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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Machine & Hand Knit Cardigan on: October 30, 2008 08:44:50 PM
I knit random baby clothing to use up yarn left from other projects but I cut this one pretty fine - I only had 5 metres left when I finished. Cheesy  We're hoping the next baby to arrive in the family will be a girl but, if not, I'll donate the cardigan to charity.

The ribbing and stocking stitch was done by machine (a bit over an hour) and the yoke and hat by hand (a bit over a day, lol). 

Comments and criticisms welcome.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / No More Turning Chains! on: January 30, 2007 12:36:49 PM
Years ago, I learned to crochet at my LYS and I've read plenty of crochet books since.  Last Saturday, I bought some wool at a garage sale and found several "learn to crochet" books at the bottom of the bag.

One of the books had alternative instructions for the turning chain - that is, there was no turning chain!  Instead, you turn your work, and work (1 dc, 1 ch) in the first treble.

I've been crocheting in treble a lot lately (destashing - please disregard the purchase at the garage sale, lol) and I've never liked the turning chain because it just doesn't look like a treble.

Oddly enough, I tried just doing a treble into the first treble and it didn't look as good as (1 dc, 1 ch) 

Why isn't this instruction given to all learners when it's so much better than a turning chain?  Or am I the only one who has never heard of it?

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting For The Elderly on: January 03, 2007 05:37:09 PM
My father is 89 and quite frail but he insists on showering without assistance.  He has trouble holding a cake of soap so I tried to buy soap-on-a-rope for him at Christmas.  After searching for a week, I found two - $9 and $12!  Not wanting to pay $9 for a cake of soap (I'm cheap, lol), I crocheted this

I originally intended to make more of an open mesh but then decided it could be a combination washer/soap pouch.  Only one problem - he won't use it.  We don't know why - he has dementia.

Has anyone had experience with this type of problem?  Apart from making an open-mesh holder, I'm stumped for ideas.  I'd appreciate any suggestions Smiley

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