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  1. Once again Red Heart is gifting us with 12 wonderful (and FREE) patterns for Christmas in July! My absolute favorite is the granny tree skirt! I love it and can't wait to make it! But there are are more to love!


    Here's the link: http://www.redheart.com/blog/christmas-july-12-free-patterns?utm_source=WhatCounts+Publicaster+Edition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12+Christmas+in+July+Patterns&utm_content=It%27s+Christmas+in+July

  2. There is no one answer about Big Lots yarns because they will get all sorts of yarn -- end lots, irregulars, some just discontinued colors or styles, some are from stores that went under and the yarn itself is still first rate. I've gotten different brands, different fibers and different values. Make sure you look at the weights because sometimes even $1 is not a good buy if you are getting such a small amount of a low quality yarn. On the other hand, I've gotten bags of unmarked Homespun that were a great value, same with some specialty ladder yarns! You just have to look and evalute each yarn you buy.

  3. I love the Hello Kitty hat! I bought a HK hat pattern and then subsequently found about a dozen free ones! LOL! Isn't that always the way? But I do like to support our crochet designers so they will keep providing patterns! I'm not creative in that way and need my patterns! :) Your creative additions to come out with what you wanted is an art form as well! Very cute!

  4. Welcome from another Florida Gulfcoast member! Since you enjoy making the crochet borders on fleece blankets, you might also be interested in the EdgeryDoo tool in addition to the Quick Stitch blades for rotary cutters. http://www.edgerydoo.com/edgerydoo.html This site will introduce you to it and you can see lots of examples of its use as well as order one or a set if you're interested. Just one more tool to do the style blankets you make. If you're already familiar with it, sorry but maybe someone else reading along will benefit. If you haven't seen them before, you might just get as excited as I did first time I saw the Edgerydoo! It is quite a unique idea.


    I still like using the Quick Stitch Blade too though. The Edgerydoo doesn't replace it, just adds another option. In fact, I just ordered a new Quick Stitch blade from your site, as I don't know what I've done with mine and your price looks pretty reasonable. Crazy to have so many craft items you lose track of one! I'm not as organized as I wish I was.


    Hope you like the forum. I have been gone for a while but trying to get back to crochet after surgery on my elbow last year. Maybe a few crochet borders on fleece blankets will make an easy transition back to it! :) I'll look forward to receiving my new QS blade from you. BTW have you thought about carrying the other sizes of QS blades for flannel and lacings? I could probably use one of the #2 blades for flannel. In Florida, fleece is sometimes too much. Flannel offers a lighter-weight option. The #2 blades make smaller holes closer together than the Original.

  5. You have a right to gush! That is beautiful! Your stitches look very nice and uniform in size and tension! That is usually difficult to come by on your first few projects. You have started out at an intermediate level instead of beginner! Very nice!

  6. I love how you turned a negative (smelly yarn) into a positive (Smelly Cat)! Phoebe Buffay would be proud! I smelled some of that scented yarn once and my impression was the same... it stinks! I think it is Sugar & Cream that has the scented cotton. Either they didn't get their formula right or it didn't age well. Smelly, is right! LOL! Just in case someone wanted to relive the Friends video treatment of Smelly Cat -- here it is:

    But this is the version we all grew to love on the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jlGRq8xZ4 "Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, What are they feeding you? Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, It's not your fault!" LOL! I LOVED that show!

  7. I haven't been on the forum for a while and it was good to dig in and admire all of the amazing work you all have been doing the past few months! Whether you followed a pattern, developed your own pattern or worked a free form design, I thank you for taking the time to share it here on Crochetville! I had almost forgotten how wonderful this site can be. I learn, I bookmark for future use, but most of all I thoroughly enjoy looking at the crochet artistry! You are all artists! The pieces you complete bring a lot of pleasure to people like me who crochet but not as much as I once did. I can't make all the projects I have bookmarked to do ~ even a generous life span will not leave me enough time to crochet the hundreds of projects I have in my Pinterest indexes! So, having all of you share in the making, works out great! You all inspire me and I promise to get busy and finish some of the many WIPs I have sitting around this old house of mine. I just wanted to thank you all for sharing! It really is appreciated more than you know! You all are amazing!! ♥

  8. Zebra

    Peggy -- that is an adorable Zebra! I bet your daughter loves it! Is the Zebra still the symbol for rare diseases in general or is it a specific one? Whichever illness your daughter has, I hope the prognosis is good and she enjoys her zebra very much. :)

  9. Hi there -- I have crocheted lots of projects with plastic bags. I have many free plarn patterns and tutorials at my blog on how to make many useful things from the bags. Here is the direct link to my plastic bag yarn making tutorial. Best wishes and let me know if I can help you further.


    Cindy -- thank you for sharing your blog in answer to this question! I loved your site and added it to my Pinterest Board of Favortite Crochet Sites! I was amazed at how clever you are in recycling things to crochet -- cassette & VCR tapes! Who would've thought? YOU! There must be tons of those tapes filling land fills and you are making useful and pretty items from them! I will have to give it a shot myself. Thanks so much for sharing all of this info! You should write a book! I guess you already have -- an online book. :)

  10. Have you tried using nylon for the handles? It seems to be the least stretchy of the yarns/threads I've used. I've used it and also #3 thread with the little rope maker knitting spool tool and made some very nice handles! These are the little knitting spools I'm talking about:




  11. I just downloaded my digital copy of that magazine and that is the project I picked out as wanting to make as well. I wonder how it would turn out in worsted weight yarn. I've substituted WW for sport cotton before and it is not to dificult to adjust as you go. I usually can just use the directions for a much smaller size and it will turn out right for me (XL). I happen to have a ton of bright yellow acrylic..... but then it would not feel as good and the drape would not be nice. Since it's something I want to wear I think I have to follow the advice you are getting here. It's the prettiest sweater that I would actually wear I've seen in a long time.

  12. I saw a cute idea on Pinterest -- they had taken doilies and appliques and sewn them onto furniture -- first to cover worn spots and then just for fun. :) I've used them on Stockings, a tree skirt, totes, and a scarf. I want to use them on more projects as there has been an influx of adorable appliques recently! You could use them to make a plain T-shirt extra special, use them to patch a pair of jeans (sometimes those purposely-worn holes are a little too much), you can even use them on shoes. Bobs are fun to paint, embroider and sew appliques on! :) Skies the limit -- just about any project can be embellished with an applique -- make some placemats, a tablecloth, a pillow, an afghan -- they can all be adorned with an applique or two or three.... :) Fun!!!

  13. I bought this dress pattern a couple of years ago and still love it -- not for me but for my granddaughters. :)http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/molly-dress


    The Crochet Dude just finished a Mother-of-the Groom dress that is beautiful! He promises to have the pattern for us in the near future.



    http://www.elletricote.com/2-CREATIONS/collection%20automnhiver%202010%2011/Z6.gif Gorgeous! I love this skirt!


    Tunics: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75007815/crochet-retro-dresstunic?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share Hope she offers the pattern one of these days! I love this fun tunic!


    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/craft-cotton-tunic -- simple cotton tunic


    I have lots of dresses, skirts & tunics on my Crochet~ Wearables Board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/fldebra/ I took a look just now and notice a great many of the fancier ones are not in English. My google translator will automatically translate for me but they do not always equate to actual patterns you can easily follow. I have managed to guess my way through a couple though.

  14. It may be coming from your neck. Mine does -- it follows a nerve to my left shoulder, down the arm and across the forearm and into my hand. Very painful. This nerve pain caused muscle spasms that pinched other nerves and wound up requiring surgery on my elbow (I had already had surgery on my neck) as the nerve was being mangled by muscle spasms and actually atrophied my hand! I have dented in places where there should be muscle in my hand now, even after the surgery. Doc said that will never come back, so it left me with a very weak hand. I'm telling you this, not to frighten but to warn you -- when it hurts -- listen to your body. STOP for a while and rest it. Also ensure you are not bending your neck for too long a time. That will cause problems that just domino right down your arm! Yours might not be coming from the neck but since you mentioned having neck problems it was my first thought.


    My neck problems actually started when I was painting several hours a day. I loved to paint but that is what kept my neck bent to an unnatural degree and started my problems. Since you are also an artist, you may have similar problems.

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