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  1. Hey--sorry I dropped off the face of the Earth, but I'm going to have to drop out of this anyway. I was just diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, and can't be up more than two hours a day. Unfortunately, I need to spend those two hours with my four year old, and I can't manage to crochet while laying on my left side. Good luck, everyone!
  2. Dude, not having internet sucks. My husband brought home his laptop and we were able to pirate a good enough connection for me to post! Yahoo! I'm so sorry for not updating sooner--thank you everyone for being so understanding! As Ingrid posted, our computer is fried--which doesn't matter as much as it usually might, since I just got diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and am not allowed to be up for more than two hours now. Luckily, we just had an ultrasound and found out that this baby is 100% perfectly OK. We also found out that she's a girl! Yay! Now we just have to make it through to the end of September/start of October and she'll be here and we can stop worrying. Anyway--Tracy, I DID get your box--thank you so much! Gorgeous work! And Patty, I got yours too, thank you! It's beautiful! I'm going to return PMs now, and then I've got to go get back in bed and put my feet back up. I'll try to check in once a week and update on progress! Thanks so much, everyone!
  3. Done through row 14, and I have to say, I'm really unimpressed with what I've got so far. Not sure if it's me or if I'm just not loving this pattern. I'm going to give it a few more days before I scrap the whole stinkin' thing.
  4. I did three rows today, but I had to frog one and didn't have the heart to redo it tonight. Let's just call it two for today.
  5. No, I'm not. It seemed to me that they just wanted three stitches, then two chains, three stitches, etc. I'm going to try what you just posted. It hadn't occurred to me that they wanted any other sort of clustering! Thanks! I've got a few things to try now!
  6. That might just be the thing to do, here. Sandi's starts out very similarly, but I can already see some changes that might influence the waviness factor. Thanks!
  7. Two, just like the pattern says. I thought I might have been doing three or some weird number, so the first time I frogged it, I counted VEEEERY carefully. It's still ridiculously wavy.
  8. No, I thought that myself at first. So much so that I went through the whole pattern and "translated" it from UK to US--and when the problems persisted, I re-translated it and got the same thing I did the first time. I'm pretty sure I've got that right. But, thanks....really, I'm at a major loss here, so any advice is worth taking! Yeah, and if I bend mine in half like on the edges of her hat, they have the nice bend at the edge, just like in the picture--and then the front and the back wave like the ocean. Maybe I need to take a picture and post it, but my distortion is not the same as what the pattern "requires". These are extreme. The pattern calls for two chains between the clusters to the corner--and then two chains between the corner clusters....but maybe I need to try reducing the number between the corners/clusters. Hmmm....it's something to try anyway! Thanks!
  9. No, but these aren't SLIGHTLY ruffly, they're SERIOUSLY ruffly. I can't imagine a world in which I could press this into flat-ness. I can, however, imagine a world where they would make a lovely, ruffly trim for a skirt. And the hats in the picture are made with wool--I should not that I'm not using wool. But it seems to me that if the weight I'm using is the same or similar, and my gauge is right, I should be OK, shoudln't I? I just don't get it. I can make flat granny squares all day long--flat afghans, flat dishcloths, no problem. But I can't get this to come out flat! It's making me crazy! If I could get to a point where they're just kind of wavy, they could easily be pressed into shape. These are so deformed, they couldn't be.
  10. I'm trying to make this hat: http://www.woollywormhead.co.uk/userimages/PHexCrochetNEWInfo.jpg The pattern is here: http://www.woollywormhead.co.uk/userimages/WW015FHexHatCrochet.pdf And it's not that difficult to understand--just hexagonal motifs, joined fairly simply. It looks like something I can easily manage. I'm using a light worsted yarn (which the site says should correspond to DK weight) and I've tried at least six different sizes of hooks, but I'm yet to complete a single hexagon--because every time I get out to the fourth row, the danged thing isn't flat anymore! It's downright ruffly! What am I doing wrong? I've tried loosening and tightening my stitches. I've tried many different hook sizes with the same yarn, and many different hook sizes with a different weight of yarn. Obviously, with some of those yarn/hook combos, my gauge is off, but right now I don't care as much about gauge as I care about getting a flat motif! I can get the right gauge with the hook and yarn from the pattern, but it's always ruffly. I swear, my counts are dead on, and I'm doing them just like the pattern says. Help!
  11. I have spent the past two days in heated battle with my insurance company because, get this, they won't send me my INSULIN, because they say there's no therapeutic benefit to prescribing the dosage I require. That is to say, I have a firm policy on not crocheting while I'm angry because if I DO, then I work my stitches so tight I manage to significantly change my gauge. I didn't get my row done today. I'll do double duty tomorrow.
  12. I am laughing so hard I just snorted water out of my nose. I had to call my husband to tell him this story, and he laughed so hard he almost choked--I'm not laughing AT you, I am laughing WITH you, because I would absolutely, positively, 100% GUARANTEED have done the exact same thing. And when I left, I would have had the nerve to feel guilty for having put the lovely shop lady out for even a second with my silly question. And then I'd get home and feel stupid because I hated the ORIGINAL thing, and now I have MORE of the thing to hate. If it's any comfort, you're not alone.
  13. I get it, but I still hate crocheting anything round that's not closed at each end of the circle--like, anything worked in a spiral. Even when I mark the beginning stitch, I'm still always losing my place.
  14. Uh, Tracy, no explanations are really necessary. You've done more work for this project than *I* have. If you want to stop now, heck, I'm still thrilled! I'm really touched by the effort you--and everyone else!--has put out for this. It really makes me happy.
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