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  1. Another Jersey Girl here (who hasn't posted in ages). I'm in beautiful, historic Morris County about 15 min from Washington's Rev. War headquarters in Rockaway. Grew up in South Orange, a graduate of Columbia High of "Gracie" fame (my sisters went to school with Elisabeth Shue) and Ultimate [frisbee] fame (created at CHS by Joel Silver, the movie producer), and will always be in love with the Jersey Shore (I miss those Orange Juliuses :orange -- yum!). Glad to meet other Garden State hookers! Any Morris County groups around? --Lisa
  2. I got mine about a week ago. It's a bright turqoise. Very pretty. Not a color I usually wear, so I need to look for the right recipient or find a way to work the new color into my wardrobe. It came from Mary Maxim, too.
  3. I think the worst mistake I've made (so far--I'm sure I'll make more) was making 1/2 a poncho and almost an entire shawl that were supposed to be in double crochet in a completely wrong "dc" that I don't think is even a stitch. I had a complete brain fart after working on a number of projects that were hdc's, trebles, and other less conventional stitches, and just completely flubbed the basic dc for weeks. What I did was not a half dc and not a dc. It was a yo, insert hook in stitch, yo, draw through stitch AND 1 LOOP (instead of just pulling up loop through stitch), then yo and draw through remaining loops (instead of yo draw through 2 loops, twice). If what I did is in fact a stitch, please let me know . It took me a few weeks 'til trying to figure out why my stitches were so short and my gauge so far off, brought me back to reality. Jeez, did I feel like a complete dolt. Lee
  4. I know just what you mean. I too admit to being an addict (to crochet of course, but also Homespun), and I take no shame in saying so . I hate *working* with Homespun, but I LOVE the end result. I recently finished a Seraphina shawl in HS and adore it. It's like wrapping myself in hot mulled wine or hot cider with a pat of melting butter floating on top. I'm almost finished with a HS scarf trimmed in Lion Suede for my brother-in-law, and it's like "butta." I'm psyched to start an afghan in HS, but just can't find the "right" pattern (my husband and kids don't want something too "holey.") I think Homespun scarves are like the old Lays Potato Chip commercial, "You can't make just one." And please allow me to contribute to another yarn addiction. Try making a scarf with two strands of Red Heart Symphony (available at Walmart and pretty cheap) held together and a K hook. It's wonderfully soft (especially after washing), very warm, yet surprisingly light. The only drawback to Symphony is that it sheds fuzz. But it's worth it . Lee
  5. I too sent them an email and received a response telling me to look for their Spring 2006 issue in April. Can't wait! They also said they are "looking into future possibilities," which I assume means the possibility of more frequent crochet issues, which I had requested in my email. Lee
  6. There's no doubt, crochet is hot! Designers are incorporating crochet trim in many pieces, too. Here are some beautiful crochet items from Norm Thompson. I'm thinking of trying a crochet trim around a cut sweatshirt inspired by the first crochet trimmed sweater below, and adding some crocheted appliciques to a jean jacket, inspired by the second one. http://www.normthompson.com/jump.jsp?itemID=8741&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=crochet http://www.normthompson.com/jump.jsp?itemID=8785&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=crochet http://www.normthompson.com/jump.jsp?itemID=5968&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=crochet http://www.normthompson.com/jump.jsp?itemID=6275&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=crochet http://www.normthompson.com/jump.jsp?itemID=7368&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=crochet
  7. Thanks Elizabeth . I will probably go with your suggestion and give Lion Brand's a try. Did you try any of the other patterns, such as Bernat's? I'm not that visual, which is a bit weird for a crocheter. I have a hard time visualizing patterns until I actually do them, and I just wasn't up for starting three or four patters. So, I definitely appreciate your thoughts . Lee
  8. Hi C-Villagers, I have a question for those of us who have made or are familiar with the various Martha Stewart poncho patterns available on the web. I read that after Martha's poncho show, it was confirmed that her poncho is made from Bernat's Galaxy. But there are a number of pattern variations as to the "interpretation" of her poncho. Some patterns are in the round, some are two triangular pieces sewn together. Some are double crochets, some trebles, etc. Does anyone have an opinion as to, or believe they have found, a pattern that is or seems to be closest to Martha's actual poncho? I love the dimensions and drape of her poncho, but am baffled as to which pattern to try. Thanks for your thoughts on this! Lee
  9. I found another : http://hipvintagecrochet.com/freebies.htm
  10. Hi Cuddle, Lionbrand has a free Monster-in-Law poncho pattern (link below). I hope it's what you're looking for. Lee http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/cjif-monsterInLawPoncho.html
  11. I'm in the process of making a Seraphina shawl too (although I might adapt it, make two pieces, and create a poncho--not sure yet), and I found that her pattern leaves off the ending V-stitch after the first three rows. I had the same problem you did and needed to frog a couple of rows. Once I started adding the ending V-stitch at the end of each row, I was okay. If you look at the pattern (http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/donisfuff/croshawl.html), you'll see that she includes: "Repeat from * to * once, then V-stitch in 3rd chain of beg chain from previous row" or "(dc, ch 1, dc) [that's the V-stitch] in 3rd chain of starting chain from previous row," in rows 1 thru 3, but then doesn't include that part in the subsequent rows. At first I thought that was intentional, but then saw the problem with the top edge. When I included the ending V-stitch even where the pattern did not include it, it seemed to work out correctly. Hope this helps, Lee
  12. Vicki, they are just beautiful!!! I would also love to make one . If you're selling the pattern, please let me know how and where. Awesome. --Lisa
  13. LOL!! Thank you . I think Katy was going for "sultry" and doesn't realize she achieved "sulky" instead. She actually offered to model for me. She just turned 15 and, aside from the usual hormonal moodiness, is convinced that the "no-smile-tres-ennui" look is both required for a teen and is sultry. (I caught her practicing her "look" in the mirror the day before school pictures--which came out much better than these, thankfully .) I used a yarn my mother gave me. She's a masterful knitter and had a bunch of WIPs in her attic that she decided she never would to finish. I loved taking all her unused yarn off her hands. I have no idea how old the yarn is, and some of it she bought overseas. She can't resist yarn when she travels. She brought back some amazing yarn from Sweden once, and some gorgeous wool from Ireland. I dont' know if that yarn is local or not, nor how old. The label says Bouquet Jacana by Spinrite Yarns out of Listowel, Ontario. It's 70% acrylic and 30% mohair. It looks like a twisted 2-ply and feels like it might be sport weight, but I used an oversized hook with it and the label doesn't give a suggested needle and hook size or weight. That's the first piece I've made with it so far, so I don't know if it's actually worsted weight and would make a more "worsted" fabric with a smaller hook. For some reason, most soft mohair blends feel light and sport weight to me as unworked strands even when the label says worsted, so I'm not sure of its "official" weight. I'm not very good at judging the weight of yarns. I was convinced that Caron's Simply Soft was sport weight when feeling the unworked strand, but Simpy Soft's label says worsted. I just compared the Jacana I used on the beige shawl to Red Heart's Symphony (the only other "mohair type" yarn I have in the house). Symphony is 100% acrylic and Caron advertises it as "giving a brushed mohair effect." The Symphony looks like 2-ply twisted but has more "hair" and is twisted more loosely than the Jacana I used. The Symphony strands actually feel thinner than the Jacana, so my Jacana may be worsted weight. Go figure . Has anyone ever heard of Bouquet Jacana by Spinrite Yarns???? And how do company's decide the weight of yarns? --Lee
  14. I used all of at least five skeins. One or two weren't complete skeins, and I used a bit of a sixth. At least Microspun isn't dyelotted . --Lee
  15. Thank you all very much . It was the first time I'd done anything in pineapples (also my first "show and tell" here in C'ville), but I was so taken with the concept of creating a shawl from a doily pattern, and so impressed with the results I saw here, that I had to try. Thanks for the encouragement . --Lee
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