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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Have you ever seen this slipper pattern? on: September 23, 2007 02:57:00 PM
There's a red heart little book on slippers that has high top sneaker slippers in it.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: does anyone else have this problem with black yarn...? on: September 22, 2007 05:18:03 PM
Wow, I didn't realize so many people had a problem with this. I only have a problem if I'm doing a complicated pattern stitch, anything simple I do more by feel than sight. I have this habit of watching subtitled anime while I crochet.. I can literally do granny squares with my eyes closed now. You could try doing something else while you crochet and get to know the feel of the stitches Smiley
3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Ami-a-Week till Xmas! on: September 22, 2007 10:31:42 AM
I've barely been able to touch my crochet this week, and when I HAVE I've been finishing some non-ami projects. Ah well, one a week is a goal, not a requirement ^_^ My friends have already been notified that xmas gifts this year will be mailed anywhere from October to Easter.  Grin It looks like I may miss a week, but I'm sure there will be weeks where I finish two Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Keeping it Simple.. on: September 22, 2007 10:12:39 AM
how did you do the colours on the purse? white + white, white + beige, beige + beige, beige + brown, brown + brown?
mind if i copy your idea again? i needed some simple bag for a cousin..

You got it. And as small a hook as is comfortable double stranding. I made the two side panels, then in a slightly darker brown made a strip as long as 3 sides of the bag and single crocheted it all together in the darkest brown and put an edging on the top. Double stranded with a fairly smallish hook (I used a 4.5 mm, I think?) it has a LOT of structure to the fabric, and almost no holes, which is great for a purse. You don't even have to line it. The person it's going to is thrilled, it's just the right size for her to be able to carry a volume or two of manga.

All the hardware came from Joann's, the handles came pre-beaded, but I also found some bead-your-own handles at a Michael's, I think? They were on an end cap near beads, not near the other purse handles.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: need something to keep warm! on: September 19, 2007 08:37:44 PM
ooooooo a shawl to match the lace on the dress! maybe something like a row of pineapples  surrounded by lattice or something, but I can't see enough of the detail on the lace to really say.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Keeping it Simple.. on: September 19, 2007 08:31:29 PM
It's really actually a very versatile stitch too. I call it the "stockinette stitch of crochet." With a larger hook it can be soft and smooth. However, with a smaller hook and a double strand I made a purse that stands up on its own:

It's nice and tight and doesn't leave a lot of holes, very smooth and flat, and there isn't really a right and wrong side to the fabric, so it's great for double sided things like scarves. Because it's a tight stitch it can also be very sculptural with the right hook and yarn.

In any case, I'll post the scarf once it's done, it's slow work, the silk is a bit slippery and if I'm going to spend that much on premium yarn I want to take my time and not split it. (also I tend to work on 6-10 projects at once, continually rotating through whichever one I feel like working on at the moment)
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Calling Crocheting Lolis! on: September 18, 2007 11:49:34 AM
If you're looking for goth-loli, try the crochet choker on anticraft Wink
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: abrasive/coarse yarn. on: September 18, 2007 11:47:21 AM
Best material I've seen for crochet scrubbies isn't ANY kind of yarn. It's tulle. take a strip a few inches wide and twist it up and you'll see what I mean.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Keeping it Simple.. on: September 18, 2007 11:45:01 AM
So for a guy friend I wanted to make his xmas gift a really classy scarf.. so I bought 400 yards of beautiful burgundy 50/50 blend of silk and baby alpaca. (don't ask me how much it cost, you don't wanna know.)

I spent days agonizing over what stitch to use, going through book after book, making swatch after swatch.. because it was for a guy I didn't want to use shells or anything lacy, so I played with cables and ribbing, basketweave and diamonds.. but you know what I finally settled on?

Plain old seed stitch. It's so smooth it really gives the silk a chance to show off. Sometimes simplicity is the key.

10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Ami-a-Week till Xmas! on: September 18, 2007 11:39:56 AM
Not too late on this one till it's after xmas!  Grin

And I'm running a little late this week... ^_^;;

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