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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: DO YOU RECOMMEND THE SnB BOOK FOR NEWBIE KNITTERS? on: January 01, 2007 01:03:38 AM
I'd say get the original SnB.  It's great for teaching basics.  SnB Nation goes over the material from SnB, but in less detail.  It does have a few extra techniques though.  The Knitter's Handbook is primarily for designing, tracking, etc.

I learned to knit through a little scarf pamphlet, but the SnB book is my main reference resource when I don't know how/have forgotten how to do something.

I can vouch for learning from scratch with her books though - I went through three books on crochet before Happy Hooker came out, and I though I would never be able to crochet.  I've had HH for one month, and I have completed 2 projects, am in the middle of 2 more projects, and have started designing a shrug.  I think Debbie is a brilliant teacher.
2  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Pirate Sam-a-long! on: December 31, 2006 12:34:58 PM
I am about to get back to work on the Pirate (I just can't think of him as Sam . . .)

I don't watch SG Atlantis, so I was researching Steve the Wraith last night for ideas.  They have long white hair, so I was thinking 1/2 yarn and 1/2 embroidery floss.  Then I starting paying attention to their clothes.

o_O  I am essentially going to be crocheting tiny bondage gear.

Good thing I love my friend.


At the moment, I will be documenting the Pirate's progress in a yahoo photo album, because I will blog about him (with full links to your pattern!) there.

If you check the photos, you can see that I decided on grey pants instead of blue ones.  And did I mention how proud I am of the boot cuff?

Dragontatt, I will be really excited to see what you come up with.  Maybe we need a thread of the Pirate Variations?   Smiley
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amineko and Ami-elephant on: December 31, 2006 03:17:39 AM
I love their sweet little faces.  They are so peaceful.
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Pirate Sam-a-long! on: December 31, 2006 02:00:16 AM
Bixby2, thank you so much for this awesome, awesome pattern.  What a great excuse to take a pirate to bed with me!  Wink

I bought the pattern about three weeks ago and I started today around two.  I've had multiple interruptions, but it's 4am now and I have a head and a cuffed boot with leg.  I have been crocheting for one month now.  My fingers are pretty much numb on the right, and my left index finger has a deep "yarn divot" in it, but I am too excited!  Sam should progress well, because I am moving in one week and I need him to set sail with me!

With your permission, I would love to use your pattern to make a few friends for Sam for my own personal fandom, of course.  Legolas is a top priority, and I am really convinced that I need to attempt a Jareth (Labyrinth) doll.  Then my crazy friend insisted that she needed a Stargate Atlantis Wraith doll . . .

At any rate, thank you so much.  I will post pictures when I have something cool to show.

I also found the most amazing yarn for his hair - it's very light and feels like "dryer lint" according to my roommate.  If I make crochet chains, I am guessing it will look like dreads . . .

Also, the boot cuffs took me forever; I was quite lost the first two times I attempted them.  Third time was a charm, although I somehow managed to crochet them so that they were already flipped down.  The increases make such nice little points at the front and back. 

I'll keep you posted!
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