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Sherry,

Argh, isn't that always the case...the yarns you really like are almost never available in the colors you want!  Yell I discovered that several years ago, when one of the manufacturers made a gorgeous sparkly yarn...I wanted purple...they didn't have a purple at allCry

Yes, that's true.  Anything in danger of being discontinued means you'd have to scrounge around for what you want, paying a premium on the off chance you do find something - and likely not in the same dye lot.  Frown  I had that with Coats & Clark's Lustersheen.  They used to have an incredible set of colors...Ming Blue was one of my faves.  Such a gorgeous blue.  Then they discontinued it.  I think the closest match was Parakeet then, and IIRC, it was too green and I didn't like it.  Frown

I hope the RH With Love and the Soft last a good long time and the colors are expanded...however; yarns don't seem to have much longevity, particularly with the less mainstream ones.  Of course, Caron's One Pounder will always be around, though the colors may change here and there.  But more specialized yarns probably rely on demand and I have to guess there isn't much demand, sadly.  Frown

I posted six FREE crochet patterns for Kindle for today...grab them before they're gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

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I can't select "Artwork". The program only allows "Gradual Colors". How come?
Christine 

Mary,

You're very, very welcome!  We love to hear that people are getting good use out of our program!  Smile

Your questions are very, very good...not dumb at all!

I personally work square stitch side to side, meaning I work each colomn of beads from left to right or right to left.  Which is not to say someone couldn't work, say, top to bottom or bottom to top...it's simply a personal choice, though they'd have to switch their graph to loom for that, of course, as beads are wider than they are high.

If you're flipping your work, yes, you're going to have to change the orientation of the way you read your chart, as well.  Normally what you do with any type of chart is to read it the opposite way every other row.  For instance, when I work a crochet project, I work from one side to the other, and then odd and even rows will each work the opposite way, so I need to remember to read the chart the opposite way.  So, say you're working a square stitch chart and you start with the rightmost column...you'd then work your first column, and then if you decided to flip it thereafter, you'd read the chart the opposite way, reading it from bottom to top or top to bottom, depending on where you are.  I hope that's clearer than mud?  UndecidedSmile  (Also, as you start to see your pattern develop, you'll have a better idea of which way you're going, though it may help to mark your pattern with arrows so at first you know which way is which for which row.)

You can change the number of stitches across to less than 80 by choosing this option in #6:
"I wish to enter my desired count - Number of stitches desired: __ stitches"
and entering your desired number in the box.  You may or may not find the results are what you want.  If not, I'd suggest is manipulating your image in a graphics program before sending it through the Free Pattern Wizard.  If you don't have a graphics program, there is a free one called Gimp, available here:
http://www.gimp.org/

Hope that helps!  Smile

Melanie,
Ok, doing the inc. and dec. one stitch in is a solution, and it looks pretty good, creates a stitch pattern around the edge.
The turning corners don't come out right. Tongue Out  I didn't notice it so much on the first one until my son used it and thought he did something to it, oops. Wink
Not giving up on it yet though, I've got other ideas.
My idea for overcoming the problem with the starting corner is to make a loop so that it could be hung on a hook if desired, won't know how that works til I try it.

I also found a use for the TSS, if it's done with a variegated yarn it looks a lot like the old rag rugs, except in colors you actually like. Now I'm wondering if putting a coat of fabric paint on the back would make it non slip.

Talking about cantaloupe reminds me of the year they volunteered in my bean patch Surprised.
I compost everything I can to feed the soil and it seems the seeds were still just fine so I ended up with a huge bunch of cantaloupe vines. Very few beans that year, but oh the melons we enjoyed. You could smell them even before they ripened, and they were oh so sweet. Laughing

Black Diamond is an heirloom variety that's largish, but more round than long, and a dark green. It's very red inside, and very sweet.
Melons don't like to be transplanted, so it's best to start them from seed.

When I first moved here everyone told me I couldn't grow a good watermelon, they just wouldn't get big enough. But I knew the best I'd ever tasted had been grown in Tx. Undecided

As it turned out, they had been growing Sugar Baby, which is a miniature of the Black Diamond, because it was widely available. Laughing
My grandpa had always bought Black Diamonds, so I found a place to order the seeds, and was able to grow them
Yes I have that screw loose too, I love to challenge myself. Wink

It was quiet here last night, not even one. Oh yeah, the leftovers, think I'd rather give it away.
Granddaughter had to dress up for work, and she came by to have dinner with us since her hubby isn't home from Hawaii yet.
We're hoping his transfer will have him home in a couple of weeks, though.
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