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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help convert Japanese hooks to US on: July 01, 2007 12:06:23 PM
Those hook gauges are really the best thing if you have more than one type of hook.  Many of my hooks are different sizes on the gauge but have the same size written on them.  Boye are different than Bates as most people know but it seems that all the other types are different still.  A gauge is really the best (although different gauges could have different measurements but if you use the same one it should be ok) and I always use the same hook for one project.  You still have to do gauge swatches though because you never know what the pattern author and testers used.  You would think people could make everything the same but apparently not.

Rachel
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / For Canadian Crocheters on Facebook on: June 30, 2007 09:23:19 PM
I started a Canadian Crocheters group on Facebook.  If you are like me and all your friends and family has sucked you into the whole Facebook thing you will notice there isn't a lot of crocheting groups for us Canucks so I started one.  I don't really have any friends that crochet so I couldn't invite anyone I know .... so I am posting here.  The picture is the sleeve of my Molly Weasley sweater.

Rachel
3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Sock-a-long on: June 28, 2007 08:27:48 PM
I've crocheted them.  There are a few errors with the heel so look at the comments after the pattern (unless they changed the pattern recently) and it came out huge for me but then I started the heel sooner and they turned out great.  I really like toe up socks better.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gauge HELL-help! I can't GO that small! on: June 27, 2007 04:15:44 PM
I am sorry about the problems you are having.  I have also had problems with Interweave patterns and yarn.  They are really vague about yarn weight in many of their patterns.  It is 8 hours driving to get to the closest LYS and back home and that is in the summer.  I pretty much have to order online and who wants to fork out a bunch of money for yarn that isn't correct.  Maybe they presume that everyone lives in a big city where they have LYS's everywhere.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do guys crochet? on: June 26, 2007 07:44:18 PM
More people crochet than knit apparently.  I personally don't think crochet is "at the bottom" but a myth perpetuated by those who don't crochet.  As hooker is an english term and probably quite modern I don't think there was a connection to prostitution but it sure made crochet seem more "sexy" to people in the last couple of years since the Happy Hooker has come out.  Many of the people who first crocheted didn't speak english and wouldn't know what a hooker was would they?  I think less men crochet because it was primarily done in thread which is awkward for a yarnie like me and I can't imagine what it is like for a guy with big hands.  I also find crochet more "artistic" and where you see a lot more men is in free form crochet.  Yes I know there is free form knitting..... but I think crochet is easier to manipulate don't you?

As mentioned above though crochet has a strong tradition in Latin America and Carol Ventura talks about it in her Tapestry Crochet books.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gauge HELL-help! I can't GO that small! on: June 26, 2007 07:13:04 PM
Are you using the exact same yarn?  Bamboo has a different texture.  If you really crochet that loose then try using a different yarn.  I always have to go several hooks up because I crochet tightly and often switch to a different weight of yarn.  Some people find metal hooks make a tighter stitch than wood.  I have to try different yarns when I substitute.  How do you hold the yarn in your other hand?  Do you use the pinky wrap?  Maybe try wrapping it a bit more to tighten up your tension.

Just some suggestions.....

Rachel
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: So you have 50 bucks....what books on: June 26, 2007 07:04:29 PM
I guess it depends on what books you already have.  If you don't have a stitch dictionary then I would get one otherwise my newest book is Loop d loop crochet.  Very nice patterns in it but it is for someone who has crocheted a few things (not everything is really advanced and some are even easy).

Rachel
8  CANADA / Northern Canada / northern view of "fashion" scarf on: July 30, 2006 04:18:34 PM
This weekend was the Pelly Art something or other here in Faro and they had some craft demonstrations.  One lady was demonstrating crochet so I had brought my latest project: a spiral scarf.  The lady was a senior citizen I should add.  I brought out my scarf and she wanted to know what it was.  I said a spiral scarf.  People came over to look at it and everyone figured it was a pretty useless scarf and wondered why you would wear a scarf as a fashion accessory.  I feel out of my element her sometimes even though I am not a really fashionable person (my glasses broke in June and the arm is held together with duct tape until I get to Whitehorse on Friday).  At least my 3 year old had fun making paper and there was a wild meat BBQ potluck.

Still I take my 2 puppies for a walk with my baby in a backpack and son beside me and look at the beautiful scenery and still love the north (and the housing is dirt cheap in Faro).

Rachel
9  CANADA / Northern Canada / Re: Where do you order from? on: July 29, 2006 06:56:48 AM
I have been lurking here for a while.  It is good to see crafters in the North.  Here in Faro there are a number of crocheters like me.  I just need to find a place to buy yarn.  I am going to check out Folkknits when I am in Whitehorse next to see if they have anything more in my price range (ie.: cheap). 

Rachel
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