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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: THE 26 MONSTERS OF THE ALPHABET (& lots more!) EXTRA IMAGE HEAVY on: August 06, 2008 02:13:18 PM
Love your little guys.  Their eyes are so expressive! 

May I ask where you get your fur?  I have such a hard time finding a good variety.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Froggie Gals on: November 29, 2006 04:25:59 PM

I haven't posted on Craftster in awhile (cross-country move, pregnancy, etc.), but came across this challenge and just had to enter.  These little girls are some of the last things I made before packing up.  They're my take on a much altered and added-to basic body pattern for amigurumi animals I found in a Japanese craft book. They each have a satchel in which to carry their most special things and are ready for school in their little spring dresses.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Moving Panorama Toy (or, Gnome meets world!) with mini tute & pics on: March 20, 2006 07:56:38 PM
Oh!  That's wonderful!

To quote one of my favorite children' s books Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes, "Wow.  That's all I can say.  Just wow."
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: my coconut bun! on: March 14, 2006 09:29:39 PM
How sweet (both as in "cute" and yum")!  Great job!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have to crochet TIGHTLY making amigurumi, huh? on: February 10, 2006 12:52:21 PM
Maybe just going down a hook size would help.  I use a "g" hook for most of my amigurumi and they come out well without having to crochet too tightly.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Other methods of sc decreasing? on: January 27, 2006 04:51:14 PM
So, when you do a sc decrease do you just skip the hole or do you sc the next 2 stitches together by drawing the loop through and moving onto the next stitch, doing a single crochet drawing through three loops instead of the normal 2?

The latter.

I have been trying to decipher some Japanese patterns myself and I was under the impression the "o" (open circle) stood for a chain (like ch 1).  I have noticed that in the graphs they use for the rounds that there is usually a - or + with a number indicating increase or decrease. 

I know what you are talking about.  The book I'm using uses both symbols.  The chain symbol is more like an oval "0," while the mystery symbol is more spherical "O."

Thanks for continuing to help me decipher!

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Other methods of sc decreasing? on: January 23, 2006 08:56:05 PM
Hoping someone out there can help me out.

I have this Japanese crochet book with a symbol that I can't decipher, but that I'm pretty sure is referring to another method of decreasing other than the common way.

On most charts a standard decrease (for example stitch one, decrease one) is represented like by an "x" and an "x" with a ^ over it.

On some charts in this book, instead of the standard decrease symbol, this appears (again seeming to indicate stitch one decrease one):

x o

As far as I can make out with my less-than-perfect translation skills, the "o" means something like decrease while also increasing.  From the photos of the finished products, this seems to result in a much smoother-looking decrease.

Anyone have any idea how to do this type of decrease?  I thought there was only one way to decrease in single crochet, but maybe I'm wrong.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Swedish Weaving Blanket on: January 20, 2006 05:37:02 PM
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting in rounds using very thin yarn on: January 06, 2006 05:17:50 PM
Personally, I just gave up joining the rounds, even on patterns that call for joining.  I mark the beginning of the row with a piece of yarn so I know when I have finished a round.  I truly don't notice the slight spirally-ness of the rows.  It looks better than the perforation that occurs when you join and which I think is way more noticeable.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Alice in Wonderland/ A Mad Tea Party on: January 02, 2006 11:37:48 AM
Amazing!  So beautiful!
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