Sunday, April 8, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
...For those of you still with me, there are three (as far as I've discovered) answers to this problem. You should grow to feel comfortable with at least ONE of them, so you NEVER EVER encounter the "hole" problem again. (Your family members and pets within throwing distance will thank me.)
1. The first way is to disreguard however many chain's a pattern tells you to start with, and just chain 2 (3 if you're doing half doubles or double crochets). Then you cram all the stitches the pattern tells you to start with into that first chain loop. It might be difficult, and it might twist your wrist a bit, but those stitches won't be able to budge.
2. The second way, again, is to disreguard however many chains the pattern tells you to do. Chain a comfortable amount, maybe 4 or 5, and then join them. Chain 1 or 2 more depending on which stitch you're doing. Crochet however many stitches you need to into that ring, BUT, hold the tail against the ring so that you're crocheting over the ring AND the tail. When you've got all your stitches in the ring, pull the tail, and like magic, the hole disappears.
3. This method confuses me unless I have the instructions right in front of me, but I know a lot of people swear by it. It's called "the magic ring." There's an absolutely wonderful, illustrated tutorial right here: http://www.crochetme.com/Dec_Jan_0405/reads_round.html
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. There is no reason you should ever have holes ever again.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
I also have a baby girl; she's black, fuzzy, and has a wet nose. Her name is Holly and she's a puggle! (It's a "designer dog" - part beagle, part pug.) She's about a year and a half old now and she's my little cuddle bunny. I tend to spoil her; from all the toys laying around the house, you would think I have like five kids. Nope, they're all hers. She loves to rip them all to shreds but she looks so cute doing it. Here's a pic of the little sweetie: