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131  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: My first post ever in completed projects! W00t! -pic heavy- on: March 09, 2009 03:39:26 PM
Whoohoo! A reply! *dances* lol

Well I don't know if I'm all THAT talented but I'm.. hm.. I'd say DETERMINED. lol I grumble and frog and frog some more and complain but eventually I'll get it done. Wink

I just WISH I could find some decent thread crochet patterns (0-3 to not merely newborn.) Its SO hard.. particually with ZERO budget. However I did find a lovely book "Heirloom Baby Booties" by.. Anne Kirtley or something I think. I'm waiting for it to arrive in the mail soon.. I'm SO excited! So thats something... but still... some Christianing set patterns would ROCK (simply due to the fact their (99% likely to be thread crochet and probably workable as more than just for Christianings.) Cheesy

As for Clementine.. "exquisite" so much as.. interesting. lol My Mother got her when she was very little during World War II. Apparently she was the ONLY dollie available at the local store and she "HAD" to have a little dolie to make clothes and things for. lol Anywho I don't recall every detail of the story (need to ask Mom) but something to do with certain materials were not readily available due to the war effort and poor little Clementine, the ONLY doll in the store, had a black body with a small white head. lol Poor thing. Her body is plasticy but at the same time rather squishy and squeezable and shes very well proportioned, well body wise anyways, so that she feels quite like the real thing. Meanwhile she has the cupid doll-esc type painted on hair and her eyes roll shut when you lay her down. My hubby thinks shes just plain creepy but I love trying my little crocheted baby things on her.. I think shes kind of cute. Right now shes wearing my old weathered/discolored crochet dress my Mother made for me when I was a baby.
I'll see if I can find time when my Mom is feeling well enough, she has MS so.. eh, and ask her to tell me the story again.
Poor little Clementine .. the dollie no one wanted.. but my Mom LOVED early for years and years. Smiley
132  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / My first post ever in completed projects! W00t! -pic heavy- UPDATED on: March 09, 2009 02:37:00 PM
Ok so I'm a bit excited.. the close up lense for my father's camera came in and I finally got to take some decent close ups of my work. *dances* Whoohoo! Anywho...
I originally first posted some pictures of my work in progress in the help section due to the fact I COMPLETELY bungled it on my first go.  Embarrassed I finally got it sorted out and made a couple of pairs. Also I made the bottom seamless... yeah me.  Cheesy
Here are a few pictures of my Irish rose booties plus some others I recently made. (Yes.. just like nearly everyone else here I'm planning on opening an etsy shop to help fund my crochet addiction.)  Roll Eyes

So here you can see the booties from side view, a view of the seamless bottom, how they look on my Mom's old WWII dollie (her name is Clementine & shes about the size of a 3 month old or so I think and yes.. she quite a story to tell.. another time maybe), random booties picture and finally the Irish rose booties done in ecru and also show with newborn ecru bonnet.

I'm still working at trying to improve my crochet not to mention trying to improve my speed. It takes me a day to make these little suckers and I'm not planning on charging more than about 10 dollars or so.. (anymore and I seriously doubt they'd sell.) I do love making them though.. also I've been fiddling with Irish crochet jewelry.

So.. there ya go.. my first completed project post. *pride*
133  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for thigh high, fishnet pattern/s on: March 03, 2009 07:23:43 PM
Here's one for knit but I suppose you could convert it to crochet. (never done it myself.. I'm too lazy.. hehe) Wink


Now, somewhat ironically, I actually HAVE what I believe is a crochet thigh high stocking pattern in one of my books SOMEPLACE, no clue where. Its a rather old pattern  from the 40s or so I think. Anywho I'd love to send it your way but (a) no clue where my book is and (b) no clue where camera went. Gr-bah.
However it is a vintage pattern so its most likely floating around on the internet someplace..  Undecided

Sorry.. I know i'm not much help..
134  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Headphone Kitty Ears on: March 03, 2009 12:21:27 PM
Too bad my headset is a wrap around ... buuuuuttt the hubby's would work. Hmmm.. me thinks hubby will come home from work and find he has ears. hehe Wink

Awesome btw.. *two thumbs up* Cheesy
135  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuck on Vanna White Bootie Pattern: Problem Solved.. er.. maybe.. on: March 03, 2009 12:11:50 PM
Awww.. *HUGS*.. Thank you! Cheesy

Well gosh.. I wouldn't say I'm "experienced".. lol.. but I rarely give up on a pattern once I've set out to make it. I THINK I'd say I'm near intermediate but ya know it all depends on the pattern and how its worded I think. I think anyone can tackle any pattern if its worded clearly enough to be easily understood. (Oh and if they don't need glasses.. hehe)
I did find that for one thing I made a horrific mistake in misreading the pattern (mistook ch for dc... I'm dyslexic and well.. may be time for glasses as well.. I'm betting that may be why.) Overall this pattern has been a bit of a struggle BUT I did finally manage to sort it out and get the booties made and found now they come together pretty quickly.
However I DID leave off the seamed bottom and instead used a FAIRLY seamless bottom by just interlocking the bottom loops. I'm petty happy with them however they are a bit too airy and light to keep baby's feet warm and are definitely more for picture taking or baby dolls. Wink

Anywho once I find the camera (which seems to have sprouted legs overnight and taken off on its own) I'll post an update. Though I'm not sure if I should post it here or a different section.. hm

(Dang I write too much! lol) Thanks again though.. I'm so happy to get positive feedback. These were actually my very first ever pictures of my crochet.  Cheesy

W00t. Cheesy

136  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuck on Vanna White Bootie Pattern: NEED HELP on: March 02, 2009 03:46:52 PM
Ok so I think I've identified the crux of the problem here BUT I'm not entirely sure I can fix it but I'll try. I'm pretty sure this is, in fact, a problem with the pattern and not just another booboo on my part. (Funny thing is this is the 2nd bootie I've made in no more than a week with an error. Dont they have people test these things before they go to print??))

She has an obscure loop that doesn't mirror the other side of the bootie. Also she uses the word "loop" to describe not only actual loops but shells or 'petals' if you will also which makes this pattern a tad confusing. I've take a couple of pictures to point out the problem. (Please forgive the poor quality .. this camera HATES closeups.. gr-bah.)

The end of rnd 7 of the 'ROSE' part asks you to make this loop which I honestly don't think you need and I think might just put another petal there instead. Then rnd 1 of 'SIDES' continues to baffe using 'loop' rather than dc, shell or 'petal.'

Also and yes I know the bootie is a bit stretchy but gosh it seems a bit small. Its supposed to be for 0-3 months but I think 3 months might be pushing it. I thought I'd show a comparison with the other booties I did recently. (Well and to show off... I won't lie. lol I rather like them.)

((Oh and just for the record... I was so silly not to realize this was one of those bootie pattern that makes you sew up a seam in the bottom of the bootie. This is honestly not my favorite.. I prefer an actual sole with the top portion stitched around the edge. I know the babies don't actually walk in them but a seam up the center of the foot just doesn't seem super comfortable.))

Anywho.. I'm sorry to see no one ever posted BUT I thought I'd try and help out anyone who may have this problem with the pattern also. Wink

Welp.. maybe the hubby IS right.. and I need glasses. I misread ch as dc. *sigh* Well I'm dyslexic.. what can I say? lol
However its still a bit of a wonky pattern to follow BUT, on the bright side, I found I can avoid the unseamly.. er.. seam on the bottom by attach the bottom loops to each other.. as you would if you were attacking granny squares for an afghan. Cheesy
Soo.. I'm gonna get back to burying my head in the sand...

(Good thing no one bothered to read my post.. rofl) Grin
137  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Beginner with an Ambitious Project Seeking Tips on: March 02, 2009 12:25:35 PM
My first "big" project was a granny square blanket.. and I STILL have all those silly granny squares sitting in a box someplace waiting to be assembled. Over time I got better and better at making grannies.. meaning the first ones I made look to me, now, to be rather pathetic and I'm not crazy about actually using them now that I can do so much better.
However when I next tried doing a chevron blanket for my mother.. I was actually able to finish it! Somehow with it being an all in one piece.. it was easier to get myself motivated to finish it. (Also it help it was VERY cold that winter so I got to snuggle under it as I worked. hehe) Being its all one piece and its simple a repeating pattern its DOABLE for a beginner. Oh and its excellent practice at increasing your speed. I'm So quick at dc's now.. Cheesy
I'd definitely give the chevron/ripple blankies a thumbs up.. Wink
138  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuck on Vanna White Bootie Pattern: NEED HELP on: March 02, 2009 11:48:38 AM
Eek! STILL no help? *sigh*

Well would it help out any if I posted pictures of my progress or something? Or I could post some paragraphs of the pattern or.. something? *shrug*

any help at all would be appreciated. Even just to know I'm not the only one to have struggled with this pattern.
139  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting with Arthritis on: March 02, 2009 11:45:12 AM
Hey there! I'm also a self taught 30-something crochet addict with arthritis! What a small world.. lol

Well mine has gotten a bit better since I started taking calcium (being in your 30s quite often arthritis is due to some kind of calcium deficiency.) Also I take frequent breaks and do a few simple hand stretches before and after crocheting.
I decided when I started to crochet to use the more comfortable method however less 'feminine'.. I grip my hook rather than hold it delicately like a pencil. (Sorry difficult to describe.) Oh and I do find working with thread (which I prefer) tends to be less strenuous on my hands.

Sorry I'm not much help but I do feel your pain. Its such a nuisance when something like arthritis at such a young age interferes with your much loved hobby.
140  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Stuck on Vanna White Bootie Pattern: Problem Solved.. er.. maybe.. on: March 01, 2009 06:27:29 PM
First off.. this is my very first ever thread. Yeahh! hehe Too bad its a plea for help.. anywho....

I'm trying to make Vanna White's 'Irish Rose Booties' pattern but I'm completely stuck. (Its from "Vanna's Afghan and Crochet Favorites".) I've been trying off and on all day long and I just can't make heads nor tails of it.

I'm alright until I reach the "Sides" section. It says to work into loops but there is only one loop from the previous row being the loops from row 6 of the rose portion are now all filled in and have 'petals.' I thought perhaps by loops she meant petals so I tried working into top centers of petals but that ends up a mess and then moving on to row 2 of "Sides" leaves me even more confused. Arg! I have no clue what I'm doing.
Just to clarify I'm good right up until "Sides" and I'm 99.9% sure I've done the previous rows properly. I just need a little help maybe with rewording to make sense of this pattern. Has anyone else struggled with this pattern?

I wouldn't bother asking for help if (a) I wasn't so desperately stuck and (b) I REALLY REALLY love these booties.. they are ADORABLE. If only I could make sense of the pattern. Oh and yes I HAVE made booties before but no pattern quite like this.

I hate getting stuck on a pattern and I bet.. I'm not the only one. lol Thanks, in advance, to anyone willing to take the time to help. your a doll.. *hugs*.. Thank you! Cheesy
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