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Everything posted by jamielynn1985

  1. I'm planning to make a "bedspread" for my daughter's bed and was wanting to use a hexagon motif like This One. I'm thinking of doing it in a lot of pretty girly colors then I plan to make a small flower and sew onto the middle of each hexagon (right side only of course). Unfortunately the one pictured is at my mother in law's house over 2 hours away and I know I won't be at her house again for at least another month or 2 and she knows nothing about crochet. I know if I had it in my hands I could figure it out but I don't have that opportunity. This is the only picture I have with any amount of the afghan in it. I really just need to know the basic setup of a hexagon. It's double crochet, basically solid (other than gaps/holes at the corners)
  2. ok, got it now. I thought I was supposed to go all the way around doing the ch 5 loops and then do the ch 2 dc thing after completing 12 loops. Thanks ladies.
  3. http://www.piece-by-piece.net/Crochet/mesh_beret.htm I want to make the above beret but I don't fully understand the instruction line "end by joining with ch 2, dc at base of beg ch-5" It's supposed to be done from rounds 2-14. I'm sure it's probably pretty simple just not explained well in the instructions.
  4. This happened just last night. The person my family and I are staying with for a few months had a couple and their 3 year old daughter over last night for a little cookout. My daughter and their daughter were playing together inside while the group of adults tended to stay outside since they're all smokers. Usually when there is some kind of get-together with friends, I end up staying inside because I don't smoke and I hate when children are left unattended. This night I chose to hang out with the adults and just come in and check on the girls. My husband says that by me staying inside people think I'm being rude (the best way I can put it without using the word he used). They were watching a movie and seemed to be doing fine. Until... they wanted to watch a VHS movie. The only place to watch a VHS is in my bedroom. Now my daughter is almost 6 and knows not to mess with my makeup and nail polish that I keep on my dresser. I didn't think about the 3 yr old messing with it. I wish it would have occurred to me because at one point when I came to check on the girls she was on my bed with a bottle of purple nail polish, all over her arms and legs and a little bit on my comforter. At this point it wasn't a big deal, we cleaned her up and I could care less about the comforter, it's old and stained anyways. This morning I woke up and got ready to take my daughter to school when I discovered it. My beautiful scarf, my first "perfect" project, with purple nail polish all over it. I want to cry. I just made it maybe 7 months ago and have only been wearing it since probably about halfway through November. This scarf is what started getting me sales, people loved it and wanted one of their own. I feel like I've lost a child who had so much life left to live.
  5. I'm currently making a hat using the classic granny square 3dc "cluster" http://www.purlbee.com/storage/gran3.jpg Can I change out that kind of cluster for the one done in THIS AFGHAN without a change otherwise in the pattern?
  6. As an adult with ADHD, I need to do something to keep myself from daydreaming. I always have something else going on than just the "task" at hand. I often listen to an mp3 player while cleaning the house because I am less distracted. I have a hard time staying still and if I do stay seated for more than a few minutes I go into la-la land or start to doze. I haven't gone to church in years because we moved away from the one I grew up at who understood and would allow me to sit at the back of the church and get up and pace (quietly) behind the back pew if I felt I had to. Had I known how to crochet I probably would have done that.
  7. I actually did this once but not to actual church service but to VBS with my daughter (I chose to stay because she wasn't comfortable being left) We were guests of my landlord so I hadn't been to this church before but I thought I was just gonna be sitting there waiting for it to be over so I may as well do something. Some of the adults thought it was cool and commented on what I was making but some people looked like they were disgusted by it. Like the other said I think it depends on the church. The churches I grew up at wouldn't have had a problem but where I've moved to now, they seem a little stuck up and hoydy-toydy. I wouldn't crochet when special speakers are speaking or during prayer times and I wouldn't do something that involved looking at a pattern. To me, you don't have to see the person speaking to hear the word.
  8. Today while at Walmart I went in the craft section to pick up some embroidery floss to fix a button on my new jacket. They didn't have any so I decided to check the crochet thread to see if they had some in the color I needed in the same thickness. No again. However I saw this beautiful burgundy thread and decided I had to have. I got home and realized I have no idea what I'm going to make out of it. There's not anything special about it. It's just normal size 10 cotton thread in a normal burgundy color. I think I might make something for Christmas. Get a early start on making decoration since we have so few. Any ideas on something to make or a story to share about a yarn/thread or other crochet item you had to have and later wondered why?
  9. I'm in Raleigh almost into Cary. I would really love to be able to meet with other crocheters.
  10. I have a plastic hook that doesn't have a size on it. I think it's an 8 mm but I don't know for sure. Wear would I measure it at to know?
  11. I've posted in another place on the board about a hat I'm getting ready to make for my first paying customer. I am going to make this hat with a slight modification to make it slouchier. The other post was about finding a substitute yarn to use. Anyways, I was looking at the price for the yarn in the project, for 4 things (the pattern only needs 3 but due to my modification I want 4 to make sure I have enough) we are talking $16. I don't even know what I would charge for my work. I've already explained to him that the materials will cost around $16 depending on what yarn I end up using. He understands and told me not to worry about it and he's more than willing to pay for my work but I don't want to overcharge him either. The problem is that I personally couldn't pay over $20 for a hat so I feel like more than that would be too much but I also know that because I am changing to hat from the pattern it is even more special than something mass produced. I was thinking maybe $30 or $35, what do you think. Reasonable? Also, please tell me I'm not the only one who has a problem with pricing.
  12. I'm about to have my first paying customer. I am using a Drops pattern which of course calls for a Drops yarn, This specifically calls for Eskimo I can't use this yarn for a few reasons, I need the yarn this week, I don't have a credit card to order things from the web, they don't have the color he wants. I need a yarn that I can find in Micheal's. He wants something green and black variegated. I'm not sure how my luck will be at finding the right color in the right yarnweight so I'm thinking about doublestranding it with 2 thinner yarns that will equal the bulky yarn. I just don't know what a good substitution would be and I don't want to substitute strands that are too thick or too thin. Below is the information on the yarn the pattern calls for. Their yarn group chart says that you can substitute two threads from C to equal one thread from E. The yarns in C all seem to be worsted weight yarns. Please help. Also he said the yarn doesn't have to be wool. material: 100% wool yardage: 1 ball = 50g = 50meter / 54 yds needle size 8-9 [uS 11-13] tension/gauge 10 sts x 14 rows = 10x10cm [4"x4"] yarnweight: bulky textured: single Eskimo has a large elasticity and gives garments that stay in shape. We are offering a large array of colors, pretty and clear single colors, tone-in-tone shaded colors we call mix, and colors with a significant mix of colors that we call print.
  13. The guidance counselor at my daughter's school wants me to make him a hat. I love the pattern on Drops but I want to just get some yarn from Micheal's as I don't like buying things online plus I'd want to feel the yarn before I bought it. Here's info on the Drops Eskimo yarn. I don't know if he'll still want the hat to be wool so I'd like suggestions for different fibers of yarn.
  14. I like that idea. My mom's "signature" was a painted Christmas ornament to everyone every year. She would have a theme for each year but each one would still be different. One year she'd do a santa for everyone, the next it'd be snowmen.
  15. WOW that's a lot of yarn. I've never seen postings for even close to that amount. Usually it's a small grocery bag full.
  16. I started working with size 10 thread a few months ago. Mostly making bookmarks and filet crochet wall hangings that are no bigger than 1 square foot. I just remember than it's no different than using anything else I've crocheted, just smaller.
  17. I'm going to buy a few things of the lavender scent to make items for in my bedroom. I don't have allergies nor does anyone in my family. I like candles but I don't keep them out anymore because we've had too many accidents with the holders getting broken and knocked off by one of the many children or pets running about most days. I hope it's not too strongly scented and just good enough to keep a gentle lavender smell in my room.
  18. I like that! I never would have thought about doing it in designs. I'm excited to try my hand at some slippers and eventually socks but I've been shying away from it because we live in a basement apartment which has tile floors throughout and I fear my daughter and myself slipping everywhere but because of the tile we need to wear socks or our feet freeze.
  19. It's actually pretty small because it's done in size 10 thread. The purple one only took me 2 days to make. Mine sides tend to be a little ragged looking but I iron it to make attempt to make it straighter. I think it's pretty easy. Mostly just series of double crochet and chains. The size might make it hard for someone who doesn't see well or has arthritis.
  20. Those are beautiful. Certainly better than those cheap plastic rings I have.
  21. Thanks, I can't wait for it to get closer to winter so she can wear it when we walk to school. Plus it's got some good stretch to it and it even fits my head so I'm hoping she'll wear it for a while. I just wish I knew what kind of yarn the bulky pink was so I knew if I could wash it in the machine. I guess I'll just hand wash to be safe.
  22. I'm excited about some yarn I recieved from a nice lady on freecycle.org. Some of it didn't have labels so I don't know what kind it is but I can tell most of it is nice. I think I'm gonna make a scarf for myself out of the blue eyelash yarn.
  23. I made these for a friend's 2 children. They're going to be framed and then hung in their bedrooms.
  24. I made this hat for my daughter last night after receiving some yarn from someone on freecycle.org. I have no idea what the thick pink yarn is but I picked up the ball and knew I had to make my daughter a hat for this winter out of it. I started the hat just using the thick pink but about 2 rounds in I glanced over at the pile of yarn she had given me and I saw the pink and green ribbon yarn and thought it would look great crocheted with the thick pink and I started over with both. I'm glad I decided to add in the ribbon because I think the flecks of bright color make it more "big girl" than just having that bubblegum pink.
  25. My husband's boss's wife and I are kinda friends. We're more or less friends out of convenience than true friends. Anyways we were out one day and I decided to pick up some yarn to make another friend a baby blanket for her baby shower. Jenn was pregnant and due about the same time and she knew I was planning to make a blanket for her shower too. The other friends blanket was going to be done in bright green, blue and black. Jenn said she really liked the colors and that it would match the baby's room so I decided to do her blanket in the same colors. I was extremely excited because these were the first gifts I was giving to anyone outside my husband and daughter. A few weeks after I finished the blankets Jenn and her husband posted pictures of the baby's room on facebook. It didn't match...at all! More appropriate colors would have been red, blue and white. I was a bit mortified and felt like when I was going to give her the blanket at her shower people were going to think I was crazy to make a baby blanket out of those colors and I knew I should have gone with something a little more "normal/traditional". I kinda felt "set up" for some reason and didn't even want to go to the shower. Luckily my husband's truck got a horrible exhaust leak a few days before the shower and my husband didn't feel comfortable with me and our daughter riding in it so we weren't able to go. He dropped the blanket off with her on his way to work. She said she loved it but for some reason I feel like it's at the bottom of a basket full of blankets. She's posted many pictures of the baby on facebook, none of which is he wrapped or laying on my blanket. My other friend loved her blanket, as I knew she would. She is against most things "traditional" and she said the blanket was perfect for the spaceship themed room they planned to have for the baby.
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