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About Katrala

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  • Birthday 04/29/1981

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    North Georgia
  • Hobbies
    Books, Trivia Games, Knitting / Crocheting
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  • Crocheting since...
    December 2009
  1. I took my daughter yarn shopping this week and let her pick out yarn for a new hat and scarf since her old ones were a bit small. I made the mistake of saying, "You can pick out any yarn you want!" So - we have a sparkly pink, blue, and purple hat. I don't think the pictures show how bright and sparkly the hat is. This is the "Caron Simply Soft" sparkly yarn (medium weight.) I was proud of myself that I used a pattern I found and modified it slightly to fit my needs. I'm really bad about following a pattern exactly as it is written instead of trying to modify when I need to, so this is a big step for me.
  2. I would like to make my (7 year old) daughter a blanket for her bed for Christmas, but I'm not sure what type of yarn to use. I haven't decided on any specific pattern yet, as my main priority is that the blanket is comfortable. I've used SuperSaver yarn a lot and while it can sometimes come out well, I think I would like to try something that isn't so stiff and is a little less itchy. Any suggestions for good yarn to use for children's blankets?
  3. My daughter takes ballet and I bought her a couple of bun covers a year ago, but they were cheap and quickly lost their elastic. I would like to make her some more that I can customize to match her leotards. Does anyone know of any patterns for such? Also, my daughter's hair is very fine and many of the bun covers available end up drooping, even with the elastic in the band. I think I would just need to reduce the size or find a smaller pattern if possible.
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    Fantasy Castle

    I found a pattern online for a fantasy castle with characters and thought I would make it for my daughter. Sewing things together and making faces and such I've never been good at, but she seems to like it and I think they turned out cute!
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    Weird WIP afghan

    Very neat! How do you join the strips?
  6. Finally done! I've worked on it a few hours each day and I think I'm very much ready for some smaller projects now. =)
  7. Thanks for the words of encouragement, everyone. They are much appreciated! I'm a teacher and I'm now over halfway through my summer break. I would really love to get this done before the school year starts, since I know I won't have time to work on it much after that. I used the 2 strands as it stated, but I agree that it looks very thick in those areas. I almost don't want to use the 2 strands for the last part that requires it, but I feel like it will look uneven if I don't. I really have no idea, but I wonder if the author's intention was to make it look a "deeper" color in those areas? Agree 100%!! I've actually taken a bit of break from the full afghan portion to go ahead and work on some of the heptagons so I won't stop when I get to them. I know if I already have them done when I get there, I'll be much more inclined to go ahead and sew them on quickly. I never thought of it like this. Thank you! When I read your reply it made those heptagons not seem so bad at all!
  8. I've been working on the Cathedral Window Afghan since about April. I put it down for awhile and then picked it up again a couple of weeks ago with renewed interest, hoping to get it finished. After working through half the first season of ER, I was feeling pretty good about it, but then looked at the picture of the completed one and thought, "Oh my goodness, I still have TONS to go!" I've got a few more rows done since the last picture, but I don't know if I'll ever finish it or not. The back of it doesn't really look that bad, but I wonder if it would be possible to put some type of backing on it anyway. Right now my thoughts are, "THIRTY-TWO more Heptagons? Are you kidding me?!?" Update: I'm finally done! Yay! Those last few rounds are a killer. It's so big that it takes just forever to make one lap around. Especially when you consider working around each half circle. I haven't blocked it yet and I think I need to at least block the edges so they lay down better. There are a few things I wish I had done differently and if I ever make another (haha - yeah, right!) I'll change a few things. Overall, I'm pleased with what I've done. I had no idea how MASSIVE this pattern was when I began. It covers my king bed edge to edge. The back of it isn't too messy but it's still obviously the back. I've given some thought to putting some type of backing on it, but it's already so heavy to begin with, plus I'd have to cut it so that it fits the shape exactly and my knowledge of sewing and such is extremely limited. Thanks again for all the comments and encouragement. It definitely helped!
  9. I've been looking around for some info about creating a graph-gan, but it seems like a lot of the information there assumes that I already know more than I do. I've seen people say, "use this program." So I downloaded the program, but I'm not sure exactly what to do from there. For those that have made graph-gans before, what are the steps you go through in creating them? Does anyone know if there is a good guide for these for people that are just starting?
  10. A friend of mine is having twin boys very soon (and she already has 3 other boys!) and I wanted to make her some blankets for them. I'm not thrilled with the colors for these and my husband says they are too frilly for twin boys, but they are soft and I think they'll be comfortable and warm. The pattern said "One Skein," but I think the author of the pattern and I would likely disagree on what constitutes a skein of yarn.
  11. For really big things like afghans that I make as a whole, I use circular needles. The only difference is that don't join the rounds, of course, you just turn and keep going after every row. http://www.stitchdiva.com/images/tutorials/knit/circulars1.jpg
  12. I had trouble when doing this as well and it took me really looking at the picture to figure it out. If I remember correctly, you have to work down the other stitches. I'm not good at explaining this, so I apologize if it's confusing. Like, when you get to the part where it says to work down the other stitches, keep the dishcloth facing you and you will work downwards one row at a time, with the stitches you make staying on top (well, in front of) the row that you work on. So it will look like you have the tops of some stitches going down the front of the dishcloth. Again, this probably makes little sense. I had to play around with it a bit to see what they meant, but once you figure it out, it makes sense.
  13. The name of the book is "Quick-Stitch Crochet" and a picture of this afghan is on the front cover. I got mine at a used book store, but here's the amazon link to one: http://www.amazon.com/Quick-Stitch-Crochet-Needlecraft-Shop-Judy/dp/1573672955/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268600938&sr=8-1
  14. It was a little tricky at first, but once I understood what it was I was supposed to do it was a breeze. It gave a "Knit 1, Purl 2" appearance to some of the squares. Each square is about 6-7". The pattern has no square touching a square with the same design, which I really liked.
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