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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Beginner with an Ambitious Project Seeking Tips on: February 26, 2009 10:57:54 PM
I think you should pick a pattern that you like, and if you like the chevron, go for it. BUT I say, make a small chevron scarf or square purse or something first... just to get yourself in to the routine of the chevron stitch. If you are like me (which it sounds like you are a little) you will want to master the blanket and go on to resin or something, so I say make sure you 'own' the chevron pattern by making something small first OR take your time, read the pattern, count your stitches and go slow at the beginning because I gotta say, when you get going, and then you notice a mistake three rows down in that huge blanket you are not going to want to frog the thing, and then when the whole project is done, and the first rows look like doo doo, you won't want to show anyone your project!
Moral of the story, practice a little, go for the big project and then move on to wood carving! Cheesy
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felted sweater? on: February 26, 2009 10:50:29 PM
Well, first of all I just have to say: don't be afraid of showing your crochet! It is not as ugly as you think! Grin NOw with that said, I know your dilemma, sometimes crochet items do look a little 'off'... I think you could felt some sweaters, and done the right way, it wouldn't feel like you were wearing armor either! Smiley

The felted wool object is always shrunk and in the shriking it gets thick (the wool fibers 'bloom' and get all tengled up with each other). The Thickness depends on the twist in the yarn and the weight of the yarn and can range from so thick it can hold water, to just thick enough to not see the individual stitches any more... and you can always partially felt where the stitches bloom but you can still see them. It seems like you want to hide the stitches altogether so I would suggest getting some wool sock yarn, and crocheting it with an 'H' or 'I' or even 'J' hook. I think that will make a nice felted sweater that still has some drape to it. Get a thicker yarn like sport weight and you might end up wearing a cardboard box! 

I am not sure why you want to felt a crocheted sweater, but I think it would be cool to try different pattern stitches to get different effects too. It would be cool to have a row of popcorns or something like that to add dimension and interest! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: knot in middle of brand new skein...regular occurrence? on: February 26, 2009 10:41:44 PM
oh ya, don't take short cuts!
Craftydeb, that is really weird about a big huge chunk of yarn being off color! Did the piece end up looking cool or just too weird?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: swap with no borders!!! Swap for all America!!! on: February 26, 2009 10:37:13 PM
Hey everyone! Well a ton of things have been going on in the Java house! We are in the thick of moving! This started just around Christmas, talking about moving, and now we are really living out of boxes! I think things should settle down for me about the end of March, if there is someone else that wants to co-organize with pizzacravings, I think you guys should go for it! I am just too insane with work and moving to be a good organizer right now!
I think this is such a fun swap theme it would be a shame if it didn't get off the ground! Please someone jump in!!! Cheesy
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help?!? How to make a Baby Waffle Crochet Headband on: February 22, 2009 12:14:36 AM
Here's a tip! Just crochet any old band with any old pattern you like... leave it oh, about an inch or so short of fitting all the way around the head of your precious little princess... then tie the ends to a regular hair band (rubber band) on either side, and slip over her head! The rubber bands/pony holders give just enough tension to hold on. If you want to add a no slip type grip to the top/upper portion, you can add the hook side of a hook and loop closure (otherwise known as velcro Smiley ) to the underside at the top (at the bangs area), OR you can put a couple of drops of t-shirt paint for non-skidding, OR you can weave in regular hair-pully rubber bands, they work perfectly to keep the slippery yarn from sliding off your head!:D
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: knot in middle of brand new skein...regular occurrence? on: February 21, 2009 11:56:57 PM
Ya, I hate those weird anomalies... I think these things are just the manufacturers way of getting you that whole 6 ounces of yarn in one skein!!! The random colors are to indicate to you that a splice is coming up, and I do think that they are meant to be cut out and re-spliced the way you want them to be. I don't usually leave the knots in when they come up. I have found that some are not really secure. They seem to be either cut super short or not a secure tie (like not even a basic square not!). Anyway, check out http://www.purlwise.com/splicing_yarn/ for a nice little splicing tute! Cheesy
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: (Old Fashioned) Random Swap 2009 Gallery on: February 21, 2009 11:19:59 PM
My dad had a stroke this morning, hes going to be ok but I am going to be missing for a while
OH CRAP!~ That really sucks! I hope all is Ok! Take care of yourself!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: (Old Fashioned) Random Swap 2009 Gallery on: February 20, 2009 12:44:30 AM
Look at what I got, look at what I got!!! These are the goodies I received from the wonderful and often funny ThreadOrYarn aka Lillian!
First of all everything had a nice little note with it, but check out the paper... not just sticky notes, real neat-o fancy paper! Cheesy


Then there was a surprise! Only one of a set of arm warmers... I totally thought maybe after seeing some of my work, ThreadOrYarn thought I might be crafting with only one hand (or one tied behind my back! Grin) the other is on it's way (i'll let her explain!) but good thing, because I can't seem to get an action shot NOR can I get a proper shot of the whole shebang, but here's a macro of the armwarmer underneath the awesome beaded bracelet/bangle she sent... is that peyote stitch? I never could figure that one out! I love love love the color of the armwarmers by the way!!!


Then all that fiber! She sent, I dunno how much fun stuff to play with on my wheel! Here they are all together so nicely packaged...

And here are some that I tore into!
This one is angora... yum!

Check out the colors of this rolag! Makes me think of autumn!

Here's a bat, no not a flying nocturnal bug eater! Fiber you silly!

This shetland (right, it is shetland?) came from right close to where I live (I remember reading the label, saying to myself Hey! I need to go there!!!) Smiley I just learned how to tell the difference between the top side and the side next to the animal and have a fork and comb set now so this will be fun!!! Smiley

And lastly but not leastly, a bad picture of the 4"X4" squares for my craftster blankie... I totally wanted random colors and she went so far as to do some random patterns WHICH I LOVE! I still don't get how to do some of these fun things with knitting! Cheesy

OH! And I got candy... dove chocolates and chocolate coins I was maybe supposed to share with my kids, but they were gone so fast I almost forgot to post them! I do have photos somewhere, maybe I ate those too!!!Hahahhaaa!
Anyway, my package has not been sent yet, yes, I'm lame. Please everyone send ThreadOrYarn a big awwww PM so she doesn't feel left out! I have been done for some time, and have been insanely out of my mindly busy that the poor package is sitting next to the door, like a little doggy wishing to go out! I will, I promise, get your package out this weekend come H31l or high water! Smiley
Thanks so much Lillian, I really love it all!!!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January 2009 Birthday Swap Gallery on: February 20, 2009 12:18:23 AM
Well these photos are a bit behind schedule but well worth the wait! I was completely spoiled by HOllistercobabe who sent me a BUNCH of resin pendants! I have one for every day of the week!!

Here's a picture of them all together!


This one gets the most attention from by standers! Check out the glitter! Smiley


This one was done with a sweet postage stamp! I have a few people at work trying to steal it from me!


These are a set of 3 'rings' in red white and blue, and somehow have the super cool recycle 'PET 5' in them! I don't know if this was done on purpose or not, but these are so cool! And more glitter!!! Grin



I think this one might be my favorite!


Thank you so much my friend, and I promise your goodies will get to you shortly!!!
Happy birthday everyone!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: (Old Fashioned) Random Swap 2009 (Closed) Send out 2/11/09 on: February 10, 2009 09:25:46 AM
Well, Kept saying I was going to send early and here we are, and of course I have not sent!!! I have one thing that is not available until Sunday or Monday, that I don't need to send, but I sure would like to... hrm, maybe I'll just send today and that little add in can be a later send off! It is not a crafted item either just a fun thing....
Well, I too am super happy with my big item! I think it turned out pretty great! Let's hope it is received as well!!! I tortured myself with where to place a button, and which button to use, and I finally had an "ah ha" moment and came up with a great alternative!!! Cheesy

ThreadOrYarn, hope you love everything since it was all made just for you, with love!
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