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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: It's a strawberry! It's a Dirndl! It's a Strawberry Dirndl!!! (lots of pics!) on: September 26, 2011 01:22:12 PM
Beautiful!! LOVE this!!! It would match my strawberry tattoos!  Wink
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Maluka Downpour on: September 21, 2011 12:11:24 PM
MizzKodak -

The edging is knit first and then the stitches are picked up along one side for the body, which is then done in short rows.  

So, the initial cast-on is just 20 stitches.  For the chart..... Row A and all odd rows are the right side of the "fabric" and you read them right to left.  Row B and the even numbered rows are the wrong side and you read them left to right.  I think this chart is set up a little differently then others I've done, but once I remembered which direction to read it wasn't too difficult.  I was able to memorize it after a few repeats so I didn't really even read it after that.  

At the end of all the even rows you will be slipping a stitch.  This shows as a - on the chart.  Right before the slipped stitch is a K2tog.  To to the slip stitch correctly you need to do this (this was a little confusing for me at first)...

1. do the K2tog (this comes before the slip stitch)
2. bring your yarn to the front
3. slip the last stitch on your left needle purl wise
4. turn your work to start the next row
5. the first stitch on the next row is a ktbl, make sure you remember to go through the back loop!

This sets up a nice row of "loops" to pick up for the body of the shawl.

You will repeat rows 1-12 a total of 33 times.  This creates 200 "loops" on one edge that will be picked up for the body of the shawl.  As you go along you will begin to see the "loops."  When you get ready to pick them up you will pick up the "back" or "outside" loop.  It's the one that looks like it's on the outer most edge of the lace edging.  

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions.  Smiley
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Candy Corn and Candied Apple on: September 20, 2011 04:47:29 AM
Adorable! They make me happy.... and a little hungry  Wink
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: United States of America map afghan on: September 19, 2011 03:43:59 AM
 Shocked WOW! I love this! Cheesy
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Blythe Circus Dress on: September 18, 2011 05:53:15 PM
 Shocked That is AMAZING! I can't image sewing something so tiny! I LOVE THIS! The design is adorable!  Grin
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Maluka Downpour on: September 18, 2011 05:50:48 PM
now that is seriously beautiful!, im heading over to ravelry and checking it out!
Thanks!  Grin

Wow!! That is sooo pretty. I love the colors! I wish I could knit.
Thank you! It's never too late to learn to knit!  Cheesy There are lots of great resources that can show you the basics.  knittinghelp.com has great videos and there are some good ones on YouTube as well.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Maluka Downpour on: September 18, 2011 04:55:42 PM
This is cute! Don't quit knitting again- you have talent!
LOL! Thanks! I don't plan on quitting again.  Didn't really "quit" before, just sort of got carried away with other things.  Undecided
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Maluka Downpour on: September 18, 2011 02:37:47 PM
So pretty and great choice of yarn. Very cute on you!
Thank you! I LOVE this yarn.  I have two more skeins in another colorway and I'm looking for the "perfect" project. Smiley

Beautiful!
I especially like the way you have it arranged around your neck.
Thanks! I love this style shawl.  Bigger styles are just too much for daily wear. Wink
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: New side table! <3 EDIT- now pics after grout. on: September 18, 2011 10:51:00 AM
Wow! What unique and lucky find! The shape is so cool! I LOVE what you've done with it... absolutely beautiful! I really want to paint some of the thrifty finds we have in our house, but hubby gets a little freaked every time I mention it.  Wink
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Damask Patterned and Octopus Mosaic Side Tables on: September 18, 2011 10:46:08 AM
WOW!!!  Shocked  Beautiful! How long did it take to paint the damask?!  Wink These both turned out wonderful!!
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