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131  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochetme -- the book?! on: April 21, 2007 04:41:36 AM
Oooh!  That's definitely going be to be on my Christmas wish list.  If I can wait that long...
132  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Beautiful New Recycled Bag on: April 21, 2007 04:36:02 AM
Wow!  That is faaaabulous!!  I had to log in so I could comment (was just lurking before - can't always be bothered to actually log in!!).
133  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: my FIRST bit of crochet on: April 17, 2007 12:32:31 PM
Well done - very impressive!  Cool

I learnt to crochet granny squares when I was a kid, but have only recently started crocheting again, and learnt to do other stitches  - and nothing I've done yet is as neat as that!
134  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: My Granny Bag on: April 13, 2007 11:35:32 AM
Thanks!  The colours aren't quite as bright in "real life"!  and the bit that looks black is actually a dark purple/plum colour.
135  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / My Granny Bag on: April 12, 2007 01:31:54 PM

Pics (hopefully) of my Granny's No Square Bag.  This is my first picture posting, so not quite sure what I'm doing!  Anyway - I'm very pleased with how the bag turned out - never did find any rivets, but I can always add them later if some turn up!  I will try adding a lining, too.

The main colour is Patons mercerised cotton DK, the rest is from a stash that's been lurking in various cupboards for the last 12 years or so, and survived four house moves!
136  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Fairly novice crocheter, need help picking yarns on: April 10, 2007 02:34:26 PM
There aren't many good wool shops left!  We are lucky to have a good (but expensive!) one in Swansea (Mrs Mac's, in Mumbles).  Otherwise it's odds and ends here and there!  If you have a Dunelm Mill near you, they do a limited range, but I found some nice cotton to make "Cupcake" with there.  There are quite a few online suppliers in the UK, but I haven't tried them yet, except for Scandinavian Knitting Design http://www.scandinavianknittingdesign.com who have some nice yarns at reasonable prices.  Also some good crochet patterns for after you've worked your way through the Happy Hooker!  They were also very helpful when I got stuck with the pattern I was crocheting.

I fancy having a go at Frou Frou too, but haven't a clue what to make it in - the Rowan yarn suggested would be fabulous, but pricey at 4.50 a ball - so keep us posted if you find something lovely you don't need a mortgage to buy!
137  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Fairly novice crocheter, need help picking yarns on: April 09, 2007 05:59:08 AM
I'm in the UK too - Wales to be precise - and have recently "rediscovered" crochet and the Happy Hooker book!

Many years ago, when I was a student, I worked in a yarn shop, and learnt the American/UK equivalents (it was in Bath and we got a lot of American visitors!).  If you look at the patterns in S&BHH, they have a "ball of wool" symbol with a number in, which tells you the standard American yarn weight, which translate roughly as follows:

No2/fine is UK 4-ply
No3/light worsted is UK DK
No4/worsted is UK aran
No5/bulky is UK chunky

I used to get really confused by the "worsted" weight as it seemed that the Americans were calling DK and aran worsted!!!

Really, though, the only way to be sure a yarn is going to work is to make a tension sample in your chosen yarn, and whatever hook you need to get the right gauge (try and make it bigger than the number of stitches to 4" as well, as stitch patterns tend to expand a bit more on a larger sample).  I know it can be a pain when you're dying to get going, but saves time and wasted effort.

If you use yarn that's too heavy, as well as the finished product probably coming out bigger, your stitches will be too tight and stiff.  Too fine a yarn will be all loose and flabby, and will also work up smaller.  Different fibre content really is a matter of taste, but acrylic yarn will never make up as nice a finished garment as wool or cotton.  Especially those cheap yarns that sort of "twinkle" in the light!  Yuk!!

Hope this helps a bit. Good luck, and happy hooking!
138  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Finished Frou Frou on: April 08, 2007 07:19:26 AM
Ooh, lovely!  Looks even better than the pic in the book!  Having a go at Frou Frou is on my "wish list" of projects to try.  When I've finished cupcake...
139  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Worlds Ugliest Sweater!-Opinions Needed on: April 08, 2007 07:13:35 AM
Yes, one of those picture sweaters that were all the rage in the 80's, done in nasty cheap yarn in garish colours.  Maybe with the tension/gauge all over the place like she'd used random knitting needles.  That would be pretty ugly!  (Could accidentally turn out quite funky though...)

I also agree that most of the the fun fur and "novelty" yarns that my local yarn shop is full of are pretty grim!
140  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Cupcake question??? on: April 05, 2007 03:22:12 AM
Yeah!  I have the same problem - I usually do my first swatch with a size smaller hook, as I tend to crochet loose, but this time I'm going up and up hook sizes, and still not anywhere near!  I logged on to see if anyone else had the same problem with this pattern - glad it's not just me!  Lots of people have made fantastic versions though, so at least we know it can be done... I'm using Patons DK mercerised Cotton (I'm in the UK, so not sure if it's the same as "Grace", but it's nice and springy so hopefully it will work up fine).
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