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1  Re: cats+crafting=disaster in Stitch And BOTCH by sleepybunny on: January 20, 2008 07:58:52 AM

This is my cat "helping" with a sewing project. He would do this every time I laid out fabric, paper, or anything on the floor.  Sadly he died just before Christmas, so it just won't be the same next time I make something...
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2  Re: Bird pin in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by sleepybunny on: January 03, 2008 09:54:18 AM
It is possible - I have made the bird successfully!  It's the little bird on this hot water bottle cover...  My first attempt was very wonky though, and yours looks a lot like mine did! I don't have the book to hand at the moment, but at some point when working the body you need to turn it and go back the other way, and that's what I didn't figure out first time *.  Maybe that's your problem too?  Good luck!

edited to add:  * hmmm... I just went and got the book to check.  I'm a bit hazy on this as it's a while since I made mine, but looking at your picture again, I think yours is actually upside down!  If you look at the picture in the book, the stitches radiate out in a semi-circle from the middle of the back/top of bird.  After you work the head the next row of stitches goes across the edge that's nearest the bottom on your pic (and should be the top, ie the bird's back!), and then you work the tail at the other end.  Hope this helps - I always seem to end up just confusing things even more when I stick my oar in to try and help!!!  Undecided
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3  Modified Knot Ugly Shrug - A Cardigan! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by sleepybunny on: May 19, 2007 06:17:17 AM
I've never quite "got" shrugs, but thought the Knot Ugly Shrug would look good if adapted to a cardigan.  Here's the result!  I pretty much followed the instructions (apart from making the sleeves one row wider - I hate tight sleeves!) as far as the sewing together, but did my own thing from then on by doing the waistband, minus ties, first (before neckband).  I then added a "skirt" by matching up stitches above and below the waistband, and worked across the whole width of the back and 2 fronts together.  I did a few increases so it would flare out a bit.  When it was long enough I then did the neckband / front edges, and added the edging around the sleeves and bottom edge as for the ruffle edged shrug.  I think it worked out quite well, but I've a feeling it's going to "grow" a bit...  The yarn is Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton - lovely and soft, but I'm worried it's going to rub up into bobbles, so I think this cardi will be saved for "best"!  Here are some pics! (ignore my face - not v photogenic!  Don't know why I look so worried!).  I also think the shrug would have been quite long on me anyway - I guess those models in the book are at least 6 inches taller than me!!! Or I screwed up somewhere on the number of rows!!!  Undecided

UPDATE: I used 6 x 50g/82m balls of Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton to make the medium size.  This yarn sheds something awful though, so not sure I would use it again for this project - everything I wear the cardi over ends up covered in fluff!
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4  "Tropical" Hot Water Bottle Cover in Crochet: Completed Projects by sleepybunny on: May 11, 2007 09:18:41 AM
Here is my latest finished project!  I was telling a non-crafting friend about Craftster and the "no tea-cosies without irony" slogan.  She challenged me to make an "ironic" hot-water bottle cover!  Not sure if it's ironic, although I guess you wouldn't need a hot water bottle in the tropics  Cheesy, but I think it's kitsch and pretty!!  (Even if I do say so myself!).  It was also a chance to try out some stitch patterns and flowers etc.  Some of the flowers and the little bird are from Happy Hooker.  The rest of the flowers and the leaves I found on the internet and an old Reader's Digest needlecrafts book.  Apart from that I made it up as I went along.

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5  Another finished Cupcake in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by sleepybunny on: April 21, 2007 06:08:04 AM
I finished my Cupcake!  Excuse the cheesy mirror-shot...

I had some - ahem - "issues" with gauge, but eventually I used a much bigger hook (7mm), and made a bigger size, and eventually made one that fits!  Update:  I actually followed instructions for the size 401/2.  Even with a 7mm hook I was getting 12.5 stitches to 4 inches, so it 's actually come out about a size 34, which is just right! First time around I actually made (2nd size) front, back and 2 sleeves (even though I knew the gauge was wrong - if only I'd got the calculator out sooner...) before I realised it was never going to go around my not especially ample bosom...  Embarrassed  At least I hadn't sewed the bits together...

Then I spent ages yesterday loitering in my local haberdashery shop choosing ribbon (too much choice = bunny in headlights!) finally decided to go for a sparkly gold one.  The good thing about making it in cream is I can change the ribbon to any colour I like!

Not sure what my next project is going to be... I like Prepster and Frou Frou, but not sure what yarn I would use.  Maybe I should be getting outside in the garden and catching up on all those jobs I've "not had time" to do cos I've been too busy crocheting... Wink

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6  My Granny Bag in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by sleepybunny on: April 12, 2007 01:31:54 PM

Pics (hopefully) of my Granny's No Square Bag.  This is my first picture posting, so not quite sure what I'm doing!  Anyway - I'm very pleased with how the bag turned out - never did find any rivets, but I can always add them later if some turn up!  I will try adding a lining, too.

The main colour is Patons mercerised cotton DK, the rest is from a stash that's been lurking in various cupboards for the last 12 years or so, and survived four house moves!
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