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    Since 1994, but I stopped for several years.
  1. Okay, I know these look a little funny because I made them with odds and ends of leftover yarn. But when I saw this pattern I just loved the design and couldn't wait to try it. http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=5265〈=us I didn't have enough of any one yarn so I used several in different weights. The two blue yarns are regular worsted weight, the multi is the thicker Rag Doll yarn, and the bottom is two worsteds held together (which makes for a nice, thick sole) in black and blue. Anyway, I just wanted to share that this pattern is so much easier to do than I expected. You're just crocheting a flat piece and then folding it in half and sewing together. And it's only sc and dc. So easy and quick, and I imagine you can skip the boot part if you just wanted more of a moccasin style. I think the only minor challenge I had was making the pom-poms for the cords. I don't have much practice at that, and next time I would make the cords a couple of inches shorter.
  2. I hadn't checked my favorites list in a long time. After reading this thread I found I had a few dead links there. Found one recreated: South Bay Crochet -------> http://www.baycrochet.com/index.html This site has crochet tips, tutorials, and free patterns. I had originally saved it for its toes up sock pattern.
  3. I absolutely love the diamond pattern rather than the traditional square grid. Somehow, it makes it look more modern. I've avoided making a granny afghan up until now because I associated it with the country look (not that there's anything wrong with that ), but now you have me re-thinking it. Very clever!
  4. Thanks, everyone! I do remain in awe of her crochet talent. I don't know if I'll ever have the patience to make one of those big bedspreads like she did. I'm happiest when I can finish a project the same day I start it. I don't know what happened to those tables. When my grandparents moved here in the early 90's they bought all new furniture, so I never got to see the tables in person. Irikel, I'm not from PR, but all four of my grandparents were. This grandmother and grandfather (my mother's parents) were both originally from Humacao, and my father's parents were both originally from Ponce although they met in New York. I think I still have some distant relatives in Ponce that I've never met.
  5. OOPS! ...and thanks. I guess that is macrame. Once I started searching for "macrame table" I was finally able to find a few examples online that were similar. My grandfather had always called it crocheted, and I thought the body of it looked a bit like solomon's knots. But then, I know nothing about macrame. So just to show that she really was a prolific crocheter, here's another old photo showing one of her bedspreads. I think you can also see some of her pillows and part of a table runner/doily thingy.
  6. My grandmother crocheted all her life. She passed away in '95, before I got interested in crochet, so I never got to talk to her about it. According to my mother, she could just look at something and immediately know the pattern. She was great at thread crochet. She'd make king-sized bedspreads, decorative pillows, toys, and all kinds of things. Years ago, when my grandfather told me that she had crocheted a table, I couldn't even imagine what he was talking about. On his next visit from Puerto Rico, he brought photos. Today I came across those old photos once again, and thought I'd share them with you. Have you ever seen anything like this? She actually crocheted a table! Two, to be exact. It still blows my mind. Click for a better view.
  7. This is so beautiful. I love the pattern, and I really love the color.
  8. I'm lovin' that rainbow-colored one, as well as the red one. Of course, they all look so nice and toasty warm. Great job!
  9. I think if I was buying anything that someone crocheted at home, it's just a given that I'd wash it before wearing/using it. Still, I guess I can see how some people would be turned off by seeing it on someone else's head. It never occured to me that the customer would assume the hat in the picture is the same hat they're getting. However, if the picture was just advertising a pattern or showing-and-telling, I'd definitely want to see it on a real person's head. I used to sell hats when I worked in a department store, and what looks good on a mannequin head does not necessarily look good on a real person. If the mannequin is just a head with no hair there's an even bigger difference. The mannequin heads were often smaller than the typical woman's head. Some hats look great on the mannequin, but not on an actual person. And then some hats look better on people with curly hair and some look better with straight hair. Curls tend to poke through lacier designs. If the woman is a bit plump that makes a difference, too. You don't see too many plus-sized mannequin heads. In reality even if you don't see the hat on a greasy-haired model, you still don't know what a hat was exposed to before you got it, so it really doesn't matter. Their dog could've drooled on it, their cat could've slept on it, they might've had the flu while working on it...
  10. These are gorgeous. What a great idea, and different from all the other ornament patterns. I would imagine you could do this with thread or yarn to get different results as well. I love the elegant border.
  11. I had a bit of a creative block this year, so all I crocheted was one ornament for a friend. It was a stuffed star with a tiny photo of her dogs in the center (posted in the miscellaneous forum), and it was fairly simple-looking. I just used it to decorate the package of the store-bought gift I was giving her. She saw it and gasped like it was the most amazing thing she'd ever seen. She loves handmade things so I always know she'll be appreciative, but I didn't expect that big a reaction. Made me feel good.
  12. Thanks everyone! It's a great pattern that works up incredibly quickly. Only 4 rounds for the large version. Great for last minute projects.
  13. Whew! I've been wracking my brain all week trying to figure out how to make this pattern work for me: Stuffed Star Ornament I had no 2" lucite ring and even if I had it seemed like it would make the ornament too big. Still, I loved the idea of the pattern and desperately wanted to make it for my friend who is one of the few people who loves my crocheted gifts. This year I bought her a gift from the store instead, but wanted to make an ornament to hang from the bow on her package. Finally I found some spare key rings from a previous craft project and realized it would be just the right size. I left off the final round on the star, and adjusted the pattern for the back side slightly. The result is an itty bitty star with a picture of her two dogs (her children) in the center. (Click to enlarge)
  14. I so feel for you. This is the first time in a few years that I haven't given any crocheted gifts. I just couldn't come up with any ideas and had very little money to spend, so I finally gave up and just bought everyone a box of candy instead. Most of them would probably enjoy that more than my crocheted scarves anyway (since we live in Florida). Then I had the idea to make a crocheted photo ornament for one of my friends who really likes my handmade gifts. Turns out it calls for a two-inch lucite ring, which I don't have. I couldn't think of anything to substitute for it, so that idea is out. Ah, well. What can you do? I'm just trying to keep my expectations realistic.
  15. I think they're lovely, and they look nice and warm.
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