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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Baby items: an insensitive gift? on: July 28, 2007 10:57:32 PM
The DJ who worked my wedding is trying to adopt a baby with his wife after a number of years of infertility and related medical procedures.  They are trying to arrange an international adoption and it is not going well. Bureaucracy has extended the timing of the adoption--it's been three years since they applied. 

Although the DJ and I didn't know each other before I contracted his services, my parents are from the country from which he is trying to adopt (making me a "[hyphenate]-American").  I think he may have felt some sort of kinship with me and confided in me and my fiance a couple of times about their adoption difficulties.  (FTR, IMHO the ethnic connection is a little flimsy to justify sharing such personal stuff, but I didn't want to turn away someone who was obviously upset.) 

He didn't share anything inappropriate about their relationship, just told me about how trying the adoption and infertility had been was and wanted to vent briefly with someone who was less close to the process.  Other than that, DH and I haven't discussed anything except wedding related stuff with him.

Would it be insensitive to give him a crochet baby blanket, hat, or outfit as sort of a "good luck, I hope it works out, we're rooting for you" type of gift along with our thank you note?  I realize it's a little bit above and beyond, say, the gift box of chocolates that we may give to our other vendors.  I'm unsure if this would be a nice gesture or a jerky one.  Thanks!
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need crochet gift ideas on: July 21, 2007 04:14:27 PM
I'm going to visit my cousin and her husband and have about four months to make something.  It will be the first time I'm visiting them and I'd like to bring a crochet host gift.  I'm a tad stumped.  They are in their early 30s, no kids, and live in San Francisco.

The gift must:

1) Not be too personal, like clothes.  I'm not sure of their sizes and for these relatives, it's a little too familiar.

2)  Not include long chains (like afghans with rows that are 100+ stitches long).  I lack the gene necessary to keep these even as the project progresses.

3)  Be practical.  Again, since I'm not ultra-close with them, I'd rather go on the safe side with something they can use.

4)  Not take up too much space in the luggage.  I'm flying.

Are scarves OK?  Are they useful in San Fran climate-wise?  Maybe a couple of throw pillows I could smush in my luggage?

Thanks!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / 5.07 DIY wedding crafts on: June 10, 2007 12:47:42 AM
Got married last month and here are the DIY items I did.  Names and faces blocked out.

Programs
Eight-page book style program.  I used 8.5" x 11" cardstock for the cover and the same size text weight paper for the inside.  I used a bone folder to make the crease, punched holes 1/3 and 2/3 down the spine, and threaded and tied an 18" length of ribbon for each one.






Menu cards
Paper from Paper Source.




Guest book
This is a semi-DIY.  I purchased a journal from a bookstore, added one of our engagement pics and our date and names.





Place cards
Paper from Paper Source.  Calligraphy pen from Sheaffer.





Table names
Each table name had a framed picture of a different museum in DC, my hometown.  Frames from Ikea.  The pics are publicity stills off of Web sites.  I also included a factoid about the museum.  I included one for the Smithsonian Castle here.




Favors
The tins are from Favor Online.  They are filled with mints from Metro Candy, and the labels were from Office Depot.  The label has the name, date, and clip art of the Capitol Building (hometown again).




Maid of honor gift
Link to another Craftster thread on a crochet blanket I made for my maid of honor.

Thanks for reading!
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "Solid stripes" squares afghan on: June 04, 2007 11:37:43 PM
Heres an afghan I completed a few weeks ago.  It was my gift to my maid of honor (I got married a few weeks ago).





Its based on a modified granny square, the same thats being used in the 12 Crochet Square of the Month Craftalong (the October square, the Solid Stripe).

I used a J hook instead of a G as directed and the squares ended up being 14.  I added a dc border in each stitch in white.  The yarn for both the borders and the squares was Caron Simply Soft in Raspberry and White.

Here are some more pictures of them being blocked and a close up of the detail.  Theyre laid upon a towel on my carpet and I used straight pins to place the red squares into shape. 

The afghan is made up of 20 squares (five rows of four squares).  I added the white dc border to each square later, then connected the squares using sc with the ridge on top.  Finally, I finished the afghan with a few more rows of an sc border in the same colors.





And now, the long history of this project.  In a fit of craziness, I originally thought that I could do five of these in six months, one for each bridesmaid, while also planning my wedding.

Wiser heads than I on this board told me that I shouldnt try to do this, and I took the suggestion of one of the posters who said only to focus on the maid of honor.

I tried another pattern at first, but it didnt work out.

So I ended up unwinding it and using the squares.

Thanks for reading!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Floral cross-stitch on: February 09, 2007 07:56:43 PM
Here's a floral cross-stitch I did a few years ago and had framed.  It was the most complicated one I've ever worked on and it satisfied my cross-stitch urge for a good long while.  Wink  I usually hang out on the crochet boards here, but I enjoy seeing all the cool projects on this board.  

Framed

Mid-range photo of left portion


Close up of flowers


Close up of bowl
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Granny squares border question on: January 27, 2007 07:47:14 AM
I'm whipping up some granny squares for an afghan and want to add a solid border row of dc around the square.  In the ch 3 space that is each "corner" of the square, should I put in 3 or 4 dc?  After the dc border row, I'll be joining the squares.  Thanks.
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Frustrated and ready to give up crochet on: December 29, 2006 05:28:09 AM
I guess there are two parts to this posta vent about my frustration with crochet and a request for an objective poster assessment of a project in progress.

Vent: I do everything rightI make a swatch, count stitches with nearly every row and mark with safety pins, measure every couple of rows, triple check my math when I alter a pattern, mentally try to keep track of consistent tension, and frog with regularity.  Everything will seem to be fine and then one day Ill look down and see warped edges and uneven stitches.   

Project: I have started working on a variation of Lion Brands 4 Hour Afghan at the suggestion of another poster, using Carons Simply Soft.  Using a different yarn and increasing the size of the finished project, I knew going in that it would take more than 4.5 hours.  Ive spent over 20 hours over the past month on this project and have completed only a 5 x 20 portion.  And believe me, those measurements arent consistent throughout the work.  Needless to say, this is not the fault of the poster who suggested the project, but my own ineptitude.

Vent part 2:  Well, this should go away as I get more experienced, right?  But Ive been crocheting on a semi-regular basis for SIX YEARS.  Im not a beginner and 99% of my projects still look like crap.  In that time, all I have to show for my efforts in terms of acceptable projects are three scarves and two single crochet neck pillowsand a significantly lighter wallet.  Will this ever get better?  What the heck am I doing wrong?

Project part 2: Is this project salvageable with adjustments of tension through the rest of the work?  I took photos from each end of the project (notice the placement of the yarn ball and hook) and overhead shots of the edges.  (Please disregard the mess in the photosits post-holiday chaos at my place.)

Any words of wisdom on either subject are most welcome. Thanks for listening.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/158/337121788_06d15d55fd.jpg?v=0

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/156/337121790_d396ad9aa2.jpg?v=0

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/127/337121792_4469a5a70a.jpg?v=0

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/133/337121794_ff3eac870d.jpg?v=0
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Afghans as bridesmaid gifts? on: December 01, 2006 06:46:53 PM
Hi, everyone.  I'm new a new member to this board, though I've lurked before.  I am getting married in six months and would like to make afghans for each of my five bridesmaids.  Skill-wise, I'd say I'm an advanced beginner (I've made scarves and pillows before).

I'm doing single-color granny square afghans, with each square bordered in white.  Each bridesmaid will be getting a different color. Im doing the granny square route b/c theyre more easily portable than a row-by-row afghan. Plus, one of my biggest challenges as a crocheter is keeping the tension consistent to keep the piece even, and it is easier for me to do this with granny squares.


Has anyone done this before? Is this feasible? Is it even a good idea? Any tips or tricks?


Some more info:


1. To provide variety, I am also including store bought gifts. Ill probably giving the bridesmaids with ye olde canvas tote bag with the afghan, spa gift sets, and probably something else TBD. Itll be a good mix, for those who aren't really down with getting only a homemade gift.


2. Which granny square should I make? Which looks better, will make a warmer blanket, etc.?


Basic square: http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/101/f101
101basicgranny.shtml


Harvest square: http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/01granny/harv
estsquare.shtml



TIA!

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