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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Moby Dick digital art on: February 25, 2009 11:06:56 AM
I love it! Your use of textures is beautiful.

I'd love to see your take on Treasure Island. I'm a sucker for all things nautical.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Matching Shell Stitch Sweaters for Twins! on: February 25, 2009 09:37:43 AM
Yes! I did manage to get through it, I got to that A HA moment where I figured it all out thanks to your help.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Matching Shell Stitch Sweaters for Twins! on: February 24, 2009 10:17:47 PM
I'm having twins, oh, any minute now (I'm at 38 weeks) and I've had a hard time doing anything but lay around and eat for the past couple of months. I have managed to crochet about a thousand hats, and these two sweaters!



A closer shot of the blue:



I used this pattern: http://bundlesoflove.org/MaryJosShellStitchSweater, which turned out to be a bit trickier than I thought. I had some Craftster help, though, and figured things out. The pattern claims to be newborn size, but looks more like 3-6 months to me, maybe even 6-9. But that just gives me more time to find the perfect buttons!

(It's a boy and a girl, if the colors didnt give it away  Wink )
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Trouble With a Shell Stitch Baby Sweater on: February 04, 2009 01:22:12 PM
I think it will line up fine that way. I took a break and worked on something else, I'm going to give it another shot now and do exactly that. Thank you for your help!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner needing help on: January 29, 2009 10:27:49 AM
The first four DC you'll do into the circle of chains, not into any specific chain stitch. It should look similar to the center of this: http://z.about.com/d/crochet/1/5/O/V/1893rndmotif.JPG, the difference being you only have 4 stitches, and that has quite a few more.

Well, the fact that you slip and chain in the first row led me to believe it wasn't in a spiral, but if the rest of the rows spiral around, I'd recommend using a stitch marker as you go to keep track of where you are in the instructions.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner needing help on: January 29, 2009 09:55:47 AM
One of the ways I learned to read patterns was by translating the abbreviations and reading it in the longhand as I went. So, that would mean the first part of the instructions would look like this:

3 ch, ss, 2 ch
4 dc in centre, ss
2 dc in 1, 1 in next etc (3 times)
1 dc in each

Chain 3, slip stitch into the first chain, chain 2
4 double crochet into the center, slip stitch together
2 double crochet in the first stitch, 1 double crochet in the next, repeat 3 times, slip stitch together
1 double crochet in each stitch

What this pattern seems to be leaving out is that at the end of each row you should be doing two chains before continuing to the next row.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Trouble With a Shell Stitch Baby Sweater on: January 29, 2009 09:23:26 AM
Ah, I'm sorry, I pasted the wrong portion of the pattern. It IS the right front I'm on at the moment. The left front is the same thing reversed, and confuses me just as much, but I've just finished row 12 of the body, and am moving on to row 13 here:

Row 12: Dc in next 2 dc, (*sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc*, dc in next 2 dc) twice, rep from * to * once, dc in next st. Ch 2, turn.

Right Front:

Rows 13,15: (Sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc) 3 times, dc in next st. Ch 2, turn.

Row 14,16: (Dc in next 2 dc, sk2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc), 3 times, dc in ch 2 of turning ch. Ch 2, turn
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Trouble With a Shell Stitch Baby Sweater on: January 29, 2009 12:02:18 AM
I'm definitely a beginner when it comes to using patterns, even though I've been crocheting for a few years now. I'm having twins in about a month and I'm trying to crochet them a pair of matching sweaters using this pattern:

http://bundlesoflove.org/MaryJosShellStitchSweater

My problem is, when I get to a part of a pattern that confuses me, I generally use a photo of the finished product to un-confuse my poor little head. This pattern, of course, has a tiny picture and the part I'm confused about is somewhat obscured. Here's where I'm confused:

(right front)
Row 12: (continued for left front): Dc in first open dc of row 13, (Sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc) 3 times, dc in ch 2 of turning ch. Ch 2, turn.

Rows 13,15: (Sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc) 3 times, dc in next st. Ch 2, turn.

Row 14,16: (Dc in next 2 dc, sk2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc), 3 times, dc in ch 2 of turning ch. Ch 2, turn.

Following that takes the shells out of their (so far) perfect alignment, and from what I can tell in the photo, that's not right. Has anyone crocheted this sweater before? Or can anyone help me out?  Huh
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Advertising your Etsy shop! on: March 06, 2008 05:06:10 PM
Thanks! We both have flickr accounts that we've been using, but I didn't know about those rules!

I've heard of squidoo but never really been sure just what it's all about. I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks for your help!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Where do you promote? on: March 05, 2008 09:23:28 AM
Hey guys. My fiance just opened his Etsy store (mine is in the works, I'm gathering and creating stock) and we were both wondering where you guys, especially those of you who have lots of sales, do all your promoting. We've made posts on livejournal, he's opened an ad on craigslist. I'll be promoting through myspace, but I don't think he wants to jump on the myspace wagon just yet.

http://feltcats.etsy.com is his store, he's a photographer, and we're trying to encourage sales by incorporating his prints into functional things like blank cards, I'm going to make a few journals for him, etc, so we're fighting an uphill battle as it is. He's only had the store open for a few weeks, but has already been in a Treasury and was offered a front page feature! He's being featured in a local blog, participated in a trade with another member with no sales. Do you guys have other ideas for us? Lay them on me!
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