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Elle Marz

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About Elle Marz

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  • Birthday 09/12/1965

A Few Things About Me

  • Short bio
    I am alive.
  • Location
    Washington State
  • Hobbies
    Reading, book collecting, crocheting, kniting, camping, blogging, did I say reading?
  • Occupation
    Teacher-Librarian
  • Favorite projects
    So far: doilies
  • Crocheting since...
    Since I was 8 or 9; then I stopped, now I'm 40 and I picked it up again.
  1. I just checked the Herrshner's site http://www.herrschners.com/products/product.aspx?sku=700158 and the Baroque skeins are $2.97 each, not $.97. Might be cheaper to look around other places.
  2. I've only used it once and I've since bought several skeins of it for additional projects. I think it would be just wonderful for a bedspread, myself. I might give it a whirlsy as well someday. I'm sure you won't regret using it.
  3. Okay, okay...so there were GLARING mistakes in my runner--but it was well crocheted even if it wasn't necessarily first place material--sheesh! It was BIG, however...perhaps it was because it was BIG...you know, "bigger is better"... The judge was a 90-year old knitter who only remembers only old-fashioned doilies from 1920...and she's blind as a bat and can't see quality and originality, not to mention cool purple colors. Now, you may be wondering, my dad said something about 1st place. Was he wrong? No, first place went to my sister's table runner, which had two known mistakes in it! I do not deny my sister is a superlative crocheter, but we both joked that this table runner had no real chance of placing because of those mistakes. For it to have taken first leaves me and contributes to my questioning of the judge's decisions. ~ Lori
  4. It is TERRIBLE; nauseatingly awful! Digusting that you would force that poor thread into such Gordian Knots. I can't believe the Thread Police aren't after you! Horrible! Nasty! Repulsive! [This is the abuse Lori takes from her big sister....*teehee*. Actually, I think it's a lovely piece and I'm awfully jealous that I cannot do that well...]
  5. Yes, it's TRUE! A glimmer of Sasquatch was caught downtown Olympia this morning by "yours truly" and SHE was hanging out by a tree hook in hand making nothing less than an afghan of GRANNIE SQUARES! I asked her hairyness if she ever did doilies, and she grunted "of course!" I urge everyone to sit in the shade before summer ends, with crochet in hand, just like our friend Sassy, and do a little crocheting in the sun! [sasquatch sighting location was changed for her protection.] [The previous story was false:eek, but the message about crocheting in the sun was true.] Just remember if Bigfoot can crochet, YOU CAN TOO!-
  6. Until last year, I worked in Shelton at the high school. Might I know your name?
  7. I'm a lefty and so I was curious about this from the opposite end. At first I wasn't certain whether to insert the hook just at the top of the stitch (where it looks like a chain) or around the entire separation between stitches. Of course, I knew where to insert the hook since I'd been crocheting since a child, but I had one of those "moments" when I panicked and didn't quite know whether that WAS the right way... Now, if I get a bit out of sorts, I just look for the top chain and that's where I put the hook. I admit, it does SEEM like one puts the hook to the left or right of the original post, but as Susan mentioned below, usually when you wash and block it comes out looking fine. Elle
  8. I'm finally getting to the "wheats" on the table runner...the other doily is no longer in my possession, so I'll have to see whether the runner will be adequate for entry. Thanks for all the encouragement and compliments.
  9. Pineapples are tremendously easy and the look nice, too! I started thread crocheting less than a year ago with pineapples...a small book I just picked up at Michael's. I did every one of them and now I'm off and running. I started with 10 thread and now prefer 20, 30 and 40. It does take a bit of effort to get your tension right, but after a while going back to yarn is like crocheting with rope! Gook luck on all your endeavors!
  10. This is my most recent pride and joy...a Ripe Wheat doily I found in an older crochet booklet from the public library! This one was done with 40 DMC with a size 14 hook. It turned out about 10 inches in diameter. I gave it to a former colleague. I'm currently working on its counterpart...a Ripe Wheat table runner. This I'm working on size 30 thread on a size 12 hook (it called for size 10, but it was just too loopy and sloppy looking). I hope to finish it in time to make another matching doily and submit them at our annual Puyallup Fair...although the competition is rather daunting...e-gads!
  11. Now don't get me wrong--I do not crochet when I'm actually "on the job", but in my line of work (education) we have so many meetings every week that I can't STAND just sitting there listening to someone drone on and on with do nothing with my hands. In fact, since I've started taking my crochet to work to do during these meetings, I've experienced less frustration, and greater peace of mind--even when things are not looking so good. I'd recommend taking your crochet to work for "just those situations" when you can listen and still work (and people will not mind too terribly). I've gotten quite the reputation for being "artsy" because of it, and people are very curious about that "thing" "my grandma used to do". :grandma
  12. I've lost track at how many times I've had to rip and re-rip something out just to get it right. Only on a few occassions have I let something "slide" when it would not throw the count off, but usually, I'm such a perfectionist that I'll rip it out regardless--sometimes the entire project back to the beginning. I've been know to be nearly finished and dislike it so much I start over. Of course, then there are the times when I'd rather NOT have to rip it out and must anyway...or there'll be hell to pay...or is it hell toupee? {puns, I love 'em} I suppose it depends on the crocheter as to whether you rip, shred, spindle or otherwise ignore and go on. I take pride in my crochet craft and usually give away my work, so I want it to best represent my skill--if it's for me, I'll not be so picky. P. S. I hear you re: "lingo"...I tend to shy away from buzzy words and jargon, and it took me a while before I understood the "frog" thing, also. I just say "rip", "tear", "shred", "re-do" and the like OR I make up my own just for grins (like "block and tackle" for blocking a project). It keeps me amused and who knows, it might even amuse others.
  13. I'm amused at how "nervous" I was only months ago about using thread. I had been taught to crochet with yarn, thick Red Heart yarn, and make afghans and granny squares. No harm in that, still have all of the afghans I made many years ago. Yet, thread seemed to daunt me. So being the person I am and determined to "face my fear", I bought a ball of cheapo thread #10 and started on a simple pineapple round doily. The rest is history. I fell in love with thread, and now, the thinner and more delicate the better. It even feels better than yarn (although I have many afghans in the making). There are so many cool doilies, table toppers/cloths, curtains, valences, and the like to make that I'm sure I could spend a lifetime on thread crochet alone and never do half the stuff I want to. I had to learn to get the hook sizes appropriate with the thread size, and to take it slow, especially with the finer stuff...but I think that once you do it, it'll be like you've always done it...at least that's how it felt for me. Maybe all those years watching my mother crochet doilies did pay off!
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