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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Baby Toys? on: January 14, 2009 01:20:29 PM
My nephew was born today, and as soon as I saw him, I had the urge to crochet beautiful little layette sets for him. I have made him a blanket, and he has tons of clothes, to the point where my sister had to put "no clothes, please" on the registry. So I need to find a better outlet for my craftiness, that he can actually use.

Do newborns even play with toys yet? Any suggestions on things I can make? I sew, knit, crochet, and am open to trying new crafts. Any ideas?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / what happens if you don't weave in the ends? on: January 02, 2009 03:22:14 PM
So I've got this WIP scrap yarn afghan I'm doing. I call it my Big Ugly Blanket. Its like a granny stitch, not doing squares, just going back and forth, using a big hook, and two strands of yarn, changing one color at a time. I've left the ends out so far, and really don't want to weave them in. I think leaving them loose adds to the ugly charm of it. I'm just concerned that if I leave the ends loose, washing and other wear and tear will cause the afghan to fall apart over time... will it fall apart if I leave the ends loose? I plan on square knotting the ends together. Will that be fine?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / felting crocheted items? on: December 07, 2008 08:42:40 PM
So I'm always nervous about felting... I'm afraid that I'll screw things up, and that all my hard work in crocheting something will be ruined. This is only my second attempt with the process. First time I made a little bag, but it ended up really tiny after felting, and the stitches were still pretty visible. This time I tried making a felted guitar strap, from the Lion Brand website. It turned out pretty cute so far, but needs to go through the washer at least one more time... Its been through twice so far, but is still a bit stretchy, and the stitches still show. I always think I'd be better off knitting, but crocheting is so much easier on my hands. If I run it through the washer again, will it continue to felt? Does it ever get to a point where it won't felt any more? I'm worried that this isn't going to work out, and I'll have thrown away the money for the yarn, and still be without a gift for my brother...
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