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6851  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 02, 2009 09:51:42 PM
I've been gone all day, so thanks fantasticmio for helping folks out! Glad everyone is back on track!
6852  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 02, 2009 07:37:05 AM

Can I ask a silly question- what are these filler squares people keep talking about?!  I am heading over to look at the ravelry thread now!

Not a silly question at all! Filler squares are squares that you'll use to fill in the space between your monthly blocks, especially if you want a bigger afghan and don't want to repeat any blocks. And, filler squares can also "fill your time" while you're waiting for the next month's block Wink
6853  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 01, 2009 08:32:42 PM
fantasticmio, I love your color combo- it's similar to the one I'm using (note the present tense... ahem...) for the 2007 CAL! And, your square came out great!

zombiecazz, I'm glad you don't mind if you run into duplicates Wink And, I think the Ravelry squares will make great "fillers" so feel free to post them here as well. I'm hoping to try them, too. I have another color scheme (Red Heart yarns), but I need one more color and I can't figure out which one to get.
6854  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 01, 2009 02:44:04 PM
What a pretty square. I can't wait to start. Also, your square is nicer than the ones on the pattern page. The bright colour makes the pattern more visible, the light colours make it kind of blurry.

Thanks! But, I bet it will look very nice in some lovely hand-dyed yarns, too Wink

How do i find the CAL on ravelry? i am kind of interested in maybe doing the 6" squares also.

I just added the link (to the Raverly CAL) to the first post in this thread. Let me know if it doesn't work properly...

And, zombiecazz, your square looks great! I really do like it in more than one color.

I'm hoping I don't have too many squares that folks did as fillers last year! Problem is, whenever I came across a square I liked, I saved it to a folder. I didn't make a note of whether it had been done as a filler in the CAL, so there are probably a couple more that some folks have already done... Hopefully, that doesn't turn some folks off. I did pick squares that hadn't been done as the "official" squares in the last 2 CALs, though...
6855  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate Pots de Creme- pic chunky on: January 01, 2009 02:34:44 PM
I'll have to be on the lookout for small cups. And, I think I 'll stick with your method- the traditional method sounds like too much work Wink
6856  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Japanese mocchi box knock-off Questions. on: January 01, 2009 08:24:49 AM
This box is so neat! I love little boxes like this.

To tuck inside...
A little set of decorated gift tags
Tiny notecards and envelopes
A bunch of the little wishing stars made from strips of paper
Domino pendants
A small polymer clay figurine
A crocheted/knitted finger puppet
A bunch of Hershey Kisses

I guess it depends on the age of the recipient and how much time you have to make something to put in there...

6857  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: January 01, 2009 08:15:35 AM
Happy new Year!

This is a good-looking square to start us off. craftADDchick, your square looks really nice. The bright and black go good together.

Thanks! I decided, after seeing all of the vibrant color combos in the 2008 CAL, that I needed to liven things up a bit for my next one.

craftADDchick - very pretty first square  Smiley

Thanks! One of my favorite things about it is that the beginning/ending of each round is not that obvious, so it looks nice and neat Cheesy

Total NOOB here.  Can I REALLY make this block?  It's really, really pretty, and it looks complicated!

Also, how many colors of yarn should I buy?

You should be able to make the block without any problems. It looks more complicated than it is. It's single and double crochet and a bunch of chains (which makes it go very quickly!). After a round or two, you'll pick up how the pattern works and it's even easier!

And, as GumInMyHair said, we're here to help if you get stuck Wink

As for number of colors, I stuck with two, since I wasn't sure where would be the best spot to make the color changes (and I hate to weave in ends Smiley ). There's a note in the pattern that you could change colors after every 2 rows; there's also a photo of a completed afghan to show how it looks. It looks cool with multiple colors, but again... those pesky ends Wink

For all of the squares, I have 5 colors of Caron Simply Soft Brites (Watermelon, Grape, Blue Mint, Limelight and Mango) and black for an accent and to connect them all at the end...
6858  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares- January on: December 31, 2008 09:29:37 PM
Happy New Year!!

Here is the January square:  Esthers Square


A very easy and well-written pattern! I didnt encounter any difficulties with the directions. My square is made with Caron Simply Soft Brites Watermelon and CSS Black. I stuck with the 2 colors, but I think itll look really nice with more color changes. Im adding this in to my favorite squares file since it is such a nice-looking square and so easy to do.

Big surprise (heavy sarcasm here), mine ended up smaller than 12, but Ive decided that Im not fighting that battle for this round. I already went up two hook sizes. Im hoping that if I just follow each pattern as written, and stick with the same hook, that all of my squares will end up the same size, even if they are a bit on the smaller side.

6859  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate Pots de Creme- pic chunky on: December 31, 2008 04:48:19 PM
Oh man! These sound yummy! I'll have to give these a go for the next party I'm invited to...

About how much is in each cup?
6860  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares on: December 31, 2008 04:00:36 PM
I wasn't going to join this year, but.........

 I gave my 2008 afghan to my parents for Christmas. When my sister saw it she said, "Erin, did you make that afghan? You make me sick! That is the most beautiful afghan I've ever seen".

She seriously meant it. Now I want to make her one!  Cheesy

Excellent! And, it's so awesome when someone appreciates handmade stuff Wink

CraftADDchick, I love the idea of you making the square and showing it when you post the pattern. It just adds to the "new square excitement".

I'm doing it for 2 reasons, mostly:
1) To make sure that the pattern makes sense and isn't too difficult
2) To make sure I get them all done, for once Grin

But, you're right- it does give the month a nice kick-off Wink
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