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  • Short bio
    I am a mother of five with three grandchildren.
  • Location
    Near Portland, Oregon
  • Hobbies
    Quilting, Machine Knitting and Crochet
  • Occupation
    Stay at Home Mom
  • Favorite projects
    Doilies and hats
  • Crocheting since...
    I started crocheting in 1970
  1. Those are very cute, but I have to admit Sitting Pretty is my favorite. And yes you may post links to free patterns. If you wander here long you will see many. One method for enlarging a pattern is to simply use a bigger hook. Make a swatch using the next hook size up and compare the gauge. Since you know the gauge of the pattern and the finished measurements you should be able to calculate the measurements to see if the bigger hook will get you there. That said though, the larger hook will also result in changing the length so be sure to check that too. Considering the construction though you should only need to change hook on the bodice. Another method would be to add stitches into both the front and the back of the bodice. As you only need two inches you would only have to work in 8 stitches. You should be able to do that without altering the skirt; just evenly space that first sc row and when you get to where you divide for front and back adjust for those stitches making sure to add the extra stitches to front and back sections. (4 each) Hope that makes sense. Good luck and don't hesitate to sing out if you get stuck. There is a lot of expertise around here.
  2. I don't know of a pattern, but have you thought about drafting your own? I have recently made two cardigans from the bottom up with only shoulder seams and setting in the sleeves. It all starts with a good diagram with appropriate measurements. A cardigan does have a front opening, but if worked in the round you could work from the bottom up and then divide for the front back when you hit the armhole. This would then only require two small shoulder seams for a sleeveless and two more seams if you are setting in sleeves. I know it sounds complicated, but it really isn't if you diagram it first and do a good stitch gauge. I also highly recommend Lily Chin's book 'Couture Crochet Workshop' for help in getting started. Come to think of it there is a sleeveless dress pattern in her book that is very pretty.
  3. I have a gridded blocking board, that I made years ago when I bought my knitting machine. That was made with a preprinted canvas top over a thick wool blanket and plywood. I use it when blocking doilies, but because it has no circles, it is a tiresome process. I recently looked for a canvas printed with circles and found there is nothing on the market. While marketing the entire board might be too costly, marketing a pre-printed canvas topper with instructions for construction might prove to be quite profitable. You really should consider it. I know I would buy one in a heartbeat. Nicely done.
  4. Each doily is beautiful. I'm hard pressed to choose a favorite though the two pinwheels are calling to me. Thank you for sharing such lovely items. I see I shall be spending my evening gathering patterns. Life can be so hard sometimes. LOL
  5. I'm a left hander too. I taught my right-handed friend by first showing her the stitches while she sat beside me and then having her sit across from me as mentioned before. However, I also talked her through each step as we worked. For example the dialog for a DC would be: you have one loop on your hook, yarn over and insert hook, yarn over again and pull the loop though, you now have 3 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through the last two loops. After awhile I did not have to talk her through anymore she just watched and did what I did. Before I knew it she had it nailed.
  6. As I was writing up the pattern for my Double Snowflake Bookmark it occurred to me someone might actually want yardage info. That got me to wondering just how designers go about calculating thread yardage for their beautiful doilies. I figured out the yardage for my project by measuring the thread needed for various individual stitches and then multiplying by the number of those stitches in a round yada,yada,yada. I'm certain there has to be an easier way........ please tell me there is an easier way. No pattern yet, but a pic of the bookmark is here if you haven't seen it: http://www.deardiary.net/show/diaries/119970/1229558400?comments=on
  7. Hey there is nothing wrong with that. Those are beautiful and it sure beats being buried in the real stuff!
  8. I was stuck at home due to a big snowstorm. I decided to let it inspire me instead of depress me so I designed this bookmark as a gift for a friend. http://www.deardiary.net/show/diaries/119970/1229558400?comments=on
  9. It is beautiful. Your friend is a very lucky woman.
  10. Those are sweet. My granddaughters would love them.
  11. The yellowing is most likely the result of acid in the cardboard spool, but I have also noted that some of my older doilies have yellowed with constant use. I have had pretty good luck with Oxyclean to brighten them up. My best results were with the spray on version. (The powdered version did not work for me at all.) I saturated them with the spray, let them sit for ten minutes then placed them in cool water to soak. I came back later and rinced them out then re-blocked. Most showed a remarkable improvement; even several vintage pieces looked brighter. I can't promise it will get all the yellow out, but it should help. Another good product is Fels-Naptha heavy duty laundry soap. Martha Stewart recommended it years ago and it has heped me get age spots out of old linens. Might be worth a try.
  12. I use Aunt Lydia's #10 thread quite often and like it for most things I've done including fillet pieces. It comes in black on a 350 yard ball. You can find it here; http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/crochet-thread-aunt-lydias-crochet-cotton.html Good luck.
  13. I agree with Granny Square; a tablecloth is probably not the best project when you are just starting with thread. Make a doily or two first to get the feel of it then, when you are ready, find a tablecloth pattern. There are many beautiful ones available. I have found some real beauties in old pattern books. If you are intent on making a tablecloth you could work with Luster Sheen by Read Heart. I made a lovely 55 inch round Pineapple Tablecloth out of Luster Sheen years ago. The pattern was designed for that yarn so there was no guesswork. http://www.yarn-and-threadbylisa.com/Yarns/Red%20Heart%20Yarns/luster_sheen.htm I have no idea what Luster Sheen patterns might be available today, but it might be worth checking around. My booklet is from 1980 and it titled "All Time Favorites Coats & Clark Book No.285" Hope that helps.
  14. I actually like it better without the outer border. Nicely done.
  15. Just visited the new web site. It looks great. Threes cheers for the lovely ladies who put it together. :cheer Sorry to hear you were injured. Hope you mend quickly.
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