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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need help reading a pattern... on: April 03, 2009 06:50:40 AM
I took two classes at Joann's on how to crochet.  Both the 101 and 201 class...This past week I started on my own project, but am having a problem reading the pattern.  It is a hexagon baby blanket which is mostly DC, and bobbles.  I get through the first 2 rounds and then it starts to get all squished...and the blanket doesn't lay flat, and looks NOTHING like the picture.   I got it off the redheart.com website (and the pattern is in PDF so I couldn't provide you with a link).    Here are the first 3 rounds:

With A, ch 3, join with a slip st in first ch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in ring, ch 1, [2 dc in ring, ch 1] 5 times, join with a slip st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.  Easy enough to understand, and it came out perfect when I did it.

Round 2: Slip st to first ch-1 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same space, ch 1, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space, ch 1] 5 times, join with a slip st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.  Here is what is confusing, The beginning of round 2 says to slip stitch to first chain - 1 space, chain 3.  I just chained 3 after I slip stitched it to the first chain, then did the dc, ch 1, 2dc all in the same space....but what's up with the one space? Then it says in next chain, 1 space, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc.  Does that indicate that I need to add an extra space?

Round 3: Join B in first ch-1 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same space, ch 1, bobble in next ch-1 space, ch 1, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space, ch 1, bobble in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * 4 times, join with a slip st in top of beginning ch-3.  Round 3 has this same space "stuff" which I can't figure out.

WHAT AM I DOING WRONG!!!???  Please help a beginner Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Yarn for bags? on: March 03, 2009 10:27:12 AM
I am a beginner with crochet so please excuse the possible ridiculous question.

I am confused as to what kind of yarn would be suitable for a bag?  A lot of the patterns don't indicate.  I would ASSUME it should be some kind of heavier weighted yarn, possibly in the acrylic family....BUT what brand would that be?   Huh
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Binding....Newbie....help!! on: September 27, 2007 12:24:49 PM
So, I am working on my first quilt....but my second quilt top.  I originally started on this Halloween throw, but then my mom suggested I make a quilt for my aunt so I got side-tracked from the Halloween one for another.....ANYWAY...

I have pieced together my top, and I am going to start my quilting tonight.  Binding has me in a tizzy though!!  I am not 100% confident in myself, and I feel i might mess up.  I bought the binding tape (which I know some quilters are against, but since it is my first, I figured the easier the better).  I was thinking to ensure that it looks good, and stays in the right place as I sew it on I would use fusible hem tape to hold it in place.  I know pins would be the best option, but I am paranoid that my machine needle is going to go right through one of them and cause bits of metal to fly in my eye...and thus blinding me for life.   I know, it is not a very likely situation, but I have a flare for being a spaz. 

Would this be ok??  Or no?? 

(P.S. I posted this on the 'quilting bitch' group on myspace as well, so it might look like a duplicate to some of you)
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tis' the season for Zucchini on: August 17, 2007 10:02:05 AM
I have decided that if I eat any more sauteed zucchini , grilled zucchini, zucchini bread...or fried zucchini....or any other kind of typical zucchini recipe I will more then likely hurl....I searched for something new to use all these damn zucchini in, and found this recipe in a bunch of cards given to us by my husband grandmother.  Oh my are they tasty!!  Vegetarian as well!!

Zucchini Crab Cakes

2 cups shredded zucchini
1/4 cup minced onion
1 egg, beaten
1 TB of old bay seasoning
1 cup breadcrumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix zucchini, onion, with the egg, salt & pepper and old bay in a mixing bowl until blended.  Form into patties/balls and roll around in breadcrumb.  Heat oil in a pan.  Drop patties/balls into hot oil (carefully) and cook until golden brown.  Serve with cocktail & Tarter sauce. 

Different & delicious! - Some use flour as well, but I find it to be unnecessary!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wedding pillow - With Pics on: July 31, 2007 01:38:55 PM
In April of '06 I was looking for an interesting Celtic/Irish themed pattern for a ring bearers pillow.  I wanted it to be more then just a store bought generic looking thing, as my step son was going to be carrying it.  So I searched and found an Irish Wedding Blessing pattern.  I finished it around early May of this year.  I am pretty proud of it.  I have tons of projects going, but actually finished this one!!!  This is my first time posting stuff on here Smiley

This is him holding it in church for the rehearsal.

Here is a closer one.....You may have to tilt your head slightly!   Grin

One right side up...and the goof ball hiding behind it!

Here he is the day of the wedding walking proudly down the aisle in his kilt holding his pillow!

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