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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Zoom Hat on: October 05, 2007 09:49:42 AM
thank you Cheesy

knitting in the round is easy when you get the hang of it, i much prefer to knit round than knit flat.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Nightmare Before Christmas Scarf Set and a pumpkin! on: September 27, 2007 03:04:33 PM
That is extremely cool. Smiley
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Zoom Hat on: September 27, 2007 01:32:04 PM
I am going to start one tonight for my littlest guy so I will definately be sizing it AND using a teeny hook, since he is three!!

Let me know how you go please? I'm going to do my next one for my little son too so it would be good to be able to compare size notes?

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Zoom Hat on: September 27, 2007 01:29:31 PM
Those are the colors of a Jayne Hat! 

They are indeed!  I have a bunch of wool here for that purpose, but cotton needed something else, and bucket hats are his favorite style..  Once it was done, with the shine that mercerised cotton has, and science fiction on the brain, we straight away thought of rocket shaped ice lollies Cheesy

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Zoom Hat on: September 27, 2007 07:34:45 AM
a warning - he does have a largeish head!  if you make this up i really would try it for size at the top, you might not need so many increases.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Zoom Hat on: September 27, 2007 07:33:05 AM
Thank you everyone!

I knit so translating the idea in my head, the shapes, increases etc, is quite easy.  It took me quite a while and more than a few goes to work out how to do the stitches though!  But i'd already had a go at crocheting a circle so making a hat shape from there was quite easy, especially as I was only using one stitch throughout.  And really its the colours that make it so lovely.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Zoom Hat on: September 27, 2007 05:59:20 AM
Im very new to crochet, but i've written myself a hat pattern already Cheesy

The shape was based on my partners favourite bucket hat (a plain dark blue cotton hat bought cheap in a supermarket) and he tried it on as I made it, offering suggestions as to how he would best like it.  It was very simple to do, only using double crochet (UK term - single crochet in US terminology) throughout.

I wrote up the pattern on my blog, after checking my stitch route..  I havent tested it yet but probably will sometime over the next week or two in different colours.  The hat is named after the rocket shaped Zoom ice lollies which come in the same bright colours.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Princess Leia Baby Bonnet on: September 15, 2007 11:47:21 AM
congratulations, i love to see new babies getting the star wars bug straight away!
9  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: thrift stores? on: October 24, 2006 06:18:52 AM
i did some more research on the effect our donations have on people within Africa, i really didnt know how bad it was. here's a few articles:

Cast-off UK clothes make Zambia poor

Clothes Line
Charity killing Zambia's textile industry

Salaula has affected textile industry
Beyond Handouts - Rethinking Africa's road to development
Southern voice: the rag trade
World Bank causes Zambia's economic collapse

i would encourage everyone here to only donate their old stuff to their local charities - dont put it in the charity banks!  its shameful that any of our charities think that their cause is more important than an entire continents economy.  most of the articles above are about Zambia but from what I can see this affects much of Africa. 

i dont know what else we can do, apart from spread the word.  this is a multi million pound industry, some western businesses are making an absolute killing on this.  it isnt right.
10  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: thrift stores? on: October 21, 2006 10:09:31 AM
it's amazing that there isn't more being made of this situation in the general media, it's terrible that well meaning people making donations to a 'good cause' could unknowingly be contributing to loss of jobs and money throughout the African continent.  i think it might be because it's difficult to criticise 'charity', but also because it's global capitalism in action, which is supposedly "a good thing". 
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