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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Christmas tree pine needles on: January 25, 2007 08:37:10 AM
So.. we left the Christmas tree in the apt without water for a liiiiiiiiiittle too long.  We just took it out, and underneath it were about 15 gallons of pine needles. Yeah. They're short and sharp and theres a bunch.  What the heck can you do with pine needles?  Maybe we'll just compost them. Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 1920's, fitzgeraldesque wedding on: January 18, 2007 04:21:53 PM
Hello..
So, my boyfriend proposed to me a couple weeks ago! Which is wonderful, and we are on cloud nine.  But of course Mom kicked in almost immediately with wedding planning even though the wedding is about two years off. Smiley
Anyway, the ring is an antique, art-deco style ring from the late 20's.. which got me thinking it might be fun to do a 20's ish theme to the wedding, think parties at Gatsby's house.  My wedding reception is going to be in an old dance hall on the water.. but how to make the wedding or reception twenties-ee?  My concern is those dropped waist dresses don't look good on anyone!  ANd, i want it twenties inspired, not totally themed out.  I don't want the Ren-fair version of the roaring twenties. :\
thoughts?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / co-knitting on: January 01, 2007 10:15:15 PM
hello all
so i bought my grandmother knitting needles and yarn for christmas...  she hasn't knit in over 30 years (shes 96) but she picked it up again no problem.  i was trying to think if there might be something we could knit together.. like blanket squares.. can you knit blanket squares?  does anyone have any other ideas for ways we could knit together while apart?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / at wits end... (projects keep twisting) on: January 01, 2007 08:19:03 PM
I'm so frustrated.. every time i try to start a project in crochet it just gets twistier and twistier..  the only success i've had is with projects that start with the magic ring!

i make a foundation chain.. and i can make it pretty straight and smooth...   maybe a slight twist to it.. but sure enough as soon as i start the next row, it just kinks and twists right up.. i've tried to go slowly, and focus on having my stitches the same size.. i've tried to go quickly and not think about it.  so i just keep giving up on crochet projects and work on my knitting instead..  tonight, i told myself i'd crochet something for real, and practice till i get it right, because everyone says the key is "practice makes perfect".  four hours later and ive ripped up my whole work and started over at least fifteen times by now. 

i even tried the single crochet foundation stitch thingy, and predictably enough, it gave me a perfect corkscrew!

the saddest part is i love crocheting.. i love the possiblities it provides, and i love the motion of it... and i have no trouble learning different stitches and patterns- i love those the most!  but all my work twists up like theres no tomorrow..

i'm so sad.. so frustrated..  i don't know what to do!
5  UNITED STATES / Connecticut / Any Hookers in S/E CT area? on: December 17, 2006 06:23:27 PM
I'm just starting out crochet-ing.. I love it but I know I could use some tips from someone a little.. better.  I'd also just like to get together with some fellow craftsters.. this is such a great community!
Soo.. I was just wondering if there are any craftsters anywhere nearby... I live in Fairfield, CT... anyone want to meet up?
all the best...
Irene
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / just starting out.. on: December 09, 2006 08:41:11 AM
Hi all,
I learned to crochet from a couple books i bought in Michael's...
This has left me with a couple questions! Smiley
1. I'll try my best to explain this.. One of the books says when you start a sc, you put the hook under both loops that form the V on your chain or your row in order to draw the yarn through.  The other book says just to insert the hook under the front loop of the V to draw the yarn through.  On the internet, I read that you should insert in both loops unless the pattern specifies otherwise '9front loop insertion or back loop insertion).  Is there a standard? Why would the two books give two different directions?  Do the different places for insertion make a difference in how the finished project looks?

2. I've done a few projects, making little tail bracelets for my cats (that was when i was learning how to do the different stitches... my cats felt pretty stylish Wink i made a flower brooch, and a stuffed ball for the kitties to play with.  Now I'm starting my first "real" project, it's a very basic crocheted baby cap, basically a tube, stitched together at the top, with pompoms on the top two corners.  As I make the starting chain though, it always seems to twist into a very loose spiral, and as i add rows on, i get this loose figure eight... Will this straighten out with more rows?  I'm on my third..  Is there a way to avoid that twisting when i make the chain?  I try to hold the yarn loosely, and no twist it as I make stitches.. :\

Well, thanks in advance for any input y'all might have!

Irene
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