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  1. Thanks so much everyone. He's calld Rohan and I'm all fat and hormonal and sleep-deprived (we went to a restaurant today and I broke down and cried because they forgot the salt ) but am trying to crochet and come here when I can get a few minutes of time
  2. I tend to crochet in blue these days - when I get the time... [attach]55582[/attach]
  3. Rubik

    Baby cardigan

    Thank you so much Empress! Those are wonderful and will certainly keep me busy! Just what I was looking for!
  4. Rubik

    Baby cardigan

    I wonder if anyone could advise me on a particular type of pattern please. I *think* it's called a Yoke or Yoked baby cardigan, where the neck and chest of the front are in a semi-circular pattern so it almost looks like an unbroken semi-circle but it's an illusion because in fact the 2 sides of the cardigan are in 2 pieces. There is an ebay cardigan that shows the effect I mean: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HAND-MADE-CROCHET-BABY-CARDIGAN-0-3-MONTHS-/180817815471?pt=Baby_Clothing&hash=item2a1994e7af but I'm really just looking for any pattern that is similar to this, with the 'yoked' effect at the front like that. thanks in advance if anyone knows where I can find one. I only have a month left to make it and I would like to try and do one in blue and one in pink (to cover both possibilities!)
  5. Thanks again for all the advice - my poor little brain isn't firing on all 4 cylinders at the moment so I may have to refer back and re-read the information several times before it all sinks in! That is interesting about the Japanese hooks because they were the closest format that I could find too, the 3/0. I would guess that this is a 3.25mm as it seems smaller than a 2.5mm but bigger than a 2mm. About the Japanese hooks not being imported anymore - would that be to the US? As I live in the UK so if it was possible to help I wouldn't mind ordering any hook(s) on your behalf and passing it on to you if it were available for import here. I'm sure the postage costs on a crochet hook can't be very much. I've had a pack of 12 sent from Hong Kong to here in England and it was only £2.50 for the hooks and the postage combined. Edit:Just had a look on ebay and they seem to be selling Clover hooks on UK and US sites, I don't know if these are the ones you mean but it might be worth a look.
  6. I get so much enjoyment out of it and I wondered how others got to be into it too? I started 5 years ago when I was pregnant with my son, didn't get beyond the basic stitches and didn't have time for it when I returned to work. Second pregnancy, I thought I'd use my maternity leave to try and learn it properly (well it's not like I can go rock climbing or kickboxing! ). As luck would have it I'm temporarily disabled with SPD, a quite common hip problem related to pregnancy. Unfortunately I've got it badly enough that I can't walk and as I can't drive it's either crochet and youtube videos about crochet or daytime TV and there's only so much Maury a girl can take. I realised I was watching it too much when my 5 year old walked in, pointed at the TV and asked me 'so which one is the father?' I get such a thrill out of learning a new stitch that was previously too complicated or difficult for me and of making little bootees in different colours and all the buttons, beads, appliques, ribbons etc in all different colours to try and make something pretty. I'd love to know how you got into crochet and what made you fall in love with it?
  7. Thank you for the advice ladies! I think I will get a hook gauge, I'm so determined to get good at crochet so it's a good investment to have one anyway. I don't want to waste my maternity leave and I've always wanted to learn crochet properly so I don't know when else I'll get the chance other than now! I would normally do housework but I have SPD (hip problems associated with pregnancy) so I am housebound at the moment and cannot walk - thank God for crochet and the internet or I would go insane). I have filled several bin liners with baby clothes, most of which are only good enough to be worn indoors but gradually they are getting good enough to be worn in public or given as gifts so I'm getting there slowly!
  8. I have a metal crochet hook which I think is quite old and belonged to my grandmother. It is double-ended and says 0/3 on one end and 0/5 on the other end. As much as I've googled it and searched through all my crochet books I can't seem to find a definitive guide to tell me what size these are! I'm nearly 8 months pregnant now and recently made a cake without flour (I knew something was wrong when it was still liquid after an hour in the oven!) so this could well be baby-brain at work... By comparing it with my other hooks the 0/5 looks about the same size as my 2.5mm hook so I checked the 0/3 against the 2mm hook but it is much bigger than a 2mm hook. So 0/5 is (approx) 2.5mm and 0/3 is bigger than 2mm but smaller than 2.5mm. I wonder if it could be 2.25mm but I can't see anywhere that 0/3 is even a crochet hook size at all. I'm probably missing something very simple here! This is going to keep me awake all night! Thanks in advance if anyone has any ideas!
  9. I'm afraid I can't help you with interpreting it, but by googling the text which appears at the bottom of the screen when you hover the mouse over the link I found this pattern for a scrubbie? I think it must be the one you are referring to. http://www.donteatthepaste.com/2011/07/lamars-scrubbie-crochet-pattern.html
  10. I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope you enjoy making the stockings, the pattern links given in this thread look wonderful. I'm sure they'll be beautiful and I'd love to see a picture of them when they're finished?
  11. Rubik

    UK/US crochet terms

    Thank you for the advice! To be fair I'm under an immense amount of pressure at the moment, my husband could be required to leave the country at any time (with as little as 3 days notice) and potentially miss the rest of the pregnancy and birth (and leave me to explain his absence to our 4 year old) and my father is terminally ill plus we have only been married a few months so the married name hasn't quite sunk in yet. And don't get me started on our sons birthday party on Dec 23rd - 38 children all under the age of 5... I think you're right about sticking to the US version Clairy, it is so much more common online that it would be easier to take it as the norm and translate to the UK when required. The only thing that does really concern me is, what if the pregnancy brain becomes the mummy brain and then the menopause brain and then the old person brain without any gap in between! I'll never do sudoku again! Actually I've never done sudoku but you know what I mean... lol I don't know how I'd keep sane without crochet. I really find it therapeutic to do to keep me calm when I feel stressed!
  12. Rubik

    UK/US crochet terms

    I'm afraid it's my own 'jelly-brain' more than anything. I started off just doing everything in US terminology as that is mostly what is online. But my library books show it in UK and I struggle to mentally seperate the 2. Even though I have the 'translations' memorised now, I just seem to have a mental block where I frequently will literally forget which is which even though I already know... I know I'm not firing on all cylinders at the moment though, I had to give my address out on the phone a couple of days ago and I totally forgot it! All I could think of was my previous address from 3 years ago! I didn't really think 'pregnancy brain' was a real thing, but I'm afraid I'm just not absorbing information and I'm even forgetting things I already know. I am even signing things in my maiden name instead of my married name. I will just have to start carrying a little notebook around with me I think.
  13. These are driving me insane! I've got a cheat sheet stuck to the wall where I sit when I crochet (about 8 hours a day as I'm on maternity!) but for some strange reason I have to keep checking it every time I'm working on anything. And even then it's like some strange sort of OCD, where people have to check they have turned the gas off or locked the front door, I have to check and check again whether it is American or UK terminology and then my mind goes blank and I can't remember and I have to check youtube to remind myself of a stitch that I've done a million times before... I know which is US and which is UK, the problem comes when I think that what 'I' think is a certain stitch, so I translate it to the other version, forgetting that I pretty much learned with US terminology so I'm translating backwards and using the wrong one. Oh my poor little brain. Well they do say that pregnancy (temporarily) shrinks the brain. I'm probably only about as smart as a man right now...
  14. I'm not an experienced crocheter myself but just in my opinion I'd always wash anything before I give it to someone - just so I knew it was safe to wash! Also I think it smells nice when something is freshly laundered. Good luck with your scarves!
  15. Absolutely beautiful. I'm sure that will be in the family for many generations of babies to come! Gorgeous.
  16. Absolutely beautiful. Those booties are adorable. My baby is due in March so I'm not far behind you!
  17. that's lovely, it would look sooo cute on a little kid!
  18. That is just gorgeous! I am going to try to make it for my little boy who will be 5 on boxing-day. With me not able to work at the moment and a new baby on the way, money is fairly tight so that would be a great present for him that wouldn't break the bank! Thank you so much, what a great pattern! Good luck to you too Jolena!
  19. Hi everyone and thank you. It's lovely to think of people from all over the world getting together like this! I've been like a hermit recently (severe morning sickness all day every day and the various aches and pains of pregnancy) so I've been spending most days just sat at home alone crocheting and following patterns online but it's hard sometimes when there is nobody to ask when I get stuck or to show your things to when they are finished! Also when I see beautiful things that other people have made it's normally on a blog or a free pattern site and I can't even say 'wow I love that' without joining or registering or things. I've been feeling a bit cut off from the outside world to say the least! Thankfully the morning sickness seems to be easing now so I can dare to step outside again, I hate being sick in public. I actually threw up into a big brown envelope at work and when my co-worker gently suggested I shouldn't be at work I yelled at her and stormed out sobbing. Thankfully I haven't noticed any mood swings or anything *cough* I'm a bit embarrassed about facing her again! thanks again for the welcome, I'm looking forward to getting to know you and it's lovely to be here. I can't wait to have a good look around!
  20. Hi everyone. I'm really excited to be here and to hopefully get to know people and learn more about crocheting. I live in England and I am 18 weeks pregnant with our second child. I first started crocheting 5 years ago when I was pregnant with our first child but never really had time for it after I went back to work as a secretary. This time I am determined to make the most of this time and really get stuck into it! It's hard enough being pregnant, I might as well take this opportunity to sit around and relax with something that I enjoy while I can! nice to meet you all!
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