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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mario and Luigi Baby Rattles on: July 16, 2012 08:47:37 AM
Amazing! I'm going to write about these on Dork Adore if that's ok?!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mischievous Kitty with Goldfish Tank :) on: November 17, 2009 10:30:58 AM
I would never have the patience to make that. VERY CUTE!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where do I start? on: November 17, 2009 10:24:34 AM
My advice, fwiw, is to forget about learning loads of different stitches for the time being and make sure crochet is fun. The way everyone in my family started out was to learn how to make a treble (US Double Crochet) and then learn how to make a Granny Square and then make a whole load of granny squares until you have a blanket.

That way, you'll slowly get faster and faster, you don't need to worry about following patterns (other than a granny square, which I think all crocheters could do in their sleep) and you get something lovely at the end of it. It's a great way to learn tension, colour changes and confidence.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: My brand new blanket got washed and now it looks old and worn out! on: November 17, 2009 10:14:23 AM
Sounds like the dryer killed it, sorry! I ruined an acrylic hat I'd made once by ironing it - all the life went out of it, which taught me a lesson! It's gutting though. I sympathise!

Btw, I was reading in the New Scientist the other day that some crazy figure like 80% of Americans tumble dry their laundry because they're often not allowed to hang it out on the line. I don't have a dryer but just thinking about the electricity bills and usage makes me tremble!

Ooh, just found the article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427325.700-right-to-dry-could-wean-americans-off-consumption.html

Are Americans really too prudish to hang their laundry outside?! Surely that can't be true!

Anyway, bit off topic, sorry!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: English style knitting - how do you hold your needles? on: November 08, 2009 06:18:38 AM
I found a pic of a UK granny to show you what I mean!: http://www.granniesinc.co.uk/

You're right though, @retromiad, it doesn't really matter! But I'm interested - especially as all the US books that teach "english style" knitting show a different way to hold needles.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Blanket - finally finished! on: November 05, 2009 07:19:31 AM
Thanks everyone! I think I'm nearly ready to embark on another one. This one might be a bit more mismatched though - I'm determined to get through some of that yarn stash.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Blanket - finally finished! on: October 30, 2009 05:16:44 AM
It took me a long time. But I'm never sure if that's because I sit in front of the TV crocheting and then realise that I'm holding the square and staring slack-jawed at the TV instead of actually crocheting!

That's one good thing about knitting - I can do it without looking down. But I can't crochet without looking (can anyone?)

I'd say I was working on it for about 6 months at least.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: English style knitting - how do you hold your needles? on: October 29, 2009 10:32:57 AM
I throw the yarn with my middle finger not my index and I don't take my hand off the needle as some people seem to.

That's how all the grannies I know in the UK do it too... not that I'm a granny  Wink I think some people use index, but mine isn't long enough, and I'm used to holding middle finger out for crochet.

@soozeq you can actually just grasp the needle lightly through the knitted section with your thumb when you hold like a pen - so you don't end up with it all bunched up at the end of the needle.

I should do a video to explain! None of those videos are how english people I know knit - they all put their thumb under the right needle and use index or middle finger to put wool round. But I think there are hundreds of ways and we all pick what suits us best!

@AaronBlue. I can knit continental style. I like it as a crocheter, and I switch to it if I get bored. But I need more practise at it to get faster.

What I find odd is that all the books show english knitting the same way, but it's not the way english people seem to knit. Maybe it should be renamed American style! You guys are the ones who actually made decent patterns so I don't see why we get the credit for the style of knitting! 

I do think that holding the right needle over the top like a knife looks a lot more labour-intensive though! And harder to get fast at. 
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Blanket - finally finished! on: October 29, 2009 10:16:20 AM
I love it. I started an afghan a couple of years ago and still haven't finished it. I start on it and then see something quick like a hat or stuffed object and end up abandoning it again. Sigh.

That's funny! I prefer making blankets - lots of mindless squares! I really don't enjoy making toys because it's always so faffy and involves stopping to sew little bits on and things. I wish I enjoyed it more - there are so many cute amigurumi to make!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Blanket - finally finished! on: October 29, 2009 10:14:48 AM
My mum suggested chain stitching them together?
Did you sew them with invisible thread?

No, it's just the same colour as the cream edging so you can't really see it.
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