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About LeslieJo

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  • Birthday 09/11/1952

A Few Things About Me

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    Married; 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 grown kids in Houston; Christian; love to crochet!
  • Location
    Parker, CO
  • Hobbies
    read, garden, antiques, internet.
  • Occupation
    I don't work outside home (lucky me, more time to crochet!!)
  • Favorite hook type
  • Favorite projects
    Been doing afghans, but need to branch out to sweaters, etc. that don't take as long!! I love to crochet baby items.
  • Crocheting since...
    almost every day since Oct 2002
  1. LeslieJo


    Nadia, you sound like the sort of person who will eventually want to design original things for people, so here's a suggestion for you. Usually the gauge swatch will not use up that much yarn, and some people keep the swatches with notes attached listing the weight, fiber content, etc of the yarn, the hook size used, and how many stitches/rows per inch the swatch is (this is the gauge). That way, you can become familiar with how YOU stitch, and you have those nice pieces to refer to when making items that require gauge be correct. Sort of like your own custom gauge encyclopedia! You can put them in small plastic bags with holes punched for a binder, and they really come in handy when you start designing your own stuff. This would allow you to calculate the yarn requirements, because it's just a matter of doing basic math. You can actually weigh the items to estimate how many ounces of yarn were used, then refer to the manufacturer's notations of how many yards there are in the 1.75, 3, or 6 oz skein, and figure out how many yards you used. If you've kept your swatch, you can note this on it as well, and eventually you'll be designing everything!!
  2. LeslieJo


    The yardage recommended in patterns is just an estimation, based on how the tester crochets which may be tighter or looser than your tension. It's very important when making wearables to check gauge and change hook size till you get it close to the gauge in the pattern. If you substitute yarn or change the pattern, you are taking your chances and should buy more than you think you'll need; most stores will take unused (whole) skeins of yarn back if you have the receipt. Better than getting close to the end and not having enough to finish, and not being able to find the same dye lot. The only way to overcome your concern is to buy extra. Good luck with your project!
  3. I'll keep this in mind; thanks for the suggestion!! You will love the blankets in here, and they really do make stunning gifts.
  4. If you click on "User CP" in the dark band above, it will take you to a page that lists all the "responses" to any threads you've posted to. You may have to adjust settings, but this is where I go. And, thank you for verifying that pattern for me! Even though I knew I was working to gauge, I still thought maybe I did something wrong...like my stitches were too small or something...and I may just try it with some Simply Soft. I know several people who are pregnant and would love to have one of these gorgeous afghans.
  5. Hey, I have an idea. Why don't we all email Barnes and Noble and other book stores and ask for crochet magazines!! We demand, they supply...think it'd work?
  6. Yes, I remember the late 60's and 70's quite well; that's when I learned to crochet but didn't do much of it. Some of the "new" things I see are those same designs, the flared sleeves, the "spider" look, the macrame-look belts, and who could (ever) forget those ponchos, with fringe, orange and brown I think were the rage back then. Or orange and yellow. Or yellow and brown with pea green. Not too many yarn choices then; thank goodness we've had progress in fiber production!! I remember also being very surprised when my mother told me, in 1968 or so, that huaraches (those leather strappy Mexican sandals) were in style when she was in high school, in the late 40's. I was very surprised she even knew the word huaraches. We think everything is new when we're hearing about it for the first time, eh? Silly youth.
  7. Well, that's ok; I wasn't offended! Thanks for the info, if I ever make it again. I wonder how it'd be in worsted (like Caron Simply Soft) with a bigger hook...hmmm...maybe not need any adjustments at all. Whaddaya think? I think I'll try it!
  8. Wow, I thought I had a lot! You could open your own store. I bet some of those are real collectors' items. Don't feel alone; I'm a good 20 years past that, and besides, less experienced crocheters of any age appreciate your experience. You have tons to contribute; don't ever sell yourself short. Have you ever tried wooden or bamboo or plastic needles? They don't click! I have no idea; maybe they're jealous that crochet is much faster! Note my signature...need I say more?
  9. by Nancie Wiseman...anyone seen this book? I was wondering how much "treaty" is given to the more advanced finishing and shaping techniques over the basic stitch/reading patterns info. I'm looking for a book that has more advanced info, since after 4 years I think I have the basics down!! I can't seem to find one and would appreciate any suggestions.
  10. Check out Amazon...the hardcover is $16.35 or $16.85, somewhere around there. The softcover is I think $10.85. Sounds like it'd be worth it to get the hardcover version. (As for the "excuses" for why there are so many errors in the directions, I've bought plenty of other books that don't have errors. I don't think there really is an excuse. I think they [publishers, or whoever] just wanted to get it out there, knowing it would sell regardless. Shame on them.)
  11. Welcome to you from Colorado! (My husband doesn't ask anymore. Ha!) You'll love it here!
  12. Welcome from Colorado! You'll find all the help you need right here, trust me!!
  13. Welcome, Sara! I learned from books and kits (crochet, knitting, needlepoint, macrame, embroidery, etc) and so can you! For a while, stick to simple designs that don't have a lot of color changes and fancy stitches, and you'll do fine. I love to work with larger hooks, too, like L, M, N, P; afghans and throws are great ways to practice your technique until you're ready for more challenging items, and the larger hooks make the projects go very quickly so you have "instant" gratification which helps a lot. Happy crocheting!!
  14. Welcome to you, young Tracy, from Colorado!! Age is irrelevant here!
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