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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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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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