Posted in Craft, That's Cool, tagged acts, fairy, godmother, kindness, of, RAK, random, RAOK, ribbons on February 25, 2008 |
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I got my first RAOK in the mail from an anonymous fairy godmother on Crochetville. (Thank you, thank you FGM!) The package had a sweet little note and these ribbons. There’s a handful more, including some pretty baby blue and sage satin ones. All of them are beautiful and will be used for sure. And I’m so excited to have a ribbon stash now!
I also received my Swap Swap Gals package today from Zarah. (Thanks Zarah!) Here’s a little sneak peak of what I got:
There wasn’t enough time today to get Zarah’s swap gifts blog-ready. I’ll get everything photographed tomorrow ASAP.
Meanwhile, I’m putting the finishing touches on my own Swap Swap Gals package for Katrina. All the knitting/crocheting is done, but I am forced to sew a few things so it is going slowly.
And for those select few that are waiting, I’m working on the Through Any Window Baby Blanket tutorial also.
*That’s cool* a random fact
Pabst Beer is now called Pabst Blue Ribbon beer because it was the first beer to win a blue ribbon at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.
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Posted in Craft, Crochet, Free Patterns, Knitting, Music, tagged Crochet, dishcloth, flower, granny, japanese, knit, Knitting, machine, square, tricot, whipstitch on February 12, 2008 |
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I finally got to make this Starburst Hotpad. Ever since I saw Angela’s orange and pink version on Ravelry I have wanted to crochet my own. The only thing stopping me was the lengthy assembly directions. They seemed complicated, but the hotpad isn’t as daunting as I predicted. The hotpad makes sense once you have the pieces made and it all pulls together for the final step.
I tacked down the petal edges when I wove in the ends. Next time I would do this with a little more ease since there are visible creases. I used Lily’s Sugar and Cream in Bright Navy and Over the Rainbow. With the granny square holes, I’m not sure if I would use this as a hot pad, but it makes a sturdy trivet.
The Circular Cloth pattern is very simple and easy to follow. Perfect for the beginner wanting to practice increases in the round before tackling a hat. I used half a skein of Lily in Summer Splash.
In hindsight this dishcloth would have looked better with a contrasting border. The picture for the free pattern even has an orange border around a white center, but by the time I realized this I had already tucked and cut the ends. The back-loops-only do make nice ridges for scrubbing though.
The Crochet Hexagon Dishcloth is adapted from a Japanese pattern and the origin shows in the writing style. It took a few tries before I understood the notation.
My real problem was the recommended size G hook made this dishcloth bend in a cup shape. I had to use a size I crochet hook to get it relatively flat, and then I blocked it to keep the shells down. The blocking wasn’t really necessary though, and it made the shells look more pointed than they were originally crocheted because I’m still learning to block well.
The dishcloth is crocheted in Lily’s in Soft Teal. The simple, solid look of this pattern is really pleasing and a few of these in coordinating colors would make a nice gift.
Finally, in lieu of a random fact, I give you a YouTube video. Compliments of Geckogrrl, here’s a music video from the Canadian group Tricot Machine. All the frames are knit!
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Posted in Craft, tagged bead, beads, bell, candle, center, christmas, clove, Craft, foam, leaves, orange, piece, pin, pomanders, sequins on December 22, 2007 |
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I made these sequin ornaments as a teenager one Christmas eve. They’re not hanging on the tree because I never quite figured out how to attach a ribbon or metal hook to hang, so they’ve been sequestered to the big purple candle.
My problem here and now is the foam. It doesn’t really hold the pins very well. See the missing pin on the bottom of the bell above? Also there’s a whole sequin missing from the green and red egg behind it. Maybe in the last couple of years they’ve come up with a more dense foam. Not sure.
On the plus side these ornaments are so easy to make and kid friendly. You get those white or green colored foam shapes. Then you pick out sequins, pins and maybe some seed beads or ribbon. In a half hour you have a cute little be-sequined foam shape.
This project reminds me of another Christmas craft project: pushing cloves into oranges. Orange and clove pomanders smell so delicious.
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