Wednesday, June 22, 2011

door stopper

Fact: 
Here at home in Italy we don't have a/c. 
For about 11 months of the year it isn't really a need.

Routine: 
First thing in the morning, I open the window and let the fresh air coming in from the nearby mountain.
I need to mention that my windows are also not provided with bug screens, therefore the curtain does a double duty of keeping my bugs friends on the outdoor where they belong.
If it really gets hot, I open several windows at once to get some air flow, which means that now and then the windows are slamming, and curtain ripping... (and me coursing...)

Need: 
Door stopper(s).
Pile of books isn't an option anymore ;)

scale is in kg
Action: 
Got a big stone (roughly 3.5 lbs), wash it and dry it.
 Got busy with my crochet and cotton and start working on it!

The rock I used is heavy enough to keep the window from slamming, and in case the window would move it, I crocheted the whole bottom as well, so won't scratch the wood floor.



I don't have a pattern, since the stone is an irregular shape and I had to improvise to get it to fit.

It's a series of double stitches and chain stitches to form arches, and when I've got to the wider point of the stone, I wrapped it and keep crocheting with the stone in place decreasing at every round, until I've got to the end at the center.



My attempt was inspired by the the beautiful crocheted pebbles 
created by the super-talented Margaret from 'resurrection fern'. 
We all know her creations (I could bet on it) and  love her eye-candys pebbles.


As you can see, the top part is slightly more regular than the bottom. 
... good enough for the first trial :)
resurrection fern
.. Mine is definitely not as pretty as the originals, but is way better than the pile of books :)


xox, d.

23 comments:

  1. this is such great idea! And yours is as pretty as originals :)

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  2. Awesome :)

    Anna

    P.S. we have the rolling screen at home. I love them. You can keep them up, and invisible during the day, and down at mosquitoes time. And it is so easy to bring them up or down.

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  3. Hi!
    I am ur newest Follower!
    I came across your blog on Someday Crafts's Linky Party!
    I love your blog! I love this idea of crocheting a Rock. My mom loves to crochet and she crochets on Ketchup bottles too! She wud love ur idea!
    Do visit my blog too and follow it if you like it!

    Alia
    http://aliascreativelife.blogspot.com

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  4. so pretty :) love the idea and yours is just as good as the originals

    Jackie

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  5. This is the cutest idea!

    I love it.

    Dee

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  6. i love this idea. i wish i knew how to crochet. it looks like a lot of fun.

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  7. this is amazing. truly awesome. excited to be a new follower!

    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com
    twitter: kathblogger

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  8. this is such a cool idea and stunning in a group!

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  9. Love this! Such a cool and modern way to use crochet. Definitely a twist on your standard doorstop! (planning to share a link to this on my FB page tomorrow)

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  10. Oh this looks amazing. I always wonder how people get these great ideas in their head. Awesome.

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  11. OMG!!! I LOVE THIS!!! I am currently teaching myself to Crochet!!!...I just may have to put this on my list of projects!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. I love this! Why didn't I learn to crochet? I'll never look at a rock the same way again. Oh yes, much better than a pile of books.

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  13. whoa, that's amazing! who knew a rock could be so chic and sweet!

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  14. Oh my goodness, that's beautiful! I need a door stop for my back door but I don't crochet so I think I'll try to find a pre-made crochet doily large enough and just stitch it together around the rock! I love this idea, thanks for the inspiration!

    Tania

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  15. Hi there- found you through Remodelaholic's hop and am a new follower. This is a great idea! The house we are renting has a scratched floor because of the rock they have used for the front door. This is a great solution! I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    Have a great week!

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  16. Bellissimo! Beg to differ... yours are just as pretty as the originals! Visiting from Mel Dreams Often.

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  17. I've been wanting to do one of these for so long. I love the idea of using it as a door stop. Beautiful!!

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  18. thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! Your stone is gorgeous as well! I think we all judge our work more strictly than others do :) Yours looks definitely more like the original ones than mine do!

    Have a lovely week!

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  19. I love your rock stopper. Now... I just have to learn how to crochet...
    ~Kimberlee

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  20. what a wonderful idea. have tweeted this. nina
    www.ninalazina.info

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  21. Wow, you come up with the cutest things! I love the upcycled stone door stops!!! :)
    I will feature this at tomorrow's linky party!!
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again this weekend!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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