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About Pyroteca

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  • Birthday 04/16/1980

A Few Things About Me

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    I have been crocheting since I was 12, and I really love it.
  • Location
    Somewhere in a pile of yarn with two cats
  • Hobbies
    Crocheting, knitting, reading, playing with my cats.
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  • Favorite hook type
  • Favorite projects
    amigurumi, afghans, hats and scarves and anything that is really cute
  • Crocheting since...
    Since 1992
  1. I fly with knitting needles (wooden double points) and crochet hooks fairly frequently with no problem, even going overseas. Scissors have been an issue, so just don't take your favorite pair. I have some Teflon-coated scissors that are blunt and small, and have not had any issues.
  2. Crochet: Learned from a friend's mom when I was 12, and haven't stopped since. I have used books to help supplement what she taught me. Knitting: My mother originally taught me to knit when I was 10. I have since expanded my knowledge of knitting again from books. Recently, I taught my MIL to knit, so now I have a crafting partner. Whenever she comes to visit, DH goes out with my FIL and my dear MIL and I work on our various projects and chat. It is nice to have someone to share my crafts with.
  3. You might try using the lint rollers (those rollers with the sticky sheets to pick up pet hair, among other things) that they sell at Target, Petco, Walmart, etc. I use those to clean the dust off of all manner of stuffed critters, and find that it works well without damaging the yarn. The sticky is just sticky enough to pick up the dust.
  4. I agree...sometimes I need some instant gratification in order to get over a slump, particularly when the project is huge like an afghan. I will usually break down and crochet something like an amigurumi or knit up a small project like a teapot cozy. I find that it really does help to get your motivation going again.
  5. I know how you feel...I have an afghan lurking in the closet that needs to get finished, but I just can't make myself work on it. I don't even have that much left to do, but I just don't have the motivation right now. Usually when I have crochet block, I switch to knitting for a while to give myself a break. I think the last 4 or 5 projects I have finished have all been knitted projects. (and yes, I do feel like a traitor to crochet, but I do also like to knit). I think that the suggestion of frogging to where you need to start over again is a good one, and then just put it away for a while. It will get finished eventually. Sorry that you are having such woes. I hope that it gets better.
  6. I think that the real thing to take away from this is the fact that neither crocheting or knitting is a "dying art." There are plenty of young people to take up the hook (or needles) and people are doing it. I fall right in the middle of the range, being nearly 30 (slightly more than a month from now is the big day), but I learned to knit when I was 10 and I learned to crochet when I was 12. What is really great to hear is how many members on the 'ville have been teaching their children to knit and crochet. That helps assure that the craft will live on for future generations to come, continuing a proud tradition from older generations (all my great-grandmothers knitted or crocheted, my grandmother on my mom's side knitted and my mom also knits). On the subject of granny squares...those are an icon of crochet. I agree with one of the other posters, changing the name would be a travesty.
  7. Thank you all for the nice compliments to my DH. Yes, I am very lucky and I know it. I dated a guy who had absolutely zero appreciation for my crocheting and knitting, and it is so nice to be with someone who appreciates it and who will willingly - no coercion involved - wear the things that I make him, even when the hat is woefully too small. That really is true love. I also think it is great that there are others who make things for their husbands. A handmade guitar strap sounds so neat. My uncle played guitar (and owned very loud pants) back in the late 60's to early 70's. Alas, I don't think he plays much anymore, but still a fantastic idea.
  8. About 3 weeks ago, DH asked if I would be willing to knit him a cabled hat to match some of his scarves that I have made for him. Feeling pleased that he had actually asked for something, and having the absolutely perfect ball of wool, I commenced work on the hat. I had to frog said hat twice before getting it right on the third try. I knitted diligently, with every spare moment (no small task for the enterprising law student) and at last finished a most beautiful cabled hat. There was, however, one rather small problem...though my hat was knitted to the correct gauge, that gauge was not correct for my husbands somewhat larger than planned for head...(he is 6'6", so I normally have to adapt the pattern)...the hat fit like a beanie...a very small beanie...and looked ridiculous...and no amount of stretching, pulling, blocking, etc. was going to fix this particular problem... So, it was off to the yarn store to procure some more yarn. Of course, they didn't have the exact yarn that I had used the first time, (we will get to why there was no recycling of the original yarn in a moment) so I bought some substitute yarn, adapted the pattern, and then began knitting the second hat (now in progress). Well, low and behold one of the websites I frequent had that perfect yarn from the first hat on sale last Sunday, so I thought "aha...I shall try out the modified pattern, and if it works well, I will make him a second hat with that other wool..." So, I ordered the wool, ordering extra just in case. I received the package today, and was so excited. It had taken longer than expected for the package to arrive due to an item being out of stock. I opened the package, and to my utter amazement, they had sent me the wrong color of yarn...and not just one ball was the wrong color, both were the wrong color... So, the logical question is, why not just recycle the yarn from the first failed hat attempt into a new hat? Well, my DH has decided that as with all rejected attempts at things (squares the cat has chewed holes in, malformed sock monkey patches that turned into a one-eyed sock bear and a very interestingly patched afghan) he is deeply attached to the too small hat, and will not let me frog it to knit a new hat. He says that as with all things I make, it was made with love, and he loves it, and does not want me to frog it. He has even gone so far as to wear said hat around the house when it has been cold. So, after a very long story about a very ornery hat, does anyone else's DH do this...refuse to allow the rejected projects to be recycled or otherwise disposed of, or is it just my DH?
  9. Yes, I do shop at my LYS, and they are very friendly to people who do all manner of fiber related crafts. They have stuff for crocheters, knitters, people who do needlepoint, etc. I will even go so far as to say that I shop there pretty exclusively, ordering yarn online when I need enough of one color for a really huge project like an afghan. While the yarn there is sometimes more expensive, I find that it is worth it as far as quality is concerned. Besides, you meet other like-minded people, which is always a good thing
  10. There are, regrettably, some stores that do think that knitting is the more "preferred" craft, though fortunately not where I live. However, I have noticed that the ladies at my store are usually a tad more interested in my knitting projects then in my crochet projects, but I can understand that since most of them only knit. If you do a search on the 'ville, though, you will hear plenty of horror stories about favoritism, unpleasant encounters, etc. So, I think that is part of the reason for the decal. I think that the overall trend is one of being accepting of both crafts, and that the horror stories are (hopefully) the rare exceptions. I certainly love both and like being "bi-crafty."
  11. Both of my cats are my crochet companions. My male always wants in my lap as soon as I sit down to knit or crochet, and especially loves it when I am making a nice afghan. He is convinced that once there is about 2 feet of afghan, it must be done since it is now kitty sized and so he gets in my lap and refuses to move so that I can turn my work. He also loves to carry half-finished projects about and to dig in my project bag. He will even attack DH's afghan and drag it around, much to my chagrin as he has managed to tear holes in it and I have had to do several repairs. Good thing I love him so much... My little girl cat has always been my craft companion. She usually sits next to me either on the foot stool (her chair) or in her heated cat bed that is right by my chair. She will occasionally pounce the yarn, even though she is now 10 years old. Every time I get under an afghan, I usually have at least one cat as well. They both just love anything that is homemade, which is nice. It is always nice to have your work appreciated
  12. I have both a wool winder and a swift because a lot of the yarn I use in in hanks. But, even when I have a center pull skein, 1) I usually can't find the center pull and 2) once that skein is about half-used, you get a yarn barf (or at least I always do). So, winding for me is a must. I used to do it by hand using the chair to hold the hank (or sometimes my DH) and winding it in a ball, but it just took forever. So, my very lovely MIL bought me my swift and wool winder when I went off to law school so I could spend less time sorting my yarn and more time using it to make things. Like someone else pointed out, too, you find those pesky knots in the middle of the skein, which is always nice. I honestly couldn't live without my wool winder and swift.
  13. Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl. I am sure she will cherish that afghan for a very long time. Your afghan is just too cute. I love all things related to sheep, and that is the most original and cute sheep afghan that I have ever seen. What a wonderful project!
  14. I fly a fair bit both domestically and internationally, and lately have taken to always having a project with me. I have taken aluminum crochet hooks and wooden double pointed needles and not had any problems. I also take the scissors that fold up on themselves, and haven't had any problems. If you look on TSA's website, you will see the length of blade that you are and are not allowed to carry in addition to some other items that are not permitted (box cutters, firearms, etc.) Their website is http://www.tsa.gov Like someone else suggested, to be on the safe side I would not take any favorites, and what also might be a good idea is if the needles/hook is attached to a project. Usually I start a sock before leaving (my favorite travel project because it is so small), so my double pointed needles are in the sock, and it is pretty obvious what they are for. You may still run into a difficult TSA person, though even when I flew over Christmas, they were very courteous and were not trying to confiscate things, and I flew in and out of two major airports. So, I think the likelihood of them taking anything unless it is in violation is pretty slim. Even when I flew out of Paris last summer, I didn't have any problems. And as an aside, I was not the only knitter/crocheter on my flight, so obviously other people weren't having any difficulties either.
  15. It took me forever to get the hang of knitting, but it came eventually. My mom taught me to knit when I was 8, but I was slow, and so it was hard to stay motivated. I retaught myself last year when I desperately wanted to knit socks, and after ripping out the same sock 3 times, I got the hang of it. Although I do almost everything left-handed (well, I hold the crochet hook with the right hand), I find that I knit in the English style and for some reason that just seems to work better. I have even tension and my gauge is pretty good. Just something to consider, though I hear you on keeping tension with the left hand, but for some reason, I just can't do it. And as I said, my left hand is the dominant one for physical activity (I fence left-handed, shoot pool left-handed, etc.) but I still have to knit the English way. Keep trying, it will get better. If you can crochet, you can knit, you just have to find what works for you.
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