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  1. I''m trying really hard to destash and let go of magazines that have patterns that I'm probably never going to make. So, I have three magazines from 2012 for sale: * Crochet! Magazine from Autumn 2012--actually, the Maroma jacket on the cover looks really pretty although I'd make it for myself in a solid color. However, realistically, the chance that I'm actually -going- to make it is pretty low. Maybe you'll make it? * Crochet Today! from July/August 2012--themes are "Indian Summer," "Under the Sea," and "California Girls." * Crochet Today! from November/December 2012--overall theme is "Happy Handmade Holidays." I'm happy to provide detailed info about the patterns in each, but I think you can find the same information if you just search online for the magazine and publication date. $4 each or all three for $10... Best, Elissa
  2. I've got a paperback copy of "Leisure Arts Presents Herrschner's Blue-Ribbon Afghans," retail price $14.95. The book contains 48 afghan patterns -- 36 "all occasion" afghans and 12 baby afghans. They're all nice but I'm never going to make them. Anyone want it? $4 for the book plus $4 for media mail shipping. (That's an estimate but it should be pretty close.) Click here to see amazon.com information about the book... Please PM if you're interested. Thanks, Elissa
  3. My garage-sale hunting friend has dropped 30+ old issues of Piecework magazine (cross stitch, knitting, embroidery, quilting, and crochet) and 30+ old issues of Needle Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Embroiders' Guild of America. They seem like great magazines, but there's not enough crochet to make me happy, and I'm not that much on the needlework. Needle Arts has some AMAZING art in it, though -- I totally appreciate it but I don't have the storage space. I will gladly send these to anyone who'll pay for shipping. I can probably shove all of them into the $8 (or whatever it is now -- I think they raised the rates) USPS priority mail box. Anyone? They're really gorgeous...just not my style of craft. Thanks, Elissa
  4. Many people before me have done a great job of saying what I think -- that you should continue making snuggles if that's what you want to do, and people who don't understand what motivates us to crochet or to donate our crocheted items probably never will, and the relationship between mothers and daughters is frequently complex and fraught with unexpected obstacles (certainly I never thought I'd find so many ways to disappoint my own mother), and so on. So I second all that, and more power to ya if it makes you happy. What I do have to contribute, which I know from the shelter I work with and may have seen other people mention here as well, is that shelter animals who have little blankies in their cages get adopted more easily than those who don't. It's like staging a house that you're trying to sell by making it seem more appealing. Little puppies and kitties sitting on a little blanket -- even if it's made out of the most goshawful scratchy acrylic in 1970s colors that you've got in your stash -- look more like an animal that people can imagine in their homes. So you're not just comforting the little critters, you're helping them find their forever homes. Just my $.02... --Elissa
  5. My genuinely favorite tedious stitch is HDC. For some reason, it's much faster for me to do than anything else, and it works great for making scarves out of novelty yarn like Lion Trellis or Bernat Matrix or Lion Incredible (can you tell I've been shopping the Dollar Tree yarn blowouts?) -- with a big enough hook, HDC shows enough untwisted yarn in each stitch that it looks kinda like a knit dropstitch scarf but goes about ten times faster. It is, however, tedious. You don't look at your work and think "Wow, that's a beautiful HDC. I sure enjoyed that pattern." But more importantly...Eurolyons!!! What's your trick for picots???? I made a doily as a present for a friend this weekend and the main factor in choosing the pattern was whether I could avoid the stupid picots. I'd sure appreciate a good way to do this that lies flat and doesn't make me scream. Thanks in advance if you're willing to share... --Elissa
  6. Real Deal -- thanks for the warning on angora! I've never worked with fluffy yarn before. A healthy fear is probably a good thing. --Elissa
  7. Thanks for the tip -- the Big Lots on Hillsdale Ave in San Jose CA (for the, like, two of you who live in the Bay Area) keeps the yarn stashed in a cardboard box under the table of scrapbooking items but I got a dozen Patons Lacette (no idea what I'll do with it, but so pretty) and a few Patons Brilliant in that nice sparkly brown (no idea what to do with that either but it was my favorite color of Brilliant). Any ideas for the Lacette? I've never worked with yarn that fuzzy -and- fine before.
  8. I assume you mean this one? (I was able to find it so quickly because I have it bookmarked to make soon. But no, I haven't made it yet.) --Elissa
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    There's a lot wrong with this: 1) Because of the flash, the slight color difference between the body and the pipe-cleaner antennae appears greater than it actually is 2) Stupid cats bapped off one of the rings around his antennae 3) Couldn't come up with a good mouth for him so it's just a black size 10 thread; similarly, didn't have red yarn for an eye so used a sequin. But, it's the first pattern I've ever made up and I think I got the scowl right, so I'm pretty amused by it. The arms and legs aren't actually as hinked up as they look in the picture -- they're chains that are made thicker and more appendage-like pulled tighter by threading the end of the yarn back through the chain and they can be adjusted to various positions.
  10. I do my foundation row into the chain completely wrong -- I just pick up one loop from the side of the foundation chain and don't even try to go into the two loops that look like the normal top of a stitch on a regular row. If I want a lacier edge, I pick up one of the sides and the "bump" on the bottom, but I never go exactly into the "top" of the chain because it's a complete and total pain for me. This has never caused me a problem; no none has ever complained that the edge is wrong (though I've never given anything to another crocheter, but that's because I don't know any). Similarly, I am completely unable to keep track of the RS and WS of items and I've never been able to tell the difference in the finished item. That one may just be luck, patterns, and clueless giftees, but there it is. --Elissa
  11. LOVE them, thanks for the links and the pix of the hat. I've made my own intentional and non-intentional Moebius strips before (the latter a twisted foundation chain on a skirt, the former a lacy mohair scarf/shawl from the 2006 crochet-a-day calendar) but never thought of the Klein bottle and certainly not as a hat. Need to think through how that pattern works. There have been sporadic posts about the utility of crochet as a 3d modeling tool but I hadn't specifically seen the Lorenz manifold before. Fwiw, a while back I went in search of crocheted fractals..got any samples of those? Cheers, Elissa
  12. My response to this isn't nearly as thoughtful as others' -- especially Empress Busy Bee's -- but I feel strongly about this one so I'm chiming in with my $.02. I subscribed last summer, after seeing the issue that had the Missoni-style dress on the cover and the Mango Mesh pullover and a few other really gorgeous items. But I've been disappointed that they haven't had nearly as many things in those genres again over the past year. I personally don't care for fun fur except as a border on cutesy girl things and for a while, it seemed like nearly every wearable pattern was fun fur, and nearly all the patterns were for shrugs and shawls. Shawls are not at all to my taste, nor the tastes of my friends, mother, mother-in-law, etc. and there's a limit to how many shrugs I want to own. The issue with the Missoni-like cover must have been a real departure for them, since I've never seen another issue with two or more things that are to my taste, which made it the wrong data point for me to base a year-long subscription on. I don't think that the perfect crochet magazine for me exists. It would probably be a cross between Interweave Crochet and Crochet Today, with a focus on functional and modern tailored wearables, none of which I'm seeing a lot of in the magazines. Just my $.02, since I've been grievously unhappy with the patterns I've been seeing lately. Cheers, Elissa
  13. A while back, I bought a bunch of Bernat Cool Crochet on eBay for a very nice price. In hindsight, I should have realized that yarn that's being sold by weight (16 oz) instead of by # of skeins and weight may be...um...of an odd form factor. It came in a sealed one-pound bag labeled "Factory Mill Ends" but was clearly nice quality yarn. Today I busted it out to see what I wanted to make from it and it is just going to be disastrous to work with. The smaller skeins (maybe 1.5 - 2 oz) aren't big enough to have been turned into full skeins on their skeining machine (or whatever it's called) so they're loose and floppy and prone to knotting. The normal-size skeins are made out of two pieces of yarn-- four ends -- and they don't really start and stop in the right place so you can't work with it directly, you have to carefully untangle and roll because the threads cross themselves a million times. And, there's one super-heavy ball that's made out of two pieces of yarn that start and stop in the same place, and pull out of the center nicely, but I'll either have to work double-strand or painstaking roll both strands simultaneously into balls, because I can't work with one and then the other because they'll twist up disastrously and I'd have to keep rolling the unused one into a ball while I go along. I suppose I can get two empty TP cardboards and put them on spindles and try to wind them simultaneously that way. So, argh, argh, ARGH. Stupid mill ends. I'm spending all day just untangling and winding the stuff. Shouldn't the seller have TOLD me they were selling mill ends? Argh! Thanks for listening to the gripe. E.
  14. Similar to the people who made coasters, I had some *really* thick hemp once, and I made it into a set of placemats that I use on the patio. They got softer with each wash, and they looked pretty good -- rustic and functional -- both before and after washing. I'd stick to very simple stitches, instead of patterns. I think I did alternating rows of back-loop HDC or something like that. Best, Elissa
  15. I was at Maker Faire a few weekends ago (kinda like the high school science fair meets the libertarian version of the county fair, lots of DIY electronic and arts projects a la Burning Man, plus half a convention center building dedicated to Craft magazine stuff, and more hands-on try-it-yourself art, craft, and electronic projects for kids and grownups than you could get to in a day, AND full-scale Robot Wars) and the Escama bags were being sold there. They were absolutely gorgeous -- you couldn't tell that the metal was from soda ring pulls unless you knew -- and the thread that they used was really soft and silky, not regular cotton #10 thread. If I hadn't already blown my pocket cash, I would have gotten one. --E.
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