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2311  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: argh!!! i detest you, double crochet....afghan help on: May 31, 2008 03:52:43 PM
When making a ripple afghan you need to be careful at the end of your rows to count your stitches.  It always looks like you're supposed to make more stitches than you're actually supposed to make.  I had this exact problem with my first ripple afghan and it turns out that counting right at the end of the row (after your last peak or valley) fixed it. 

If the extra stitch is coming at the beginning of the rows, then you might be making your first dc into the first stitch, which you're not supposed to do if your turning chain counts as a stitch (it normally does in dc). 

If it's not either of those things, then I have no idea. Smiley
2312  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: baby/childrens blanket along? on: May 31, 2008 12:37:56 PM
Thanks for the nice comments, everyone ^_^

This CAL has really helped me get my butt in gear with these!

Here's that experiment in direction finished:

I started in the middle and worked counter-clockwise (starting to the left).  I used peach, yellow, green, and blue.  The outside blue part didn't turn out quite right, but the blanket is still warm, so... success! lol

Here's a close up:

Time to start the next one... maybe another ripple...
2313  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: For Hookers Only Swap [closed!] on: May 31, 2008 08:05:01 AM
My swap package doesn't fit in the box I was planning on using.  Hmm....
2314  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: baby/childrens blanket along? on: May 30, 2008 04:50:09 PM
This is what I'm working on tonight:

It's an experiment in direction... mostly because I wanted to make small squares and rectangles but didn't want to bother with sewing them together.

2315  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: baby/childrens blanket along? on: May 30, 2008 03:36:11 PM
I finished a couple more blankets!  Now I have five here at my house, and there's another finished one at my parents' house that I'm finally getting around to uploading.

First, my favourite. Try as I might, I couldn't get an accurate picture of the colours  in this one.  It's absolutely beautiful in person (totally accidental... I'm just using up left over colours now)

close up:

(The darker purple is a richer colour than shown, and the lighter purple is a softer colour than shown)

Here are the five at my place all together:

(Left to right: purple/pink/peach, "Ugly" from before, green/yellow, shades of blue, front: purple stripes)

And this one is at my parents' house:


I think I have enough of this yarn left for two more blankets before I start one with the scraps.

2316  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Opening a Yarn Store on: May 29, 2008 05:59:59 PM
I have no idea how viable this is, but it always drives me nuts when I know that a store isn't carrying all of the colours available in a type of yarn.

I've had to hit two or three stores in the past just to get the colours I needed of the *same* kind of yarn in the past (for example: Bernat Baby Co-ordinates! Yarg!!)

Also: patterns!  If I had my own yarn store (and I'd love to!) I'd make sure I had as many yarn-related patterns available for sale as possible.  Knitting, crochet, other!

I think classes are an excellent idea.  I like the idea of free demos also.  I did the Knifty Knitter demo at Michaels once, and it seemed like a good way to get people in the store, and when they learn something new, they buy more yarn. ^_^

Finally: from reading in the crochet boards, make sure your employees aren't knitting-snobs, or crochet-snobs.  All yarn crafters need yarn, so why alienate any of them?

I'm not sure if any of that applies to the kind of yarn shop you'll be running, but I hope it helped a bit!

Good luck! (and I'm *jealous*!)
2317  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet on the Double baby blanket on: May 28, 2008 05:46:21 AM
I have a new nephew!  Welcome to the world Asher!
2318  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: baby/childrens blanket along? on: May 27, 2008 03:39:56 PM
Oooh, those squares are so cute!  I can't wait to see the finished product!
2319  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: what are you working on?! on: May 27, 2008 04:27:54 AM
I've got three baby blankets on the go (though, one is *almost* finished... stupid border....)

What I really need to do, though, is buy some yarn for a blanket for my brother for Christmas.  It turns out the stuff I'm going to end up using was on sale at Zellers last week. *cries*

I'm also half-way through a pair of yellow slippers... oops.
2320  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: What exactly is a swap? on: May 26, 2008 07:05:47 AM
I'm not sure that "what is a swap, exactly?" has been answered yet.

I'm new to this, but a very basic overview is this:

Someone picks a theme (say, Star Trek) and starts a swap about it.
People sign up for the swap by sending in their answers to a questionnaire posted in the swap thread (for example: Which series of Star Trek is your fav?  Favourite character? Favourite colour? etc)
The organizer pairs people up based on the questionnaire answers.
The person you are paired up with is your swap partner. 
You talk with your swap partner, usually fleshing out the answers in the questionnaire in the process.
Then you make something for your partner based  on what you've discovered she likes related to the swap theme (Say she likes Captain Picard the best, maybe you'd make something with his face on it, or a doll, or a t-shirt that says "Make it so!" on it, etc)
At the same time your partner is making something for you based on what you like.

When you're done, you mail those items to your partner, and receive what she sends you.

You take pictures of what you received and post them in the appropriate gallery thread (for this example, it'd be something like the "Star Trek Swap" thread.)

I hope that helps!  (my example is purely fictional! I think... )
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