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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Crafty Laundry Sorter on: August 27, 2008 03:57:30 PM
I used to hate to do laundry in my old house. It involved hauling all the laundry down two flights of stairs, making it past the nasty garbage chute, working the machines in a dark, cobweb-ridden basement, then hauling everything past the nasty chute once again and up the stairs again. I hated it.

New house, several thousand miles away, and **what a concept!** a real laundry room!  On the second floor no less--steps away from everyone's dirty laundry baskets!  I was so overjoyed. I ordered a laundry sorter--one that divides the clothes into three separate bags for easier washing. But wait!  No one else (but me) in the house remembers which bag is for what kind of clothes!  Chaos ensues. Bad laundry mishaps occur.  Then, a crafty solution: labels! I designed some cute labels with iron on transfer printer paper.  Life is much better. And I am happy for having made something so plain (bleh!) into something more personal, even if it's only for the laundry room.  Smiley

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Roll Stitch Help: How do you make it work?!*! on: August 15, 2008 03:32:45 PM
I found a simple granny square pattern that makes liberal use of the roll stitch, which I thought would be easy enough to learn how to do by watching various videos, etc.  I watched some great videos, got a good hook, and I understand all the steps, but I cannot get the hook to slip through all the loops.  I wind up picking the stitches off by hand, one be one, which results in a rather lumpy roll.

Does anyone have any good tips for getting the loops to slide off easily? 

I am so frustrated I want to give up on the pattern, which my husband chose for an afghan for Christmas.  Sad  I have been practicing for two days, and have only twice managed to roll the loops off easily--it felt like magic, and I can't do it again!

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Mile-A-Minute Technique? on: June 01, 2008 07:33:11 PM
Some afghan patterns I've looked at say the pattern uses the Mile-a-Minute technique.  The afghans look like long panels joined together.  Since I'm looking for a pattern with long stripes, I'm kind of interested.

Has anyone done a pattern with Mile-a-Minute?  What was easy/hard about it?  (And does it really go fast? :-)

Thanks for any info!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Results of Foolproof Bootie Project! on: April 28, 2008 06:06:59 PM
So I followed the advice of a fellow Craftster and used a pattern by Bev to make simple booties for a friend's preemie twin girls.  It was a bit of a struggle to make, even though the pattern was pretty foolproof.  But, me being me, it got difficult.

After making two unuseable Frankenbooties (varying gauge, didn't stitch up properly),  I ditched the baby weight yarn that was snarling and generally just awful, and went for Caron Simply Soft Baby, which was worsted weight.  I had to go down to an E hook, because the yarn was bigger, and my gauge is generally really loose.  I finally finished a bootie, then had a fit because I had no idea if it would fit the babies or not.  They were born at 2.5 and 3.6 pounds. 

I did a little internet cruising to figure out the sizes of preemie feets, and it was tough looking at all the tiny, tiny preemie pictures.  I was a bit of a basket case by the time I found what I was looking for.  I decided to make 3-inch long booties for both girls, hoping that by the time they reach them, they'll fit.  Or even, hopefully, be too small.  They look so small in my hand.  But then, I have no experience with infants, so all you parents out there let me know what you think. (My step-daughters, who were both preemies, too, are now teenagers and so big they wear my shoes!)

Anyway, I am happy to have made two pairs, and in making them, I have even more empathy and respect for parents of preemies. 

They fit in my palm.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / **Foolproof** Preemie Crochet Patterns? on: April 25, 2008 11:42:58 AM
Ok guys, emergency preemie situation--my friend in Holland was due in June, and instead had her twin girls April 10.  I just got the birth announcement (how cute--in Dutch, which I do not read!), and while I had planned on making some nice stuff by the time June rolled around, I now feel compelled to make something right away and send it.

But I've never made preemie stuff, and the thing I want to make most (booties) I can never seem to figure out the pattern.  I would call myself an intermediate crocheter, but somehow booties and their patterns escape me.  My gauge is always off and I wind up with Frankenbooties, as DH calls them.

Do you have any pointers towards patterns for preemies I could do easily?  I did an internet search and came up with list after list.  I think it might be more helpful if I chose patterns you might have already done, and could vouch for!

Thanks guys!!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / April is the cruellest month! on: April 05, 2008 04:42:17 PM
It's officially Spring, but at our house we have been treated to snow, rain, more snow, and now, for the past three days, we are all sick with colds!  Bleh! 

The silver linning is that while I was sick in bed, too listless even to crochet (my preferred craft), I did have enough energy to push a needle through some pre-printed paper. I finally finished my first (last?) Victorian punch-paper/perforated paper embroidery project.

"The Burrow" is the name of our house.  I got a custom pattern from a nice lady on Ebay, who has traditional patriotic and religious mottoes ("God Bless Our Home" type stuff).  When I saw she did custom patterns, and also offered hand-carved frames, I had to try one.

I haven't done any needlepoint since a Mother's Day project at school when I was 10.  I enjoyed it; it was pretty soothing, until I got to the green curlicues, which actually took some patience.  I love the font, and the varigated floss.  I can't decide if I will do another one.  I'm kind of thinking of a kitschy one to go in the guest bedroom: "Holy Angels Guard Thy Bed."   Wink

And no, our house is not named after the Weasley's house in HP!  Although it is rather magical . . .

Thanks for looking! Comments appreciated. Smiley

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