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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you work from the skein or a ball? on: December 12, 2012 07:44:14 PM
I have an electric ball-winder and a swift, which I bought after I had bought a bunch of skeins of yarn from ebay, and it makes things a whole lot easier.  I like the centre-pull balls that it makes; things get less tangled with centre-pull balls, especially when one is doing more than one colour at a time. I don't worry about whether I can see how much yarn is left in the ball, since generally I don't see the ball when I'm working anyway, as it's inside my project bag.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Extra pieces of beach glass on: December 10, 2012 02:59:35 PM
Hmmm. Depends how big they are and what shape. However, a few off-the-cuff ideas:

* glue to a backing and make a broach or pendant
* if they're large, wrap with wire and make a pendant
* alternatively, glue a bail to the back of each one and use to make necklace/bracelet (yes, I'm jewellery-oriented!)
* mosaic-like, but you could use them to cover/decorate a box, whether that be wooden, heavy cardboard, or plastic
* glue them to old CDs and make pretty coasters
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn threads unraveling on: November 29, 2012 12:21:31 AM
You are not alone! I have run into this problem too. I think it has to do with the combinbation of:
1. The particular yarn
2. The direction of the twist of the yarn.
3. The direction of one's crochet stitch.

I'm left-handed, and I've found that some types of crochet yarn become un-twisted when I crochet with them left-handed. I have two methods of dealing with this:

a) twist the yarn with my hand just before I do a stitch, to counter the un-twisting before it happens
b) do the crochet right-handed

Either of these are annoying to have to do, though.
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