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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / The "What can I do with this yarn?" thread on: September 14, 2006 08:32:20 PM
I just bought this gorgeous silk handpainted yarn up at a Folk Arts fair in Maine--I just couldn't resist! It was expensive--$20 per skein, but for 400+ yards, I figured it was a bargain. I was thinking a skinny scarf, but I'm not sure if I should knit it (gulp) or crochet one with both colors. But I'd like to see if there are any other ideas out there too. Thanks!

22  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Unseamly Sweater from Happy Hooker on: August 29, 2006 09:56:14 PM
Sigh--I'll admit it, I gave up.

 I realized halfway through doing the sleeve 2 that I had completely done the waist wrong, which is why it looked kinda funny. I'm going to have to frog the entire thing and start from the waist. Rather than hooking the yarn through the sc-chain1 (like a shell), I was treating it like a skip chain and sc through the prior sc. The waist comes out looking really tight (like a corset, if you're going for that look).

I'll take it out in another month or so when it starts to get colder Smiley Good luck on this shine!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: teal dress, it's too plain, dont know what to do.! on: August 18, 2006 06:54:35 PM
It looks great like that alone and with the belt. But if you were going to silkscreen it, I think some black flowers/swirlies in the left bottom coming up diagonally would look pretty cool (I'm not sure if I described that right).
24  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Sweetpea in pink on: August 18, 2006 06:43:04 PM
I used artful yarns Serenade (70% pima cotton, 30% angora). I got it for a steal, $4 a skein, and even have a few skeins left (I'm going to use it to make myself a scarf  Grin ). It's really soft, and its's made up of 3 colors, a light pink, orangy pink and a baby pink. I think I'm more in love with the yarn than the shawl   Roll Eyes

25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Jack & Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Baby Quilt on: August 18, 2006 06:11:35 PM
Wow, that's fantastic! I love the way the quilt doesn't shout "nightmare before christmas," but instead encorporates the theme and styles of the main characters. I'm so jealous!
26  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Sweetpea in pink on: August 17, 2006 09:11:19 PM
Thanks! I like pink too. Plus, I think it looks rather good on my futon.
27  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: sweet pea, finally done (pic) on: August 17, 2006 10:35:30 AM
It looks beautiful! I have tried twice to get beyond row one, and I only have room for 18 shells. I got my directions from the website and can't figure out whats up. Does the book say chain 201 to start?
Thanks for any help!

Believe me, i feel your pain (see "sweetpea in pink" thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=114766.0). I had to frog the thing a ridiculous number of times and still got it wrong. Easy to miscount on this one.

Ellena: the book says 202. In row 1, you Sc in the second ch from hook, then ch1--- then you start the shell. When you make the shell, you make a dtr, then Ch2 in between each dtr. That Ch2 really messed me up, and I had to frog down the starting chain in the beginning.
I would follow the diagram over the directions, it makes it a lot easier.
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with Cross stitch? on: August 17, 2006 10:03:53 AM
I'm love cross-stitch, although it gave way to crocheting recently. Like you, I have a  several finished cross-stitch that are sitting in my parent's closet (1000 miles away from here). I made 2 sushi patterns, which I still haven't made into pillows, and like you, I don't know what to do with the rest of it. I've given lots away as gifts, made little cross-stich patterns for cards, etc etc.

Off the cuff, what about a cozy of some sort--for your coffeepot, toasteroven, etc etc. Looking at my coffeepot, a pattern that size would probably fit over it--I would block it, interface it and sew it onto backing, then quilt it onto cloth. If you have several of them, you could also make chair covers to tie onto the backs of chairs (you could buy some chinese silk pillows for the seat).


29  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: make paper wearables on: August 16, 2006 04:50:56 PM
I like this idea! What would be cool is if you had to make an enire outfit out of paper (paper shoes and paper underwear optional...)

30  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Sweetpea in pink on: August 16, 2006 11:27:09 AM
I actually finished this shawl a week and a half ago, and figured that I'd post it. It came out smaller than I thought, and looked a little funny--then I realized that I in Row 2, I had done a half double instead of a dc, and repeated it all the way through the scarf. Oh well, it's only my second project in crochet, and with the number of times I frogged it (I can't count apparently) I could have made 3 of them.

My shoulders are a little too broad for this shawl, so I'm going to try to give it to someone (my friend says it looks a little too "granny" in that color as well.  Undecided I can't decide).

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