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1  Help! It's growing and I don't know how to fix it.... in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by marta000 on: December 14, 2005 06:18:30 AM
So I thought I'd make my sister a blanket, but I'm having some trouble.  Just for the record, this is only my third or fourth crocheted thing ever...
So the pattern is http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/cja-cray.html and it is a beginner pattern, but for some reason I can't follow it. As far as I can tell, I am following the instructions, but what's happening is the increases are taking over so that I am now crocheting way more stitches than I originally chained.


As you can see from the pictures, instead of the edge being straight, it is getting wider. You can also see that the original 10 stitches leading up to the three dc/sc in one stitch are now something like 15 or 17 stitches. What have I done wrong? How can I fix this? Should I start over? GAARRR!!! (sound of me ripping my hair out)
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2  Re: vegan/ veggie swap!!! in The Swap Gallery by marta000 on: September 26, 2005 07:09:05 PM
Yeah! I got my stuff from CatyX today! Super exciting and that was before I opened the package.
She sent me a recipe book, some stickers, a fabulous tank top, vegan chocolate lip balm, and bath salts. My cats were going crazy when I was opening the bath salts/lip balm and now one of them has settled on top of the tank top. Thank you! I love it all and can't wait to be "veg" proud! (i will post the pictures shortly).

the vegan tank top (in my favorite color)
vegan recipe book (also in my favorite color)
vegan bath products (the chocolate smells so delicious!)

Here are two pictures of the things that I sent CatyX:

an "I love tofu" tshirt and

an envelope with fruit leather, animal rights stickers, and a cruelty free booklet; a homemade recipe book; and a magnet of veggies with microbeads over it
Sorry that the pictures are sorta crap, I'm only able to take them at night with terrible lighting
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3  Don't feed him after midnight! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by marta000 on: July 05, 2005 03:07:48 PM
My boyfriend's favorite childhood movie is Gremlins.  I decided to make him a Gizmo t-shirt to go along with his movie/stuffed animal collection.  I made the Gizmo picture out of felt and embroidered his name underneath it.

This is the shirt:

A closer shot of Gizmo:

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4  Macgyver and REO Speedwagon shirts in Stenciling: Completed Projects by marta000 on: July 03, 2005 06:09:13 PM
Here are some pictures of shirts that my fiancee and I made.  He did the Macgyver shirt for his brother's birthday gift (which he'll be getting along with season 2 of Macgyver on DVD).  I made the REO Speedwagon shirt because I thought it would be fun.
This is Macgyver (sideways):

Here is a very wrinkled and sideways shot of the front of the shirt:

A close up of the stenciling:

And a fun little (and crooked) message on the back:

Please excuse the weird wavy lines on the photos.  The program I used to resize them is apparently not the best...
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5  Re: Help! Too much fabric, not enough boobage! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by marta000 on: July 03, 2005 06:01:14 PM
I wanted to post a follow up.  Here is what the dress now looks like:

It still looks a little bit bunchy around the sides, but it's really not noticeable when I have my arms down.  Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and hints.  What I ended up doing was taking out the interfacing in the front panel and extending the front darts up so that they end in the middle of my bust/chest area.
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6  Re: Help! Too much fabric, not enough boobage! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by marta000 on: June 23, 2005 12:31:38 PM
Thanks for your suggestions.  I'm glad that I'm not the only one that's, um, less than well endowed.  I'm pretty small all over, so I guess it's to be expected.  Anyway, I've uploaded two pictures that I tried to take a few minutes ago.  It's hard to have it look right because I had to hold it on, so it makes the fabric look bunchier than it already is.  I tried moving the seams in at the sides, but that didn't have the effect I wanted.  I've tried to pin in princess seams, but I won't know for sure if that worked until my boyfriend comes home (so that he can hold it onto me and I can move around.  Also, I should mention, that it seems like the dress will stay up on its own (if I make it tight enough, but it does not have any boning in it.  I haven't yet tried the center seam.  I just hope I can figure it out!

p.s. sorry about about the camera in the second one.  I'm new at taking mirror pictures.  Also, a lot of the bunchiness in the second one is due to the way I was holding the back.
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7  Re: TUTORIAL: Make a Lined Zippered Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by marta000 on: June 21, 2005 04:34:19 PM
I've meant to post for a long time and say GREAT JOB on this tutorial.  I used it to make two pouches for my sisters (for presents) and it was so helpful.  Here are pictures:

I made the first one first, and then tried to learn from it and fix my mistakes on the second one. I had the hardest time getting the first one to have straight edges.  But my sisters seemed to like them, so I guess they turned out okay!
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8  Lemonade apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by marta000 on: June 09, 2005 03:39:12 PM
Here are two different views of an apron that I made as a birthday present for a friend.  This apron was made from a Butterick pattern (4087).  I'm just learning how to sew and this pattern had fairly clear instructions.  I was really excited when I learned that my friend didn't even know that I had made it!
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