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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 / 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!
3  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
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Please help with this slip stitch into the row below direction on: February 02, 2008 06:47:24 PM
It seems like plain English, I know, but I can't figure out exactly what I'm supposed to do.  The directions say, "When you come to the sl sts in the next rnd, work over them into the row below".  What am I supposed to do?  I searced everywhere and couldn't find anything to help me.  Thanks so much!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first project...cupcake. on: January 20, 2008 06:01:29 PM
I used a pattern I found on Nimoe's blog...it was so fun to make.  I want to make one for everyone.  I'm so proud of this since this is my first ever crocheted project.  It was for my daughter's 19th birthday.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Purple Hamster on: January 20, 2008 05:53:14 PM
This is my second project since teaching myself to crochet last week.  I made a hamster for my daughter's 19th birthday (her real one died on Christmas Eve).  Purple is her favorite color so I made it purple.  I actually knitted i-cord for the arms...very easy.  I used black brads for the eyes and nose.  The ears are magic circles that I didn't connect.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Can you help me in crocheting a tube form for a hamster body? on: January 16, 2008 06:02:38 PM
I love the hamster I saw posted with the little hat.  My daughter was home from college over Christmas break and she brought her hamster.  Well, her hamster died on Christmas Eve...it was so sad...she had it for quite a few years.  I'm going to get to see her this weekend and since her birthday was Monday I was hoping to crochet her a hamster that will live forever.  She has her dog at school so a crocheted hamster seems like a great idea until she feels ready for a new one.  This will only be my second project and I don't know where to start.  Any help would be so appreciated.

Kelly
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