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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wiggly Chair Pads - Chocolate Bunny and Peace

Just in time for Easter, I've finished my Chocolate Bunny chair pad project.

It's covering my library-turned-sewing-chair which never had any padding but is nice and wide.

I used Sugan 'n Cream all cotton yarn and a size H hook.
The bunny pattern is from Susan Lowman's "Hot Stuff for the Holidays" wiggly trivet and coaster book.
I've used that book to make some chair pads in the past but I don't think I ever posted about them.

Here's the jack-o-lantern one. Since it's all cotton, and you wash them, they will shrink. But this chair is a little wider than most so it would probably work fine for any chair anyways. Otherwise, don't wash them! LOL!

Here's my own wiggly peace design chair pad. I wish the yellow were darker but it's all they had in the stores I was in. Plus, no one had true blue! I had to use Sinfonia 100% cotton yarn and double up so it would be as thick as the Sugar 'n Cream yarn.

Here's a comparison shot of the chair pad with the original wiggly trivet on top. (That was made from size 10 crochet thread). I wanted the chair pad to be that dark yellow too but, oh well. (Mondrian colors always look awesome!).

I know I've made the Christmas tree trivet pattern into a chair pad too but I can't find where I stored it. Anyway, the trivet patterns work great for making chair pads. You don't have to use cotton yarn either. I just thought it would be nice and durable. Many people make cotton scrubbies with the yarn so it should last a while for just sitting on.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

March Madness Afghan

With so many left-over colors of yarn from previous projects, I created this wild and frenzied afghan I'm calling March Madness. 

It's fifteen squares, all tunisian crocheted, and joined together. There are six basic colors with - varying shades - of yellow, orange, pink, turquoise, green, and purple

Not quite as many chevrons as this year's Norwegian Olympic Curling team, 

but very close. 

I used black and white yarn for the square borders and joining. I made them zig zag as well.

Also, I wanted to post a photo of my Remembrance bear the people from my Mom;s hospice care made for my Dad, my sister, and I. (We gave them some of Mom's t-shirts and they sewed each of us a bear out of the shirts.) 

Here's the three of them. They arrived right around Mom's birthday in February. My sister then mailed mine to me.

The first is made up from a shirt of all Mom's great-grandson's hand prints. She loved that shirt. (Dad has a shirt just like it.)

The middle shirt, I think say's Chieftans which is their local school's mascot.

The last bear is mine. It's of a riverboat casino near where they lived. Mom and Dad liked to go gambling at the boat.

Casino bear is now in my craft room on my director's chair in the corner. He's sitting on a chair pad my sister made.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Close Encounters of the Crocheted Kind - Meep & Stella

I love to play Scrabble and joined an online gaming site a while ago just so I could play it without any of those dang annoying ads. I've learned how to play lots of other games at the site as well. 

When someone at the site made a graph with which she created a Perler beaded coaster, (out of one of the characters from one of the games), I knew I had to try and crochet an afghan by doing the same.

 I uploaded the character's photo to the knitpro graph generator site and made a graph I could crochet from.
Ta-daaa! It's Meep from Stellar Sweeper.

I used the left-over sparkly yarns from the Harlequin poncho a couple of posts ago, plus, added the ocean colored variegated I Love This Yarn for the background and some sparkly soft fuzzy purply yarn for trim.

I think he's supposed to be giving a sort of 'Spock-like', V-shaped, greeting with his fingers only he's doing it with both hands and has them touching at the fingertips.

I also crocheted a dress for a stuffed alien doll I found at Goodwill. I think the doll was originally made as a toy from that partially animated movie with Michael Jordan in it from a while ago; Space Jam.

The doll had a cloth basketball outfit that was red with black and white trim and a number 23 on it. (Like Jordan's Chicago Bull's outfit).
Anyway, I stripped that outfit off and crocheted this cute dress onto the alien.

I named her Stella.

The dress is made with 100% cotton Sugar n Cream yarn. I added a necklace which is just two green pop tabs strung on a metal bead link chain, (like for a key chain).

Here they are together. Meep and Stella.
The afghan is really small. It would fit into a baby crib.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Baby Animals Afghan - Team Sasquatch - Winter Olympics Games 2014

This year for Ravelry's Ravellenic Winter Games 2014, I joined the Team Sasquatch and finished up an afghan I started a while ago but had never finished until now.

I had wanted to make a tunisian afghan using graphs made for filet crochet. I also wanted to use two different patterns and pick out and match up the animal graphs from each pattern into one blanket.

I used the two Design carriage crib cover filet crochet patterns originally available as mail order patterns.
Design 915 and Design 7757.
I took the dogs, cats, and rabbits from each and made them into one afghan.

In order to fit them into the same size squares, I decided to leave out the ball, bows, butterflies, and ribbons that were in the original graph patterns.

Each square is 50 stitches wide by 45 stitches tall. (Since tunisian stitches are taller than they are wide, the squares must be shorter in stitch length so they would be perfect squares).

I made two squares at a time going across row by row so I didn't have to join squares when done - they were already all together as it is made as one whole piece.

Each animal is a different color. I added the flowers, (snowflakes?, sputniks?, lol), after it was done by using a yarn needle and simply stitching/weaving them onto the afghan.

The border is single crocheted row by row alternating between black yarn and one of the colors of each animal. Kind of gives it a rainbow look.

Since I finished my UFO project during the games I was awarded a cute virtual "gold medal" along with most of the other Team Sasquatch Ravthletes.

I will proudly display this honor in this post for all to see. Here it is along with the proper discription of award ceremony festivities.

"Cheers and applause shook the stadium as the gold medalists walked proudly to the stadium. Streamers of yarn and knitted flowers and amigurumi toys flew as tribute and homage to their feet.
Now please stand to honor our Ravthlete medalists as they receive the glory due to their olympican effort in reaching the finish line!"

Monday, January 27, 2014

Harlequin Poncho

After Christmas I went to the Meijer store to scour the clearance items and came across some Red Heart Celebration yarn skeins in bright jewel tone colors with sparkly silver or gold thread wound within the yarn. Here's a link on that.  redheart celebration
So I bought one skein each of seven colors they had left, (almost all the rest they had but I think I left a few pinks and yellows).

If you checked out that Red Heart link and scrolled down a bit, you can see that the colors are so bright and they reminded me of Mardi Gras and jesters. So, I decided to make a poncho in tunisian crochet.

It's made the same as the puzzle piece poncho by making two rectangular pieces and joining those together end-to-side on the front and end-to-side on the back as well.

You can see the seams running across diagonally on both the front and back from the joining.
Then I added two more rows of squares on the top to fill in the poncho up to my neck.
(Don't ask me about the hat! It's my next post! Shhh!)

The poncho flares out a little at the top and stands up nicely thanks to a fleece lining I added so it would be warm and so the yarn, (which is really scratchy because of the metallic thread,) doesn't hurt my neck.

I decided to add a cute pom pom trim around the neck area. It's some unwritten law that a crocheted poncho requires fringe or pom poms, isn't it?! LOL! Anyway, it make this a fun piece. I was going to add pink jingle bells but my son talked me out of that. Something about not wanting to annoy anyone whilst wearing it. LOL!
Here it is laid out in the back. Yes, that one green square at the top could have been purple. 
I used a dark purple fleece blanket material for the lining.
I sewed this in by hand and, well, I'm not very good at that.
It's so soft and very warm and toasty now. (But still not warm enough for this ridiculously cold weather we are having here in Indiana right now! Ugh!)
Anyway, I'm ready for Mardi Gras.  Let's see. Tuesday, March 4. It'll still be cold so this poncho won't be too warm by then.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Built To Last - Vintage Sewing Machine

This past Christmas my sister gave me a brand new sewing machine. (YAY!)

So I wanted to post a photo of it next to an old sewing machine that a lady gave to me a few years ago at her garage sale. (She was moving and didn't want to lug around this thing to her new place. It's 33 lbs!)

Here they are together. The new one is a Brother and the old one is a Cavalier.

This Cavalier has a brittle, corroded cord so I've never been able to run it.
The body says made in Japan and GL - 7. The motor on the back is a Champion universal 24 model which was Made in the U.S.A. 

There's beautiful chrome decorated front and back pieces as well as pretty gold scrolled designs along the base. This last back shot shows the light housing which kind of looks like a small torpedo. LOL! The light bulb inside is broken and the turquoise cord leading out from it to the box says Okusun.

You can open it up because it's hinged to the box base and on the front left side there this stock number. The box is sort of a strong particle board with an outlet on the right side for the machine's plugs for the light and the pedal/power.

But one look at this cord and you can see the trouble. Because it's cord was crumpled up to fit inside the box for so long, it has many breaks in the cord's tubing exposing the wires. I'd never plug this thing in without getting it rewired.

Finally, here's the ugly case with no markings on it. There might have been a label on the top shaped like a circle at one time. Other than that; nothing. There's metal buckles on each side to clamp the top lid to the bottom base keeping this sewing machine protected really well. Too bad about that dang cord.

I can't image how much it would cost to mail this anvil somewhere for repairs. It'd have to be done locally.
Anyone know of a reasonably-priced, Hoosier, handy-man electrician?  LOL!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Paul Klee's Senecio needlepoint

This is a needlepoint I finished last year. It's still needs stretching and framing.

I had bought this old Simplicity pattern from a retro shop.
I still needed to buy the needlepoint canvas and then just iron-on the design's outline included in the package.
(There were actually two inside. I suppose in case one was damaged or you goof up or something.)
You can actually reuse the pattern a few times too, I suppose, until it wears out of ink color.

Anyway, I used all my left-over wool needlepoint threads from old kits or threads from kits that I never liked  and only bought for the thread anyway.

The Original Senecio (posted at that web site), is what I used to choose my colors from.
The web sight says that the Senecio -  Paul Klee painting is from 1922 which blows my mind because it looks like something you'd see done in the '60s, doesn't it? Paul Klee must have really been ahead of his time. Hard to believe it will be 100 years old in 8 more years!

It was a lot of fun to make. I wish it weren't so expensive to frame things.