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About ArielManx

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  • Birthday 01/08/1978

A Few Things About Me

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    North Dakota born-and-raised, married since 2000, no children.
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    Crafting, cooking, reading, traveling
  • Occupation
    Self-employed tabletop fantasy game developer
  • Favorite projects
    Afghans, scarves, ornaments, bags, plushies
  • Crocheting since...
    Since early 2005
  1. Hmmm...I recently made a hat for my husband with Vanna's Choice, and had to rip it out a couple times (my first hat, what a learning experience!) and I didn't notice any fuzziness problems. But I only ripped back a couple times. I have had other brands of yarn end up "worn out" after multiple rippings.
  2. Every pattern I've used that referred to the joining chain or joining stitch meant just that - the chain or stitch in which you joined the round to complete it. So "sc around post of joining dc" would mean you do the sc around the post of the dc you slip-stitched into to join the round (I don't have this particular pattern either, but I'm guessing the round probably started with a ch2 or ch3, which you count as the first dc). "sc in same ch as joining" means to make a sc into the ch you slip-stitched into to join the round.
  3. Pound of Love is technically worsted weight, but it's noticeably thinner than Red Heart. I've made several blankets with a Pound of Love (which is literally a pound - 16 ounces) and almost always had some left to spare, but have made the exact same pattern with Red Heart and used three full 7 ounce skeins and had to break into a 4th one to finish it (about 22 ounces total). Any worsted weight will work but you will likely need more of it.
  4. Yarns: Vanna's Choice, Caron One Pound, Red Heart Super Saver, Homespun, and Peaches and Cream and Sugar and Cream. All easy care, relatively inexpensive, and soft. Threads: Knit-Cro-Sheen and Aunt Lydia's size 10. I don't work with thread a lot, but those are the one's I like the most of what I've tried.
  5. I've been very lucky so far (knock on wood!) that none of my items have ended up unraveled, damaged, or destroyed. At least not to my knowledge! The worst that has happened so far - and this really is heartbreaking to me - is that items I've given to people have been packed away and never used. My grandmother labeled and packed everything I ever made her in a special drawer (with all the other pretty things other people had made her!) and continued to use the same old ratty dishrags and pillowcases. It was sweet of her that she thought the things I'd made were that special, but I don'
  6. I always wash (I don't make anything that isn't machine washable). I use the dye-and-fragrance free detergent and dryer sheets all the time anyway, so odds are it's not going to aggravate anyone's allergies. I always include washing instructions because I've had a number of people be afraid to use things I've made them because "What if it gets dirty?!" I like to wash everything before I give it away because I think it makes it softer and gives you a better feel for the drape of the item. Plus as someone else said, you see where your end pop out and need more weaving in or a trim. I d
  7. Oh my goodness! I am late to the Round Ripple party but I finally started my first one last night, and I can't believe I waited so long! I've only done 9 rounds but it's already so beautiful and fun that I foresee many more of these in my future. I am using Crochet Dad's nine-point ripple pattern (thanks for sharing Gene!) and Caron One Pound in lilac and deep violet and I'm basing my rounds on the Fibonacci sequence (5, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 1, 1, 5...). It will be a baby blanket for my cousin and his wife and their new little girl. They're even bigger math geeks than I am - they both ma
  8. When I was about 11 or 12, I asked my dad's cousin (who was like an aunt to me) if she'd teach me to crochet. She made the most beautiful doilies and I wanted to make them too! But she insisted that crochet would be too hard for me to learn, and taught me how to knit instead. Well! Since knitting wasn't what I wanted to do, it didn't stick, so I abandoned yarn and went back to my embroidery. (My maternal grandmother crocheted a bit, but wasn't patient enough to teach me - loved that woman dearly, but patient she was not!) Fast forward about 15 years. My job was stressful, and I was d
  9. I was also going to say Warm Brown - but the best way to tell for sure would be to take a little piece of it with you to the store to compare. Colors show up a little differently on everyone's computer screens.
  10. Yup, I got my Lion Brand newsletter too. Good news indeed!
  11. Caron One Pound is a great value for large projects. They have a very rich forest green and a country rose color that isn't a deep burgundy, but is very pretty. http://www.caron.com/color_cards/cc_onepound.html If you want a very warm afghan, I'd recommend RoseRed's flannel-ghan pattern http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=42711 It's warm and just gorgeous! Big grannies are great bed afghans too, and since king size beds are almost square anyway, it would be easy to make one the right size.
  12. Are you saying that the aster was described as a delicate purple flower? If that's the case, "delicate" is referring to the flower, not the color - it's a delicate flower that is purple in color.
  13. What's the context? Is this something a pattern is calling for? I would think it means light purple, like lavender or lilac (a delicate shade), but without knowing a little more about the context I can't be sure.
  14. Here's how I read it. I've never made this pattern but it sounds a lot like one I've seen before. Count 13 stitches in from one end of your work (that piece you just completed), and join your yarn in the 14th one. You've just skipped the first 13 stitches. Now that you have the yarn joined, crochet across 30 sc, then chain one and turn - you've left the last 13 stitches on the first piece unworked. Keep working back and forth just on this shorter 30-stitch segment for the 15 rows total, this will form the toe part of the slipper. With that long yarn tail, weave your needle i
  15. I've never tried it myself (been lucky enough not to spill anything, knock on wood!), but whenever this topic comes up, the recommendation always is to stick the skein inside a knee-high nylon, or the cut-off leg off an old pair of pantyhose, tie it shut, and toss it in the wash. It must work or people wouldn't keep suggesting it!
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