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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swimsuit Cover up on: April 25, 2008 03:50:32 PM
Ok I just looked and there's not as much as I thought, but it's worth checking.  There's also one at crochet me.com - the waters edge cover up
http://crochetme.com/June_July_2005/patt_waters_edge.htm
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swimsuit Cover up on: April 25, 2008 03:36:15 PM
I think garnstudio/drops has several swimsuit coverups, you should check the crochet section of free patterns on their site.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Improvised wallet on: April 22, 2008 04:24:24 PM
It looks really good! I actually like it more than some of the more complicated purse designs.  Simple=sophisticated I guess? May I ask what yarn you used?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Warning: Noob Question: Stitch Markers? on: April 09, 2008 11:53:31 AM
When I needed stitch markers, my mother also recommended safety pins.  They work well, and they're easy to have pinned to your project bag where they don't get misplaced when you don't need them.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Freeform clutch (several pics) on: April 05, 2008 01:59:28 PM
It is mostly various fan motifs with flower motifs, various leaf motifs, and paisley motifs which I got from an Annie's attic  "How to free-form crochet" book, which included instructions for a lot of motifs, and then added a few from the web that I liked like the spiderweb on the back, and modified a few of the motifs in the book (changing the loop I crocheted into for texture mostly).  Then it's just laying them out and arranging to the way it pleases your eye, whipstitching it together, and adding bits to fill in gaps. You can find alot of motifs free on the internet, and there are several freeform books out there, and I would think most provide instructions for several motifs.

I really appreciate the responses, this was the first thing like this I made, and it's really hard to step back from your own work sometimes to see it from other eyes... between seeing "some * I made up" and "this project is my little baby" it was hard to know what to think of it.  I'll still chicken out of using it for my wedding in all likelihood (my original plan before I made it), but I feel much more confident about carrying it in public.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: amigurumi on: April 03, 2008 06:07:05 PM
This blog also has links to amigurumi patterns:
http://www.amilist.blogspot.com/
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Just a basic baby blanket on: April 03, 2008 06:00:27 PM
I like it, the color choice is beautiful, and your stitches look incredibly perfect!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Freeform clutch (several pics) on: April 03, 2008 02:24:33 PM
As skeptical as I was of freeform initially, it's actually really cool and when you get used to it very fun.  Even when I had lots of little bits and pieces I was sort of skeptical, but piecing it together and seeing how it lays out is a really incredible experience.  And it lets you use all the crazy little motifs and tidbits you find on the web and normally wouldn't have reason to use, especially if you don't make doilies or appliqus.  And I think purses are great ways to try it - they're small and allow more immediate gratification, and it seems a little more usable if you're not very rebellious in your general attire or decor.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My first Ami. What did I do wrong!!?? on: April 03, 2008 02:19:46 PM
As the others mentioned, you will need to crochet tighter or use a smaller hook - amigurumi is supposed to be very tight and if you are used to things like garments or scarves, it will seem very strange.  But depending on how you crochet after changing hooks, you might still need to add or remove rows if a limb or such is turning out too short & fat or too long and skinny.  I've seen a few people follow a horse pattern that they had to adjust because it was coming out like a giraffe, and my sister actually got a horse with little neck from the same pattern.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Raverly Anyone Know When They Invite? on: April 02, 2008 08:15:24 PM
When I was waiting it seemed pretty random - sometimes the number before me would drop in the morning, sometimes the evening.  I think when the number before me dropped to 100ish, it came at night of the next day. (I spent all day that day checking my email for it).
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