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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / English style knitting - how do you hold your needles? on: October 28, 2009 08:59:49 AM
I'm really sorry if this has been done before. I'm new to the knitting board (I'm a crochet boarder!) and I did a search, but couldn't find anything.

Anyway, I was taught to knit years ago by my mother, but we're a family of crocheters and I only recently decided to dust down the needles so I could make some baby jumpers for the bump I'm currently growing.

One thing I've found really puzzling is that in all the American books I've got (US books are much better than UK ones on the whole) they teach "english knitting" style. But it's not how any of the old people I know knit in the UK!

A lot of younger people knit the same as the US method, but mainly because they're self-taught. But if you find a granny in the UK, she'll be holding her right needle like a pen, not like a knife.

It's a lot faster to hold the right needle like a pen as you can just whip the wool over the needle without letting go. I've spotted some speedy Americans knitting in the knife style with a speedy needle wrap technique, but most people drop the needle, carry the wool round and pick the needle up again.

Anyway, just wanted to know how you do it, and if it's a US thing, or if there are grannies in America holding the right needle in the pen style? I have always switched between the two, but now I'm back doing it again regularly, I've stuck with granny-style and I'm way faster than I used to be.

Tell me how you do it!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Blanket - finally finished! on: October 28, 2009 05:46:00 AM
Talk about making life complicated! Why I couldn't have just made a normal granny blanket, I'll never know. But I'm glad I made this double blanket - even if it did take quite a while to get my head round it all!

That's what happens when you buy a book called 100 crochet squares and start making random squares before deciding to try to make them into a cohesive pattern rather than a mish mash!

Anyway, it was worth it in the long run. Even if it did mean quite a few evenings spent staring at different mixtures of squares and trying to work out if I had enough of the right colour to finish them all.

The blue section on the top left is my favourite one - and it's the one I made first.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cafetiere/coffee press cosy to match my tea cosy on: October 24, 2008 05:12:34 AM
My life is complete! I now have a coffee pot cosy to match my tea pot cosy!

It's from Erika Knight's Simple Crochet book.
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Top 10 Women's Websites - Craftster is No 1! on: April 22, 2008 10:05:35 AM
I wrote Dollymix's Top 10 Women's Websites and Craftster is number one!


As someone who publishes websites that are mainly aimed at women, I've always been really surprised by how few really great websites that are female-friendly exist. Sites like Digg tend to be pretty misogynistic, and a lot of online magazines from Old Media are boring, unfunny, and really not web-friendly.

So when I had to pick which site is web-savvy, female friendly, funny, interesting and altogether a great place to be, Craftster was the obvious choice. Especially as I spend so much time on here myself! Let me know what you think of the rest of the list.

(Thanks to the Craftster Mods for letting me post this up!)
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Doctor Who Adipose - crochet pattern? on: April 08, 2008 08:49:48 AM
I saw on Crafty Crafty that there's already a knitted Doctor Who Adipose available on eBay. If anyone out there is clever enough to create a crochet pattern, please post it up - I'd love you forever!

Actually, I don't think that knitted one is quite right. This is what it should look like (for anyone in the US who hasn't already seen the episode!)

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Hat - Orange instead of Tomato! on: April 07, 2008 04:25:30 AM
I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to make a tomato hat that looked like an orange (after a special request from the baby's father). Well, in the end, I just made the same hat, but used an "orange peel" stitch to give it that orangey feel.

Unfortunately, you can't see the knobbly skin too well on the pic because I was stupid enough to iron the hat after I made it. I can't believe I didn't know you weren't supposed to iron acrylic! What a fule.

More info on my blog if you're interested! http://www.goodhooking.blogspot.com/
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Top tips for getting over a craft slump? on: April 04, 2008 04:01:08 AM
I wrote a piece for Crafty Crafty with my "top 5 ways to deal with a craft slump". Any of you have any other tried and tested ways to get yourself back into making stuff?

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Legend of Zelda patch - with pattern link! on: January 30, 2008 03:02:26 AM
After the skull and crossbones coaster I made (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200730.msg2133799#msg2133799), I thought I'd give Zelda a go and I finally finished it! The pattern I've posted up is slightly altered because I think that the one I made wasn't quite as perfect as I'd have liked.

If you want to make one yourself, the pattern is up on Crafty Crafty http://www.craftycrafty.tv/2008/01/geek_craft_legend_of_zelda_cro.html. What do you think?

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help - ironing my hat has ruined it! on: October 10, 2007 05:51:26 AM
I always thought you were supposed to iron your finished items with plenty of nice steam (through a tea towel of course) to make it all sit right etc etc.

Usually, however, I'm far too impatient/lazy and don't bother. But because this was a present for someone else, I thought I would steam the hat that I'd just made. Not only did it squash down all the stitches that were *supposed* to be nobbly, it made the wool lose all its stiffness so now the hat is all floppy. I've tried washing it to see if I can bring it back to life, but it didn't work.

Any ideas? Starch? Or have I ruined it forever?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jolly Roger Skull and Crossbone place mat - WITH PATTERN LINK! on: October 08, 2007 02:32:15 AM
Hi ya, I made this at the weekend! My artist boyfriend designed the skull for me, and I've made it up into a pattern for anyone who wants to make one. I altered the final pattern a bit as I think the bones on the bottom left aren't quite shapely enough! Pattern is here if you want it:

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