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6711  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper Craft Earring Hanger on: February 09, 2008 03:46:14 PM
I like this idea a lot, but I really need something for my necklaces. I need to figure out a way to tweak this to make it work for necklaces, and then I will be a very happy girl!
6712  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ FEB on: February 09, 2008 03:44:08 PM
I finished with the pattern, and even though I used a larger hook (but only one size larger) it's still 2 inches shy of 12"...how can so many people be having the same problem?

I'll have to do 2 more rounds of double crochet to get it to the right size, and then I'll re-do my separating chains (I'm going to use a tapestry needle for them). But, I'm going to wait until tomorrow...it is time to switch gears and work on something else Wink
6713  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Leap into the New Year FROG Swap. (sign-ups CLOSED, send-outs 2/20) on: February 09, 2008 01:16:05 PM
I still haven't started my actual crafting...but soon...
6714  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ FEB on: February 08, 2008 05:28:06 PM
I am through Round 7 on the February square! I ran into a teeny bit of trouble because of the fudging I had to do on Round 5 (since I was too lazy to look up yellowduckies alternate directions, I winged it and caused a minor, but not catastrophic problem for myself). Then, I forgot to chain 2 between the sets of trebles in 3 of the corners on Round 6. So, it isn't perfect.

But, the biggest problem I'm having is with the surface chains. No matter how many times I do them, and how loosely I try to do them, they are still too tight! Does anyone have any suggestions for this? I'm willing to re-do them again, but I don't want to keep running into the same problem. I thought that I read that someone else had a similar problem, but now I can't find the post...

ETA: Okay, I have a solution that should work (thanks, Kookaloo!). Hopefully, since I bailed on the concert I was supposed to attend, I can finish my square tonight. Thanks to all of the folks who offered up advice!
6715  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ FEB on: February 06, 2008 06:01:27 PM
Well, I decided to start the February square tonight. I didn't like the slip-stitching and thought I knew what I was doing to avoid it. It worked well until Round 5. So, one of my sets of trebles has a chain 4 as the start of the group. Hopefully, when I fill in the rest of the way, it won't look too bad. I should have looked up yellowduckie's modifications sooner than I did Wink Next time  Cheesy

I started Round 6, but my headache is preventing me from getting anywhere with it. Based on what folks have said, I decided to wait until another day to tackle it. Kookaloo, I may be calling upon you yet!
6716  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Reading Rainbow 4 Sendouts: Feb. 19th on: February 06, 2008 03:42:45 PM
I live in an area that usually gets a lot of snow whenever we have a storm. It's a weird little pocket that gets hammered, when areas just to the south and east get much less. And, once in a while, where I work, just 25 miles north, gets less as well. So, where I live might have a snow day, but where I work might not. So, I have to shovel out and drive on really lousy roads for about half of my drive. Kind of stinks when that happens.

And, as for your sewing machine parts "lesson," if you can show that you know all of the parts, maybe you could work on something independently while everyone else is learning?
6717  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Leap into the New Year FROG Swap. (sign-ups CLOSED, send-outs 2/20) on: February 06, 2008 03:17:16 PM
Ha! I keep running across items I have for my partner. And, the other day, I actually picked one up and put it beside my computer so I would know where it was when I needed it!
6718  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: February 06, 2008 02:50:55 PM
The lightning bug poppet sounds C-U-T-E!
Green dress... I can't wait till someone makes it!

I found a wing tute that I think would work perfectly!

I am working on gathering up my supplies, and, as much as I want her to be the first Poppet, she'll be the second. And, after my day at school yesterday, I'm counting down the days to vacation. Wink

She'll be off white, and I think I have a fabulous bright green fabric in my stash. I just need to decide which of the many awesome wing ideas will work the best!

Ohhh! Pretty-pretty-PRETTY! Shocked
I'm thinking of a host of poppets... Lady bug poppet, butterfly poppet, bird poppet... Grin

So many ideas! So little time!

As a science teacher/geek, the idea of an insect Poppet collection just makes me giggle. I'll have to see what else I have. Ladybug is definitely do-able. And so is the butterfly!
6719  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ FEB on: February 06, 2008 02:42:13 PM
Thanks so much Kookaloo_Starr & Angelbearmom!  It's encouraging that I guessed right!  Smiley

I should have asked the same question! Instead, I struggled to put it into the chain...I hate crocheting into chains! Even when I use a bigger hook to make the chain, they still end up too tight Tongue

The latest posted squares look great! I will be able to work on my February square during vacation in a week and a half. I'm itching to crochet right now! Hmmm...I could sneak in a couple of rounds...maybe Wink
6720  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Reading Rainbow 4 Sendouts: Feb. 19th on: February 06, 2008 02:38:04 PM
I'm sure that I will love it!

We may have a snow day tomorrow. We're only expecting a few inches of snow in the morning, but it is supposed to come on a 1/2" thick layer of ice, which will fall a bit earlier. If so, I'm parking my fanny in front of the sewing machine and stitching away. I could have the whole day, too, because if school is canceled, a reception from 4-6 (I need to attend and also take photos) and the spelling bee from 6:30-8 (I'm a judge) will both be postponed. Otherwise, I can't craft until Sunday...
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