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2311  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Sammy the Hedgehog Crochet-along (with pattern link) on: November 18, 2006 03:21:14 PM
Hi!

warmfuzzies posted her FO and tutorial (featured project!) recently.  She's inspired me to learn to crochet! Smiley  With her permission, I'm starting this crochet-along! Yea, thanks, Shirley!

Needless to say, I'm going to need help!  Grin

http://warmfuzzies.typepad.com/pdf/sammy.pdf

Tip for very first step:  Wink http://www.crochetme.com/Dec_Jan_0405/reads_round.html
2312  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me make this!!!! Please :) on: November 18, 2006 03:10:37 PM
try knitty.com or finding a pic of sweater in question?  It'll give people a better idea of how to help you. Smiley
2313  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best How-to-Crochet Book for Beginners...Any Suggestions? on: November 18, 2006 03:01:49 PM
The Teach-Yourself....Visually series is pretty good, lots of pictures.  Doesn't show everything, but a good beginner's book. Smiley

http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-VISUALLY-Crocheting-Visually/dp/0764596411/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b/102-9761248-6395346
2314  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Somewhat cowl question on: November 18, 2006 01:33:17 PM
Increase the first and last stitches on right side (RS) rows only.

Get's confusing with a the different sizes' instructions in there, huh?  Try highlighting the numbers relevant to your project. Smiley
2315  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Hedgehog and his 'Shroom (UPDATED w/ link to download pattern) on: November 18, 2006 12:41:49 PM
Awesome job!  I've seen a number of hedgehog toys, none as cute & true-to life as yours! Smiley   
2316  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting terms, welcome for the non-knitters on: November 16, 2006 10:47:46 PM
cable/cabled/cabling/cables: refers to 1) a type of DP knitting needle and style of knitting with those needles that allows patterns with twists in the fabric or 2) the connecting loop in circular needles.

KAL= knit-along (doing a project with Craftsrers' encouragement, tips, questions....)

from knitty.com "Entrelac is one of those techniques that looks like it's going to be complicated until you actually do it. People will think you somehow wove together a bunch of knitted bands, when you really did no such thing.

The big secret is that you're only working ten stitches at a time.  See http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTdanica.html for explanation.

- wist(s/ed) www.wisted.com also, why wist? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129215.0

Life line http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/index.php?p=150 (very useful when frogging).

ladders--refers to loose stitches between dpns--can be corrected by pulling the first few stitches on the next needle tight or moving the last few on a needle to the next one, stitching, then moving them back.

stash - short-hand for all our knitting stuff

kitchener stitch/grafting/weaving - refers to a binding stitch see http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php (scroll down to Finishing section).
2317  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to sew fabric to knitted item? on: November 16, 2006 09:55:45 PM
Well, with a machine, the first concern I think of is about the needle: will it be strong & thick enough to go through both the fabric & knitting?  That might be complicated, depending on how well you know your machine, to change the needle.

With handsewing, you might get away with whip stitching (since no one will see), or just securing it strategically every few inches.  (maybe cross-post this question in a sewing section?)
2318  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a beginner out? on: November 16, 2006 09:08:44 PM
I'm working with the same brand and type! (mine's a multicolor one that is varigated; I think it's called Happy?  That's what's printed right above the bar code).

Are your balls 57m/62 yards per ball?

Just to warn you, it can be a bit of a challenge to use (the threads that hang from it and need to be moved a lot to count your stitches; they can get caught in the next row of stitches if you're not careful).

I'm going to make a sweater from 8 or 9 balls (and I'm hoping I've gotten enough when I bought them based on the yardage!).

A scarf is very basic.  A purse, hat, or mittens is a bit more of a challenge.  I think you have enough to do 2 or 3 smaller projects.  You might want to look through the FAQs before you start for good preparation advice (how to change a pattern to fit, where to find a free pattern, decoders for the obscure pattern abbreviations, etc.)
2319  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How many sweaters did you knit before you got to one you would WEAR? on: November 16, 2006 06:23:30 PM
To answer the original question: Um, one.  LOL.

I picked up a knitting book (from the Visually Teach Yourself....series) from the library http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-VISUALLY-Knitting-Visually/dp/0764596403/sr=8-1/qid=1163729219/ref=sr_1_1/102-9761248-6395346?ie=UTF8&s=books, and decideds to go for the gusto and make a sweater.

Don't get me wrong, I frogged the front panel 2 or 3 times before I got to properly knitting and picked out the pattern I wanted to replace the boring ribbing with (from the book--which covers almost everything, but not all--that's how I found craftster).  It took my months to get things done, and in the end, the pattern was STILL wonky for me (I'm really small, but the "small" sleeve pattern was too small for my forearms, but the "small" for the body is too big!  Learned to to write my own pattern for the sleeves Roll Eyes)

In the end, I put it together (with some trial and error), noticed it would never fit together as intended (it was a front and back panel and sleeves I was supposed to set into the body), and thought, whatever, it's coming together somehow (I refused to frog 4 or 5 months of work! I ended up overlapping the wrong sides to get it to work), and no one looking's going to know the difference!

So it's a funny fit, but I love the color (royal blue) and material (chenille), and it's warm, so I'll be layering this on top plenty this year. Smiley

Thanks for the sweater customization link! Smiley  I shall use it for my next sweater (already cast and begun with more yarn that easily hides errors! LOL)
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