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A Question About Gauge, and a New Pattern: Ocean Waves Scarf

I have had a reader pose an interesting question about gauge.

“What do you do if your gauge is right across the crochet swatch in the number of stitches but short up and down in the number of rows?”

There are two different solutions to try if you have this problem.

Solution #1

First, I would think about elongating your stitches up and down. Crochet just a bit looser.

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Art for Thursday

I found these beautiful artworks recently on Etsy. Hmmm, how wonderful that I found them when I wasn’t looking. They make me happy.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/89447774/148-veedub-samba-signed-and-numbered

Don’t the dogs in this one look so fully into going somewhere, except for the beagle facing backwards. It must be our beagle/hound mix. He has always seems to be looking back at life, or sleeping. I just love both of these. I would love to put the both of these dog prints in the family room. I pinned the top one earlier this week but I couldn’t resist showing you this one too!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/53947527/115-back-up-signed-and-numbered-giclee

See you later,

Karen

 

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Wips and Pigs

What are WIPS and PIGS you ask? Some sort of new political designation….nope. WIPS are works in progress and PIGS are Projects in grocery sacks. Which explains why my work tables look like this.

and this…

and then also this. Have I no shame?

Well, Yes, I do have shame and this is really bad. So I went to work on it.  How do you get started and what do you do first? This time I started with a list. I usually start with a list and then get side tracked. Today was no different. Our internet was down which was a really good thing. So I finished several WIPs and finished up some deconstruction that needed to happen, cut out some cozies and put a bunch of fabric away. I am going to show you bits and pieces over the next few days. So bear with me as I get started on all this mess.

Here is the first WIP project; dog beds. Our friendly four footed friends love to use their teeth on their soft plush dog beds and I refuse to spend $20 on  new ones when they finally demolish their current beds. Here is the finished products being tested by the dogs.

Stay tuned as tomorrow, I will do my best to show you how I up cycled the old fluff (clean, very clean fluff from their dog beds) into new dog beds.

Talk to you later,

Karen