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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Action Shots: my niece modeling her birthday items! on: July 29, 2007 11:20:36 PM
SO excited I finally got to unveil these today...the crocheted Slices of Sweet Halters I made for my niece, who turns 2 tomorrow (but the party was today). She loved them and so did the rest of my family. YAY for guessing correctly with sizing!

Sherbert Halter



Lavender Halter
(excuse the frown...I swear it was not a reaction to the halter!)



Also...I'd knit her the Monica ruffle tank from Knitty and my sister asked me to make a matching skirt, so I made one up:



22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / PINK CAMO yarn goodness! on: July 26, 2007 08:41:42 PM
I am so excited that when I went to the craft store today to get yarn to finish a project (unsuccessfully mind you, grrrr, but never mind that for now), they had bins full of new yarn to be put out and there were TWO 3-packs of RH Pink Camo! I've been coveting it since Aelita posted a cute creation she'd made with it, and I haven't been able to find it. I was good though, I only bought ONE of the packs, but now I have 3 skeins! I have to make something REALLY GOOD with it, any ideas???
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / PINK CAMO Goodness! on: July 26, 2007 08:38:28 PM
I am so excited that when I went to the craft store today to get yarn to finish a project (unsuccessfully mind you, grrrr, but never mind that for now), they had bins full of new yarn to be put out and there were TWO 3-packs of RH Pink Camo! I've been coveting it since Aelita posted a cute creation she'd made with it, and I haven't been able to find it. I was good though, I only bought ONE of the packs, but now I have 3 skeins! I have to make something REALLY GOOD with it, any ideas???
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / TESTERS WANTED! on: July 22, 2007 07:25:17 PM
Hi Everyone...I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum. I'm looking for testers for a pattern I've just written up. It's actually two patterns combined (half someone else's - half mine, and YES I have the designer's permission to repost), but I want to make sure I haven't made any mistakes in the writing of it.

The pattern is for the baby dress I posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=184200.0.  However, I've posted the pattern on my blog at http://whittsknits.blogspot.com if anyone wants to check it out. I made some wording clarifications from the original pattern for the top part and would want the tester to work off of my blog post.  BUT PLEASE let me know first if you want to test it out! 

THANKS!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / GAUGE ISSUES - HELP! on: July 19, 2007 09:33:34 PM
Ok, I hate the whole gauge thing but I know that, especially when knitting clothing, it's necessary...so I'm doing it.  I only have the needle size below what the pattern suggests, but I thought I should check it out anyway and see what I get.  So I cast on and did the gauge swatch which, like most others, says it should be 14 sts X 20 rows = 4".  I measured my swatch with my Boye gauge thing (the plastic white ruler), setting it at 10 sts as it says, and it came out to 3-1/2" for the 10 sts.  BUT...when I measured the 14 sts across with my tape measurer, it's exactly 4". 

WHICH ONE IS RIGHT?
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do I knit the waist of a skirt? on: July 19, 2007 06:11:36 PM
I'm making my little niece a skirt, it's 8" in length and I'm about to bind off the top but then realized that I should perhaps do some ribbing to keep it up.  THEN I realized that maybe it'd be better to somehow put an elastic around the top or a drawstring tie or something.  I've never done any of these options so I'm asking for help/advice. What would you do? 

Also...I'm knitting on circs so changing the needle size to do a 1x1 rib would be difficult I think.

THANKS in advance for the help!

OH...also...I crochet too so if someone thinks a crocheted top edge or something like that would work better, that's an option for me!

EDIT:  I found this and thought it sounded good, it's for a pattern that uses circs..whadya think?

Waistband:

Work even in St st for 1", end on WS. P 1 row. Beg with a p row, work even in St st until waistband measures 1" above p ridge, end on WS. Bind off all sts.

Fold waistband to inside along p ridge and sl st in place, leaving a 2" opening. Thread elastic through waistband with large safety pin. Overlap ends and sew firmly tog. Close waistband opening.

27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cute Baby Dress on: July 18, 2007 09:08:55 PM
I intended to make this baby dress: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cassies-summer-outfit.html ... but I got really confused and frustrated so after finishing the top 'bib' part, I decided to just wing it and do my own thing for the skirt. SO...the top part is all from that pattern, but the skirt is my own. I wrote it down as I go if anyone wants to do an easy version with decent results. I used Red Heart Soft Yarn in bubblegum pink and plum (but it looks brown in the pics).

ALSO...the designer was very nice and sent me updated pattern specs for larger sizes (the pattern is 3-6 months she said, though it is not stated on the pattern page).  I'd originally intended to make it another item for my niece's birthday in two weeks (she's turning 2).  She's teeny so I was making the 18 month size I was given.  I'm 99.9% sure that I followed the instructions correctly, but somehow the math didn't work out right.  I'm not sure if it was me or the pattern, but it's too small for my niece.  Sad

Anyway, I think it came out way cute and I'm ready to send it off to the new baby of a couple I've never met, but the man is part of my online group of blog friends.  Smiley







28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What's your FAVE place to crochet? on: July 17, 2007 11:18:07 PM
I'm sick of crocheting on my couch, though I'm grateful my apartment is air conditioned and my couch is comfy. But I'd like to go somewhere, bring my knitting/crocheting, and join the world while I enjoy my favorite pastime.  So I'd like to know...what are your favorite places to go and 'do your thing' outside your home? 
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Homespun Jumper from KNIT1 Magazine on: July 17, 2007 10:53:12 PM
Has anyone made the Jumper yet? It's on page 50 of the recent Green Issue of Knit1. I bought the 3 skeins I need of Homespun in "Edwardian" (same as the one in the mag) b/c (a) my craft store had it on sale and (b) I think that would be a super cute versatile fall/winter item with black tights and boots and cute red or gold chunky jewelry or something.  ANYWAY...I just wanted to know if anyone made it yet and how the pattern worked up.

THANKS!
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Another Question - baby dress pattern on: July 13, 2007 12:55:01 AM
Ok, it's the same type of question but I thought I'd ask you guys again. The original pattern is here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cassies-summer-outfit.html

I don't understand this:

Row 10 says:

sk first st,*(sc, ch2, hdc) in next st, sk next st, Rep from * across ending with sc in last st. ch 1 turn

Row 11 says:

(Armhole row) 2 sc in first st, *sk ch sp 2 sc in next st, rep from * 7 times skip next 11 ch sps, 2 sc in next 18 sts, sk next 11 ch sps 2 sc in last 9 sts, JOIN ch 3 turn

...and I don't understand the part in blue. Does she mean to skip the ch sp made by the 2 ch sts in the (sc, ch 2, hdc) cluster from Row 10???
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