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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Pineapples / doily motifs as garments? on: November 04, 2008 07:15:04 PM
I've been wanting to learn thread crochet and make my mom and MIL lace shawls for some time now.  I'm finding some really cool pineapple and non-pineapple motifs and doilies that I could replicate to make shawls, but I'm afraid that it will look like they're wearing tablecloths.  Well, it's 'cause they are.

My fellow crocheters, do you think it will look odd?  "Oh my God, she's wearing a table runner!"

(FTR, I'm aware of Doris Chan's book "Amazing Crochet Lace" but would not be using patterns from the book.  I'd be using actual motifs and doilies like the ones on "Celt's Vintage Crochet.")
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a certain free pattern site on: November 02, 2008 05:49:50 PM
There is a free pattern site that I can't remember the name of and can't find anymore.  Help!

It was similar to Crochet Pattern Central in that it was a repository for links to other free sites on the Web.  All different kinds of patterns: squares, clothing, home decor, toys, etc.  There was some overlap with Crochet Pattern Central, but other patterns weren't linked to from both.

The background was black with white dots that looked like "stars."  The site owner would occasionally place asterisks or marks next to new patterns when the site was periodically updated.

IIRC, it was not a site maintained by a magazine, a retail craft store, a LYS, or a yarn manufacturer.

Thank you!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Ideal size for baby blanket? on: February 10, 2008 11:15:11 AM
I'm don't have kids but the baby boom among my peers has begun.  I'd like to crochet some baby blankets as gifts.  I've looked up several patterns and gone to craft fairs to check out average sizes and they seem to vary a lot.  I'd like to get your input on what's most useful for new parents.

What I found was:

1)  4' x 3'.  I made one this size, after seeing a few patterns for blankets with these dimensions, but seemed huge.

2) 3' x 3'.  Seems more manageable.  I see this size pretty often in patterns.

3) 2' x 2.5'.  Saw some quilts this size at a fair.  Seemed small to me, but might be good to cover the kidlet in a car seat.

Any thoughts on a useful size?  One of the above, or other dimensions?  Thanks.
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Poll on afghan size and use on: December 04, 2007 07:44:06 PM
I'm making an afghan for two friends who are getting married.  I'm unsure what size to make.  I've looked at a number of patterns and sizes seem to vary.  So I wanted to get opinions from real crocheters based on their own experiences as afghan makers and givers.

Generally, what size afghan do you make?  When do you use it: sitting up on the couch, sitting up in bed, lying down on couch, lying down on the bed?  How much of a person should it cover? 

15  COOKING / Dessert / How to ship cookies? on: November 23, 2007 07:26:53 AM
I'm going to be mailing cookies this year using the post office.  Any tips on wrapping cookies and keeping them fresh for a journey of several days?  I may be mailing different flavors of cookies--how can I keep the flavors from seeping into each other?  Thanks.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Need Christmas gift for friend on: November 21, 2007 06:23:28 PM
I need ideas for a Christmas gift.  It's for a 32-year old female friend.  She works for an opera company doing fundraising and is a former singer and ballet dancer.  She is an avid runner and has completed several marathons.  She was also a bridesmaid in my wedding.

I crochet.  I'd like to keep it $30 or less, not including my time.  Unfortunately, I'm a bit squeezed on time until Dec. 5 because of grad school papers.  That puts a slight damper on crocheting.

I thought about digital scrapbooking, but I don't have that many photos of us together that aren't from my wedding.  Would that be too self-centered to send her an album of those pics?

I'm already going to include homemade cookies as part of the gift, so what I need help with is the other "half."

I'm open to crafting, store bought, or buying crafted gifts.  In the past, I have bought her wine, gourmet teas, bath products, and candles.

17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Blocking crochet items on: November 09, 2007 07:52:20 PM
I've only crocheted with acrylic, focusing most on blankets and non-fitted clothing like scarves.  If I ever make an item out of cotton or other natural fiber, like a sweater or doily, do I have to block it every time I wash it?
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Squares baby blanket on: November 03, 2007 06:37:12 AM
Here's a simple blanket I recently finished.  No specific recipient, although I have an acquaintance who's due next March to whom I plan to give it. 

Although it's made out of acrylic, I will probably do some light blocking soon to make it lie down flat at the edges before I give it away.

The granny squares have five rounds and are surrounded by a sixth round of solid dc.  These are in a worsted weight, rainbow pastel variegated yarn.  There's another border of dc, ch 1, sk next st in worsted weight, white yarn.  The squares are connected with the white yarn with sc with the ridge facing up.

Each square is about 9" x 9".  There are 16 squares with four in each row, so the total dimensions of the blanket is approximately 3' x 3'.

Thanks for looking!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How long should this scarf be? on: September 29, 2007 11:01:21 AM
I am considering making a Moebius scarf for a couple of male acquaintances this holiday season.  An example is here.  (I'm friends with their wife and live-in girlfriend, respectively, and will be making regular scarves for them.)  How long should the scarves be before connecting the ends together?

When making a straight scarf for a woman, I make them about 6' in length, which gives them the ability to be looped around the neck a couple of times.  For men, I make straight scarves 6.5' long.

The Moebius scarf seems like it should be shorter.  I envision this being looped around the neck twice.  I don't know the neck measurements of the guys.  Any idea how long it should be?
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Pots and pans on: August 04, 2007 10:42:55 AM
I've perused some beauty products recipe sites, although I've never made anything from them.  I was wondering if you reserve a particular set of bowls or pots for separate use.  Once they've been used for beauty products, do you ever use them for food again?
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