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  1. MarvieN

    I went off the deep end...

    Thanks ya'll =) I'll need all the encouragement you can throw at me lol. I have two squares done so far, one knit done in a double wedding ring cable. The size is a bit off but I can fix that with a crocheted broder. The other is crocheted, just sc dc across. I started another knit square, well I cast on, but it's too long so I have to fix that before I start the pattern, which is an aran lattice pattern from my Needlecraft book. I realize that a lot of these won't show off the texture or stitch pattern very well, due to the homespun and color, but it at least gives me a lot of practice with different things. The square I am starting now has twists in it, which seem intimidating when I read the directions but I hope to find it not so hard once I get into it. So may things about crochet intimidated me when I first started, but now, hardly anything does (except maybe that bullion stitch, just can't seem to get that one lol... or tunisian cables which is one of the reasons I started knitting rofl) I'll try to post pics as I go along, though I doubt they'll show pattern well. We'll see I guess. Not before Monday though as hubby is home and I don't want him to see!
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    I went off the deep end...

    Ok, I have a plan! The blanket it going to be made of 12" squares. 5 squares wide by 8 squares long. 40 squares total. Half of them will be knitted and half of them will be crocheted. This will give me the best of both worlds. I can crochet half the squares, which will give me progress and make me feel like I am accomplishing something *g* And the knit squares will give me a chance to practice my knitting skills and learn some stuff. I haven't found any patterns for 12" knitted squares, so the plan is to basically do swatches. I have a big (oldish) book titled The Bantam Step by Step Book of Needlecraft. The first section in it is knitting and it is chock full of stitches to try. So I'll use that and just pick whatever tickles my fancy =) As for the crocheted squares, there are lots of 12" square patterns, but I will have to be choosy due to hubby's no holes stipulation. So my plan is to find squares without holes (if possible) and if need be, I can use a smaller than recommended hook for the yarn, which should give a pretty hole-less fabric. I'm figuring that this plan should keep me interested enough to finish the darn thing lol. I started the first knit square yesterday. I'm using the Double Wedding Ring square, which I found through KPC. I've made a couple of mistakes already, but I fixed what I could without frogging and am trucking along. It won't be perfect, but it shouldn't be horrible either I think hubby will appreciate the mixture of the two. I can't say I love knitting yet, but I am enjoying the process enough that I bought a set of intergchangeable needles off ebay yesterday lol. It's something I think I will continue doing, so the combination of the two in his blanket will be a nice touch I think. Thanks for the help everyone! I think ya'll helped save my sanity Note to Mods: I don't know if ya'll want to leave this here, but just to let you know, I will possibly be updating with my progress as I go along since I can't do that on my blog for fear of hubby seeing. I guess it won't exactly be OTC anymore lol so stick it wherever it fits if you are so inclined.
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    I went off the deep end...

    I hadn't considered squares... simply because I hate hate hate joining. But The thought of joining 12 inch squares seems a lot less daunting than knitting an 8 foot long blanket that's as wide as I am tall rofl. It might even be worth frogging all I've already done lol. Plus, if I do squares, I could keep interest up simply be doing different patterns.... Hey, ya'll rock you know that? Beth, I did actually start out with bigger needles but there was a bit of stretch going on that I was afraid hubby wouldn't be happy with. Wasn't so much holey, but you could see daylight and that was one thing he didn't want. Might work better with squares though, could the stretchiness have been just due to the sheer size of this thing maybe? Samio, that is probably one of the nicest offers I have ever had *g* I'd take you up on it if it were for anyone other than my DH, but since it's for him I probably should be the one to do the work. It's incredibly sweet of you though and I really appreciate the offer! Heh, maybe if it gets to be too much I might take you up on it if you still felt up to it later on down the road! I think I will go the square route. 12 inch squares wouldn't be too bad, wouldn't take forever to whip out and probably wouldn't be too much to join. Now, I just have to remedy this situation : This is Tuxedo and he likes daddy's blankie rofl.
  4. I've lost my flippin' mind ladies and gentlemen. Bitten off probably more than I can chew. Here's the deal.... and I am posting here rather than my blog bc I don't want hubby to see (he occasionally visists my blog but never here) Hubby wanted me to crochet him a blanket. He wanted no holes, or at least small enough that toes and fingers wouldn't poke out. He wanted it 5 feet wide and 8 feet long. Big enough that he could quite literally cocoon himself in it. Wants it warm because his berthing onboard ship is generally kept at 65 degrees. So I agreed. Me. The one who gets bored and moves on within a week of working on a project. I decided to make it out of Homespun. Soft, warm, just what he wants. Then I thought I could do it in Tunisian on a cabled hook in knit stich. That would make it nice and thick and from the swatch, no holes. So I ordered yarn, ordered the hook. The hook finally arrived a couple of weeks ago and I got busy. Immediately I discovered I am *so* not going to be able to use that hook. I had to grip it like crazy because it kept twisting and doing all sorts of craziness and before I'd done one row my hand hurt like mad. So I began to rethink the idea. I swatched with different stitches and hook sizes and nothing satisfied his no holes request satisfactorily. I got the bright idea to knit the blanket. Yeah. I'd taught myself enough and felt confident enough that I could produce the stitches. I can do this, I thought to myself. So I cast on 200 stitches on 6mm circs and proceeded to knit away. No pattern, just a simple knit blanket. Knit on the right side, purl on the back. Simple. BORING. I am only 2.5 skeins into this thing. I have 16 inches (out of 96) in length. I had to order more yarn because it became obvious after 2 skeins that the 8 I had originally ordered wouldn't be enough. So I did the math and ordered 6 more, figuring I'd need 5 but wanting to play it safe. How on Eath am I ever going to get through this project? Granted I have a whole year before he'll actually need it. But subtract 4-5 months, at least, for summer. It's too darn hot to work on something of this nature in the summer without central a/c. Might as well do some more subtracting for boredom and working on other things to maintain sanity.... at least three months there, spread out of course. That leaves 4 months. I can probably get two more months work on it before it gets too warm, figuring I've already been at it for 2 weeks... even if I don't touch anything else in the next two months and considering I can only work on it during the daytime because I am surprising hubby with the fact that it's knitted.... that might get me another 20-30 inches (I'm averaging an inch per day right now but there will be days where I get nothing done) before I have to put it down till Fall. I might be able to finish it in time, if I forget about making gifts for anyone this year, don't worry about housework or getting ready for our move next year or any of the other things that might take up my time come next fall. (that would include the internet rofl) Sheesh I really did bite off a big chunk. I do love my hubby dearly, and I did promise him a blanket when he goes back to sea. One way or another I have to manage this somehow. Oh, and did I mention that it's already heavy? I can't imagine what it's going to be like towards the end if it already feels this weighty lol. *sigh* Well, I just needed to get this out. Thanks for listening. I have some knitting to do now. Gotta get my daily inch in before hubby gets home lol.
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    How do you keep yourself motivated?

    I often run out of steam on larger projects. I can stay with it for a few days, sometimes a whole week, but any longer than that and boredom sets in lol. I just finished (ok mostly finished) a sweater that I really love, but I got bored and set it down for two weeks. I picked it back up and finished the sleeves and wove the ends in just a couple of days. Now I just need to border it and add buttons. Then there's a blanket for hubby that I promised him. Fortunately I have a year to get it finished. I'll need all of that too rofl. I tend to stick with smaller projects mostly, and when I do have something big going on, I break it up with small things in between just so I can have FO's and that sense of accomplishment =)
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    Yarn Stash and Canada Customs....

    Good luck with your move! I'm almost dreading the time when we PCS back and the movers see all of my yarn stash, which isn't all in one place so they'll be discovering it in nearly every room rofl. I kinda hope hubby isn't home when they pack us out so he doesn't actually see it all *g* he knows I have a lot, but he doesn't know just *how* much
  7. Yep, that explains it =) So, next time you'll know better If you don't have a seam ripper, you can use small scissors, just be careful that you are snipping the yarn/thread used to seam and not the actual sweater yarn. Sometimes they use the same yarn to seam as to make the sweater, other times it's sewing thread in the same color. Start at the bottom and pull the sides apart a bit, you should be able to see where to snip. Then just work your way up. Do the same thing for the sleeves, starting at the cuff and working up. If you find the right thread, which doesn't always happen for me but is so cool when it does, you can just give it a tug and it'll all come apart without having to snip all the way up. You just end up with one long thread and the seams just fall open =) If you have to snip all the way up you will have to make sure you pick all the thread bits away before you start frogging, otherwise when you hit one you'll have to stop and pick it out before you move on. Now, if you haven't already tossed this sweater, you might be able to salvage it. You can always tie all the ends together, leaving tails, and then crochet away. Like this. If you get stuck or have any questions next time you recycle, feel free to give me a shout =)
  8. Often the shoulder areas are like that, but once you get past it, the yarn should be one loooooong piece. Did you pick the side seams apart carefully when you dis-assembled the pieces? If you just cut the seams you can cut the yarn, in which case you'd end up with a lot of shorter pieces. I usually end up having to cut the shoulder seams because those are always serged, but the side seams I pick apart with a seam ripper from my sewing kit.
  9. I've frogged quite a few chenille sweaters. It's what got me started recycling sweaters. I've never had any trouble with them myself. Maybe I've just been lucky?
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    Any tips on designing for a newbie?

    It should be pretty simple. You can use Mrs. Who's formula for finding your gauge, then determine how many stitches you need for your starting chain. You can work it in the round or work it flat and seam it up one side, or you could work it in two pieces and seam it. Decide that, then figure out your gauge. I'd work it from the bottom up. What I would probably do is find a sweater I like and crochet the shape of it, minus sleeves. You can look at sweater patterns to get ideas for the armholes, though unless you follow a pattern from start to finish you won't be able to use the exact pattern since st count will be different etc. It'd give you some ideas though. Good Luck!
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    How Do You Know

    Thanks for that link! I've bookmarked it =) One thing to remember when using it though, is that it is based on knitting and crochet uses more yarn than knit. I can't remember exactly, but I think I recall someone said 30% more.
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    How Do You Know

    Keep in mind it's better to buy too much than too little. You either build your stash this way, or if you don't want to keep the extra you can return it (with reciept) I can't imagine returning yearn, but I heard a rumor that some people do *g*
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    How much yarn?

    I don't know of any general rule. It all depends on so many factors. The type of stitch being used, the type of yarn, the hook size, how tightly you crochet, even the color of the yarn because dark colors weigh more than light colors so you'll get a bit less yardage for the same weight. My best advice is to do some pattern hunting, look over different patterns for the types of things you like to create, and get a range of yardage required. I did something similar a while back. I went through patterns for several different things using different types of yarns and made a list. Then I did some research on those yarns to figure out how many yards per skein, since a skein of Red Heart Super Saver is different from a skein of a similar worsted weight by some other company. Once you know average yardage for something like a poncho or a blanket or whatever, then you'll have an idea of how much to buy when you find something you like. Assuming you find something and know you want to make a poncho (or whatever) out of it. When I find something I like but have no idea what I might want to do with it, I try to buy enough to make a scarf. That way I can play with the yarn, learn how it works, decide if I like the feel etc. Then if I like it, I can later plan a bigger project if I want. Scarves make excellent gifts, so I figure I can never have enough scarves on hand
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    Anyone know

    I had that doll too! I don't remember who made her for me, but I absolutely loved her. The idea of three dolls in one was just so amazing to me lol. I used to go around telling the little red riding hood story, flipping to granddma or flipping the bonnet to the wolf the wolf at the right parts of the story =) Happy memories! Thanks for the reminder =)
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    Advice on digital camera bag

    I don't know about the fleece, but if it is a concern, line it with cotton or some other soft material. I made a felted bag to carry things around in, one of those things being my camera, and I never had any issues with scratching of the screen, granted I don't carry it in there all the time but I toted it around Holland for a week in the bag, along with lots of other little odds and ends and no scratches. And congrats on the camera =) I was tickled pink when hubby bought mine Enjoy!
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