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1  kinda ugly first socks (link added) in Knitting: Completed Projects by cranteach on: December 03, 2006 07:19:58 PM
but they're mine, all mine!

After many gauge problems and wierd experimentation, I made these socks with one strand of regia self striping held together with one strand of lamb's pride wildefoote blue yarn.  The pattern is Cat Bordhi's two circular needle basic sock using the numbers I got from burninghand.org's universal pattern. 

here's the link:  http://www.burninghand.org/2circsockpattern.html.  They also have a pattern written for dpn's

I now want only "adjustable" patterns, where you can use almost any gauge.   I'm all over the board, spot on with some yarns, super loose with others.  And I' don't always like the way my stuff looks when I get the gauge I'm "supposed to".  It worked so much better for me this time to just start with the gauge I got, and go from there.
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2  clothespin bag: my first project without a pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by cranteach on: August 05, 2006 08:18:23 AM
Thanks, crafterites!  This project was the first I ever did without a pattern, and I never would have tried it, had I not seen so many crafterites who just make it up as they go along.

I'm in one of my frugal cycles, and I decided to air dry all of my laundry.  So of course, I need a hippy style clothespin bag:

I saw a picture of one on the web, and it seemed like distinctly less hassle just to invent it then to read off a pattern.  One baby nap later, two little balls of yarn left over from potholders and dishcloths, and I'm hanging laundry in style.
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3  crazy-easy baby hat with kitty ears (first post!) in Crochet: Completed Projects by cranteach on: July 15, 2006 04:35:23 PM
Inspired by finding this forum, I wanted to dive back into crafts in an easy way.

I found this pattern in the lion brand "just hats" book, but you can see it's just a single crochet rectangle, sewn up strategically.  (I had to add the "cuff" because I started the hat without a ruler or a kid in front of me, and found that my rectangle was too big.)  Just used old yarn I had lying around.

What fun!

And it gets the daughter seal of approval.  (She said "cute!" when she woke up from nap and saw it.)

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