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About Nila

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  • Birthday 03/22/1988

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    Other than crochet, knitting, and (minorly) programming/web design
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    Anything I haven't tried before.
  • Crocheting since...
    Started learning sometime in 2004, didn't really care until sometime in 2006 or 2007.
  1. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v401/butterfly_girl_22/S6300794.jpg Here's my new shawl. I did this a week or two ago over a weekend, and I absolutely love it. I made it with Joann's Rainbow Classic Dot, so it's really snuggly and warm. I had to fudge a bit to have enough yarn for the edging, but I ended up using exactly one skein of yarn, so that was great. Now I just wish the weather would cool off some so I'd have a good excuse to wear it.
  2. I like Red Heart Super Saver for afghans myself. It's not limp like the "soft" yarns seem to me, and though a lot of people think it feels scratchy (which I don't), it softens nicely in the wash especially with fabric softener. It's also super durable, so no matter how much use it gets it's gonna hold up. My other afghan favorite is Caron One Pound. It's a little softer than RHSS, but not limp which is always something I try to avoid in an afghan. It can get a little fuzzy, but other than that it holds up excellently as well from what I've seen. It has the added bonus that it comes in huge one pound rolls and you'd only need one, maybe two, to complete your afghan.
  3. It's easy to tell. Watch and if you call this stitch a SC, you use "usa" terms and if you call it a DC you use "UK" terms.
  4. Plarn can be used just like regular yarn, just keep in mind that it is a different texture than what's probably called for and if gauge is important in the pattern you'll want to watch that too.
  5. It's very nice, but could you please post a direct link to the pattern? I can't find it
  6. Wow, what gum company has that character? I wouldn't bother with patterns at this point. The leg would just be a tube and the foot is just a bit that sticks out some from the leg. If you can chain the right amount for a diameter that works, you can just work down until it's the right length. Just doing some proportions in the picture, it looks like if you make the leg a little less than 3/4 of an inch in diameter and about halfway between 3/4" and 1" in length, including the foot, it ought to be in proportion to the pic. Of course I don't know how big the arms are so it might not be perfect. As for a foot, you could probably do the leg (in the round I'm assuming?) and then when you get to where you want the foot to be, just increase some on one side of the leg and then continue. The bulge outward ought to resemble a foot. If you do the leg flat you'd just do the increases as centered as possible.
  7. It might also depend on gauge and stitch. I have a pair of slippers crocheted in SC from several strands with a Q hook, and they hurt my feet to walk in them. But they are warm and good to sleep in in the winter. I also have a pair of slippers made in HDC from regular old worsted weight and an H hook, and those don't bother me at all. I've found that HDC is a pretty flat stitch, especially worked in the round.
  8. I have to agree with you here If I'm not learning something new on a project and it's not something small, it'll end up in a bag somewhere partially finished. Unless it's for a birthday or other gift with a time limit...then I just end up hating it the entire time I'm making it.
  9. I've never noticed a smell with red heart, unless it's a very very recent thing. I use RHSS for most projects and haven't had any issues.
  10. I don't think it really matters either way. Some people just like to get all the crocheting done before they start on the ends, others like to do it as they go.
  11. Holy fudgecakes! That's some thick yarn! Part of me wants to try that, but the practical part of me is screaming not to. I bet it'd be comfy to sleep in though. I bet if she'd used "yarn" that was slightly thinner than that it wouldn't have been such an effort.
  12. Why not try test washing a square? It's not exactly the same as washing an entire afghan, but it could let you know if it's likely to have stretching or shrinking issues, ect.
  13. I'm not sure blocking would even do anything to ribbon yarn... It's probably polyester or some other man made fiber, and from what I've heard you can't really block those well. I've got some really pretty ribbon yarn, but not enough to crochet anything with it even if I wanted to. But it's really nice when used like actual ribbon, like the time I crocheted a basket and threaded it around the top and tied it in a bow as an accent.
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