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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I had to throw my crochet hook when I needed it most!! on: November 29, 2008 06:43:43 PM
I just came back from a beautiful trip (I went and visited three greek islands). As I was leaving Australia, of course I took my crocheting with me. Its some 20 odd hours on the plane. After checking in my luggage I was left with a carry bag in which I also had my little crocheting bag.

Going through that thing which scans you, it started beeping. To make a long story short, it was discovered that my steel crochet hook set it off. What came next was something that really upset me. They made me throw it away. I couldnt put it in my luggage (which I had already checked in) and couldnt carry in on the plane with me.
I was upset because I had aimed to kill the time by crocheting. I mean I can crochet for hours. I had nothing to do except watch some boring movies. I still cant live it down!

Has anyone had any similar experiences?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Where do you shop for your knitting supplies? on: November 29, 2008 06:39:31 PM
There is a local craft store in my area where I buy yarn if I'm desperate. But that store is expensive (being the only store in my area, they have no competition). I usually buy my supplies online or when I'm in town go hunting for bargains. Can you recommend any cheap places online where you buy your craft supplies?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Are you making your christmas gifts this year or buying them? on: November 29, 2008 06:29:43 PM
This year I've decided (and it's a big project!) to make christmas gifts for everyone that I will be giving a gift to. Since making something says 'I love you' more than just buying something, here are my gifts so far. Most of the items I have crocheted, very few I have knitted.

Mum - Shawl
Dad - Jacket
Brother and his family (for new baby due soon) - baby blanket and baby set with bootees and hat
Friend no. 1 - 3 piece doily set
Friend no. 2 - 3 piece doily set
Friend no. 3 - Handmade gift basket in which I will fill with chocolates
Friend no. 4 - Handmade gift basket in which I will fill with chocolates
Friend no. 5 - Scarf and hat

These are what I've made so far but now I'm panicking. Christmas is close by and I've got another 14 people to make gifts for. I need to make something simple that wont' take too much time but have run out of ideas... Help!!!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Which craft would you recommend for a man? on: November 29, 2008 06:27:47 PM
Hi all. Just wanted your advice. Which craft would you recommend for a man? My husband is on long service leave and I need to find him a hobby. Something that we will both enjoy making together. I dont think he would go for knitting and crocheting (my crafts). Nor is he the type that is interesting in woodworking.

Does anyone else here create crafts with their other half? If so, what do you do? I need something that doesnt take too much of a learning curve (sorry I know Im asking too much!)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How did you learn your craft? on: August 26, 2008 09:34:44 PM
Its interesting how people like to learn different ways. How did you learn your craft?
Years ago when I learnt crocheting, I did it by reading an old crocheting instructional book.

I came across this book at a crafts fair, bought it because I needed something to read on the bus on the way home. I got so interested in it that before walking home from the bus stop, I stopped by the shops and bought my first crochet hook and some yarn. The rest is history. I loved it from day one.

Although my grandmother crocheted all the time, when she was alive I hadnt really seen any interest in it. But now each time I crochet it reminds me of my grandmother and it makes me feel real good. Smiley Smiley Smiley
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