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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / oops? or not? Wavy grannies! on: March 17, 2008 07:29:31 PM
I'm making granny squares and they're flaring at the corner so they turn out kind of wavy. I've tried a few different patterns and most have them have turned out wavy, albeit to different degrees.

My question: Will the wavy-ness/ flaring go away with blocking?
How much wavy-ness can be corrected with blocking?

Also, the yarn is acryllic, if that makes a difference.

Thanks for the help!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / bag straps that don't break! on: May 29, 2007 11:22:36 AM
Hi all!

I'm crocheting a large book bag to be felted. The pattern I'm using calls for attaching leather straps, but I'd prefer felted straps. So my question is, how to I make a cord that is thick and strong enough to carry such a heavy bag. Also, should I expect the straps to stretch, and if so, how much?

Thanks so much in advance!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / jewelry + boyfriend -engagement? on: May 07, 2007 11:22:37 PM
Hey all,
hope that my title makes sense. My problem is that my boyfriend and I pretty serious, but too poor and busy to be engaged. That said, I'm a very sentimental person and would like a physical object to commemorate our relationship. He, on the other hand, does not.

I gave him a ring once and he faithfully wore it, but then it broke but he says he doesn't want another ring because having to worry about losing the ring was too stressful. (Although you should have seen him when he thought he lost the ring. He was so worried! I appreciate his worry, but at the same time, don't want to cause him stress.)

So, can anyone think of a nice gift, preferably one that would involve more of an investment of time than money that would be a sort of keepsake?

Thanks in advance for all of your help.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / bar mirror on: April 29, 2007 01:26:57 PM
I made a bar mirror for my boyfriend's 21st birthday. I couldn't afford a neon sign, and I didn't want a mirror with a Jack Daniels label on it, so I made one with a martini glass on it. Above that, I stenciled "cocktails".

This project was a lot of firsts for me: first time stenciling and first time etching!

Here it is!

and here's what it looked like before. a boring old mirror from Ross and a bottle of etching cream.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 21st Birthday bar mirror on: April 28, 2007 07:24:02 PM
If you're planning on etching shot glasses for a twenty-first birthday, considering etching a bar mirror too! That's what I'm doing right now, and I'm really excited about it. If anyone's interested, I could post pictures when I'm finished. But basically, instead of buying a mirror that has a Jack Daniels label etched on it, I'm etching a classy looking martini glass.
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