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About cbaj26

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A Few Things About Me

  • Location
    Chicago IL
  • Hobbies
    sports, hockey, crochet
  • Occupation
    software industry
  • Favorite hook type
  • Favorite projects
    animals, hats, useful items, & anything not girly
  • Crocheting since...
  1. cbaj26

    Amazon Parrot

    Thanks for all the nice comments! I think the hardest part was getting the shaping the beak and getting all the proportions to come out just right. As for the pattern, it is still in chicken scratch form on various sheets of paper right now, it'll probably be another month or so before it's tested and ready to go. When it's done, I'll put it on my site, cbcrochet.com.
  2. cbaj26

    Amazon Parrot

    I grew up with a Blue-fronted Amazon parrot named Skipper, and this is my yarn version of him. This is by far the hardest crochet design project I've tackled. After 2 months spent thinking, re-thinking, trying, un-doing, re-trying, etc., it's finally done. Phew! The yarn version has a hollow beak, and wings that can lift up just like the real thing. I tried to make it as real as possible. Thanks for looking! Before: After: ..and with my son (he can't hug the real thing!)...
  3. Cool bag! The colors are mesmerizing in a good way.
  4. Thanks, I'm glad everyone likes it. I wasn't sure if others are as crazy about hockey as I am. It took me 2 months on and off to design. Also, I've made some fixes (mostly additions that I had left out) to the pattern yesterday, in case anyone has already started. So be sure to get the latest one. Also, it would be awesome to see some photos of other finished hockey puck dudes!
  5. It's hard to describe, so here's a pic! I designed it for my 1 yr old (yes, that is a can of Wagon Wheels in the background), but I think it will probably end up sitting on my desk at work. I like it too much. This pattern is free, since I like spreading the hockey love around. The pattern is also untested, so be warned. The skates in particular may be a little dicey. If you try it, please send me any problems or errors you find so that I can fix them. http://cbcrochet.com/freepatterns/hockey-puck-dude Thanks!
  6. cbaj26

    Stuffed Clownfish

    Hi everyone, I designed/made this clownfish for my new baby due in Feb. It was a challenge to decide on what stitches worked best for the different fins, as well as how to give it that distinct "fish" shape when stuffed. I am happy with how it turned out. I wrote up the pattern and had it tested (thanks testers!). It's available at my site (link below). Thanks for looking! http://cbaj26crochet.googlepages.com/htm-patternsForSale.htm
  7. Glad this pattern is useful! I wear mine all the time in the winter, as does my DH (made him a bigger one). I've gotten remarks about the quality of the hat, as it really does have a nice feel to it. For added warmth, try it in wool!
  8. A long time ago, I had my polar bear pattern tested here. Just wanted to announce that I've recently made it available for sale on my web site. http://cbaj26crochet.googlepages.com/htm-patternsForSale.htm Thanks for looking!
  9. Here's some hats I made a while ago. Pretty simple, but very popular with my younger bro's high school classmates (his friends all wanted one). I've posted the pattern on my site if anyone is interested: http://cbaj26crochet.googlepages.com/index.htm It's in the free patterns section. Thanks for looking!
  10. Hi, I need 2 testers for a stuffed clownfish pattern I created. The pattern is for an advanced beginner/early intermediate crocheter, and the only requirement is that you follow through and complete the testing (sending me a final picture as well as general feedback on the pattern) within 2 weeks of receiving the pattern. Picture is below. It should work up pretty quickly, the final dimensions are 14" (not including tail) x 7" (not including fins). Please send me a PM if you are interested. Thanks in advance!
  11. Here is a turkey that I made. I found the pattern here, and modified it a bit as I went along (added legs, etc). It's hopefully going to be our new Thanksgiving table mascot. Happy Thanksgiving!
  12. cbaj26


    Rane, I chose to split it into 2 panels (width-wise), since that was all that could fit onto my 14" afghan hook (I didn't have one of those flexible ones that you describe). I worked up the left side first and then used the panel joining technique described on that instructions site to build the 2nd panel, and join it to the 1st as I went. It looks seamless to me, I was pleasantly surprised. I don't think anyone would be able to tell that it was 2 panels put together. Once I figured out the concept of what the instructions were telling me to do, it wasn't too difficult to pick up. It's important to note that 1 afghan stitch = vertical bar + filler (to the right)..until the next vertical bar and so forth. The instructions kept pointing out the importance of this, and this helped a lot in deciphering the joining. Hope this helps. Good luck. It is worth it in the end!
  13. cbaj26


    Hey everyone, Thanks for the comments. Here are some more details: I started with the logo that I found on the internet (sportslogos.net), which I cleaned up in Photoshop to reduce the number of colors so it would translate well on a chart. Next, I ran it through a free online stitch chart generator (Darklilac). After that, it was all about figuring out how to work color changes into the afghan stitch technique, which I did from this great site (here). Two months later, it was finished! I did the border in 2 rows of double crochet. I thought that this would help the edges from curling (it kind of worked). The dimensions of the graph was ~37w x 96h or so. I added more purple columns and rows to the chart, to get the final afghan to the size that I wanted. I think the total (after the padding) was 120w x 160h. I used RHSS yarn w/ a size J afghan hook (14" long). I built the left half first, and then did the 2nd half (crocheting it to the left half as I went). It got a little tedious at times, especially when there was a lot of color changing going on and I had numerous strands of yarn that I was dealing with. Weaving in all the loose ends at the end wasn't much fun either. But overall, I loved the technique. It's more engaging than the typical afghan pattern which just repeats itself over and over again. I don't get as bored when I can see the design take shape with each row. I've also found that the afghan stitch is much faster than doing sc's. If you've never done one before, give it a try! I would consider myself a novice crocheter at best, so if I can do it I'm sure all of you can as well. Good luck!
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