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41  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Re: washington dc for dummies on: August 11, 2012 03:43:38 AM
You may want to consider Crafty Bastards, an annual craft fair held by the local alternative weekly paper, the Washington City Paper.  Additionally, this Etsy team focuses on events held in DC, VA, and MD.
42  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gifts to have on hand? on: August 10, 2012 06:34:43 PM
Homemade soap and homemade canned foods (jams, jellies, etc.) could work, too.
43  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: July 26, 2012 10:03:13 PM
More crochet as art.  The Smithsonian Institution's Renwick gallery is putting on an exhibition called 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, which showcases important young artists.  One of these is Olek (nee Agata Oleksiak), a 32-year-old Polish crocheter.  Her work "Knitting is for Pus****" is featured; a picture of it is 47th out of the 61 slides in the show. 

KIFP is an installation work in which all surfaces of a studio apartment have been crocheted over.  More pics of this work and her other works are at Olek's Web site.  A couple of works are adult in nature (most aren't).  A portion of her artist statement, taken from her site, is as follows:

A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable. The movies I watch while crocheting influence my work, and my work dictates the films I select. I crochet everything that enters my space. Sometimes it's a text message, a medical report, found objects. There is the unraveling, the ephemeral part of my work that never lets me forget about the limited life of the art object and art concept. What do I intend to reveal? You have to pull the end of the yarn and unravel the story behind the crochet.
44  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gifts to have on hand? on: July 25, 2012 11:02:16 PM
Great idea for a thread!  Wine charms and potholders/kitchen cloths (crochet, knit, or quilted) are easy ideas.  I like the coaster idea as well. 
45  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Single Crochet Blankets on: July 25, 2012 10:42:36 PM
I like using different stitches as well, for both the speed and the appearance of the final product.  In fact, I prefer assembling blankets from smaller squares.  It makes the project portable, adds more variety, and I can keep the tension even in a way that I can't if I'm making rows of 100+ stitches.
46  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: July 23, 2012 03:24:14 PM
Not fiction, but fashion.  Marc Jacobs' Fall 2012 ready-to-wear line features several chunky crochet garments and accessories.  They fall in two camps: 1) 2-D thick crochet with main rows of what looks like 3-4 dc or trc followed by a sc to create a check pattern, with alternating rows in a contrasting color, and 2) thick base fabric with horizontal rows of coordinating, iridescent "fun fur."  I think I've captured most of the looks below.

Black shawl

Olive shawl

Purple shawl, olive sweater

Grey shawl, purple sweater

Grey and green scarf

Grey and purple jacket

Silver and grey tank

Silver and grey scarf

Purple and grey scarf

Another silver and grey scarf

Black and grey scarf

Grey shawl
47  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Shawl on: July 04, 2012 04:04:32 PM
This is so lovely!
48  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Super Mario Brothers 3 Angry Sun Blanket! on: June 19, 2012 07:39:25 PM
49  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Super Mario Brothers 3 Angry Sun Blanket! on: June 18, 2012 05:17:32 PM
Thanks for your response.  What I meant was, do you go through both loops, back loops only, or front loops only?  Do you use a tapestry needle and yarn, or do you crochet the squares together?  And if the latter, using a single crochet, slip stitch, or other stitch?
50  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hermione Granger crochet square - link included on: June 17, 2012 06:17:40 PM
Great work!  Is this Tunisian crochet?
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