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  1. I've been trying to stock up myself - I got some random bits on Ebay, but I ran across this site the other day - they have all types - 7ct, 10ct, 14ct, shapes, extra-stiff, soft, etc & their prices seem reasonable to me. http://www.everythingplasticcanvas.com/
  2. Thanks! It's "I Love This Yarn Stripes" from Hobby Lobby (ordered online - no nearby HL in my area) Color is "Sugarplum Stripe" ETA: Oh, and I gave my neighbor the purse the next day after I posted this --- she just loved it & when she came by today to tell me good-bye before they hit the road, she commented about it again, how much she liked it. So that made me feel really good -- she's been such a kind neighbor so I'm glad I was able to do a little something for her.
  3. I know what you mean -- the lining worried me too! But Kel's instructions are brilliant. If you can cut out a simple rectangle of fabric, and can fold a few simple pleats in the ends - it's SO much easier than I would have ever imagined. Believe me, if I could whip through the lining with no problem at all, so can you! I was truly surprised at how easy it was, following her instructions. Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I really love this pattern -- I've got about 4 more of these crocheted up, got my fabric cut & ready to go.
  4. I'll second Nikkidear's mention of CR's Crafts - they are strictly a doll-and-bear-making supply site, so they have a lot more than most 'general-crafts' shops do. I go through a LOT of eyes/noses, and their prices are the best I've found. Lots of sizes, colors, etc. Lately I've been playing around a little bit with buying the clear eyes & painting them myself - that's fun in itself! LOL! But they do have a great selection of sizes & ship very quickly. I've looked at Suncatcher's before - she certainly does have beautiful choices & does a gorgeous job with her eyes! But for my personal usage, I need to buy in large quantities & keep my cost down (most of my stuffies are for charity), so I just stick with the big bulk packs from CR's.
  5. It's the "Fat Bottom Bag" from the 'Stitch n Bitch Happy Hooker' book by Debbie Stoller. I followed Kel's great instructions on lining the bag, which are at: http://crochetkel.blogspot.com/2006/10/sew-you-wanna-line-your-fat-bottom-bag.html
  6. I know - everyone was making these long ago -- but I just now got around to trying one.... I've been making gifts for my snowbird neighbors before they go back up north. My one neighbor asked for a purse & picked out this yarn - so here was the finished bag. It's fully lined & has a button flap for closure.
  7. If I'm reading this correctly, you're adding additional stitches where there shouldn't be any. When you are finished with the first round, you should have four groups of 4 dc next to each other, separated by the ch 2's. I think the problem is, you are repeating that initial "3 dc". IMO, that line is written in a confusing manner because of the extra brackets around the entire thing - I don't believe that that '3 dc' part is supposed to be repeated. But, if I'm interpreting the pattern correctly, here is what should be happening: You are doing only *3* dc at first, because your initial "chain 3" counts as a dc. So, the ch-3 plus that 3 dc that is written at the beginning gives you your first group of 4 dc. Then you do the part in parenthesis -- the ch 2, 4 dc a total of 3 times. When done with that round, you'll have four little groups of 4 dc's (again, that is counting your beginning ch-3 as the very first dc of the lot). That should "fit" a lot better than four groups of seven dc's! It sounds like the beginning of a granny square type design? Hope this helps!!! ETA: I just looked at their photo & pattern --- it is indeed four groups of 4dc (not 7dc!)-- I still think they wrote that line a bit oddly -- it does make it seem as if the initial '3dc' is part of a repeat, when it's not. Edit again to add - LOL, it's late..... I wish you were just a bit closer to me!!! Or I wish that I could make a run down to Ft Myers - would love to visit that area again... (I'm in central FL - Dundee) I *need* someone to show me knitting -- I think I've watched every video on YouTube a hundred times, have bazillion books & tutorials, and I just can't get it. Maybe if I actually sat down with someone, *maybe* they could somehow get my hands & brain working together to coordinate those two miserable pointy sticks!!! LOL! I could help you crocheting & you could help me knit.... we're just a bit too far apart! But if you are ever up this way for any reason, feel free to get in touch with me!
  8. OMG, that is gorgeous!!!! I've been wanting to get started on embellishing a purse/bag - but have had so many other projects going, that I haven't gotten started yet. Your work is certainly an inspiration! I could only dream of having something turn out so beautiful!
  9. I'm in Dundee, which is a tiny little town in between Winter Haven & Lake Wales. I grew up in Orlando - but whew - it was a totally different world then. (LOL, I'm 51, so have seen massive changes in FL during my life.....) Grannyscrochet, you're just right down the road from me!
  10. Those are wonderful! What lucky FB friends, to get such generous gifts from you!
  11. That's true -- and *IF* they are mostly all patterns that you genuinely love & will actually use, then it's a good deal. Just in my own personal experience though, I would get a book with 50 patterns in it - but I really only *loved* a few of them. Maybe I thought I liked some of the rest - but over the years, I realized that the percentage of patterns I actually *used* was only a small portion of the book/magazine. It makes me think of the cable TV packaging --- "get 899 channels for $X.xx!!!" Sounds really good - but if 879 of those channels are stuff you'll never watch........ I'm all with you though - on buying a book for techniques! (and it just happening to have some patterns in it, to boot.) I bought the book for the *lesson*, not for the patterns - the patterns are just a little bonus, IMO.
  12. ] I totally agree w/ Kathy --- there are those people who will pay & those who won't. Kathy also confirmed my feelings that 'underpriced for volume selling' isn't going to work all that well with a 'non-essential' item like crochet patterns. If you were selling necessities like milk & butter, underpricing might work wonders, but I think if someone really wants your pattern, they'll pay a reasonable price. And would you really feel good about selling your hard work at a dollar or two a pop? If you do feel you have set your price too high, it's much easier to drop your price at a later date (or have sales or specials), if you change your mind, than to regret under-pricing it & try to raise the price. One thing you may not know about Paypal -- if you are going to be primarily selling patterns & other items priced under $20, you might want to switch your account over to the "micropayment" plan. For lower-priced items, this can make a bit of difference on your fees. If you are also selling other higher-priced items (over $20), then it probably won't help - but it can make a nice cut in the amount you pay to Paypal if you're just selling lower-priced items. Before you make a final decision on your prices, go through & carefully add up all the various little fees you're paying - hosting, etsy, ravelry, paypal, whatever may apply -- as Kathy said, it DOES all add up to be more than you may initially think! It's been interesting to read this discussion. My personal feelings about acquiring patterns are a bit different than some folks. I very rarely buy books of patterns or even magazines anymore. I'd end up with a small handful of patterns I really loved, a pile that I *thought* I might do someday (and never did) and tons of stuff I didn't have any use for at all. I used to have an entire large 6-shelf bookcase stuffed full of books & magazines. And when I wanted a specific pattern, I had to dig around to find it, even though I *tried* to keep things indexed & cataloged as best I could. Other than maybe 15 or so favorites, I dumped it all, prior to our last move. Plus, since I got my Nook, I don't want to drag books around with me - I just load up my PDF's on my Nook. (e-reader, similar to Kindle) Just for my own tastes, I've found patterns I LOVED online, much more so than what I find in most books these days. When/if I do buy a book, it's usually for learning a new technique, or a stitch dictionary, etc. I can't really recall the last time I ever bought a book, just for the patterns. One factor that plays a significant part in my decision to buy almost entirely single patterns online, directly from the designers, is the compensation to the designer themselves. With a printed book, the bulk of the profit is going to the publisher, from what I understand. The designer(s) only end up with a rather small cut. But, if I buy a pattern directly from a designer online, *she/he* is getting most of the money, not some big publishing company. Independent designers deserve our support. If given the choice between spending $10 on 2 individual PDF patterns that I love --- or spending $10 on a book that contains maybe 2 or 3 patterns I like -- I'll go with the indie designer every time. And probably end up with some really cool patterns that are much more unique than the ones in the book.
  13. (Just IMO, you should have included higher options in your poll! I pretty much agree with Nicole. It depends on what type of item the pattern is for, and how complex it is. I don't have a problem paying for good patterns, I know how much work goes into designing the pattern itself, and then also into creating a good quality pdf w/ photos or charts etc. Just from my own personal experience, it seems that app. $5 seems to be what I usually end up spending on individual patterns, but I have bought a few at $7, $8 or more.
  14. wow, you did a gorgeous job on those - especially for using "kiddie clay"!!! Are you going to make more now w/ a oven-bake clay, so that you can keep them permanently? You should! Absolutely beautiful!!!!! (remembering my first attempt at roses w/ fimo -- LOL, they got "re-smooshed" a dozen times over before I finally was happy enough with them to even think about hardening them.... I don't think I ever got my petals quite as delicate & fine as you did!)
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