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21  Illinois / Illinois: North / recommended craftiness in the joliet/morris area? on: July 10, 2005 11:32:30 PM
I get to that area a few times a year ... my SIL and MIL live in Joliet & Morris, respectively. SIL is a knitter & scrapbooker & gardener while MIL is a die-hard quilter & newbie gardener.

Anyway, I make jewelry & crochet and admire general craftiness ... so, any recommended crafty type shops in that area (yarn & beads preferably, MIL has the quilt shops covered!). An hour's drive in either direction of the Joliet/Morris area is fine ... we're up for adventures! Also interested in hearing of any craft groups or generally crafty chicas who live in the area, too. Smiley

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your favorite crochet tip... on: July 10, 2005 10:54:39 PM
Safety pins make great stitchmarkers and loop holders. I've also been told that big paper clips are good, too. I recently made some beaded stitchmarkers using ring size memory wire and 3-5 mm beads. A lot cuter than safety pins!
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learning to Crochet.. on: July 10, 2005 10:46:01 PM
I found the Crocheter's Companion book to be very helpful. Maybe you can find it at a local library. It has been helpful w/ me in re-learning the basics.

I learned when I was 10 and recently picked it up again after starting on a few baby blankets & joining a local crochet club. After getting the book, I realized that I was doing all the stitches wrong. agh!

spoonerism - with a chain stitch, you're basically pulling a new loop of yarn through an existing loop of yarn. If it's confusing using the hook, try it with you're fingers. This helped some of the 6-8 y/o girls I worked with.
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