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121  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Okay...I finished my first crochet project: Blissful Halter on: April 26, 2007 10:06:00 AM
 Shocked Hey!  I am well impressed!  I can't believe that's your first crochet project, it's fab!  Well done - what are you going to do next?
122  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Little Emo on: April 25, 2007 12:29:09 PM
Hey!  Kind of Depressed New Romantic Goth Punk Poser!  I think I was an Emo 25 years ago!!! Only then people just thought I was weird.  I turned out alright in the end though!
123  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Little Emo on: April 25, 2007 10:46:22 AM
OK, I admit to being over 40 and way out of touch with youth culture Grin, but what is an Emo Kid???  Love the doll though, really cute!
124  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I thought I knew how to knit but I don't and I am sad. on: April 24, 2007 10:38:23 AM
I discovered recently I'd been doing double crochet wrong for years - I was adding an extra yarn over and through one loop at the beginning of the stitch (ie doing yo and pull through x3).  Possibly something to do with the fact that I'm a Brit and we call a double a treble!!!  Confusing or what?  So have I invented "double and a bit" stitch?  Or a "trouble"??!!
125  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nothing to crochet!!! on: April 23, 2007 12:50:49 PM
Thanks for the advice!  I dug out my ancient Readers Digest Needlecrafts book, and guess what!  There were some great flowers I'd not tried before, so I've been using my stash of 4-ply (I think that's what you lot call "sport" weight) in outrageously bright colours - not quite sure how I ended up with so much of this - to make flowers!  Should keep me out of mischief until something else turns up.  Or might turn into a project in itself...

I have made a few small things eg mobile phone pouch, and a hat without a pattern or adapted from a pattern, but not that confident about bigger projects just yet... I've also found some more patterns online I might try...

And it's not so much the patterns and ideas - it's finding the yarn to make them with (and having the money to buy enough of it!!!).  I have a box full of odds and ends, mostly cotton, from my knitting days (I don't knit any more, cos it hurts!!!), but not really enough of any one thing to do much with unless it's a bright multicoloured extravaganza (seriously, I need shades to work with some of them - but they were mostly bought in the 80's, when I was "inspired" by Guatemalan weaving... At least that's my excuse!)

126  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Nothing to crochet!!! on: April 23, 2007 05:44:08 AM
OMG!!! I've got nothing to crochet - I'm pacing around liked caged animal.  I've only been crocheting a few months and didn't realise it was so serious.  Somehow, catching up on the housework, doesn't quite cut it...
127  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Please help me! (questions about stitches in Blissfull top, especially dc3tog) on: April 23, 2007 05:36:52 AM
Well done!  Let us know how you get on.  I have toyed with the idea of making that one myself - can't believe there aren't hundreds of them posted on here!  If I do make it though, I think I will join the back together, and leave out the ribbon tie thingy...
128  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is crochet harder than knitting? on: April 23, 2007 05:27:05 AM
I started crocheting again recently, and I agree that crochet is easier, although the first row (foundation row into a chain) can be a nightmare (definitely need the reading glasses!).  But once you've got that, though, you can fly along!  I first learnt to crochet as a kid, but could only do granny squares until a few months ago!

I used to knit (I used to work in a yarn shop, so couldn't really help it!) but I could never get that "flicking the yarn over with one finger" thing, so had to move my whole arm each time I made a stitch, which made my right shoulder and neck hurt!  The last thing I made (a baby cardigan for my Nephew who is now nearly 10), hurt so much I've never knitted again, and have since thrown out all my knitting needles (and most of my yarn stash, which is a shame, cos I keep thinking about all the stuff I could have been crocheting with now...).  But I find crochet so much easier because you are controlling the yarn with your left hand, and just kind of wiggle the hook with your right, so really only moving from the wrist down.  For me, less pain = more gain!!!

I might try learning to knit the "continental" way at some point, which might be easier now that I crochet.  But there do seem to be more and more good crochet patterns available now - although it's frustrating when you go into shops and see fabulous crochet garments (eg in M&S at the moment) and think "I could make that!".  I guess it's more profitable for designers to sell their designs that way than to publish the patterns for the likes of us!

The only thing that knitting does better is smooth fabrics - crochet always has a texture (but that can be a good thing too!).
129  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Another finished Cupcake on: April 22, 2007 03:53:40 AM
Thanks!  The yarn is Patons mercerised cotton DK.  Which I seem to use for everything at the moment, cos it's easily available, cheap, and quite nice to use!  Grin
130  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Another finished Cupcake on: April 21, 2007 06:08:04 AM
I finished my Cupcake!  Excuse the cheesy mirror-shot...

I had some - ahem - "issues" with gauge, but eventually I used a much bigger hook (7mm), and made a bigger size, and eventually made one that fits!  Update:  I actually followed instructions for the size 401/2.  Even with a 7mm hook I was getting 12.5 stitches to 4 inches, so it 's actually come out about a size 34, which is just right! First time around I actually made (2nd size) front, back and 2 sleeves (even though I knew the gauge was wrong - if only I'd got the calculator out sooner...) before I realised it was never going to go around my not especially ample bosom...  Embarrassed  At least I hadn't sewed the bits together...

Then I spent ages yesterday loitering in my local haberdashery shop choosing ribbon (too much choice = bunny in headlights!) finally decided to go for a sparkly gold one.  The good thing about making it in cream is I can change the ribbon to any colour I like!

Not sure what my next project is going to be... I like Prepster and Frou Frou, but not sure what yarn I would use.  Maybe I should be getting outside in the garden and catching up on all those jobs I've "not had time" to do cos I've been too busy crocheting... Wink

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