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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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emperor_fool
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.
here_be_dragons
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.
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