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  1. I'm the same with the hand cramping while knitting. In fact, I'm in the process from taking some time off from both because I hurt myself knitting this week. My right wrist is killing me. I actually love both. I really, really enjoy knitting but can't seem to find a way of doing it without hurting my hands and wrists. I've decided that I'll just stick to crochet and will have to be choosy about what knit projects I do and when I actually DO have a knit project I'm going to have to just take my time with it. I love both for multiple reasons. The main one... THEY KEEP ME SANE!
  2. What a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing.
  3. I get Crochet!, Crochet World, Crochet Today and Interweave..although I need to re-up my subscriptions on the last 2 so I don't miss any issues. I love all of them and practically hover at the mailbox in anticipation of new issues lol.
  4. I've been wanting to do the same kind of thing, and recently found out how to make recycled, plantable paper. I've decided to make some up and see how it goes with the Christmas gifts I'm making.
  5. Ok, my biggest frustration here.....what happened to the common courtesy of a thank you card? I'm sorry, but my momma raised me better than that- you Always send a thank you note for shower and wedding gifts, period. I have an Aunt that expects thank you cards even for Christmas and birthday gifts(which I'll admit I don't do-but shower gifts..always. And I have 5 kids, so I've written a good share of thank you cards in my day). But what happened to people that they think it's okay to just not say thank you anymore? Now, on to the topic..thankfully I haven't had that happen to me.....yet . Or, at least, not to my face. Last year I made scarves for some of the women folk in my family. I picked one pattern and made all of them the same, just in different colors. Both of my grandmothers and my aunt use theirs, and my mom ended up with 3 scarves. I didn't like the 1st 2 that I made (all different patterns)but loved the 3rd and then thought "what am I going to do with the other 2??". So! I gave her all 3, with the last one at the bottom of the box. I wrapped each one before putting it in and then #'d them, adding notes as to how each one came about. She uses all of them. But the funny thing is that the 3rd one I made for her that I LOVED, but it was the 1st 2 that I see her wearing the most lol. She saved everything from that gift though..even the notes. My cousin- a lux-a-holic- requested I make her one just like the others, in black and it really surprised me. I wouldn't have expected her to want anything hand made. I jumped on that and had it made up for her in no time flat. I didn't get much of a response from her when I gave it to her, but I 100% expected that out of her. Whether she uses it, I do not know. It was a super fast project, so..whatever. I just wanted to thank her for the mass amounts of hand-me-down clothes she'd given me for my daughters(and again..she's a luxaholic so we're talking a lot of high-priced name brand clothing here...stuff I can never afford to buy). so..yeah. I just gave handmade gifts to two different gals for their baby shower gifts and they were both extremely appreciative. At my one friends shower, her mom, aunt and longtime family friend commented on how when THEY were having babies you used to get a lot of handmade items, but that you don't see it as much these days. The one even looked at me and said "that's such a special thing you did for her"..and it felt really good to see that others DO get it. Plus..this particular friend I well informed that I would be making her gift and quadruple checked with her on color choices, etc. In fact, she's at the hospital being induced today and wants to come over and learn how to crochet at some point during her maternity leave. I'm making crochet dish towels/potholder/dishrag sets for everyone this year because that's what I'm able to do. If its not that, then it's nothing because I don't have the money to go out and spend on everyone. I decided to go with items that anyone can use(like, really, no one can tell me they have no use for a hand towel) and those will go in a basket with some home-baked goodies and maybe a candle. I can't do much for everyone and this is something I CAN do, so if people can't appreciate it for that simple fact alone..well..whatever. I'll just request they give the towels rags and potholders back to me if they don't like/want them, because I DO use them all the time around here. My cotton crochet kitchen towels are one of my favorite(and functional) things to use. Now..I do have a dilema with my brother..he doesn't like crocheted stuff much at all, so he might be getting a stack of knitted washcloths. I think handmade stuff is special, but I've also been given handmade things in the past that I was less than thrilled with, so I can relate on that end of it as well. My MIL crocheted some things for my oldest daughter that I ended up not using much, but not because I didn't like them. My daughter was born in June, so newborn sweaters and jackets weren't really something I put on her. I made sure though, to take lots of pics of her in the items even if she didn't get a lot of actual use out of them. My 2nd daughter was born in December so guess what? They finally got more use.
  6. Hello! I joined this site last year but have been without regular Internet access since shortly after I signed up. Now I get on here from my phone. I'm a 31 year old SAHM with 5 wonderful kids(most of the time, anyway ). Crochet is the one thing I can do while they run circles around me. Crochet keeps me sane...helps me get my head out of any troubles I'm having, and helps me to be creative, which is something I really need. No one around me crochets. My cousin taught me when I was 14(she was 7 at the time), I did it for awhile then didn't care for a few years. When my oldest son was a baby I picked the hooks back up when my MIL taught me a few new tricks. Then I put it down again until early last year when I was on a mission to replace my daughters knitted afghan that was(and still is) falling apart(she won't give it up), learned to read patterns finally, and I've just taken off with it. I am obsessed. With crochet in general. With yarn. With patterns. And I have no one to really talk to about it in my life. I think this is just the right place for me .
  7. Ugh..I feel like that right now with 3 different projects. All 3 sat for Months, but I finally picked one back up last week after I finished some marathon baby crochet(2 showers- a week apart). It's that pink camo hoodie from Bernat and I'm mad at it right now lol. I think I've been more focused on just finishing it before my daughter gets too big to wear it, and my gauge is off. Sometimes it's too loose, sometimes too tight. So, last night I pulled an entire sleeve out because it didn't match the arm holes. I counted and re-counted my stitches and they were correct, but it was off by over an inch! When I stretched it to see if I could block it, it had to be stretched too much so I just ripped it out. So now, I'm trying to decide if I want to start the sleeves over, or just pull it all out. I'm no longer excited about the pattern...so..hm. The other 2 are a prayer shawl for my mother-in-law...I just don't love the colors in the yarn(Homespun) or the stitch, but I'm nearly finished(literally, I have 2 sides of the border to finish, that's it). That one I WILL finish! The other is a stuffed kitty/rabbit/dog that my daughter requested for her birthday. In June lol. It started as a kitty, then after I started it(and started it over and over again..just couldn't get the body right...purple fun fur and purple LB ww) she decided she wanted it to be a rabbit. Now she wants it to be a dog. The body and head and muzzle are done, all I have to do is put some safety eyes on it and make some legs. But I don't wanna lol.
  8. I'm so excited to see some fellow Coloradans! Colorado Springs here too! I'm in the process of making a scarf for myself(finally..I'm always crocheting for everyone else) for this lovely, COLD weather that's visiting us more and more lately.
  9. That is a great deal! My mom, grandmother and Aunts are always on the lookout for me at yard/garage sales. Most of my stash is made up of what they've found for me. It's exciting when you happen upon it!
  10. Thank you all so much for the welcomes! It is appreciated .
  11. Firstly, I have to express how completely excited I am to have found this forum. I've recently started crocheting again, and I just can't get enough of it. I'm a 30 year old stay-at-home-mom of 5 kids, ages 8 months to 9(almost 10) years-3 boys and 2 girls. I found this forum while looking for patterns for crocheted toys. I look forward to getting to know everyone and discussing our shared obsession. One of my latest favorite things to do is to look for patterns on the Internet and my favorites folders are busting at the seams now.
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