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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / My Very First on: February 06, 2006 07:56:46 PM
Ok, I am inspired by the Sublime Stitching patterns and want to learn to embroider.

I have bookmarked the relevant "learn to" sites.

I have the Veggie pattern and plan to try tea towels, but before I do: is this an easy pattern for a beginner?

What advice would you give to someone who is starting from embroidery ground zero?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / V-pattern? on: January 29, 2006 06:02:28 PM
Can anyone enlighten me on how you'd knit a V pattern? I have this vision of a scarf whose ends come to a point. I have googled my fingers off and can't find anything.

Would love any help you all can give!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I just need to get this out. on: January 02, 2006 12:31:26 PM
Why is it so hard to get shorter (16" or 10") circular needles at discount craft stores? I have quick access to Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Hancock's, and Wal Mart and just made a drive to the nearest JoAnn Fabric. None of them carry anything smaller than a 29". JoAnn lady (let's call her JoAnn) told me that it was "such a specialty item that they probably wouldn't ever carry them".


Is this insane or is it me? Every hat pattern I have seen calls for some needle smaller than 29". I did break down and spend more at my LYS and was happy to give her my business, but are the smaller needles that special?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Yarn As Therapy on: December 30, 2005 03:52:40 PM
Here's a question about the intersection of yarn and human relations.

My Granny is getting old. As she does, it seems she is slipping into a depression (to be expected). She is recovering from knee replacement this Christmas and complained to me before the holiday that she couldn't afford gifts for anyone this year. I told her what a big hit my simple knitted dishcloths were suggested she make up some simple gifts. She has always crocheted, but nothing very creative. I told her I would be happy to download patterns for her anytime. If she started now, she'd have a great stash by next December! She responded with noises like "Eehhh" and "Uhhhh" and was generally ambivalent. Undecided

Since then, I have loaned her my "Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crochet" and though she thumbs through it, I can't tell if this really interests her. I really think if she crocheted for charity and gifts, she'd be able to experience some joy and it might give her a boost. I am planning a notebook of patterns, along with some of my yarn stash and perhaps a couple of new skiens thrown in. I really want this to be a loving "pick yourself up" experience for her.

Any other ideas to help? Has anyone else used knitting/crochet as therapy for the elderly? Or can anyone else just give me a sympathetic head nod? Suggestions would be great! I am going to start gathering things for her after the holiday rush.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Wool Head For Babies? on: December 18, 2005 05:08:50 PM
So I'm looking at the bag full of yarn from my last LYS shopping spree, and I realize that the charming hot pink Cascade I bought with the intention of making baby hats might not be the best thing for a baby.

Is it true that many babies have allergies to wool? Have any of you made wool hats for baby heads? Share any thoughts you have.

Gee, it may mean that I will finally have to knit for myself! Roll Eyes
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / You know you're a yarn whore when... on: February 06, 2005 02:51:50 PM
So I finally get around to seeing Sideways with my friend from knitting class. Great film, loved it.

There is a climactic scene where a totally nude man appears...except he's not totally nude.

As the scene ends, I lean over to my friend and say, "Isn't that the hat pattern we got in class?"

Wow. Look what I have become.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Flowers Strike Back!! on: November 24, 2004 03:57:57 PM
I am mighty proud of these, this one was the first project I ever finished and liked enough to wear


I have since branched out to include roses in my bag o' tricks!


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8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Eyelash Nightmare! on: November 07, 2004 12:15:35 PM
What has started as the perfect gift for my mother has become a slow descent into the depths!  Cry

I am trying the scarf made from eyelash yarn on the Lion site. It is simple enough but I am having the hardest time finding my stiches with this yarn! Can anyone help me wrap my beginning crochet head around this? Any tricks??

Thanks for the felting help, BTW. Have not had time to experiment with this yet.
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