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61  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / is there such a thing as too much? (2 pics) on: August 20, 2007 03:56:50 PM
i've been eyeing this stitch for months. i think it would be perfect for a little colourful shirt, the kind you wear over a tight top, or without the top, over a bikini, when you go to the beach.

so, today i dyed some yarn in 6 pretty strong colours, having this shirt in mind. now i'm afraid i did too much. would it be too crazy? as an extra detail, the little flowers are worked by halves, so they probably wouldn't be each in one colour.
62  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / trying to follow the thread (first time - 3 pics) on: August 19, 2007 06:23:31 PM
so i got tired of whining about how i never find pretty color schemes in yarn here, like the ones i see on the internet, and decided to learn how to dye. i used some off-white cotton yarn i had, i think it was fingering weight, and cotton dye. the green is darker than i expected, but i think it turned out well, for a first try:


the dyeing process itself was pretty easy, just followed the instructions on the dye tubes. but after that, i seem to have gotten a bit lost...


i want my mommy  Embarrassed

63  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Am I doing something wrong? on: August 12, 2007 01:42:38 PM
My aunt, who knows crochet her whole life, just had a look at something I'm doing and was amazed by the stitches. She asked me what I was using and where I learned that kind of effect, but it's only hdc (as far as I know). She was in a hurry so we couldn't discuss it.

So, am I doing it wrong, and getting the stitches different from how they should look, I'm inserting the hook on the wrong loop, or a different loop, or is it just that I'm using a big hook while everybody else here uses extremely thin hooks for lace effects?
64  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / yardage on: August 09, 2007 08:40:29 PM
I'm going to the yarn shop tomorrow to get something for my aunt and I thought I'd stock up on yarn for a project I want to make in the future. So, I was wondering: for a basic sweater, using only sc, would it be enough if I buy a ball with 1000 meters (1093 yards)?
It's a very thin yarn I'm thinking about, but I was considering using 2 threads anyway.
If this is a stupid question, sorry in advance. I just have no idea about sweaters.
65  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I'm worried about size on: August 07, 2007 05:49:54 AM
I'm starting a jacket that's done of crocheted flowers put together. The pattern I'm following says same size fits all, but I'm a bit worried because I'm kinda big. Usually when I buy shirts that button on the front I always have to wear them open, over a tank top, even if it's the large size, so I'm worried that the jacket will gap between the front buttons. At the same time, I don't think extra flowers would fit well, so should I:

1) start assembling the flowers now to compare while I work, or leave that to when I have all them crocheted?
2) try to make some half-flowers to add some inches on the front?
3) just surround everything with sc or some other stitch and add rows as needed?

I really don't want a too tight fit, or something that looks like a longer bolero.
Thanks already.  Roll Eyes
66  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / my first project ever - fbb on: August 06, 2007 05:56:55 AM
Hello, everybody. This is the first time I'm writing and the first time I made anything wearable.
I asked my mother to teach me how to crochet during Carnival, when I was extremely bored, and she taught me how to dc, but refused to teach anything else until I was good at that by her standards. Then I googled crochet and taught myself the other stitches while she was out. I'm not sure she forgave me that yet... Wink
Anyway, I made a few amigurumis, let it for a few months and just decided to try again.
This time I made a FBB for my mother, after unraveling everything a few times. I'm not too pleased with the handles (one longer than the other, and the shorter one is a bit wider - I'll buy handles for the next one), and the stitches to sew the lining are all uneven, but overall I think it worked.
Pics are here: http://pics.livejournal.com/colorlessblue/gallery/0001h7bk
You can't see on the pics, but the thread is brown cotton with red shiny viscose, and it shines a bit on the sun. The flowers were crocheted using satin ribbon.
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