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  1. Thanks, I'll do some searching with those ideas
  2. Today being the 65th anniversary of Pearl Harbor I was wondering if anyone knows of any groups that help out WWII survivors? In memory of my Grandpa (not at Pearl Harbor but in the Pacific) I'd like to make something for someone. Anyone have anything or any ideas on how to look?
  3. Thank you SO much! Now can I actually make it?
  4. A friend of mine had on the coolest jacket today. It was store bought and knit but I think it could be done in crochet. I'm just not sure what it's called so I can't even look for a pattern. It was like a sweater but long. It went to about her knees. Long sleeved, button front, just like a cardigan. It seemed to be made in pieces and flared out a bit below the waist. Does anyone know what this would be called or have a pattern?
  5. I'm looking for easy sweaters for kids (I've only done two sweaters ever and they were both 10+ years ago). Or is there a way someone could help me figure out how to make the Baby It's Cold Outside sweater for an older child? I want to make three sweaters for kids age 1, 2 and 3. It can't be anything complicated because I have kids and they suck my brain cells dry on a regular basis
  6. My 8 year old just learned last night I second the advice to stick with a chain for awhile. She crocheted a chain about 9 inches long last night and the tension is all wacky all over. She'll be working on that chain awhile before she gets the hang of it. I kept having to remind her to not clench the yarn tightly, to go from this side every time, not that one, etc. She was sitting on my lap so I was behind her and it was one on one but you won't have that luxury. It's also amazing how we do things by instinct without really *knowing* what we're doing. Just trying to show her how I hold the yarn I had to do it myself a dozen times Everytime I tried to show her I realized I couldn't describe it and I couldn't put her fingers into it, I had to do it myself and carefully watch again and again and again. It was very odd. I also second the suggestion to get help. The smaller the teacher:student ratio the better. Good luck and have fun
  7. I am nasty sick today but happy to say I finished (and packed up) a scarf and hat set before the cold hit me (so no germs on the crochet - I can't swear for the outside of the package though, )
  8. I'm really happy with the way this turned out It's a child's sized red (sort of a maroony red) and pink scarf and hat. The scarf was inspired by this pattern at Crochet Me Except I crocheted in the back loop making the ridges. I just had never thought of making a scarf the long way instead of the short way before! (guess I need to get out more ). The set was mailed off this morning for the kids in Laura's school (well, one of them at least). I think she's taking donations til the end of October so head on over to the link if you have the time (or anything onhand to send!) My daughter (who already has a hat and scarf crocheted by her mom, a scarf/shawl crocheted by her Great Grandma and a fleece scarf made by her mom) kept eyeing it I think I'll make her a new set for Christmas, just because. Maybe I can get her to pass on some of the old ones
  9. Ok, still figuring out this subscription thing Thanks! I looked around this site and found some short sleeve shrugs. I don't want a shrug though, I want it longer. But then, maybe I can just make a sweater and not finish the sleeves
  10. Is there such a thing? Every year I wear a sweater in the winter and I always roll up the sleeves. It's a bit chilly and I have my (store bought and totally falling apart) sweater on with the sleeves rolled up and suddenly thought - duh - why not just make a short sleeved sweater? Would that look totally dorky or is there such a thing? Anyone?
  11. Can you link to a picture? I tried knitting and man, that is HARD My Grandma tried to show me how to knit as a kid and it hurt my fingers but crochet felt good so I stuck with that. Decades later (last year) I tried to knit again and after a few months I gave up. Easier? There are people who seriously think it's easier? Maybe I'm weird I have only love for knitters though. We can all get along
  12. Sorry, I didn't explain well enough The cardigan is not crocheted. It's machine knit, bought from a store. I just really like how it fits me, how the collar lays, what length it is, etc. I was thinking I could just divide it into sections (along seam lines), pick a yarn I like and then just crochet pieces the same size.
  13. I have a cardigan I wear in the house but it's old and falling apart. I want to make a new one by next winter but I can't seem to find a pattern I like. I was wondering, could I take this one and somehow make a crochet pattern off of it? Just measure the pieces and crochet pieces that match and then sew it all together? It seems too simple, is there something I'm missing?
  14. And now I really have to step away from the wool and get back to my "regular" crochet (but this is just so much darn fun!) The top pic is the inside view of it, fulled. The middle is the fulled view and the bottom is before fulling. Hindsight being 20/20, maybe I shouldn't have taken the pictures against a black background, sorry! This is also from Deneen's instructions (thanks!). http://deneens.blogspot.com/2005/09/marvelous-fulled-mini-tote-bag.html The first one went to my daughter but then my son wanted one so i went out and got some green wool (his favorite color) and made this striped one. Of course now he's impatient it's not dry yet (he's 3)
  15. I made a second one that turned out even better It's green and white striped and wow, when you full something the stripes blend together so cool! Plus, this time I actually followed the directions and used the right size hook so this one is bigger. I hope my daughter doesn't notice hers is smaller than her little brother's. I took pictures but don't know how to get them on the computer so I have to call dh at work and have him walk me through it and then I'll give it it's own thread Yeah, this is addicting I really need to get back to my other projects. Thank goodness I don't have a lot of wool! (I had to go to Michael's to buy my son his green )
  16. Thanks And yes, I'm addicted now About making it bigger, I'm not great at patterns but I think it would be easy enough. There's a distinct bottom to the bag. Once you finish the bottom, you start crocheting the sides. I'd think you could just keep going with the bottom until it was as big as you want and *then* start working up the sides. Of course all the numbers would be off when you got to the handles but you'd just do the math and figure out where to put them at that point (or do what I did - lose count with two wild kids running around and just eyeball it ).
  17. It's from here http://deneens.blogspot.com/2005/09/marvelous-fulled-mini-tote-bag.html She posted it on this board somewhere and I thought it looked like a cute idea
  18. It worked I used it as the trim on a fulled bag. I should have made a swatch to test but I'm too impatient so I just made the whole bag. Good thing it all worked out
  19. It turns out it stands up all on it's own I posted some pretty pics in another thread. Here's the instructions http://deneens.blogspot.com/2005/09/marvelous-fulled-mini-tote-bag.html She posted them on this board somewhere too, along with a thread on it.
  20. This was so much fun! It was like magic! This big, floppy thing went into the washer and came out a stiff, adorably fuzzy little thing! Of course then my kids fought over who gets it (uh, who said it was for you two? ) So now I have to make another one. Like I'm complaining I already went out and bought green (my son's favorite color) and white wool to make the new one I followed Deneen's instructions (that I found on this board I think?). The pink I found in my Grandma's stash. The label said to hand wash in cold water and carefully dry flat and I said hmmmm, sounds like it will work. The green was some wool embroidery floss I had leftover from a project a decade ago. Ok, this is my first time using photobucket and following the instructions on crochetville, so let's see if this works. The bottom is the "before" pic
  21. Yeah, I'm a last minute kinda gal I am attempting fulling for the first time. I made Deneen's bag and tossed it in the washer today. It's not done rinsing but I just took a look and it worked! Yay! And then I realized I have no idea how to dry it I don't have a dryer so that's out anyway. Do I just lay it flat or should I stand it up and try to shape it somehow? Or could I hang it from the line?
  22. If all goes well I'll tell you tomorrow (I'm slow but I get there - I got distracted with 6" squares for one of the charity links - instant gratification!)
  23. I had to bump this one Jersey girl here too. I was born and raised in Essex county, went to school aaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllll the way down at Rutgers (oh so far, I had to drive a good 45 minutes to go home on the weekends ) and now live in Union county about 5 miles from where I grew up. What can I say, I like it here
  24. The thing with the itchy yarn is that my hands don't want to spend that much time touching it But it's better than I thought. I went through some more and I found a lot of yarn that wasn't so itchy, just has colors I don't like (and I'm not saying they're bad colors - they're just not *my* taste). So I'm whipping up a bunch of stuff to give away and my hands *aren't* hating me for it Oh, and the absolute best thing???? I pulled out the granny square afghan Grandma had been working on and the kids were all over it! There were three strips together and then one strip of squares by itself that she hadn't gotten around to attaching yet. My son (3) picked up the one strip and asked if he could have it for a scarf and I said of course. It fits him nicely. So then my daughter (7) said she wished she had one. I picked up the other piece and said here, it's a shawl. Both kids were thrilled They are not colors *I* would pick (gray and blue) but they love them and they get to wear things made by their Great Grandma I'm going to dig out the extra blue and gray yarn and put a decorative border on them to finish them off. The really itchy stuff I'll probably save for craft projects or something. We'll see how much is left when I'm done with what I've got now.
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