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  1. I have to thank TWO Christmas elves for some lovely surprises! One day last week, I received a card from a MO elf with a gorgeous thread tree ornament included. It made my whole day and put a smile on my face. Then, a couple of days later, a Polish elf who *knows* what I like sent me a box full of amazing surprises. I need to get my camera working, so I can share, but my elf sent me a collection of thread, hand-made ornaments, stitch-markers, a candle, a bookmark, and so many goodies my head was spinning! It was truly an unexpected blessing, and the little markers were some of the cutest I have ever seen. Thank you *so* much to both my elves--you've been a blessing!
  2. I haven't been around the 'ville for a while--crocheting got put on hold for a while and I was busy with other things. In the past few months, I picked up my hooks again and have been very busy! First I made a bridal purse for my brand-new daughter-in-law, and since then I've been making Christmas presents for my kids--five now instead of four! (I'm making a doily for my son for Christmas, because he just doesn't call as often as he should, so how should I know what he wants, right?) After I got over my shock at the changes to the forum, I realized it must be time for holiday wish lists. Playing elf is one of my favorite things to do, so I figured I'd share a couple of wishes just to let you know I'm here. 1. I'd love any kind of card or holiday greetings--even though I've been AWOL, I haven't forgotten all my crochetville pals! 2. I'm a die-hard threadie, and I always love to receive crochet thread--size 10 or 20. Pretty colors (all colors are pretty) preferred. I don't use much white, although I did make an exception for that bridal purse... 3. Any little surprises you'd like to send--it would put a smile on my face to find something in the mailbox! I wish you all the best during the holiday season...
  3. That is so cool! It just makes me smile. Beautiful bag, Mary Jo, and congratulations, Anna. Mary Jo gifted me with one of her totes a couple of years ago--"January Ice"--so there are two C'ville totes in Poland...which is pretty amazing.
  4. Haven't been around for awhile--just stopping by to browse. That's gorgeous!
  5. Really, really nice! Love the designs.
  6. I haven't been around for ages, and came in to peek at everyone's doilies--very pretty!
  7. I've used some Valdani thread, and have some more that I will use when I figure out the right pattern for it. It's much finer and softer than regular crochet thread, so the doily will be limper and benefit from a bit of starch. Also size 12 is much finer than size 10--the size 8 is closer to 10. But the colors...oh, the colors....
  8. Lovely!--of course you can use 30 like Grandma...
  9. Very pretty--and lovely for spring.
  10. Wonderful work!--charts and doilies were made for each other. The danger is that once you grow accustomed to charts, you will look at a doily pattern spread across 3 pages in dense text...and move on, looking for a chart. I'm thankful that some of the old classics have been charted!
  11. Your grandmother did awesome work!
  12. Great on the first one...are you addicted yet?
  13. I am always trying to work out the best way to get subtle changes of color with these things. In some of my other works, I have felt that I was try to use too many colors, so these were experiments with fewer colors of thread, which in turn allows more rounds of each color combination. I thought that would draw the changes out more subtly. What do you think? The red one has only two colors--one lighter, one darker. I'm using three strands of sewing thread, so with the colors labeled A and B, and changing just one thread at a time, I get this progression: AAA AAB ABB BBB Only 4 different combos! I was able to make many rounds of each one, so the shading turned out very subtle, I thought. The pattern was a complete fail. It turned out to be worked as a spiral instead of closed rounds, and that confused me and made the color changes harders. I try to choose very simple patterns for painted doilies, so the colors are the main feature, and they don't fight with a strong design. The second doily uses three muted colors, and I think I put them like this: AAB ABB ABC BBC BCC Just 5 combos, and in this case, none of them are solids. Every combo is mixed, again, in an attempt to create the subtlest possible changes. That one still looks stripey to me. Should I just learn to love stripes in my painted doilies? I think more open, airy patterns are more stripe-resistant than solid blocks of stitches, so I'll be keeping that in mind for the future. I need to try that two-color effect again, but I'm running out of thread. Aw, I guess I'll have to go shopping.
  14. Okay, I think I get it. I like the idea, and I hope there will be lots of participation. The longer period for each themed wish-list is good--I didn't get to do what I wanted to do in December and I'm kind of bummed about it. But I've also noticed a bit less participation (far fewer wish-lists) over the last couple of years for the July/December events. At the very least, this way the wish lists will be very current!
  15. Jolena, you can do something similar with size 10 thread. I usually only use a single strand of sewing thread with the crochet thread (I call this a "frosted" doily), but you buy closely-shaded threads and change them to create a shaded effect. Here's a picture of one I did last year. When I use two strands of sewing thread, I prefer the thinner thread--size 20--but it is closer to size 10 than plain size 20 thread. Maybe like a 15. I change one color thread at a time in an attempt at more subtle color-play, and that's why I call it a "mock painted doily," since with a painted doily you use 3 strands of sewing thread and no base crochet thread at all. I played around with this a lot last summer, but I don't think I ever shared any of my experiments.
  16. I used a Boye size 9. (That's 1.4mm.) Adding two strands of sewing thread to the size 20 makes it a little thicker than 20...
  17. Does this mean we won't be doing "Holidays in July" or Holiday wish lists in December separately?
  18. I started this relatively simple project long before Christmas, but ran out of the white crochet thread that is the base (size 20). I managed to procure another ball, but with the holidays, I just got too busy to finish it up. So now, it's my first finished project for 2012. :-) There are five pale, beach-toned shades of sewing thread worked together with the white size 20. It's not perfect--I can't seem to eliminate the stripey-ness, no matter how close my shades of thread--but overall, I'm happy with the effect. It seems very summery here in the dead of winter!
  19. I haven't been around, but I'd join in a Europe-based swap!
  20. I haven't been able to "check in" at Crochetville for a few weeks, so I'm late with this, but I have *three* special elves to thank! Even though I'm late, please know that your gifts were very welcome and brought a smile to my face during a difficult holiday this year! First, *thank you* to a lovely AZ elf who sent me a pretty snowflake square and a wooly-sheep key chain. So cute! I really appreciated it so much, and was pleased to see an actual package (a small one) arrive in my mail! Thank you to another elf who blessed me a card full of smily-face stickers. I shared the sheets with my daughters, and the 7yo especially enjoyed them. (I even have one stuck on the corner of my computer right now--a reminder that I have much to smile about!) And finally, a big THANK-YOU to the elf who sent me an Amazon gift card on Dec. 21!!! I *missed it* because I was swamped with emails from Amazon during the holidays, and wasn't paying much attention to them. You have all been a blessing to me, and I'm so grateful to my C'ville friends. You are all very special!
  21. Nice work! Those are going to make wonderful gifts.
  22. I'm really excited--yesterday I received notification from Amazon that a lovely C'ville elf sent me a gift certificate! It's the first one I've ever had, and I can't wait to buy something fun to read. Thank you, elf--it's a great gift, and you made my day.
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