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About Jill-of-all-trades

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    Junior Villager
  • Birthday 01/29/1960

A Few Things About Me

  • Short bio
    I LOVE doing crafts with my daughter
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  • Hobbies
    Sewing, Computer Art, Theater
  • Occupation
    Speech Writer
  • Crocheting since...
    Since about 1973, but only picked it up again recently after about 15 years
  1. Hi, Yarnprincess, this is Jill-of-all-trades, your crochet partner (I was going to say "teacher" but now you're better than I am!), a.k.a. Mom. Tomorrow we're going to get on a train and crochet our way to Paris, and I can't wait! Love, Mommy
  2. Oh -- and I should mention, since this is Crochetville, that the edging is crochet, of course. In the original pattern there is a totally gorgeous deep lace border that I just fell in love with, but the doll was so small, and my DD was so excited to see it done, I did a very simple chain arch border instead.
  3. Totally adorable. I'll show it to my daughter, Yarnprincess, who is a worse bookaholic than I am, and is also the house arimagumi (sp?) expert. And Madamestitch, I love the idea of using varigated yarn. Yours came out so pretty!
  4. Gigiplum, you can! Check out the link to the Elann pattern at the top of the thread. It's originally an adult pattern, but so flexible I was able to re-size it for a doll! This is how I described it on my blog ( http://www.home.earthlink.net/~gracefirm/ ) It was knitted from the center out, on one circular needle -- a technique I find much easier than either double-pointed needles or two circulars. (See a good tutorial here: http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/mloop.html) Holes are left for the sleeves using provisional cast ons and stitch holders, and the sleeves are knitted right on after the body is finished. The really nifty thing about this pattern is that it is wildly adjustible, as you can see from the fact that I took a full-size adult pattern and made it for an 18 inch doll! You just keep spiralling around until the piece is the width between your (or your daughter's or your doll's) shoulders, and add the armholes there. I actually made this one by guesstimating, and didn't try it on the doll till the end -- reckless I know, but I like to live on the edge.
  5. Holey Moley! It's so much simpler than it looks! How divine. I can't wait to try it.
  6. Elegant, graceful, airy and cozy all at once... gorgeous!
  7. Okay, I'm going to grab my courage in both hands (I guess I have to put down my hook first) and try to post my first finished project. This is an American-Girl sized version of a pinwheel sweater inspired by Shelly Mackie's Lara Pinwheel Sweater with Crocheted Edges at Elann.com http://elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=227024 (I am obsessed with this pattern. It actually inspired me to take up knitting as well as crochet.) Anyway, I promised my daughter (Yarnprincess, who was the one who found Crochetville for us) that whenever I tried a new patern I would first make a doll-sized practice version first. So here it is: and the back: My daughter (and her doll) love it! Now I just have to take the plunge and make a full-size version...
  8. I just adore pinwheel crochet, but I never would have thought of a baby blanket. What a great idea. And so pretty!
  9. Not that one needs another motive to crochet for such a good cause, but I'm finding these rectangles a terrific way to try out new texture stitches (nothing lacy or loose, but combinations of sc, hdc and dc that make interesting patterns). It's fun to be able to do something new in a manageale size, and since I'm making all the rectangles out of the same yarn, they'll still go together even though they're different stitiches. I hope.
  10. P.S. just for info, I also love to sew, do computer graphics, and knit (that's new) ... among other things (musical theater, cooking, drawing and painting...)
  11. Hello, I'm Jill-of-all-trades, and I live in Switzerland, in a very small village (the only business in town happens to be a world-famous artisan chocolate maker!) overlooking Lake Geneva, halfway between Geneva and Lausanne. On nice days, from my study window, I can see Mont Blanc. I crocheted years ago, and recently, I suggested my daughter try it, since she was looking for a new craft. (Our hobby is collecting hobbies together.) She was immediately "hooked," and quickly got me back into it, too. She found Crochetville while looking for patterns. Her user name is "Yarnprincess" and she likes to make animals. Last week we went on a ski break to a friend's chalet in the Alps, and when we weren't on the slopes, we sat by the fire and crocheted. Heaven. It is lovely to be a part of the group and see all your wonderful work. Yours Yarnly, Jennifer (a.k.a. Jill-of-all-trades)
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