Friday, September 28, 2007

Promos and Codes

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Seeing Stars

I'm seeing stars! Okay, I'm making stars. Why? Because I can. I do it because I think that I might just have a perfect project to add stars to. I think of it as something that I can mindlessly hook away at while watching CNN. Also, as something I can do instead of committing to a larger project. The truth? I make stars while deciding on my next project. How I'm going to do it, what yarn to use, etc, etc.

Here's what they look like:

A pile of off white stars with the tails still attached. That's so I can easily stitch them on something later.

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Here's some larger ones, sans tails.
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The white ones are on WW yarn on a F hook. The Colored ones are WW yarn on a H hook.
Here's a picture for the size difference.
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Want to make some? Here's the pattern!

itty bitty 5 point star motif


worsted weight yarn - I use that little bit left over from other projects.

a hook in any size - I find that a F hook works great for a tighter star. A H hook works well for a bit larger one. I haven't use any other sized hooks. But I don't see why you couldn't.

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***This pattern is for a 5 point star. You can adjust the number of points by adding or subtracting chain rows.***

ch 3, slst in the second ch from the hook and the starting ch. (this is your first point)

ch 2, slst in the second ch from the hook and in the starting chain. (this is your second point)

ch 2, slst in the second ch from the hook and in the starting chain. (third point)

ch 2, slst in the second ch from the hook and in the starting chain. (fourth point)

ch 2, slst in the second ch from the hook and in the starting chain. (fifth point)

Draw up your last slst, cut the yarn and pull it through. Now you will have two tails on the star. One on each side. I use a yarn needle to stitch through the tail on the front side to the back, then tie it off. I leave the tails if I plan on adding them to something. If not, I cut off the tails and give them to my cat to play with.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

September Trade Squares

4 Trade squares for September. All 8 inches x 8 inches. Done in Caron's Jewel Box in Garnet.

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Those 4 squares took up 2 whole skeins of the yarn.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Doilies are for the birds

Tonight, I decided to try my first doily. I had the pattern, I had the thread, I had the hook. What I lack is the talent and patience.

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I stitched, I frogged, I stitched, I cursed. Then I came to the realization that I hate working with thread and teeny-tiny hooks. This is how far I got on it before I gave it up.

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See that thread? It's going into my next crochet round-robin box. *nods*

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Headphone Covers

I am a headphone kind of gal. I own several pairs, mostly the in-ear type. Some for the computer, some for my iPod, some for my CD player, extras for the get them point. Recently, I got some new jewelry and with it, I cannot wear my ear clip style headphones that I usually wear when listening to my CD player. After digging out my over the head type headphones and using them for a few days, I realized why I never use them. I don't like the feel of the foam ear covers. I find it so distracting that I spend my whole time listening messing about with the headphones trying to get comfortable.

While listening to my CD player tonight, I remembered that I had seen some headphone cozies in a recent crochet magazine. After some digging through my magazines, I found it.

The pattern is from the September/October issue of 'Crochet Today!' page 47 listed as 'Music Cozies'. I use the pattern for the small headphone cozy (pg 48), using scrap acrylic yarn.

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The cord of the headphones was in the way of the cozy. What to do, what to do?! I ended up slipping on the cover and tying a piece of yarn through the cozy so it wrapped its self around the cord. I tried to get a picture but my camera is full of fail on close pictures.

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Hopefully you can see what I did. The whole project took about 30 minutes. That includes time hunting down the right size hook, putting the covers on and taking the pictures.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Something Funny

This came across one of the crocheting/yarn communities I am a memeber of.

A recent study indicated, that yarn and thread gives off certain pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts.

When stored in large quantities, in enclosed spaces, the pheromones, (in
the yarn,) cause memory loss and induce the nesting syndrome, (similar to the one squirrels have, before the onset of winter, i.e. the storing of food,) therefore, perpetuating their species and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut into pieces and mixed with others.

Sound tests have also revealed, that these yarns, emit a very high-pitched sound, heard only by a select few, a breed of women known as "loomers." When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, "Buy me, loom me, and wind me into a ball ".

In order to overcome the so called "feeding frenzy effect," that these yarns cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs, to avoid being pulled into their grip.

(One must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a yarn store, with WW2 army gas masks and headphones!).

Studies have also indicated, that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects, that these yarns have on the human population. They are called "YARN STORE CLERKS".

It's also been experienced, that these same pheromones, cause a pathological need, to hide these yarn purchases, when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash.) When asked by a significant other if the yarn is new, the reply is, "I've had it for awhile."

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I've done the "I've had it for awhile." part more than once. :-D

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Share a Square Squares

I'm at 15 squares for my share-a-square square count. I'm going to send them out this week. Here's a quick picture of some of them.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Sneak Peak

After talking to what I will call a reputable source of Punisher knowledge, I have worked out my next grid for my project.

First we have a 9mm Beretta. Here is the original image:
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and my grid:
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You can't do that with out this:
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I plan on doing the Beretta on white in shades of black and gray. The crosshairs will be either red on white or red on black. This project has taken on a life of its own. I get one thing done then add on another and another. I'll be done with it one day.