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    I credit crochet with saving my life.
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    sweaters, jewelry, afghans, doilies

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  1. What stitch and yarn are you using? Could you provide a link to the pillow tutorial? If possible, a photo to your actual item you're working would be helpful. Off the top of my head, I'd guess the yarn might be too fat for the stitch or the stitch might pull the piece in a direction you don't want.
  2. I ran into this problem with a different yarn last year. Ending up buying from someone on Etsy. If you don't know about Ravelry, it's a place to record stashes and you can checked this yarn on Ravelry to see if anyone will sell it. https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/loops--threads-creme-cotton/stashes?status=&cf=%3F&search=&photoless=0&photoless=1
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    Years ago my bed had a canopy top. I used a tablecloth pattern intended for thread but made it with a thicker yarn and a larger hook. Another time, I edged a rectangular piece of fabric with a pineapple tablecloth pattern. If I recall correctly, I used a fingering weight yarn and a very large hook. The rectangular piece of fabric was cut to the shape of the canopy -- I think it was a flat sheet originally. The pineapple pattern was a from a rectangular tablecloth pattern.
  4. Ravelry has a lot of crochet patterns for sleeveless tank tops. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=crochet&pc=sleeveless-top&fit=adult&query=tank&sort=best&view=captioned_thumbs&page=1
  5. My daughter married a Brit she met when the two of them were teaching in Taiwan. They lived near Birmingham for about 10 years. When I came to visit, I liked shopping at the outdoor market in Birmingham.
  6. The last time I bought them, I got them at JoAnne's. Maybe these were it, but I'm not positive -- I shopped in person when I bought them. https://www.joann.com/dress-it-up-button-embellishments-micro-collection-round-greige/15464142.html I came across this as well. Never bought from this shop https://www.zipperthatdoll.com/dollbuttons.html
  7. Mohair yarn is kind of larger than it seems because of its large halo and can be difficult to frog back if you make a mistake. I don't know what sort of sweater you'd like but the stitches should be simpler and kind of airy to help with the trickiness of mohair.
  8. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=crochet&query=ring bearer&sort=best&view=captioned_thumbs
  9. MaryPat

    Hot Pads

    If you write out the patterns, they're pretty easy to self-publish and sell on Amazon/Etsy/Ravelry as an ebook. I haven't looked into books-on-demand, but they're a way to publish a book and only actually print it when someone buys the book. I got an art instruction book done that way last year. When it arrived, the ink was still smelling as if it just came off the press.
  10. I don't see the flaws, but ... if they're bugging you still ... I'd steam block the hotpads with a steam cloth and an iron set on cotton (with no water in it). Soak steam cloth with cold water, place over object. Set the hot iron on it for about 10 seconds until the hissing stops. Pick up the iron and set it down onto another wet spot. They will look flawless because you will have flattened them. They won't stay that way once they start getting used ... but they will look flawless when you gift them.
  11. I've seen this across the web -- back in the olden days when crocheters were exchanging afghan squares (by mail), it was pretty common to call anything square a granny square. Maybe it was just something that evolved. I have some vintage magazines that pre-date the web and there are some ads to set up a granny square exchange by mail. People sent in their names and addresses and if there were 30 names on the list you got back, you were to send a square to all 29 names. Sometimes the magazine would do a followup article with photos. If you look at what got exchanged, a lot of times it was
  12. I just looked on eBay -- seems to be a lot of Aunt Lydia's rug yarn for sale -- not cheap either. eBay search Might do better with an Etsy seller. I've used weaving yarn in crocheted rugs, a bit rough on the hands. This etsy seller is selling rug weaving yarn. Weaving yarn If you liked the scratchiness of the the vintage rug yarn, what about twine? Nylon would be very durable. I've bought from this shop and she's trustworthy and ships pretty quickly. If you email her, she could tell you which nylon is closest in thickness to rug yarn. Creative Yarn Source Nylon Yarns
  13. I've fixed a couple of toys with hats using a large curved sewing needle shaped like the letter C. They come in sizes and if you intend to use yarn, you'll need the huge size. If you're using sewing thread, a smaller size would work. I've seen a small pack of them occasionally at the Dollar Store. JoAnne's would have them. Not sure about Michael's. Walmart likely would have them.
  14. I do tend to steamblock acrylic with a steam cloth. wearables if they are somewhat flat -- a scarf, sweater pieces before they are assembled. I have a strong background in sewing and like the look. If a wearable has bumpy stitches such as puff or popcorn or cable, I will steam block only to straighten it out. I suppose it is possible to overdo the blocking and melt the acrylic a bit -- almost always when a discussion of blocking acrylic that warning surfaces -- but I've managed the avoid that pitfall in 50 years of blocking acrylic. Your booties are very cute.
  15. https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/search#sort=best&query=yarn bee
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