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JHablinski

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  1. I feel like such a fool; when I read thread holder above my poor, old & befuddled mind went to some device for tensioning the thread as it is worked. Now I have a big knot on my forehead from doing a Homer Simpson’s “Doh.”
  2. @Shelbyolivia, I just can’t find filet attractive at all either. Glad to hear I’m not alone.
  3. @Shelbyolivia, I just can’t find filet attractive at all either. Glad to hear I’m not alone.
  4. @Shelbyolivia, I just can’t find filet attractive at all either. Glad to hear I’m not alone.
  5. @ homekeepingGran Interweave Crochet ran several articles by Dora Ohrenstein on thread work taking place in Eastern Europe these days in their Summer 2011 issue which grabbed my attention and, I’m afraid may have infected me with a compulsion to try my hand at Irish Crochet. Pray for me! It appears I am not alone in appreciating these articles, I just received my Fall issue and there is an article and patterns for Irish Crochet Roses. Ms. Ohrenstein in her articles also mentions a Ukrainian print magazine titled Duplet in English. It isn’t available by subscription in the US today, but several sites on Esty offer copies for sale. I have to say, seeing some of the work featured made me think I don’t know how to crochet at all. They were very nice & very impressive.
  6. One of my local TV stations has added a new sub-channel to its over-the-air schedule; a network called Me-TV. They offer a lineup of old TV shows one of which is Rawhide. Those of you not old enough to remember ‘50s TV should know one of Rawhide’s characters was played by a very young Clint Eastwood. I suspect this was pretty much his debut. Today’s offering, an episode titled Incident Below the Brazos also featured a guest appearance by an equally young Peter Graves. Several scenes featured a very obviously crocheted shawl. The style looked modern so there may be an incident of an anachronism here in that a lot of early crochet was thread work and this appeared to be either a worsted or bulky weight yarn. Yes I know there was yarn work back in the 1870s which is the era represented in the program, certainly post Civil War cattle driving days if not exactly the 1870s. I have to say I have been surprised at the quality of the program; I’ve seen some 50’s shows that look pretty amateurish. But with Eastwood and Graves I guess you can expect quality.
  7. Mini, I’m making an afghan from Champygirl’s Granny pattern “Castle’s End” posted on Crochetville. You left a comment on the square back in ’09. What I’m wondering is what is the symbol you are using as an icon on Crochetville? And where did you find it? John Hablinski, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
  8. JHablinski

    It says what?

    Does anyone have a resource to help decipher the language used in antique crochet books and patterns?
  9. JHablinski

    It says what?

    Does anyone have a resource to help decipher the language used in antique crochet books and patterns?
  10. What an intriguing design. Somewhere out there is a kid wondering why they have to learn math. This could be the answer they need. In almost every article about designing crochet patterns the writer always gets around to saying you have to work out the math.
  11. FireSprit, I’m terribly afraid I have been bitten by this bug called Irish Crochet. The latest issue of Interweave Crochet contained several articles on the art, and it is an art. At the same time I received an email from a friend I met on this site who lives in Russia with a link to her friend’s site and it is amazing. This is certainly not the work we have been seeing here in the US on any kind of regular basis. I have done very little thread work because my eyes are 61 years old and my nose too long to bring the work close enough for the eyes to focus. I bought myself one of those magnifying headsets but there is a problem, at least for me, as you mentioned the focusing on thread work is a necessity and my eyes want me to bring objects closer. The headset rather insists one must hold it away from the wearer and it drives me nuts. I’m still at the reading/studying stage and in fact searching for tutorials got me to this thread. Having spent more than a few hours looking at examples of Irish Crochet I think you have done quite well. Now I’m off to the links you posted. Hang in there.
  12. I know I really don’t qualify as a Mommy, but I’ll bet you weren’t really excluding men. The latest edition of Crochet Today!, starting on page 75 and ending 91 has a whole section of items a crocheter might make which I think unlikely made by a knitter, no matter how avid a fan. In addition to the items shown there are instructions and symbol renderings of some Numbers and Letters which could be co-opted for many more uses. http://crochettoday.com/ John Hablinski Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
  13. I am very saddened to learn of the loss of this well respected and loved business John Hablinski Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
  14. They are very nice work. I just don’t have the eyes required to do thread work. I bought myself one of those magnifying headband things; it even had little lights on it to provide even better vision. Alas my tendency is to move objects further away in order to focus and the device wanted me to bring it closer. We just couldn’t get along. John Hablinski Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
  15. Some of these stories are just heartbreakers. I have seen some of my gifted work used as a dogs bed, I would have thought it could have at least been placed where I couldn’t see it when I visited but no there it was in the middle of the living room floor where everyone could see how little she thought of the many hours spent making it. I have had the experience of realizing the gift I made was a disappointment to the receiver because it wasn’t store-bought. Sometimes it seems common courtesy is a thing of the past. John Hablinski Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
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