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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / OH My Gosh - I actually finished something!! (My First Hat :) ) on: October 31, 2006 11:11:37 PM
I'm a chronic starter - not usually a finisher. I get bored mid-way and put things aside and don't complete them. But I actually did it this time! I made something I can wear even too!


Made from a pattern found here. I have a ton of Simply Soft sitting around though so I used that for yarn instead. This project was fast, probably could be done in one night if you're not a crochet noob like me Wink. Also, it was definitely a case of "keep going" - after the first 5 rounds or so I thought I wasn't doing it right because it didn't look like the pattern yet. Well, I just hadn't given it enough time. After some MORE rounds the pattern began to clearly show and I was very pleased.

Over all I'm happy. My first hat - and it wasn't just a simple SC in the round! And the only really ODD looking spot is where my joins were - I somehow messed it up, but it really doesn't look that bad.

I'm a picky perfectionist though so I see some things I don't like. I'm not sure I like the color changing - one solid color might have been nicer. And the bill didn't turn out how I wanted, mostly because I COMPLETELY messed it up (one [there is a bottom and a top part] was almost a half inch longer than the other, oops! - and instead of fixing it I just used it lol) - and I'm also not sure I like the bill with my face shape.

I will proudly wear this puppy around my apartment though Smiley. Plans are in the works already to use different yarn (I have some wool-ease that'd be yummy for this) and to do a few more rounds to make it a big longer, and to leave the bill off (which is easy enough to do). I'm definitely addicted to making hats now though. I've decided I NEED to have one with ear flaps so that's now on the to-do list too Wink

Just had to show off my first hat!! Sorry I babble so much Smiley

*~* Rebecca *~*
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Hat Help - Looking for Pattern on: October 29, 2006 12:49:12 PM
Hey Folks!

So I've been having a great weekend crocheting up a storm (hopefully will post pics soon!) and of course I got it into my head that I want to make a hat.

Now, I have a pretty nice looking hat pattern, but I really want to add a bill to it - a nice sturdy one like on baseball hats (only crochet/knit of course!).

Now I've spent, seriously, HOURS trying to find a pattern for a hat with bill, or how to add a bill, and can't find ANYTHING I really like.

Is there a general method for adding a bill? Does anyone know? I'm kind of thinking I'd like to knit it onto the crochet hat, the contrast in stitches would look nifty methinks. How do I do this though? I've never attempted to make anything without a pattern for each step - and though I think I can mess around with the bill myself to get it to my liking, I have NO idea how to put it on the hat without it looking loose or unnatural or whatnot . . .

Any help is appreciated!!

*~* Rebecca *~*
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / This might be a lame question but . . . on: October 27, 2006 08:46:47 AM
I am having some crafty decision making issues. I know ultimately it's up to me to make my own decisions Wink but I just can't seem to do it!

After floating around here for a while I've gotten really excited about making some crochet/knit stuffies. I have some materials and patterns. But the patterns are really confusing (I'd say I'm beyond beginner skills in both crochet and knit - though not quite novice or expert yet) and reading through them I'm like "oh geez, I'm gonna mess this up!"

I also have some more practicual crochet/knit stuff. I have some materials and patterns for scarves/mittens/hats I want to do. Plus, with the cold setting in and winter looming, I could actually USE some things to keep me warm.

I'm excited about doing the stuffies - but I'm sort of talking myself out of it because the patterns are confusing (in parts). But doing scarves and mittens and stuff, eh, I'm not THAT excited about them. And on top of which my impatience is setting in and I want something I can at least see results in fast - if not be done with in a weekend.

I don't really have the money to buy yarn right now, plus I have a huge amount of it so I want to destash before I go buying more. Unfortunately, most of the yarn is Caron Simply Soft - which I like when it's in the skein, but the last scarf I made with it turned out really stiff so I was a bit disappointed . . . and I have way too much Knitpicks Crayon yarn that I planned to make a throw with but really didn't like knitting with after the first few rounds and gave up on.

I feel like a project quitter! I have all this yarn and my crochet hooks and whatnot sitting out - and I made a few granny squares for fun - but now I don't know what to do! Does anyone have any suggestions for project-block (like writer's block!)? I have the desire to create something but just can't seem to figure out what!!

*~* Rebecca *~*
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Very beginner quilting/piecing question on: October 16, 2006 06:43:04 AM
I feel like a dork asking this, but that's the point of this forum right??

I'm very new to sewing and quilting. I've done some minor sewing but that is about it. Over the weekend I splurged on a Singer machine on sale and have been sewing together pieces for a beginner quilt pattern I found. The pattern called for cutting 2" strips of different colors, sewing them together, and now it wants me to cut the two sewn together colors into smaller strips. To do this, I have to cut across the stitches I made to sew the two pieces together (so at the end I'll wind up with 4" blocks, 1 2" inch block of each color still sewn together . . . I hope this makes sense).

My question is, won't cutting across the stitches ruin the joining I did, or maybe cause the two colors to come apart? The instructions are really clear but on this point I'm a bit concerned. If I'm cutting across stitches I worry they are going to come apart. I guess I could have cut the strips into squares then sewn the two together - but the pattern said to cut it in long 2" strips, THEN sew two together, then go back and cut into smaller bits. Before I go hacking them up and ruining it, is there something I should know? Is this not the best way to do it and I should ignore the pattern? Or is this perfectly fine and I'm being paranoid?

After I cut things into smaller pieces they're going to get sewn to other pieces to make the block . . . but still, I'm worried about the falling apart factor or whether this is the wrong order to do things or whatnot.

Thanks in advance for any tips/advice! Or if there is a link that explains this all please feel free to just point me to it!

*~* Rebecca *~*
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Frustration - Please Help! on: October 11, 2006 05:43:14 PM
 Undecided

I am so frustrated!! I'm a total sewing newbie. I usually stick to Knit and Crochet. But I wound up with a lot of fabric somehow and thought I'd make a scrappy quilt. I need a new blanket badly and making one myself would be so satisfying.

Except . . .

MY STUPID SEWING MACHINE WON'T WORK!! No. It's not user error. I swear!! Okay - I'm about 98% it's threaded correctly. The reason for that is that it does make a good stitch - but - it doesn't ALWAYS make a good stitch. I'm not explaining this well. What seems to be happening is that every 3rd stitch or so it's catching the bottom bobbin thread. Otherwise it isn't, so the top thread is just being pulled back out. Of course this machine is just a tiny little cheap thing I got to do real simple sewing with - like fixing seams or doing hems or whatnot. I don't even know if the brand name is on it, or what it is.

Is this a tension issue? I adjusted the top thread tension but maybe I should play with the bottom bobbin tension?? The thread is new, the bobbin is threaded correctly, and the machine I think is threaded correctly. When I first put the bottom bobbin in and hand turned the needle it caught the bobbin thread for me to pull it up. And I can pull on the bottom bobbin thread and it moves just fine . . . please tell me this is just some silly newbie to sewing issue and i can fix it. It's so frustrating that it is SORT OF working - but not really. HELP!!! PPPLLLEEAASSEEE.

Edit: Okay, I just played with the bottom bobbin tension too - made it looser and tighter and nothing. I'm still having issues with it not pulling up the bottom bobbin thread ('cept on the occasional stitch - just when it feels like it apparently). It works every time I take out the bottom bobbin and reinsert it . . . I manually lower the needle - it catches the lower thread and makes a loop. Per the instructions of the machine I pull out the lower thread so there is no longer a loop - and let the excess lower thread drape off the back.

Does anyone have ANY insight on this? I am so frustrated. I was looking forward to a nice night of trying out sewing and now I can't get anything done Sad
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Frustration - Please Help! on: October 11, 2006 03:27:14 PM
 Undecided

I am so frustrated!! I'm a total sewing newbie. I usually stick to Knit and Crochet. But I wound up with a lot of fabric somehow and thought I'd make a scrappy quilt. I need a new blanket badly and making one myself would be so satisfying.

Except . . .

MY STUPID SEWING MACHINE WON'T WORK!! No. It's not user error. I swear!! Okay - I'm about 98% it's threaded correctly. The reason for that is that it does make a good stitch - but - it doesn't ALWAYS make a good stitch. I'm not explaining this well. What seems to be happening is that every 3rd stitch or so it's catching the bottom bobbin thread. Otherwise it isn't, so the top thread is just being pulled back out. Of course this machine is just a tiny little cheap thing I got to do real simple sewing with - like fixing seams or doing hems or whatnot. I don't even know if the brand name is on it, or what it is.

Is this a tension issue? I adjusted the top thread tension but maybe I should play with the bottom bobbin tension?? The thread is new, the bobbin is threaded correctly, and the machine I think is threaded correctly. When I first put the bottom bobbin in and hand turned the needle it caught the bobbin thread for me to pull it up. And I can pull on the bottom bobbin thread and it moves just fine . . . please tell me this is just some silly newbie to sewing issue and i can fix it. It's so frustrating that it is SORT OF working - but not really. HELP!!! PPPLLLEEAASSEEE.

Edit: Okay, I just played with the bottom bobbin tension too - made it looser and tighter and nothing. I'm still having issues with it not pulling up the bottom bobbin thread ('cept on the occasional stitch - just when it feels like it apparently). It works every time I take out the bottom bobbin and reinsert it . . . I manually lower the needle - it catches the lower thread and makes a loop. Per the instructions of the machine I pull out the lower thread so there is no longer a loop - and let the excess lower thread drape off the back.

Does anyone have ANY insight on this? I am so frustrated. I was looking forward to a nice night of trying out sewing and now I can't get anything done Sad
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