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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / tips on containers used to mix resin on: March 21, 2008 11:19:15 AM
I bought some clear plastic cups and they did melt some when mixing my resin so that a little while later there were small holes and the resin leaked onto the table.  Even a tiny bit of resin droppings can seem like so much when you're trying to clean it up...it seems to grow when you are in the clean up stage.  I was using more expensive cups, too.  So, I went to the Salvation Army and was able to pic up some of the rubbermaid measuring cups with the lids on them so that after you mix your resin you can pour it much easier.  Also, some thick measuring spoon/cup things.  I also picked up some great, thick, tupperware cups for 10-20 cents a piece to do my mixing in and then some thick plastic spoons (they were very thick because they were like reusable tupperware spoons).  Hope this helps someone...I spent 3 dollars on the initial thick disposable cups and only a couple bucks on ALL the supplies purchased at Salvation Army.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need KFB help...pretty please. on: February 19, 2008 05:06:45 AM
sorry COMPLETELY misread this topic just then...thought it said KGB help!!

They want to confiscate all of my yarn and I don't know what to do!!!!  I guess I'll have to call the Equalizer (an old TV show).
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need KFB help...pretty please. on: February 17, 2008 10:48:27 AM
haha, Betty...sometimes things are so easy they are hard.  I have the same trouble sometimes when counting days with a start date and end date...craziness.  I think the problem is I know more about math than knitting and I would KFB and then slip the 2 new stitches to the right needle and then KFB again and slip the next two stiches to the right needle and then had 4, etc.  So, I could never come up with 5...I didn't understand the directions and all of a sudden 1 + 2 equaled 2 and I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes but how can you argue with the proof.  heehee...forget that knitting and math program I was going to write and thanks for helping me understand the error of my addition or subtraction or whatever the heck I was doing.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need KFB help...pretty please. on: February 16, 2008 09:32:35 PM
Okay, I'm gonna try it and hopefully it will work.  Thanks everyone.  I'm going to try the kfb in the same stitch until I have 5 before I ever move it to the right side...I think this is what hurdles is saying.  Even if I can't say it right in the previous sentence I think I still get it now...we will see.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I need KFB help...pretty please. on: February 16, 2008 06:47:30 PM
I guess it's the math teacher in me that says if you create something that makes 2 every time then you should end with a multiple of 2.  Well, the directions for what I'm doing say to cast on one and then knit KFB into the stitch until you have 5 stitches on the right needle.  Well, how do you end with 5?  Do you KFB twice to get 4 and then knit the one cast on stitch to make the 5th?  If so, why don't the directions say that?  I'm confused.  I thought maybe it was a typo but as I read the directions later are still dealing with 5 stitches.  Thanks!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Valentine Kitty **Now with pattern** on: February 14, 2008 03:50:15 PM
ha. I love that your dog ate it. Not that he ate it, but that he ate it, you know?

Right.

Yeah, I'm one of those rare teachers that believes the kids when they say, "My dog ate it".  Now that my dog is old, he eats dirt, paper, wood...paper is still a favorite, though...weirdo.
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Hammy the exploring amigurumi hamster... on: February 13, 2008 04:17:01 PM
So cute!  I adore his little backpack...I want to make one of those for the hamster I made my daughter...she's in college so it would be perfect for the college hamster.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Valentine Kitty **Now with pattern** on: February 13, 2008 04:15:13 PM
What hook size did you use, and what's an invisible increase/decrease?

I used an E hook.  I love the invisible decrease because it's just that in the end...invisible...you simply decrease by crocheting into the front loop only.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Valentine Kitty **Now with pattern** on: February 13, 2008 04:08:16 PM
whenever i increase every 3 i get 18 and not 21

I don't know...when I was writing the pattern that my dog ate I thought this is what I came up with...when I increase in 3 I really end the increase on the multiple of 3 so I start the increase on 2 and then again on 5 and then again on 8 and so on.  Does that make sense?  If it looks okay then go with it!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Valentine Kitty **Now with pattern** on: February 12, 2008 05:59:45 PM
I made this all on my own so I'm proud.  I wrote the pattern down as I went but my dog ate it.  Really...he did.  I remember it, though, so if anyone wants it I will post it. 





Okay, so it's obvious I'm a beginner...this pattern looks like a novel but it's the first one that I've written.  You can make the body, tail, and legs longer or shorter depending on your taste.

Amigurumi Valentine Kitty:

Head
Start with MR and crochet 7 into ring
Rnd 1   2 SC in each ch (14)
Rnd 2   Increase every 3 (21)
Rnd 3   Increase every 4  (28)
Rnd 4   Increase every 5  (35)
Rnd 5-11  SC in each ch
Rnd 12  Invisible decrease every 5 (28)
Rnd 13  Invisible decrease every 4 (21)
Rnd 14  SC in each ch
Rnd 15  Invisible decrease every 3 (14)
Stuff and shape
Rnd 16  Invisible decrease every stitch (7)
Weave in circle with tail and needle and pull tight to close circle and secure your end by weaving into circle a few times

Body
Start with MR and crochet 7 into ring
Rnd 1   2 SC in each ch (14)
Rnd 2   increase every 3 (21)
Rnd 3   increase every 4 (28)
Rnd 5   increase every 5 (35)
Rnd 6-10  SC in each ch
Rnd 11 increase every 7 (42)
Rnd 12-35 SC in each ch
Rnd 36 Invisible decrease every 7 (35)
Rnd 37 Invisible decrease every 5 (28)
Rnd 38 Invisible decrease every 4 (21)
Rnd 39 Invisible decrease every 3 (14)
Stuff and shape (I rolled it like a play doh snake between my hands to get it nice and round)
Row 40 Invisible decrease every stitch (7)
Weave in circle with tail and needle and pull tight to close circle and secure your end

Tail
--I stuffed the tail as I went along--
Start with MR and crochet 4
Rnd 1 Double Crochet in 2nd and 4th ch (6)
Rnd 2 Double Crochet in 3rd and 6th ch (eight)
Rnd 3-25 SC in each ch
Fasten off and leave a tail to sew it to the body

Feet (make 4- unless you are especially fond of 3 legged cats)
Start with MR and crochet 5
Rnd 1  2 SC in each ch (10)
Rnd 2-6  SC in each ch
Fasten off and leave a tail to sew each foot to the body

Ears (make 2)
Start with MR and crochet 4
Rnd 1 SC in each ch
Rnd 2 DC in each ch (eight)
Rnd 3-5 SC in each ch
Fasten off and leave a tail to sew to head.  Pull magic ring tail to shape and flatten ears into triangle shapes before you sew them the head
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