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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re:HELP!! I'm a crocheting nightmare!! on: December 15, 2003 02:26:17 PM
I know exactly what you are doing, because I did it when I was starting out, too.  I'm going to try to explain what I was doing was doing wrong, and how I got help.
When I first started, I figured out chaining easilly, but I didn't understand how to 'build' the stitches.  What happened was that I was trying to stitch right into that opening chain over and over, and not 'yarning over' and moving through the corresponding new loops.  
I went to a yarn store and a lady showed how to do a single crochet.  But, I think if you are generally crafty, you can get it without that help.  
Make sure you are using yarn you can see your stitches well with.  Save the lofty, fluffy, puffy stuff and use a simple yarn.  Make your slip knot and then chain 10.  Let the chain hang from the hook and look at the little links in the chain.  Do you see how the chains sort of look like 'v's' ?  I'm assuming you are right handed here.  Holding your hook horizontally, with the chain hanging straight up and down, do you see how there is a space in the center of each v?  Holding your hook like you were, go to the 2nd v from the hook (there is a loop on the hook, the first v, then the 2nd v - that's the one you want.  Working with the chain facing you, just like it has been, poke the hook right through the chain.  Then take your working yarn, and catch it under your hook. The pull that yarn through.  Now you have two loops of yarn on your hook.  Catch your working yarn in the hook again - and pull it through both loops.  You will have one loop on the hook and be ready to move to the next stitch.  Poke your hook through, catch your working yarn, bring it back through both loops, and you'll be left with one loop.  Go to the next space and do the same thing, til you get to the end of the chain.  When you finish you'll have one loop on your hook, then chain another.  Turn, and try another row.  I hope that helps.  If you can't find any, I'll try to post some pictures of what each part of the process looks like.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re:i need crafty ideas for my bathroom on: December 04, 2003 08:32:04 AM
Instead of a classic towel rack, what about hooks?  You could buy cheap ones and paint them up, embellish them, whatever.  That affords the ability to hand robes or shirts you are hoping to dewrinkle with shower steam up in the same space.
If you don't need the storage space, you could just find a really awesome mirror and decorate it to match whatever style you decide to do.  My sister did that with a cool old mirror that she glued colored marbles around.  Then she used a distressed old metal planter under the mirror mounted to the wall to put some essential bathroom supplies in.  It came out really nice.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / felted/fulled wool quilts on: December 03, 2003 07:47:55 AM
I got the idea to do a felted wool throw on getcrafty, but I wanted to back it and quilt some sort of design.  Has anyone done this and does anyone have practical advice on quilting felted wool by hand?  Thanks.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Ideas on old sweaters wanted on: December 03, 2003 07:44:52 AM
If you felt them you can make anything.  There are some really cool purses done out of felted wool.  Also, hats or mittens.
Has anyone here done a felted wool quilt.  I want to make a lap quilt for my love for xmas, and would love some advice.  I've felted about 8 sweaters, and am ready to get going.  Good luck with your pretty sweaters.
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