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About Balatong

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  • Birthday 05/06/1973


  • Real Name
    Karen Zakaria
  • Location
    San Francisco
  • Interests
    Crocheting, Experimenting with mixed media, reading, blogging
  • Occupation
    Owner Balatong Toys & Crafts
  • How long have you been crocheting?
    Since 1985
  • Favorite things to crochet
    Amigurumi, scarves, and anything unexpected
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    CLOSED - Snail Giveaway

    Hi! I have a giveaway for some snail planters crocheted in jute. This is on my Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1bm4oP6 I hope you'll stop by for a visit
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    Quack! Quack! and more

    Hi Everyone, I wanted to let you know that my duck pattern is now FREE to download on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quacky-lotion-topper
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    Purses For The Garden

    Thank you for the wonderful compliments.
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    Purses For The Garden

    I decided to fuse my love of crocheting and gardening. Here are some purses I crocheted out of jute gardening twine. A how-to and pattern for the bigger purse can be found here: http://balatong-balatong.blogspot.com/2013/05/crocheted-jute-purse.html
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    Towel Topper

    Here's my version of a towel topper. I recently made a tutorial for this: http://balatong-balatong.blogspot.com/2013/01/towel-control.html. It works up really fast.
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    Plant Cozies

    To dress up the generic plastic pots most plants come in, I designed a cozy. Ceramic pots can be pretty expensive and these cozies spare me the hassle of having to repot the plants. You can find out more about them here: http://balatong-balatong.blogspot.com/2012/11/cant-have-too-many-sweaters.html
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    Cozies for Pots

    Cozy giveaway, plant included. For more details, visit http://balatong-balatong.blogspot.com/2012/11/cant-have-too-many-sweaters.html
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    You can also use these as ornaments. I made a little hanger from florist wire. In this photo, I used sisal rope instead of jute, and the plant is sedum angelina.
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    Cup Caddy

    that is sooo cool! thank you for sharing the link
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    For Earth Day I decided to make these little planters out of jute. To give them the look of pineapples, I planted some plants called Platt's Black, which are sometimes called Brass Buttons. Here is the link to the pattern if you'd like to make some for yourself or someone else. http://balatong-balatong.blogspot.com/2012/04/happy-earth-day.html
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    Chair leg "socks"

    What a great idea!!
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    Crazy Egg Cozies

    I started out with the conventional chickens, then bunnies, and then I went a little crazy... I hope you visit me at http://balatong-balatong.blogspot.com/2012/03/unconventional-eggs.html to view a video of my latest creations
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    Jar of Stars

    What a cute set! I feel so flattered
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    Slouch Beret

    Hi! Have you tried to download from this site: http://www.scribd.com/doc/53141195/Slouch-Hat-Pattern If there's still a problem, please PM me and I can email you the file.
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    Slouch Beret

    I just updated this design after some input about it being too tight. I refer to slip stitch as SL in the pattern. Please use the second page for adult size. The first page can be for a child's hat. http://balatong-balatong.blogspot.com/2011/04/slouching-for-charity.html