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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Okay this is not a knitting project but... on: August 24, 2013 11:44:49 AM
That is a great idea. The thing I like best about it is, I could see all my yarn at the same time; right now it's in boxes and then I lose track of what I have. But with this I'd know right away and it would encourage me to use it before buying more. (Or maybe stop me from buying something for a project when I already have something that will work that I've just forgotten about.)

Thank you for sharing this; I've bookmarked it.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Summer Vests - Tie Dye Effect Flower Mandala on: August 24, 2013 11:33:02 AM
You used *sewing thread*? Really? That would explain the gradual color progressions (I've heard of people doing that with cross stitch patterns) but wow - that's dedication.

There's just one problem. I have lots of yarn but not much thread because I don't sew; now I want to collect as much as possible to try this. Smiley

Thank you for sharing these, they are beautiful.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Despicable Me Minion hat (with a despicable child model and tutorial) on: August 24, 2013 11:26:18 AM
That is seriously cute. But the child doesn't look so despicable there - maybe it's because she knew she was getting her picture taken. Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Color Wheel Afghan ~Blast from Past~ on: August 24, 2013 11:22:38 AM
Wow, that pattern book really took me back. Smiley But really - yours is nicer. Seriously.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sheep to scarf on: August 24, 2013 11:18:09 AM
You did a really nice job with this; I like that basketweave pattern a lot. It probably is fairly heavy considering it was spun "in the grease." I know some spinners like to work that way (I'm not one of them Smiley ) and I've read it helps make the finished item resistant to water but that seems more appropriate for a sweater or hat than a scarf. Maybe the man just wanted something completely natural. As Taramor said, we can't smell it but if the sheep was (relatively) clean it wouldn't be too bad. I just don't like vegetable matter in my yarns; it seems to always end up in exactly the wrong place and pokes me. Smiley

But still - that's what he wanted. And I hope he appreciates all the effort you put into it.

Meg
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on how to finish this rug? on: August 24, 2013 11:00:27 AM
That is a really nice rug. I like the colors and I like the random stripes.

About the yarn colors, I vote for the white; it may just be my monitor - or my eyes - but I don't think any of the other colors go with the blue and white of the rug. And I would use it to make the rug longer; honestly, I don't think it needs a border. That's the nice thing about crochet; the edges are so neat that they don't really need anything more. If you really want a border I would say, stay with something simple, like a sc (dc if you're using UK terms) or hdc (htr in UK terms) or maybe just a blanket stitch; that last would use the least amount of yarn. I'm not sure that lace would wear well, plus it might get caught in people's feet (or claws, if you have pets).

This is just MHO Smiley but I hope it helps.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet red vest on: August 24, 2013 10:35:13 AM
That is just beautiful. I'm glad you switched the button; the black one is nice but a red one would be really cool. Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Magnificent Butterfly Afghan on: August 14, 2013 09:15:55 AM
That is just beautiful. I may have to break my "no afghans" rule. Smiley (which exists only because I don't do well with large projects)

Thank you for sharing the pictures but thank you also for sharing your stories. Crochet may be lonely but you are not alone in using it to get through times like this (I speak from experience here Smiley ) and both the crochet and the sharing can ease some of the pain of loss that you're going through. I hope things get better for you soon.

Meg
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: stash bust multiple weights? (knit or crochet) on: August 10, 2013 11:23:19 AM
Quite a few years ago I attended a workshop at the Estes Park Wool Market on a crocheted vest that was made with lots of different kinds of yarn. I don't still have the pattern and can't remember the last name of the person who designed it (her first name was Carol and I think she lived in New Mexico or Arizona, if anyone can help with that) and anyway, it was copyrighted. But the idea was to play with color and texture and I made some really nice vests. Since I'm prone to buying just one skein of something it was a really good choice for me.

But I think your project is going to be bigger than that since you'll be traveling a lot so I'd suggest an afghan. The vest pattern worked with similar colors but for an afghan you could get away with lots of different ones. I think it might help if you kept the hook size the same and used more than one strand if the yarn was too thin; otherwise the thin yarn might wear faster (I speak from experience on that one Sad  ). You could also keep the stitches simple, maybe just scs, hdcs, and dcs; if you use novelty yarn fancy stitch patterns would get lost anyway.

I think this is a great idea. Besides giving you something creative to do along with your job you'll have a great souvenir of all the places you visited during your tour. And it will be useful besides!

Have a safe trip.

Meg
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: newborn beanie star of life help! on: August 10, 2013 10:56:51 AM
By Star of Life do you mean the blue one with six points and a caduceus (I think that's what it is) in the center? I'd never heard of it but that's what Google was showing when I searched.

I did find a pattern on Etsy; is that the one you were talking about? It does look big but then I think it's intended for an afghan.

There *is* crochet graph paper available online that you can print out. About.com has some here:

http://crochet.about.com/od/free-graph-paper/ig/free-printable-graph-paper/Graph-Paper-for-Crochet.htm

but that's what came up first on a search; there are other pages too. You can't copy the Etsy design but you could maybe use another image (it does seem to be standardized) to come up with your own. I'm just not sure how you'd incorporate the caduceus into a small design; could you maybe do just the blue part? That should be fairly simple.

Because this is for a newborn my suggestion is to keep your stitches small. If I were doing it I would use crochet thread with a steel hook; I'm just not sure where I'd find blue crochet thread. But anything as thin as that would work too.

It's possible the Etsy artist could also do a custom design - a smaller version of the one that's for afghans. It wouldn't be free but it would save you time and it might be easier for her to adapt what she's already done than for you to come up with something on your own.

That's all I can think of right now but I hope it helps. Good luck with your project.

Meg
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