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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me find cotton yarn in Hamilton! on: January 17, 2009 03:35:38 PM
I have been to Walmart, Zellers, Michael's, Len's Mill Store, Independently owned knitting stores, etc.  I have had zero luck.  If anyone does have it, there is only one colour!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help me find cotton yarn in Hamilton! on: January 17, 2009 07:43:37 AM
I am looking for a place somewhere in or around Hamilton, Ontario where I can find an assortment of worsted weight cotton.  I ordered some off the Net but the shipping cost as much as the product. Please help me!!!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Cowl on: November 15, 2008 07:13:33 PM
I'm usually posting in the crochet section as that is my big thing but I decided to borrow my dear friend's hat loom and give it a try. I think loom stuff is considered knitting...isn't it? Sorry!!! Anyway, I was asked to make a baby photography prop cocoon and I used the large loom and it worked out great.  I got to thinking that the dimensions were perfect for a cowl.
I used a variegated vintage olefin  in oatmeal that I've been dying to use and I knitted a long tube to which I then attached a creamy-white mohair yarn.  I doubled up all the yarns.  I played around a little with pattern on the white side.  I made the second tube as long as the first and finished off the edge using a crochet hook.  I stuffed one tube into the other and, voila...a reversible cowl! I can't wait to wear it 'cause they're all the rage.  What do you think?

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: shrinking ratios? HELP!!! on: June 10, 2008 05:34:36 AM
ok, so i made some slippers and washed them. They shrank nicely in width but not at all in length.  The hat i did yesterday worked out fine.  These slippers might fit a long tree branch but certainly no feet!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felting crocheted items...thoughts? Ideas? on: June 09, 2008 03:51:39 PM
I've had the best luck when using a loose sc and I find also that rather than lift both loops of the next crochet, it's more successful as a final product when only one loop is picked up! good luck
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / shrinking ratios? HELP!!! on: June 09, 2008 03:47:12 PM
Any ideas or resources for the shrinking ratios of turning a crocheted item into a felted item in the washing machine.  I got the technique down cold but how big EXACTLY do I need to crochet something if I need a 12 month old hat or whatever? Is there a list of shrinking ratios anywhere for making hats sizes newborn to adult? what about slippers? HELP!  Or is this all just trial and error?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / shrinking ratios anyone? on: June 09, 2008 03:44:59 PM
Any ideas or resources for the shrinking ratios of turning a crocheted or knit item into a felted item in the washing machine.  I got the technique down cold but how big EXACTLY do I need to crochet something if |I need a 12 month old hat or whatever? Is there a list of shrinking ratios anywhere for making hats sizes newborn to adult? what about slippers? HELP!  Or is this all just trial and error?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Summer hat frenzy on: May 04, 2008 10:19:22 AM
I don't follow patterns but the bulk of the hat is done in a double crochet.  I switched to a sc when I got to the brim and put two single crochets into each stitch from the previous row and continued in a basis sc.  I finished off the brim edge witha shell edging.  I l then wove the ribbon in and out of each double crochet.  Hope you can follow this!!!  I really ought to learn how to properly write down my own patterns!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: crazy wall hanging on: April 13, 2008 05:37:56 PM
OMG...This is sooooo up my alley.  I love your sense of design and colour.  Whimsy is the way to go.  Congrats!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Under the Sea on: April 12, 2008 05:36:10 PM
I just finished my son's Under the Sea room.  It was all inspired by a piece of fabric I bought at a rummage sale, which I sewed into a duvet cover.  I painted 3 fish with big lip paintings with acrylic paints. I hung a net from the ceiling and threw in some shells and a shovel.  I applied big circular vinyl wall decals to look like bubbles. I hung a batik quilt that my mother made for my bedroom when I was little.  Finally, I crocheted 5 funky fishies, which hang from the ceiling.  What a fun room for a little one.  What do you think?






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