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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Shorts - Eclectic Flowers on: March 24, 2013 12:03:30 PM
I love the bright colors contrasting the dark background! Would they stay up if someone wore them? Is there an elastic band?
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baithing suit help on: March 24, 2013 11:54:36 AM
I have a book by Ashley Paige (http://www.ashleypaige.com) that features bikinis and things of that nature. Each pattern has pretty detailed sizing information, although it doesn't talk much about modifying the patterns for other sizes. It's only about $8 on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Sexy-Little-Knits-Designs-Crochet/dp/0307236579/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364151139&sr=8-1&keywords=0307236579).
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you work from the skein or a ball? on: March 24, 2013 11:43:50 AM
I always pull from the middle of a skein. The "limp noodle of yarn" effect does get a little irritating sometimes, but it seems inefficient to spend all that time balling yarn. I've known people who will use a 2- or 3-liter soda bottle; they cut the bottom off and feed the yarn through the cap end, that way the skein doesn't get crushed when the center is gone.
I do ball up my yarn when it comes in a wad or a rope. It seems like the fancier the yarn you get, the more likely it is to get tangled when you're trying to convert it from packaged-for-sale to balled-for-use!
34  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone here do freeform crochet? on: March 24, 2013 11:38:13 AM
I used to make a bunch of ad hoc crochet things for people: cup cozies, radio/iPod holders (with elastic strap to use when jogging), art supplies cases, and a Native American fellow asked me to make a holder with some pretty intricate color patterns for one of his ceremonial feathers. I think that making things without a pattern, or using a different pattern as a rough guide, is a lot more rewarding than following a pattern step-by-step. Mind you, though, I always write down all the steps for my made-up stuff for the next time I need one!
35  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bumble Bee on: March 24, 2013 11:16:10 AM
Just a simple little bee from a pattern I found on a Red Heart skein. It was pretty quick and easy, but I haven't done any crocheting for a while so it was a good project get the rust out of my fingers!
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