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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nice Crocheted Socks?? on: January 28, 2012 01:05:14 PM
I have to say, they are a nice introduction to making socks.
Just got to warn you, though, they can mess up self-striping sock yarns - since the finished socks won't always have the stripes matching up on the top and the bottom.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nice Crocheted Socks?? on: January 27, 2012 10:55:30 AM
Ah, that's a good choice. I only chose the origami socks because I wanted to practice some Tunisian crochet.   Wink
I can vouch that the pattern works, although Tunisian crochet isn't the best option for it - still wearable, but save the Tunisian crochet for the heels and toes! It can be too thick for the main body of the sock for my liking.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nice Crocheted Socks?? on: January 25, 2012 03:11:47 PM
If you have a Ravelry account, I'd suggest looking on there - they have so many free patterns, not just for socks.  Smiley
There is a free pattern called http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/origami-turkish-socks that is crocheted flat and to the measurements of your foot.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: tunisian question on: December 29, 2011 03:04:57 PM
Unfortunately, that is the nature of the beast, unless you secure and weave in all the ends for each section of colour... which can also come out messy.

Depending on your project, you can hide the back by either lining it, making a whole other side to it or use it for something where you can only see the front.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: "crochet" facebook follow button on: December 20, 2011 10:21:52 AM
That looks like something fun to use... Hmm, maybe I should make a crocheted font. There doesn't seem to be much love for crochet amongst font designers.

Well, if someone really complains that it's not crochet, there is a variety of Tunisian crochet that looks exactly like that.  Roll Eyes
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oh what a tangled yarn we weave- (how do you store balls of yarn?) on: December 07, 2011 09:18:02 AM
I have (at the moment) some large bags full of yarn. I used the compromise method; instead of bagging each ball, I bag several in a plastic carrier bag. If you have any spare plastic ice cream tubs, they can be used as well. (Also, they make good yarn bowls for working.)
I also do something similar with hanging shoe racks, putting two or three in each section if they're small enough.

Other than that, if your balls are not centre feed, consider re-winding them so that they are - with nice tight winding in random directions on the outer surface. I find that it helps with mine.  Smiley
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pom Pom's Question on Structure on: November 17, 2011 11:57:18 AM
I think it would work well! It would be easy enough to use the principles of pixel art to them.
Just as long as you make sure the pom poms won't fall apart when you string them together - some have the habit of doing that.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting with Plastic Bags? on: November 17, 2011 11:53:42 AM
Carrying around a tote made of plarn is ok, but some people will give you odd looks. That being said, some of the prettier ones are getting a bit more popular. If you have translucent bags, they make nice totes as long as they're not biodegradable. Biodegradable bags do as the name suggests, biodegrade - good for temporary use.

However - plarn items don't sell as well, I find. Do some research in your area, because I know that different areas can be wildly different in taste - Brighton regular things are very much scoffed at by people in Chelmsford. Hence, you don't see any plarn items in Chelmsford, but in Brighton, there are a few around.

My experience with plarn suggests that items made from it don't always sell, but makes good items.
I made a pair of 'shoes' to walk through the shallows of the beach so that even if there is a pesky stonefish, it wouldn't sting my feet so badly - the padding provided by the double layer of plan on the sole also saved my feet from the stones and shells, and I didn't need to worry about the salt doing damage to the fibres (since plarn is pretty sturdy). Smiley
I've made a lot of things with plarn; scrubbers for pans, temporary insoles for my boots, wastepaper baskets, storage bowls, stool seat covers, lunch bags... the list goes on. Basically, anything that I'd use and not care what people say about them because they worked.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to put creases into pieces? on: November 04, 2011 10:36:06 AM
Acrylic can be ironed - if done very, very carefully. It's about controlling the melting; and knowing that what you do is very hard to repair (if at all). The same with steaming, although it all depends on how precisely you can steam or iron.

However, I'm not sure that you could iron a crease into it without over-doing it. If you can do as peihan17 suggested and work darts in, it would be better to do that (unless you have already finished it).

Edit: Ok, I'm an idiot - forgot to check how long ago the last post was! Embarrassed
But hopefully this helps for anyone else wondering the same thing...
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best yarn material for a bag? on: November 04, 2011 10:18:10 AM
You can use any type of yarn you like; you can reinforce it with a slightly thicker lining or use double layers of lining if you're worried about how sturdy it is. Or use the belt and braces approach and do both...
Since pretty-looking thick fabric where I am can be very pricey, it's often cheaper for me to use a double layer. And it's usually strong enough with just that.
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