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111  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Crocheter's Rant on: May 04, 2007 12:22:02 PM
If it's frustrating being a crocheter in the States, then spare a thought for those of us in the UK!  Firstly, quality yarn shops have all but died out - although I am lucky to have one near where I live.  Although there's plenty available online, there's no substitute for seeing and feeling a yarn before you decide to buy!  But my main rant is that it's difficult even to get the full range of hooks over here - 3.75mm, 6.5mm, 7.5mm simply don't exist here!  And it seems that many stores have a weird policy of stocking a few random sizes, leaving large gaps!  Drives me nuts! 

And as for all those cable craft shows - they don't exist here either, even on cable!

I'm constantly surprised by the number of people who say they "used to crochet"; but it's still considered to be a mildly eccentric activity.  Although to be fair, I think knitting is seen that way by a lot of people over here too!  I agree with everyone on here saying that we need to get making and designing ourselves - but it's not so easy when you are still learning the craft, so I'm relying on those of you who have been doing it longer for the time being, at least until I have the skill and confidence to do my own thing! 
112  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Heather grey cupcake with pink ribbon on: May 04, 2007 04:57:32 AM
Very pretty - well done!
113  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Cupcake Help! on: May 03, 2007 04:03:44 AM
Not a silly question at all!  What you need to do is join new yarn to start your first row on the other side of neck, leaving 18 stitches in the middle for the neck.  You will be working from the neck edge back towards the armhole.  When I made it, I found it helped to keep looking back at the corresponding row I had already done, to make sure it matched up as I didn't find the instructions all that clear (I had to unpick it a couple of times, but that was mainly 'cos my long-suffering husband kept distracting me by talking to me while I was trying to do the shaping!!! Roll Eyes).  It was only my second crochet garment, but it worked out fine.  Hope this helps.  Good Luck!
114  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: May 02, 2007 11:30:16 AM
My user name was a complete accident.  I seem to have a very unoriginal mind when it comes to user names - everything I tried was already "taken"... Anyway... I was getting tired and fed up and er... sleepy, so tried sleepybunny (cos that's how I was feeling at the time) and it worked, so I thought "Oh, guess I'm stuck with it now"!   Roll Eyes

Also, it turns out that most of my postings look like they are in the middle of the night as I'm in the UK - not sure what timezone Craftster is in , but it's 7.30 pm where I am now (not am!!)
115  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: A coral reef - in crochet! on: May 02, 2007 11:15:22 AM
Amazing!  I was beginning to suspect there was more to crochet than "just stitches"!
116  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: PLEASE help me out on: May 01, 2007 02:21:42 PM
Maybe you could follow instructions for a toddler size pattern with finer yarn and a smaller hook, so it comes out smaller??  You might have to experiment a bit, but it might work if you can't find a baby size pattern.
117  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: fuzzy baby penguin! on: April 30, 2007 03:12:56 AM
Oh!  He is gorgeous!!  Sooooo cute!!
118  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: More questions on: April 28, 2007 05:23:32 AM
I presume you are working in the round?  When I use a stitch marker I slip it under the two strands at the top of the stitch that would be crocheted into on the next round, rather than between the stitches, if you see what I mean.  The best stitch marker I've used to date is a hairgrip (not sure what you call them in the States, but the bent over metal ones that are straight on one side and bumpy on the other. Kirby grip?). I find bits of yarn are a bit fiddly to keep moving up as I work.  Anyway, it's then more obvious which stitch it is when you get back to it, and you can take it out, and slip it back in to the first stitch straight away after you've worked it.  Hope this makes sense!

If you seem to have too many stitches you might have accidentally crocheted into a stitch twice somewhere on your round.  Likewise you might have missed one if you've not got enough.  Happens to me all the time, especially if there are increases and decreases to contend with.  I've not been crocheting that long either, and still get confused!
119  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Pets or weird people doing weird things to your craft.... on: April 27, 2007 06:47:18 AM
This is off-topic a bit, but we have a green plastic Christmas tree (the kind that's supposed to look "real"), and our cat licks and chews it practically from the moment it comes out of the box each year.  A bit disgusting cos the ends of the branches get all soggy with cat slobber! Yuk...
120  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cute alien amigurumi - and many more! on: April 27, 2007 06:27:20 AM
Lovely!!!  All of them, but especially the alien.  And the monkeys - I like the way you photographed them in a tree!
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