NeedleNoodles Expansion Pack #1: Narwhal

Why should the Creepy Cute patterns get all the love? Here's an expansion pack for my crocheted Manatee pattern.

EDIT: Note that this expansion pack also works with my crocheted Whale pattern

With just a few modifications, you can make your very own Narwhal-- the unicorn of the sea!

crocheted narwhal, photo of face

(Click the image above to read more)

...or, click here to get your Narwhal ready-made!

Amigurumi and the Perils of Deep Sea Diving

No doubt, many of you have been wondering how I spend my days. The answer? Posing crocheted sea creatures! Follow along as our intrepid deep sea diver discovers the dangers lurking in the deep:

deep sea diver

(click the photo above to get the full slideshow)

Also, you might notice that this slideshow is an entry in the Instructables/Lion Brand Critter contest, so, *ahem*... if the spirit moves you, your vote is much appreciated. :)

The Maker Faire NC Durham-stavaganza: A Summary

Maker Faire! Maker Faire! Maker Faire!

Maker Faire?

Maker Faire!!

Yes, Whamodyne (a.k.a. Ray Alderman, a.k.a. woogie) and I are back home from our mini-vacation to Maker Faire NC, and Durham in general. I don't know about y'all, but I am super-psyched to go make stuff now. Check out this pile of random doodads found during our travels. I assure you, there *is* a cohesive theme here:

Durham Maker's Faire swag

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Creepy Cute Mini Tutorial: Day of the Dead Gal

Are you having trouble making the Day of the Dead Gal from Creepy Cute Crochet? ...can't quite understand the "pattern stitch"? ...not quite sure what working in the back loops should look like? ...can't seem to get started with the skirt? Well, here's a tutorial which will hopefully illustrate things a little more clearly for you.

Day of the Dead Gal tutorial example photo

Note that the method for making the Skeleton Bride's skirt is also pretty similar, so, if you're having trouble making that, you might check this tutorial.

Click here to download a PDF of the tutorial

Creepy Cute Expansion Pack #7: Druid

Ladies and gentlemen, a haiku:

Spring's new craft project:
the druid wields a clay staff
new expansion pack!

What does it all mean? It means get your crocheted druidic spiffyness on!

crocheted druid example photo

Click here to read more.

or, if you would like to skip the work and go straight to the druid ownership, click here

Spring Bada-Bing: Recovery and Reflections

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to Spring Bada-Bing this weekend. This show rocked so hard that I'm only just now recovering from the awesome.

Want a taste of the awesome? Here's a wee sampling of Spring Bada-Bing swag:

Chalk cloth centerpiece mat from Modern June, (Dude! It's a cloth *and* a chalkboard. Now I can spend inordinate amounts of time labeling my cheese plate. Squee!) "The Black Soap Horror" from Metropolis Soap Co., and sparkly octopus notecard from blugrn design.

New Project: Tiny Undead Horde

Here's another project which was cut from the original plans for Creepy Cute Crochet-- the tiny undead horde!

Made entirely from felt, this is a project for those crafters that either
(a) like the undead critters, but don't really do the whole crochet thing.
or maybe
(b) have extremely limited space for undead storage

Click here to read more

or, if this is all entirely too tedious

Click here to get an undead horde ready-made

Locker Hooking: Upcycling Dream or Ergonomics Nightmare?

Ok, so:

As I may or may not have mentioned, I am a member of the Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild (for all of maybe three meetings, but hey, that counts!).

This month's meeting centered around locker hooking with fabric. Locker hooking is, as far as I can tell, not a very widely-known craft, so I thought that I would post about my experiences here.

Click here to read more

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