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1  Re: Your favorite crochet tip... in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by NoShowJr on: October 26, 2017 12:14:53 PM
I was asked to create a hat for my best friend. She selected a hat she likes. I started on one in a test with some yarn I had already (vs what I need to go to the store to get for what she wants) when I hit the part of the instruction with the dreaded reverse single crochet. At least for me, its dreaded. As I said in a post I created about this darn thing in asking advice, Ive already had to learn left-handed with all right-handed instructors.

I started sharing my question with a friend from my crochet group. During the discussion, I decided to send her photos of a totally different hat I made last winter with a reverse single crochet band. Once I pulled the original pattern photo and ran out to take a pic of the hat I made (oh and pardon my styrofoam head, my models are awaiting a shampoo!) and put them side-by-side, I thought it wasnt so bad.

So anyway, the tip - after that too-long-winded lead-in is that if you turn the project upside down from how you have been working on it and crochet the direction youre used to then you have an easier reverse single crochet, right?

Ive only had to do it the one time. Kinda hoping it works the same on this next one! Im using the Homespun yarn and just seeing the stitches is difficult!
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2  Re: Reverse Single Crochet in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by NoShowJr on: October 26, 2017 12:00:06 PM
I was going to delete this thread, after discussing it with a friend and pulling the original pattern and my first attempt at the reverse single crochet. I realized that it wasnt so bad.

Now, I DID NOT do it the proper way. But after seeing it side-by-side I realized I didnt screw it up too badly.  I may put this in the Tips for those that may just find it impossible so there is a work around. I think its kinda obvious, but some might not.

First pic is an edited copy from Caron. Kinda obvious. Then my version. (I wasnt crazy about their bow, so I went with a flower!). The band is the part that was to be done in reverse single crochet. My version just involved turning the hat upside down from the way I had been working it and basically going backwards.





Disclaimer: I rushed out to take a photo. The lighting stinks, but it was better than inside. It was just taken as a quick shot to show to a friend, but since were amongst friends here, here it is.
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3  Re: Your favorite crochet tip... in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by NoShowJr on: April 20, 2017 02:26:50 PM
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I just learned to crochet in August, but have found a few things that help me.  I have a little binder clip with one of those page marker things marked with an arrow.  I'm able to move it down the pattern as I need to.  Have also used a dry erase pen on my sheet protectors!  I keep it in my bag as well.


I also have a sheet stand for my patterns.


Plus I use stitch markers when I'm working on circles or anything with changes in stitches.  I put one color at the start of the round.  Another color to use in each spot that I have to double up stitches.  It helps when I have interruptions such as the phone (like now when I'm trying to type this post!
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4  Bracelet - Flowered - Black, White, Pink & Clear in Beads: Completed Projects by NoShowJr on: August 03, 2016 11:32:37 AM
I went into our regular workshop last night wearing red and with full intentions to make a bracelet centered around red because of that.  Then I saw this pretty shimmering pink beads and I pouted a little when I returned the pretty two shiny beads that I had found that wouldn't work.  When I found the two large beads with flowers and the little square clear piece with a flower, that was it!  It was then that I knew I had already gotten my mind changed and this was where it was going!  (The angle/lighting is making some of the pink beads look orange.)



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5  Scarf Camera Strap in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by NoShowJr on: June 28, 2016 02:09:12 PM
Maybe a year or two ago, i saw a photo of a scarf camera strap that i think was on Pinterest.  I kind of put it in the back of my mind for a while.  Then walking through the dollar store a couple of weeks ago, I saw that they had long scarves.  I grabbed one.  After all, it was only a buck.  And actually, I had to cut it in half to be the right length, so I can get two out of one.

The black ends are actually made from material I cut from a thrift store skirt that I had purchased for $1 a while back and just had it in my stash.  I am not counting out how many of these I can get out of the skirt! 

I had to pick up the hardware, black chain maille rings and heavy-duty black thread from the craft store.  Was able to use coupons on two of those, because of a second trip, so not so bad.  Because my camera strap bars were so narrow, I put two rings on each end to handle the clip.  I could probably get away with one, but I am not taking a chance on my camera taking a dive.  Same reasoning behind the heavy-duty thread vs a thin thread.

I used a quick dry fabric suitable glue on each end of the scarf gluing each fold over until the ends were narrow enough.  I hand-sewed the hardware into each black end and then glued the black ends onto each end of the strap.  That would've probably been strong enough, but again no chances.  I still hand-sewed each round closed catching some scarf in each.  I know it isn't the prettiest sewing job, but I am okay with it. It was difficult to get through the layers of glue.

I think it could also work for a lightweight purse strap for something different.



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6  Leather Mini Post-It Cover Book in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by NoShowJr on: June 28, 2016 01:40:03 PM
I took another book making workshop over the weekend.  Afterwards, we had a scrap pile to pull whatever we wanted to make other things with.  I opted to finally make something I had wanted to for a while.  A cover for my mini post-it notes to carry in my purse without them peeling off and sticking to everything in sight!

It ended up being a quick 5-10 minute project.



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7  Cork Reindeer Ornament in Winter Holidays by NoShowJr on: June 14, 2016 08:56:14 PM
I created this lil guy several months back and then a contest came up within the past couple of weeks, by a local reuse craft store, so I took some pix of him and entered him into it.  (To vote, you have to "like" him on their page.")  Then I decided that I should share him over here.  I've been kind of slack about sharing new projects.  I need to catch up.


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8  Re: RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSAL in Craftalongs by NoShowJr on: January 14, 2016 03:44:21 PM
Research Project Name: Bathroom Countertop
Team: Wordy
Brief Description: I've been bathroom counter-less for over a year now. You can brush your teeth in one bathroom and bathe in the other bathroom. Luckily you can potty in both. I have tried everything to find something to fit our 1960s house. I am going for the atomic age, Jetson's look. I am going to try to use plywood, paint and glitter to replicate the glitter lam look of the past. I hope it works out because there are no current manufacturers who make laminate with any glitter finish. I can't find vintage stock which is probably because laminate is fairly brittle and needs to be kept climate controlled. I'd pick the first one but I also like the Formica Light Aqua Sequin, Camelia Sequin (for the other bathroom), and the Textolite Gold Nugget. I am guessing that real gold flake is what they used in the Textolite. I plan on trying it unless one of you glitter divas know of something better.


http://retrorenovation.com/2015/03/11/40-historic-designs-glitter-laminate/

Here is the sink with Hudee ring, against the wallpaper.



I plan to edge it with a metal trim from one of these places. I just have to figure out if I want stainless or aluminum.
http://retrorenovation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/white-gold-textolite-sparkle-laminate.jpg



Have you checked with a Habitat for Humanity store in your area?  We have two in Nashville that each get different things.  One gets more counters than another so you may want to check with multiple.  Someone may be able to tell you if they ever get anything close to what you're looking for.  It might as least be the era style you're looking for.
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9  Bracelet - Blue/Green Malachite? Beads in Beads: Completed Projects by NoShowJr on: January 12, 2016 06:53:26 PM
This is a bracelet I just put together last night!  Yay one that didn't take me months to post!  I forgot to ask the friend I got the beads from for this what they were but maybe someone on here would know?  The little black spacers feel a little like lava rock, but I'm not positive on it.  When I googled, the closest thing for the green beads were malachite and the blue are similar to that as well.

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10  Bracelet - Purple/Lilac & Clear Glass Beads in Beads: Completed Projects by NoShowJr on: January 12, 2016 06:45:27 PM
This is a bracelet I put together in October 2015, but again just now getting around to posting it.

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