Archive for January, 2005

* crochet cupcake

Posted on January 11th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crochet.

Nothing like crocheting a cupcake to cheer you up on a seemingly endless coast-to-coast flight. For easy passage through security, as well as for their additional cheering properties, I highly recommend these plastic hooks. I used random yarns my sister gave me for Christmas.

I found two main patterns for crocheted cupcakes, one on craftster by this gal. There’s a nice thread started by comfits with some modifications to it. I especially like her icing.

The other is a pincushion. It’s bigger than the craftster one. So far I’ve made the little guy, and the bottom part of the big one. I’m not sure what yarn I want to use for the icing on the bigger one yet. The cute squiggly yarn i used for the icing on the little one is really hard to crochet with. I couldn’t find the stitches At All, so I just randomly single crocheted around and about until it looked like the right size and shape. Actually, I like it better than my previous attempt following the pattern with the pink yarn. I think there are too many stitches in the frosting pattern, making it all flare out, instead of cup around the bottom, if that makes any sense. I bet that’s one reason why crochet is less trendy than knitting; you can’t using the fancier yarns. Oh well.

For both patterns you need to do double crochets around the post. I’d never done that before, so I watched the movies on stitchguide a few times. They’re not hard stitches, and they’re how you make the nice corner turn and the ribbing. I’d always wondered how people made corners.




* Patterns for bags of various sorts

Posted on January 10th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

I love the way digital cameras have allowed people to post tutorials for so many great things. Generally some really nice person is the one who posted it, so I can even ask questions. And then seeing all the variations people come up with is such inspiration. Here are a few I’ve been eyeing:

There’s the ubiquitous Jordy Bag from craftster, of course. I’m tired of my current purse, so I’m attempting a new one. This (or one of the modifications. Type “Jordy bag” into the craftster search bar to be overwhelmed.) is the fall-back when I finally admit that I can’t figure out how to make a purse from the Japanese craft books I bought in San Francisco last week.

Bella Dia has a whole tutorial on making a travel tissue case. Looks very cute and very easy.


I just bought the cosmetic bag tutorial from Halfbaked Ideas. I was lucky enough to surf in on the last day of a sale, so it was only $3! It’s totally worth the non-sale $6, though. Super cute, and Karen was really helpful when I had a question about it. I’ve got the cloth ready to go, but I haven’t gotten a 12 inch zipper yet.




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* Red Heart Mohcora felts

Posted on January 4th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Felting.

My sister got me a giant box of thrifted yarn for Christmas. Ooooh. One of the yarns is Red Heart Mohcora, which is rather old by the looks of the label. It’s 72% mohair, 13% wool, and 15% nylon, in a nice dark gray. Since it’s way too scratchy to make anything wearable, I decided to try felting it. The label advertises “washable colors,” so I didn’t have high hopes at first. The instructions for washing on the inside of the label were really for handwashing, though, with all sorts of cautions about using cool water and avoiding agitation. And sure enough, it felts great. A 5.5 inch square in garter stitch on 8 needles (cast on 20) shrunk to a 4 inch square after about 20 minutes of effort on my part. Since I’m fresh out of quarters, I did it the old fashioned way alternating hot and cold water with plenty of soap and agitation. One new thing I tried and liked was using a bamboo sushi mat to help agitate. I rolled the piece up in the mat and rolled the bundle back and forth, dunking it in the soapy water occasionally. It worked like a charm. It did stretch it a fair bit, though, but rotating the felt frequently seemed to prevent serious mis-shaping. Now, what to make from it? Hmmm.



* cross stitch pouch

Posted on January 3rd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

Speaking of my collection of gel pens, I also made this pouch for them. I couldn’t find black Aida, so I dyed some white Aida with Rit. I came up with the pattern myself. Cross stitch really lends itself to geometric patterns and bright colors. I like the effect. I’m missing some crucial thing about installing zippers, though, because the bag bits at the ends of the zipper are fraying and look really bad. The other thing I don’t like is that I didn’t line it, so the pens sometimes catch on the exposed threads.




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* bound book

Posted on January 2nd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.

Rummaging for something else today but came across a long-lost book that I made to go with a set of gel pens. The pages are 8.5×11 inches from a ream of black paper. Stab binding is cool green embroidery floss. I made up the binding pattern. It’s like a little puzzle to go through the holes such that every stitch is gone over only once and you end up where you started so you can tie it off. I’m sure there are tutorials on the web somewhere if you don’t like crafty brain teasers.




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