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About MimiFL

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  • Birthday July 4

A Few Things About Me

  • Location
    Tampa, FL
  • Hobbies
    Crochet (obviously), ducks, medieval/renaissance music, amateur photography
  • Occupation
    Healthcare sr. business analyst; crochet teacher/wedding violinist on the side
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  • Favorite projects
    Doilies, pillows, afghans, baby items
  • Crocheting since...
    Since 1996
  1. I'm sure there are many shamrock patterns out there, but this is my version. I hope you like it. (I know a shamrock technically has 3 leaves, but I like the word! It sounds so much better than a regular old clover!) The pattern is all one piece, no sewing needed. It's rather large, probably around 5", though I'm sure you could use other yarns and hooks to achieve a smaller size. I used Vanna's Choice in Kelly Green (the pics are the same shamrock! just under different lighting conditions). The lighter looking one is pinned to my dark teal cubicle wall. I pinned 3 in all, and they loo
  2. They're all one color, so I could ask her to frog and add more yarn - the only thing is it would add a lot more ends to weave in. I'm not even sure all the ends are an inch long. The blanket is a gift to her grandma I think, and it's made with RHSS so it'll need to be washed at least once, just to soften it. I do appreciate all the feedback. Now I'll be able to offer up a few suggestions to mom and daughter.
  3. Yes, I tell them they're not saving any money by leaving it too short, but it's a hard point to get across. Maybe I'll suggest a length, then. The problem is she did about 20 squares and they're all like that, so not using the square is not an option. And she's 13 so telling her to ditch the whole project would be a crushing blow. I'd rather avoid that if I can. Any brand of flexible fabric glue? The mom will have to go buy it so it'd be nice if she knew what she was looking for specifically. Thanks!
  4. I'm sure this has been asked before, but... I am teaching crochet to this kid and she's done squares for an afghan (on her own) but left too little yarn so that she can't really weave in much. I say this time and time again to my students: leave *way* more than you need before finishing off so you can weave it in later, but nobody listens to me! Anyway, I think there's something out there you can use out there to help with this. As it is now, the first wash will likely unravel the whole thing. I know Fray Check is used for, obviously, keeping the thing from fraying. Does anyone know what
  5. I'm actually in Temple Terrace (north Tampa) so very close to you, ashlei. Used to live (and go to school) in Brandon before moving to this place. These days, I work in St. Pete and I do weddings all over the Tampa Bay area! We'll have to set up a meet one of these days.
  6. I found out I can do this left-handed too! Like you, I had to teach a left-hander, so ended up trying it myself, and I got the hang of it pretty quickly. Perhaps being a musician helps! Also, I don't think you need to crochet with thread to be an expert. You can just as well be an expert yarn crocheter. Thread is just a different medium. It would be like saying to be an expert musician, you need to know how to play every instrument. My students think I'm an expert.
  7. Generally speaking, I would class myself as advanced. Not expert, because there are some things I don't do: hairpin lace, irish crochet, bullions and love knots. I haven't really done much clothing either. But then I might be good at those, I don't know. I haven't tried these things because I either don't like the way they look, or I just don't find them interesting enough to invest any energy into learning them. With that said, I will try almost anything. If there's a pattern, there's a way to make it come out right (even if that means correcting mistakes as you go). And if I'm determin
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