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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: No! I won't make/fix/sew/knit your....!! on: November 30, 2006 06:12:39 PM
Having seen numerous female family members be sucked into the void that is crafting-for-others, I made it a firm rule when I started knitting and crocheting to make nothing that was not for family or very close friends. And even they usually reciprocate with something they can do that I can't. For example, I've gotten two excellent tattoos from my best friend for the price of pizza, beer, and a hooded shrug. All about the barter system.

My basic rule: if I wouldn't give you a kidney, you're not getting a scarf.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting ... yes i know on: November 30, 2006 05:37:56 PM
I did the opposite-learned to knit a year ago, and then taught myself crochet about six months ago. I enjoy doing both, and they can be fun to combine. I learned both techniques from the Stitch and Bitch books, which have great patterns for both knit and crochet. I have to admit that crochet's been saving my ass with holiday crafts, though. My scarf time is much faster.
No guilt for my needles, in this case. We have a strictly business relationship. They don't ask what I do with the hooks, and I don't ask what they do in the old whiskey container that is their home.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: sweater pattern on: November 30, 2006 05:30:48 PM
I agree with the suckiness of many crochet patterns out there. Happy Hooker is great, though. And i think it's possible to modify the one in Crochet Me to your specs.
With regard to knitting, it's not that hard to make sweaters. My advice to to get some circulars and try a top down raglan. There's formulas for these everywhere on the internet. They're easy, customizable, and, if you're intimidated by double pointed needles, you can just knit the sleeves flat and seam them.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fastest Scarf Pattern in the west? on: November 30, 2006 05:26:18 PM
I'm in holiday crafting crisis mode, and I just finished a bunch of crochet scarves. I find the best way is to take two different yarns (preferably different textures), grab a big-ass hook, and either single or double crochet all the way, depending on the drape you want. I just made some nice ones with Paton's Divine and Bernat's Harmony. They're supersoft and squishy, and my boyfriend keeps stealing the one I made for myself.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Claudius, the Eater of Socks on: November 30, 2006 05:21:58 PM
*Squee!* I love this. I just finished reading "Hogfather" yet again (I always end up reading it around this time of year), and this is just awesome.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you wear your hats? on: November 30, 2006 05:12:00 PM
I used to live in Labrador (think -60 degrees Celcius in January), so I have experience with this. I have relatively short hair, so tying it back isn't an option. The best thing to do is make your hats slightly larger than normal. Say, a 23 inch hat on a 22 inch head. That gives your hair room, and it won't flatten out. If the hats are already made, try using a volumising product and, when you get to work, flip your head upside down and fluff it up a bit. That usually works for me.
I now live in Ontario, which isn't as bad, but this works for me all winter. I also love my huge collection of hats.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: mittenomania on: August 01, 2006 09:31:08 AM
The little kittys on the pair for your sister are great. Did you use a chart from somewhere, or make up your own?
8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: 3 of first 4 FOs: Frou-Frou, Knot Ugly, and One-Skein Scarf on: July 12, 2006 10:32:26 AM
What size hook did you end up using? Did you get guage with it? How many balls did you use?

Sorry for all the questions, but I'd LOVE to make the Frou-Frou, and now that I've seen how lovely yours looks in that yarn I might be able to afford it!

I used a 6.5 mm hook, since I couldn't find a 7mm, but I got gauge anyway. I think I bought about 12 balls of Satin to make sure I had enough, but only ended up using about 9 1/2. It's quite comfy, and the Satin is nice against the skin, unlike most acrylics. Since I'm a student, I'm all about the cheap yarns. ^_^
9  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: 3 of first 4 FOs: Frou-Frou, Knot Ugly, and One-Skein Scarf on: June 08, 2006 09:44:37 AM
OOOOh.... Shocked What kind of mesh are you going for??? A diamond pattern or square pattern (like the knot ugly shrug)?
Probably diamond. Kind of like the fishnet stitch in the book, maybe? I think that would look nicer, and could have a cool pointy edging on the sleeves and hem if I blocked it well. I like pointy. ^_^
10  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: 3 of first 4 FOs: Frou-Frou, Knot Ugly, and One-Skein Scarf on: June 05, 2006 07:00:22 AM
Nice work. Smiley I love what you did with Knot Ugly.
I really dig the modification you made to the Knot Ugly Shrug.... It's really cute.

Well, I'd like to be able to take credit for it, but it was a total accident. ^_^ I do like it better this way, though.

Whoa...the Frou Frou was your second project?  I'm on my third or fourth project and don't see myself going near Frou Frou for awhile. 
So props for being an amazing crocheter!

Thanks! I've always been a sucker for punishment, and I needed something big to distract me from my thesis. ^_^ It really wasn't very hard, though. Just single crochet stitches into the chain spaces.

And, how are you going to go about the all-mesh shirt?  If you use a pattern, can you post what pattern you're using?

Still working on this. Trying to draft out my own pattern. It might be a while before I get around to it, because I still have to finish the skullholder afghan. And a modified PDQ. And two sweaters I'm knitting...
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