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6881  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...

6882  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...
6883  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.

6884  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?
6885  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
6886  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R3 Gallery on: December 31, 2008 10:40:37 AM
Has anybody heard from cheyelizabeth? 

I checked in with her (and heard back from her) before the ice/snow/no electricity/no heat/no internet disaster hit me Dec. 12th). But, I haven't heard from her since, so I sent another PM. If I don't hear from her by Friday, I'll just assume that she received from everyone and give those folks their requisite feedback. I know that, due to a work commitment, her internet time was restricted. I'm hoping nothing bad has happened to her since then!
6887  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ NOV on: December 31, 2008 10:34:34 AM
i dunno what color i'm going to use to join them.  i was going to go out to buy some yarn for joining today, but now it's snowing and they haven't really plowed yet, so i probably won't be able to get it today. 

all my fillers are 6" squares.  i plan to alternate between 12" squares and two 6" squares.  it's probably going to make joining harder, but we'll see how it goes!

It's snowing here, too, so I'm staying home as well! I would guess that the 6" squares wouldn't make joining much harder, especially if you joined them as a 6" X 12" rectangle. As long as you include the same number of rectangles in each row, it should work out quite nicely. Can't wait to see it Wink
6888  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares on: December 31, 2008 09:07:23 AM
I'm so excited that so many folks will be joining in, especially the new crocheters! I will be finishing up my square tonight, and I'll try to post the pattern as soon as the New Year rolls around... I have a feeling I'll be crocheting as the clock hits midnight Wink

And, as I selected the patterns, I tried to pick patterns that didn't look too difficult, but could still teach me a thing or two. I still call myself a beginner, but I'm probably more of an intermediate now. I'm still a little intimidated by some things, but this CAL has helped to build  my confidence.
6889  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ NOV on: December 31, 2008 08:25:29 AM
They look great, puppy_girl! What color will you use to join them? And, this may seem like a silly question, but did you increase the size of the fillers to 12" (I saw that the 9-patch pattern only makes a 6" square). I'm really curious to see how it will all fit together!
6890  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares on: December 30, 2008 08:43:36 AM
Would this be an appropriate CAL for a beginner to participate in?  I have a teeny bit of experience in knitting and I'm trying to pick up crochet as well.  I think the moral support and accountability would be helpful!   Wink
Squares are a great way to learn crochet. As long as you know some of the basic stitches like chain, sc, dc, then you'll pick the rest up and feel free to ask for help.

I agree! I have learned so much just from making squares in these CALs! I started the January square last night, and so far, it's pretty easy (but looks more complicated than it is, so it's a deceptively impressive looking square to start with Wink ). I think the most confusing part is the beginning, but if you use a stitch marker or two, and follow the directions, it works out just fine Wink And, since I started it after 10 pm, I think someone who is a little less tired than I was should be able to understand it perfectly Grin
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