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1  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!
2  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!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / replacing "baby weight" w/worsted weight yarn in pattern (advice needed!) on: September 18, 2007 02:37:21 PM

a friend gave me baby weight yarn (i don't have the wrapper but it was  made for baby items and has a pearly sheen to it), that she had left over from knitting a blanket. she loved the yarn (prettier than some baby yarns i've seen) and asked me to crochet a cap for her with it. but the pattern she chose says to use worsted weight yarn. i'd like to know what sort of difference this will make size wise? i don't want to go ahead when this might not fit the adult head the pattern was intended for! thanks for any help you can give me on this one!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Purchasing Precious Metal Clay online on: September 05, 2007 04:35:46 PM
i make jewelery with my original designs, from pmc. I have thus far only bought in art supply stores but am wondering if anyone knows of a good place on line? there are so many its overwhelming! i'd like a place that has fast shipping, and is the least expensive. i know this isn't polymer clay  and if this is the wrong place to post this question , i'll understand if its moved. i have worked with poly clay for years and was on hgtv crafters coast to coast making simulated jade earrings several yrs ago (though i think the link may still be on their site). years of working with poly clay has made the learning curve with pmc really short and i think would do the same for anyone. just like i felt with starting poly clay (and still do), this stuff is addictive! i just have to travel too far to get it, and i think proces online are less expensive, but again, not sure which site is best. i will post some pics when i can figure out how to get a non-glare filled, (even with flash off) photo! thanks in advance for any and all advice.
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