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Everything posted by antara

  1. I do most of my crocheting in my living room, while watching tv and winding down for the night. I do prefer to sit on the floor rather than the couch, however, because that's where the space heater's at (I being warm).
  2. I'll jump in on this one. It's been awhile since I've completed an afghan, but I've got one on my hook right now. I've enjoyed looking at the photos in this thread so far.
  3. I haven't forgotten about this! We've only had our internet back for a short time, as we moved recently. I'll be trying to get the Washington ornament out to you soon.
  4. Like Linda said, the hole in the pearl would have to be big enough for the yarn to fit through. When crocheting with beads, you string the beads onto your yarn before you begin crocheting. Then you simply crochet them into your piece when you need them. At least, that's what I've done when I've used beads in my work.
  5. It's very pretty! I'm still deciding on what I want to do. I'm leaning towards a painted ornament rather than a crocheted one for this. We're in the process of buying a house right now, so at the moment a lot of my time has been spent packing. In a little over a week I should have my craft supplies all unpacked (hopefully), and be able to get mine made up.
  6. Sorry I'm so late to respond, it's been busy here lately and I haven't been on as much. I've got a package together. I'll try to get it out by early next week.
  7. My keys and my glasses. I tend to lose things anyway, since I'm not the most organized person, but those two things always seem to disappear the most.
  8. I like Cotton Tots and I Love This Cotton.
  9. I've got some things I made awhile ago and haven't really used that I can send you. Are ear warmers okay, or do you prefer hats?
  10. That's pretty cute. I don't know if I'd have the patience for it, since I don't particularly enjoy joining, but it does look gorgeous.
  11. Since she relisted it at the same price, I think she actually means the $1,250. It is a lot of stuff, but a lot of it looks like your basic acrylic, nothing special. I know shipping can get expensive, but an extra $1,000 to ship within the country seems pretty excessive. Maybe she really needs the money, I don't know, but I highly doubt she's going to find a buyer at that price.
  12. Your pictures very nearly made me cry, they were very touching. To everyone who participated, wonderful job.
  13. The majority of my crochet money goes to yarn. Occasionally I'll buy a new hook. I haven't bought a pattern in quite some time. I check at Big Lots and similar places to see if they have any. I cleaned them out of Lion Suede when they had it for $1.50 a ball.
  14. Sounds like a good reason to head to my LYS.
  15. Yes, it will affect the gauge. I don't care to use that small of a hook in plastic either, but I will, since it's what I have. Whenever I write patterns, I always specify the mm size of a hook for just this reason. I believe the size N hook changed several years back, as well, when they decided to start making size M's (although I might be mistaken on that). I've ooh-ed and ahh-ed over Clover Soft Touch hooks, but haven't bought one yet. I might have to break down and try one one of these days.
  16. My size G Crystalite hook is 4mm. That said, I don't recommend Crystalites under a size I for beginners, as I've had anything smaller than that snap in half while I was crocheting.
  17. It really depends on what I'm in the mood for. Most of my projects are items like hats and scarves. I like that I can finish them quickly, but I absolutely hate being cold, so I tend to gravitate towards winter-warm items. Every so often, though, I really get in the mood to make an afghan. Blankets have always been one of my favorite things to make, whether I'm crocheting or sewing.
  18. I try to make my decrease stitches a little looser than the rest of my work. They seem to blend in a bit better that way.
  19. Oh, yes. I've done my fair share of frogging lately. I'm working on the pattern again, using the advice you gave of counting the corners. I also discovered that I was one stitch short in my last row before I switched to rounds. One. No wonder my count was always off. Prime example of why to count constantly, lol.
  20. The corner stitch counting as both the first and last stitch does make sense. That was actually one of the big things that was throwing me off. I thought for my first round of edging, I would need more than the 40 stitches per side, so that I would be increasing. The way I was thinking, I would increase each side by 2 stitches (which would put me up to 42 per side), plus the 4 corners. This would give me 172 stitches total for the round. When I work on it later, I'm going to try it counting the corner stitches as you do. I'm also going to take a look at that book you recommended. Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it!
  21. I've found that the small, single magnets are more powerful than the rolls of magnet that you cut. They still have the adhesive on one side, but I would use a bit of tacky glue anyway, just in case. Just be sure that when you want to move them, grab them by the actual magnet, not the crocheted part, so that they don't get stretched or pop off the magnet. I've seen them at local craft stores.
  22. Hi, all. I was hoping to get some help with a pattern I've been working on for some time now. I'm writing a pattern for a throw pillow. The main body is worked in a stripe pattern, and I'm trying to switch to rounds for the edging. The problem is, I just can't seem to get my numbers for the stitch count straight when switching to rounds. The pillow is a square made of 35 rows of 40 stitches. Now that I'm trying to work in rounds and keep the square shape, I need all of the sides to have the same number of stitches. I'm just not sure how many stitches each side needs to have. If my rows are 40 stitches to start with, does that mean I need each side to have 42 stitches to account for the increase? And do I count my corner stitches (the middle stitch of 3 at each end of the row) in that 42? I've been crocheting for a long time, and I've made squares before. I've just never designed a square like this and it's really throwing me off. I'm probably making it a lot more complicated than it really is, but it's starting to get a little discouraging. I'm pretty pleased with the way the pattern is turning out, and would really prefer not to scrap it. I've set aside several times now, which is why it's taking me so long to finish it. I need to simply get it done. Hopefully that all made sense, and if you took the time to read all that, thank you. Any and all help will be much appreciated!
  23. I haven't used it yet, but hope to learn in it in the near future. I think it would make an adorable purse.
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