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  1. Well, Amy, if verbiage alone could kill . . . your responses have certainly succeeded. The quantity itself is overwhelming, and, of course, the points you make are unassailable. And, no, I have not read the cited rules of posting at Crochetville. Silly me, I didn’t realize where I was, and thought that if I didn’t bully, threaten, or swear, I was pretty much following “the rules.” I forgot that the Internet now is all about dollars and that this is not simply a cozy little craft website where an old woman can grouse about yarn and stuff once in a while without being accused of launching, with a few careless words, a devastating assault on American capitalism. It is, of course, a for-profit operation. Nothing wrong with shilling for companies, but on other corporate-sponsored websites, comments are not monitored or censored to this extent , and there is free give-and-take between customers and vendors. At other sites, when customers critique specific products or vendors, the word libel generally is not used. I will stay away from a site over which, I now understand, hovers the threat of being sued for libel. Not fun.
  2. First, Amy, I stand corrected regarding the crochet classes planned at Stitches this year. I went back to their email and realized that somehow I only clicked on a partial list of the classes and scanned them too quickly and carelessly, probably focused too much on looking for a freeform class. However, that said, last year's conference had very little other than your booth for anybody other than knitters, though your displays were a good step toward changing that, and you and I discussed that while we were there. And I do appreciate that you've made inroads since then. The last time I got a virtual tongue-lashing here, it was apparently for my tongue-in-cheek quip directed at unnamed yarn shop owners as knitwits for being disparaging of crochet. Since this is a what I thought was a public forum, I somehow thought that open, democratic discussions are allowed, as long as there's no nastiness. I did not realize that all money-making enterprises -- particularly those associated with the sponsors/administrators of this forum and even those which are unnamed-- are sacred cows exempt from any hint of criticism. I guess I'll have to hang out only at the many other websites where people can speak their minds -- amazon.com, for example, which is only one of many where consumers can freely critique the very products being sold on those sites. Even at ravelry.com, folks freely discuss problems they've had with patterns posted there. This is your deal, and if I decide to and am allowed to stick around here, I'll go tippy-toe from now on.
  3. I just had to add thanks for reminding me of Crochetroo. Thought I'd just check out her latest creations and wound up ordering her set of flower patterns, including a hibiscus. I've made 40 of the 42 different flowers for my current flower block sampler, and for whatever reason got a case of crocheter's block (so to speak!) and couldn't decide which ones to make for the last two. So I'm hoping her hibiscus and frangipani will fill the gaps. I had a hibiscus pattern, but with a little tweaking it turned out better as a poppy. Go figger. And, serendipitously, as a bonus, our Aussie friend sent me the most adorable spring bonnet pattern with a sweet little crocheted flower band through which to thread a ribbon. I may have to again postpone those flowers just to try out the bonnet.
  4. When I received the email announcing this event coming in April, I responded with this: Until and unless you decide that crochet is an significant yarn craft, you can remove me from your email list. I attended once, and found nothing of interest to me. Every year I hope for a class in freeform crochet, for example, but no dice. Snubbing crocheters is self-defeating, since there are more crocheters than knitters. Knitting can be done by machine; crocheting cannot. Knitting historically was a utilitarian craft; crocheting a leisure art. Finally, crocheting uses more yarn than knitting. I could be wooed into using fancier yarns if I were pursued rather than snubbed by specialty yarn shops and Stitches events. You may or may not agree, but I was again disappointed to see such a lack of interest in our yarn craft.
  5. Very pretty. Love the oh-so-girlie-girl border.
  6. Very cute. I really like crochetroo's appliqués, and you used them well. I have her lizard in my powder room, and I'm very fond of him.
  7. I love what you've created -- both the lovely crochet and the gorgeous plants. I've never had what it takes to be a gardener, so I please my craving for flowers by crocheting them.
  8. I'm pretty tall, and I like long scarves -- 60 inches or more. A short friend of mine likes them very short. I did overhear a couple of women saying tha tthey would have bought handmade scarves at our recent charity sale if they'd been longer. and these weren't especially tall women. Personally, I think a longer scarf is more versatile; it can be looped around in different ways for different looks. I think you're on the right track.
  9. I have seen glass heads at places like Pier One.
  10. A very worthy project! Looking forward to seeing it. Wish I could see the end of my balls.
  11. Very resourceful. And really pretty!
  12. Thanks. those colors are lovely, and that is certainly worth checking out. Usually, I make only small items with cotton, so I don't mind springing for something special once in a while. Not like my zillions of acrylic afghans!
  13. I have the same issue. I like the tougher characteristics of the cheaper cotton worsteds, but hate their limited palettes. There's no consistency, either, in the range of colors carried by, say, Joann or Hobby Lobby. One in a while, I'll stumble over a pretty denim blue, soft rose, grass green, or buttery yellow, but that's about it. The pricier cottons are too soft, to me, for making small clutch purses without lining. Wish the sugar n cream and bernat handicrafters would offer more subtle colors.
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