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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chanson En Crochet in pinky orange sherbert SWS on: December 19, 2007 10:26:58 PM
(and no, I can not say "sherbet" or "sorbet," my 4-year-old self violently protests.)

I made this for my great aunt. She's in her 80s, extremely lively, and still square dances every week, so I wanted to make her something cute to wear for her dances.

I used Patons SWS and am now in love with both the yarn and the pattern...I'm going to make an olive green one for myself as soon as this Xmas slop is done.
Here's the pattern too! http://www.interweave.com/knit/books/Wrap_Style/chanson_crochet.pdf
It's quick. It does get a little confusing where the "flower" stitches start, but I understood it after frogging a couple rows about 3 times Wink It's definitely pretty enough to be worth the hassle!

Thanks for looking!! Cheesy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Computer Keyboard Knitting??? on: August 28, 2007 10:56:57 PM
If this isn't in an approriate forum feel free to move it...I wasn't sure where to direct this question  Huh

My roommate and some of his friends at work have the idea (that they apparently saw somewhere?) that it's possible to make a knitting machine/board/loom out of a computer keyboard. My roommate is generally unable to tell knitting from crochet and crochet from knitting, and he says "it might even have been for weaving, I can't remember...but I figured you would be interested..." so I'm not even sure something like this exists.

I've been googling around but can't seem to find anything. Lego knitting machines, wooden/hardware knitting boards...but no computer keyboards. And of COURSE now I'm really really intrigued and curious so I can't just let it rest. Has anyone ever seen a tutorial for anything having to do with yarn and computer keyboards, or are we all just crazy??  Roll Eyes
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / game over :( 30th birthday NES cross stitch on: May 28, 2007 07:22:27 PM
I made this for my brother for his 30th birthday.
(yes, I know there's no level 30 in Super Mario Brothers...but...you know...creative freedom Wink )

And here's a close up
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fo' Shizzle! cross stitch. w/pic! on: February 03, 2007 07:25:44 PM
my mom recently discovered "fo' shizzle" and it is now gleefully part of her vocabulary....
so I stitched this up for her. and why birds? well...just...because!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / For the shorties...crochet Meatwad hat! (3 pics) on: January 12, 2007 11:14:54 PM
I made this for my brother; we're doing a super-late Christmas this weekend. I didn't use a pattern, but was inspired by this cute knit meatwad hat: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=68418.0
The face is really sloppy, I tried to do tapestry crochet but it looked terrible, so I just sewed a terribly sloppy yarn face on after I did the hat.

I had too much fun making different shapes out of him!!  Please excuse the kitchen floor/background even though I guess that's his natural habitat. Wink

I'm definitely going to make a little stuffed meatwad sometime since I have all this frickin' brown yarn now.
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / modified Jolly Roger - 2 pix on: January 09, 2007 02:54:20 PM
I started this before Thanksgiving but got sidetracked by Christmas etc...finished it over the weekend. I used Lion Brand wool-ease. I did the sleeves & back first, and by that time wanted to change the skull because I wasn't too crazy about the one in the book. I'm not terribly fond of white yarn, either, so, cranberry it is! The sleeves seemed way too short so I added a few more inches.


and in action-

I'm really happy with it, I think wanting to make this sweater was quite possibly the only reason I started to crochet (but of course now I'm a freaking addict). It was pretty easy and I loooove the way it fits, it's nice and long and cozy. The worst part (not hard, just irritating) is sewing the stupid thing together  Wink

7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Pink PDQ & One-Skein Scarf. on: December 24, 2006 11:13:00 PM
These are for my sister for christmas. She claims she's really into pink, and ladybugs; and asked for a hat.
I found cute ladybug buttons at Michaels, and made the hat with Paton's Divine. I had a bunch of yarn left over, so I started the scarf..but I didn't have enough left over for it.
So I ended up frogging (a few times) and using Lion Brand Jiffy & some of the Patons...well anyway, I'm just VERY glad it's done! Wink I do love how it looks with two different shades of pink, and I hope she doesn't mind the overwhelming abundance of froofy pink!

8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Fluffy Squeaky Bunny Slippers!!! on: December 16, 2006 07:02:35 PM
This is the most hilarious thing I've ever done. They're a gift for my sister.

As I was making these, my boyfriend kept laughing at the pictures in the book and at me even making them...finally he suggested I get dog-toy squeakers and crochet them into the bottom so that they'll squeak when she walks. So of course I HAD to. I got the squeakers from Amazon, really cheap - I'm sure Petco or other pet stores have them too. I just crocheted two circles and sewed the edges to the bottom of the heels, but didn't sew around the whole circle; I left enough room so that she can take the squeakers out from underneath if they get too irritating. It's really hilarious when you walk in them because both squeaks are slightly different Cheesy it's just too freaking adorably funny.

Here's a little pic of the squeakers/pockets - hard to get a good picture of it  Undecided

But anyway, I used Caron Simply Soft & Jo-Ann Sensations "Beautiful" because I am cheap Smiley either way they are deliciously soft!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / plaid manly grandpa book on: December 15, 2006 08:16:00 PM
I made this for my grandfather for Christmas...I really hate chain stitch binding..it seems toooo flimsy! But it is quick, and he lives 2000 miles away, and I procrastinate!  Lips sealed

The inside pages are some fancy-schmancy leftover scraps of Arches Text...the brown/orange doublesided mulberry is from Jo-anns scrapbooking section (it's glued to thicker paper and is admittedly pretty neat-o and much easier than gluing two sheets of mulberry paper together) and the plaid is also from Jo-ann's scrapbooking section.  Cheesy The finished book was about 4 inches tall.

I don't have a "tut" for it...I took a bookbinding class in college & just sort of go by memory & how it looks/feels.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Make-your-own-snowflake online tool!! on: November 25, 2006 11:03:33 PM
(I did a search for this, but didn't see it had been mentioned anywhere...if it has been, or if it's not appropriate, feel free to remove my post!!)

While looking for clip art of snowflakes to use for holiday cards, I came upon this thing: http://snowflakes.lookandfeel.com/

You can "cut" your own snowflake out of "paper", it will generate a snowflake image that you can save as an EPS or JPEG file...print it out and use it for cards or stencils or whatever you do Wink

I can't stop making the darned things and I had to share!
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