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  1. I too have a pattern for a gorgeous christening dress - knitted panels with Irish crochet insertions and trim. It is from a Mon Tricot book and the thread used is a French brand in Size 5 and Size 8. ???? I've knitted swatches out of various threads to check but have'nt hit on the right one yet. The nearest I can get in Perle cotton but I don't want to use a "glitzy" thread like that. I also think it is much too soft to hold the Irish roses. Most of the thicker threads that are common in the US are just not available in Australia. So the pattern is sitting quietly on the back-burner waiting for Crochet Australia to get something in that might suit.
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    I just want my picots to be nice and neat and clean. Sometimes they are blobby at the bottom - so I pull it out and have another go. I've seen your stunning Irish Crochet. How do you do your picots?
  3. That's a very pretty top. Perhaps you could use a twisted cord made from a "suede" or chenille knitting yarn.
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    Katchkan - was it you who gave instructions for a better picot? If it was, do you mind repeating.
  5. I agree with the "battle on" bunch. It would make a lovely table topper for a round table, especially if used over a floor length floral tablecloth featuring the same pink as your crochet thread. Then again, I also agree with the Size 30 adherents. This doily will look exceptional in a fine thread. Hang it - do both!!
  6. That is supurb workmanship and a wonderful colour. I do like the star in the centre. Very, very impressive.
  7. I used to have a rat - she was so cute. I'd be sitting watched tv with the rat on my head and my burmese cat on my shoulder - not exactly comfortable. Eldest son took her outside for a walk one day and let her go down the side of the house, which was/is pretty much a jungle - never saw her again. I'm sure that if she came across a neighbourhood cat she would have marched up to it and stood up to sniff its nose, like she did with our cat. But wild rats!!! We were stuck one time between selling one house and buying another and the only place we could rent on a short term basis was a real dump - complete with rats in the ceiling. I kept trapping them in the kitchen. Got up one day to find half a rat in the trap - it's friends had eaten the other half. I was very pregnant at the time and I started having dreams that the baby was in the cot, I went over to it and it's face was chewed off. I was so relieved that we managed to move into new house a few weeks before baby came. He's now 21 and has a beautiful face.
  8. Younger son (21) lovingly (I hope) refers to home as the Little House of Crocheted Horrors. What was your question?? But he still gives me a cuddle and occasionally slips a bit of money in my purse to buy a bit of "string". I make his girlfriend "thinking of you" presents which she always gets really excited about so we quietly get back at him. DD horrified me last time she was home from uni. She found a pattern book with several ruffled doilies and wants me to make one for her!!! I suppose I might have to duck for cover, but I hate ruffled doilies and I wouldn't have thought they were the "in" thing amongst the 20's crowd. I think I'm going to be really busy. Made her a suncatcher to put in her bedroom but she put it in the dining room so "everyone could see it". Elder son always make a comment about the time that I must have put into a piece of work. Made him a large beaded (doily) suncatcher which he put on the kitchen window above the sink. When I suggested he put it somewhere else, he said that he put it there because he spent most of his "at home" waking hours in the kitchen and he wanted to look at it. They obviously like what I do and are happy to show it off but I don't think they have really thought about the whys and wherefores much. They all have knitted, crocheted and sewn toys which I made for them from their babyhood that are stashed away amongst their treasures. It's probably quite everyday ho-hum to them.
  9. Yesterday I received a pattern book I had bought on eBay. It is the first one I have seen with a page devoted to caring for your hands and shows exercises to do for your fingers and hands. Before my blood pressure went crazy and I had to give up work, I used to be a data entry operator - so am very aware of the dangers of repeating the same actions constantly. Double bind situation there - we were supposed to take a five minute break every hour - but were frowned upon when we did. We weren't good workers if we cared for our data entry hand, and risked losing compensation for damage if we didn't. Your aunt obviously has great faith in your abilities, god love her, but look after yourself, whether you work one afghan a day, or one a month.
  10. For those who might want to trim an 'out of square' thingy, or make small items such as keycases and aren't sure how big to make it to begin with, or make simple flower, or other shaped, motifs for decorations - I've noticed on various sites which have free patterns for felting, that cutting an already felted piece is fine - the felting process makes a very dense fabric and it won't unravel. Never done it (although DD has found free instructions for a mobile phone case, and requested same) but would think that you would need very sharp scissors to get a good edge.
  11. When you have done the basics and family members have warm feet, you might be interested in Julie Bolduc's Granny Square slippers (we call them Pixie Slippers) for your girls at http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/14misc/grannyslippers.shtml Very easy to make and a little bit different.
  12. I have a knitting pattern which I took from a newspaper in 1976 (and, amazingly, not only do I remember that I have it, but I know where it is) which is very similar in style to the cuffed version. It is so easy - a garter stitch rectangle with a row of holes along the two long edges. You fold the rectangle in half, edge to edge in the centre, and stitch along a short side to make the toe. A twisted or crocheted cord is laced through the holes to tie at the top. They are so cute. I've just made 3 pairs for the young women in my life, DD and sons' girlfriends, and they love them. DD has asked me to make a pair for her housemate. The crochet pattern could very easily be adapted to lace up.
  13. I might mention that years ago I bought myself a cute little hand drill for this very purpose. But not so long ago HE borrowed it and broke it (don't ask - he's been muttering about changing the washers on the vanity but I keep putting him off - I know we'll have to buy a new basin after he's dropped the wrench). So he bought me another one. It's HUGE - he said it was more sturdy!! And HEAVY!! I feel that I'm in training for weight lifting.
  14. You might also like to have a look at the patterns at http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/ - all vintage and you can download free. Most of them use #20 and #30 thread, some finer. I love Elizabeth Hiddleson patterns - not terribly old (well, they were printed in my lifetime so they can't be) but beautiful. Have a look at them at www.countryyarns.com. And as others have mentioned, you can use a finer thread (and hook) - it will just be smaller. A lot of the Elizabeth Hiddleson patterns give doily diameters for different size threads. But don't do this if you hope to wear it.
  15. Just thought I'd share with you - When making twisted cord for ties, etc., instead of the slow process of turning a pencil or whatever, I loop one end of the yarns over a cupboard handle, and jam the other knotted end into the chuck of a hand drill and tighten securely. Step back until yarns are a wee bit stretched and turn the drill handle. The yarns twist very quickly and evenly. Finish off as usual (fold in half, etc.).
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