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  1. ElannDOTcom has dk cotton yarn called Sonata.
  2. No, you are right it should be more central. The rounded part is the heel cup and it starts from the center of the back. I had to fiddle too because I didn't increase as much. So try this: 60 - 48 = 12 divided by 2 = 6 so try going over 6 less and see how that works. Rachel
  3. I also haven't tried decreases after the ball of the foot but in the socks I have done since I have decreased a few stitches before doing the cuff to make it a bit more snug. Rachel
  4. Most European countries use mm for hook size. Way back when Canada used UK terms but a few decades ago they switched to American. I prefer the mm (millimetre) as different hook brands have different mm sizes for each letter size. Rachel
  5. Yeah for sc you always chain 1 and then sc in every stitch but not the ch1. When you hdc or dc I normally ch 2 but many ch3 for dc (I find ch2 leaves less of a gap). If it says that the ch 2 or 3 counts as a stitch then you skip the first stitch and at the end you stitch in the last chain on the turning chain. If the turning chain is not a stitch then you stitch in every stitch but don't put a stitch in the turning chain. Just make sure you count every row and then keep doing the same thing for each row and it normally turns out. I learned by crocheting in the round and the turning chains threw me too when I went to flat crochet. I am using North American terms by the way not UK or AUS terms. so: sc is dc hdc is htc dc is tr Rachel
  6. bev's country cottage has some sock patterns too but I think they are on CPC too. Rachel
  7. Come join! I am having problems picking another project too after the Molly Weasley sweater. I am want to finish an afghan before starting another (like the burgundy and gold afghan I was planning). I am making two afghans right now and starting a third would be insane! Rachel
  8. I have been listening to knitting podcasts (I don't knit but there aren't many crochet podcasts) and people are saying that knitting lace is going to be the next new thing. I was wondering if this would carry over into crochet as I think it is even more suited to lace than knitting. Rachel
  9. That is a nice shawl. I have every single book mentioned:eek in these posts so really I have no excuse but to just do it. I do think it is becoming more common to use symbols and I can see why doily patterns would have them as it must be soooo much easier to use a diagram than written instructions. Rachel
  10. For those of you that use symbols what was the easiest way for you to learn? There are just so many great patterns out there in other languages. I am also sort of noticing that both Interweave Crochet and Crochet Today are promoting symbols lately and feel a change coming on. Maybe it is just me though. I know patterns have changed over the years and it makes sense that symbols will be more popular as people want to use patterns in languages they don't understand. Actually, I was laughing just this morning because the only French I know is "cereal box" French. In Canada all the labels are bilingual and as a kid you read ingredients in french just out of boredom I guess. It normally starts with the breakfast cereal and goes on to other ingredients. I was thinking I could become fluent in all different languages but just for crochet:lol . Like crochet Japanese or something like that. Imagine going to Japan and only knowing the word for "chain" or something. Ok maybe I need more sleep or a life...... Anyways.... any tips for learning symbols? Rachel
  11. yarnyviolet

    British terms?

    I joined Crochetville when it was at its other site because I was crocheting using North American terms with a British book. I didn't know what was wrong as I hadn't crocheted for years. Some nice people explained it to me. I have patterns in both terms and you do catch on to converting them in your head. Some of the really old patterns in Canada seem to use British terms too. Personally I think it was because crochet was too easy when compared to knitting (just 2 kinds of hand holds and a couple of ways to hold to the yarn) and some evil people decided to spice things up a bit. Rachel
  12. My dh is British and one day my MIL sent an outfit for dd. I asked her what she called it and she said a pinafore or pinny and I said that is a jumper in Canada. It is a constant source of amusement for my dh and I to argue over "English". My son didn't have any problem with any of the Harry Potter books as he is "bilingual" (ie.: Candian english and British english). Rachel
  13. Lacis.com sells some. What kind of purse handles? Wood, metal, leather? What size of purses? Rachel
  14. Not really patterns but freeform crochet techniques to be used to make freeform crocheted items.... Prudence Mapstone's site I also like art of crochet which was mentioned. She is very easy to deal with. Rachel
  15. Busy Bee can find any pattern. She is amazing! Rachel
  16. My LYS is 4 hours away (8 hours driving there and back) so I know how you feel but that is also the closest drug store and clothing store so I have to go there sometimes anyways (every month or two). Just try gauge swatches and see how it comes out. Rachel
  17. Just do a gauge swatch to see if it works. Join us! I just got some sock yarn in the mail today (elann.com had 10 skeins for just over $20 so I got some!). I just have to finish a few WIPs and then I will start another pair. Rachel
  18. I tried to log in and it says it has been hacked! I belong to the email newsletter and I hope that it won't affect me. Why do people do these things? It is not like CrochetMe sells anything. Rachel
  19. Yes you can join! In the knitting world Harry Potter KAL are everywhere and I expect CALs will pick up too in the next month. Rachel
  20. yarnyviolet

    Too tight

    This is what helped me. The hook size is based on the shaft not the actual size of the end where the hook is. This means that if you are only use the hook part to make your loops to make your stitch than your stitches will be tight. Some hooks immediately go from the hook to the shaft ifyswim instead of a gradual size change and the former makes it easier to keep the gauge correct. My hands don't hurt as much either. Rachel
  21. I just did my first 2 scrumbles a few days ago so I am not very experienced. If is a blanket meant to be used in a stroller or car seat then I think the elongated version you have is great. Otherwise to make it more square or rectangular maybe try some mesh? I have also seen people going around the edge with sc to even out the edges sort of framing the freeform. Rachel
  22. I was going to say that sock yarn is everywhere or at least fingering weight yarn but now I see you want to use from your stash. You will need to use a much larger weight because you will lose the drape. Elann.com has some fingering weight yarn that you can order online. Zen Garden in the Crochetville Marketplace has sock yarn. Sock yarn is quickly becoming a very popular weight of yarn so if you find your experiment doesn't work out then you should have no problem finding sock weight yarn in your local LYS. Rachel
  23. knot just knitting which is a website by Prudence Mapstone has digital books you can order. I just did my first scrumbles 2 days ago. I bought 2 books from Jenny Dowde (I think that is her last name) and it is so much fun! I just started with a circle (dc into a chained loop like you do for a granny square) and just started adding onto to it. I have joined a freeform yahoo group too. I find freeform to be just stunning. I am attracted to colour. The crochet insider has some really nice pictures and links of freeform crochet in the galleries. I hope you have as much fun as I have had! Rachel
  24. Is it this one? http://creativecaravan.livejournal.com/ the socks are down a bit. Rachel
  25. I just bought some nice tools from Lacis. I love fancy tools like needle cases and I would like to get a real Chatelaine. Funnily enough I bought one set of TOTC hooks but normally use my bamboo ones after I caught the cat trying to chew my TOTC hooks (the bamboo ones are way cheaper) so buying hooks isn't my thing. I had to restrain myself as I could have gone really crazy with the scissors (I don't know why as I actually have a fear of sharp objects:think ). So does anyone know of other places to buy stuff like that? My birthday is this month:) . Rachel
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