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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kitty Cat Hat, Published in new online crochet mag on: September 27, 2004 02:44:04 PM
Hi all!
I've been trying to restrain myself and not post this until the newest issue of Crochet Me is up, but I just can't help it.

For those of you who may not know, Crochet Me ( http://www.crochetme.com/ ) is an Knitty-type crocheting site.  The editor has recently developed a bi-monthly publishing schedule and the first official issue is this Friday!  I think all crocheters should support this site and get crochet right up there with knitting in the crafty hierarchy!

Also, I'm excited because one of my patterns will be in the first issue out on Friday.  Here's a pic:

http://members.cox.net/bsalgat/2

I hope everyone will check it out and sign up for the news letters and stuff.  All crocheters together can make this a really super site!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Best Washcloth Pattern in the World (I might be biased) on: September 15, 2004 11:18:34 AM
I've been making washcloths in sport wieght microfiber to be part of luxury pampering sets for friends' Christmas presents, and I thought I'd share the pattern with all you guys.  They can be made as face cloths in pretty sport weight yarns, or they make great dish cloths in worsted weight cotton.  Everyone I know loves these best for doing dishes.  They're also the way I learned to knit, so I might be a bit biased, but I think they're awesome.  I don't think the pattern is copyrighted, because I've never seen it written down, this is just how everyone I know makes dish cloths.  Anyway, that was long winded, here's the pattern.   Smiley

-Cast on three stitches.
-Knit two, yarn over, knit the rest of the row. 
-Do that for every row until you think its as big as you'd like it.  I usually go with about 50 stitches with sport weight yarn and number 6 needles.
-Knit two, yarn over, knit two together, knit two together, knit the rest of the row.
-Do that until you've got three stitches left.
-Bind off.

There you go folks, the best wash cloth pattern ever.*


*Please no nasty posts about wash cloth superiority.   Grin
23  Arizona / Arizona: South / Moving to Phoenix on: July 18, 2004 05:21:40 PM
Hi all!
My husband and I are moving to Phoenix in about four weeks.  In fact, we're flying there tomorrow and staying for two weeks while he starts orientation for his new position (that's the reason we're moving, he got a promotion), and we're going to do some house hunting too while we're there.  Wish us luck, I need a place to actually live when we get there or the cats will be upset at me.  Undecided

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any general advice about great yarn stores or craft stores.  Also what the best neighborhoods are good to live in.  I'm hoping to study fashion design at Phoenix college, does anyone go there or know what it's like?  So yeah, I guess I'm just looking for reccomendations and reassurance about this moving thing.
Thanks everyone!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink and Black Evening Bag on: July 06, 2004 01:23:42 PM
http://home.comcast.net/~bethanyjames/vest_matching_purse.JPG

I made this bag for my brother's girlfriend to match this outfit (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8825.0) I made for him.

I pretty much made it up as I went along, but this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0 kinda covers everything I did here as well.  I did use piping in the outer seams and the strap and around the top.  Every piece is interfaced.

If anyone wants, I can scan the pattern and post it.  But I'll warn you, the top is hard to sew because it's so small.  I almost couldn't fit it on the free arm of my machine.  I was going to add buttonholes and buttons to close it, but I don't think it would move freely enough for them to stitch well.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Formal-wear for my brother on: July 06, 2004 10:33:57 AM
Hi all!
My latest finished project is this outfit for my brother.  He and his girlfriend are going to an awards night for her theatre troupe, and he wanted something that would match her dress.  Her dress is black with a pink bow, so at first, he wanted black and pink plaid fabric.  We could not find that anywhere!  So, I used plain pink broadcloth and put black netting over it.  For the vest I used McCall's 2524.  The pants are thrift store pants.  The matching stripe I made by using the serger to do a rolled hem on both sides of a long strip.  I sewed that down by hand centered on the side seam.  It covered the pocket a little, so I just left one side unsewn over the pocket.

http://home.comcast.net/~bethanyjames/pink_and_black_vest.JPG

http://home.comcast.net/~bethanyjames/vest.JPG
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I'm making a pattern for Lace Gloves - - Opinions? on: July 01, 2004 07:36:55 PM
Hi all!
I'm working on some fingerless gloves, and I'm at a point where I think I'm done, but I just don't know if I like the way they look.  I'm posting a picture so you all can tell me if you think they're cool or not.  I'm interested if anyone thinks it would be worth writing the pattern down, or should I start again and try to make them look cooler next time?  lol



What do you think?  Is there anyone who would like this pattern or thinks these are something they'd wear?
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / The Pineapple Doilies Are Coming to Get You! on: July 01, 2004 03:21:27 PM
Okay, this cover just cracks me up so much.  I love the big horror movie writing.  I mean, how dramatic can pineapple designs get.  Very, according to this.

http://home.comcast.net/~bethanyjames/scary_pineapple.JPG

I actually own this one, it was in my great grandma's collection.  I think I'll frame it and hang it in my work room.  As soon as I get a whole room to myself.     Smiley
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flapperish or 1930's Cloche Hat with Flower - - Pattern Too! on: June 28, 2004 11:23:26 AM
Hi everyone!
I designed this hat to send to sarahfroggy for a trade she and I are doing.  I thought you all might like to see it, and I wrote the pattern out in case anyone wants to make one.  Also (I'm not sure if this is inappropriate to mention, but I'll take it out if it's against the rules), if anyone wants one but you don't want to make it yourself, I have them for sale on my site in the fashion section.  Hope that's not too blatant a plug.   Cheesy






Here's the pattern:

1930s Inspired Crocheted Cloche with Flower
Bethany James
Please do not copy or distribute.  If youd like to share with a friend please send them the link to come here.  You may print for your own use.
Finished size:
Adult one size fits all
Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn (model is done in Bucilla wonder-knit 4-ply knitting worsted weight 100% acrylic)
Size H crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge:
   Rnds 1-3 = 2in. Diameter
Pattern notes:
   Join with a slip stitch at the end of every round.
   Back Post Single Crochet (bpsc): insert hook from the back around the stitch indicated.
Hat:
   Rnd 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to 1st sc.
   Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in every sc around, join to 1st sc.
   Rnd 3: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc, here and throughout), dc in same sp, 2 dc in each sc around.  Join to 3rd ch in beginning ch 3
   Rnd 4: ch 3, 2 dc in next double crochet, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join to 3rd ch in beginning ch 3
   Rnd 5: ch 3, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join to 3rd ch in beginning ch 3
   Rnd 6: ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch 1, here and throughout), dc in same space, *skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in same dc.  Repeat from * around.  Skip last dc and join in 3rd ch of the beginning ch.
   Rnd 7: ch 4, dc in same space, *dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1, dc in same space.  Repeat from * around.  Join in 3rd ch of beginning ch.
   Rnd 8-18: Repeat rnd 7
   Rnd 19: ch 1, *2 sc in next ch1 space, sc between next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join to 1st sc.
   Rnd 20: ch 1, sc in each sc around, join to 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in end.
Flower:
   Rnd 1: leaving a 10 inch tail of yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to 1st sc
   Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in same space, ch 5, *sc in next sc, ch 5.  Repeat from * around.  Join in 1st sc.
   Rnd 3: sl st into first ch 5, (sc, 5 hdc, sc) in each ch 5 sp.  Join around the back of the 1st sc in Rnd 2.
   Rnd 4: ch 6, *bpsc around next sc from rnd 2, ch 6.  Repeat from * around.  Join to the ending sl st from rnd 3.
   Rnd 5: sl st into 1st ch 6, (sc, 6 dc, sc) in each ch 6 sp.  Join to 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in end.
Using the tail of yarn on the flower, sew the flower securely onto the side of the hat near the bottom.




I'd love to hear feedback about the design and pattern.  Whatever helpful hints you might have would be great.  I'm hoping to learn to do more crochet designing and pattern writing and want to make sure I'm using good habits early on.  Thanks everyone!  Hope you like the pattern!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Double Sided Stockinette Stitch Tutorial on: June 25, 2004 04:58:12 AM
There's a way of making doubled up knitting that is stockinette all the way around without having to use dpn or circulars. 

You cast on an even number, then it goes:  knit one, bring yarn forward between needles, slip the next stitch as if to purl it, put the yarn to the back   Repeat that whole set of things across ending with the slipped stitch.  Start again on the next row.  Repeat till you have a scarf.   Grin

What you end up with is a tube with stockinette on all the sides.  My mom makes scarves like this all the time and they're super.  They look really good, and they're warm.  I made one once too, and I like the pattern even though I'm The World's Slowest Knitter.  Hope that helps!
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Doily from Vintage Pattern on: June 24, 2004 06:11:22 PM
http://home.comcast.net/~bethanyjames/blue_doily.JPG

I'm super proud of this doily, so I just had to show it off.  It's made with size 20 Cebelia from DMC.  The pattern is from a vintage booklet that was my great grandmother's.  Unfortunately, I don't think there's anything at all ironic about it.  But maybe that only goes for tea cozies?   Wink

Oh yeah, in real life, it's about 9-10 inches across.
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