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  1. I'm just wondering how often (or seldom) you're very happy with a pattern ... where everything worked out wonderfully from start to finish? The gauge was right on, the joining method was perfect for the item, there were no mistakes in the pattern, the fit was great, and so on. Do you find lesser-known designers produce better patterns than the publication houses? Just curious ...
  2. There's also a sc stitch that is supposed to look like the knit stitch. Supposed to ... Instead of crocheting under the two bars at the top, insert your hook between the two vertical bars of the stitch. It takes a few rows before you can see the desired result.
  3. Frogs, when you want something to "bump out", work increases. So, as a quickie example, for Foamy's nose you could work: sc2tog, 2sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog. Do that for a couple of rows and then maybe another decrease on the next row directly under the nose. Always work a dec with a 'bumping out' increase to keep the stitches even (unless you're wanting the piece to shrink). For more of a bump, work a 2hdc instead of the sc.
  4. Cookie, I saw the 'hi' as well and wondered what the heck it could be. The 'h' and 'i' are in a similar place to the 'b' and 'l' so it must be a typo for 'block'. Blocks are what would fit anyway. Yep, I was the same ... didn't start the outer rows in a corner space. I always began where I had to work a dc in the next 2 sts before I came to the open meshes, almost in the middle by the time I finished. That would be at the end of a spider if I'd continued as you're doing. If you can't work your spider in with your new row, do this: Finish the last row as usual and then slip stitch over a few stitches before doing your ch 3 as your first stitch. That'll at least get you into the middle of a block or open mesh and won't screw up your spider. After that you'll have to adjust your starting position, but it's only for a few rows and you've probably got the pattern down by then anyway.
  5. Here's the link, Judi ... http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/Crossroads.html There's a yucky picture at the top of the page, but if you scroll down you can see a clearer pic of one block. It's pretty big so I'm chopping off the outer row of spiders so it'll have a more solid look to it. (A plaid look, maybe?)
  6. Cookie, I've just put a picture of a square and a bit on my blog. I'm trying out a couple of different colours. After I did the olive green I noticed that the colour doesn't match the rest in my stash. I think either way I go I'm going to have to buy more thread for it. Aww, darn. http://www.brilliantwhitelies.com
  7. Looks like I'm entering the mind-altered state yet again. I'm moving my Prairie Star over to the quilt CAL and entering a new one here. I fell in love with Cookie Hooker's Crossroads filet square (love those spiders) so I've decided to do a modified one. Using a size 5 cotton 'thread' it makes up so fast! (I guess it could technically be called yarn.) I went shopping with a friend last week and bought a new bedspread ensemble. Couldn't beat the CHEAP price! But I came home all happy with my terrific bargain, got onto the 'Ville and immediately thought ... "Gah! What about the bedspread CAL?" I have to say, I was feeling guilty anyway ... the PS isn't really a bedspread. Then it hit me ... we'll need a spread for the summer months. Yay! (Thanks Cookie Hooker!)
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    FPDC Ribbing

    Omistars, knitting the ribbing! Of course, what a great idea. *slaps forehead* Thanks for that, Crocus. Chrome, I think it would be faster too. You really think it's not a bad looking ribbing? Hmm, maybe I'm being too hard on it. I love FPDC as a stitch for texture and such.
  9. Ya know, there might just be a bit of common sense in that prescription too ... if you're going to spend the big bucks on the fancy stuff, there's no way you're going to let it just sit there. Oh, the guilt! The needless guilt! Oooh, and I can see some really great group sessions with a therapist like that! I've taken my crocheting to appointments ... sure. But spinach dip and wine?
  10. Two of my friends will be Gramma's this summer and neither will be finding out the gender of their grands. But I'm crocheting for two different camps: one Gramma is all about pink and light blue for babies, and the other is into funky colours (yay!). My favourite gender neutral colours are dark (red with mushroom, burgandy with navy blue, green and antique white) but my all-time favourite outfit was mushroom with a buff trim. (I've got one going now!)
  11. Best cotton thread I've ever used is Clea by Circulo. It's a wonderfully drapey size 10 and comes in tons of fantastic colours that I've not seen available in any other threads. It's soft, slightly shiney, and very smooth to work with. I'd highly recommend it for doilies, but especially for any clothing made from thread!
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    FPDC Ribbing

    If I'd known this ribbing was at the top of the baby clothing pattern I'm working on, I'd have left it at the store. I never, never, ever use this ribbing and always change to the sideways style, but I have a question. Does it actually work like ribbing should? Is it stretchy or is just supposed to loosely, sort of, almost but not quite resemble knitted ribs in a bulky, ugly sort of way? (Do others detest this unattractive ribbing as I do?)
  13. I've joked with Manservant about teaching him but always get an adamant, "NO way!" from him. Then he'll turn around and remind me that he used to knit in highschool. Traitor! One day Number One Son was being a goofball so as his consequence I made him sit with me for an hour learning to crochet. He was amazing. He caught onto it fast, and his tension was great so his stitches were perfect. Needless to say, his behaviour improved drastically.
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