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11  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Eamea on: May 17, 2016 05:48:42 PM
Happy belated birthday, Phoenixfire!

We're hockey fans, and the Blues haven't made it this far in the playoffs in about 15 years.  I made Tree a dress so she can watch the games in appropriate attire.  Running back to the TV now...
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12  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Eamea on: May 07, 2016 10:23:20 AM
I took Tree to a document museum to see the personal papers of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Abigail Adams.  Naturally the battery in my camera was dead, so I didn't get any photos. Sad  They are switching the exhibit this week to the presidents of the Continental Congress, so I'll try again.

I was able to take her for lunch to Crown Candy Kitchen, a St. Louis favorite since 1913.  In addition to making candy they serve sandwiches, shakes, malts, and ice cream desserts.  Here's Tree with our bacon sandwich and chocolate shake.

I hand quilt on Wednesdays, and this week I brought Tree along.  I let her borrow a thimble, and I made sure she only used the safety scissors.
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13  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Eamea on: April 27, 2016 02:03:10 PM
I took Tree to Madison, WI last weekend.  We were in town less than 24 hours and only to vend, so unfortunately she didn't get to see much more than where we were working.  She did do some modeling work for me, and she liked hanging out in the atrium.  I was glad she has bright hair or I might not have seen her!

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14  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Eamea on: April 21, 2016 10:23:08 PM
Tree has arrived, and she brought some yarn with her.  So thoughtful!
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15  Re: A Scarf and A Blasted Ladder Stitch in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Eamea on: February 06, 2012 06:41:36 PM
Welllllllllllllll, it appears I should take my own advice.  Roll Eyes I took a look at the original photos and realized there were 34 stitches.  Eek!  I was getting a base row to put the ladder stitch into, and I think I just read the first line of 34.  Um, yeah.  If I had continued to read I would have noticed that the next row is HDCs to end with 32 stitches.  I am so sorry!!

Hopefully this post will make it up to you.  I have done the paranoid quadruple check of stitches - 32!  Here is the first row of the ladder stitch.  The pattern ends with 2 SC, and you should have two stitches left.  Do a SC in each of them, and your row ends with 4 SC.

Here is a super close shot of the end of the first ladder row...

and with the ch 1 added.

To start the next row, go into the next stitch to the left of the hook (marked in green)

I was wrong before; the pattern doesn't stack on top of itself but staggers instead.  In other words, on the next row you will SC into the chain stitches of the previous row rather than the SC.

I hope this helps, and I feel so bad that I might be responsible for part of your frustration.   Sad  I promise not to frog this sample until you have it.  It's too bad there's not a nice clear photo of the scarf.  Sometimes if I'm off that can tell me where.  You always have the option of creating your own row, so long as it has 32 stitches so your next pattern has the correct base.  If you have eight spaces - so be it!  The crochet police won't come to your house, and it's perfectly OK to alter the pattern.
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16  Re: A Scarf and A Blasted Ladder Stitch in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Eamea on: February 01, 2012 12:39:47 PM
I had to make this picture huge on my monitor, but I think I found the problem.  If you can't make it big enough to see PM me and I'll e-mail you the Photoshop picture.  OK, the blue "1" is where you end up when you finish the previous row.  From there you are supposed to ch 1 and turn to start the next row.  The next row starts in the last stitch of the previous row - the ch 1 does not count as a stitch.  It's just there so the next row you make won't be pulled down.  It covers the distance between the previous and current row.  The first SC of the ladder stitch row will go in the last stitch of the dividing row (marked in orange).  I think you are putting it into the second to the last stitch of the dividing row, and that's why you aren't ending the ladder stitch row on pattern.

I did the same thing when I was making the sample for the pictures.  Grin  Patterns often call for chain stitches to be done at the beginning of a row to count as the first stitch in the row, but in this case the chain 1 is just so that you can get to the starting height of the next row.  I think if you'll do the first SC in the stitch just to the right of where you have been going in it will work out.

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17  Re: Needs to be Quilted and I'm stuck in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Eamea on: January 30, 2012 10:27:17 AM
I would do two lines in the sashing about 1/4 " away from each pieced block.  I thought of two ways of doing the pieced blocks.
1.  Quilt 1/4" inside every piece.
2.  Quilt 1/4" inside the edge of the whole motif.  If space allows you can echo this line to the inside.

Here's a Photoshop of what I mean.  Please excuse the wonky lines!  The black lines represent option 1 (on the right) and 2 (on the left).
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18  Re: Tire tread quilting in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Eamea on: January 30, 2012 10:16:12 AM
I don't know if it's the most efficient, but here's the way I would do it.  Wink

Construct your black top.  Divide the vertical space into four even parts for your columns.  The tread itself is made from just one motif.  It is flipped horizontally and vertically to create the different patterns.  Play with the size until you find something that looks right for the scale of your top.  I would make a cardstock template of it so I could just trace along the top and part of the bottom.  Use a ruler to keep them in a straight line and evenly spaced.  Here's a primitive Photoshop highlighting the parts in purple in case you need it.  Hope this helps!
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19  Wedding quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Eamea on: January 26, 2012 01:03:46 PM
I finished this in the fall, but I never got as far as posting it.  It was done for a nephew's wedding, and I chose the colors based on two of his favorite sports teams:  the St. Louis Blues and Mizzou football.

I didn't have enough of any one color to do the back, so I took the leftovers from the top, added a brighter yellow, and pieced that sucker.  Wink

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20  Scrappy abstract cats in Crochet: Completed Projects by Eamea on: January 26, 2012 12:58:06 PM
I loved this pattern but didn't have enough of any color to make repeating stripes.  I decided to go with the scrappy look, and I'll be donating it to Project Linus.  The pattern is here http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2009/04/abstract-crochet-cats.html

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