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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Best Yarns for Projects? on: September 15, 2013 10:30:55 PM
Ok, so maybe this topic has already been brought up, but when I searched for it in the forum I wasn't able to find a good post.

What brands/types of yarns do you all use for various projects? I know that acrylic is not the best, but I am doing a lot of 'practice' projects and it is a fraction of the price to screw up. Smiley

This is what I have found so far:

*Lion Brand homespun was a very nice, thick yarn that was very easy to work with. I loved the texture and the thickness of it made my hat go very quickly. It has also been through the washing machine a few times and has held up nicely. I think this is a lot softer than the cheap-o Red Heart Super Saver stuff, but not the softest out there.

*Red Heart Super Saver - very stiff and itchy. I have used it to make a rug before and that seemed to work out nicely. It washed up well!

*Caron Simply Soft is one of my go to's. It is fairly cheap and it is very smooth and soft. The quality seems pretty good for the price. Scarves and even socks seem to hold up well with this yarn.

*Caron One Pound - I have a love-hate relationship with these. They are a fair price but I have yet to go through a single project without finding some knot in the middle of the ball of yarn and having to spend a good hour unwinding it. It's so frustrating.

What has been your experience? Any recommendations??
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Lovey afghan on: September 13, 2013 03:11:07 PM
Ahhh!  That is adorable!

hahaha! This was my exact thought when I saw the thumbnail - you beat me to the punch. Smiley

Too darn cute. The details on the little face are so crisp.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Bohemian Oasis - blanket on: September 13, 2013 03:10:06 PM
This is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! What a wonderful gift. I love the colors- the black contrast really makes them pop. While it is colorful, they all go together quite nicely. (I get the meanings for the terms for tone, shade, contrast, etc. all jumbled - but whatever it is that makes them match so nicely, you nailed it! Smiley
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: three generation afghan on: September 13, 2013 03:07:37 PM
This is just amazing. The store is so lovely and the blanket in and of itself is just beautiful. I'm sure that this is one of those heirloom pieces that will stay in the family for generations.

I'm so glad someone asked about that squeaking too! It is awful. I get that every now and again. I always thought it was because my loops were too tight, but I'm going to have to try the soap and water suggestion.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Disco Hedgehog on: September 13, 2013 03:04:21 PM
This is just too darn cute! And like others have already said - I love the fabric choice too, it really makes the silver pop.
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monkeys Monkeys MONKEYS! *updated 7/25!* *updated 8/23!* on: September 13, 2013 03:02:06 PM
These are wonderful! I love them. The hand stitching looks amazing and the little hat (I think on the original post) just makes my day. Smiley
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Back to School Puppy on: September 13, 2013 03:00:18 PM
This is too cute! I am going to save this post for later. I think I could tweak the ears a little bit and make a basset hound (after our Charlie). The polka dots make it that much more adorable. Love!
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Third Poppet Roxas on: September 13, 2013 02:58:14 PM
Absolutely adorable! I think your poppet turned out better than the drawn version. Detail is great and it has a distinct personality. Smiley
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Easy Homemade Play Dough! on: September 13, 2013 02:56:45 PM
I LOVE homemade play dough! I think it's better than the store bought stuff.

Your batches turned out great - the colors are so vibrant. Smiley This is a great tutorial too- pictures always help. Thank you for posting!
20  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Impress Nail Bottles on: September 08, 2013 01:00:33 PM
Ooh how fun! I love empty jars and bottles.

-I think it would be fun to store/share all sorts of glitter or specialty glues/paints/ink.

-For a more practical purpose, you could save a sample of all the wall paint in your house and have mini "touch up" bottles.

-You could paint the inside and make them into teeny tiny vases!

-Or! You could paint the outside of them and stick them on a string of christmas lights! I think it would be cute to paint them like little jack-o-laterns and string them on lights for a neat glow effect.

-I saw an idea on pinterest the other day where you mix colored chalk with salt (just stir a chalk stick in a small bowl of salt) and it looks like colored sand. You could do mini sand-art with kiddos!

- Are they glass? You could do some simple glass-cutting and cut off the neck of the bottle. Then maybe make small candle votive out of them - even with the leftover stuff stuck to the bottoms of nice/expensive candles that never burns!

-They could be neat spice jars.

Hmm... now I want a bunch of tiny jars. Wink

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