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  1. I think I will go with a different strap idea. I'm going to try to get some strap material and then put an "adjuster piece" on it so we can tighten it around the headrest of the seat infront of them. Geesh! I have enough old carseats around here that I could probably use the straps off of them! Long live recycling! hehe
  2. Thanks for the great thoughts. I was thinking about just doing a tote, but I was worried about a stretchy handle- so I guess you have helped me with that! I'm still figuring out stitches and know that some directions are stretchier than others and just have not sat down and analyzed the differences. I'm guessing that if I would sc 4 across back and forth for the length of the handle, that would be stretchier than going the length first? I should get all this figured out. I would be a happier "pattern-less" crocheter!!!
  3. I'm trying to find a pattern for a bag that can be used in the car for kids to hang over the seat in front of them to keep their stuff in. I've seen a pattern somewhere for this, but it's been about a year and don't have a clue where it was. If I can't find something specifically for this, do you think a messenger bag would work. I would have to adapt the strap to make it just loop over the headrest. Thanks a bunch!!
  4. I am working on the Maui Shrug right now! I'm having a bit of a hard time understanding a couple of her abbreviations, though. Maybe you have more experience than me and will have an easier time of it. It IS really pretty!! Here's where you can see the pattern: http://crochetme.com/patterns/maui-shrug
  5. Well, the blanket did not get worked on at all today. Boo. My kids kept me hoppin' all day. Tomorrow and Wednesday I work, so my next good chance at finishing it will be Thursday. I did decide to give the hat another try. I think I will just do half the colors, but still the same technique. Maybe the pink, peach, and yellow. I'm off to make yet another hat for this blanket!
  6. Holy Cow!! That is like a new language to me!! Thank you for all the compliments!! To answer the blanket questions... I used two strands throughout. I started with 2 pink, then 1 pink and 1 peach, then 2 peach, then 1 peach and 1 yellow, etc... I did 2 rows of dc for each color section. You could also do 4 rows of each color, then you wouldn't go back through the colors the second time. I used Bernat Super Value since I didn't really know how this was going to turn out. (I didn't want to spend a lot of money on yarn for it to not work out nicely.) It's not super soft like I like blankets to be, but I'm hoping it will soften after I wash it. Does anyone know how this yarn washes - I've never used it. I tried several different ways to make the hat and wasn't happy with the rainbow method. Pooh! I ended up making it pink with a row of yellow then a purple scallop. I should have the blanket finished today, so I'll post another pic of the completed blanket with the hat!
  7. There you go! I've got the pic in this time. I can't figure out how to post a pic without going thru flickr. I was just trying to cut out a few steps and get the pic straight from the pic folder to crochetville. Any suggestions!? Do you have to go thru flickr?
  8. Here is a blanket that I am working on for a girl that works for my dh. I'm half-way finished. I am going to go in reverse for the second half of the blanket so that both ends are pink. Anyhow, I was really excited to do this blanket and am thrilled with how it is turning out. I want to make a newborn hat to go with the blanket, but what do you think about making the hat in the same rainbow pattern? Do you think it would look as nice on a smaller scale? I just can't picture it. I may do a small swatch to see how it would look. If I don't make it a rainbow pattern, I'll probably make it pink and purple. Any thoughts from you guys?
  9. Hi, I have about 200 yds of some wonderful dk weight bamboo yarn. I bought it to knit a lacy capelet, but can't stand the pattern. I worked about 4 inches of it and cannot go any further. Now I'm trying to come up with a crocheted project with it. It is so soft and drapes so beautifully, I really would like to make either a wrap or a shawl. I don't have the paper for it anymore, so I don't know what brand it is so I won't be able to buy anymore skeins. So I have 2 skeins and no idea of what to turn them in to! Any ideas?
  10. I was going to suggest this! Also, another variation on the changing the width of colors throughout the afghan is this: 10 orange, 2 white, 8 orange, 4 white, 6 orange, 6 white, 4 orange, 8 white, 2 orange, 10 white Or whatever you needed to make it long enough. I did this with a scarf and LOVED how it looked! Oh, just thought of this, but you could still add the 2 rows of black inbetween the orange and white!
  11. I started to crochet around the same time that you did. I had a horrible time with chains until about a month ago. Someone recommended to me to chain a few extra and whatever was unnecessary, I could just undo later. That helped me with "running out of" chains. I think the problem you are having is another one that I was having in addition to the other. I was crocheting into one chain more than once. It took me a long time to figure out what part of the chain was the "right" part to put my hook into. I taught myself how to crochet off the internet. I had to find someone (a very patient someone) to show me the right place. Try to find someone who can help you. Or, you could go to youtube and try to find a good demonstration. I just discovered youtube and have learned a whole lot of new knit and crochet techniques. Good luck!!
  12. Marika - I just read both sites that you recommended. I guess the invisible (or mattress) stitch is going to be the way I do it. That way I can lay out the blanket and just get to work. No room for putting the wrong pieces together if they are already placed before I start! RoseRed and Colleen - I agree with you. I don't think it's going to be difficult to join them, but it will be a pain in the rear!! I have three kids and am making a blanket for all of them. The first two I started have to be joined. My son's blanket is going to be a ripple!!! I will check out that other join that you mentioned, Colleen. It sounds pretty...
  13. I am working on this pattern: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/20060AD.html The pieces have worked up so gloriously fast. Now the joining is going to drive me insane. I have tried whipstitching, but it looks sloppy. I have also used the sc method. It is leaving thousands of tails and is making me insane. (I despise weaving in tails.) Oh, and I have had to undo joins b/c I have put the wrong "ribbon" piece in. Has anyone out there made this afghan and has some magic potion for putting this together in a nice tidy, unconfusing way? Or do I just need to "put my big girl panties on and deal with it"?! Any tips or suggestions would be great!
  14. I don't have any suggestions, I just wanted to lend you an "I completely understand"!!!! I have a large bust that my dh adores, but I also have the spare tire that I DON'T adore! I just got home from a cruise yesterday and had to be creative in hiding the spare tire without covering the bust. I ended up making the sweet pea shawl and used the tails to cover my tire. It took a little bit of remembering to keep the tails in the right place. I ended up tying it, but loose enough that the tie fell below the bustline. Good luck and I really hope you find the perfect "pretty".
  15. Yes, aflute5, the last mention of my "girls" were actually my daughters!! How funny are you!!! I came to my senses about crocheting myself a tankini. I decided to go spend A LOT of money at one of those places that actually do the shopping for you and pick out a suit according to your shape. As long as I didn't look at the price tags, the experience was great. I now have a suit that shouldn't roll up my tummy and settle in under my GIRLS! I do think I will get some yarn and make a cover up. Hmmm. I leave Monday and I am still working on a beautiful Sweet Pea (I only have three shell rows completed!) I work best under pressure, though. I actually finished a shawl on my way to the theater! Instead of cleaning my house, I am going to go check out some coverup patterns! Any yarn suggestions for coverups?
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