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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Hand Muffler Pattern? (and how to make cheap yarn look more expensive ti on: October 07, 2007 07:48:27 PM
I am looking for a muffler pattern, but all I find when i type in the word, is scarf patterns. My grandmother used to call scarves mufflers so I understand but I am looking for the kind little girls used to use to keep their hands warm. I grew up in the 70's and she actually made us some
(she was also the most amazing sewer and sewed us all faux fur coats with hand mufflers to match those too!). But I no longer have one to copy.

I think a basic tube could suffice, but I wouldn't want it to be too loose. My sister and I had crocheted and fabric ones, some had a strap that hung from your neck so you just could pop your hands in anytime. I's like to make a crocheted one for my 6 yr old niece who is sucha  girly girl and would love one. Any patterns? Suggestions or ideas?
 
Thanks in advance for any help or tips! Speaking of which and also of my dear grandmother, she had a depression-era tip for making "cheap" yarn look more expensive or luxurious (if this tip is widely known, forgive me for re-posting!);
When yarns were very expensive during the depression, my grandmother would get whatever yarn she could, often not the highest quality (in looks anyway). she would crochet or knit something in very basic stitches like single or double crochet, using fairly tight stitches. When done, she would very carefully, use a hairbrush to brush the yarn. She could make Woolworth yarn look more like mohair. In years to follow she would still use this method (especially on small items like hats) to make yarn just look more sophisticated. It works really well using a plain old nylon brush but NOT THE KIND THAT HAS THE LITTLE PLASTIC BALLS ON THE END OF THE BRISTLE TIPS! Those will pull out your stitches. Recently I used this method to make some leaves I crocheted for a scarflette, look better when compared to the more expensive yarn I used for the flowers they surrounded. If you go to far you can trim the "fluff" with a small scissor so easily. Sometimes the item also feels softer, but this is on a yarn by yarn basis. Smiley Hope you enjoy the tip!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: pretend makeup compact for little girl on: October 05, 2007 03:01:52 PM
thats adorable and reminds me of the vintage project in this link:

 http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/Roundcompact.html
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Pretty Puff Slouchy Hat UPDATE: Pattern added on: October 05, 2007 02:53:12 PM
Hey thanks, would hate to go through all the work then realize I went with too small a hook!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Pretty Puff Slouchy Hat, Yarn Question on: October 04, 2007 08:46:21 PM
I just got some Bernat Satin, but realized I don't have a K hook, just a J (and every other letter but K;o); Has anyone used this yarn for the hat yet? Any opinions on it and my using J hook? If this has already been answered sorry and also, thanks in advance!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fimo Cake Earrings + more on: September 30, 2007 02:39:08 PM
sooo cute! i have worked with polymer clay a long time but never tiny food. i want to make some for my niece who would love these, but i have a similar question someone else had about the syrup for the pancakes, how did you make the cherry glaze? is it liquid sculpey (or something similar?) mixed with color? i like that its small but realistic;o)
16  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: for those in ny, where do you buy your yarn? thanks! on: September 27, 2007 10:46:26 PM
wow! you are a wealth of information! thanks so much! i had not heard of most of those. there is a good local store, lana's on kings highway in brooklyn. they sell yarn but also just about every type of fabric trim, button, and sewing related doo-dad. but i wanted more variety and now i know where to look. thanks again;o)
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweetpea bonnet on: September 25, 2007 06:30:53 PM
adorable and the hat's cute too!;)
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Zephyr Style Juliet on: September 25, 2007 06:27:28 PM
beautifully done, great color choice as well:o)
19  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / for those in ny, where do you buy your yarn? thanks! on: September 19, 2007 08:13:32 AM
i live in bklyn, always looking for a good yarn shop!
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: replacing "baby weight" w/worsted weight yarn in pattern (advice needed!) on: September 18, 2007 03:46:46 PM
thanks so much! i didn't think to double strand it, thinking it would be about the same size with one strand, just looser, but now i will. so glad i read this before i  got going!;)
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