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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered and Beaded Crochet Spider Hat. on: December 04, 2011 02:44:06 PM
Wow! So pretty yet so simple! Did you do the swirls in surface crochet or something else? They look really nice.
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet Cramps on: November 26, 2011 09:47:51 PM
I've changed how I hold my hook since I began and I haven't had any cramps or anything. I hold my hook in a pencil grip with the hook in between my first and second fingers to get a better grip. I feel like it's a more natural way to position the hook and results in less movement than a normal pencil grip.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Just learning and a few questions on: November 26, 2011 09:25:27 PM
I like using hooks that are around 5 or 6mm, although using something bigger can be useful when you're starting out. I usually don't pay attention to what size hook my yarn calls for and just pick one depending on how tight or loose I want my project to be.

Like others have said, find a cheap, medium weight, light colored yarn that doesn't fray or come apart too easily. You want to be able to see how the stitches come together so you get more familiar with them. The most important things you should be focusing on when you start out is becoming familiar with what the stitches look like and also controlling your tension. When practicing, try your best to not pull on the yarn too much. Eventually you'll find a tension that you're comfortable with. Also, experiment with different ways of holding your work/hook until you find a position you like.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some new earrings and such ^_^ on: October 08, 2011 09:29:48 PM
Super cute! I have a pair of earrings that have little bells on them and they're one of my favorite pairs because of the little jingling noise in my ears all day long. So I wouldn't worry about them being annoying.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Alternative Bouquet on: October 04, 2011 07:16:27 PM
So beautiful! I wanted to do something similar for my bouquet but ended up running out of time and just gave into my mom and had fresh flowers. Yours turned out amazing!
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first endeavors into chainmail! on: September 15, 2011 02:56:01 PM
Thanks everyone!

@heyitzme37: Isn't chainmail great? I like your bracelet! I've found that the best place to get rings are some of the more reputable online stores. I was at a craft store today and decided to look at the small selection of rings they had and they just looked awful. They were done with a pinch cutter and there were scratches all over the colored rings.
Good luck with your future chainmailing!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sorting Hat Earrings - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff & Ravenclaw on: September 15, 2011 02:45:51 PM
Very cute!
I'm in Pottermore and ended up in my least favorite house. Sad Once October rolls around I'm making a new account and taking my time with the sorting hat.
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with pony beads? on: August 20, 2011 03:14:36 PM
Ooh, I really like that necklace! Thanks!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first endeavors into chainmail! on: August 18, 2011 05:36:22 PM
Chainmaille is my anti-drug.  I'm too addicted to try other drugs. =P 

Closures look good, but I noticed some marks on the anodized/enameled (You didn't specify, but in any case, the colored) rings.  If you just hold them in your pliers, don't squeeze, just hold and bend, you'll have a better time of it and not mar the rings. 

And I was much amused by Myrdda's comment... Byz is clunky but CIR is not? Haha!  Besides, Byz isn't clunky if you use tiny rings. =]
They're anodized. And that's probably because my pliers have teeth. Sometime soon I'm gonna go out and get myself some pliers without teeth. Smiley
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / What to do with pony beads? on: August 17, 2011 10:18:07 PM
I recently went through and organized my entire stash of crafting supplies which has never been properly organized before and one of the things I discovered is that I have a lot more beads than I thought I did. Including a bunch of pony beads and letter beads that I probably bought back in middle school. Now I really like the colors and the ones along the sides are pretty and iridescent and I think I could make something really cute with them, but what?

So my question is, have any of you crafty people out there ever seen anything interesting done with pony beads? I've tried looking around and all I can find are those awful bracelets that everyone was wearing back in middle school and high school.
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