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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Single skein projects on: April 07, 2011 06:17:15 AM
Have you heard of the tawashi scrubbers? There are lots of patterns online for them..and the scratchy red heart super saver yarn works great! Another idea could be a plastic bag holder...or even pretty layered flowers that can be used as pins, or clips or even simple headbands!

I'm UK based so Red Heart Super Saver is a mystery to me! Headbands and flowers sounds like a cool idea though, could be this year's Christmas sorted...
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: how did they do this? (leather and crochet skirt) on: April 03, 2011 07:44:43 AM
This reminds me very much of a way of joining granny squares as you make them with single crochets rather than sewing them together. Perhaps you could look that up and see if it looks like the pattern?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Single skein projects on: April 03, 2011 06:56:56 AM
I've a few orphaned balls of yarn rolling around the bottom of my yarn bag and short of making a dozen scarves I can't think of how to use up my stash. Anyone have any good single-skein projects, or ideas for little things to make? I've a little plain acrylic and a few fancier balls. Trying to avoid baby clothes as I have zero interest and zero small people to crochet for.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: How To Yarn Bomb on: April 02, 2011 05:16:40 PM
I LOVE the idea of this and could see myself using up ends of yarn by stealth-crocheting my neighbourhood. My only reservation is that I imagine eventually these things disintegrate and end up as non-biodegradable rubbish, or get chewed up by passing dogs and what have you.

Any ideas about mitigating potential damage?
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Problem with Short 'n Sweet on: March 17, 2011 03:42:23 AM
Ack! I'm a fool. I examined the pattern diagram and realised that I was mistaking the pairs of FPdc from row 9 for V-stitches. Anyone else who is confused over this part of the pattern - that's the solution!
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Problem with Short 'n Sweet on: March 17, 2011 03:32:20 AM
Just started on this bolero and I have quite successfully managed the first pass through rows 2 to 9. However, upon going back to start the repetition I ran into a problem. The instructions for row 9 specify "ch2, sk next 2 ch-2 spaces" several times, but the instruction for row 2 expect that I should be able to "ch2, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, sk next ch-2 space". How can that work when I just spent row 9 eliminating half of those ch2 spaces?

I've tried running through the pattern anyway and just making the sc stitches into the ch2 spaces but it comes out looking very squashed together. Should I just forge on and hope this tricky transition row gets neatened up by the rows on top of it?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Blue and grey afghan on: January 31, 2011 06:25:16 PM
Thanks, guys!

Dead_Alice: the log cabin thing came about by accident. I'd started idly making squares out of some navy blue I had kicking around, and by the time I decided on the project I hadn't really got a pattern figured out. I found the 'log cabin' approach worked really well as I could lay out the longest rows and then fit the odds and ends in around those.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Blue and grey afghan on: January 28, 2011 03:09:27 PM
I asked for some advice here a few months back as I embarked on making granny squares for an afghan for my partner. It was a wedding present so it had to be super-good and long-lasting: I used a variety of acrylics for this.

Threw myself into this project with great gusto and finally, after making a couple of hundred squares, I thought the end was in sight. I'm sure experienced afghan makers will be snickering right about now. Took another 24 hours or so to assemble and put a border on. He loves it, though, I'm proud of completing an ambitious project and I have Learned From My Mistakes. Next time, bigger hook, thicker yarn, fewer squares and some kind of pattern!

9  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: ORGANIZING: GRANNY-A-DAY for November! start: 11-01-2010 on: October 26, 2010 03:17:43 PM
This is a neat idea. I'm currently making eleventy billion squares for a BIG blanket. Fortunately I have finished all the navy ones which are pretty hard on the eyes... unfortunately it now appears that the navy (which was second-hand from a friend) is wool while the other squares are acrylic, so I'm having to add time onto my projecting crafting time to make up the twenty-odd which are no longer useable. Graargh! This is the story so far:

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: A few questions about granny square afghan on: October 07, 2010 04:22:02 PM
Oh dear - it looks like my ends aren't long enough. I only ever leave a couple of inches. That said, I have been mostly weaving into the edges of the squares which will then be sewn together, so I will cross my fingers that they stay put until then.
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