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« Reply #150 on: August 13, 2007 11:02:53 PM »

I haven't seen if this has been mentioned, but to thread my yarn needle when weaving in the ends of the project, I use a tiny thread hook (maybe size 7--1.65 mm?). I insert the hook through the eye of the needle and grasp the yarn and pull it back through. No more frustration from licking the ends of the yarn and trying to get it through the eye, or from breaking needle threaders!
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« Reply #151 on: August 14, 2007 02:30:54 PM »

another way to get yarn through the needle is to hold the yarn with both hands about two inches apart (near the end) and twist the way the yarn is already going.  Do that until the yarn does that doubling-over-twisty thing.  Then thread the "new" twisty end through the needle.  and voila! your fraying problems are over Grin
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« Reply #152 on: August 14, 2007 06:35:16 PM »

another way to get yarn through the needle is to hold the yarn with both hands about two inches apart (near the end) and twist the way the yarn is already going.  Do that until the yarn does that doubling-over-twisty thing.  Then thread the "new" twisty end through the needle.  and voila! your fraying problems are over Grin
I do this all the time it works really well! Unless your needle is just to small of course. Wink
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« Reply #153 on: August 17, 2007 08:23:14 PM »

Oh here's something random that I thought was an awesome tip:
If you have trouble making your stitch count even on a scarf and it tends to go in and out from increases and decreases make it long ways. Meaning start by making your chain the length if the scarf and going back and forth.
Then you can add fringe on it and trim all the fringe even and your mistakes are hidden!
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« Reply #154 on: August 26, 2007 07:35:18 AM »

I just discovered this now! I was at the bookstore looking for those rubber thingies you slip on pencils to make it easier to grip...I wanted to use it for my hooks. Then my mom suggested I just use some rubber bands...and I did! And it's just like using those crochet grip-aids from Joann's!




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« Reply #155 on: September 05, 2007 07:06:22 PM »

I don't know what their called but I used to have a plastic thing.It had 6 clickers on top & numbers would appear in these little windows on the side.I think you used them to tally up the cost of what you bought in the grocery store.I used them to keep tabs of row # & stitch # when I was crocheting.Really helped me keep up.Now If I could just remember what they called it?
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« Reply #156 on: September 06, 2007 08:28:15 PM »

This may be something that everyone else in the world but me already knew, but I just recently saw on an episode of Uncommon Threads this life-changing tip - In order to work with two strands together, you do not, as I previously believed, need to have two balls of yarn. You can simply use the center strand and the outer strand together and work from the one ball.

Seriously, there was a huge light bulb that came on over my head when I saw this done.

I definitely just got the light bulb too. I just assumed I'd need two balls and I was saddened by that because I have a couple of big 12 oz skeins that I was considering for some patterns but they were those 2 strand patterns and I only have one skein.
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« Reply #157 on: September 09, 2007 01:14:38 AM »

Just quickly browsed through this thread but did not see this one. Begin your starting chain with a size larger needle than the pattern asked for then switch over to the right size needle when you need to crochet into the chain. It's so much easier to crochet into the chain!
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« Reply #158 on: September 11, 2007 11:52:34 PM »

A handy little tip that I just learned this weekend.

If you're going to have your male friends over for a few drinks, be sure to put your projects AWAY first.  On Monday morning, I was attempting to gather up my latest project to take it to school with me, when I discovered that my project was on one side of the room, and the ball of yarn was on the other side, somehow twisted in and around everything in between.

Sometimes boys are worse than dogs about scattering projects.



Also, when coming up with your own pattern, WRITE IT DOWN, even if you don't think you're going to be making it again.  Chances are, someone will ask you how you made it, or you really will want to make it again.
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« Reply #159 on: September 12, 2007 07:23:32 AM »

Also, when coming up with your own pattern, WRITE IT DOWN, even if you don't think you're going to be making it again.  Chances are, someone will ask you how you made it, or you really will want to make it again.
YES! I'm so glad to see someone recommend this! Crocheters are always complaining about there being a lack of cool patterns and it's my feelings that this would help solve the problem. Smiley

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