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  • Curvy Girl Knit-Along, Week 6: Chugging Along

    Curvy Girl KAL

    Here we are again, knitting and being curvy. This past week you should have finished up the left front. How is your piece progressing?


    As I've mentioned during other knit-along updates, we have a Ravelry group. It's a great place to chat about the project, show off your progress, and ask for help, so be sure to come over and join us! You should also feel welcome to leave comments on these posts with updates or any questions you may have.

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  • Ella Tied Cardigan Crochet-Along: Week 2

    Let’s start crocheting the Ella Tied Cardigan!  It’s crocheted in 5 pieces (6 if you count the waist band).  If you haven’t crocheted in a while or just getting back into it, it might be nice to start with the waistband.  This will remind your fingers about posture and tension and you will really get a feel for the hook and cotton in your fingers.


    Get Started

    If you don’t want to start there, I agree with the pattern-let’s start with the back!

    Whenever you start a project, I suggest paying very close attention to the details.  After 2 or 3 rows, count your V-stitches to make sure you have the correct number: 24, 28, 30, 24 or 36 depending on the size you are crocheting.  If you make a mistake early on but don’t catch it until much later, it can be very sad!

    After you have crocheted about 5 or 6 inches on the back, re-check your gauge. Make sure that you are holding the same tension on this LARGE back piece, as you did for the much smaller gauge swatch.  Pull out that measuring tape and take a look and see if it is actually5 ½ v-stitches and 8 rows equaling 4 inches.  It’s better to catch big mistakes like this early.


    Once you have crocheted those 36-40 rows in the V-stitch pattern, (which you already practiced on your gauge swatch), don’t forget to FASTEN OFF. I missed those 2 little words in the pattern and tried to carry my yarn over for the first ARMHOLE row. That was a mess!

    Finish the Back

    Alternately, if you do NOT want to fasten off, you can slip stitch over to the 2nd double crochet of the [2nd,3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th (depending on which size you are crocheting)] V-stitch and then pull up the loop.  This requires a little traveling, but less WEAVING IN ENDS at the end. Raise your hand if you hate weaving in ends! That’s what I thought.  The slip stitches will be concealed by the sleeve so it’s no big deal to do it this alternate way.


    Wow! You've finished a big chunk of your Ella Tied Cardigan! Please visit the Ravelry thread if you have any specific questions about beginning the project. And let me know what yarn and color you’re using! Can’t wait to see the photos come through! Happy Crocheting!

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  • What's Your Most Embarrassing Crafting Moment?

    If you've been on Facebook lately, you may have seen this post from Vanna White about an embarrassing crochet moment on an airplane:


    We've all been there. Crafting in public can lead to some truly cringe-inducing moments. I've had a stray double pointed needle roll down half a subway car, leading me to chase after it, while the train was in motion. Fortunately New Yorkers are nicer than the stereotypes would lead you to believe, and someone grabbed it for me.

    Have you had any hilarious mishaps while knitting or crocheting? We want to hear about it! Leave a comment and let us know! We want to know about all the awkward stuff -- accidentally poking someone with a knitting needle, dropping bits and pieces in public, finding a crochet hook in your ponytail, whatever.

    There were already lots of great ones on Facebook (both on Vanna's page and ours):

    "Two years ago my flight switched gates. I knit my way down the hall, with headphones on. Finally someone tapped me on the shoulder to get my attention- my skein was back at the old gate, and I was trailing yarn a few hundred feet." -- Anthony Gimondo

    "I showed up to knitting group and when I got in the door all the ladies started standing up and looking in horror at the door, turns out I had dropped the ball in the floor board of the car and my project bag in my arm had pulled/unwound it all the way across the parking lot into the shop." -- Stephanie Kuhler

    "My husband uses a shopping cart for support when he shops. He was in the new Walmart in Kingston, ON and browsing around. (he likes to shop) At one point, a woman came up to him and said she wondered where 'it' would lead as she pointed to the floor. When he looked down he realized that somehow the wheel on his cart had picked up a stringer of yarn from the craft aisle and he hadn't noticed for quite some time but there was his meandering paths up and down aisles and all around. He was embarrassed at the time, but we laugh about it now!" -- Bonita Shanks

    "During one of the hardest rain storms possible, I traveled an hour to the largest yarn store in the area to find the whitest white yarn possible in order to complete a project. I found the whites white yarn, of course it was the last skein of all their white yarns. Once home, I opened the car door and the bag holding the skein of whites white yarn fell upside down into a mud puddle. That project is still frogged." -- Evie Schipper

    Let us know what embarrassing stories you have that will make us laugh and cringe -- no judgment here!

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