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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Sizing up/down hats on: October 24, 2011 08:37:07 AM
Just wondering if anyone has any tips or calculations or magic on sizing up and down hats.  I know that using different sizes of yarn will change the size of the hat due to the guage.  But what if I want to use the same yarn?  Specifically, I have an awesome pattern for stocking hats- but the largest size I have it in is 6-18 months.  I'd like to make the same hat in youth and adults sizes.   Cheesy  I'm fairly proficient at crocheting.  I'm even really good at math.  But I can't seem to change up patterns.  It's like a mental block!!!!  I could spend countless hours doing some trial and error.  But I know there's got to be some science to this I can apply!

Thanks so much!!!!!!  Grin
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Teaching Crochet to Girl Scout Daisies on: January 25, 2011 06:26:24 AM
I know there's already a few threads about teaching crochet, but I was wondering if anyone ever taught it to Girl Scouts to earn a badge?  My daughter is a Daisy- so they are Kindergartener and First Graders- little'uns!  I was wondering what the best project would be.  I want to put together a little kit for them to take home- including a larger sized hook and some yarn, I'm thinking the Sugar and Cream (good color choice, inexpensive, and durable).  If anyone has done this, what was your plan of attack?  I figure just chains and single crochet- but then I think the kit is limited to making a washcloth.  I guess that's not the worst thing in the world- at least they can use it- even as a doll blanket  Grin
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Any advice on buying a sewing machine for my daughter? on: January 18, 2010 01:52:33 PM
Okay- so my daughter is intrigued by my crafting- especially since she knows I started when I was her age.  Granted, I was a much less rambunctious child!!!!  

Anyway- I've wanted to start sewing more- I got an awesome machine when I went back to work full time after she was born.  I had this idea I wouldn't have to work if I made and sold clothes similar to the ones I paid a fortune for at the boutique baby stores.  I got a Brother machine that can be hooked up to the computer to do machine embroidery.  I never, ever managed to get the hang of that (and would gladly accept help on that front as well), but I have a great machine for sewing now.  I would like to get a kid's machine for my daughter- I've seen them in the store, but wonder if they're truly good machines, or more play-things than anything??  I don't want to set her up on my machine- it's way to sophisticated!!!!  I did see a Hello Kitty machine by Janome (http://www.target.com/Hello-Kitty-Sewing-Machine-Green/dp/B000B8WSJ2) that looks perfect!  But is it....  Undecided

Does anyone have any advice to share out there??  
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Punk Haired doll on: January 04, 2010 08:47:50 AM
Last week I made an octopus so I could explain the pattern to a friend.  When my daughter saw it, she immediately asked me to make a doll.  Of course I obliged!!!! I partially went off of a pattern from a magazine- but quickly realized my mom had stolen a few pages from the mag before handing it over, so I winged the rest of the body. I crocheted the clothes as I went along.  I LOVE her hair- I'm hoping I can find more of that yarn- it's been in my stash forever, waiting for the perfect project! 

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hello Kitty Headband/EarWarmer on: December 28, 2009 11:31:29 AM
I wanted to make a warm headband for my 5yo daughter- to keep her head warm- and her hair out of her face.  We are both obsessed with Hello Kitty (though maybe me a little more than her) so I decided to bust out my pattern book and add a HK head-  Cheesy  I had enough of the yarn to make two more headbands- one for a friend and one to sell in my etsy shop.  Figured I'd post it here cuz I was so happy with how it turned out!!!!!!  That- and how many people really understand the crocheting obsession?Huh?

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