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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The biggest pompom ever. Earflap hat w/ pattern on: February 26, 2011 04:26:17 PM
I like pom poms, but is that big one heavy? I made one out of acrylic yarn and it's so heavy on my head. It didn't work for my hat that I made. Heavy pom poms would work for scarves, though, as weights.
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Japanese Crochet Books VS. English-Language Books on: February 16, 2011 06:59:37 PM
It seems to me that Japanese crochet books have so many better patterns than those of English-language books (I'm from the USA, so most of the English books are from here, but I'm sure there are some that originated from Great Britain or other English-speaking countries). Why is that? What about crochet made it catch on outside of the US, and especially in Japan?

After doing a search on ebay, I found so many great books. If only I had money! Here are a few that caught my eye:

Lace motifs. There are barely any thread crochet books here, yet Japan has so many! The crochet books here use worsted or heavier weight yarn and just makes the stitches look thick and ugly. Japanese lace books seem to use crochet thread or fingering weight yarn, and the patterns are so much more whimsical. Looking through a recent Delia's catalog, it seems to be a trend here for some women's clothing to have delicate crochet trim, such as on tank tops. I'd like to reproduce that, but there just aren't many pattern books to use as resources for lace trimming.

This "basic" book has colorful projects, better than the plain beginner books here. Are these projects supposed to be for beginners?  Shocked

This book has some neat items. I like the mesh vest with floral and sun applique, as well as the strawberry bag. I cannot stand the freaking golliwog, though. What the hell?

As a sidenote, it's not just the crochet books that are better. Here are two sewing pattern books for men that have wonderful quality items:  jackets & coats and pants, to name just two. The sewing books released here have garments that really look hand-made ,and not in the good way. But the garments in the above sewing books look as if they were bought from a store. Also, there are barely any sewing books for men released here. Grrrrrrrrr!!!

I'm no Japanophile (such people annoy and scare me), but instead of making new books in America, Japanese crochet pattern books should just be translated into English. Tongue The only one that I know of that's been translated is the Kyuuto book, but the preview images I've seen aren't attractive to me.

Are Japanese patterns easy to understand for someone who doesn't know Japanese? I've read that they have charts and very few text instructions. Even if one cannot read Japanese or if there are no charts, one can still use these books as inspiration just by looking at the beautiful garments and trims. Though, I believe that if one has a decent knowledge of crochet, then the items could be easily replicated just by looking at them.

What are other people's thoughts on Japanese books? Do you feel that they are better than the drab books that we get here in the USA (or wherever other people are from)? Are the books worth the money? I think it might just be the US books that are boring. I've read another poster's comment on here that Russian and German pattern books have good crochet lace patterns. There are barely any of those here, and crochet is great for lace.  Roll Eyes
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fingerless Woman Crochets and Knits for Charity on: February 14, 2011 09:41:59 PM
Hmm. It seems not many people care about people helping others, let alone someone without fingers crocheting. The very thought of working without whole fingers makes me wonder how she does it. It's so inspiring that she didn't give up.
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: My wife is creeped out by me chrocheting....... on: February 13, 2011 10:41:48 PM
That actually happened...

How do you mean? Did the thread starter divorce his wife?
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do guys crochet? on: February 13, 2011 09:16:12 PM
Crochet also began as a lace-making technique that catered to the rich upper-class...hence the lack of exposure.

Really? I read the opposite, that it was a poor person's way to produce cheap knockoff lace, so it didn't catch on, or something to that effect. Also, there's something about prostitutes.
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please Post "Dark" themed charts/patterns that you run into Here.. Skulls, etc. on: February 12, 2011 07:13:29 PM
Any new findings?
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: My wife is creeped out by me chrocheting....... on: February 12, 2011 07:07:20 PM
Any update on the wife situation? You should divorce her.
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do guys crochet? on: February 12, 2011 06:37:26 PM
I picked up crochet to make applique for knitting. I'm not big on crocheted clothing unless it's lacey. Otherwise, I feel that the fabric is too bulky to look good on a person. Amigurumi is also interesting to me.
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Carole Little Crochet Jacket [pics heavy] on: February 12, 2011 06:12:37 PM
I think that it looks fine the way that it is.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knit or Crochet? Looking for Help! on: February 06, 2011 08:46:34 PM
It also looks as if there is some weaving involved. I'm not too positive about how it's done, but it seems that a stitch is silpped from the left needle onto the right needle, probably purlwise, and the yarn is woven in between the stitches.
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