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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Pretty - felted stuffy monster on: March 22, 2006 03:34:20 AM
Wow!!!  Kudos to you for making up the pattern!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Duck on: March 22, 2006 03:06:11 AM
Here is my first project with increases & decreses.  My finishing could use a bit of work - but it's pretty cute!!

In the arms I put potato chip bag, I ran it through the washer and dryer first to ensure it didn't melt.  So the wings make a crinkly noise.


Knitted Toys : 21 Easy-to-Knit Patterns for Irresistible Soft Toys by Fiona McTague

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Scoopneck mini argyle vest (or, the wannabe eunny) on: March 07, 2006 03:46:10 AM
Wow!  Very nice.

Stupid question.  Who / what is Eunny?

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Increase in first stitch on: March 03, 2006 04:01:02 AM

I'm doing my first project with increases and decreases - its a toy duck.

When I did the head, the increases were mid-row so I did the knit through the back loop to get an invisible increase.

Now I'm doing the wings - I have to increase in the first and last stitch.  My selvedge edge stitches are always a bit loosy-goosy on the needle - they are fine once I'm done.  I tried the knit two stitches through the same stitch - where I didn't remove the needle and just knit another stitch, but it really didn't work well, especially for the first stitch.

So I did the knit through the back loop - which was hard also, so I would bring the back loop on the needle and then knit it. 

I was thinking - could I just do my increase on the second stitch?  I think that would make my life a lot easier.  Would it make a big difference?


5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bears on my Blanket on: February 28, 2006 02:57:57 PM
The bear on the left, holding the balloon has one arm up holding the balloon, and one arm drooped, and is kind of "hanging"there.

The bear in the middle, is sleeping and has a head in the middle square and his bum in the far right square.

The bottom corner on the right, is a bear sitting backwards ( you don't see his face).

I hope this helps.

The winner is "Stehpanie Brown of USA"  I don't know if her name is a typo or not.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bears on my Blanket on: February 28, 2006 11:20:23 AM
Hi Carrie,

I can have a look at home.  I'm impressed that you are making the design yourself!  Did you have no luck with Mary Maxim?  The other thing to do is contact the designer.  I believe that they mentioned her name in the catalogue.

What bears are you stuck on?

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what's your favourite knitting tip or trick? on: February 28, 2006 10:23:48 AM
I apologize if this has been said already. 

But as a new knitter, I find it very difficult to count the rows, especially for garter.  So I use a pad of paper and write down each time I do a row.   I now have a row counter, but I was doing it last night when I had to decrease every third row.  I would write down "D 1 2" so that I would remember to decrease at the appropriate time.

I "steal" the pads of paper from hotels as they are exactly the right size and carry that and a pen in my knitting bag (i.e. ziplock bag) at all times.  It is also good for remember where you are in the pattern.

I also keep a project in the car so when we are running errands I can knit.  We have a baby, so if he falls asleep, I'll volunteer to stay in the car while hubby goes and buys the groceries.  I get to knit and get out of grocery shopping.  Happy Day!

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bears on my Blanket on: February 28, 2006 07:51:43 AM
I was just going to suggest that.

I hope to start it next week - once I'm done my knit duck.  I'll let you know how it goes.  It doesn't seem to bad when I read the pattern.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Bears on my Blanket on: February 26, 2006 12:00:23 PM

I'm making Bears on my Blanket from Mary Maxim for my sister.  I'm intimidated  by the amount of yarn.  I've only done 2 crochet projects before.

Anyone done it?  Is it hard for a beginner?  Words of encouragement  welcome.

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