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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Colts Wiggly Trivet

I made an Indianapolis Colts wiggly trivet like the Greenbay Packer one I did  a while ago.
(Please click on the photos to enlarge them).
It was pretty easy to make using my Packers one as a guide. Just sort of turned the G on it's back and left off the middle part.
Here they are together for comparison. I think It would also be easy to make a Chicago Bears one by just making the G into a C and using blue, orange and white colors. 
Maybe I will do one of those in honor of my Dad. He passed away in late September, (following my mother-in-law's passing in August), and our family is slowly getting back to things.  It's really been a terrible year.
Anyway, here's the backs. You can see how the colors are crocheted over the grid. But first you have to make the crocheted grid of course.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pop Tab Purse

Happy Earth Day!

I made a pop tab purse this time recycling lots and lots of Pop can pull tabs and crocheting them together. (Please click on the photos to enlarge them).

I used Lion brand Bonbons yarn in their Party colors. (It comes in a small 8-pack of little 2.8 oz. sizes. It has metallic threads twisted with the yarn.) I also used a hideous ring with an amber stone in the center and two on each side for the closure. A carbinger keeps it closed.
It's lined with fabric. (Otherwise everything would fall out because of using pop tabs.) The handle uses colored pop tabs that are from energy drinks. (I hate energy drinks but my son likes them and I would collect them whenever he'd buy one).
I first used a tan strong nylon cord-like thread to join all the pop tabs and then used the Bonbon yarn overtop that. I wanted to make sure the purse held up. The underside of the strap uses a metallic cord to join the colored tabs. I think I have a shot of the top of the strap where you can actually see all the pretty colors of the tabs.
This shows the back side of the purse and the top of the strap, (although it's blurry).
For the sides I used tabs from soup cans. They are wedge-shaped like Trivial Pursuit pieces and when joined together make a circle).
The lining is hand-sewn into the purse.

 Have a great day and remember to recycle when you can!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Genie and Simba wiggly Trivets

When Robin Williams died, I wanted to make a crocheted genie in memory of his wonderful life and talents. I decided to make a wiggly trivet. It was really hard and I don't think it turned out very Robin-Williams-esque. But I tried. (Please click on the pictures to enlarge them).

I originally had blue eyes but they didn't show up well. So they are green. His nose is blue. There's a top-knot of hair, earrings, beard, and even a genie lamp, (a very crude one). It's so tough to fit it all in and be confined to a grid pattern.

While I was at it, I made a Simba wiggly trivet too.
It's from this

 sand art picture that Rafiki, (that wise monkey guy), draws on the rock in the beginning when Simba is born.

Again, it was hard to make within the confines of a grid.
I hope folks can figure out who/what it is anyways.

I don't believe I made a post of my Simba afghan I made for my son. I may have to snag it back from him and get a couple of pictures and post it.

I finished another chocolate bunny wiggly trivet too. Just because they are fun to make.

I chose green and orange because bunnies like carrots. :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Autism wiggly trivet

This is a crocheted wiggly trivet using seven colors of size 10 crochet thread.
It's a "frame" of puzzle pieces surrounding a puzzled heart in the center.
(Please click on the photos to enlarge them).

Each puzzle piece is shaped like a person. (Except for some inside the heart. I couldn't make all those the person shape).

The last photo is of the back. If you make one of your own this will help you.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Woodstock Peace afghan

I finished my "So You Think You Can Dance" swap on Craftster and sent it out to Helen.
Here's the Woodstock Peace afghan. I saw a t-shirt online with this on it so I copied the image and uploaded it to knitpro to graph it.

It's tunisian crocheted with a size J cabled afghan hook. After it was done I outlined the word PEACE in black yarn so it would stand out better.

I added a flowered sequin necklace for Woodstock and crocheted four butterflies which can be removed and pinned anywhere she likes. (The butterflies represent the jet bomber airplanes in the Woodstock song by Joni Mitchell and sung by Crosby Still Nash and Young below). "bombers jet planes riding shotgun in the sky,
Turning into butterflies above our nation."

Here's the center of the flower Woodstock is holding.
Since this was a personal swap I wanted to make it especially for Helen who is an Orthodox Jew. So I wanted Woodstock to be saying Shalom which means Peace.

Well, since in the cartoons and comics Woodstock only speaks in various keyboard symbols, I thought it would be fitting for him to have his flower say Shalom in Hebrew.
I had to copy this onto paper which I then ironed onto fabric. Then I sewed that onto a crocheted snowflake that kinda resembles the star of David.

Here's the back. It's super-soft fleece. I used my sewing machine and it got kinda bunchy in places but I still think it turned out ok. I made my own label at the bottom there.

Well, that was my "large" project for the swap.
Next I made a kind of shrug that I am calling "Greensleeves" because, well, that's what it is really. Green sleeves. LOL!

Here it is laid out flat. It doesn't look like much. It's crocheted using three types of yarn. Decadence, Katrina, and a Paton's cotton with sparkly bits in it. It's pretty heavy.

When Helen got it she hung it on a hanger and it looks much better that way.
I loved making it so much I made myself a blue one with cheaper yarns.

I'll have to take some pictures of mine while wearing it so you can see how it fits. It's just sleeves and goes across the back like a shawl. It ill be nice to just have on while on the computer on cold winter days. But of course it would be fun to wear in public if you were brave enough.

So that was my medium project for her. Next I made her two wiggly trivets because I love making them.

The first one you will recognize is Susan Lowman's Fourth of July Hot For The Holidays wiggly trivet pattern. I made this for Helen because her husband is in the service.
The second one I designed myself. It was difficult to figure out how to make the star of david in wiggly grid format. It kind of got squished down a bit but I think it still works nice.
It's not exactly like the flag of Israel as I had to put the star overtop the two blue bars but even Susan Lowman's U.S. flag isn't exact as there are no stars on it. So both are really just representations of the flags.

Finally I wanted to  put one more thing in the package. I had sent her some seeds which were embedded in a card which said "peace" on it. I guess you are supposed to soak the embedded part in water and then plant it in the ground hopefully growing something. (I sure hope it's flowers!)

So I sent her this crocheted coke bottle. It's made with thread and had to be made by going around and around the bottle until the top and pulled up tight. I even saved the cap so she can use it for liquids or a vase.

So I had a lot of fun making all this stuff for Helen. 
I wanted to end this post by leaving you with the "Woodstock" Joni Mitchell song sung by   by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.



Well I came across a child of God, he was walking along the road
And I asked him tell where are you going, this he told me:
Well, I'm going down to Yasgur's farm, going to join in a rock and roll band.
Got to get back to the land, set my soul free.
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Well, then can I walk beside you? I have come to lose the smog.
And I feel like I'm a cog in something turning.
And maybe it's the time of year, yes, and maybe it's the time of man.
And I don't know who I am but life is for learning.
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong,
And everywhere there was song and celebration.
And I dreamed I saw the bombers jet planes riding shotgun in the sky,
Turning into butterflies above our nation.

We are stardust, we are golden, we caught in the devil's bargain,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Vest

I decided to try out making a vest with the Autism  Awareness Puzzle Pattern I drew up a few years ago.
I also decided to make it in wool, tunisian crocheted, and then felt the whole thing in the washer to make a nice thick, soft, colorful vest.

Here it is. I think you can click on the photos to enlarge them.


The front upright on the bench and lying flat.


The back on the bench and then lying flat.

Here it is with the outside showing opened up.

 I still need to trim up some of the ends.

I only had so much wool yarn. I thought I had enough but could only make it to fit me pre-washing and shrinking stage. So, after the washing and drying it is an adult size small.
 I am a XXL and this will never fit me. So I am sad.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Batty For Nora - Nora Batty Crocheted, Felted Vest

I made a tribute vest to the late Kathy Staff who portrayed Nora Batty from the British comedy " Last of the Summer Wine"

I used a stencil I found on the web which was made from this  photo of Kathy Staff  in character as Nora Batty.

Here's the stencil...

I uploaded the stencil to the knitPro websight to make it into a graph.

I decided to use 100% all wool yarn and felt it after I was done crocheting it.
I used Cascade wool yarn in Heather and White. Also, lighthouse brand of Ocean Sunset Ombre Orange and some old Rochelle  labeled yarn in eggshell. For her curlers I used Persian wool tapestry yarns from left-over needlepoint kits, (in strands of three to equal that of the thicker yarns mentioned above).

So, here's the front and back after I tunisian crocheted the picture and made the front panels. (These are pre-felted.

Front panels. I just used all four yarns alternating them row by row. Since one is an ombre it gave the panels a random look.

Here's the back. I decided to create eyes because the stencil above only shows shadow. She looks a bit scary and quirky too. I also drew in on the graph where I thought curlers would be. I wanted her curlers to really stand out because that is how I most remember her character. She mostly wore those, (unless she was at tea with the ladies at Edith's home. Then she wore those ridiculously wonderful turban-type hats!)

Here's the back of the front pannels. I really liked how this looked and had a hard time deciding which side, front or back, to use for the front of the vest. But, in the end, this became the inside of the front of the vest. Hope that makes sense.

I crocheted the pieces together to form the vest and went around the whole thing with the ombre yarn.

So then, just to make sure people could tell who this was, I free-handed the name "Nora Batty" onto the back just next to her portrait with a needle and tapestry wool thread. (I did this after my husband saw my Nora picture and thought it was a man). LOL!!!!!!

Then, I put it into the wash and then dryer and it shrunk up to the final shape.
So, here's the vest now.

The back. It feels like all one solid piece of thick felt but you can still see the stitches. The name I sewed in kind of shrunk up too and it's not as legible as it was when I first added it. But I still think you can read it.

Here's the front. The red and purple bled a little bit but not too badly. It's so soft and thick.

And if you open the vest, here is the insides. Remember, this is the beck of the back of the vest. (The reverse side). I'm not going to line it. It's already warm and soft. 

Finally, I put on the vest and had my son take some photos.

The back.

A side view. 

And the front.

Here in Indiana I have only been able to catch a few Last of the Summer Wine episodes sporadically on our local PBS station. But, thanks to You Tube and the internet, I've been able to watch most of the episodes.

What a great show with a fantastic cast! No wonder it is Britain's longest-running comedy show ever with over 30 years of episodes! It's sad that most of the original actors have passed on. (I cried my eyes out when Compo, (Bill Owen) died and they had that wonderful few episodes dedicated to his passing.).

I've also fallen in love with the beautiful scenery that is Holmfirth, England, (where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed.) It's like a silent cast member always appearing with the rest of the crew and keeping you amazed at it's beauty!

I'm hoping some kind folks will upload the last couple of seasons so I'll be able to finally see them all.

In the meantime, I'll wear my Nora Batty vest proudly in honor of the show!