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About xantha

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  • Birthday 04/17/1978

A Few Things About Me

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  • Short bio
    married computer geek who loves the outdoors and her dogs+cat
  • Location
    arlington, VA
  • Hobbies
    crocheting(really?), photography, hockey, basketball
  • Occupation
    software developer
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  • Favorite projects
    thread, socks, everything else
  • Crocheting since...
    learned in 1984, dropped until 2002 :)
  1. some measuring tips: * cloth measuring tape stretches with age. Lay the squares flat on a level surface and measure with a ruler instead. * match the ruler with one row of stitches -- if you accidentally go diagonal, it'll say it's longer than it is. * measure across the top, middle, and bottom of the square in both directions. * don't forget that if the yarn is wool, you can block it to the proper size if it is off by a little bit.
  2. xantha

    WIP Wednesday

    Ha! I post 'em on my blog usually... here's today's.
  3. Good question! For things like doilies where it definitely gets larger as you move out, I usually go by rounds but occasionally I go by percentage of stitches remaining. For things like afghans or sweaters, I go by how much I have complete. For example, I have a baby sweater in the works, and the sleeves, back, and half of the front are done. I figure a sleeve is 15%, the back is 30%, the front is 30%, and assembling is 10%. For socks, each sock is 50%, and then I just estimate the rest. It doesn't have to be exact!
  4. I certainly wasn't trying to step on toes either. I've found with everything, be is throwing pots, crocheting, spinning yarn, heck even writing code (which I do for a living and was 'trained' to do) -- even if there's a "right" way to do something, there's also an instance where the "right" way isn't the right way for that situation. I tried knotting once, and I tried leaving a knot in a skein of yarn that I had purchased that way once and I had to frog both items because it looked funny and wore funny and otherwise didn't work for me. But I tried it the same way I like to try everyt
  5. While CGOA say it as such (and I agree to a point), if someone feels more secure knotting, so be it. If people knot ends and still win competitions, obviously it's not an necessarily an issue in terms of how the item looks or wears... Interestingly, joining and stripes was one of my first projects as an adult. I didn't look up how to join a new color: I just did it. Knotting never came to mind as an option; I thought the best way would be to incorporate the join into the regular stitch, so that's what I did. It wasn't until much later that I read that that actually was the "proper" way to
  6. I don't knot on doilies, but it's all a matter of preference! if you can knot and you can't see it and it works for you, awesome! I think perhaps I make awful knots and that they're easy to see or I'm no good at hiding them or something because my joins + weave-ins look better than my knots.
  7. Do what works for you! On some fabrics, if you knot the yarn, it's really noticable (laceweight, fingering weight, plain patterns mostly). When I change colors or join, I basically use the join as the knot, I don't knot the ends together. Then I weave in. I mean, my stitches basically knot the two together. If I work half of a stitch with the existing yarn and then join the new yarn and work the other half with that one, I'm basically using my stitch pattern to knot the yarn together. Then I weave the ends in and even if the ends come unwoven somehow, the yarn doesn't come apart
  8. xantha

    WIP Wednesday

    There's a toad one in the current Herrschners 2005 afghan winners... kinda silly but also kinda cute.
  9. I use Andrea's percentage bars, too. Glad you got them working the way you like!!
  10. You mean that you want to move the 90% to the dark purple part of the bar? I think Andrea covered that in her tutorial. Basically you move the 90% from where it is on the line with the td width of 10 to the line above with the td width of 90 ... <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" frame="void" align="center"><tr> <td align="left" valign="middle"> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" frame="border" align="left"><tr> <td align="left" valign="middle"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" frame="void" align
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