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21  Illinois / Illinois: North / recommended craftiness in the joliet/morris area? on: July 10, 2005 11:32:30 PM
I get to that area a few times a year ... my SIL and MIL live in Joliet & Morris, respectively. SIL is a knitter & scrapbooker & gardener while MIL is a die-hard quilter & newbie gardener.

Anyway, I make jewelry & crochet and admire general craftiness ... so, any recommended crafty type shops in that area (yarn & beads preferably, MIL has the quilt shops covered!). An hour's drive in either direction of the Joliet/Morris area is fine ... we're up for adventures! Also interested in hearing of any craft groups or generally crafty chicas who live in the area, too. Smiley

Thanks!
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your favorite crochet tip... on: July 10, 2005 10:54:39 PM
Safety pins make great stitchmarkers and loop holders. I've also been told that big paper clips are good, too. I recently made some beaded stitchmarkers using ring size memory wire and 3-5 mm beads. A lot cuter than safety pins!
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learning to Crochet.. on: July 10, 2005 10:46:01 PM
I found the Crocheter's Companion book to be very helpful. Maybe you can find it at a local library. It has been helpful w/ me in re-learning the basics.

I learned when I was 10 and recently picked it up again after starting on a few baby blankets & joining a local crochet club. After getting the book, I realized that I was doing all the stitches wrong. agh!

spoonerism - with a chain stitch, you're basically pulling a new loop of yarn through an existing loop of yarn. If it's confusing using the hook, try it with you're fingers. This helped some of the 6-8 y/o girls I worked with.
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