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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Copyright violations on facebook business page, trying to reach the artists. on: August 21, 2012 12:30:25 AM
Hello everyone! I've just posted in the crochet forum about a business on facebook using crochet and knitting artists photo's as "Inspiration" on their page without giving credit to the artist in any form. I know it involves some crocheting Craftsters, and I expect it will involve some of you that knit as well, but I don't have that expertise. Rather than replicate the post could you have a look at the original?


Thanks for your help.  Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Copyright violations on facebook business page, trying to reach the artists. on: August 21, 2012 12:22:43 AM
Hi everyone!
I was very annoyed this morning to be shown a facebook album full of knitted and crochet items that I know to have been made by artists I admire with no credit given to them or links back to their projects. This included even pictures taken from Etsy sales pages. If it had been an individual simply collecting their own inspirational photo's together I wouldn't have worried about it, however it is business selling yarn with over 18000 likes.

I contacted them and the following conversation ensued:

Me, (in very poor google Spanish): The photos used are not owned by you. You did not do these handicrafts. I reconised my artist friends work amoung them. You must give credit to the artist and a link to the original description. Please do this or delete these images. It is not legal to remove copyright. It is not moral to do this to fellow artist. It is wrong to decieve your likers.

Them: Of course all the pictures are not ours! If we have the name of the author we ritht it down....if not we dont wright anything until the owner appers. If you know the owner of some pictuers pls let us know to name them. Tks a lot for your cooperation!

Me: Thank you for replying in english, I wish I knew your language too, a computer translation is not the same.
 I do not understand how you can not know where the photo comes from. Perhaps if you can't find an original picture it would be better not to put them on your page, or at least put a link to the page where you found the picture. The artists should not have to look at every page on facebook to find their work and tell a person where it came from.

Them:  I understand what you say, but when you have thouthands of pictures is not easy. We dont want to disturb anyone and we write it if we have the original name of the owner of the design. Tks a lot!

As I went through their albums I found only a handful that did have some recognition, there were no links whatsoever.  I know there a couple of images I've seen on here, but I have the feeling they've pulled them of flikr.

Am I allowed to name this page so that you can have a look and help identify the work of others?

So far I've found 27 of the originals and the friend who showed me (who's fb page is Hook, Art and Song) is going to contact as many of those owners as she can, but there are a lot more on there.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Missoni coat pattern? on: February 08, 2012 05:35:48 PM
I absolutely love this Missoni coat http://gipsybazar.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/missonis-back-from-70s.html, And I was wondering if anyone knew where to find a pattern or instructions for it. I have tried but as most of the blogs I dug through were in French or Spanish I found it very hard to navigate. I don't mind if the pattern is in a language other than English, I have friends who can help me translate, and I don't mind having to buy a pattern  or book, but I just can't find one.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Sewing machine broken, need a Serger/Overlocker only pattern on: August 25, 2011 04:24:43 PM
Can anyone recommend an online pattern for a summer dress in a woven fabric that could be almost or completely be made on a serger/overlocker?

After exhaustive shopping with my short and round but budding (not being mean here, just descriptive) 13 year old stepdaughter, we could not find a dress that fits her for an event in 3 weeks time. I won't have the chance to take her shopping again before we leave, and the budget is very small, so I'm going to need to make something, and it has to be out of my stash, which only contains woven cottons in the summer fabric department. That was do-able, plenty of free patterns on-line and plenty of time to get it done, but then DISASTER!

 My Janome seems to have died on me, I'm not sure how but the upper tension assembly just isn't tensioning. I can't afford to have it looked at so I turned to my ever reliable treadle machine, to find that the belt has perished and after two turns it broke irreparably. I have no transport and the only belts I can find online wont be here soon enough to get the job done. So now I'm down to my serger/overlocker to do the job. I can hand sew a little, or turn the treadle by hand for a little, but both cause me a lot of hand pain if I do very much.

If you can think of a pattern that might be suitable, please let me know!
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / How do you tell if a plastic bag is degradable? on: August 23, 2011 02:51:28 PM
I have a lot of plastic bags, and I have a project that could do with a plastic layer (a laptop/handbag/cary-everything-on-a-plane bag), so I was going to fuse some bags to make it. However a nasty experience with some yarn stored in a "biodegradable" plastic bag a few years ago has me reluctant to do so. So:

Is there a way to tell which bags are degradable and which bags are not?

The bags that are printed on are easy, they either say they are, or say to recycle if they're not. It's the plain ones that have me stumped. The only refference I could find said that the degradable ones have a slightly gritty feel, and the non are more slick. I've seperated out a group that feel ever so slightly papery ( is that a word?) do you think that is what they mean by gritty?

Any thoughts will be appreciated!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Necklace and Ring set on: April 10, 2011 06:42:12 PM
The basis for this set is the Ribbon stitch (RS) , an adaptation of the chain-less foundation stitch. On it's own it produces a flat braid with a little elasticity that is great for bracelets and rings. Combined with the Ribbon Base Increase (RBI) stitch and the Ribbon Top Increase stitch (RTI - not used in this project) you can make your braid curve left or right as needed while the ribbon stays flat and keeps it's width constant. This has allowed me to create a necklace/chain that remains flat against the skin at all times, which I really like to wear. 

The pendant and ring each feature a 22mm vintage shank backed button. A crochet circle is used to secure the button at the back and hold the thread so it can be strung artfully across the front as the maker desires.

1.25mm crochet hook (8 US, 3 UK)
needle for weaving in ends and creating pendant design.
NO. 20 crochet cotton
14mm button for necklace closure.
22mm shank backed button each for pendant and ring

Stitches used:

Adjustable loop (Also known as magic ring/magic loop/adjustable ring)
Double crochet (DC) equivalent of UK treble
Chain (CH)
Slip stitch (sl st)

Special Stitches:

First Ribbon Stitch (FRS): Chain 3, yarn over, insert hook into first chain made, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook) yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (1 loop remaining)

Ribbon Stitch (RS): Yarn over, insert hook into the bottom most loop of the previous stitch, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2, (2 loops on hook) yarn over, pull through 2 (1 loop remaining)

Ribbon Base Increase (RBI): Yarn over, insert hook into bottom loop of previous stitch, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 (2 loops on hook) yarn over, insert hook into bottom most loop of two loops just pulled through, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 (2 loops on hook),  yarn over, pull through 2 (1 loop remaining)
(this produces a stitch one chain wide at the top and two chains wide at the bottom, curving the ribbon toward the hook holding hand)

(Not used here but in case you need it for your own design: Ribbon Top Increase (RTI): Work RS  then, yarn over, insert hook into middle loop of the previous stitch, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 3 (1 loop remaining). The next stitch is worked into the base of the RS, creating a stitch two chains wide at the top and one chain wide at the bottom, curving the ribbon away from the hook hand)

Ribbon Chain Stitch (RC): Insert hook into base loop of previous stitch (or loop instructed) yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook) , yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. 

Leaving a length of thread to sew on button for clasp, FRS 1,  RS, 3 *RBI 1, RS 3 * repeat between *s 25 times (104 stitches along top of row) or until 15mm short of desired length.

In the middle horizontal loop of the previous stitch, work 1RC, then continue on with 14 more RC.

Keeping the front of the work up, turn so necklace runs in opposite direction.
Sl st into base of the stitch the first RC was worked in, sl st into base of next stitch, fasten off, weave in end.

Using thread at beginning of necklace to sew on the button, weave in end.


Starting with adjustable loop, chain 3, DC into loop 24 times, WITHOUT TIGHTENING LOOP, sl st into top of first DC made and, leaving a long tail to create the front design with, fasten off.

Place button shank side up, then place loop over the shank. Tighten the loop around the shank distributing the DC's evenly as you do so. Use the tail of the loop to secure it to the button through the shank. Weave in end.

Put the thread attached to the DC loop on a needle. Take the thread across the front of the button to the opposite side and pass it through the top two loops of the closest DC on the back, pull firmly. Continue passing the thread across the front and securing in the top loops of the DC's on the back until the button is secured and a pleasing design is achieved. Tie off on back and weave end into the DC loop.

Decide which way up you would like your pendant to be, and attach thread at the DC on the back one stitch to the right of the top most DC (1 to the left if your left hand dominant) and place loop on hook. Insert hook into next DC (this will be the DC you identified as being at the top of your pendant) yarn over, pull up a loop, insert hook into next DC, yarn over pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 (two loops on hook), yarn over pull through 2 (1 loop remaining). #

RS 8, leaving tail long fasten off. Use tail to attach bail to back of DC ring and weave in end.


Remembering that you will be working from the side of the ring rather than the top, work as for pendant until #.
RC 12, (for a large finger or to size needed), sl st into DC on opposite side, insert hook into middle horizontal loop on previous stitch, pull up a loop, sl st into next DC, insert hook into base loop of previous stitch, pull up a loop, sl st into next DC. Fasten off, weave in end.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Making up stitches. on: April 10, 2011 06:41:28 AM
I've just realised that I have created my very own stitch and now also several variations on that stitch.
Up until now this was not an issue, but I'd like to enter my necklace in the Crochet Today competition, and have written out the instructions for each stitch, but still am not sure how to name them.
Is it safe to go ahead and just give them my own names because I can't find any other stitch quite like them? Or is there some naming convention I should know about?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hats and a Beardy face warmer. Image heavy! on: March 09, 2011 11:21:06 PM
I've been making lots and lots of hats lately, so I thought I'd share with you a couple of my favourite patterns.

The first one is Reatheylia's Cable Hat. http://www.rheatheylia.com/index.php?page=patterns&id=5

I've made some changes on this one. This one is for a man's head, but my yarn needed a smaller hook to make a dense enough fabric, so I increased the starting round to 18 dc's and added in some extra bpdc further on including one between the cables. Also I changed the edging a bit. I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I think I may add in that bpdc in the centre of my cables from now on.

My all time go too pattern for a quick hat that will fit a lot of heads is the Reversible 'Crochet Brioche' Hat, by Megan Mills. http://megan.kiwi.gen.nz/CrochetBriocheHat/
It is a short row hat and easily adapts to using just about any thicker yarn or two strand of thinner as she recommends in the pattern.
These two are made using quite bulky yarns.

The purple one came out a little pointy in the crown. This is because of it only took seven gores to make it. I solved this in the black one which only has 6 gores by keeping the slip stitches very loose.

The last one is my own pattern based on the one above.

I did plan on doing this hat using Megan's pattern, but I decided that the yarn I had was wasted using two strands. It was a sock yarn, and I really wanted to preserve the finer feel of it, but still loved the stretchy quality of Megan's hats, SO, I had to write my own pattern. It's a bit hard to see it clearly here, but I'm very pleased with the result. It feels glorious on and looks lovely with the brim folded up.

Last but not least, the beard! It is a corruption of Warm Beard by Felicia at A Girl and Her Yarn. http://agirlandheryarnfk.blogspot.com/search/label/free%20pattern

I made it for my brother who swears he will wear it. As he lives in the Alps of Italy it is possible I guess. I couldn't seem to get it to sit straight for a photo, either because it's too big for me, or perhaps my face is crooked! Anyway, here is one last pic of the beard with the first hat, which is also going to Italy, but for my Nonno.

I'm pulling a serious face as I was trying to gauge if this hat is really masculine enough for a man. My decision is to send it, and let Nonno decide!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How do you write your patterns down? on: February 28, 2011 01:04:08 AM
Could everyone please let me know what techniques they use for writing their patterns?

I would love to share more of the things that I make, but I am hesitant to do so as the "do you have a pattern?" question is problematic for me. The thing is, I would love to share (and even occasionally sell) my patterns, I just can't seem to write them down and then be able to make them out afterwards. As you can imagine this puts a damper on my crochet overall, as unless it's a very basic pattern or a modification of an existing one remembering what I did in order to make a second item is impossible. 

Do you use some sort of chart? Or record a verbal record, (I can just see myself sitting here saying "chain, chain, dc, hdc, dc into row bellow...ect.) Maybe stitch markers have a role?

Any advice would be very welcome!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Chain Knitting on: March 30, 2009 03:52:36 PM
Has anyone tried the chain knitting technique by Lisa Gentry? Here is a link to her book
It interests me, but I'm not sure I'd be able to use it. There are only two examples of the style I have found photo's for, and while the stitches in one were very pretty neither of the items (two types of neck warmers) were ones I'd make.
If you have this book, can you give me a rundown of the patterns included?
Better yet, if anyone knows of a free pattern that demonstrates the technique could you please post a link?
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