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About fantasticmio

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  • Birthday 07/28/1977

A Few Things About Me

  • Short bio
    I learned to crochet so I could make a granny square afghan. I'm sure one day I'll get around to it!
  • Location
    Toronto, Ontario
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  • Favorite projects
    afghans and motifs
  • Crocheting since...
  1. I'm still working on writing out the pattern (it should go out for testing soon... I hope!). The yarn is scraps of Bernat Satin, about 2500 yards or so, if memory serves. I only used solids, I changed colours every row, and tried to move gradually through the rainbow, though there was one colour that looked purple when it was with the blues and looked blue when it was with the purples, and yet somehow didn't look like it fell between the two. Oh well! The thing with Jacob's Ladders is that you don't do the braiding thing until the end, and so while I was making this I was really anxious to see what it would look like when it was done, so I worked on it basically every waking moment, stopping only to go to work, and it took me 8 days. ^_^
  2. I've been experimenting with the Jacob's Ladder technique lately, and this is one of the blankets I came up with. The pictures show: the finished blanket, a close up of the front, a close up of the back, and what it looked like before I laddered it all up.
  3. I used my standard base for bottle cozies; I figured since I'd already figured out the measurements and gauge, why reinvent the wheel? For my 710ml bottles I do this for the base: Rnd1: 12 dc Rnd 2: 24 dc Rnd 3: *sc sc 2sc* repeat (32 sc in total)
  4. Yep! You lift the loops on with one end of the hook, then turn and work the loops off with the other end (using a second ball of yarn), and just keep working around in a spiral.
  5. I found myself in need of more bottle cozies, which is good because I really like making them! So, I thought I'd try something different and made this cozy using the Tunisian in-the-round technique. (It required a double-end hook) I love how it turned out; I'm going to have to make even more! (I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton, a 5mm regular hook for the bottom, and a 6mm double-end hook for the Tunisian part)
  6. The general rule with crochet is that the turning chain always counts as a stitch except for the ch1 for sc stitch (it does *not* count as a stitch). Assume this is true if the pattern has nothing to say on the subject.
  7. Here's the pattern for the hexagons: R1: *dc, ch1* 6 times R2: *3dc in ch1 sp, ch1* 6 times R3: *3dc, ch1, 3dc all in ch1 sp* 6 times R4: 1dc in each previous dc, *dc, ch1, dc* in ch1 sp (8 dc per side) R5: same as R4 (10 dc per side) Make 19, join with sc stitches, make up the handle off the top of your head. ^_-
  8. I got mine from Mary Maxim. I *think* you can get them from their website. Either http://www.marymaxim.com or http://www.marymaxim.ca good luck!
  9. I am such a geek! I made this bag for myself using a hexagon motif I made up on the fly, joined with sc stitches, and totally winged the handle. (Is "winged" a word? hmm...) It easily holds 4 balls of Bernat Satin, so it's my new project bag! ^_^ ETA: hexagon motif pattern (make 19) : R1: *dc, ch1* 6 times R2: *3dc in ch1 sp, ch1* 6 times R3: *3dc, ch1, 3dc all in ch1 sp* 6 times R4: 1dc in each previous dc, *dc, ch1, dc* in ch1 sp (8 dc per side) R5: same as R4 (10 dc per side) Join with sc, make up handle off the top of your head. ^_-
  10. This is an octagon pattern I came up with for a swap. It's nothing fancy, but I like it! I have a kind of lazy style when it comes to writing patterns, so if you need any clarification, please ask! Basically, I leave out the turning chains (I don't use them anymore) in the instructions, but you can put them back in there and substitute them for the first dc of each round. Anyhow, here it is: rnd1: *dc, ch1* 8 times rnd2: *2dc in ch1 space, ch1* 8 times rnd3: *2dc, ch1, 2dc in ch1 space* 8 times rnd4: *3dc, ch1, 3dc in ch1 space, dc in other space* 8 times Enjoy!
  11. I stopped counting rounds around 35... it's about 4' wide, anyway.
  12. Yeah, I'd say that if you know how to crochet a circle, then figuring out this pattern isn't too tricky. It's mostly an endurance run. lol
  13. I almost always have yarn in my work bag (because, hey, you never know, right?) but I was have problems with the Diet Coke I bring for my lunch. It's cold coming out of the fridge, then warms up a little in my bag, and it sweats... all over my yarn. I don't know if you've ever tried to crochet with wet yarn; it's not pretty! So, after some trial and error I came up with this pattern: Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Hook: 5mm Size: fits a 710ml Diet Coke bottle ch3 (counts as a dc) R1: 11dc into first ch, join (12 dc) R2: ch3 (counts as dc), dc into same stitch, 2dc in each following stitch, join (24 dc) R3: ch1, sc in same stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc in next stitch. *sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 5 times, join (30 sc) R4: ch3 (counts as a dc), sc in next stitch, *dc in next stitch, sc in next stitch* repeat all the way around, join (30 stitches) R5: ch1, sc in same stitch, dc in next stitch, *sc in next stitch, dc in next stitch* repeat all the way around, join (30 stitches) Repeat R4-R5 as many times as needed to reach desired length.
  14. I just love playing Settlers of Catan! One of my best friends loves it, too, and so I thought I'd make him a blanket of the game for his birthday (that's the first pic). I thought the idea was so neat that I made one for myself, with some changes (second pic). My fiancé has commandeered that one for himself, so a third one is in the design process right now... I'm going to make a few more minor changes. ^_^
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