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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Stuffed animals for infant- what's good to make? on: August 07, 2007 09:55:36 AM
So, someone I know online is having an EXTREMELY hard life situation during pregnancy right now, and I got asked to join in a "make something with yarn for her" surprise thingie. She's due mid-September.

Now, I do NOT make baby clothes (you know about the boyfriend sweater curse? In my family it's the child curse- by the time you finish the outfit the child will be long since grown out of that size), so I said I'd do a stuffed animal.

However, I am wondering what, exactly, someone needs to keep in mind when making a stuffed animal for a baby. Is there a particular size I should try to make? Not small enough to eat, I suppose, with no buttons to come off, but beyond that, I really don't know. I haven't done any amigurumi before this. Does anyone have any recommendations/suggestions as to what I should be keeping an eye out for, or any possible patterns?
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gauge HELL-help! I can't GO that small! on: June 27, 2007 01:13:04 PM
1. I am not using bamboo yarn. I can't get ahold of any here, so I substituted another DK. (Now I am wishing I'd picked a different yarn.)
2. Checked the website, no corrections for the project.
3. I am seriously wondering if it's supposed to be a tinier yarn now... I don't want to start working in fingering weight, though. DK is barely above "too small" for me to deal with!

Well, the good news is that I got ahold of a B hook and it does, finally, come out in the correct gauge with that one.

The irritating thing is that I still have to go a hook DOWN to do the bottom half of the project. I somehow suspect if I end up doing this one at all (I kind of doubt I should at this point!), I'll just have to do the even-smaller bit in the same hook.

Ergh. Well, thanks for the suggestions, folks. I will keep them in mind for the next time I have this problem.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gauge HELL-help! I can't GO that small! on: June 26, 2007 10:54:49 AM
Both, the gauge is supposed to be done in a "sc, then do a shell, sc, shell" pattern.
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gauge HELL-help! I can't GO that small! on: June 26, 2007 09:19:27 AM
America, and it's an American magazine.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Gauge HELL-help! I can't GO that small! on: June 25, 2007 04:18:35 PM
So, I want to attempt to do this project, which uses DK yarn. It's supposed to use F, G, and H hooks (you do the gauge in G).

Well. I can't get it to come out right with G, or F, or E, or D, or C hooks. It won't come out as 4 inches wide  on both sides exactly for any of them. If it comes out as 4 inches across, I CAN'T put in 16 rows and have it come out that short- 16 rows is always longer than 4 inches. Not by a little bit- by at least a half an inch.

It looks like I'll have to try making it in a B hook...or even smaller. I'm not even sure if "even smaller" EXISTS, for crying out loud. And the worst part is, if I DO have to make the thing in a B hook...I have to go EVEN SMALLER than that for part of the garment! ARGH!

Does anyone have any idea what's wrong here, or if this is fixable, or has been in the same situation? What does one do if the gauge only comes out right HALFWAY?

Man, I don't want to work with an itty-bitty hook...
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fess up, who's got a knitting blog? on: April 17, 2007 03:07:19 PM

Huh. I just posted this somewhere else as well. It's not just knitting, though, I put all of my crafts there.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: twenty-something bloggers? on: April 17, 2007 03:04:02 PM
I'm almost 29 *gulp* *cry*, but yeah, I've been blogging like, my entire 20's or so.

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do you design a knitting pattern? on: April 17, 2007 03:01:52 PM
Seriously, I've always wondered how you do one from scratch. I've done a few, but based off of my own body or one-size-fits-all, so it wasn't as nitpicky. I have no idea how one designs to different body sizes and whatnot. Do the Knitty people actually MAKE sweaters in all the sizes available first or something? How do you figure out how to make it look? All I've really done so far is the good ol' Zimmerman method, but I'd like to figure out how to make other things from scratch. I am just not sure how.

How do y'all do it?
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for patterns similar to these... on: March 29, 2007 10:59:01 AM
Does anyone know of anything similar? This woman makes up her own patterns out of thin air, so I can't ask her, but I like the styles. I'd really like some more patterns with lace-up designs in particular (the only one I know of is in the Domiknitrix book), and knit dresses.

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne Cobb the Doll on: July 28, 2006 11:33:51 AM
Yeah, I'm kind of wondering if I could use those patterns to make a knitted Mal and Inara now...
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