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WIPs 'N Chains
A Free Online Crochet Newsletter From CrochetKim.com
September 3, 2005
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What's New at CrochetKim.com

Welcome! Things have been very hectic the last couple of months. My family has moved and the baby is really moving around a whole lot! He's crawling well and pulling up in his crib to greet us with a big smile at his accomplishment of standing. Of course, once he gets up there, he really doesn't know what to do. So, he just stands there until someone picks him up.

This month, I have made three sales of designs to a publisher! One is a ladies top, the other is a home decor item and the third is a triangular shawl. As soon as I have information about their publication, I will be sure to let you know, both here and in my new Blog!

A Blog (originally, Web Log) is really a sort of online diary or journal of day-to-day activities. I started a Blog about a week ago and I believe that it has been a great success! It's given me an outlet that I never had before. For instance, several years' ago, I designed some graphs for a latch hook rug manufacturer. Not all of the graphs were accepted by the publisher and the graphs were just "collecting dust" on my hard drive. So, I've presented them to the world in my Blog! These graphs, of course, were made for latch hook projects, so there are a lot of color changes. But, it's possible they could be used in other projects as well.

You can take a look at my Blog, by clicking here. If you would like to be notified by mail when I post an entry, please enter your email address in the space provided on the left side of the entries.

A new design was recently published in Easy Living Crochet. It is a design using the double-ended afghan hook and called "Pearls in the Snow Hat and Scarf". You can see it here.

Currently, I am working on baby afghans for a leaflet of designs I would like to have published. It's going to be awhile because I'm only on the first design! It's taking far more time to crochet when you've got a squirming 7-month-old, always into everything! But, he's just as cute as he can be and I couldn't be more happy! See the latest pictures of the little guy here.

And, just in time for Christmas crocheting, all the following patterns are currently on sale! Yes! For one week only, you will receive any or all of these lovely designs directly to your email for only 99¢ each! Please get your orders in early, as this sale ends on September 11!

Sale ends September 11!

Cotton Button Front Cardigan
Cotton Borneo Cardigan, Button Front
Vertical Stripe Tube Top with Matching Mini Shrug
Lacy Drop Stitch Shawl
Diagonal Ribs One-Button Top
Long and Lacy Sweater Vest
Spaghetti Strap Camisole Tank Top
Cotton Funnelneck
Diagonal Stripes Sweater
Floral Table Scarf
Daisies in a Wheelbarrow Afghan
Oriental Butterfly Afghan
Girl's One-Button Top
Girl's Pineapple Tank Top and One-Button Cover
Popcorn Pastels Baby Afghan
Shades of Sage Square Illusion Afghan

Let's Try Designing a Garment!
by Jeannine Taylor

1. Do a gauge swatch in EACH color that you will be using. Different colors of the same yarn work up differently, and believe me, being 1/2 a stitch off over 2 inches can mean a difference of 10- 12 stitches over the width/length of the garment. Don't be afraid to change yarns, hooks, stitches, to achieve the effect you want.

2. ALWAYS buy more yarn than you think you will need. If you are using yarn that comes in dye lots, pick up at least one extra skein of each color. I usually get two more than I think I will need, and that way, if I do have extra, I can make a matching scarf or bag.

3. Don't forget seam allowances, unless you are working in one piece/in the round. Taking 1/2 an inch from each side of each piece can cause the garment to be as much as 3-4" smaller than desired.

4. Get a trusted friend to take your measurements. Measure your waist to neck, waist to underarm, neck to wrist, bust, waist, etc. And be accurate! This can be a disheartening experience, but once you have your accurate measurements, you can design a garment that will fit YOU exactly, no rolled up sleeves or too tight bust. Many of us who are generously-proportioned tend to buy clothes a little too big or a little too small. Making your own garments allows you to custom-fit for you, which makes the garments look better.

5. "Ease" is the term used to refer to how snugly the garment will fit. It is a measurement that is larger than your bust (for example), and 2" more is a snug fit, while 4" more is loose. Don't make your garment too tight, or too loose, or you probably won't wear it much, and will have wasted your money and time.

6. Don't be afraid to rip out and redo. Take your time. If you just throw it together just to get it done, the finished product will look thrown together.

7. When you are done, sew your gauge swatch(es) inside the garment (in the underarm section is a good place). Then, when you wash the garment, the swatch will "age" the same as the garment, and if you should need to repair the garment later, you have yarn that matches perfectly!

Internet Showcase

Drew Emborsky! You will *love* his website. Here are a couple of goodies.

Drew will also be co-authoring a book with Annie Modesitt which will include knitting patterns for men! I cannot wait to see it! Get more information here.

Karen Whooley! I've known Karen for several years and she does wonderful work! She is a published designer also and is now offering many of her designs directly to you on her website!

Karen has a lot of lovely designs on her website. Be sure to check out all of her available patterns!

Blog Spotting

I have really, really been enjoying all the amazing Blogs currently on the internet! It gives people a chance to show off their work and interact with others in a way I've never seen before. Here is a list of my favorite Blogs:

Crazy Aunt Purl
Crochet with Dee
CroHooker's Journal
Monster Crochet
Patterns by Dot
The Crochet Dude
Bound by my Hook

Crochet Tools

This is one of those things that you just absolutely, positively MUST HAVE! Do not forget to bookmark the page because you will definitely want one for Christmas! To see more, please visit Jim's Wood Creations.

GORGEOUS Crochet Products

I have found some amazing products using freeform artwork photos of Prudence Mapstone's and Margaret Hubert's wonderful designs! Have a look:

Playful Purples Crochet Magnet
Playful Purples Crochet Journal
Multi Color Scrumble Coffee Mug
Multi Color Scrumble Wall Clock
Multi Color Scrumble Mouse Pad

See the full listing of products here.

Crochet Software

Here is a new software offered by New Hampshire Software, Inc. in a Demo version. The designer of the software is asking for your help by filling out the survey once you've had a chance to review it.

Boleros, Wraps and Shrugs! Oh, My!

These designs are still hot, hoT, hOT, HOT! Check these out:

Stitch Diva Studios
Sweater Babe
Knot Just Knits
Diane Langan Designs
Noble Knits
By BetseyAnn

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