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81  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Fairly novice crocheter, need help picking yarns on: April 09, 2007 01:44:22 PM
Thank you very much!  I think I just have to bite the bullet and go with it.  There seems to be a major shortage of good yarn stores (wool shops!!) around here, I was talking to my mum and there used to be one in every village.  Now its mainly John Lewis  Undecided.  When I've gone in with the book (esp for my first project) I got so little help I got really frustrated and just ordered the yarn online from the US. BTW, is an acrylic mix a happy medium??

I'll let you know how it all goes - any further advice gratefully received!
82  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Fairly novice crocheter, need help picking yarns on: April 09, 2007 04:30:07 AM
BTW, I don't need specifics, as I realise most of you aren't in the UK.  Would would be really helpful is - if you can tell me how it will be similar or different - e.g. how acrylic will differ from cotton in the finished product, e.g. if you use x type of yarn, it will look like y, or if you use worsted instead of DK weight it will go from looking like this to looking like that....
83  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Fairly novice crocheter, need help picking yarns on: April 09, 2007 02:11:24 AM

I learnt to crochet last summer, and so far I've made the sweet pea shawl, 'lil monkey hat and have started the 'lil monkey afghan and fat bottomed bag, which I hope to finish soonish (I'm a new teacher, we have no time outside school stuff!!).

I have several problems.  Firstly, SNBCTHH is american, and I am English and in England, so getting hold of the specified yarns is tricky, although some shipping fees seem reasonable.  Secondly, because I am fairly new to the whole crafting game, I don't really know how to substitute yarns successfully, so I have been trying to get hold of the "correct" yarns.  And some of those yarns are mega expensive!! Huh

I really want to make my sister-in-law the bunny slippers for christmas, and make my mother-in-law frou frou for her birthday in August.  And there are loads of other things I want to make but one step at a time!! Tongue

So anyway, if someone could give me some pointers on this, especially for the projects mentioned above I would be really really grateful.  I've read through the posts and you are all doing amazing stuff!  I love the froggy blanket!

thank you in advance!  Smiley
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