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Project 365 - Recent Craft Projects

I want to get caught up with Project 365, and also post a few extra photos. I'll do them in groups - this one features a few of the craft projects that I've finished recently.

This is a "felted" bowl I made from some Manos de Uruguay yarn (I adore these colors, and liked working with the yarn; I have more of it, in two different colorways). It started out looking sort of like a floppy hat (diameter here, about 11 inches):

Day 141

Manos Bowl, Before Fulling

After running it through a the washing machine with hot water, I shaped it inside a pan, and left it for several days to dry completely:

Manos Bowl, Shaped and Drying

And here is the finished bowl (which shrunk to about 8 inches in diameter:

Day 147

Day 147 - Felted Bowl

Here's another project, a sweater I made for Mookie (size 2 years). I think it turned out pretty cute - hopefully, it will fit her this winter:

Day 148

Day 148 - Mookie's Sweater

Here are a few other projects (not 365 photos). A market bag I made, which will probably be given to one of my nieces for Christmas:

Market Bag

A little bag for my D&D dice (Amy, I used the rest of the yarn from the bag I made for you, so our two bags match):

Dice Bag

Dice Bag



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Sep. 6th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
You crocheted those, right? I'm feeling inspired!!! Of course, I first have to remember *how* to crochet. *L* I have yarn and hooks in the closet in the bedroom...

I love the bowl! What a shiny idea!
Sep. 6th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Everything but the sweater is crocheted (the sweater is knitted - it's the most complicated knit pattern I've done so far, unless you count a Christmas stocking I made years and years ago). And LOL about remembering how - just give it a try, it will come back to you easily. :) There are loads of good sites online with tutorials and patterns. Oh! And if you really decide to get into it, you MUST join Ravelry (www.ravelry.com). That is one of my all-time favorite sites ever! :)

The bowl was really easy. It's basically just a hat shape, made with 100% wool so that it shrinks and puffs up in a hot water wash. I really like the way it turned out - I'll probably make more of these for Christmas presents. :)
Sep. 6th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
OMG YOU ARE SO AWESOME. The bowl in particular is RAD.
Sep. 6th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
In a totally UNRELATED question . . .

What is your favorite color, or favorite color combination?

Sep. 6th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
I like purples and blues and reds, or bright greens and blues and purples, or greens and blues and yellows. Basically colors that make you think of the ocean at different times of the day.

Of course I have no idea why you're asking this.
Sep. 6th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I love that little bowl. Did you knit it flat and just use the pot for shaping, or is there some shaping of the sides on the original pattern? The sweater is adorable too, and the bag.
Sep. 6th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
There is some shaping to the way I crocheted it, although most of the shaping came from after I'd run it through the wash. I didn't use a pattern - I started out just crocheting a sort of hat shape. Originally, I'd wanted to make it a bit bigger . . . so when I was crocheting it, I made the flat circular part for the bottom of the bowl pretty big, and then stopped doing any increases, so it would shape the sides. But I ran out of yarn way before I'd crocheted the sides as tall as I'd wanted them. I wasn't really sure what would happen with it when I felted it, but it turned out that I was able to shape it quite a bit, regardless of the original crocheted shape. I think if I'd kept it in the same original crocheted shape, the sides of the bowl would only be less than an inch tall.

Definitely, I learned a lot with this project, and next time there are a few things I'll do differently. For one, I'll start out with more yarn. :D And I'll also crochet it a bit tighter, so the bowl is even thicker, and sturdier. The sides on this one definitely are thick enough to hold themselves up (if that makes sense), but I wouldn't mind them being even a bit sturdier. So, I think I'll crochet it in single crochet, with a smaller hook (this was done in half-double crochet, with a relatively small hook, but I'd like it even tighter). And I think I will try and get the shaping better before it's finished.
Sep. 6th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Tell me about seaming that sweater. I knitted up the cutest baby sweater but my seams look like I let the three year old sew them.

You've probably sewed more than I have, but are there any tricks?
Sep. 6th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Ack! To be honest, I'm not really all that happy with the way the seams turned out. They look fine from the outside, but they don't really lay flat - there is a ridge along the inside that sticks up about 1/8 of an inch. I think it will be okay for this garment, because it's a cardigan, and she'll always be wearing another shirt underneath it, but if this were supposed to be a pull-over, I'm not sure I'd be happy with the seams (especially for a child; on something for an adult, the ridge probably wouldn't be a big deal, but on this small scale, I don't really like it - I'm afraid she'd feel it against her skin).

I sort of seamed them the way I would crochet, by picking up the two stitches that make up the "v" of each stitch along the edge of the panel, and trying to match them up, stitch to stitch, on the two panels I was sewing together. Doing it this way didn't leave gaps in the seam (which happened when I tried to sew just one thread on each side), but it still didn't turn out as nice as it does with crocheted pieces. I can get crochet to lay flat; this didn't. I think I'm going to look for a tutorial about how to do this properly before I do another similar project. I think there might be a way to sew them so that the sewing yarn ends up between the two pieces, instead of going up and over (which pulls things in a way that makes that stupid ridge) . . . but I don't know how to do that. When I find a good explanation of it, I'll definitely let you know! :)

(Also, maybe one of the more experienced knitters on my f-list will read this, and take pity on us and give us some hints). :D
Sep. 17th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
OMG that sweater is SO CUTE! Uh, were we supposed to see this?
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, it's okay to see it. I'm just going to give it to Indigo next time we all get together; it wasn't meant to be a surprise. It did turn out cute, though, didn't it? Would you like a hat to go with it? And if so, which colors (one, two or three colors) would you like? :)
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