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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: is there a difference between a granny and a babette square? on: March 14, 2009 05:48:08 AM
I have wanted to make a Babett blanket for a while, too.  Just looked at all 15 pages closely; if you look at them you will see that folks have used many different kinds of blocks to make their own variations of the pattern.  I don't think if would be very difficult to do.  I would not want to do all granny squares, but that is my personal opinion, some of the blankets were all granny squares - that's the beauty of crochet, you can pretty much do whatever you want.  Some of them were in color schemes, some used all the colors of the rainbow and then some.  I even printed a few pictures for inspiration and will use them when I start my own.  Go for it, use your own thoughts and inspiration, anything goes.  I loved looking at the skeins of yarn, stacks of blocks, and the many different variations of blankets.  Make it your own!!!!!!!!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Freeform Crochet Scarf on: March 14, 2009 04:45:24 AM
That is really gorgeous; if you are interested in freeform, you should join the International Freeform Yahoo Group.  They have the world's best and most well known freeform artists there and the most beautiful things you have ever seen.  Wonderful inspiration. 
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: selection box blanket on: March 14, 2009 04:34:51 AM
I love all the colors together that I was taught not to put together.  When I was first learning things about fashion we could never combine pink and red - a terrible no no.  Now I love those colors together.  Aqua and green together would have sent my home economics teacher into tantrams - LOL. 
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Thread Necklaces with Beads & Buttons (First Post!!) (Pic Heavy?) on: March 14, 2009 04:28:19 AM
I love your necklaces and bracelet; I know my granddaughter will love them too.  I will be sharing your ideas with her.  She is just learning to crochet and I'm teaching her the fun stuff first, before the old fashioned things.  LOL
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: I have about 100 or more old clothespins, need to come up with uses? on: January 31, 2009 09:28:49 PM
I have a few of these, maybe a dozen or so, and I have been trying to think of something to do with them.  I'm leaning toward a mobile.  Maybe using them to attach baby items at different levels from a small parasol using the clothespins as the things to attach the baby items to.  Does that make sense?  I'm thinking amigrurumi toys or something like that.  I thought I could maybe make 3 mobiles with the ones I have.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Tin Sign~Foreign on: January 31, 2009 09:20:32 PM
Personally, I would just hang it on the wall as art, but if you really want to do something else with it, you could make a tray bottom from it.  You can buy trays from Micheal's, Hobby Lobby, etc. then paint it.  Put a sheet of glass in it and you have a great tray. 
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stinky Yarn! on: January 31, 2009 09:03:44 PM
The easiest way to get the smell out of a lot of acrylic yarn is to stick each skein into a knee high hose, tie it up and throw it into the regular wash.  Then be sure to dry it through at least 2 dryer loads.  It will take all the smoke smell out and any nicotine stains out.  If you don't have knee highs, put 3 skeins into a small lingerie bag from the dollar store (the ones I get come 3 to a pack for a dollar) and wash and dry as usual.  You may have to tie each skein up so they don't get tangled, but it really isn't difficult to get the smell out.  If you have already used the yarn to make something, just throw the item into the wash; this will not only take the smell out, but will soften the yarn, also.  Be sure not to use the hottest setting, it could 'burn' the yarn and make it scratchier - or just be sure you don't run the dryer too long.  I've been doing this for at least 40 years and it works every time.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: A Heart Mansion! Pic OBESE!!! 13 large pics! on: January 31, 2009 08:42:53 PM
I hope you have a high price in mind because someone is going to want to buy that piece.  Don't sell yourself short, go for the $$$.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: the circle blanket of insanity-My first afghan-it can only go up from here! on: January 31, 2009 08:40:42 PM
I absolutely love this afghan.  I was around during the 70's, not a hippie (way too shy back then) but I think I will try to make one of these.  I have been on a freeform round robin and will be making a wall hanging from the pieces I have been receiving, but I'm going to make one of these for me, too.  You did very well, grasshopper.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about how to make this hat on: January 20, 2009 05:55:08 AM
Geez, I didn't recognize Craftster when I got here today.  Anyway, I'm still working on this hat, may have something in a few days.
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