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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: String-Type vest pattern? on: May 30, 2006 03:50:32 PM
Try big, fat needles, like size 19's.  I'm just getting into using bigger needles and the results are mucho neato, and it works up quickly, too!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sore thumb on: December 22, 2005 08:15:28 AM
Could I suggest learning to crochet left-handed?  I'm a lefty, and I believe that crocheting and knitting for Dummies book has instructions for lefties.  It's like night and day, man.  I agree also that you might be holding your hook too tightly.  When we begin, we are so afraid that we'll screw up that we work with the grip of death.  Relax, we're not saving lives here.  Happy hooking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knit Items for use in Kenya on: December 05, 2005 08:10:29 AM
This is strange.  I will be going to Kenya next June or July for 1-2 months for volunteer work.  I was worrying about the same thing for my crocheting!  I can't offer any help, I was just planning on bringing yarn.  Do you need a regular tourist visa or what?  Where will you be, or will you be moving all around?  I will be pretty close to Mt. Elgon, not far from the Ugandan border.  It's a tiny town called Bungoma.  I think it's fun to say BUNGoma.  Have fun!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's your best crochet book? on: November 03, 2005 05:39:27 AM
The encyclopedia of crochet is a really good investment.  For sheer volume and information, you can't beat it.  I work at a library and get all the new books in, so I give them all a "trial run".  There are a few cool books out there right now for inspiration, but if you are going to buy one, the encyclopedia is the way to go.  My personal favorite, though, is an old, out of print 70's book called "Modern Crochet".  I love the chunky, earthy 70's style, and the basic instructions are very clear.  Oh, and there are pictures of little kids in ponchos with apples.  The adorable factor is off the charts.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: favorite school subject/major on: September 19, 2005 12:32:26 PM
Often found lurking, this is my first real reply.  I think this idea is super!  My majors are anthropology, then on to library sciences.  I can just see it now, the evolution of sheep to matching hat and poncho...
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