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Map Lady

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  • Birthday 11/14/1963

A Few Things About Me

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  • Short bio
    Married to a wonderful guy, no children, no pets except my yarn. I just taught myself how to knit.
  • Location
    Columbus, OH
  • Hobbies
    Civil War Re-enacting, Crocheting, Counted Cross-stitch &www.wheresgeorge.com
  • Occupation
    Work at Nationwide Arena, The Scottenstien Center & read proficiency exams
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  • Favorite projects
    Afghans, Shawls and anything else I can wind yarn around
  • Crocheting since...
    since my grandma taught me when I was "little".
  1. I buys for the project. Since I know that the way I crochet and the person who designed the project probably crochet differently, I usually buy one extra skein of yarn per color. Most of the time I can take the extra full skein back to my LYS, but chances are it will be added to the yarn stash for the "incase I run out during a project and I'll need it", "I'll do a scrapghan", "I can learn to make slippers!" scenarios.
  2. My husband doesn't mind it so much as long as the rest of the house is "relatively orderly" which means that he can open a closest and doesn't get showered with yarn and craft projects and he can find the stuff he's looking for. Currently I have 3 to 5 tubs of yarn here at my apartment and enough boxes and tubs of yarn and WIP to fill about a quarter of my 7.5' x 10' storage unit. I've been crocheting and knitting a lot lately so eventually the amount should go down. We'll be getting a larger storage unit soon. Much of the yarn and craft stuff in my hoard is what I've inherited from my grandmother and my aunt. When my mom started quilting she gave her yarn to me. The Packrat gene runs in my family. When my husband and I go on trips, he's resigned himself that it will include a trip the the local Wal*Mart, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby or Michael's because "I forgot to pack a project" and I always need to have something in my hands to work at Civil War Re-enactments, for down time at the hotel or when we are visiting family. I usually wind up teaching at least one person how to crochet.
  3. There is a nice Crocheted Hood in Welden's Practical Crochet (I forget which volume). It's worked from the center in a double crochet cross hatch pattern and comes down over the shoulders. It's meant to be worn over a cloak or a shawl.
  4. Thanks for posting the link! I love figuring out Civil War Era and Victorian Crochet! One of my best tools to figure a pattern are the 300 Crochet Pattern Books. They have excellent examples of what the pattern looks like with the American instructions.
  5. There is a great little "factory outlet" yarn shop in Columbus, OH called Phillip's Yarn Shop. The yarn is mostly Red Heart Brand. It isn't in the best neighborhood so they keep their door locked all the time, but you can't beat the price! It is is sold by the ounce! I bought enough yarn to make a shrug (Five skeins of Red Heart 3-ply yarn) and it was less than $6.00! Pattern books and supplies are inexpensive also. The only drawback is the color choices are limited to what arrives in the factory box each week. If you are in or near Columbus, it is definitely worth the side trip! They are located just north of Morse RD on Cleveland AVE and are open Tuesday-Saturday.
  6. Joanne's is my main source of crochet and yarn supplies. They are helpful and their classes are helpful. I can teach crochet, but when I need refreshers or project help, their classes are awesome and affordable!
  7. from Columbus, OH! Let me know if there are any really good crochet supply places near you. I'm willing to travel up two three hours to explore and find supplies that will work in historic re-creations to crochet. I really love doing shawls shrugs and ponchos too. (I'm wearing one of my shrugs in my profile picture...yes, I'm riding a Zamboni) I made a really easy poncho last month to where to work since the "room boss" has a very high metabolism and I freeze when he's in the room. I'm a Civil War reenacter and shawls are an essential article of clothing. A lot of what I do is transcribing Victorian instructions to 21st Century American instructions . I'm married with no children but I do have neices who are currently living in Georgia. The youngest is eight. They learned to knit two years ago. I've had to learn to knit to help teach the younger one since she's still interested in doing it. I did have to remember how to cast off knitting since she really needed to finsh the scarf from two years ago! (I did buy her a crochet hook and easy instruction book to spark that interest, too ) Keep trying and she'll get it eventually.
  8. I'm right handed and crochet right handed. I have taught left handed people to crochet left handed. It seems to work well when they are across from me and they can mirror the stitches.
  9. from Columbus, OH! I joined yesterday. This is going to be a fun forum!
  10. When my grandma taught me, she started with an f hook and baby weight. That was too small so We went to worsted weight and she allowed me to finger crochet until I was comfortable with the movements. Then she gave me a J hook and I took off! The person who taught me to knit started me on bulky weight yarn and 11.0 needes so I could see the stitches easily. That may be a good way to work with him. Don't worry, everybody learns differently so be patient and keep trying.
  11. My Mom did a pattern like that back in the 70s. She opted for the capelet option. It was wedges of color in a (sc ch sc ch) seed pattern. The afghan option was round. You worked the long edge of the color first and then progressively shorter rows. The narrow ends met in the middle. I don't know If I still have that pattern. It would be lovely to do in the Soft Brights by Caron!
  12. Yes, I have some friends who like to crochet. They are beginners and I'm beginning to explore stuff that isn't supposed to be flat or stuffed with a pillowform when you're done. It's nice to meet at a local coffee shop to teach them something new.
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