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1  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Moving to Sterling, MA on: June 17, 2011 04:49:32 PM
In August 2011 we are moving to Sterling, MA (16 miles north of Worcester) from NJ.  After 11 months of being unemployed my husband and I decided that we need to move to where the work is.  The job market in NJ is awful!  We have moved my husband to MA already since his job started on June 1.  My son and I will move up in August after he is done with Boy Scout camp and Tae Kwon Do camp.
I am looking to meet some crafty people and to find a nice community theatre to join (I love making costumes for theatre and halloween!).

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need opinions on the results I got from this pattern on: December 06, 2010 08:47:53 AM
I made a neckwarmer using this pattern:  http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=4078&cps=21191

I did not use the suggested yarn.  I used Patons Rumor yarn because it's what I had and was able to get the same gauge.  The pattern states that the finished dimensions should be 7 inches X 24 inches.    I made it 26 inches because when I tried it on 24 inches was too short.  I did get the 7 inches on the width.   Still it looks smaller, not as full,  to me than the photo with the pattern.   

Should I block or 'kill' this?  Would that help open up the pattern a bit?   It is 84% acrylic/15% alpaca/1% polyester.  If I 'kill' it what will that do since it has alpaca in it?  Maybe I should just wash and dry it and see what happens.

Here's a photos of it.  I have not yet added the buttons: 

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A few of my hats on: December 01, 2010 06:53:52 AM
Here are links to a few photos of hats that I've made:

A Pumpkin Hat that I made after seeing a knitted one my cousin made:

A hat I made from embroidery floss:

A hat and scarf that I made for my niece:
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need help with Yohji pattern (Vickie Howell - Pop Goes Crochet) on: November 26, 2010 10:12:06 AM
I am making the Yohji pattern from Vickie Howell's book Pop Goes Crochet.
I have finished crocheting the piece.  The assembly is killing me!
There are step by step directions but I am lost!  Anyone ever make this?
If the diagram was labeled as the written directions are then I think it would give me a clue but it's not!
Any help would be appreciated!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Hemp Twine on: June 02, 2009 01:04:05 PM
Last week I got this really stupid brilliant idea to crochet a sun hat with hemp twine.  Sheeh!  It was more than I bargained for!  The hemp twine is really stiff when crocheting and the stitches come out a bit jagged.  Normally my stitches are very even, both in size and tension, so it made me feel as though I'd never crocheted....ever! 

So my question is this: does anyone know what I can do to make the hemp twine less stiff?  AND is there another material I should use for a sun hat that will produce a stable and not very floppy hat?  I want to use it at the pool and while working in the garden.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Designing a crochet pattern on: April 04, 2009 06:13:26 AM
I'm fairly new here and have a question.   I would like to design my own crochet patterns.  My question is how do I know that my design is original?   Let's say hats, since I'm making some and I've been asked to come up with an original design for a friend.  There are a million hat patterns out there so how different would my design have to be to be original?
If anyone can point me towards information or answer my question I'd appreciate it : )
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