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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help with a dog sweater please! on: August 21, 2010 02:43:02 PM

i have been knitting for quite a few years but can only really understand basic patterns. i am trying to knit the i-matey dog sweater (free from bernat.com) but i don't understand this one part. i have put the part i don't understand in blue.

Shape Leg Openings and Place Chart: 1st row: K4 (5-6-10). Cast off next 4 (5-6-9) sts. K8 (12-14-27) (including st on needle after cast off).
Work Chart A (A-B-B) across next 20 (20-26-26) sts reading row from right to left. K8 (12-14-27). Cast off next 4 (5-6-9) sts. Knit to end of row.
Note: All Leg Sections are worked at the same time using a separate ball of yarn for each section (keeping continuity of chart throughout). Beg with a purl row work 1 (1-2-2) ins [2.5 (4-5-6) cm] even from cast off sts (keeping continuity of chart), ending with RS facing for next row.

so does this mean that i need to skip the stitches before the first cast off section and after the second cast off section? or am i supposed to knit them?

if someone could help me that would be greatly appreciated! Grin

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES / gnome of tiny proportion! on: March 06, 2010 08:00:15 PM
this is my first time entering a challenge.  i love tiny things and when i saw that there was a challenge to make something tiny, i knew it was the perfect challenge for me! i have wanted to try to make really small amirgurumi's for awhile but haven't gotten around to trying it. i think gnomes are awesome and figured he'd be easy enough to do for my first tiny ami. here he is at 1 1/8".

i think he's super cute.  Grin thanks for checking him out!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / doom doom doom doom doom.... (tiny sized gir) on: January 20, 2010 07:56:34 AM
gir in his doggy suit

i made this as a gift for a big invader zim fan. he's no bigger than 6" from his feet to the top of his ears (4" not including the ears). i think he's so cute (much cuter in person). i love him so much so it's a good thing the one receiving it lives with me! :oD he's hand swen using fleece for almost all of him and felt for the ears, tongue and zipper.
Here is a shot of the back with his cute tail. <3
Thanks for looking!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Tubby little buddy all stuffed with cake on: November 18, 2009 07:47:46 AM

i was asked to make a cake for my friends daughters first birthday. she wanted it to be Winnie the Pooh themed and to be a chocolate cake (so it would be messy!) i know that not everyone likes chocolate cake, so i made some vanilla cupcakes with color specks inside. i used buttercream icing on the cake and cupcakes. the pooh faces and the bee are fondant and the butterflies and the letters are chocolate. i am just starting to self learn how to decorate so i'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

a close up of the bee and cupcakes.

thanks for looking.  Smiley
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / baby luigi! (pic chubby) on: September 25, 2009 07:05:26 AM

baby luigi! (please excuse the mess in the background.)

i made this little guy (about 10 inches tall) for the mario swap for my partner who loves luigi. i didn't use a pattern, i just made him up as i went. i didn't write down the pattern , but i did take a lot of photo's so hopefully i can make another one like this but of other characters.  i used doll arm parts so that his arms could move.  i think he's so cute and am very proud of him. this is the second amigurumi type doll i have made without a pattern. my partner really seemed to like him. Cheesy here are a few more photos.

his hair detail.

c & c welcome. thanks for looking! hope you all think he's as cute as i do.  Smiley

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wallet and change purse w/ compact mirror on: July 17, 2009 11:18:18 AM
i made this for a friends b-day to go with a nightmare before xmas bag i put together. just a really basic wallet and change purse. i used the same fabric for the inside of the wallets zippered pocket as in the change purse. its also the same fabric i used on the pocket inside the bag i made. i used it to tie all the items together. and a mirror i covered with a jack photo. nothing fancy.

i seem to have issues with the sewing machine and am still learning how to better sew. everytime i use it i have to rip out the stitches at least once and redo. i can usually pick up crafts pretty quickly but for some reason i can't really machine sew. its such a simple task too.  if anyone has any suggestions they would be appreciated. i found a great book on sewing at a thrift store so hopefully i will start getting better at it. Smiley enough rambelling, here are a few photo's.


c & c welcome, thanks for looking.
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Puffin on: July 15, 2009 03:52:37 PM
i am just starting to pick up needle felting. i needed to come up with a gift for a friend of the family. she is in love with puffins and has a large collection of puffin stuff. i thought i should give this new craft a shot and try to make a puffin. this is my third completed needle felting project and i think it turned out well. i glued him to a rock to look like he's on a cliff.

the front/side view of him.

the back view of him.(the black is not this light. basement photo's never turn out well)

c&c welcome esp. since i am learning.  Smiley
thanks for looking.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nightmare Before Christmas Embroidered Bag on: July 09, 2009 09:12:14 PM
i made this Nightmare Before Christmas bag for my friend for her birthday. i used a black canvas bag i got at walmart. i ripped it all apart and changed the fabric that was on the insides. it used to be all black on the inside too. i forgot to take the before photo. i embroidered two pictures on, one on the front, and one on the inside. i'm new to embroidery so i used a simple stitch. i like how it turned out.

the front of the bag

a close up of the embroidery on the front of the bag

the inside flap and inside front of the bag

close up of embroidery of the inside front of bag

the inside of the bag, with a zippered pocket

i didn't make the buttons. they were the inspiration for the bag. sorry i got my foot in the last photo.
c&c welcome! thanks for looking.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / kurt cobain ami on: June 04, 2009 06:31:16 AM
i made this awhile ago for a friends birthday, and i am just getting around to posting. my friends a huge fan of music and really likes Kurt Cobain so i decided to try making him a little Kurt Cobain ami. Kurt's crocheted and i made the guitar out of felt. i think he's cute, but the eyes are a little scary. if i was to make he again i would use polymer clay for the eyes instead.


c and c welcome.
thanks for looking.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / skull-tastic bag on: February 09, 2009 08:19:00 AM
i made this bag for the skull swap i was in, but i really liked how it turned out (i didn't want to give it away) so i thought it needed to be put in the knitted section. it's just a normal bag, but the work that had to go into the detailing makes it special to me.

it took a lot longer to make then i expected. it's hard to capture the detail in a photo, but i think i did a pretty good job capturing it. the coolest part is that the skull glow's in the dark! (i <3 things that glow in the dark)

here is the bag...

this is the inside of the bag. i used fabric for the handles and the lining.

my swap partner seemed to like it. Smiley thanks for looking.
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