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  1. Thank you everyone - She loves it and her mother thinks I am crazy! but now realizes where her daughter gets 'it' from.... Bec, Yes, I have moved - I am currently melting here in Venice, FL! Sorry to hear you had some issues....I hate when that kind of stuff happens. I am considering doing the same pattern in yarn as a baby blanket - - my daughter is planning a jungle room for the baby (no they are not preggy - just being prepared) - so I was thinking about doing the motifs in yellow and doing the connecting round in green so it looks like a field of yellow flowers. I have a different baby blanket in the works and I have several skeins of yarn I am trying to figure out what to do with - As well as thinking about a doily - I do believe I am hooked on thread - never figured that would happen! What did you have in mind?
  2. I finally finished the spread! I finished it in time to see my daughter over Labor Day Weekend! :clap:clap Here are some pictures of it - I did end up blocking it on the bed - pinned the edges and left it under a ceiling fan for a couple of days - took out the pins and left it on the bed for her to "find" - it is a King-ish size bed (two twins together). I've asked if she could send pictures of it on her teal comforter. Here are some photos while it was pinned.
  3. Gave it to a very dear friend - we are moving - she did love it
  4. A friend gave me a skein of yarn she couldn't figure out what to do with....I started and frogged 4 different projects before I decided to do this one. The beginning square is from some pattern - I don't even remember any more.....and I just kept adding too it as it suited me
  5. Patience not required - cuz if it was, it would never get done )!! I get very bored with the project I rarely, if ever, do any project which requires doing the same thing over and over and putting them together to get the finished product - I have so many squares that are pending a project.....trying to put them together for a scrap blanket - but alas it is packed at the moment...... this is more a simple desire to get it to my daughter......pure and simple
  6. 11 rows down, 3 more to go..... Not working now, house getting sold, figuring out when we are moving (sometime in the next few weeks) and trying to finish getting packed.... I will be seeing my daughter and her husband over Labor Day - in Florida - so I'm hoping it will be done by then......(we are moving from NM to FL) Thought you'd all like to see the progress - the bed is a queen-size, for reference.
  7. When I first began how to crochet, my mother taught me how to chain, then sent me off to practice. I came back after I had chained the entire skein of yarn and asked her how to put it together.....it's very funny now.... What I do with my beginners and just what you have started to do, however, when they feel like they have mastered the one stitch, I have them begin doing the next stitch without starting over....for example, you started with the single crochet and have done maybe 10 or 15 rows of it, starting on the next row, I would have you do the half crochet and continue that for several rows, then the double, then the triple, then back to the double, triple, half and end with the single, by the time you have practiced all of the stitches and become familiar with them, you have yourself a scarf....then you aren't 'sewing' a bunch of swatches together (I find that very tedious myself). And you'll feel like you've accomplished something. It's also a good way to practice finishing and starting a new color as you start a new stitch. The rest of the advice presented is wise as well, just remember, do what feels good for you, when something is made with love, it will be cherished. Don't drive yourself crazy trying to go for perfection.....because that is a matter of perspective. Enjoy your new journey....
  8. I discovered when I started thread that I had to hold the thread differently in my left hand than I do yarn. Yarn I just wrap around my index finger, thread I have to add my middle finger and my pinky into the mix, otherwise my tension is all off and I either hold too tight or the thread gets away from me. It took some time to get used to it, but now (after that bedspread) I can switch very easily between the two - and I actually have another thread project in my head (I cannot believe it!!!!)
  9. LOL, Terry, I WISH!!!!....cuz you know the way the days fly by, Christmas will be tomorrow!!!
  10. Bec, Thanks for the encouragement. I am about 1/2 way through row 10 of 14 (14 rows of 14 motifs each)...We are planning to see each other in FL for Labor Day Weekend (Beginning of Sept) hoping it is done by then I have been mixing it up some with a couple of other projects - that helps me re-adjust my attitude It is lovely here - right now, however, we are surrounded by fires from lack of rain, lightening strikes, and dumb people with their unattended camp fires or playing with fireworks in the wrong places....wishing we were too wet to garden Picture of your progress? Carol
  11. chillrr

    Plaid inspiration

    Thank you everyone - I'll let DH know you all find him very clever ( he is ) feel free to borrow the idea - it is a great way to keep everything straight (and recycling to boot) - and it eliminated him from helping me detangle (he created it after the second time he helped me detangle). Sama - yes it is a pattern from one of the many hefty afghan books I own - which are all packed at the moment as I am attempting to get my house on the market to sell - if I get a chance to look through that box I'll let you know which book (it is several years old) - all I remember is that the sample was done in black and blue (I think) and the photo was on the right side when you looked at it - lol - but I cannot remember the name of the book.
  12. I usually end up giving my stuff away - I like to get yarn from yard sales, craigslist, good will and thrift shops - etc....but if someone wants something from my stash (friends know I usually have 3 or 4 baby blankets lying around) they will pay me for it, or if someone makes a special request I ask they cover the yarn or buy the yarn and give it to me (I usually tell them how much of it they will need to provide) - they usually give me a little more because they understand the effort - but I don't outright advertise/sell/show etc....I just don't want to deal with all that...and I enjoy having stuff around that people want ..... and many times those baby blankets that are lying around end up as baby shower gifts - I always seem to have something available....and it is usually appreciated more than something I could buy.
  13. Nubbles - I'm still working on it - slow but steady - maybe she'll get it within the year (sigh)..... I did start one that was much more dense - ended up not liking it after making just one motif (it was a large motif) Good luck with yours - I would love to see a picture - have you posted your progress?
  14. Cujo - I just kept following the general idea.....Now that it is starting to curl, I figured I had to up it a bit....I did end up instead of doing three sets of stitches for the increase (pattern repeats) I am doing 6 and I restarted at 6 stitches inbetween the double-stitches.....if that makes any sense at all....I figure by the time I get to 12 again, I will end up going back to the six and doing 9 sets of pattern repeats - maybe it will be large enough by then - I will keep posting picks as I move forward - course, now my brain is working on what I would do as an edging...and which color I would use.....
  15. First I did one for my son...the red and black (The only picture I could find had the cats on his bed - unmade of course-lol)- where my DH devised me a system to keep the yarn from tangling (cardboard box, dividers and slats cut into the side - I had 10 skeins going at once)...then I did the yellow one for my nephew and that one I entered into the State Fair and won 2nd place. For the baby blanket I followed the main pattern exactly, just used baby-fine and a smaller hook and it came out the correct size. It really is yellow and green, but the color combo makes the green look blue. My nephew loves it.
  16. It's actually yellow and purple with a purple border - the picture truly doesn't do justice to the color contrast - it was baby-fine yarn
  17. This is a reversible shells baby blanket from "The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet" I did just because - ended up giving it to a co-worker of my DH.
  18. chillrr

    Men's Blanket

    Something I did for my now son-in-law for his birthday last year. The center motif is a pineapple that I was working on from one of my books, but it just wasn't wide enough for a full blanket, so I stopped and started going around....making it up as I went. I used a speckled wool.
  19. So, I started working on the Four-Color Spiral from "The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet" page 160 (skill level - experienced). I love this book and I love this pattern, however, I have no desire to make a whole bunch of 'squares' and sew them together (those following my thread in the thread section about losing my ever loving mind will understand why ). So, I figured I would just keep going - and it looks cool. I'm up to 12 single double crochets (1 stitch in 1 stitch below) and 2 single double crochet (2 stitches in 1 stitch below otherwise known as the increase)....if that makes sense...and I repeat this pattern 3 times...the book finishes at round 6 with an increase in the 5th stitch....I am begining to curl so I'm thinking I need to start doing more increase....and thought maybe I need to go back to increasing every 5th stitch (and do 6 sets instead of 3) and then every 6th and then every 7th....and then when I start curling again going back to every 5th (with 9 sets)...etc....until it's the size I want........if that makes sense..... What do you all think?
  20. Tas - I hate it when that happens - I'm glad I haven't kept track of how many times I've had to rip out rows of these motifs (most of the time because I wasn't really paying attention).....fortunately you can tell within 1 row that there is an error, but how frustrating it can be. I think my 2-3 week break helped me with the whole thing - I was so tired of repeating the motif....I get bored with that kind of thing....lol - so this was certainly a challenge - and earlier this week I weaved in a ton of tails (I had been ignoring them and letting them pile up) - I think I'm going to weave in the tails as I attach them now - because that was really annoying. Glad I can be of some sort of assistance with your project - would love to see a picture of the one you are working on....
  21. Anyone purchase the Crochet Master Class yet? I was wandering around on Sunday, pampering myself, it was Mother's Day after all, and I stumbled across the book and decided to buy it, then spent the rest of the day drooling over all of the projects and techniques. Several of them I have already played with, but there are several that I really want to try out...and just might have to wait until after we move, as most of my stuff is already packed away and in storage Anyone else?
  22. Ok, ladies, it didn't happen. I'm ok with it. My DD knows that the 'gift' is not completed. I am about half-way (see images below). Shortly after beginning this project, we put had to start getting our home ready to put up for sale. And, as a result, I didn't touch the bedspread for about 2.5 weeks ah, well, such is life. The house is about 2 more weeks from going on the market (we have a 15 hour drive to get to and from the wedding this weekend and the 'baby' is graduating from high school next weekend), so, we have very little time to finish up the last bits before we can put the house up. I am guessing I will have plenty of time to work on this gift after the house is on the market....and my stress level will be significantly less. Thanks for keeping me motivated and encouraged, at least I am in a positive place about this whole thing - in part because of you all, so thanks
  23. When I teach the younger set to crochet, I have them do 10 - 15 stitches - depending on how big they are (age 7 maybe 10, age 15 maybe 15)....then I have them do several rows of a stitch, then they change to a different stitch and do several rows, then a different stictch for several rows. They can go to any stitch they might need to practice again at any time.....by the time they have the basic stitches down, they have completed a scarf....and are looking forward to starting something else. This helps them work out their tension, helps them remember the different stitches and sees them against each other, and give them a little thrill that they actually made something.
  24. chillrr


    I don't know if this will help you, as I have never done a graph-ghan, but I did a plaid design a couple of times (once full size and once with baby fine yarn for a baby blanket). I had 10 skeins of yarn going at once for the design, although only really working with 2 at any given moment. DH got a card board box, put a crate-like divider (like for drinking glasses or ornaments) in the bottom, cut slots in the side wall, threaded the skeins through the slots, dropped them into the little 'cubbies' and away I went. The skeins went through the slots in the same order they were used and I just had to make sure when I turned the work, I always did it opposite (if that makes sense) - one row I was working with everything in order, the next it was all crossed over neatly, then the next it was back to being in order....I have a picture of the box, I will have to post it when I get home from work - if you are interested in seeing it.
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