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  1. gremlin

    dish rags

    My sister and I are making dish rags for our family members for Christmas this year. Here are the first four that I've done so far. As I finish more, I can post more pictures. These are made using the crohook and two strands of cotton.
  2. Since you only want random spots to be "seeds", have you though about doing it all the with the light pink and then using a Sharpie marker to color in the "seeds"?
  3. I haven't tried Knooking. I love my crohook though. I've made several afghans with the crohook.
  4. My sister used the Caron Simply Soft yarn to make a sweater/coat. It stretched out so much that it hung to the floor (it was supposed to hang to mid hip). Even after washing and drying and blocking, it stayed all stretched out. She made another one using the exact same hook and pattern, but with Red Heart Super Saver yarn and it fit like a dream - no stretching or sagging at all - and she loves it.
  5. I would see how much one square weighs. Multiply that amount by how many squares you need. That will tell you how many ounces (or grams or whatever weight you use) you will need for the squares. You can do a bit of the border on one side of the square and weigh that amount of yarn. Then multiply that by how many sides of squares the border will be on. For instance, 56 squares set out 6 squares x 9 squares would leave you with 30 sides that will get a border. So, if the border for one side = 1/4 ounce, times 30, would be 7.5 ounces.
  6. gremlin

    Navajo baby ghan

    This is a great pattern. So versatile in the color schemes. My sister just did three afghans with this stitch - all three look completely different.
  7. I wouldn't want to spend the time and effort on something that wasn't going to last very long either. What might be more fun/interesting would be to make "statues" out of crochet - for example crochet a large tree or cactus or animal or a replica of a house or a car. Maybe even a giant sized crocheted doll house or something. Then display those for a couple of days in random places. Maybe with a flyer that tells a little bit about crochet or knitting or a bit of the process and tell where people could learn more about it. That way it is still kind of fun to see these crocheted items "pop up" over night, but it isn't destructive or vandalism since it can be removed easily. And it could be educational that way.
  8. The smaller the hook size, the tighter the stitches and the more stiff the blanket will feel. Most of the patterns I've used call for size g - j crochet hooks, but I crochet too tight to use the smaller sizes. I use N for most of the afghans I make, occasionally I'll use a K. I use red heart super saver yarn a lot. Some of the colors are more stiff than others, but once the blanket is made and I wash it, it comes out just fine - nice and pliable. Patterns may call for a certain sized hook, but don't be afraid to play around with different sizes. I prefer more solid stitches for afghans (no holes to catch fingers and toes) and solid stitches makes it easier to go with a larger hook. Sometimes I'll use a smaller hook than a pattern calls for just to reduce the size of the openings in the stitches. Half the fun of crocheting is experimenting with different stitches and different hook sizes. And if you don't like how something turns out, it is very easy to take it out and redo it.
  9. gremlin

    charted afghans

    I guess I was mistaken - no one seems to want to discuss charted afghans. Oh well.
  10. I've done several afghans that blend from one color to another. I just finished an afghan that is shades of green and brown. I've done lapghans that are done with several different colors or just 3 colors. The trick to getting them to blend is to use several shades of each color and switch to the new color at either the lightest or the darkest shade where the colors match well. .
  11. gremlin

    I need help!

    That turned out pretty good.
  12. gremlin

    I need help!

    That's okay. I'd love to see a picture of your finished afghan.
  13. gremlin

    charted afghans

    Okay, I have noticed several comments referring to charted afghans. I'm assuming that those are afghans worked from a chart to create a picture. I love the USA afghan I saw in another thread - but that brought up a question in my mind. Why was there a ridge on the backside of the blanket? I have done one (original) charted afghan. I have also created a chart for my sister to do, and I'm working on another chart for another afghan she wants to make. The afghan I made, and the one that my sister is currently working on, do not have ridges on the back. When we do them, we use half double crochets because that is a good square stitch. When we change color, we pull the yarn up through the center of the last stitch worked so it is ready for the next row of that color. That way we don't have to worry about carrying the yarn under the stitches and having it show. It also helps to hide the yarn and makes both sides nice. Just wondering what other people have done with charts. What stitch do you use? How do you carry the yarn to the next row when you change colors? Please feel free to show pictures of charted afghans you have made - I would be interested in them. Here is the one I made - High School Football Logo for my nephew. and the one my sister is working on - logo from her work.
  14. I wondered if it had to do with the stitch you used. I've only done one "graph" afghan, but my sister is doing one that I created a graph for. When we do a graph, we use half double crochets because that makes a nice "square" stitch to fit the graph. We don't have the funky ridge thing on the back side of the blanket either. The front and back are pretty much the same. Of course, if it is words or a specific design, then the back is backwards, but for just a design, it doesn't matter which is front or back.
  15. I may just have to try this one. I think that is pretty cool. I do have one question though, why are there ridges on the back of the afghan? When I do a "charted" afghan, it is the same front and back with no ridges. Just curious.....
  16. A friend of mine just got a pattern that calls for this stitch and wants me to learn it so I can teach her. I look forward to when you get it written up. Thank you!!!!!
  17. I have actually made a bottle holder out of cotton and out of acrylic. The cotton one held the moisture and ended up stretching out of shape and staying quite soggy. The acrylic one (red heart super saver yarn) did not get soggy, but did keep the moisture from getting my Mom all wet. The acrylic yarn also held it's shape much better - it didn't get all stretched out and misshaped. So, I would vote for acrylic yarn.
  18. gremlin


    Thanks all. I'm thinking of maybe trying to make a "friend" for this one. Just have to decide what kind of cactus I want to try.
  19. gremlin


    Not sure exactly what category this would go in. I was helping my sister with some hot pads the other day that use a single crochet in the back loop only. It made a nice ridged texture, so I though it might be kind of fun to see if it would make a cactus. Here is my first attempt (no pattern used). .
  20. gremlin

    I need help!

    Haven't heard back yet - how's the afghan coming?
  21. The ad says she is in Illinois, so I suppose "far away within the USA" would be anything out of easy driving distance within the continental US. 235 skeins of yarn at $3 each (about what I can get it for brand new) would be $705. Those skeins look like they are no longer full skeins, so I wouldn't pay more than $1 a piece for them, if that. I have no use for the batting, or for finished blankets, or unfinished projects. The hooks would be nice, but maybe 5-10 dollars for them. She might do better to divide her stash - each unfinished project with the instructions, yarn, and hook to finish it. Smaller bags of yarns that go together. The pattern books in groups. The finished blankets either individually, or in sets of two that go together. The batting by itself, and the quilt rack by itself or maybe with one or two of the finished blankets. I'd be surprised if she sells everything at once to the same person. Unless they are buying it for a group.
  22. I actually asked the workers at our state fair a couple years ago. I was told that they look at the quality and evenness of the stitches. Color and pattern are not supposed to be part of the judging, it is supposed to be the quality of the work itself.
  23. gremlin

    A Cactus !

    The only kind of cactus I'd ever have.
  24. Can you post the part you are having problems with? I don't have that book.
  25. gremlin

    I need help!

    There are a lot of granny "squares" out there. This pattern makes a rectangle for a full size blanket. Edited: Okay, I did more of this pattern to see how easy it is... I did through round 6, then skipped to rounds 30 and 31 to see how it finishes. That way I would have a sample to go with the pattern. I found another error in the pattern (big surprise). It threw me off for a bit, but I figured it out. So, on round 31, right at the beginning of the round where it says (sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, etc. This is incorrect. It should read ... sc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, etc. This is a fairly simple pattern once you get the hang of it. The edging is fairly simple also. Here is a picture of the finished sample... If you have any other questions on this pattern, just holler.
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