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About punk1n

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  • Birthday 09/09/1989
  1. I never knew Clover had the bamboo hooks in the exact size I need. Bates style hooks too, that's so perfect. Thank you. I am a knife holder, as well. Now that I think about it, my thumb doesn't get irritated as much when using the larger aluminum hook sizes, I suppose it's because I have a comfortable loose grip when crocheting with larger hooks and a tight grip when I'm using the small hooks for making tiny little tight stitches. Using the small hooks irritates my thumb the most, it seems. I'll get some clay and try that out, it sounds like it would work really well. Thanks y'all.
  2. Edit: Silly me, I accidently left out a few words in the thread title. I meant to say, Am I the only one that finds this annoying? Not, Am I the only one this annoying, LOL. I hate that my metal hooks (and some of my plastic ones) all have something written on the thumb rest. Whether it's the hook size or brand name of the hook, there's always some irritating lettering that's etched into the side of the hook. I know that it's necessary to print the hook size and brand on the hook for identification purposes, but why do they have to to etch these words on the very spot that the thumb is meant to be placed? After crocheting for long periods of time, my thumb gets irritated due to the constant friction caused by rubbing against the raised letters on the thumb rest. I bought some "comfort grips" for my hooks, but those were hard and felt rough like sand paper. They were about as irritating as the lettering. I know some people use those pencil grips, but when I use metal or plastic hooks, it's always in the smaller sizes that a pencil grip would be too large to fit around without some kind of McGyver rig-up to keep it in place. I use bamboo in the larger sizes because they're always nice and smooth where the thumb rest is. It's a shame I can't find bamboo hooks in the smaller sizes I need to make tight little stitches for toys and such. I tried using tape, but it's so humid here in southeast Texas that the adhesive gums up and the tape slips and slides. Does anyone else find those etchings on their metal/plastic hooks as irritating as I do? How have you solved the issue?
  3. I'm trying to crochet a gameboy pouch using tunisian simple stitch. On the front side of the pouch, I would like to incorporate a simple design from a graph. I created my own graph, but when I completed my practice swatch, I noticed the design did not match my graph. The right side of the work seemed as though I missed a stitch on each row, but I'm positive I crocheted the correct number of stitches in each row. Here is a picture of how my practice swatch turn out: http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll298/raelimperialaerosolkid/DSC02353.jpg?t=1276798701 The left side of the work is correct, but the right side seems like one more stitch of the light gray color is missing from each row, it is most apparent at the top where the "screen" is. I know it's wavy because I did carry over my color changes for too many stitches because it was only practice. Some online tutorials say you don't count the first stitch on the right side of the work, others say you do count that stitch. I can't find any conclusive explanation for this issue. Can anyone help?
  4. You know, I think I will continue to just crochet how I want to. I realized that the reason I like crocheting so much is because I can do whatever I want, so I shouldn't care about others' comments on the way I prefer to crochet. Here is a link to an article that explains the difference between the two sides with clear pictures, http://www.planetjune.com/blog/which-is-the-right-side/ Interesting... I see what you mean
  5. I love amigurumi. Since I'm in college and have two jobs, it's practically all I have time for. When I learned how to crochet amigurumi, I learned to crochet in the round counter-clockwise. This method leaves the smoother side on the outside of the finished work, and the side that you can more clearly see each individual row on the inside of the work. I prefer this method because I think the finished work looks better. I posted a picture of one of my dolls on another site. Someone commented, "That's really cute, but did you know you made him inside out?" I couldn't help but get a little frustrated. I didn't make him wrong, I intentionally made him that way because that's the way I prefer and he's my doll. All the time, I see references to the "wrong side" vs the "right side" in amigurumi discussion. It seems like the general consensus is that the "proper way" to crochet amigurumi is clockwise in the round, so that the side where you can more clearly see each individual row is on the outside, and the smoother side is on the inside (opposite of what I do). Apparently, the "invisible decrease" is more invisible when you crochet clockwise. When you crochet counter-clockwise, the invisible decrease leaves a horizontal bar on the outside from the front loop of the decrease stitches which bothers some people (personally, I don't think it's noticeable). I'm starting to wonder if I should go against my preference and crochet like everyone else does. I really do prefer the look of the counter-clockwise round, but if everyone else does it the other way... maybe I should, too? All the amigurumi pattern writers I look up to all crochet clockwise, opposite of what I do. But, I sort of like the fact that I do things differently than everyone else, it makes me feel my dolls are more unique. But, patterns are mostly written for a clockwise crocheter, not a counter-clockwise like myself. When special types of stitches don't work up right, I can't help but think it's because the pattern wasn't meant to be crocheted how I want it be crocheted. Should I change and be like everyone else for the sake of less frustration when following others' patterns, or should I just continue to be myself and crochet how I want to crochet? Also, do you crochet amigurumi clockwise, or counter-clockwise? Why?
  6. I keep my yarn in a large plastic tub under my desk. But since you don't have the space on the floor, maybe you could buy one of those laundry bags that can hang from your door or from a hanger in your closet? That's a really good idea. I'll have to do that with the skeins I haven't already wound into balls. My tub of yarn is overflowing!
  7. I just bought some 13" bamboo afghan hooks. Not only is there a six year old running around my house, there's a one year old crawling around, as well. I'm looking for a hard plastic case to protect my hooks from curious children. I'm looking for something flat, long and hard for a child to open. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks.
  8. That's cool! I'll have to make one of these for my gliders to take in the tent. I never thought about using fleece to crochet with. Wow.
  9. punk1n


    nice work. I love that book.
  10. I'm twenty and I recently taught myself by watching crochet videos online. I work at Joann Fabrics and occasionally I'll be stuck at the cash register at 9 in the morning when there are no customers. I take learn-to-crochet books to the register with me and read while I wait for customers to arrive. I learn a lot!
  11. Hello, I'm a self-taught hooker from a very sticky town in southern Texas. I learned the ways of the hook earlier this year and haven't stopped hookin' since. I joined in hopes of gaining and/or sharing knowledge and creative inspiration. I am especially fond of afghans and amigurumi and am currently learning tunisian crochet. Peace and love.
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