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1  Re: WIP Wednesday - July 7 in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by kirsa on: July 08, 2010 07:37:28 PM

There's what I've got done on the Scrabble afghan so far.  Looking at the photo of it really makes the tension problems I was having (with my color changes on the first set of blocks) stand out to me.  I'm glad I finally got that figured out, the other blocks look much better (though I wish I had figured it out sooner!).  I somehow manage to pull the yarn too much (and unevenly on different color changes) when I twist the yarns before picking up the new color on the forward pass.  I started doing the twist on the return pass on the second set of blocks and it's much more even. 

You can see my yarn-feed contraption I made out of a shoebox in the background, too.  It's kind of crazy, but it keeps all the different small balls of yarn in place and in order (and keeps my kids from getting them).  Whenever I get to a different set of colors, I just rearrange the balls inside the box and thread the new ones through the right holes (and stack a couple of skeins on either side of the box as well for the rows with the most color changes).

I'm going to be adding a decently wide border to it when it's done, as it is narrower than I was hoping it would be when I started.  I'm hopeful that the border will fix the terrible curl on the bottom.
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2  Crochet in the Round - Where to Join? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by kirsa on: October 20, 2009 02:24:22 PM
I am trying to crochet a pair of baby booties.  I've tried crocheting in the round before, joining every round, but have been able to fudge the joins and get the finished product to still turn out okay.  My normal "fudge it" method is not working with the booties though, I keep getting messed up with where to join the rounds and where to start the next round, etc.

Here's the instructions for the first two rounds of the pattern I'm following:

   "Ch 8
    1. 2 Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, DC in next 4 chs, 6dc in last ch. Working on other side of chain, in free loops, HDC in next 4 chs. (3 HDC) in last ch. Join w/ sl st to beg ch. (20 sts)

    2. CH 1, 2 sc in same st. sc in next 8 sts, (2sc in next st)3 times. Sc in next 6 sts. (2 sc in next st)2 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (26 sts)"

Here's where I'm at with the first round:

The yellow arrows are the two spots I see into which I could feasibly slip stitch to join the round.  So, do I join into the first HDC, where my stitch marker is?  Or do I join into the teeny tiny stitch that is apparently between that and my last stitch (lower yellow arrow)?

Then, once I've joined, I chain one, no problems with that, but then, where do I start the "2 sc in same st." ?  Do those go into the same stitch I joined into and chained from?  Do they go into the next stitch over?

And finally, when I join the second round, do I join it into the CH1 from the beginning of the round, or into the first sc after that?  Do I just totally ignore the slip stitch that I made joining the last round together and pretend it doesn't exist as I continue crocheting and joining?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I keep trying it (and have tried joining rounds with a couple other bootie patterns with the same problem of where to join and where to proceed) and ending up with my increases not seeming to line up where they ought to in later rounds, or the wrong number of stitches in the round, etc.  It is driving me batty.  All the instructions I can find online for joining in the round seem to be for double crochet and circles, whereas I'm dealing with single crochet (mostly) and ovals currently and my brain is not managing to transfer the instructions I've read online elsewhere to what I'm seeing in front of me as I'm working.
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3  Love You Madly - Cake in CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES by kirsa on: March 05, 2009 08:57:58 PM
So, Cake.  Good band.  Love You Madly.  Good song.  And who better to love madly than Dr. Horrible?

I crocheted Dr. Horrible, the elephant, the octopus, the bird monster, and the hat being used as a tablecloth.  No making-of pictures because my camera ran out of batteries and my husband was at work and I don't know how to use his camera.  I got the pattern for the elephant here and the pattern for the octopus here.  The bird and Dr. Horrible I made up as I went (one obviously turned out much better than the other).

And now, without further ado, I present to you, Love You Madly, guest starring Dr. Horrible.

I don't want to wonder
If this is a blunder
I don't want to worry whether
We're going to stay together
'Till we die

I don't want to jump in
Unless this music's thumping
All the dishes rattle in the cupboards
When the elephants arrive

I want to love you madly
I want to love you now
I want to love you madly, way
I want to love you, love you
Love you madly

I don't want to fake it
I just want to make it
The ornaments look pretty
But they're pulling down the branches
Of the Tree

I don't want to think about it
I don't want to talk about it
When I kiss your lips
I want to sink down to the bottom
Of the sea

I want to love you madly
I want to love you now, yeah
I want to love you madly, way
I want to love you, love you
Love you madly

I don't want to hold back
I don't want to slip down
I don't want to think back to the one thing that I know
I Should have done

I don't want to doubt you
Know everything about you
I don't want to sit across the table from you
Wishing I could run

I want to love you madly
I want to love you now
I want to love you madly, way
I want to love you, love you
Love you madly

This is one of the songs that my DH introduced me to back when we first started dating, so it gets a good bit of play time at our house.  My 10-month old son helped me by gnawing on the bird, octopus, and elephant as soon as they were done, and by unrolling the brown yarn for Dr. Horrible's pants and hair and getting it all tangled up.  He thoroughly enjoyed assisting me.  I still need to block Dr. Horrible's labcoat at some point so the edges stop curling like crazy.  His goggles are removable.
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4  Sackboy, Valentine's crochet, and a soot sprite in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kirsa on: February 27, 2009 12:11:31 PM
The latest FO's.

I made up the sackboy.  I'm not terribly pleased with the legs, or with the white zipper.  He got finished up at a housewarming party as a gift for the home owner, so I didn't really have time to fix the bits I wasn't pleased with.  The zipper works, there's a small fabric pocket behind it that I sewed in, big enough for a few coins or maybe a Starburst or something.  I vaguely tried to thread-joint the legs so that he could sit, but the recipient took the photo for me a few days ago and doesn't seem to want to try to pose Sackboy at all, so I may never know if it worked.  I was pretty pleased with how the fingers turned out (though I realize they're hard to see in the photo).

I made some patterns for my DH for Valentine's Day.  First there's the "Love is the Word" pattern from Pixie Kitten and then there's the Corazoncitos pattern from Owly and finally the Love Letter envelope from Lion Brand.  They all worked up pretty easily, though I was a bit surprised with the hearts that the mid-sized one ended up not much bigger than the small one (maybe it's just that my big one ended up huge!)  It looks nice strung together as a door hanging though, so I don't really mind.  The letters for Love were a bit fiddly, too.  I added a small buttonhole to the Love Letter envelope so that it can be closed, though I didn't sew the little heart on quite right for it to work very easily.

(I will upload a photo of the envelope here as soon as I can find it to take a picture of!)

And finally, we have the Soot Sprite that I was going to make ages ago and just got around to.  I used the Makurokurosuke pattern from Moon's Creations.  I had to trim the fun fur quite a bit when I was done as it ended up entirely too long, but I think he's quite cute now.  My 10 month old son likes to throw him around the room.

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5  Latest Crochet: Darth Vader, Cthulu, Pass the Pigs, a cupcake, and some popcorn in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kirsa on: December 19, 2008 04:10:07 PM

I made up his helmet and cape.  The chest embroidery is fairly accurate (as accurate as I could get using fat yarn).  I'm particularly pleased with the circles under his eyes.  For the body and head, I used artoo1121's amigurumi person pattern.  I made him for my nephews for Christmas.

For the Pass The Pigs, I used wibit's pattern.  I played with them a bit before packing them up, and they really do work quite well.  They're for my sister's family as a gift.

I made these for my little niece so she wouldn't feel left out when the package of presents was opened.  Honestly, they're kind of an afterthought.  If I'd had more time, I would have made her some more play food.  For the cupcake, I used this pattern from the BitterSweet blog.  For the popcorn, I used this pattern (the popcorn's at the bottom of the page).

I made the Cthulu as a Christmas present for a friend.  I need to make an identical one still for his twin brother.  I used the Tiny Cthulu pattern from Cthulhu Crochet and Cousins.

I made some more under-the-sea Christmas tree ornaments also, but they'll have to wait for another post.
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6  Miyazaki's Forest Spirits in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by kirsa on: November 25, 2008 11:30:08 AM
I needed to make some Christmas presents for some of my friends, and decided to make a Kodama and a white Totoro.

I used Angry Angel's Totoro pattern.  The Kodama I pretty much just made up as I went.

They're enjoying hanging out together until I ship them off to their new separate homes.
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7  Waldo, Wenda, and...Waldo Jr. costumes (IMG Heavy) in Halloween Costumes by kirsa on: November 06, 2008 04:02:54 PM

My husband and I decided to dress up as Where's Waldo characters for Halloween this year.  He was Waldo, I was Wenda (Waldo's girlfriend), and our 6.5 month old son was also Waldo.

We wanted to wear long-sleeved wide-striped collarless shirts, but finding any proved impossible, so I got some white shirts from Hobby Lobby, and a white onesie from Babies 'R' Us, and some fabric paint, and painted the stripes on.  I ruined one shirt by using fabric spray paint and masking tape, which together ended up bleeding quite a bit.  Then I got some screen-printing ink, and a foam roller, and did the onesie with masking tape, and our shirts with duct tape.  I ran out of the screen-printing ink before I did my husband's shirt, and Hobby Lobby didn't have any more, and the local Michael's and JoAnn's don't carry it, so I painted his shirt with a mix of acrylic paint and fabric medium.

The shirts ended up really stiff, but I didn't wash them to soften them since my sink and water test showed bleeding paint despite the hours I spent trying to heat-set the shirts (I hate ironing, and don't really want to try ironing them again...would it be possible to try setting the paint (again) in the dryer?). 

I crocheted the beanies for all of us.

To finish my costume, I cut off the bottom of an old long jean skirt and sewed up the slit on it, and frayed the bottom in the wash so I wouldn't have to hem it.  A pair of thigh-high striped socks and some brown shoes completed it.  My husband just wore a pair of jeans, and a pair of Harry Potter glasses that he popped the plastic lenses out of, and borrowed a cane (which we forgot to bring to one of our parties with us).  Our son wore jeans also, and a pair of striped toddler toe-socks that were too big for him, so I cut the toe bits off and hemmed (very poorly) the bottoms of them so they wouldn't look quite so funny.  I got a pair of little joke glasses for him also, which I cut the nose and eyebrows off of, but I couldn't get them to stay on his head (I sewed some elastic onto them) without them digging into his eyesockets, so he didn't end up wearing them at all.

None of the pictures are very good.  Sorry.

These first pictures are from a neighborhood Halloween party we went to (we remembered the cane for this one):

These ones are from when we were at Disneyland for the big Halloween party there (sans cane):

And this one is just because his smile kills me with its adorableness (ignore the red-eye):

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8  stencilling wide stripes? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by kirsa on: October 04, 2008 10:38:12 AM
I'm trying to make Where's Waldo costumes for my family for Halloween, and since I was unable to find any red and white wide striped crew neck long sleeve t-shirts (my husband is a stickler for costume accuracy), I decided to try painting red stripes onto white shirts.

I tried the first one today.  The first problem was the cardboard to go inside the shirt.  I finally found a box to cut up to try to fit inside, but it wasn't quite long enough and it was creased so it didn't want to lie flat with the shirt on it.  I've bought one now to use on the next try.

Second problem--I thought it would be easiest to use painter's tape to tape off the wide stripes, but we didn't have any, so I used masking tape.

Third problem--I used spray fabric paint.  I discovered that it drips, and that one can is not quite enough to do even close to half the shirt.

Ultimately, the paint leaked under the masking tape where it was overlapping and there were a lot of problems and the shirt turned out looking like this:

Here you can see the problems where the sleeves meet the shirt (I still have no idea how to section them off so the horizontal stripes continue, horizontally, on the sleeves when worn):

And here's the bottom, where the cardboard wasn't long enough and I ran out of paint:

I haven't ever tried stencilling of any sort before (though I've read a bunch of tutorials).  My first attempt, as expected, did not turn out well, and I need to do it again.  If anybody has any suggestions on how I can get nice neat wide stripes on XL, M, and infant t-shirts, I'd love to hear them.  I'd really like to avoid another complete failure like this one.  Smiley

EDIT: I now have a t-shirt board and some screen-printing ink which I heard shouldn't bleed.  I also got a foam roller brush to use.  Would it be better to try taping the new shirt with some painter's tape, try free-handing it, or cut long strips of freezer paper and iron them on?
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9  Re: Agggh photoshop help needed! My valentine gift. in Valentine's Day by kirsa on: February 11, 2008 02:32:03 PM
It's always fun to play around in Photoshop.  Here are the two (very similar) versions of it that I came up with.

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