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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone got sizing help for a newbie? on: August 06, 2007 01:13:38 AM
Thanks, guys! I think I'm going to start the new hat tomorrow with a slightly bigger hook- I don't think bigger holes should be too much of a problem, and since it's  a circular pattern I'm not completely comfortable adding on stiches. Thanks for all the great advice!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anyone got sizing help for a newbie? on: August 05, 2007 09:58:20 PM
Hi, all! I've been a longtime lurker on Craftster and I've found a few new hobbies because of all you crafty people. Crochet is one, and being a complete beginner forgive me if this question seems obvious or if this is posted elsewhere.

I didn't want to start off with a scarf, and I feel like I learn best when I jump right in to projects, so my first crochet project is the City Girl Cap on Crochetville (am I allowed to post a link to it? sorry, I'm clueless). It's got some sc, some dc, some hdc, and even some fpdc and bpdc.. a little bit for everyone, I suppose. I finished, and I'm really happy (and I'm a LOT better at crocheting!) but it's a little snug. I'll be making another for a friend, and I need it to be a big larger.

Finally, my question: In general, to enlarge a pattern, could I just use a bigger hook with the same weight yarn? For example, a K instead of a J with worsted weight yarn? Or will I have to alter the pattern somehow? It's only a bit tight, and I'm afraid that if I altered the pattern I would screw it up altogether. I'm sure my gauge is off, but I'm not entirely sure how to correct that, either.

Sorry for the verbose post, but I'm chatty tonight. Thanks in advance for any advise / reference to another source!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gryffindor Crest Tee on: June 14, 2007 02:44:49 AM
v. cute! and about the spelling, i'm fairly sure that in the French versions of the books, it's spelled "Gryffondor." so really, you must be really worldy and cultured.. the French are classy!

that'll be great for both the movie premier and the new book party.. woo!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: please help me with my hair on: March 24, 2007 11:41:07 PM
if you find you usually have trouble curling your hair, you have a few options to make the curl "stick" better. if you decide to use a curling iron, you can buy special hair products that kind of prep your hair for use with curling / straightening irons- Redkin makes a good one called Starch Spray, but i think it's kind of pricy and if you just need it for one night you might want to try Herbal Essences or Aussie. OR, you could use rollers. they usually take a few test-runs to figure out what size / rolling arrangement works for your hair, but they definitely hold the curl longer, especially if you use a bit of hairspray before rolling your hair. good luck!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: black and blue ruched tank on: March 24, 2007 11:15:38 PM
adorable! good call on the straps- they're my favorite part. i also love the black stitching on the blue. very cute!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! on: June 04, 2006 11:02:29 PM
Everyone's hair is gorgeoussssss!.. I'm way impressed, guys.

Buuuuut I need some advice! I've got medium-length, straightish hair that's flippy on the ends, and  it's not really thick but there's a lot of it. It just is kind of meh and floppy and I've always wanted wavy hair. I guess I kind of like that low-key, tousled look? Anywho, I really want a perm- I think the loose kind I was is called a body wave? Problem is, the underlayers of my hair are bleached blond. Could I still get a perm? I take good care of my hair; I use a reconstructor and leave-in conditioner every day so my hair is soft and I trim off my split ends.

That was way too long. Main question: Can I get a body wave without completely frying my hair?

Annndd, does anyone have any other general perm advice? I've never done it before, and I'm nervous!
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