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Grammie Essa

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About Grammie Essa

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  • Birthday 11/22/1959

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    Crochet and Metaphysics
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    Social Work
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  • Favorite projects
    Kittens in a row afghan, granny square afghans, market bags.
  • Crocheting since...

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  1. How do you hold your crochet hook? How do you hold your yarn? What are some easy rhymes or sayings you have used or invented to remember what to do when you make a single crochet stitch, a double crochet stitch,etc. Example: for a single crochet stitch, go thru, yarn over, come back thru, yarn over, go thru two. Personal accounts of how you learned to read patterns and make sense of all that garble.a keep it simple, simpler,simplest! I think there will be lots of us experienced ones who would love to pick out some area they feel they are exceptional at! I already have a list of websites I would like to share. And maybe for all the teachers who teach crochet, we could direct our students to the beginner section of crochetville to check out all the great info, before you know it, crochetville will be bigger than Facebook! It might even help us teachers to organize our info better.and to start compiling the info. Maybe even a section for teachers. A what did your student teach you today about how to teach better. Or how to explain it easier. I know I tend to make things harder than it needs to be,then a student points out an easier way to say or do the same thing then you have an "aha" moment! Thanks Amy and others! I love this place!
  2. Have you tried the lighted crochet hooks? By doing a Google search? They have lites built-in and then when the electricity goes out in the winter in the country , your prepared to continue crocheting in the dark.can't think of the brand name right now and my hook is at my desk at work. Google it!
  3. I teach crochet. I was wondering if there is already a section for beginners. I would like to tell the people I teach that crochetville has a section devoted to beginner crocheters. Such as "beginner crochet support group," strictly for beginners to ask questions. And ask members who have experience to help out with answers to questions.I know that there is already tons of support here because I have found it myself over the years. I love this site! But to the new crocheter it could be a bit intimidating.just wondering if there is a better way to bring in the beginners. There is lots of info for us experienced folks, and always lots of support when s new person has a question. But how does the new person find all thid info without having to read thru all the messages. I myself love to look thru all the sections but I am weird like that. Most people want immediate gratification and may not feel they can get help here when really there is a bounty of help.
  4. I agree, the Cabana is a great website for granny squares!! That is the best way to make the traditional granny square, making one round, then joining it and turning it to make the next round and so on. The other patterns that show you to slip stitch to the next space after joining, always confused me. I guess if you want to always have one side to be the right side, or front side, that is when you might decide to use the join and slip stitch to next space....
  5. Hmmn, what is a scarf sweater?? Sounds neat. I would rather be using my crochet hooks, but instead I am trying to get the hang of using double pointed knitting needles, and I am making knitted fingerless gloves with the self striping yarn. I love crocheting better than knitting, but right now I am into the self striping yarn and I prefer using knitting needles with that type of yarn so the stripes show up better. It just takes so darn long to knit anything! Oh, I did make a butterfly scarf yesterday with my crochet hook, during a break from the knitting.
  6. The Crochet Pattern a Day calender publisher is asking for submissions. Please check out the website and consider sending your pattern or patterns in!! They almost did away with the crochet pattern a day calender recently because of a "lack of interest" so please let them know, we are interested!!! Go to the website, www.knittingpatternaday.com or email to submissions@knittingpatternaday. They are accepting both knitting and crochet patterns...good luck!!!! And....buy the calender too!! so they will keep the crochet patterns coming!! We are already so out-numbered with all the knitting patterns out there, spread the love of crochet!!!
  7. Congrats!! I need to get my calender too!!! I noticed they are taking submissions for the 2012 calender also. If anyone is interested just go to the website, www.knittingpatternaday.com or send/email your orignial pattern (with a picture, and they have special requirements for that) to submissions@knittingpatternaday. They are accepting knitting and crochet patterns!! Keep those crochet patterns coming!!!!
  8. oh yeah... Felting, no way, how can you put all that work, effort, and time, into something that turns into ..... Felt????
  9. I like to pronounce "skein" like "scene" not like "pine"!! I hate knots that are already in my yarn skein!! I don't like to skip stitches on the end, depending on how many I chain up! I try it both ways,then do the one that looks best, then keep doing that!! I tie knots. Blocking sucks. Gauge.....just can't get into it. I hate it that there are more knitting pattern books in the book stores than there are crochet pattern books! And I hate it that when I am crocheting, strangers will always ask me what I an knitting!! I like to knit, but crochet is my favorite, so I hate the popularity of knitting, when crocheting is just as cool!!! Thanks for letting me vent, who knew!!
  10. Welcome. You are in a wonderful place!! Lots of cool patterns to be found here, and lots of great people to enjoy crochet with too!!
  11. Welcome!! This is a great place for crocheters for sure!! I always come to crochetville when I have a question about crochet, and everyone is great to give you the answer you need too. Maybe you could ask for ideas on what pattern books are good for someone just learning to follow patterns. I have found the pattern books written for kids to learn to crochet are really good. Some have the instructions written without abbreviations. And, it is good just to study the patterns for awhile before you begin a project. Have the meanings of the abbreviations near by, and try reading them outloud. Look for the patterns that aren't very long, like only a few rows, then repeating the same rows, or just a short pattern is good too. Always look for beginner skill level. Sometimes the Easy skill level, does require more knowledge than you would think needed. I love to find the "pattern within the pattern" myself. And I have been crocheting for over 10 years now, and still find myself misreading a pattern. Just keep working on it, then you will get the "aha" moment and it all works out. Crochet is so forgiving, cuz it is easy to ripit out and start over again!! Welcome and enjoy!!
  12. I have to admit, I like the idea!! It would be an extra sensory perception for sure, (no pun intended). And it would be nice for a face cloth. But not good for people with allergies...otherwise, it sounds interesting and something different.
  13. Thanks yall for all the great color combination ideas. That is what is so fun about this pattern, mixing up the colors!! Thanks for helping me out of my "color block" and for awakening me again in color!!!!!
  14. Cute!! I love Hello Kitty, is this your own pattern, or from a book??Great Work!!
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