn.  I could have done a different kind of seam to make the bottom more boxy, but my sewing machine wasn't much interested in attacking anything thicker than the very bottom of the hem part, and I wasn't about to argue.

I finished all edges with a blankety kind of stitch using some recycled sweater yarn I bought from eBay.  I even finished the edges of the handle so it would seem more like a handle and less like sleeves.

Here is another view of the finishing stitch.

Here is the finished bag, of which I'm immensely proud!  It holds my entire sweater project (which is a men's XL) and feels nice on my shoulder!  Yay me!  Yay recycling!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Amazing Adventures in Edible Art! on: February 11, 2005 05:51:32 PM
Holy schneikies, these are awesome!!
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