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21  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Moda Dea yarns in the UK? on: October 05, 2008 02:20:36 PM
Allo Allo!

Forgive me if this has already been asked/answered/denied/dealt with, but I searched the boards and couldn't find anything...

I recently discovered Modo Dea yarns and am pleased that they carry so many yarns that are not animal based (sock yarn that is only acrylic, a nylon/acrylic yarn with a HALO!!!!).

I have done several searches on my "LYS" (eBay) and can only find US sellers that carry the yarn.

Do any of you craftypants out there know of any UK-based retailers of Moda Dea? (The Moda Dea website lists their US distributors, too).... Either shop fronts, LYS, chains or internet-based sites?

Many thanks in advance for any and all advice (or the occasional slap in the face, if it's warranted)!!!

~Down and out in London
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Two more FOs - a bit heavy on the image front on: September 24, 2008 10:55:40 AM
So, I happened to mention to a good friend that I was making myself a neck warmer. Not being yarn-savvy she asked if that was a "scarf without the hassle of a scarf" - I chuckled and replied that, yes, pretty much, that's what it was.

She all but begged for one.

Here's the result of a 6.00mm Tunisian hook, some Bulky weight acrylic and some Tunisian Simple Stitch rows later (I chained the measurement I wanted for the height of the neck warmer and the length was the amount of rows I crocheted... sc around the edge, along button hole edge was (sc, chain5, skip3, sc) and then a row back over in dc to make it more scalloped.





I, personally, love it and may frog the one for myself and attempt the Tunisian Knit Stitch for it (but I do have about 8,000 projects on the go at the moment).

My second FO is my attempt at the Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat that I first saw on Ravelry and now appears every where else...
http://jessicasuzanne.com/craftypants/2007/09/13/pretty-puffs-slouchy-hat-with-pattern/

Here's my version in inexpensive white Bulky weight acrylic....









I couldn't get my brain to work while making the hat and I ended up with (I think) 62 stitches for the puff rows (1 extra puff per row) or something silly and when it came to decreasing for the band to make the hat fit, I simply followed the original directions which means that my hat is still slightly larger than the pattern intends, but it seems to fit my head... Not sure if I will wear it, though *shrugs*

Comments/critiques always welcome Smiley
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Does the afghan stitch -always- curl? on: September 18, 2008 10:37:50 AM
Or am I challenged in that department, too?

(I apologise if this has been hashed over 10293874 times on the board, but I did a search and couldn't find anything about it.)

I have tried this stitch in EVERY possible gauge and I cannot get it to lie down... Is it me or is it the stitch.

Displayed below is "chunky" acrylic using a US10 / 6.00mm tunisian hook











Thanks in advance for any and all advice/slaps across the face Cheesy
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Winter Candy Cape (pic heavy and with link to "pattern") on: September 14, 2008 08:16:38 AM
I recently decided to knuckle down and create those gagging pink gifts that my daughter insists on requesting.

I made it to (supposedly) fit a 7-9 year old, but -I- could wear it (if I weren't so put off by her colour choice) Wink .

I grabbed a 15mm hook, three strands of acrylic puke pink yarn and this is what I got (and, apart from the colour, I am pretty pleased and know she will be)

The triple-stranding makes it super-thick. Perfect for a Northern Ireland winter.

Opinions/comments/critiques are all welcome!
















I've mocked up my notes as a "pattern" and it can be found here:
http://www.morethanblue.com/gallery/show/6

(Please scroll to the bottom of the page for the cape pattern as I am currently fighting with my webdesigner to make everything better organised. Sorry!)

If you want to follow the pattern and find it difficult, please don't hesitate to yell at me or poke me with a stick. Like I said, the "pattern" was just thrown together from my notes.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Please recommend a Wedding Shawl Pattern? on: August 20, 2008 01:06:56 PM
Dear fellow hookers,

I am getting married in the spring and happen to have some gorgeous DK Silk in three colours that I yearn to shape into my own, handmade shawl for the special day.

http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=244

I have several balls of 001 (Cream-ish), 005 (Silver/Grey-ish) and 011 (Aubergine/Eggplant-ish) - all discontinued colours.

My wedding colours are Cream/Ivory and Lilac (so I think the Aubergine/Eggplant may be a bit much).

Can you recommend a pattern (free or pricey, I don't mind) that would do the yarn and the day suitable justice?

All help is vastly appreciated!
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Please help, I'm crochet-spiral-ly challenged! on: August 15, 2008 05:22:53 AM
I taught myself to crochet some time ago and can do some pretty cool things without a pattern and even have developed my own...

I can't see to grasp the crochet spiral circle.

EVERY TIME I make one, it turns into a cone rather than a flat surface. It's OK when making Amigurumi as I just pull the tail down through the doll to flatten the head (LOL) but this is getting ridiculous!

Any and all help is much appreciated, fellow craftsters!
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Sailplane/Glider? on: April 19, 2008 09:27:15 AM
Hi, I'm finally able to crochet once again and am in the market for a crochet pattern to make a sailplane or glider....
http://soarboulder.org/images/dg505.jpg
(to avoid confusion with Hang-gliders)

I want to make one for my fiance who is an avid glider, but can't seem to find any out there.

I'm running out of time for his birthday, but am willing to PAY someone to make a pattern (yeah, I can make or modify almost anything if I have a pattern or even a picture of an existing model, but I -suck- at creating "from scratch").

If you think you may be of help (or just want to yell at me for my crochet-ineptitude) please do reply or send me a message.

It's all appreciated!


~Happy Hooking, everyone! Smiley

28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More more more (necklaces, that is) (4 pics) on: March 19, 2008 08:25:35 AM
So, I've been working on these two recently...

The Braille Necklace or Bracelet (the piece below says "Helen")



The ASL (American Sign Language) Alphabet Necklace or Bracelet (the piece below says "Anette") - ASL is used as the standard internationally when communicating with The Deaf

29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The bracelet without a name... on: March 18, 2008 03:14:01 PM
This was finished today, but still has no name.

I want to call it "The Gambler" or quote the infamous line from that Dirty Harry movie... "So, you need to ask yourself - do you feel lucky?"

Anyway, here it is...





It's got dice, each of the four suits from a deck of playing cards, four-leaf clovers and horseshoes Smiley
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I hope this is the right place for this.... Fridge Magnets... (one fat pic) on: March 18, 2008 12:57:24 PM
So, I can't currently crochet or knit which is very depressing, but there you are.

I did this instead...


I have pin-backs so they could be those instead, I guess.

I'm pretty pleased with them! Smiley

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