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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crazy pillowcase piecing on: May 10, 2008 06:25:17 AM
If it will help, here are a couple of pics of what I did with my scraps. I'm going to try some with more pronounced angles this weekend to see how they look. I hope the idea works out for you.

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: horrifying secret about my husband on: May 10, 2008 06:20:59 AM
Keep pestering him! I keep pestering my husband to let me teach him to knit, crochet and/or sew but so far no luck...  He's no fun, lol!

My mother was taught crochet by a man many years ago.

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Put your money where your mouth is on: May 10, 2008 06:07:53 AM
I'm not really into purses,  crocheted or otherwise, but I think the idea is really cool!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your LYS vs. Big chain stores on: May 10, 2008 05:48:39 AM
There isn't a LYS near me either, so the chain stores are really my only option unless I shop online.
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crazy pillowcase piecing on: May 08, 2008 07:14:04 PM
I'm a novice quilter and I have the same problem when I tried making crazy quilt squares with my scraps. After some frustration attempting it again this past weekend, I finally used the log cabin idea, but I didn't try to keep anything straight. I just started with an approximately square scrap, and started adding strips around log cabin style but at slight and some more than slight angles. I didn't even bother trying to make them come out square. I'm just going to square them up with a rotary cutter when I have enough for a quilt.

I got a few done that I'm quite happy with. They came out with a scrappy look, sort of reminiscent of a crazy square, but much easier.

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting for charity on: January 13, 2008 10:44:44 AM
Another option is a cancer treatment center if there is one near you, and if they accept afghans. You can always call one to see if they accept them and what their needs are. Patients can feel very cold during treatment and it's nice to have a snuggly afghan to cover up with.

I make them when I'm able to for the treatment center that my mom had her treatment at. They love handmade afghans and there's always a need because they often send them home with patients if they have a particular favorite or if they don't want to unbundle the patient when they are finished, especially during the winter.
17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: AMAZINGLY teeny crochet animals! on: January 06, 2008 11:21:00 AM
Wow! Those are absolutely amazing!

I like to work with thread, but the smallest I've used is a size 30 crochet cotton. I can't imagine the patience needed to crochet with sewing thread.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: DPN's Instead of Circs? on: January 06, 2008 11:11:42 AM
I've knitted quite a few hats on dpns that originally called for circulars. I usually use 4 depending on the size of the hat, and just try to evenly divide the stitches.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Joining in the round.. what's your secret? on: January 06, 2008 11:05:43 AM
Hi! If you don't mind a forum newbie sticking her nose in,  Grin here's what I do.

When I knit the first stitch, I hold both the working yarn and the tail together and use both to knit the first stitch then I just drop the tail after I've worked the first stitch. The extra bulk from the tail fills in the joining and makes it less noticeable.

I don't think it's quite as invisible as some of the other methods mentioned, but it's really easy to do.
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