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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crochet diagrams/charts/graphs on: July 27, 2005 06:00:44 AM
So, I have a friend who is just learning to crochet, and she's totally a visual learner.  She finds written instructions confusing just yet, so last night I walked her through this chart (bottom).

Does anyone know of other sites with charts that are for a beginner level?  I have one site in particular that is great (here, doily section) but it's quite advanced.  It's in Russian, but who cares, it's charts, right?

I also have some great beginner charts in BOOKS, but she lives far away and can't exactly come over and borrow them.  Any suggestions?  They don't have to be in English, they just have to use the standard symbols and be simple (and accurate!).
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / female anatomy (if you have a problem with this, don't read this thread!) on: July 18, 2005 07:43:34 AM

I'm still working on this.  The labelled diagram is of the first design, so it doesn't have a urethra (the other two do).  I've been experimenting with the placement of the inner labia and my next upgrade is going to be the clitoral hood (if I can figure the damn thing out).

Not sure yet what I'm going to do with them, it was just a little personal challenge.  I might incorporate it into a doll, who knows.  Wink  I've been reading The Story of V: A History of Female Sexuality: "To go back to the beginning - or l'origine du monde, as Courbet entitled his boundary-breaking legs-akimbo vista - the vadge wasn't smelly or rude. No, it was life-affirming, iconic, divine even, and invested with symbolism that we can barely begin to imagine. Skirt-lifting was significant for centuries: in India, the gesture was meant to disperse evil influences, while in ancient Egypt, women did it to multiply crop yield. On 17th-century drinking mugs, depictions can be found of a confrontation between an exposed vagina and a reeling Satan. Even Pliny noted that a woman could banish pests by strolling around with her fanny on display before sunrise." (review, The Guardian)

It's really impressed me -- female sexual anatomy is MUCH more complex than I was ever taught.  The vagina has been revered as a sacred gateway to this world in pretty much every culture except Western culture.  It has been seen as a place of purity and power.  In sex, it is anything BUT passive.  The clitoris has 10 times the nerve endings (and thus 10 times the pleasure) of the penis, and the vagina itself has the ability to look inside the DNA of sperm and decide who gets to come in and who gets the boot.  Frankly, I'm impressed.

I guess I just crochet the things I think about, rather than doodling them on paper.  Smiley

P.S. Sorry the images were down for a while! PhotoBucket decided they broke their terms of service, so I've moved them to Flickr.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crocheted lined skirt - modification of CrochetMe capelet on: June 22, 2005 01:47:19 PM
Well, I modified CrochetMe's Star-Crossed Capelet a bit, made it longer and added the diagonal pattern on the bottom, and I lined it and now I have a pretty skirt to match my tank top!

Here's the front:

And the back (you can see the diagonal filet crochet pattern better, and the crossed bar stitch rows):

A little peek at the lining:

I also added a belt:

The belt can't be removed, it's fully part of the skirt.  It's sixteen rows of three triple crochets, then two long chains on either side, which are then threaded through the top of the skirt, and then joined with a slip stitch between (to make the row three stitches wide) and sixteen more rows of triple crochet.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / messenger bag inner pockets on: June 20, 2005 05:57:03 PM
So, if I were to make the messenger bag with gussets (the tutorial in the Completed Projects section), and I wanted an inner pocket for a computer, how would I go about doing that?  I can't just sew a square flat pocket, because it would need depth, but I can't seem to visualize how to go about making it.  Help?  I want the computer to be able to just slide into that half of the bag, but be protected from whatever else is in the bag, and I can't seem to find an example.

(Be gentle, I'm new to sewing, have just made a few Jordy bags.   Smiley)
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / risqu cat toy on: June 12, 2005 07:11:22 PM
So I had some leftover yarn the other day and my boyfriend's kitten was attacking it, so I decided to make him a little present:

I showed it to my boyfriend and asked him what he thought it was (heh) and he's like, "umm... a raindrop?" and I was like, "no, silly, it's a SPERM!"  Hehe.  His two (male) cats are constantly wrestling and we're convinced that they're just cuddling in disguise and they're in loooooove, so I figured it would be more than appropriate.

Kitten at play:

It's stuffed with plastic bag material, so it makes fun noises when the kitten pounces on it.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 2 pairs of turkish slippers for an engagement present on: May 22, 2005 07:33:36 AM
Boy: blue with green heel.  Girl: green with blue heel.

The yarn was dyed (by me) with food colouring, but I didn't have quite enough green to finish the girl slippers, so I decided to mix and match a little bit.  Sort of a little ying-yang thing going on.  The green ones come a lot closer to the leg because they're a bigger size.  They're loose in the back on me, but they'll stretch a bit longer on her.

Pattern from Simple Crochet by Erika Knight, altered a little bit to make the sides come up a bit higher.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / blanket and dying yarn on: May 09, 2005 10:30:57 AM
So, my boy and I bought 2.3 pounds of grey lamb's wool from Romni's in Toronto (for $15!):

and used his drying rack to make it into 16 or so skeins (tied so they don't become massive knots in later steps):

and then made it damp and put it in some jars ($2.99, Tap Phong in Chinatown) half-full of warm water, a quarter cup of white distilled vinegar, and food colouring (yellow, red, blue; the yellow looks green because the yarn is somewhat blue already):

let them sit overnight, and then we dried them on the afore-mentioned drying racks, and I crocheted it into this blanket (pattern from Simple Crochet, just a basic moss stitch with a stripe pattern):

If we had more time, I would have re-dyed the blue so it was darker.  It has patches of grey in it, which is okay, at least it matches... but I would have liked it to stand out more.  Oh well, next time, right?  We did re-dye the yellow and red--err.. PINK (hmph).  Oh, and I stole the yarn dying idea from this extensive thread in the Knitting section: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4268.0
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / should i buy this sewing machine? on: April 26, 2005 07:06:48 AM
There's a deal on a Dressmaker Sewing Machine this week for $20CDN and it comes with a whole bunch of thread and stuff too.  Is this thing a piece of shit or should I go for it?  I don't know how to sew, it's my goal to learn this summer and I just want it for simple stuff, nothing too intense.

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / pricing? on: April 25, 2005 09:59:27 AM
I'm in Toronto and want to participate in at least one craft fair this summer, but I have no idea how to price the things that I make.  I see people advising to take the materials cost into consideration, but I usually get yarn by frogging stuff from thrift stores, so something like this monster:

took about a third of the wool from a frogged scarf that I got for 99 cents.  He took me about 2 or 3 hours to make, so do I just pay myself $10 an hour and charge $20 for him?  I don't know how much people charge for these things.  But then, something like this shirt:
took a lot more time, but I don't think I could fetch $100 for it, even if it took me more than 10 hours to crochet.  Then there are slippers:

which don't take long at all, and once again, frogged wool from thrift sweaters...

I think part of my struggle is that I buy so much stuff second-hand that I have a lowered idea of prices for stuff, so then I feel like I'm cheating people if I charge more than I would usually pay on my meager student budget.  How do you guys decide how much to charge?  What kind of a price would you put on this stuff?
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / blue monster on: April 24, 2005 02:27:34 PM
Crocheted this this afternoon, after being inspired by the Ugly Doll discussion over in Discussion and Questions.  Filled with rice, because I'm not at home, so don't have access to my stuffing material.

I might name him Hitchhiker now that I think about it.  He's got the thumb going on.  Smiley
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