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Becky Morgan

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  1. Thanks for the links. Years ago, I bought a kit at a yard sale that made a small Afghan with concentric squares, and man, was it warm. On the old Compuserve craft forum, James Walters taught a class to show how to use more than two colors. I like the zigzags; they’d make a neat cowl.
  2. Oh dear! As soon as this hurricane goes by, I'd like to send a square if you still need them.
  3. One of the Ravelry knitted/crocheted uterus patterns would work if you decrease where the cervix goes.
  4. The other thing is that not all hooks have the same type of head. I have a terrible time using the "Boye-type" heads. Some people can't use the in-line, or Bates-type, hooks. Some don't mind and an use both. Sneak a look at the hooks she uses and see what they look like, then compare them to the ones you're thinking of buying her.
  5. She can always measure across her back, the way she would for a shrug, and she would know for sure. If making it wide enough in the shoulders without having it too long might be a problem, you could add partial rows on either side of the center or work with extra-tall stitches so it forms an oval.
  6. I forgot they do these as well as the Advent calendar! Today's free pattern is a pair of knitted socks with bunnies on them. (Yes, the patterns are free. The "from (so many dollars)" refers to how much the yarn and needles might cost.) http://www.garnstudio.com/easter-calendar.php?cid=17
  7. Knitting is slower for me and I also learned crochet first. I knit Continental, so it isn't a huge difference, but crochet is my go-to when I need something fast.
  8. I think so, too. Once the basic stitches are sorted out, no pattern is really scary. Some might not be physically possible (thread crochet and my hands will never make peace, even with big-handled hooks, and a lot of people can't handle a big heavy bedspread all in one chunk, or what have you) but they're not a technical problem. Part of the fun of crochet is that there's always something new, but even the most elegant lace is still a combination of basics.
  9. Do just exactly what it says. The (81 sc) note means you have 81 single crochet stitches in each round. When you come to the marker, instead of joining and chaining one, just single crochet into the stitch and move the marker up.
  10. What Amy said about actual garbage. For what's left from production, you have numerous options. Kindergartens and preschools often need a lot of yarn scraps for various crafts, lanyards and so on. They may also welcome bits of fabric. Depending on how big the remaining pieces of fabric are and what they're made of, senior centers might want them for quilts. Many quilters use pre-cut "charms," which are two-inch squares. If you have cutting facilities, you might be able to cut stacks of charms or diamonds and package them as quilt bits. If the pieces are bigger, you might find a market, even local to you, for bags sold by weight. Finally, tiny its of 100% cotton will compost.
  11. I do love it, and have a pound of (royal blue!) mill ends sitting here waiting to be yet another shawl for me, but it IS hard to work with. In crochet, linen stitch or the regular granny square pattern work well because you can see what you're doing. (Half-granny shawls come out really pretty.) Pulling it too tight or using too small a hook/needle will make a mess out of it. Also, the Great Fringe Controversy always arises: I don't mind a loose fringe, while a lot of people can't stand the way it looks and insist on tying the end of every fringe strand so it won't unravel. On the other hand, it's very warm and light. Soft water washes seem to make it pill, while our hard water doesn't bother it.
  12. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Good (belated) Yule, and may anything else you celebrate be joyous!
  13. Blocking will often work. If it doesn't, the simplest solution is to put a border on the sides. I'd use the color you started with and single crochet in the ends of the rows. Since a crochet stitch isn't precisely square, you might need to skip every fourth or fifth row. If you think you'll need more than one row, I'd work the ripple pattern, make 3 sc in the last sc of the row (that should turn the corner without making it curl,) go down the side, make 3 sc in the first stitch of the cast-on row and work the ripple pattern across (it won't look exactly the same, but it will look decent,) 3 sc in the last stitch, and work up the remaining side with 3 sc in the last stitch. Ch1, work the next row exactly the same way and so on until the sides don't curl and the border looks the way you want it.
  14. Try this first, providing the back won't be that important From the front side, stuff the bobble to the back. Thread a yarn needle with matching yarn, fasten it on the back beside the bobble, go through to the front and weave the stitches on either side together. Take the thread to the back again and fasten it off. I can't guarantee it'll work perfectly, but it might get things to where you wouldn't notice from a galloping horse.
  15. GMTA! I love having a new pattern to look forward to every day.
  16. That's what makes that pretty scalloped edging. There are lots of kinds of shells in different patterns, so don't let it throw you if the next thing you make has a different definition--just fllow what the pattern wants and it'll work.
  17. I gave two of those to a survivor a few years ago while she was still having radiation and all. One was about her skin color, the other...er...wasn't. She got a kick out of going around with a rainbow-striped knitted knocker! (She went to her surgeon after all her chemo and radiation appointments--she was Stage III to begin with--and the surgeon asked if he could bring in a student. She agreed, so he showed the student in. "Mr.Jones, this is Mrs.Smith. She used to have cancer." That was how he told her she had the all-clear!
  18. Looks like a couple of letters are left out. I'd try "chain 28, half double crochet in third chain from hook, hdc in next 25 st, turn." The (26) just means you that you should have 26 half double crochets at the end of the row, and if you're just starting out, it's a very good idea to count them.
  19. Hm. If you're on Ravelry, you might see if there have been any others who had problems with the pattern. I'm coming up ten chains short when I count those--256 instead of 246 for the full row--but I may be doing/seeing something wrong. If you're consistently ten chains short, there's an outside chance it could be a typo.
  20. I'm over here on the soggy edge of the state, but hi!
  21. That is going to be spectacular! Best of luck (should I say it thirteen times? )
  22. That is impressive! I especially like the bag and the rhino, although that lovely cat would probably beg to differ
  23. I bet your user name is appropriate There are a lot of ways to crochet, and at least one will work for you. You'll need a skein of light-colored, smooth-textured worsted-weight yarn that will put up with being crocheted and pulled out repeatedly as you learn. I use an H or I hook with that weight of yarn; you may need bigger or smaller eventually. There are two main kinds of hooks, one Boye-type and one with an inline head like a Susan Bates. There's no right or wrong; it's like the many different kinds of holds, all personal preference. I'd get one of each to begin with--maybe an H in one and an I in the other--untl you see what you like. If you don't mind my asking what exactly can you do with your left hand? There are a lot of work-arounds for different hand problems. When you're holding the hook in your right hand, your left generally controls the tension and moves the work, but that's negotiable. There are even holders for hooks that you can use if you have no grip strength. Watch the videos, get started and ask all the questions you want. You can't make any new mistakes--I've made them all!
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