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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Question about a vintage sweater pattern on: July 12, 2005 08:16:56 AM
I thought I'd confer with fellow crocheting craftsters before I go much farther on a vintage sweater I'm working on because I have never seen sleeves done this way before. 

You chain 81, which will be the lower edge of the back.  You go up until you hit the sleeve area, and then it says this:

"Chain 11 at end of row.
Work back on chain across row, add chain of 11 inches.
Work in this way until there are 3 increases each side for sleeves.  10 rows even.
Work 60 stitches, 10 rows even.
Decrease the same as you increased."

Now, have I lost my mind, or is this telling me to make a chain of 11 at one end to begin the sleeves, and go across and do the same on the other side.  That starts the sleeves, right?  Then I do this adding of 11 stitches on each side three times total (with no even rows in between) and then work even for ten rows after the three increases on each side are completed.  What is supposed to end up 60 stitches long?  Not each sleeve, surely, because with 81 stitches across for the back, 60 stitch sleeves would make a good sweater for a chimp!

Anybody read that a different way?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Vintage crochet repair on: June 21, 2005 05:40:59 AM
I picked up some really great vintage crochet pieces recently, but haven't done anything with them yet because a) I don't know what I want to do with them yet and b) there's some damage.  I got twelve Irish rose squares in thread, six of them pink variegated and cream and six in lavender variegated and cream, and the work is just beautiful.  The trouble is that two of the squares have some damage and the ends (which aren't worked in on any of the squares yet) are only about an inch long.  I did get a couple of balls of crochet thread with the squares themselves that seem to match them, and the person I bought the stuff from even threw in some other pieces (some of those are gorgeous and damaged too).  Is it possible to repair the damaged ones (the damage on one of them isn't just to the edging, but several rows in, all the way into the mesh behind the center rose) or should I just work with the undamaged ones?

Anybody adopt old crochet pieces and make new items from them or restore them?  Or just have any ideas?  Looking at all the love and hard work that someone put into these pieces, something beautiful ought to come from them. 
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Choker scarf thingie tutorial on: November 22, 2004 10:00:07 AM
I was looking at scarves at the Urban Outfitters site the other day and came across what looked to me like the quickest scarf ever:


I liked it and decided to give it a try, despite the fact it was clearly knit and not crocheted.

I crocheted a strip, and kept wrapping it around my neck to see how long it should be (Urban Outfitters kindly provided the dimensions of theirs, but I took no chances).  When I got to the point where I needed a buttonhole, I skipped two sc in the middle of the row, chaining two in that spot instead.  Then on the next row I sc into those chains, and that gap became the button hole.  I made a ruffly edge, attached the flower I made, and here it is:

The buttonhole seems to gape there because I wanted it to show in the picture.  It actually is behaving pretty well so far through the rigors of buttoning and unbuttoning.

The buttonhole side

The flower side

I would say if you were tempted to try to crochet or knit this for yourself (and something I'll keep in mind when I do my next one) is how much height the lacy edging will add to the thing.  I have a pretty short neck and so while I thought I had allowed for the edging, I had actually made the center portion just a few stitches too wide.  I sort of like how it looks on, but sometimes I look at it and think that little lace measurement problem has taken it from Urban Outfitters to Elizabethan.

The good news is that this is about an evening's work, and didn't take much yarn either.  I may make a few as stocking stuffers, since this choker scarf thing is so quick and a little different.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Muffs, with added tutorial on: October 28, 2004 02:12:33 PM
I am almost finished making myself a muff as a glam accessory for winter.  This is what it looks like:

What I did was simply crochet a tube for my hands (a muff is a warm, usually furry tube people use to keep their hands warm in winter instead of gloves or mittens, in case you missed the last time muffs got popular, which was the 70s, I think; they've been around since at least the 19th century though).  I used one strand of a pretty chunky black chenille and two strands of eyelash (in this case, Schachenmayer Brazilia).  I used a single crochet stitch with a fairly small hook for the yarn I was using to minimize the holes.

I remember vaguely that my muff as a little girl had a neck cord to keep it on when you pulled your hands out, but I decided that would drive me nuts.  Instead what I did was make a wrist cord and tried to come up with a way to make it possible to loosen and tighten it.  I ended up making a chain of the chenille, threading a big wooden bead onto it, then folding the chain in half.  The big bead stays on the loop end; meanwhile I took the two loose ends of the chain and put another big bead on both of them.  I attached it to the side of the muff and now the one bead slides up and down the two chains and the other big bead will prevent it from ever escaping.

I was just read on another thread about muffs that has sprung up in the Clothing section that some people have been lining theirs with fleece, so as soon as I lay my hands on some black fleece, that's the next step, I think.

***Mosey on down the thread a bit and I've added more detailed tutorial.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / dream dust? on: October 28, 2004 09:45:46 AM
A friend of mine gave me a cool antique salt shaker full of something labeled "dream dust" a few years back.  The idea was that you would sprinkle this stuff on your sheets and it would give you sweet dreams, compliments of the lavender and other relaxing smells in the powder.  I love the idea of giving something like that as a Christmas gift to some of my friends, but I don't want to give anyone a powder I've made up that will hurt them or their sheets.

What would you use for this?  Just a regular body powder recipe (Kaolin powder, cornstarch, that kind of thing)?  And fragrance oils I thought probably, rather than essential oils.  Does anyone have any experience making something like this?  I may just put some cheapo sheets on the bed and experiment a little to see how it does. 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Fashions in Quick Crochet 1953 on: October 02, 2004 11:27:26 AM
I have got this bizarre and amazing stash of vintage patterns, but have only scanned a few bits in so far.  My hope is to get everything scanned and then I can store the originals safely and use the scans for recreating some of the better patterns (and some of the scarier ones too -- I've got that kind of sense of humor).

Fashions in Quick Crochet from 1953 is one of the booklets I have scanned in, and  the expressions on the faces of the models are so funny.  The woman on the cover looks like she's what?  Standing by a stage door and hoping her lovely handmade headwrap and pocketbook get her the part?

And Millie is just so excited by her new crocheted shirt she doesn't know what to do with herself.

One of my very favorite set of patterns is called "Tops in Fashion" which is full of bizarre hats and sometimes matching accessories, as you'll see below.  WHAT is with that hat?  And from a purely practical standpoint, if I wanted to make that hat, what does the back with the pointy bits even look like?  There's no diagram or other angle shown, just this.  Equally puzzling is the black    thing used as a closure on the purse.  I looked at the pattern and it's a beaded  black thing, so now I think of it as the sparkly black turd closure:

Yikes.  And is her collar even on straight?

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / New poncho patterns on: August 27, 2004 07:10:00 AM
I got the latest Lion Brand newsletter in my inbox this morning and I think it's got my next project in it.  They've got several new free poncho patterns (and something they're calling a ponchette, in what seems an odd choice) and a few for sale too, of course.  I don't think I'm likely to do any of them as written, but definitely as a starting point.

Here's the link to the newsletter, if anybody else is in a poncho-mood:
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sunflower Shawl on: August 17, 2004 11:25:34 AM
First attempt to post a project and picture, so my fingers are crossed that I get this right on the first try!

This is a sunflower shawl I finished a couple of days ago.  Basically I just took a fishnet triangular shawl, tacked a row of granny squares in a sunflower pattern I liked along the edge, and added fringe (somewhat ratty looking fringe at the moment, but I'll see what I can do about fixing that).  It looks brownish in the picture but it's actually a wine-colored yarn, just some Red Heart Soft I got a good deal on.  I tried it on yesterday with a white tank top and jeans and it looked pretty cool, so I'm pleased, but when I tacked it to the wall like this to take the pic, I realized it looks pretty good at as a wall hanging too (my walls are too bare and uninteresting, so maybe I should start draping bits of crochet on them...).

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