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  1. Most of the year it's cold here too, in the Finger Lakes area of New York State. That's when it isn't July and August. I'm a kitty lover too. Is there such a thing as crochet without cat hair in it? Hmmm. You'll love Crochetville!
  2. That's what I like - useful and good looking! 3 times now, I have made huge market bags I meant to put in my car for bringing groceries in to the house. Uh huh. They've almost made it to the car, but somehow never have. They just somehow ended up filled with yarn so perfectly that I had to keep them in here as yarn bags.
  3. Oh, that came out beautiful! I'll bet she was stunned to see you did all that work for her!
  4. Awe, aren't they sweet!
  5. If my memory is right, Bernat Satin is worsted weight. You can make tons of things with worsted weight. Bernat Satin can't usually be mixed with other ww's because it has a different finish, but you could mix it with other Satin colors if you really like it. Being in New York State, we always think of warm items first - blankets, afghans, shawls, legwarmers. hats, scarves, mittens. I also like to do placemats and table mats. Then there's bags, everything from little drawstring ones, cosmetic bags, small crossbody bags, purses, and totes.
  6. Good photographs ARE important. I can't count how many times I've seen striped or variegated items photographed on a floral or very busy background. It's hard to see the crochet properly and a busy background makes it difficult to enjoy. I've noticed that often a color or 2 in the crocheted item are also in the busy background, so I'm assuming the person taking the picture likes that look. I can almost hear it - "Oh, look, the scarf I just made, goes with my bedspread!"
  7. No, I didn't see your other comment. 75". Hmm. 6'3". Well that's certainly long and wide enough for anyone. I'm 5'10" and I'd probably have to leave some rounds off or I'd be walking all over it! It's probably designed this way so each vest can be custom made to fit the wearer by stopping at a comfortable point.
  8. I agree with Becky. I'd add to the center back piece on each side only. The vest looks plenty long enough for anyone, even a quite tall woman. Also the armholes are very large, so they shouldn't be a problem. If, when you finish, the woman wants it to wrap around her more, add to the outside side edges only until she is happy with the width. I am thinking oval shape also.
  9. I guess Pandy thinks she is the queen kitty! And cats love those small balls. I can't tell you how many my cats hide beneath the furniture and refrigerator, then they want more to replace the ones they can no longer reach. They must think we have an unending supply!
  10. Oh, how pretty! I'll bet she loves it!
  11. Oh, I love these! When I was a child, I adored wearing playsuits. They were shorts with a halter top, and made of fabric, but I don't think there were patterns for crocheted ones at that time. I would have loved skirt ones also. One day my mother told me there'd be no more playsuits because they didn't go any higher in size, and I was absolutely striken. I begged her to find me some somewhere! She insisted I was too old for playsuits and needed to get used to the idea. I think this traumatized me for life. My mother knit and crocheted then, so had she thought of it, she could have made me halter tops with skirts, and I would have been soooo happy. Maybe I should make myself some now. How strange would that look on a woman in her 60's?
  12. Many years ago, I read about how the crackling joints has to do with the senovial fluid between each joint. I don't know if that's spelled correctly. Apparently we have a tiny cushion of fluid between each bone, between the joints, that helps the joints move smoothly. Probably with use and age, causing distortions and arthritis, the fluid gets squashed and moved out of place. With me, once in a while, I have a finger joint get stuck while I crochet. It doesn't hurt, but it feels very peculiar. I have to grip that joint with the fingers of my other hand and move it around to loosen it up. It will be fine after that. My left shoulder and neck are much more likely to act up, in a very painful way too. I have a bad disk in my neck, which is not good to have with the position in which we sit to crochet, and look at our work. I now always support my arms, and my favorite chair is a rocking chair. Your arms are actually very heavy and can cause a lot of pain in the shoulder, neck or upper back if unsupported. All of you younger women may as well take up the habit of supporting your arms if you want to crochet into your older years without a lot of pain. Best of all, if you crochet all afternoon or evening, take a lot of breaks. Get up, move around, stretch, go do something. It really does make a difference. I know what it's like when your crochet is going along beautifully, and the only time you stop for a minute and look up is to check the pattern or take a sip of coffee. When you look at the clock, 2 hours have gone by, but you'd swear it's only been 45 minutes! Now you go to get up and oh man, does something hurt. A lot. Your hip, or ribs, or shoulder. How did that happen? Yup, you need to take breaks more frequently. Should have listened!
  13. New people often don't know how much to chain up when beginning each row. In general, ch up 1 for a sc row, 2 for a hdc row and 3 for a dc row. For a dc row, if the ch 3 is looking loose or sloppy, tighten up the 3, or only do 2 in the future.
  14. These are adorable! Thank you. I'm going to make some.
  15. I think this is an interesting pattern! Thank you!
  16. You can't bake acrylic or plastic - they will melt. You might want to try freezing them.
  17. What a beautiful tote, and the colors worked out in great stairsteps! Where I live we have a huge population that's Italian and Irish, and they never fight, but we do have lots of festivals!
  18. Darski, this IS a wonderful community, but it's this way because of people like you. Before joining Crochetville, I lurked a long time. I never joined any forums. I'm really not joking that you've been such an inspiration to me. I finally got up my nerve, joined Crochetville, and I have never regretted it. I always love reading your posts and patterns.
  19. Well, here I am again. You must be tired of hearing from me by now, but I just have to say this: I want to say what a wonderful example for the rest of us that Darski has been. When I first joined Crochetville, I could hardly believe a woman of her experience would want to be bothered with us. She is so generous with her patterns and with help. I love her attention to detail in her doll clothes patterns. Darski, thank you so much for your sharing and caring. You have such a wonderful spirit.
  20. You found out my secret! No, really, I think we've all had similar experiences with crochet frustrations, creative blocks, yarn snarls, wrong hook choices, etc. But we've also developed good practice habits and patience. We know when to rip out instead of yearning for something to "just work out" that isn't going to. We know when a minor mistake can be left in. Not too long ago, my friend and I were working on projects, and when I finished a square, I showed her. She said "You made that. YOU really made that!" It was horrible and crooked, unlike my normal perfect rows. We both burst out laughing, and laughed until we almost peed our pants! When we could talk again we tried to figure out how I made something so awful, but I really didn't know. I just ripped it out. If this had happened years ago, I would have been in tears and belittling myself. Now, it really was funny. Something I do actually love about crochet now is that so many things are not a big deal anymore that used to cause a lot of anxiety, like seaming. OMG, it used to be that if I did a seam, then discovered it was off by 1 st, I thought it was awful to have to pull it out and reseam. Now I just look at it and say Ok, let's just straighten that up. Redoing it is not a big deal. So I lost a little time. So what? In the long run, I'll be much happier with the corrected seam. I've said this in posts in the past, but some of you might not know. One time when I was ill for a couple years straight and couldn't crochet, I was so thrilled when I was able to again. At that time, I came up with these rules, which I stick to: 1 - I never work with any yarn I don't like (including color) 2 - I never make any item I don't like 3 - I never make anything for people I don't like When I look back, it's amazing how ofen I did all 3 of these and I will not do them now. My skills and yarn are mine, and I have way too many ideas on my "To Do" list or "Maybe To Do" list!!! I think of my work as Happy Crochet and I'm keeping it that way!
  21. You know, I love crochet. I mean I really love to crochet. It makes me feel good. Calm. Happy. Useful. I love to look at my yarn, and I have a lot of it. I had only small amounts of yarn when I was younger because I couldn't afford much. Now I have what I want. None of it is expensive, and a huge amount was bought on sales and at dollar stores, so I have a lot. I absolutely love it, and I appreciate being able to plan whatever projects I like. Thankfully my cats are not yarnies! I love planning my projects. Often I see a pattern and it inspires me to make something else, but with a feature or some features from that pattern. I love doing the actual crocheting. It is so satisfying. I now feel very odd if I sit down and do not have a crochet project in my hands. My girlfriend who lives across the hall from me tats, so when we visit, we both work on projects. We're always checking each other's work. I never imagined when I was in my 20's that I'd be so much better and love crochet so much more in my mid 60's!!!
  22. Actually, I think most of us older women put a lot more work and patience into achieving good, even gauge than new people do today. It has made a big difference. Under my mother's eagle eye, I had to practice and practice, on flat items, of course. I remember how absolutely awful I was at making a starting ch. I couldn't get the ch sts even to save myself. Now I think "what was the problem?" And granny squares. How many hundreds of them have we made? But I know some of my early ones had a few strange looking corners that I'd do over and over again. Now I see today's newbies who see patterns they like and just jump in without knowing the yarn or hook that's required, or the sts. By the 2nd row or rnd, they're on here asking for help because they don't understand what they're doing. I don't get it. I've always read a pattern ahead of time to see what is needed and to check what sts I'll have to do. I can tell if it's too advanced for me, or if it's just something new I'll need to practice first. Don't people today understand the concept of practicing so your project will come out correct, not puckered and crooked?
  23. Ladies - we're all thinking similarly. Once we've got a LOT of crochet years behind us, we place ourselves somewhere between intermediate and expert. It's no longer so much that there are sts we can't do, but more like there are sts we don't want to do or don't like. I can do post sts, but I don't like to do them. Once you've crocheted a long time, you can pretty much look at sts you've never done and know if you'll like trying them out or not. Sometimes I see a combination of sts I like, but I don't like done in the particular item, say a hat, but to me would look great in a scarf. This has happened to me a lot. It seems to be my lot in life to have to refigure a st pattern from in the round to flat rows, or vice versa. I'll bet this happens to all of us.
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