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11  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Go For Baroque...did I do something wrong? on: April 19, 2009 07:33:46 PM
I haven't made this yet, so I might be totally off base... but I'm going to try.

Looking at your picture [the close up one], if you look... following the right side of the piece... you have dropped what looks like a half shell pattern [you can see at the bottom the half shell, then at the top it goes away]. But I think you're supposed to do that.

From what I can tell is that you're doing the neck shaping. I looked through the pattern and as best as I can tell [short of actually crocheting the sweater myself], is that you're doing it correctly. Remember that you're going to go back later and add a border all the way around the sweater, so that will give it the nice squared off look that the picture in the book has.

Unfortunately she doesn't given a close up of that section of the sweater in any of the photos.

My advice:
If you have followed the pattern correctly, keep going. I think its going to be one of those things that will just come together in the end. I can see why you're dismayed, but I honestly think that when you get the border done, the neck shaping will look totally fine!

Good luck!  Grin
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Opinions needed on photography =B on: April 16, 2009 07:56:54 PM
For the wildflowers, I would go with 3 and 4.

I like the shadows in the first pic, but it seems like a typical angle.
For the second, I have the same issue that audreytherese has with the ground being the focus.
Third is my favorite, I love the use of the one flower in the foreground and how you're focused on the one behind.
Fourth, again with the foreground and the background.
And fifth, again seems like a typical angle.

For the cat...
your first picture doesn't seem clear. Like you had a slower shutter time and moved a little. If you can retake it to clear it up, I like that one.
The second picture seems too sterile for the subject matter. When I think of those lucky cats, I think of them being in a busy place, not a white background.

Hope that helps.

Are you applying to Waterloo University in Ontario?
13  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Something going on...? on: April 14, 2009 07:56:11 PM
Haha. Perfect.   Cheesy

Thanks sweets. Just wanted to make sure!
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Something going on...? on: April 14, 2009 07:54:04 PM
Are you ladies working on Craftster?

All of the ads have disappeared...
And I checked that my AdBlock is off for this site.

And then I went to the homepage... saw some ads, but the whole page was skinnier with a lot more of the blue showing on the edges. [I have a widescreen laptop, so that might have been it. But that usually doesn't happen.]

I just wanted to make sure everything's okay.... and that I'm not losing it.
15  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Going to a blog instead of posting on Craftster on: April 13, 2009 12:47:37 PM
factasticmio, I think that's a great use of a blog. It sounds like you're not withholding information from your Craftster posts so that people will visit your blog. If more people did that, then I don't think we'd have this blog issue.

My thoughts on all of this are that posts like the one that pinokeeo linked are still violating the rules. For me, it seems like that poster just put a teaser and is saying, "head to my blog for the rest of it!" and that bothers me. This person obviously has taken the time to make a tutorial [especially since it was linked at the bottom of the post], why can't they take the 30 seconds to copy and paste?

Its a little exhausting seeing an exciting post and then being told that to find any information about is a click away. That's not the point of Craftster. I refuse to go to the blogs and I also refuse to comment on the post.

I had thought, when this rule first appeared, that any linking of a blog in a post was self promotion and wasn't allowed. Especially since the blog links are in the signatures anyway.

16  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Anyone else having search problems? on: April 13, 2009 07:35:30 AM
I just tried a search with no issue.

I'm using Firefox though... so I'm not sure.

And I totally understand the pregnancy brain issue... lol!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Debut Stage Appearance and she had a ball!!!! on: April 13, 2009 07:22:40 AM
I love all of the outfits you make your daughter. And this one continues the trend!
Any little girl would feel like a princess in that dress!
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Surprise! It's twins! on: March 26, 2009 04:51:08 PM
I don't have anything to add, the ladies above me have listed a lot of good things.

Just remember, twins are often born about a month early. Full term for twins is considered to be about 36 weeks. But they will be born smaller. So possibly including premmie clothes would be helpful because not a lot of people tend to think about that when giving gifts.

19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: why is this curving? on: March 26, 2009 03:43:19 PM
1. Calm down. Its okay.
2. There are two reasons that it could be doing this.
3. The first is that your white yarn is a little smaller than the colored [this is possible even if they are the same brand and everything]
4. Your chain is too tight.

Here's what you do:
1. Check your yarn. Does one seem a little bit bigger?
2. If not, or they're really close, or if you just want to... frog it and start again, but do your base chain in a slightly larger hook.
3. You can even just keep going. It means it might pull a little at the bottom, but it won't be that noticeable because the rest of the blanket will keep pulling the curve the other way as you keep going.

So breathe. It'll be okay!  Grin
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitter trying out crochet, newbie questions! on: March 20, 2009 06:25:11 AM
I have an answer to the stitch marker question.
We have these little ones that look like part of a spring. So you can twist them onto the stitches for counting.

But a better [and cheaper method]... bobby pins. Stick them in to mark where you need and they won't get stuck.

And my favorite website for crocheting [besides this one] is crochetpatterncentral.com. Tons and tons of patterns.

Good luck!
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