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Everything posted by DawnofMarch

  1. I tend to use my H hook the most. So I would pick it... It's a Susan Bates Silvalume. If I needed to use a huge hook I could just use my fingers... (When I am somewhere and have some yarn but not enough to really make anything or just don't have a hook I use my index finger like a crochet hook...)
  2. Well Lion Brand did say they were making ALL their patterns free right? Well maybe it's time to contact them since such a statement is so obviously not true!
  3. When I lose sight of what I'm doing with a project (Which has happened twice with a big afghan for my nephew that just keeps getting messed up though I'm fairly sure I'm following the pattern correctly) I take a break. I go through long periods of time where a particular hobby that I enjoy will not please me anymore and instead I will do one of my other hobbies like writing or find something good to read (I am a chain reader in the sense that I will start reading a book and usually have it done within a day or so.) or I'll even get into a cleaning mood... Or in a cooking mood. Believe it or not, until recently I was never that much of a person who enjoyed cooking. In fact it's really depressing when I would cook for my sister's family because their middle daughter complains about anything and everything and their son wil not eat anything with lettuce or any sort of green leafy thing. It's difficult to balance things like that but it's just the way my mind works. One week I might be obsessed with making christmas presents, the next I might spend every moment of my free time on my computer playing Sims.
  4. I will usually be listening to some sort of music, checking out a site with free patterns, drooling over crocheting tools, and pay patterns that I either can't afford or if I can afford it there are other things that I want more than a new pattern book... I usually do have several tabs open and also chat with family and friends via IM... I also like to have either warm tea or iced tea to drink...
  5. I'm not big on watching TV while crocheting. At work I will crochet while listening to the news (I care for my disabled sister in law and there is often plenty of time to sit down for a bit and crochet a row or two of a project depending on the size.). At home I do not have a TV as I just got into an apartment on my own and have no real desire to have one yet. There are other things I want, like computer upgrades or crochet items...
  6. Whatever bag I am using to carry my other things I need with me (Bus schedules as I need two different ones, my CD player and earbuds, My little pack of tissues, hand sanitizer, lip balm, wallet, keys, cellphone, pattern booklet and sometimes I even stuff my laptop in the same bag if I foresee myself wanting to be on it.
  7. My answer to the person who asked that sort of question would be because store-bought socks are usually too thin to keep my feet and ankles warm enough. I am sensitive to the cold (Really I ought to move somewhere warmer, but I like the Snow we get in winter where I live.
  8. Like a scalpel... Because otherwise I would be irritating not only my wrist (wrist problems and constant movement combined equal pain) but my hand as well because for some reason the way I hold a pencil strains my hand.
  9. Same here, because after you know the stiches all it takes is a little imagination and one can make whatever they want.
  10. I grew up using different spellings and even pronunciations of words and sometimes my own lingering difficulties with speech will throw me off my usual pronunciation of something. However I usually pronounce it either skane with a silent e, and Skein with the e saying it's name. Living in the US of A it is sometimes frustrating because we use different pronunciations depending on the region we live in or our roots come from. Another example of regional differences in terms and pronunciations would be the Soda vs Pop argument. In the state of WA it seems like Pop is the normal term for a carbonated sugary drink such as Pepsi or Coke, or any other drink in the same category. I grew up in California for the most part and was used to using the word "Soda" or the actual name of the type of drink I wanted. When I would go to the store for one I would say to whomever I was hanging out with "Hey I'm gonna go to the store and grab a soda. You want anything?" My friends up here say Pop instead of Soda. For some reason it irritates me to no end and I have to correct them. I'm like: "Either call it a soda or call it by it's proper name (Mountain Dew, Dr Pepper, Sprite, Cherry Coke) because I'm about to tear my hair out if I hear you call it a Pop one more time." It is confusing where the word Pop came from anyway. Does it refer to the "Pop" sound of a cap coming off (On glass bottles) or does it have to do with the carbonation?
  11. What stores have you checked prices at? I'll tell you something, the yarn store nearest my sister's place (which I had to visit yesterday) had Red Heart Kids colors that cost more than a skein of Vanna's Choice. And there is a definite difference in the feel of Vanna's vs Red Heart though they are both 100% acryllic!
  12. I usually don't crochet when I am at home. At home I am usually using the computer to come on here or to check my email, or to play Sims... However, I do crochet on my way to work (I take the bus) and at work whenever I do not have anything that needs to be done.
  13. I take care of my sister in law for work, so on the way to and from work (I take the bus) and each spare moment at work, I spend working on some crochet project, which has been a Granny Ripple Aghan for the past few weeks. Some days I get at least five rows done. However once I get home, I tend to do other things like browse this site and get ready for bed.
  14. I have tried knitting. Several times, but when it comes to the point where I'm having to use the second needle, I fail to get it right. I wish I could knit well enough to make some socks...
  15. Granny Ripple Afghan using Wool Ease in Blush Heather and Fisherman is my main project, and then on the sidelines I have another Ripple pattern I'm following using Vanna's Choice in Mustard and Cranberry, as well as a Scarf using those same colors and also a Hat using the same brand in a green and a silver grey. I do want to go to Joann's today and get an afghan hook so I can try out another pattern I saw in the same book as the second Ripple 'ghan I'm working on.
  16. Welcome from Lynnwood, WA, Julie! You can just call me Aprildawn, or April, or Dawn. I like making Afghans too! Might I suggest getting a cheap set of stitch markers and use them to mark the end of your rows?
  17. I used to have one of those dolls when I was little. Lets just say I was more fond of my Cabbage Patch dolls and my stuffed bears than I was of that ol, thing.
  18. I use a plastic zipper bag that was the packaging for the new shower curtain I recently bought for my crochet hooks, and other tools. I shouldn't have kept the knitting needles in it though, because those caused holes. Good thing I set knitting aside for another place and time because it is obvious I cannot figure it out.
  19. I have always wanted to learn Japanese. Perhaps one day, I will buy a Japanese crochet book and use that as a form of practice. I am pretty sure the community college has Japanese Language classes. But first I need to focus on other things.
  20. I think I saw Beyond the Square at Joann's when I was picking up a replacement hook for the H that I had somehow lost on my way home from work a while back but had been using constantly for the granny ripple afghan I'm working on.
  21. I often wish I could turn the hallway closet into a yarn collection. With as many colors as I feel I could like in all types of yarn so that I could make whatever I want, whenever I want.
  22. Sometimes. But I also do a quick slip knot with yarn strands to keep them from being too long and getting in my way while still giving me plenty of yarn to easily weave in with later.
  23. I agree, especially if you use one of the softer acrylic yarns.
  24. My favorite is Bigelow. They've got a huge line of not only flavored Teas (which do contain black tea, and at least one other ingredient, like Spearmint, or Lemon, or some other combo of ingredients.) but also some rather good herbals. I don't know if anyone does this, but I like to have some Earl Grey and a bag of a Mint Herbal "Tea" brewing together and sometimes, if I'm wanting to really wind down, a bag of their Chamomile "Tea" added. And to those who don't understand us Americans with our insistence on calling herbal "teas" Tea; Seriously, we like shortcuts a tad bit too much!
  25. I can't help but feel so happy right now. For the longest time I have wondered what pattern my mother used on the rainbow ripple afghan I have so many fond memories of. Just today I was looking for Crochet pattern books in a thrift store near my work with one of the ladies I help out during the day, and found a pattern book from 1981 with several afghan patterns; One of which looks very close to the afghan I have wanted to try to recreate ever since I started crocheting.
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