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41  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Center Pull Balls? worth the time? on: August 28, 2007 12:29:11 PM
I love it when I can get a ball of yarn to pull from the centre! Otherwise I seem to have to keep stopping to yank up enough yarn for the next few stitches all the time. With a centre pull it seems much smoother and easier to pull.  Unless it tangles , and then it's a pain!  Roll Eyes

On the subject of knots:  that drives me nuts too!  It even happens on quite expensive yarns which is even more annoying - I had about half a dozen knots in the same ball of Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton once - should have taken it back to the shop really, but couldn't be bothered to complain...
42  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Fawne Sweater/Cardi from French Girl pattern on: August 28, 2007 12:17:35 PM
Mmmm - that's scrummy!  Looks like it could be adapted to make a pretty neat jacket too.  It looks great on you and I love that green!
43  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: motif 61, done but what to do with it? on: August 28, 2007 12:11:28 PM
I've often thought it would be fun to make lots of random motifs and then join them all together following the shape of a tank top / sweater / scarf  - depending on how many you had.  Sort of freeform-ish.  I haven't tried it yet though so don't know if it works!
44  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Jack Sparrow on: August 28, 2007 12:04:48 PM
Wow! That's fantastic - everything about it is just brilliant!
45  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sunny Bag on: August 24, 2007 07:26:01 AM
I love it! Such a creative way to reinvent a project "gone wrong" - especially as it's only your second crochet project. I'm very impressed! (And more than a little jealous of your obvious talent!)
46  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Floshed Purse on: August 24, 2007 07:21:43 AM
Ha! Now I know what a flosh is! I couldn't see the pictures the first time I looked, but was curious enough to re-visit.  Very pretty too, I like it!
47  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn in your area on: August 23, 2007 09:20:32 AM
I live in Wales (UK) where we get all kinds of weather - not necessarily in the "correct" season...  Huh 

We don't have an awful lot of choice of worsted weight over here, and the equivalent "aran" yarns traditionally only come in a limited range of colours, so it can be difficult to find substitues sometimes.  DK weight is probably the most popular over here, but we also have lots of chunky and "novelty" yarns.  4ply (fingering? sport? weight) is also popular for baby clothes and some crochet patterns.

I'm lucky in that my LYS is really good - but REALLY pricey.  They only have the most fabulous stuff, like Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Noro, Jaeger etc, with hefty prices.  Although most of it is GORGEOUS!  I try to work out what I want before I go in otherwise I'm just dazzled and come away feeling overwhelmed and under financed!  Not to mention battling my way through the traffic to get there and finding somewhere to park (or spending 35 minutes on the bus each way).

Apart from that one of the best places over here are the John Lewis department stores - but my nearest is in Bristol, an hour and a half away.  There's also "Get Knitted" in Bristol, which if their website is anything to go by, looks really good.  Next time I visit friends over there, I'm planning to call in!  Otherwise, it's a bit of a mixed bag with some local shops selling odds and ends, a stall in the market that sells a lot of novelty yarn and the cheap and nasty kind of acrylic - although occasionally has some interesting stuff as well.  And another shop in town that again seems to favour the novelty yarns. 

It seems to be either good stuff that's really expensive at one end of the scale, novelty yarns (which I've never really liked - apologies to those who do!) and really icky cheap stuff at the other, with not so much in between!  Having said all that, I'm still quite new to the area, so there may well be places I've not found yet!

Most of the yarns that seem to be popular in the States aren't available here although I guess we have equivalents for most of them - although it takes a bit of experimenting sometimes!  The ones I see all the time on Crafster are Red Heart, Caron Simply Soft, Lion Brand, Sugar'n'Creme - we don't have any of those!

Edited to add:  Popular mid-range brands in the UK include Patons, Wendy, Sirdar, Twilleys - they all make good quality yarns at reasonable prices.
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: completely defeated... on: August 23, 2007 05:12:11 AM
Previous posters have given loads of excellent advice... I just thought you needed a hug (((((hug))))).  Hope you're feeling better!
49  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Granny no square, fat bottom bag and birdie pin on: August 21, 2007 12:41:39 PM
I love your granny bag!  I made one too - the first thing I made from the Happy Hooker, and I use it all the time. I'd definitely recommend lining it - helps to keep it's shape too.
50  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Blizzard on: August 21, 2007 12:22:20 PM
Those are beautiful!  Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!
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