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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bumble Bee Bear! on: November 23, 2007 01:24:10 PM
I've seen cute clay figurines and rubber stamps of bears in bee's clothing and thought, hmm...

So, I let my imagination run wild with some worsted weight yarn and my trusty 'F' hook and this is the result.

This Honey Bear should have no problems raiding the hive now!

Sure, he looks innocent enough from the front, but look at that stinger behind him.  Yowch!

His thumbs are bobble stitches!  I saw a bobble stitch 'baby blankie' pattern in a crochet magazine and tried one of the bobbles and immediately thought of thumbs.

Questions, comments and suggestions are totally welcome!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Siam, The Mighty Mini Pachyderm on: November 11, 2007 07:38:31 PM
Here's Siam, weighing in at around 1 ounce.

Bejeweled front:


And his cute little behind:

He's wibits 'Pocket Elephant' that she recently posted and whose pattern can be found

She's awesome and I really admire her creativity and generosity!
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Selling/Sharing project information on: October 20, 2007 01:22:28 PM
I'm really confused about the part of Craftster's Do's and Don'ts that says not to post messages that "might be perceived as fishing for sales [in] subtle or blatant ways,", and says that you "must attempt to share information about your project in a way that indicates you are sharing with others...".

If someone posts a completed project and just happens to be selling the item, or a pattern for it, and of course never mentions that they are selling it, does telling a story about the picture that does not include "how-to" information qualify as "sharing information"?

Or is this just a loop-hole that allows the less scrupulous among us to break the rule?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Does E600 glue turn yellow? on: October 11, 2007 09:12:41 PM
I know certain glues dry clear, but after many months they turn yellow.  I had a bunch of wiggle-eye creatures that I used a popular white craft glue on and they ended up looking jaundiced after about a year.

I just recently bought some E600 and I really like it's holding power, but I'm wondering if anyone here has some old projects where they've used it and can tell me if its still looking clear?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Rose pattern how to question on: September 06, 2007 01:15:13 AM
Hi, I'm working on a crocheted flower and I'm confused by what row 2 means when it says "working on back".

Here's the rose pattern
Row 1- Ch 3, (1dc, ch 2, sl st) 4 times in 3rd ch from hook. Makes 5 petals.
Row 2- Working on back, ch1, (sc in back of dc, ch2)around.  Makes 5 ch2 spaces.
Row 3-(Sl st, ch2, 3dc, ch2, sl st) around in previous ch2 spaces.  Makes 5 petals.
Row 4-Repeat row 2 but use ch3 instead of ch2.  Makes 5 spaces.
Row 5-Repeat row 3, but use 4dc instead of 3dc.  FO

Is anyone familiar with how this is done on flowers?  I've seen it written like this before.  Does it mean work in the back loop or does it mean just any ol' where into the next dc??

I'm working in thread and I haven't come up with anything that looks like a rose yet, but I thought I'd try asking you all before I gave it up and moved on to daisies.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Free Vanna Granny link? on: September 01, 2007 10:52:43 AM
My Mom was in a store that was featuring Vanna's new yarn and book and there was a sign that featured a pic of a granny square featured in the book that could be downloaded for free.  The center of the granny was really interesting looking.

Anyways, all my mom can remember is that the web site ended in '/vanna...'  Web searching has only come up with a Vanna's granny square afghan pattern and my mom can't recall the store she saw the web site featured in.

So, I was hoping someone here has seen the ad or the link or has the free pattern and can point us in the right direction.

Your help would be greatly appreciated!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Blanket stitching neat corners on felt? on: July 06, 2007 10:13:51 AM
I'm curious if anyone has any blanket stitch tips or links for making neat inside and outside corners on felt.  I'm certain I'm missing something that will keep me from rounding everthing off or creating great clots of thread at these points.  *Sigh*

I am using the blanket stitch to join two pieces together and also just to edge a single layer of felt.

My searches have all come up dry, plus I'm limited by my cave-style computers inability to play videos.

Any help from my fellow Craftster's will be gratefully appreciated!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sonora Sunset Tile on: June 17, 2007 12:27:17 PM

I loved how easy this project was.  I just stamped a desert image on a tile that I bought at a hardware store, covered that with a card so I could stamp a separate petroglyph image on the corners.  Then I colored in the image with Sharpies and water based pens.  Voila!

I should probably spray it with a fixative, but I'm unsure of which kind to use.
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / How 'bout a "Pro. Craftster" board? Edited by author to withdraw on 6/14/07 on: June 12, 2007 06:26:54 PM
Reason for edit:  I've have used too many words and all of them are based on my assumption that posts in DIY boards containing links, in signatures, to where that item can be purchased are a form of advertising that breaks the rules and dilutes Craftster's purpose. 

Because I don't know, if in fact, the rules are being broken, I'd respectfully like to withdraw my suggestion. 
*Infinite Annie*

At the risk of putting meself out on a limb, how about a board, or a companion/child board in each category, that is specifically for the members who post pics of items that they are also selling, in their signature links?

Craftsters rules for posting could stay the same as they are now on all the boards, so it wouldn't technically be a For Sale on Craftster board.  It would just be the same style of posts you see now by members who are selling, off-site, what they are posting, but just in a new, special place.

This board would give the professional members the distinction they want and deserve and it would free up the Completed Projects forums where they are currently posting amidst DIYers sharing  "how to" info.

Im sure surfers would frequent such a board.  I would, all the time.  Craftsters professional members are a very talented and inspiring lot and like many others I greatly admire them and their art.  So, please dont get me wrong here and think Im wishing to banish them.  Im a capitalist from way back and Ive nothing against these member's efforts to profit from their creativity.  Wink  I just think it's misplaced and that they need a board to legitimately be who and what they are. 

I think a new board for such entrepreneurs would enhance everybody's integrity.   Craftsters Etiquette, Dos and Don'ts would be easier to follow and enforce.  Projects boards would be classrooms thriving with shared creativity and generosity.  Awkward, competition increasing and sales decreasing "how to" Q &A, that sellers and members now experience in Completed Projects boards, would be relieved.  Members who are selling their posted projects, or patterns for them, would avoid the appearance of placing free ads in inappropriate places and the sales reducing, silent, boycotts that resentment for such perceived behavior creates.  Etc., etc.  As the wee-ones say, "It's all good."  Right?

Plus, maybe in this new board there can be an Ask Me How icon that members can include in their posts, if, in fact, they are open to sharing project "how to..." info in the reply threads.  While at the same time members on this board, without such an icon added to their posts, would be respected for the choice, that the board affords them, to otherwise protect the intellectual property rights of their creations, by just accepting and replying to comments?

Everybody benefits!  Yes?  Does anyone like this idea?  Do I hear the limb cracking behind me, possibly not only from the idea, but from the amount of words it took me to say it?

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Vari-bear-y on: June 03, 2007 08:31:32 PM
I decided to take a walk on the wild side and try this bear pattern out in variegated yarns.

These guys want to vacation in Berkley,

These guys want to head to the mountains,

They 'bearly' get along  Wink

Here's the link to the pattern http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=31654&highlight=bear

I really liked how the legs are worked in as you go along instead of having to be sewn on later.
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