Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm (Crochet, Holidays)

Happy Halloween!
I needed a bit of de-stressing time this morning, and there’s no better way to do that then by crocheting!
I whipped up this little cutie this morning:

I found the pattern on the Lion Brand Website:
Color A: White
Color B: Orange
Color C: Yellow

Gague is not important.
Size G or H hook.

With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 8 sts.
Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
Rnd 5: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around – 16 sts.
Change to B.
Rnd 7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 20 sts.
Rnd 9: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 10: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
Rnd 11: Sc in each st around.
Change to C.
Rnds 12-16: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off.

Lightly stuff Candy Corn and sew lower edge closed.
Weave in ends.


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More sushi! (and V-day present)

February 17, 2008 at 11:36 pm (Crochet, Disney, Food)

My bf had to work fairly late on valentines day, so since we couldn’t go out, I made a Japanese dinner for him. We had Miso soup (well—it was the oriental flavored Ramen soup—haha), salad with ginger dressing (mmmmm), and two kinds of sushi—Philly roll and Cucumber/Avocado roll.

It’s all in the presentation….

Close up of the Philly Roll—mmmmmm

Also—in an earlier entry, I introduced my crochet Remy from Ratatoullie, where I said that he was a gift, but I couldn’t bear to give him up. Well—in a mad scramble on V-day eve, I ended up making another one for my BF, so here is old Remy and new Remy: (left and right, respectivly)

Just “new Remy”: I did use a smaller hook, like I had said, but I don’t think it really changed the look at all. I also changed the hat a little bit, because I used a different yarn.

A close up of “new Remy’s” head:

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Remy from Ratatoullie!

February 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm (Crochet, Disney)

I just finished Remy last night. He was supposed to be a gift, but as soon as his eyes were done being embroidered and he came “alive”, I just couldn’t bear to give him up—-he is just too adorable!
Here he is head on:

Again from the front:

A close up of his adorable little face:

Side view—I love how the tail came out!

One more shot looking at him from above:

I used Aunt Lydia’s Shimmer Fashion Yarn in Light Blue for the main part of the body, pink cotton embroidery floss (two strands) for the feet, hands and tail, and some left over white yarn for the chef hat.
I may make another one—this time I think I’ll use a smaller hook for the body. I don’t like how you can see the stuffing. Also, I think I’d add a little bag filled with sand on the bottom to use as a weight so he’d stand up better. Other then that, it was a great (free!) pattern!

Here’s a link to the pattern:

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More Sushi!

January 5, 2008 at 8:11 pm (Crochet)

Can you tell my favorite food is sushi?
Here is my “secret sushi scarf”. It starts out all innocent looking—like some weird striped scarf:

Sushi scarf

Sushi scarf

But, lay it flat, and roll it up, and you get a sushi roll! That is where the secret lies….no one knows its sushi until you roll it up for them. I haven’t decided what type of roll this is—I’m going to go with avocado and tuna roll.

Head on:
Sushi scarf rolled up

From the side:
Sushi scarf rolled up

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Calorimetry Hat

December 13, 2007 at 8:44 pm (Crochet)

“Calorimetry” is a scientific word for “heat lost or gained”–in comparison, a Calorimetry Hat is a hat that can be worn so no heat is lost through the head, yet it allows your hair to hang free in the back (either down or in a pony tail). Its the best of both worlds!
Here it is on—I’m thinking it needs some sort of embroidered design—stay tuned.

Crochet half hat

Here it is lying flat. I added two scallops on the edge where it falls over my ears, so it can completly cover them
Crochet half hat

And here is a close up picture to show the stitches. It is croched into the front loop to make the texture.
Crochet half hat

The pattern can be found here: (scroll down to post #7)

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Mickey Water Bottle Holder

November 1, 2007 at 2:18 pm (Crochet, Disney)

I absolutly hate when I go to class and I put my water bottle in my bag, and it condensates all over my books. So I crochet myself a little water bottle cozy.
Here’s two pics, one with flash (so it’s not blurry) and one without flash (to show off the stitches)

Crochet water bottle holder

Crochet water bottle holder

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Pi calculator case

October 27, 2007 at 4:41 pm (Crochet)

I’m getting a head start on my Christmas crafting. Here’s a graphing calculator case I made for my sister. I crochet the body of the case using my newly-learned afghan stitch, on a size J hook, with Lion Brand jiffy yarn. I then plotted a pi symbol on graph paper, and cross stitched it on to the front. All it needs now is a cute little calculator shaped button to hold the top closed. I think the geek in her will love it.

Graphing Calculator case

Close up of the cross stitching
close up of cross stitch pi

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October 27, 2007 at 4:31 pm (Crochet, Disney, General Crafting, Holidays)

Last night we carved pumpkins. I had made a stencil awhile ago of a Jeep, so we reduced it, and that is what my mom carved on my sister’s pumpkin. My boyfriend chose to carve Stitch and found a pattern in a Disney Pumpkin Carving book. I wanted to do Cinderella Castle, so I set out to make myself a pattern, and here’s what we all came up with:

Our Pumpkins

Here’s just my pumpkin:
My castle pumpkin

Stitch Pumpkin

Jeep Pumpkin

I also finally finished the crochet skull that can be found on the Lion Brand website. This was my second attempt–the first one didn’t felt properly:

Crochet and felted skull

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Crochet liner for a record bowl!

October 20, 2007 at 7:56 pm (Crochet)

I saw this crochet basket pattern on Michaels.com (http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=e00504)
but after I got done with the basket part (before I did the handle) I stopped—it wasn’t as sturdy as I had hoped, and I didn’t want to waste my time finishing it if I was never going to use it.
I also had a gift to get for someone, and I decided I was going to purhcase a bowl, and put this around the outside of it, sort of like a “bowl cozy” and fill it with something.
Then—as I was cleaning my sewing room, I found a record bowl I had made, stuck the little crochet bowl on the inside, and surprise! It was the same diameter. I added a few more rounds to the top, and with the last row, I made holes so I could weave a ribbon through it, and tie a pretty little bow. Add some Bath and Body works products, and you’ve got the perfect little gift!




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October 16, 2007 at 2:22 pm (Crochet, Sewing)

It’s no secret that I love purses! Here’s some of my past purse creations.
First up:
This is my hamburger purse (complete with a french fry keychain!)–I never used it, but I entered it in a contest at Monmouth Park Ractrack one year. I love this purse—I just can’t see myself ever using it!

My Hambuger Purse

Next up is my Kilt Purse. I had hand-marbled the fabric in crafts class, and for our final, we were to turn the fabric into something else. I made my own pattern for this, and made the front of it look like a kilt. I added a ribbon belt, and a silver clasp at the top. The beaded handles matched the marbled fabric perfectly, and really added to the purse.

My Kilt Purse, with the fabric that I marbled in crafts class

Of course, the first thing everyone does is lift the skirt up, so under there I attached a “thong pocket”

Looking at the thong pocket under the kilt

Here’s a coin purse I made with some more marbled fabric. I had messed up with the marbling on this one, so I used this technique to hide that fact. I sewed in some little colored pearls in the little valleys too add some color.

A change purse, using messed up marbled fabric.

Here’s the same technique, using cream satin. I made this purse for a friends wedding. I used cream colored pearls in the little valleys of this purse as well, as well as a small ribbon strap to use it as a wristlet.


And a close up:

Moving right along–here’s a small clutch I designed. The pleats along the upper placket really allow this sucker to expand, and it easily holds everything I need:

A clutch I designed

Next is my “Readers Digest” purse. I was checking out at the thrift store, when I turned around and saw a pile of these books. They were free for the taking, and they all had different wonderful patterns on the cover. I took about 10 of the books, and went right to work. I used an xacto knife and carefully cut out the pages, then hot glued fabric to the inside, and sides. A piece of ribbon I had seam ripped off of a pair of pants matched perfectly and worked as the handles, and some polka dot ribbon left over from another project worked well when glued to the front of the book. I finished it up with a loop of elastic and a green button to wrap that loop around to serve as a closure.

Purse made out of an old readers digest book

Bottom and side:
Side of the book purse

Looking inside:
Inside of book purse

For awhile I got into ribbon purses. I basically weave the ribbon into a rectangle, and iron on interfacing to the back to stabalize it. I’ve done a few purses, and here are two clutches.
This is a clutch I made for my sister:

Ribbon Clutch

And here’s another one I made, in the open position. You can see the magnetic closure here.
Ribbon Clutch

Here’s a camera case I made. While it’s not a purse, it’s still purse like. I crochet it out of a small ball of yarn I found on the floor at Rag Shop one day. It wasn’t any yarn we carried, so someone must of dropped it, and I loved it. It wasn’t enough to make a wide enough pocket for the camera, so I added some Caron Simply Soft yarn around the edges, and a gold gaudy button to close it.
It fits my camera perfectly, and it matches the color perfectly too!


And last up is the first crochet pattern I ever followed. It’s the “Fit to be tied clutch” from the “Happy Hooker” book.
Here’s the front:

And the inside:

And this is just a small sampling of the purses I’ve made through the years!

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