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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Free Crochet Books on: April 30, 2017 07:07:53 PM
I have enjoyed a lot of books since I joined OpenLibrary last fall, even browsed some vintage craft and knitting books, but it never occurred to me to search for crochet books until a few days ago. Turns out there are currently over two hundred available for borrowing; that's less than the number of knitting or sewing books, but I'd still say it's a good resource.

Of the several I've looked through, the crochet book I like best is Crazy Crocheting, a book for children that emphasizes creativity. Not everyone would like the late '70s vibe, but I like that it encourages children (or adults) to play around and create their own designs right from the start. I'm glad there's a variety of stuff like this available in digital form now.

OpenLibrary is free to join. You can borrow up to five books at a time, each for two weeks at a time. I usually read books in my web browser, but they are also available as PDFs or epubs.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Spanish-speaking Crocheters? on: November 10, 2014 05:43:18 PM
I decided last month to learn some Spanish. I'm interested in eventually learning the Spanish terms relating to various needle crafts, but such terminology can be hard to come by for people just beginning to learn a language. Some playing around with the image search feature on Google.Es a few days after I started learning showed there's a lot of pretty stuff out there on Spanish sites, then this afternoon I came across an article on crochet on Duolingo that reminded me I don't know many craft-related terms yet.

I haven't put much work into it yet, but so far I've got this:

el punto de cadeneta = chain stitch

punto falso = slip stitch
punto raso = slip stitch?

punto bajo = single crochet
punto enano = single crochet?

punto medio = half double crochet
punto medio alto = half double crochet

punto alto = double crochet

Does this sound right? (The English language terms are in American crochet terminology.) If anyone can offer corrections or translations of additional terms or information about the craft in various Spanish-speaking countries, I would enjoy hearing it.

Does the terminology vary from country to country? Also, in Japan knitting and crocheting are considered the same craft--making stuff with yarn, I guess you could call it--just using different tools; is this the case in some Spanish-speaking countries?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fleck Yarn on: June 14, 2012 06:20:26 PM
I usually like the look of "fleck" yarns (yarns with little slubs or strands of different colored fibers in them to make a tweedy look), but I have almost no experience with them. How do these type yarns hold up to washing? Do they shed? Would they be unsafe in something meant for a toddler to wear?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Stiffening Yarn Projects on: March 17, 2012 02:35:41 PM
I was up at an ungodly hour of the morning crocheting shamrocks (because it was faster than making the "Hug Me, I'm Irish" shrinky dink pendant I'd also put off making) and they're fine, but they've made me wonder: Can you stiffen yarn projects with starch or glue the way you can thread projects? This is probably a very basic question to you experienced crocheters, but I don't know. Also, if you can use glue, would it affect the color of non-white yarns?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book? on: March 17, 2012 02:22:44 PM
Back in the nineteen-teens, there was a series of children's how-to books that put its lessons in the form of stories about a girl named Mary Frances. One of these, from 1918, was The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book. It has been re-issued by more than one publisher in recent years and you can read it for free on the Internet Archive. It's mostly charming, but it has some problems as a how-to book, especially in that a lot of yarncrafting terminology has changed. Now there's a 100th anniversary (of the series, I guess, not this individual book) edition that is supposed to update the book to include modern names for yarn and modern tool sizing. It also has resized the patterns to fit contemporary 18" dolls, rather than the dolls the book was originally for. I'm not affiliated in any way with this, I'm just weirdly curious about it. If anyone here has read it, I would enjoy hearing any and all thoughts on the updating. Or if you could point me to a review of it, that'd be good too.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Mary Frances for 18" Dolls? on: March 08, 2012 01:55:31 PM
The Mary Frances books, if you've never heard of them, were an early twentieth-century series of how-to books for children; some have been reprinted or are available at the Internet Archive for free. Anyway, The Mary Frances Sewing Book and The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book have patterns for dolls. (Here's a review of those two.) Now someone has released 100th anniversary editions, that are supposed to have the patterns resized to fit modern 18" dolls and the old knitting and crochet terms updated to modern terminology. I saw these reprints advertised on YouTube. (Not affiliated, yada yada...) I can't tell much from Amazon's Look Inside feature and there are no detailed reviews. Has anyone here tried these new editions? I'd really like to see some reviews on how the updates work.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Baby Yarn on: July 27, 2011 07:43:11 PM
I have a nephew on the way and am dipping into my stash for knitted goodies, but I was thinking of buying some blue baby yarn. Wal-mart had pretty baby blues in Lion Brand Pound of Love and Bernat Sport (also Bernat Softee Baby, but I've heard the quality of Softee Baby has gone downhill the last couple of years)--does anyone know which would be better? Would you recommend something else? Locally, I'm limited to Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Hancock's brands. 

Most of my experience with baby yarns is looking at it and saying, "I wish that came in good colors."  Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Knit & Crochet TV Show Online on: October 16, 2010 01:32:42 PM
Maybe I'm late to this, but for anyone who doesn't know, the first two seasons of Knit & Crochet Today are available to watch online. I've only watched a few episodes, but it's not a bad show: I'm thinking of making the Tunisian belt I saw on one episode and the segment with the Leisure Arts founder was interesting enough I wanted it to be a lot longer.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Sewing at Any Size on: July 28, 2010 01:16:44 PM
I just accidentally came across a blog that is or was running a series of posts called Sewing for Any Size, that tries to provide some help for making basic clothes to your measurements or fixing clothes you already have. I haven't tried any of it and doubt I will anytime soon, but given the ongoing difficulty so many have in finding good plus-size clothing (or even patterns, sometimes), I thought I would pass the link along in case it can help anyone. Here's the Sewing Index and here's posts with the sewing label.
10  UNITED STATES / Mississippi / Wal-Marts with a Fabric & Crafts Department on: February 26, 2010 02:13:31 PM
Long story short, I'm wondering which Wal-marts in MS still have their fabrics & crafts departments.  Right now, I'm most curious about Wal-marts in or near Meridian or Newton, but I would be interested in other places as well.

Here's some I know, for anyone else interested.

Hattiesburg: The one on Highway 49 doesn't have one any more and the one on Highway 98 is currently undergoing a remodel and will lose theirs. (So there may be some clearance bargains, if you're there on the right day.)

Picayune: Lost theirs.

Laurel: Had one the last time I visited, but that was over a year ago.

Petal: Someone told me they still had one, but I haven't actually visited.
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