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311  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: crocheting in rounds *wails* on: November 15, 2004 12:12:49 PM
I know when I first tried to crochet in the round, I tried to crochet into the chain, like you would for a scarf, and it always looked mangled. Then I found the link I posted above, and that fixed it.
312  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: crocheting in rounds *wails* on: November 15, 2004 12:04:27 PM
Are you crocheting the first round -into- the chain or -around- the chain?
313  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: crocheting in rounds *wails* on: November 15, 2004 12:01:11 PM
After you have a chain circle or after you have the first round?
314  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: crocheting in rounds *wails* on: November 15, 2004 11:44:33 AM
What exactly keeps going wrong? Do you have pictures?
Can you start the round or is it more of an after-I-have-a-circle-what-do-I-do problem?

Here is how I start a hat:

chain about 5

stick the crochet hook through the first chain, and slip stich to join with the last chain, to make a ring

then I follow these instructions to make the first row

join the last stich and the first stitch of that row to make a round just like you did with the chain

then chain however many you need and start crocheting like normal

Is this clear? Which part do you have the problems in?

315  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gangsta Knitter on: November 15, 2004 11:24:29 AM
That was awesome.

And I liked his hat...
316  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Awesome Grey hat (from coat) on: November 13, 2004 05:32:13 PM
I love this hat!
How do you make the brim stay stiff?
317  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cold process or melt and pour - can you tell? on: November 13, 2004 05:27:12 AM
Hello! I'm new here, and I already have a chance to contribute. Yay!

1) Yes, and no. You can make from-scratch soap see-through, but it has to be hot process, not cold process, I think. I've never done it, but most cp soapmaking books can tell you how. It involves adding alcohol and extra glycerin and cooking it. I don't know if it's remeltable after that, though, so I don't know if you can use it just the same.

2) Yes, you can definitely make cp soap with molds! They just have to be heavier duty than you find in the average craft store. Try Milky-way molds. (Google it-- you'll find tons) They're my favorite!

3) Why cold process over melt and pour? Most people I've talked to prefer cp for 2 reasons. Okay, kind of one reason with two aspects. First, because you have more control over what's in it since you decide the ingredients, and second, because melt and pour necessarily has a lot of ingredients people don't like.  CP soap doesn't remelt on it's own and it's not clear on its own. MP has to have a lot of additional chemicals added to it, and these chamicals are not necessarily "all-natural." Also, most of the mp base that you find in craft stores is actually a detergent, not soap. (IE, made with petroleum products as opposed to natural oils and fats.) For some people this is an issue. It can also be a bit more drying to the skin than cp, because extra superfatting or adding moisturizers clouds the soap so it's not clear.

4) Yes, you can use MP for just about anything also, if you don't have a problem with it being a little more drying. A basic soap is a facial soap usually if it's nice and moisturizing, and doesn't contain anything that would irritate the skin.

Hope this helps! I've been doing cp for about 4 years, though very infrequentlyas I find one batch lasts me a long long time. I am, however, a compulsive reader, so I know a lot from all the soaping books and posts and websites I've read.

~Sarah FGF
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