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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby dress on: August 07, 2006 01:20:38 AM
Thanks, Alaitz! So the stripes were knitted horizontally in a long strip? and then sewed on the bottom of the dress so they hang vertically???  I really like how that looks, thanks for the idea!

--Ingrid
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby dress on: August 03, 2006 09:46:21 PM
I love those stripes at the bottom! How did you do the color changes?Huh

--cottontop

Woah! I didn't know a frowny face would pop up when I made three question marks!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: FO - Wave Stitch Tank on: August 03, 2006 08:11:52 PM
I LOVE this and it looks incredible on you, you should wear it EVERYWHERE. I would love to see a pattern, I think I would even buy a pattern for this...Your colors are beautiful too, btw--that goldy one really brings out your hair color...

--cottontop
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: was tension ever a problem for you? on: August 03, 2006 07:38:37 PM
I think that tension problems automatically disappear when you get used to crocheting and develop a rythm to your stitching. You don't even have to be an expert or really fast crocheter, as long as you have developed an easy rythmic pace and aren't fighting with the hook or the yarn, then all your stitches tend to be about the same size. When I want to change my tension I either change hook size or just use the same hook, but a different tightness and psych myself into getting into a familiar rythm with the new tension/tightness. It can be tricky if I put a project down for a long time and then come back to it--have to rediscover what the feeling of the original tension was, might have to have a couple false starts before I find it.

--Ingrid
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: what type/brand of yarn does everyone prefer? on: August 03, 2006 07:13:39 PM
I love natural fiber yarn and I'm usually very cheap (big exception last weekend when I for the first time spent a ton of $$$ on new yarn, got carried away by a local yarn store's GoingOUtofBusinessSale...20% off is NOT a bargain!!!)

So I hunt down good wools etc at thrift stores. Have even gotten gorgeous vintage-but-good-as-new mohair skeins with the original paper labels still on!). I also buy thrift store sweaters out of good wool and unravel them--(Gotta be sure the seams are NOT cut--seams are ok just as long as there are no yarn ends, just knitted selvedges. Have to undo the seams carefully though. Also watch out for fuzzy yarn, it can be really hard to unravel).

You can get really great yarn really cheap that way.

If you're not sure it's wool/ cotton, learn to do the burn test and sneak a little snippet of the yarn outside the store (or just ask) and burn it with a lighter. It's super easy to find out if its animal fiber, cellulose (ie cotton, rayon, linen, hemp) or synthetic and even if its a mix of the above, just by burning a short piece and smelling the smoke and feeling the ash (cellulose smells like burning paper and leaves a talcum-powder-soft ash, wool & silk smell like burning hair and leave a crumbly ash, synthetics leave a hard ash or residue, mixes are halfway of each...

To me acryllic is awful stuff, I'm sorry if I'm offending anybody, but it's either stiff like Red heart, or weak and soft and easily pilling like Caron simply soft and all of them feel clammy, don't breathe like natural fibers and usually have an annoying plastic shine to them...And for sure don't use them for something you actually want to be warm or cool in, they are too hot if it's hot and too cold if it's really cold!!!  I admit that some synthetic yarns can look really nice though and I do use some blends and even all-synthetics like that eyelash-fake fur stuff for accents/ edgings sometimes!

sometimes I think of something / see something I want to make and look for the right yarn for it but at least as often I start with a yarn I have and try to think what would be good to make out of it...

--cottontop
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My purse - on: August 03, 2006 05:57:34 PM
Wow, I bookmarked the pattern and this post, I would LOVE to see some clearer pics!!! What I can see looks really great, but can't make out any details, wish I could see the frog closure and the whole thing a little better. Thanks for posting--even if more pics aren't a possibility your post is very inspiring, I had seen this pattern in Crochetme and hadn't appreciated it enough til seeing your version...

--cottontop
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: white tote on: August 03, 2006 05:24:04 PM
Grattis! That's a beautiful bag, really classy and well-made...

--Ingrid

ps--I really like the name of your blog, cardemom is my favorite smell in the whole wide world!!! A yeasty cardemom bread baking in the oven! or biting into a whole clove of it in an Indian rice dish...omg, better than garlic, better than chocolate...
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Crochet earrings (IMG heavy) on: July 29, 2006 04:44:15 PM
Those are great, I think I like the red and the green ones the best, they are really original and pretty, great shapes/ designs.
--Cottontop
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Socks that fit! - Now with tutorial on: July 25, 2006 06:49:27 PM
Hi GumInMyHair--Did you use sock/ fingering weight yarn to make your socks? It's pretty thin yarn, I'm sure hoping to get socks that fit in shoes when I crochet mine, I don't need more slippers either, I definitely want socks to wear in shoes...
--cottontop
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My first crochet hat! on: July 22, 2006 11:34:21 PM
OK, I don't quite get it, don't answer if this is too hard but I have 2 questions:

1. Do you crochet a starting chain, then a few/ several rows of single crochet and THEN crochet into/ on top of them in some way? or do you do the chain, then one row of single crochet and then single crochet on top/ into the bottom of it? (I'm not sure what the "dark grey bottom stitch" you mention refers to--is it the chain stitch you crocheted that first single crochet row into? or is it a part of the single crochet stitch?)

2. after you have worked the second/ new row of single crochet into the dark grey bottom stitches (still unclear as to what those are!), where does the NEXT row go/ get attached?

SORRY to be so dense-- maybe this is too late at night for me to be trying to figure out something new! I should probably try googling this and looking at some technique websites instead of browbeating a poor innocent new crocheter to teach me her techniques...I will try to figure this out tomorrow!

Anyway thanks for the pics and for stretching my brain!!!

--cottontop
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