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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How to Avoid Making a Tacky Crochet Purse? on: September 20, 2010 02:20:54 PM
 Crochet fabric by nature is compactly dense and works up heavy which makes it difficult to avoid a tacky crochet purse. I have no issue with crocheting itsef (love it and I think it makes better elegant projects than knitting). But I've been searching for yarn that will yield a fashionable crochet purse. Any suggestions?

I avoid working with Mercerized cotton yarn because I don't enjoy working with thin yarns and small hooks. Plus projects worked with mercerized cotton yarn are floppy (not a good for an everyday purse.)
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Better Way to finsih last round of granny square on: September 17, 2010 07:53:19 PM
Does anyone know a better way to finish the last round of a granny square without the dreadful knot that stucks out when you draw throught the last stitch?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need a manly, quick and preferably free afghan pattern! on: January 23, 2010 06:50:47 PM
My personal favorite airy stitch is the v-stitch.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y-ti8mRDvA

I would use a chunky yarn like Wool Ease-quick and easy and a size 'N' hook for a quick but cozy afghan.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best way to add crochet edging? on: January 23, 2010 06:43:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtLkkJs-kXI

Hopefully this helps you.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tea dying didn't hold up in wash on: January 23, 2010 06:39:16 PM
It sounds like you didn't "set" the dye in the wool during the dying proccess. Most people use vinegar to set the dye job. Here's a link that contains instructions on dying yarn with kool aid if you are curious.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/388029/dying_yarn_with_kool_aid.html

I myself never tried dying yarn with tea. I always thought tea wasn't a good stainer.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Successful purse stiffner/structure on: January 19, 2010 06:38:25 PM
What type of material can work as strudy purse structure besides plastic canvas? Would cardboard (the kind you find next to the crayons) work?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Dress up elegant granny square clutch on: January 19, 2010 06:35:29 PM


Frankly, I'm surprised that granny squares were used to make this elegant clutch. I want to make my own version of this clutch but I'm having trouble figuring out what type of thread/yarn used. Is a fingering yarn? Worsted yarn was way too thick and chunky while the thread was too light and thin. I even double the threads together.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for avoiding gusset on: December 17, 2009 06:56:43 PM
I want to make a clutch similiar to this http://www.margaretnicole.com/clutches/ in the round either on dpn or on circular. There are wonderful patterns available on this board and on ravelry but they all involve using straight needles and sewing. I want to avoid sewing two sides and only have a bottom to sew. (I'm an awful sewer.) Is it best to add additional stitches when I cast on to create two sides to the clutch? Is better to use dpns or circular to achieve this? I assume that the added stitches will make the piece for onto itself,right?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Raven-Symone Yarn Earrings on: November 13, 2009 09:32:32 PM
I'm having serious trouble understanding what's going on in this video. The instructor doesn't fully explain what she's doing in crochet terms. At times it looks like she's randomly hdc and dc in her piece. I tried to replicate the earrings without much success and I thought the earring was just as a trio colored circle at first but now I don't know. I'll apperciate the help if anyone can understand the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rvNGjaLmHQ&feature=related
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Perfectionist making gifts... on: November 13, 2009 09:17:40 PM
I'm a perfectionist myself but I've made peace with knowing that human errors occur when making  home made items. If you think about it retail items have mistakes in them,too. Did you know that  the tube scraves you buy actually have yarn ends tied up together inside themselves? They're just sew inside the tube when the tube is stitched closed. The only time I would redo a project is if I made a serious mistake that would compromise the overall appearance of the item. (etc. missed several stitches)
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