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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / circles to squares afghan opinions on: April 25, 2008 10:58:53 PM

I've been making the circle to squares afghan from the lion brand website free patterns.  Its a great project and moves fast.  However, i used DK not worsted for my project, because I was stash busting, so it turned out a little smaller than I need it to.  I want it to fit a single bed and have room to "fall" a little at the sides.

Here are some pics of it so far.  One is it on my king size bed (I have a very tall husband lol)

I would like some opinions on a few things please, to help me make up my mind.
1. Should I crochet another whole blanket?
2. If I do, how should I expand it?  It needs to stay fairly long and thin.  Should I just try to arrange the squares at the sides and pick the best?
3. I changed the pattern so I used more colours.  I used a random stripe generator to help me pick the colour changes for the little squares, then reversed the colours to get the colour changes for the larger squares (16sml, 5 med, 3 lge).  I am trying to decide whether to
a) simply repeat the squares that I have already done,
b) reverse the colours but keep them the same size,
c) reverse the colours but make some med, lge, and some lge, medium, OR
d) come up with new stripes and follow the "pattern" above.
4) I'm also dithering with how to stitch them up.  You're "meant" to have the same outer colour, making it easy to stitch, but I was thinking of crocheting the squares together, but wasn't sure whether to add another colour, possibly a straw/hay colour?

Sorry for all the questions, I just find it hard to make up my mind sometimes!  Thank you!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dish cloth bouquet on: December 28, 2007 09:19:09 AM
My mum likes knitted dishclothes.  When I was making them for myself, she told me she would always be happy to have some.  I know this may sound like a rubbish present, but I did offer her a jumper of her choice!!!  After seeing the baby sock bouquets, and a crocheted cupcake scarf on here, I decided that the dishclothes would look fab done up like roses in a bouquet.  And she loved it!

The dishclothes are just basic garter stitch, and they have wire wrapped around the bottom to keep them rolled.  They are mounted on ash twigs.  There are a 1/2 dozen dishclothes, and four twigs of holly from the lane near my house to set them off.  I was going to buy some artificial flowers but a) I could find any nice ones for a reasonable price b) I think the holly works fine.

I hope you like it - thanks for looking!  Cheesy

3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / seija set with navy on: November 15, 2007 08:19:54 AM
Yes, I know, I have bowed to convention in making this blanket for a boy-baby-to-be, but please don't cast me out into the wilderness, there will be plenty gender specific challenging when I eventually have my own babies.  And this baby's big sis is getting a truck for her birthday so maybe that balances things out?  Anyway, here's my sejia set, I think it looks a bit like a university scarf - if you look at the wip you might see what I mean!  I'm going to do a matching beanie hat for the father, it was my Oh's idea and I think it would be really cute.

Hope you like it, and thanks for looking  Wink

4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Heather FrouFrou on: November 06, 2007 09:34:49 AM

I finished my froufrou a few weeks ago, but its taken me a while to get pictures sorted out.  I did it in Sirdar Aran with 20% wool, which didn't give it as good a drape as I'd hoped, but I think it'll be ok.  Its for my mother in law for Christmas, she is a slightly different shape to me so I think it'll fit her better.  I have got a couple of ends that I haven't woven in yet and I'm yet to find a brooch to fasten it.  It was an ok project, like others have said a little repetitive but I quite like projects like that!  I'm not 100% happy with it, mainly because it seems a little neat even though my gauge gave me plenty of room but fingers crossed mil will like it.

Sorry for the midriff and the scraggy hair!!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Not christmas stocking socks! on: November 06, 2007 09:24:46 AM
I started these socks in april for my mum as a belated mothers day present.  I did one - ok but not brilliant.  But oh my word has the second one taken a long time!  The pattern was very repetitive and I wasn't keen on the "measure so many inches from the start" method, I'd much rather count rows.  The second one is on the left and is the better of the two, but I am lazy and didn't want to frog the first. Never mind.  It is made in Lion brand woolease thick and quick in Cranberry, and is the Country Cottage sock pattern from the lion brand website.  They should be cosy for my mum as she pads around her boyfriends farm! Hope you like!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First timer sock yarn on: October 29, 2007 01:45:26 AM

I am debating making my first pair of socks and before I take the plunge with some reduced Opal yarns online I wanted to get your opinions on which yarns are "best" for a beginner.  These will probably be presents, so its better if they can be machine washed.

Maybe its a case of "suck it and see" but I thought if I could tap in your collective wisdom it would be better.

Thank you!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Please help - trying to sort yarns for a star afghan on: September 30, 2007 11:42:29 AM
I started this blanket this morning and its coming along well.  But My
husband hates the rainbow colours and so its hard to get his advice.  I decided to temper the rainbow "busyness" by adding the black, but the black is a thicker yarn than the rainbow and I can't decide whether it sits right. I think its ok.  I am trying to decide whether to do another row or two of rainbow before I do more black,or whether to alternate black and rainbow from now on.  What do you think?  And should I use a lighter weight yarn for the black?  Here are the pics of the wip, the colours appear much darker than they are in "real life":

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Crocheter wanting to dip her toe into image reproduction on: July 26, 2007 02:41:17 PM

I hope this hasn't been asked lots of times, I did try to search it but came up with nothing.  Anyway, I was just wondering what the pros and cons were of the different types of image reproduction, if technique and islands/bridges are the main differences between screenprinting and stenciling or whether it was something else.  Which one is better for a total novice? Just wanting to have a go sometime soon and didn't know which path to take...

Thanks in advance.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Marion Foale yarn on: June 04, 2007 09:43:12 AM
I was wondering if anyone could tell me something about Marion Foale yarn, because I am struggling to find any info on the internet.  It is on offer from  Goodhousekeeping mag in the UK for 25 for 9 balls, but all it says is 100% wool and the colours and that it is 3ply, not weight, no yardage, nothing.

I was really trying to work out if that's a good deal or not?  I haven't been craftster for long enough to know her stuff!! 

Hope someone can help.

10  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / yet another fbb! on: June 01, 2007 02:26:12 AM
Hi - I have just finished this fbb - although it does need lining and the flower and stitching attached properly  Wink

hope you like!

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