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  2. Hello from Mississippi!
  3. Best way to attach satin ribbon to crocheted baby bonnet with several rows of ribbon
  4. Happy Thanksgiving!
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  7. Well dh had his turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied sweet potatoes, cranberry gel, green beans, carrots, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie. Now I am looking forward to bbq Fri----thats what gets me through Thanksgiving. Everything seemed to turn out better this year than usual. I had the turkey in the oven and most everything else prepped and ready to cook when sis and niece got here. Sis and I finally mastered making gravy and love those oven bags for the turkey. My back was hurting by the end of the day. Need to go to sleep as my day starts at 4 am tomorrow.
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  9. Happy Thanksgiving Ladies! We are at DD's this week. Last weekend was Gerimiah's birthday party. He turned on monday. My how time is flying. I have watched him since tuesday and Maya since wednesday. DD had to be to work at 1:00 this afternoon and works until 10:00. I was thinking about this the other day and it really upsets me to think that these kids are going to grow up and remember were mom never being here for Thanksgiving dinner. Consumers really don't know how it effects the families of all these employees. As long as she works in sales it will always be like this. I just wonder how long before Christmas and Easter will mean no to people than Thanksgiving does. I grew up going to my grandparents for holiday dinners. Most of the family came to grandma's. The ones that didn't lived out of state or up north. We really live in a selfish world in more ways than one. Okay off my rant now. I'll be back in a day or two to catch up. Cookie baking and putting the lights up outside. It's going to be 51* here tomorrow. Have a great rest of the week.
  10. I was using Ellie13's example of 3 stitches per inch, 1 inch divided by 3 is one third of an inch wide (1/3"), which is 0.33" expressed decimally. Most patterns tell you to make a 4 inch swatch, so Ellie13's imaginary pattern would have said 'gauge is 12 stitches over 4 inches'. Yes, pi is a number. Rounded off, it's 3.14; it's an 'irrational' number which is a number that has an infinite number of numbers (in no pattern) to the right of the decimal point. Here is a site that might be more information than you cared to know about pi , but for hats the useful thing to remember is: hats are made in a circle, your head outline at the brim line of a hat is (sort of) a circle, and your head measurement at the brim line is the circumference of a circle for the purpose of calculating how to make a hat. My 21" head, divided by pi (3.14), is 6.6879, which I roughly rounded up in my above post to 6 and two thirds inches, or 6.66" (hats stretch, should be a tad smaller than your head...a couple hundredths of an inch difference is close enough for a hat). The formula to calculate the circumference (outline) of a circle is pi times diameter, so if you know the circumference, you divide by pi to arrive at the diameter. (See, I told you there was/could be a lot of math in crochet!) You measured the circumference of your head, but you need to know the diameter of your head to know when to stop increasing the flat circle of the hat (by arriving at the calculated diameter), and to start working even. The multiple of 5 + 2 thing...that is information that a pattern, or stitch dictionary, will give you. From what I've seen, a blanket pattern (or something that's a plain rectangle) will be more likely to give this information than a garment pattern because the stitch count for a garment really has to be carefully figured out by the designer for all dimensions for each size given. So, the result for the 5+2 example would be 7, 12, 17, 22, and so on. Another random example--I've just opened my stitch dictionary to a random page with 2 shell-type stitches, one is a multiple of 10 + 1 (add 3 for foundation chain), the other is multiple of 8 + 1 (add 4 for foundation chain). Some simpler stitch patterns might just say any even or odd number of stitches. The reason the number isn't just 'multiple of 5' may be that you do a plain stitch at each end for a straight edge, and the pattern in the middle (example, 1 DC at each end, shell stitches in the middle). You can figure it out yourself by carefully reading the pattern if it doesn't tell you; however, I've been crocheting for (eek) nearly 5 decades and usually don't bother figuring the multiple if it doesn't tell me, and do the extra chains trick as I explained above. Sorry my posts are so verbose. I hope I haven't confused you more.
  11. Hello from Ontario Canada..I'm a beginner in crochet.I'm a Nana to be for the third time and putting together a baby basket for my daughter.Nice to find this friendly community.
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  13. HI.How do you get 0.33 '' inche wide?I am still kinda confused about what pi is ?and pi is 3.14 ?Also about the a multiple of 5 + 2 chains how do you get 2 from?
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  15. Hello everyone! Looking forward to having people to share with and hear about your projects, troubles, excitement, etc, and to get help and give help on crochet frustrations! I'm hoping you all are having a great Thanksgiving - I am hiding away in my craft room after hosting both of our families for dinner!
  16. oh im full lol and i hope everyone's day went or is going well dont forget what you are thankful today!! perfectly lovely say but over all too soon when the sun goes away so early we listened to an audio book after we had the turkey in and the dressing ready to go in later lol i always make a pan of dressing to add to what goes in the bird as we like our dressing lol twas very good and the gravy was great too hard to mess up gravy when its turkey gravy lol well im off lost my daylight so lol see ya tomorrow im nor nor have i ever participated in black Friday lol but good luck to those of you that do!!
  17. Oh, sorry I didn't notice one was video (I don't like video patterns either). I hope one of those will work for you. Happy Thanksgiving!
  18. Thanks Ellie 13
  19. Thanks Avon Lady : I'll check out the web site. Thanks Granny Square: I liked your sites. I really liked the Christmas star garland, but it's only in video form not a written pattern. I printed out the coasters and I'll see if I can print star of David (in the square). Ellie 13
  20. Happy Thanksgiving! I guess stores look for any reason to increase sales. It's not just Friday now, but often all week.
  21. If you are substituting yarn, it's a good idea to use the same yarn weight class. The yardage is the important thing to match up. Bernat blanket yarn - link here, scroll down - looks like it comes in 150 gram and 300 gram balls, does your pattern tell you which? (would make a big difference since it mentions skeins) 150 gram ball is 98 meters/108 yards, is class 5 super bulky. 300 gram ball is 201 meters / 220 yards, same weight. Loops and Thread has a lot of varieties in the same weight. Kaleidoscope, Country Loom, Country Loom Starburst, Ginormous Big!, Charisma Marble yarn, Cozy Wool, Biggie, Indie Pop, Chunky Boho, Dublin Big!, Zoomba, York Big!, Huge!, Lush Alpaca, Chunky, Braid Big! Here is a link to all of Michaels Super Bulky yarn. The link includes other brands-- I was not expecting so many Loops and Threads varieties in that weight! Which Loops and Thread version did the pattern call for? You can look at the Michael's link to see the yardage per skein, to figure out how many skeins to buy of the Bernat Blanket Yarn. Example, just to pick the first one, Kaleidoscope - comes in 70 meter / 77 yard skein. 13 balls of this yarn would be 910 meters. You would need 9.3 skeins (so, 10) of the small 150 gram Bernat Blanket yarn skeins, or 4.5 skeins (so, 5) of the bigger Bernat blanket skeins. I didn't look at the others but I assume the yardage is going to vary, so you'll have to do the math - 13 x the number of yards in the correct Loops and Thread pattern yarn, divided by the yardage in whichever Bernat Blanket yarn you were considering as a replacement.
  22. I totally missed the 'afghan' part of the OP's question, glad Ellie13 was more observant on that point; lots of good info on working with gauge. One little 'cheat' on afghans, or anything that has you starting with a really long chain, is to remember that crochet does not unravel easily from the beginning (knot) end. Even when a pattern says "chain x", and I want to follow the pattern and not aim for a different size, I count chains as I make them, but I usually make a few extra as insurance against miscounting - and pick the extra chains out later. Or, sometimes the pattern doesn't give a stitch multiple, and I'm too lazy to figure it out, I just chain the length I want, and a couple of inches more - then turn, work to as close to the beginning knot as I want, turn and continue. More on gauge - crochet can involve a lot of math, even just trying to follow a pattern. For a wearable, it's important to hit gauge exactly. If I don't, I figure out what a vital measurement would be at my gauge - say bust measurement. Let's use Ellie13's example of 3 stitches per inch as the pattern gauge--a 4" gauge swatch would be 12 stitches across. Each stitch is 0.33" wide. The finished pattern sizes are Small (36"), Medium (40"), Large (44"). The number of stitches across the bust would be 108, 120, and 132 respectively. Now, I need to measure MY gauge...and I end up with 13.5 stitches across, not 12. So, each stitch is 0.297" wide (4 divided by 13.5), instead of the required 0.33". If I multiply MY gauge by the number of bust stitches, my measurements would be 108 x 0.297=32", 120 x 0.297=35.64", 132 x 0.297=39.2". Let's say prior to the gauge swatch I would have chosen to follow the medium size, but I see that without making another swatch with a smaller hook I can accept the 39.2" versus 40" measurement to fit me, so I just follow the instructions for the large versus medium size. Sorry for the bolding, it just made it easier to to see/compare the numbers as I was typing Notice I picked up a stitch gauge difference that was fractional, and didn't 'seem' too different from the pattern - you can see how much a fraction of an inch in gauge can matter a LOT. Although I was using a pullover top as an example, this math would work for an afghan or anything else. To your questions on the hat - pi (pronounced like pie) is a Greek letter that is used to represent a number that defines circle and sphere geometry--rounded off, pi is 3.14. The diameter of a circle is the distance across a circle, from edge to edge and crossing the middle point; the circumference is the distance around the edge. By height, I meant the distance from the starting point of the hat (at the crown of the head, the beginning of the starting flat circle) to the edge near the face.
  23. I'm crochet a blanket with a Q hook and I chained 86 and I'm using single crochet pattern says to use 13 balls of yarn of loop and thread but I like the bernat blanket yarn so my question is how many balls of yarn should I use from Melissa
  24. Still at home and it’s already 1:30 so I think I get to stay home all day. By this time the cardiovascular recovery unit has emptied and those nurses will get moved to theICU. Dinner is finished, mil is napping in her chair and Dh and dd are doing cleanup. I’m starting to feel a bit better too. Mary, I made a small turkey breast, but even so, I have a lot leftover. My make ahead meal was actually very good, so I will be doing this again, even if I don’t have to work.
  25. Maybe you could shrink down my blanket square
  26. I know you said square, some of these are just stars, some are part of a round or hexagonal motifs. Found 1 in a square. There are lots of other 6 pointed star motifs, but many were more like flowers or snowflakes. Might be in odd terms, very old pattern but very cool star in a square! this is different, you could turn 1 of the stars into a filet-type square
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