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  • Birthday 02/29/1964
  1. I just hand stitch it around the top edge. It is not too hard if you take the time to make small stitches - the felted wool hides the thead pretty well. Thanks for looking! My niece loved it - her thank you note (don't you love that!) callld me an "artist"!
  2. Finally finished! I felted it twice in the front loader and shaped it over a telephone book inside a plastic bag. The front flap ended up too long, so I cut it off at the first repeat to shorten it and needle-felted a little of the brown yarn to beef up the edge. Lined and ready for Christmas for my 17 year old niece. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4179226701_2f7d9f24ea_m.jpg' alt='4179226701_2f7d9f24ea_m.jpg'> Thanks to all for the advice.
  3. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3204/...3fd6c6.jpg?v=0 I did this one last year for my daughter. ABout 17' tall standing up and 11" seated. Here is the thread with the details http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=91066 The pattern is from Roxy Craft http://roxycraft.com/The_trio_info.htm I made the neck longer and the ears different.
  4. Lovely - both the sweaters and the ponies! I wish I had the patience to make garments for my daughter, but between the amount of time it takes and how fast she grows . . .
  5. Thanks for the tips! I was stuck on coming up with a pattern for the handle that incorporated all three colors, but I think I'm just going to go with simple brown with a buckle - since I found more of the right dye lot. I will post the completed project when I'm done!
  6. I am trying to make a felted messenger bag in catherine wheel stitch. Pre- felted WIP below (my made-up-as-I-go pattern - so a little wonky - hopefully mistakes get covered in felting) I need to make a long handle that won't stretch but courdinates with the bag. Any suggestons? Also, any ideas for an edging on the flap? I did a row of sc, but it still looks unfinished. I wonder if anyone has ever felted reverse sc, or crab stitch, edging?
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    They are great!
  8. I just made one for a hat for a gift - it looks great! Thanks for the pattern! I alreqdy gave it to the birthday girl, but will try to get a pic to post.
  9. Too funny - I bought a G from Joannes website last September and, and I bought a set of C-J from Ebay in January. I jsut looked and one G is is 4.75 and on is 4.5. I never would have noticed - I guess I will have to pay attention to which one I'm grabbing.
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    Remy - Stuffed Rat

    I love yours! I made a small version last summer for DD, who hangs him from her back pack. All her friends have asked me for one.
  11. I made some for my crochet Christmas gifts this year using inkjet printable fabric sheets. Make sure you use the kind that can be made colorfast - check the label carefully! I use a cute picture of a cat playing with a ball of yarn and typed "Handmade by Mom for _____" in a nice font. I just printed, made colorfast by rinsing in cold water and ironing dry, and cut them out and sewed them in. The edges did not seem to ravel, althoug if it was an item you were going to wash alot, you might put fray check around the edge, zig-zag it on your sewing machine or turn the edges under.
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    Harperpotamus Hippo

    Thnaks for the kind words! I did not know that about the translation - thanks for the info! Now I will try to look at some of the free patterns out there that are diagrams, since this one ended up being pretty easy once you looked at it and thought about it for a minute.
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    Harperpotamus Hippo

    Thanks everyone! I need to deliver her soon because I keep wanting to push the button to hear the voice, and I don't want to wear it out. I got the recordable thingy from Build a Bear - it was $8, I think. My DD did one last year for her 8th birthday, and I remembered seeing all the differnet sound options you could put inside your bear. So when one opened up at the local mall, I went down to buy a "noise" for DD, but found this instead - even cooler (but I forgot to stick it in DD's Christmas Giraffe and had already sewed it up before I remembered - next time). They let me buy them without Building a Bear! They have cats. dogs, monkeys, roars, songs, all kinds of thinds plus the recordable one. It is a little larger than the pre-recorded ones, maybe 2" in diameter, so it will only fit in the tummy of most small toys. Here is the link: http://www.buildabear.com/shop/browsecategory.aspx?CallingPage=BrowseCategory&Category=Sounds
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    Harperpotamus Hippo

    My daughter and I just finished the "Harper-potamus". My friend's baby is named Harper, and of course has been nicknamed the Harper-potamus. I found a recordable message thingy and now if you press her stomach, the Harper-potamus says "Hi, I'm a Harper-potamus - Come play with me!" in DD's voice. We can't wait to give her to her new family (they also got the mobioe I made last year) I think this might be the cutest thing we've ever made . DD still likes for Magnolia the Giraffe best - her Christmas present this year. The super cute pattern is from Etsy - the Moomin pattern http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=cat1_gallery_2&listing_id=21166031. The pattern is the first time I have followed a chart, and I had to stop and think a bit. I was a bit intimidated at first, but it was pretty easy once you get the hang of it. I used Vanna's Choice worsted weight yarn for the body and Sugar and Cream worsted cotton for the tutu and ear centers. I made the ears and tutu up. The tutu is chain 40, first row 1 sc in each ch, second row is 2 sc in each, third row switch to brown and 2sc in each. G hook for body and F hook for tutu. Enjoy! These darn crochet critters sure are addicting!
  15. So cute! (My DD's favorite animal)
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