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minkajane

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About minkajane

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  • Birthday 06/03/1983

A Few Things About Me

  • Real name
    Amanda Ferguson
  • Ravelry ID
  • Location
    Middletown, OH
  • Occupation
    banker
  • Favorite projects
    I love making baby blankets and afghans, bags, and useful things.
  • Crocheting since...
    Since 2006 off and on, since 2009 seriously.
  1. I stopped making things for most members of my extended family after several different people did the same thing - they would ask for something specific and I'd make it and mail it and never hear a word. I started having to ask my sister (who lives nearby) if they'd gotten the package. I never got thank yous or anything. I once spent two months making my cousin a mantilla and rosary. I even asked if she'd like a mantilla so I knew she'd use one. I hand-dyed it with tea. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever made. I put it in the mail, so excited to hear what she thought. Crickets. I finally asked my sister if she got it and the response was, "Oh. Yeah. She liked it." And that was it. I cried. Now I just make things for people that I know for a fact will appreciate the hard work and love that goes into every stitch.
  2. I love using foundation crochet instead of chaining and crocheting into that. I do have one problem - when working in the round it leaves a gap when you slip stitch the first row together. It's generally not a problem because I can usually do a row of sc when I'm done to cover it but that does take away some of the stretchy benefit of the foundation stitch. Any tips for eliminating the gap?
  3. It really is! When I hand her something and she clutches it to her chest and hops up and down, it makes all those hours of work totally worth it!
  4. I am so excited about these and my daughter loves them! The pattern was super easy to follow. I used a different pattern for the ears, but everything else is the same. They're apparently brother and sister rats named Samuel and Samantha. My daughter absolutely insisted on a white and yellow bow, so that's what she got. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/child-paw-pals-mittens
  5. OK, so I think this is the most hideous thing I've ever seen in my life. But my 2yo daughter picked the yarn herself and demanded a kitty after she saw the frog prince lovey I made a friend. She loves it and that's all that matters! The first picture is without whiskers. I thought it looked too plain. I think the whiskers are exactly what it needed.
  6. Thanks, Reni, those are very helpful!
  7. I'm trying to find 10" afghan squares for a friendship quilt project. I don't have a choice on the size, but I can only seem to find 8" and 12" sizes. Help please!
  8. Gorgeous! Is the pattern available online anywhere?
  9. That's my 2.5yo Abby. As you can see, she's very excited about her crown. She's going through her princess phase at the moment.
  10. This pattern is seriously awesome. Took me less than two hours and looks great. The only thing I changed was using fsc instead of a chain with sc into it. I LOVE fsc for projects like this. I am definitely making this again. Pattern Link
  11. My 2yo is absolutely obsessed with all things Halloween. I found this pattern tonight and was able to knock out three pumpkins in an evening easily. I could have made more if I didn't have to stop for those pesky little annoyances like food. I just got a pic of this one. I'll get some pictures of the other two tomorrow. There's another orange one and a purple one. Super cute and super easy! Pattern
  12. This is the first time I've ever used Dippity Dots. I saw it in the store and just couldn't leave without it! It's a little tricky to work with - especially if you have to pull it out since all the bobbles catch on each other. But it looks super adorable. This was for a coworker's daughter who just turned 2. The model is my 2.5 year old daughter.
  13. There were no patterns for aprons small enough to fit my toddler, so I came up with one myself. I used this pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jackies-heart-granny-square for the pockets, just doing the first two rounds so it would fit. It's done in worsted weight cotton so it's washable and won't stretch out too much. I LOVE how it turned out. Abby loves it, as you can see. She was extremely unhappy at having to take it off to go to bed. [url=http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jackies-heart-granny-square][/url]
  14. It's now full of Google ads, the design is hideous, and the search function doesn't work anymore. It used to be my favorite site. What happened??
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