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« Reply #240 on: January 19, 2009 02:36:10 PM »

The other thing to watch out for when using different types of yarn in one project is the washing instructions.  You might want to swatch the different yarns to see if they shrink at all when washed... the last thing you want is for your yarns to shrink at different rates the first time you wash your blanket. ^_^
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« Reply #241 on: January 19, 2009 02:47:28 PM »

The other thing to watch out for when using different types of yarn in one project is the washing instructions.  You might want to swatch the different yarns to see if they shrink at all when washed... the last thing you want is for your yarns to shrink at different rates the first time you wash your blanket. ^_^

Good point! I hadn't thought of that...
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« Reply #242 on: January 19, 2009 06:55:52 PM »

Soo I just finished my first Esther square (will do the next one tomorrow), and wonder of wonders, it came out EXACTLY 12 inches!!! I was so excited, because my gauge is ALWAYS screwy! Anyway... it is fab, and I'll get pics up probably of all my squares at once, rather than one by one as I finish them... But I love it!
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« Reply #243 on: January 19, 2009 07:43:35 PM »

Soo I just finished my first Esther square (will do the next one tomorrow), and wonder of wonders, it came out EXACTLY 12 inches!!!

I am so jealous...

It's funny... I know what I do, and yet I can't stop doing it... After each stitch, I give the yarn a tug to tighten it against the hook. It's from crocheting amigurumi, where tight stitches are a good thing.
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« Reply #244 on: January 19, 2009 08:39:41 PM »


I would love to join in but ill be a few days maybe a week while I finish some dollies for 2 of my grandaughters birthdays.

This will be my first CAL Im so looking forward to starting.

So im off to finish the birthday present  Grin  as quickly as possible
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« Reply #245 on: January 19, 2009 09:08:52 PM »


I am so jealous...

It's funny... I know what I do, and yet I can't stop doing it... After each stitch, I give the yarn a tug to tighten it against the hook. It's from crocheting amigurumi, where tight stitches are a good thing.

Haha... Yes, well, I have no illusions it will ALWAYS be like that. Actually, I have that problem too... I have to consciously REMIND myself not to do that. I have a naturally really tight hand, actually, which is part of why I don't do squares often. I don't have the patience to count that many stitches, or to always check my gauge. But this square came together so easily... Hah! I am so excited. Now to see if the next one works as nicely. xD
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« Reply #246 on: January 20, 2009 03:35:49 AM »

thanks, craftADDchick!  Cheesy

I have a quite stupid question... about the 12" thing. should my square measure 12" on each of its four sides, or from one corner to another? it doesn't get to 12" anyway, but jsut curiosity
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« Reply #247 on: January 20, 2009 05:48:45 AM »

On each side. It doesn't really matter though, as long as they all end up the same size in the end! Tongue
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« Reply #248 on: January 20, 2009 07:40:03 AM »

thanks, craftADDchick!  Cheesy

I have a quite stupid question... about the 12" thing. should my square measure 12" on each of its four sides, or from one corner to another? it doesn't get to 12" anyway, but jsut curiosity

This is where the magic of blocking comes in.  Cool Apparently, you can't block acrylic, but for my 2008 blanket, I was blocking my squares made of Caron Simply Soft and they came out not wonky and the right size. I'm doing the "pin and spray with water" technique. Don't steam your acrylic!!
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« Reply #249 on: January 20, 2009 08:56:24 AM »

This year, I'm joining as I go, so here are my two January squares joined together:



Close up of the Craftster square (Esther):



Close up of the Ravelry square (Mandala):



Last year I went up to a "J" hook and my squares all came out the same/correct size. I did notice as the year progressed though that I started crocheting looser, so this year I'm using an "I" hook. Maybe by 2010 I'll be ready for the usually recommended "H."

Since I am joining as I go, I think I may go get yarn in a different color scheme this weekend and make one for my sister-in-law as well.
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