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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jacob's Ladder Scarf on: March 18, 2012 03:21:19 PM
Inspired by fantasticmio's Jacob's Snakes and Ladders Blanket, and made with the help of her Jacob's ladder tutorial...

I want to do this again, but using variegated yarn, as the ladder may show up a little better with some contrasting colors.  Also I need to practice with different lengths of chains, as there's a little but of pull when the chains are looped together.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Jacob's Snakes And Ladders - epic scrap blanket on: March 17, 2012 08:45:03 PM
Wow...this is gorgeous.  I can't wait for the pattern.  I'll GLADLY be a tester if you need one!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Hair and Resin on: March 22, 2011 06:21:24 PM
I've never worked with resin, but I understand it can get warm as the chemical reaction occurs that causes the hardening.

I want to make a friend a ring with a lock of her dog's hair in it - sounds wierd, but I know she'll love it.

Assuming I can get the hair to sit still (I'm thinking put half the resin in, let it get tacky, put the hair in and cover with more resin), do you think it would damage the hair in any way???

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn needles - where do they go? on: March 12, 2011 09:55:07 AM
I have the original package that the needles came in and make sure to put them back after each use.
I also crochet on the couch, so I have a drawer organizer do-hickey right next to the couch where I put everything away when I'm done.
I have two small children who like to get into things, plus a cat and a dog who will shed on my projects so I HAVE to put everything away when I'm done!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What classes/demos would you like to see at a craft show? on: March 12, 2011 09:52:48 AM
I'd like to be able to ask questions about stitches I have issues with.  My personal demon is the popcorn stitch or any stitch where you need to have 7-8 loops on your hook then yarn over and pull through all of them.  Mine tighten up and I can't do it.  I avoid those stitches, which is a shame, because they add so much!

As far as demos, maybe google or search you tube to see what the most popular searches are and then see if you can elaborate on those videos.  I don't often watch you tube and such because I can't ask questions, but maybe if you pick the most popular topics, people might have questions about those.

One idea might be the benefits of crocheting in the round vs using a slip stitch to join, and then ch 2 or whatever to start the new round.  I see different versions in lots of hats - when is it best to use each method, what are the pros and cons of each?

Hope that helps some!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Post your before yarn and after projects please on: March 12, 2011 09:45:58 AM
The blue hat is made by making a chain (for my kids' hats it's about 35 stitches long).  Then hdc (half double crochet) in the back loops to work back to the beginning and then just continue to do hdc around and around.  For the first couple rounds I do 2 or 3 hdc in the end stitches, but after about round 4 or so, it's just hdc in each hdc until I get the length I like.

I love hdc.  It's fancier and works the piece up faster than sc, but isn't as much effort as a double crochet.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Post your before yarn and after projects please on: March 10, 2011 02:27:47 PM
Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but here are pics of two variegated yarns I've used.  I want to make something with cables or ridges, but these yarns steal the show and don't display the stitches as well.  Honestly I'm at a loss of what to do with them since more of my work these days focuses on details and these aren't good for that.

Pics are taken with my webcam - I'm too lazy to go upstairs and get my camera...

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Am i the only one? on: March 10, 2011 02:12:23 PM
I've only ever used bobby pins, until recently.  They mysteriously all went to bobby pin heaven, or another dimension or something.  I love bobby pins because they're not pointy like a safety pin, they easily slide into the stitch, and pulling them out doesn't distort the yarn.

Recently I've had to use different colored yarns to mark my spots.  I don't like putting the yarn in because I take my hook out to pull it through and I'm scared of my work coming apart.  The upside to the yarn, is that I discovered a new color combo that I never would have tried otherwise...brown and lime green.  I was making a brown beanie, and used lime green to mark my spot and it looks good.  It's inspired a group of hats that I'm trying out with names based on ice cream.

Brown & Green - "mint chocolate"
Brown & Yellow - so far unnamed, but lemon and chocolate will be in there somehow.
thinking of white and red - "cherry on top"
etc, etc...
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: reaction to yarn on: March 10, 2011 02:06:33 PM
When I worked with one yarn, I got a bit of a rash, but just on certain fingers.  It ended up being more of a rope-burn thing than an allergy...
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where did I find this pattern??? on: March 08, 2011 10:22:35 AM
The sites themselves don't look familiar, but that first flower sure does look like what I'm looking for!!!

Thank you so much! RenJac1301!

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