For almost 2 months I've been looking for the right kind of crochet "string". That wasn't SO expensive I couldn't afford enough to make one top from it. I've been buying small amounts (to see what it's like- or course then if it works I don't have enough to make anything) and spending a lot of money on this. I finally decided there must be just plain cotton string that would work. so, I bought several "cones" of this. Hard to tell in pictures what it's like and I didn't know anything about ply, etc. (I do now know 16 ply is much too heavy!) Yesterday I got a big cone (8000 feet)of white cotton 6 ply string. And it's perfect! I can use G or H hook with it, and it's soft but not too soft. To make shells and lace-look stuff. I have several patterns that call for DMC or DK crochet thread (like I got SENSO, which is something like $3.99 a ball, plus shipping, and I bought 2 balls, to see what it was like, and the patterns call for more) Not to be cheap, but I think "string" is less (and can get more at a time, like a cone) just because it's called "string" and not crochet thread/cotton or yarn (LOL) Also, since it's 100% cotton, I'm thinking it could be dyed. (in a way it's kind of a gimmick, maybe crocheted tops from STRING? simple, organic, earthy?) I found a website about dying cotton yarn, using PAAS Easter egg dye. Though you can only buy this in season. The samples were so pretty. Tye dye and various shades, making varigated. Wrap it around something, and dip it in, various colors, so it will be varigated when used. Im going out Sunday (EAster) so will look, maybe I can find it on sale. Now, I have to do something with all the boxes piled around! I have boxes with yarn/cotton, boxes with books, boxes with all my crochet hooks. Papers, trying to keep track of what works (or might) with what. Printed out patterns. Organization has never been one of my strong points... and now I have to actually DO something with all this. The string I got was $12.99 (plus UPS shipping) and came to $20.05. I'd like to be able to find it for less, or maybe somewhere I could get it without shipping. I wonder if all cotton 6 ply string is the same?
But, there is nothing that I can find on the site about the shipping costs.
On one place it says something about "flat shipping rates". Somewhere else it says shipping costs are determined on the final order.
In order to find this out, apparently (unless I am missing something) one has to fill it all in, like ordering and get to the very last page, before the shipping charges are added.
Yesterday, I used their CONTACT US email form and asked about shipping. I'd like to know what the shipping will be while I am figuring out what and how much to order. The way they are set up, I'd have to keep putting in what I wanted to get and going to the final page to see what the shipping was going to add to it.
They do have PayPal which makes it easier. I put in 2 balls of the cotton, and went right to the end (signing in PayPal) to find out on the SUBMIT page it would be $3.92 for shipping. Bringing it to $4.05 or so a ball.
I have written them another email to see if they can give me some idea about this. LIke could I buy 4 or maybe 6 balls of crochet cotton and still get the same shipping?
It's not like crochet cotton is big and heavy!
If I don't get an answer, maybe I can find another place to look for it.
I wish we had more for stores about where I live (and I don't have a car so need a ride or someone to get things for me)
I looked on ebay and they only have 3 balls of what they say is Aunt Lydia's fashion cotton and they say it's #10 (which is too fine and light)
I tried printing it and it's worse, not clear. I copy/pasted it but it's not something that can be edited, it's scanned.
I've been spending most of the afternoon, looking for patterns and jotting down what kind of yarn/thread they say to use (in my search for what might be best, but not TOO epensive and fairly easy to find, online)
My list so far is:
Cey's Sundance cotton microfiber Caron Simply soft 100% acrylic Cascade pima Tencel (silky, 50% cotton) Reynolds Saucy Sports 100% mercerized cotton Elann Callista Classic Elite/Interlude (I think these are 2 different ones, can be used for the pattern) Bernat Ball 50 gram balls (of what? crochet cotton?)
It's SO COLD today, a lot because of the cold wind. around 20 out and it's 5:16 pm. Even with the heat on it seems like the cold wind is going through every crack in the house.
Probably if I got up and moved around and did something besides looking things up online, it might help (LOL)
Awhile ago, my teenage grandaughter asked me if I could crochet her a bikini. This is what started my idea I have now... I had crocheted for years, 4 ply worsted weight... afgans, pot holders,ponchos (back in the day) and such. For a few years I used #30 and #10 crochet thread and made snowflakes (diped in sugar water and pinned to dry)
Never used anything like crochet cotton for clothes. (I've since learned you can't use cotton to crochet a bathingsuit if you plan to go in the water (LOL)
Forget the bathingsuit, I ended up buying her one, on ebay. Seems like most everything on ebay that involves crochet (clothing) comes from Thailand. And, a lot is very expensive.
But, I now have the idea of making what I call "lacey tops". I know someone opening a tattoo shop and selling body jewelry and such, I could put them in to sell if I can figure it out. Or, of course on ebay. Hand made/crocheted things seem to sell for a lot.
I have been tracking down patterns, or ones I might convert, but the material to use has been a problem. A lot of the patterns call for worsted weight 4 ply yarn. OR some special yarn, only from one company that is very expensive.
What I'm thinking of is, the "little nothing" kind of hippie tops (from the 60's or so) I've seen them called BOHO (Bohemiam) too. Or gypsy. maybe solid over the bust, lacey on the bottom, tie around the neck and in back. Or lacey open vests, tie in the front and wear over something else (maybe a bathingsuit) Maybe 4 ply worsted weight yarn works for this, but I'm thinking more light and summery. Which comes to crochet cotton. I don't have any stores around here (rural area) to go and look so have mainly been buying from ebay, and now have a box of stuff that isn't what I want (though I will find something to use it for...) Crochet cotton (I've found) is either too heavy (the 4 ply or even sport yarn, though this has possibilitieis) or too light (if #10 would work, it would be perfect, there's so many colors to get!)
I've seen patterns using "organic cotton" (sold by the yarn company) which is like $6.99 for a ball (the pattern I saw for this was a toddler dress that required 3 balls!)
I also don't want to buy something on ebay, I won't be able to get more of, if it is what I want.
I've come to the conclusion that maybe string would be best? Regular cotton string.When I was a child, we had a huge cone of cotton string, and I used to knit dishcloths with it.
Not too heavy, not too fine, not WAXY or coated. I looked in hardware stores here, and all I can find is balls of coated string... twine.
I just ordered a cone of cottoon string (16 ply. I saw this and 8 ply but that looks too fine) from an ebay seller ($18, free shipping) but it hasn't come yet. I am only going by what the pictures of it look like.
Not to be cheap, but I'm thinking crochetting summer tops out of string would also be a gimmick?
Also, I like those big tote bags, people use to take to stores and put groceries in, to not use paper or plastic. And, using cotton string to make these might be good, too.
The idea of string leads to dying it, I've been finding websites about using PAAS Easter egg dye to tie dye or make cotton yarns, in different and unique ways. Do they still sell that RIT dye in bottles? (Red, Blue and Yellow could be combined into all different shades) I have to wait till I can get to a store and look. I'm a grandma, on Social Security, so have to do what I can AS I can.
This all seems to be leading somewhere, right now I'm in the collecting patterns and ideas and finding the right material to make what I want (or have pictured) stage.
Since I want to make them to sell, I'm now thinking finding large cones of the "right" kind of string (cotton, uncoated, the right weight) is my best bet. Could figure out what I needed to make a top, wrap it around something, and dip it in different color dyes, to make my own (unique) combinations. Not only would this be economical, but as I said a "gimmick". Tops made of hand dyed, one of a kind colors- STRING? It would have to be light enough to look lacey and not bulky, but firm enough to hold the pattern (the lacey parts) and not scratchy to wear.
Picture a tanned woman, with tattoos, on the back of a Harley. Someone who has tattoos and body peircings and doesn't mind showing a little skin, to show it off.
Or, maybe even the TEEN look. I made a few bikini tops to try (the pattern I have for this calls for 4 ply acryllic) and my grandaughter put one on over a T Shirt and loved it, said she would wear it like that.
Thanks for listening, and maybe someone has experience with this, and knows what might be best to use?
I probably should have asked awhile back, but just came across the forum in my yarn and pattern searching.