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51  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gift for someone who crochets? on: January 24, 2012 01:11:13 PM
Awesome idea MiLady!

Here's a tutorial I just found in a google search, Momof2: http://todaywemade.co.uk/2008/02/crochet-hook-roll-tutorial/

Picture here: http://www.joleo.co.uk/todayweare/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/openroll.jpg

Looks like everything you were looking for! If I didn't already have my hooks in a case, I'd be all over this project! Tongue
52  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting with Plastic Bags? on: January 24, 2012 01:06:06 PM
I did some plarn crocheting and the biggest problem I found with the actual plastic bag plarn is that it can stretch out A LOT depending on how you crochet it. I had to use a pretty big hook to make a bag, and then it would stretch out to about twice its original size if I put anything with weight in it. :/ Seems it doesn't stretch much if you spin the plarn, but it takes FOREVER to spin if you try to do it the way I did (with a drop spindle).

So, placemats and dish scrubbers would probably be awesome because you don't have to worry as much about the stretching issue.

As far as colors go, I separated my plarn based on the colors in it. I had a roll of all white plarn, a roll of red and white plarn, a roll of black and white plarn, and some rolls were different based on the different plastics (Target bags are different from Safeway bags). If you have a selection of different color bags, you could plan your own color pattern as you're making the plarn, though, putting in lengths of different colors. That way you're still recycling the bags, but you get something more creative than just grocery store tan.
53  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Board Sock Loom Questions on: January 23, 2012 09:55:26 PM
I'm a crochet person. I used to knit when I was really young, but I dropped it and could never get the hang of it again. I wanted to make some socks, and when I went to get some sock yarn I discovered a sock loom! I've never done loom knitting before, but it seemed like a good way to make socks. I got an adjustable wooden sock loom made by Knitting Board.

Unfortunately, it's been a bit of an issue. I found one post where someone recommended a no-tension approach, which has helped tremendously, as I tend to be a chronic over-tightener. The other problem is that it seems to be taking way too long. In the time I've spent making the first about two inches of the cuff, I probably could have crocheted almost a complete sock. Is it just this whole learning curve thing? How long does it usually take to make a sock on a loom? Do the socks come out nice?

Thanks for the help!

Update: For now this sock loom project is on "time-out" as it's feeling too tedious and taking too long. I'm about an inch into the foot portion, only because I changed them to be ankle socks, and I feel like I could have crocheted a finished pair of socks in the same time. :/ Unless anyone here can convince me that it does get better, I may just be taking the loom back to the store...
54  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: pricing and website - I feel like slamming my head into a wall on: July 30, 2011 09:42:23 PM
I took a look at your websites, and there is only one thing I can say that hasn't already been said.

Like laneybug said, I'm drooling over your pendants, but they're too expensive for my taste. I'm not sure if it's a new addition, but the listings of your pendants say they're also available in copper, but don't say that they would be any less expensive in that material. I don't know about most people, but I am fully aware that copper is at least half the price of fine silver. Since it doesn't at least hint that the price would be different for the copper version, I don't feel encouraged to ask. The listings also say you can buy the pendants with a chain, but don't say if the chain costs extra or not.

Of course, now I will ask you: Are the copper pendants a different price?
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