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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Doggie Bag that's not a Leftover on: April 08, 2017 10:02:09 AM
I saw a free pattern from Ravelry which used the Wendy's Four Legged Friends Scarf kit and made it into a cute backpack.
Here's a link to that pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/four-legged-friends-backpack

So I decided to order another scarf kit and make a backpack out of it. The problem is that the pattern is for knitting one and I can only crochet. So I made up my own bag by just looking at their photos. (Sorry all these photos are sideways. They aren't that way on my computer so I don't know why they are displaying that way on here).

Anyway, here it is. I made the orange striped dog kit. I yarn stitched his floppy dog ears down to the flap. It was crocheted using a size G crochet hook.

I began by making the bottom. For this I used left-over yarns from all the scarf kits I have already made and I'm glad I did because I barely had enough yarn from the one skein they provide in the kit to finish this bag. It's just a simple single crocheted spiral using the increase stitch every 6 stitches for each round.

This is the back. I made one wide strap centered in the back so that this bag is like a sling bag. The yarn is stretchy enough that this strap can be slung around the shoulder but it would fit a child better than an adult.

Here's just another side view. I stuffed him with fabric pieces to fill him out for the photo. It's single crocheted throughout the body until you reach the top. Then I front post double crocheted, back post double crocheted alternately for three rows leaving six free spaces every 16 stitches for a drawstring cord to be woven through for closure.

I hope you can get an idea of the size of this backpack from this last picture. It's just a regular sized chair. I looped the back strap around one of the chair's back slats so you could see it. The whole head is attached to a flap that flips up to open it and the drawstring is under his chin.

This was a really fun project and I enjoyed the challenge of converting it from a knitting project to a crocheted project.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Neon Lion afghan on: March 06, 2017 09:00:57 AM
Well, after seeing anderlance's awesome Neon Lion afghan I knew I would have to try and make one for my son Michael.

So I purchased the pattern from Judy Calevro Masell's Ravelry store http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/neon-lion
at Christmas time.

I only had to buy three skeins of black yarn as the rest of the afghan I made using all my stash and left-over yarns.
So the colors are just whatever I had and I even used a couple of variegated yarns. I wasn't sure how that would turn out but I think it worked fine.

I used a size H cabled afghan hook. It's stitched using the afghan stitch with single crochet stitches for the border and a final double crochet shells stitch for the last border row to give it a framed appearance.

I did manage to take a couple of pictures during the making of it - even though it meant getting all the yarns tangled up while moving it to the floor for the shots).

The back shot that I took of it here was after I had already spent hours weaving in some of the ends. So, by the time this whole thing was done there were tons of more ends to weave in.

I can't wait to give it to Michael. I think he'll really like it.
It's an awesome pattern.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nature Wiggly Trivets on: April 19, 2016 10:15:26 AM
Another Earth Day is coming and I've been making more wiggly trivets.
So I'm calling this set "Nature Trivets".

I've been trying to use only the supplies I have on hand. (I really need to stash-down my supplies!) So for these trivets  I've tried to use up the variegated threads I've accumulated.

One of these trivets is done in all variegated thread.

It's a bit hard to make out what's in the scene, (kind of reminds me of a watercolor painting), but it  consists of a sun in the upper left corner, two flying black birds, one large flower in the center, one small flower in the lower left, and a tree going along the right side up and curving to the left.
I was going to rip out the whole sky background and just use a solid blue color so everything would be distinguishable but then I thought, nah. I kinda like it this way.


A butterfly.

A snake.

And a dragonfly.

Happy Earth Day everyone!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on: April 08, 2016 11:55:22 AM
After seeing his election comedy special on Hulu I decided that the only really good choice for President was Triumph himself. LOL!

So I went about using a photo of Triumph and recoloring it in the style of Obama's famous 'HOPE' poster.
Then I uploaded that to knitpro and graphed it for cross stitch.

I used a blue denim colored aida cloth to stitch onto and pulled out all the aquas, turquoise, reds, and cream color threads from my bulging bag of left-over threads from other projects to work into this picture.

After stitching it I thought, what good is it if nobody ever sees it? So, I decided to stitch the project onto my favorite jean jacket. I tapered the cloth near the bottom to remain on an even level with the jacket's back seams which also taper in.

I had found a t-shirt at Goodwill which simply said 'Vote.' So I cut that down, ironed on a U.S.A. peace sign patch over the V, then sewed it above the Triumph picture.

And, I finally snagged one of my sons to take a photo of it actually being worn.

It's a nice jacket...

...for me to poop on! LOL!  Wink
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Flapper Girl on: March 14, 2016 07:01:16 AM
This is my finished Bohemian Sisters challenge, "Leaping in Art Deco".
I graphed a flapper girl photo and used all left-over thread floss from my stash.

I used one of those printed aida fabrics and decided to keep the print showing on her face. I thought it made her look more interesting.

After the cross stitching, I embellished her with beads for her earring, and on her face near her eye. The beads are also left-overs from kits I've made. They don't show up so well on the camera but they are really awesome in person.

The large "sputnik" bead on her earring is actually a found object. I got that a few years ago in a parking lot.
It was crushed and broken on one of the bumps, (which is now the side towards the fabric). I was so happy to finally find a use for it!)

The feathers are from a boutonnire package I had gotten from Hobby Lobby ob clearance. I took it apart and made two fancies adding ribbons and eyelash yarns.

The frame is just an ordinary wood cross stitch hoop which I taped with duct tape. It has this amazing flower design on it.

The pattern is so busy that it doesn't matter about the tape seams not matching each other.

Here it is hung up on my wall.

(Yes, I have a messy, cluttered craft room.)  Grin
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chibli Snape Cross Stitch Purse on: March 03, 2016 12:53:15 PM
I found a really great cross stitch photo someone posted in their blog a few years ago of a chibli Snape character.
So I used her photo of the outline of Snape and made my own.
Then I used lots of left-over threads to fill in the colors. (Kind of like a coloring in a coloring book using thread).

I used variegated black thread for his hair so it kind of fades in and out with shades of black/gray.
(The trick to using variegated thread is making each X completely instead of going /////// and then coming back the other way with the top stitch like \\\\\\.)
Here's the finished picture. I sewed it onto a canvas camo purse to be used as a side pocket.

The inside lining of the purse has this cool skull and crossbones pattern that would befit Snape.

I thought it would be a nice tribute to Alan Rickman which could be carried around for others to see.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Conan O'Brien Crocheted Pillow on: February 15, 2016 07:49:02 AM
I've been watching a lot of old and new Conan O'Brien clips on You Tube and decided to make something Conan-y. So I uploaded the Conan logo to microrevolt's knitpro website and made a graph.

From that graph I crocheted this snazzy pillow.
It's tunisian or (afghan stitched) using a size J cabled crochet hook.

The background light orange yarn has a sparkly thread running through it but I don't know if you can see that in the photos.

This photo shows a bit more of the right side there. You can see his signature piled up cowlick a bit better here.

The word Conan is made with a variegated yarn. It had purples, oranges, and browns changing throughout it.

Here"s the back.  It's a very soft and sparkly yarn. I alternated the sparkly orange yarn with a variegated orange/yellow/white yarn. I think this turned out neat.

Finally, here's a photo with a Love pillow I found at Goodwill. These are both on my curved lounge chair in my craft room now.

Love that Conan!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Indianapolis Colts Wiggly Trivet on: November 28, 2015 10:13:46 AM
I made an Indianapolis Colts horseshoe wiggly trivet.

I used my Greenbay Packers wiggly trivet I made a while ago as a guide.
Just sort of turned the G on it's back and left off the middle part.

I think I will be making a Chicago Bears one next by just making the G into a C and using blue, orange and white colors.
(I really love making wiggly trivets.)

Here's the backs. You can see how the colors are crocheted over the grid. (But first you have to crochet the grid of course.)
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Autism Wiggly Trivet on: January 25, 2015 11:38:29 AM

This is a crocheted wiggly trivet using seven colors of size 10 crochet thread.
There's red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black.

It's a "frame" of puzzle pieces surrounding a puzzled heart in the center.

Each puzzle piece is shaped like a person. (Except for some inside the heart. I couldn't make all those the person shape).

This last photo is of the back. If you make one of your own this will help you.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Woodstock Peace Afghan on: August 29, 2014 09:53:25 AM
I finished my So You Think You Can Dance swap projects and sent them out to HSG.

This is the Woodstock Peace afghan. I saw a t-shirt online with this image on it so I copied the photo and uploaded it to knitpro to graph it.

Its tunisian crocheted with a size J cabled afghan hook. After it was done I outlined the word PEACE in black yarn so it would stand out better.

I added a flowered sequin necklace for Woodstock and crocheted four butterflies which can be removed and pinned anywhere she likes.

In the comics Woodstock only speaks in various keyboard symbols like %#*!
So the center of the flower Woodstock is holding says Shalom (Peace in Hebrew).

I copied this word onto paper with iron-on glue in the back. Then I ironed it onto fabric. Then I sewed that onto a crocheted snowflake that kinda resembles the star of David.

The back is super-soft fleece. I used my sewing machine and it got kinda bunchy in places but I still think it turned out ok. I made my own label at the bottom there.
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