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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Conan O'Brien Crocheted Pillow

I've been watching a lot of old Conan O'Brien clips on You Tube and decided to make something Conan-y. So I uploaded the Conan logo to microrevolt's knitpro website and made a graph.

So, here it is. I used a size J cabled afghan hook. The background light orange yarn has a sparkly thread running through it but I don't know if you can see that in the photos.

Here's more of the right side.
The word Conan is made with a variegated yarn. Purples, oranges, and browns.

This is the back. Very soft and sparkly. I alternated the sparkly oragnge yarn with a variegated orange/yellow/white yarn. I think this turned out neat.

Finally, here's a photo with a Love pillow I found at Goodwill. These are both on my curved lounge chair in my craft room now.

Love that Conan!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Always Snape Scarf

I've been sad and down over Alan Rickman's death.

I'd wanted to make something in tribute to the man - (even though I've already done many projects in honor of him.)

I found a web site that had already begun a Harry Potter crochet-along before his death. Since Alan's passing, she has made a couple of alternate squares to make if you wanted to honor him. What a great gesture!

So, I made four of the alternate squares and also made up a Snape word square of my own and crocheted this Always Snape Scarf.
In keeping with my decision to not buy anymore yarn and to use up the yarn I have, I had to make this with many different colored green yarn skeins and left-overs.
The back is made of felt squares that I hand-sewed onto the scarf to hide the messiness of the color changing and weaving in of the many yarn ends. The felt squares are nice and soft too.
It's also trimmed in a fuzzy grey soft furry yarn.
I made the Snapes with smirking/smiling and frowning faces. I also added wands.
Because of all the yarn color changes, the word "always" got a little bunched up. I tried to use less tension but it didn't seem to help. Both of those squares are a bit bunchy.

So, here's to you Alan Rickman! You are the reason I got into reading the whole Potter series after seeing you in the first Sorcerers Stone  movie. Learning about your career and catching up on all the things you'd done prior to Snape as well as afterwards was a joy. You were so talented and the theater/movie world has lost a magnificent talent on January 14, 2016. May you rest in peace.

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.