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Wendy79

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About Wendy79

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  • Birthday 04/04/1979

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    CA
  • Crocheting since...
    2001

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  1. My latest baby blanket for my latest niece or nephew (next month; number 9 for me)! I really love this one. I wanted to make the blanket in "fire" colors because my brother and I both love camping, and I know he and his wife like non-traditional colors for baby stuff. This pattern was tedious at times, but I feel like the work really paid off. It's sort of hard to see what's going on in this afghan in the picture, but it's done in three shades: a bright red-pink, terra cotta, and orange-yellow. (I PROMISE, it works!) I crocheted a filet mesh, then wove through the mesh with more strands of the red-pink and terra cotta. It makes a lovely subtle plaid and a complex texture. Picture of it partially-woven: Detail pic: I wish I could get the colors and the vertical striping to come across in the photos! If you look carefully at the first photo, you can see some of it. The pattern is from a book called A Year of Baby Afghans (theirs is done in light green, medium green, dark green, so the effect is very different). I used Knitpicks Shine Worsted (a cotton blend) in Terra Cotta, Watermelon, and Sunflower. I LOVE this yarn--it's so soft and lightweight. My partner doesn't want to let this one go!
  2. The book is Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, and it has some lovely thoughts about crocheting. Any crocheter would enjoy reading about how Esperanza first doesn't want to learn to crochet, but eventually it becomes very important to her. It will be easy to find at the library, used, or in bookstores. I had never heard of this before I read the book, but I thought it was neat because I'd had the same thought while making baby blankets for my nieces! (maybe it was just wishful thinking, because my hair sheds and sticks a LOT, but I liked getting the justification...)
  3. Now that I've figured it out, I love the reverse single crochet. And I like cables, too!
  4. I feel like I could have gotten it from that! (It's really hard to say--once you HAVE it, it's hard to imagine why it was so hard.) I looked at many videos and the only one that helped me was the Crochet Unraveled podcast, even though that's for lefties!
  5. Gorgeous! That's really a classy shawl.
  6. I guess we don't see many men's clothes on here, do we?! I made this vest for my 88-year-old grandfather. I did most of the work while I was visiting him recently and he loved watching me work "just like your Granny used to do". But he didn't know what I was making or that it was for him! He wears sweater vests a lot, so I hope he likes it. The armholes looked huge to me, but I tried it on someone a similar size and they work just right. It's a free pattern from Lionbrand. I decided to leave off the pockets to keep it simpler and more like what he usually wears.
  7. This swap is long over, but I just wanted to say that I use at least one of my handmade bookmarks every day and I smile every time I look at them! This was such a fun swap! Thanks again for organizing, Juli.
  8. OH MY GOODNESS! I'VE GOT IT! I've been practically crying over the crab stitch. There's never been anything in crochet that I haven't "gotten" right away before and I couldn't understand why this was so hard... first, like the OP, all my stitches came out looking exactly like regular SC. I looked in SO many books, on all the websites I could find, and they kept saying "it's just like regular SC, only backward." Let me tell you, it's NOT--that's pretty misleading! I was able to do the "fake" crab stitch with the 365 degree hook turn, but that was time-consuming and awkward and... well, I didn't want to be foiled by a little crochet stitch... I didn't think the Crochet Unraveled Podcast video would work for me because I'm right-handed, and even right-handed videos hadn't helped me before. But I tried it as a last resort before asking for more help here--and I got it! OK, I just tried to do it again and I lost it, but I know if I watch the video again I'll get it again. There's a different way you hold and insert your hook--at least, it's different from how I do a normal SC. Maybe the reason so many people say "just like a normal SC but backward" but then it doesn't work for so many people, is because we hold our hooks differently to start with. Good luck to anyone else who's still struggling... I'm off to watch the video again.
  9. I don't know about "hard"--it was easy compared to, say, working a complex doily--but it uses a chart, and all instructions aren't spelled out in order as they are in beginner patterns. It's the only scarf pattern I can think of that I'd call at all challenging.
  10. What a great pattern! I love a good challenge, and the scarf is really cute and unique looking. I used two skeins of Sugar n Cream. I think I'm going to try it again in some white Dazzleaire I found recently.
  11. I've been really interested in entering the last couple of years, but haven't gotten up to it yet. I guess I'm not sure enough of what they're looking for. I'm afraid my end-weaving will never be good enough. Is there anywhere online that has a checklist of good general guidelines for county fairs?
  12. No yarn (this is better, because as with many of you, only my sweetie would know what kinds of yarns I like), but three books from my Amazon wishlist from MIL: Crochet Answer Book, Knitting Answer Book, and Oddball Knits (projects to use up stash!)! And a Barnes and Noble giftcard that may go to buy more crafty books, we'll see...
  13. I made a big afghan for my older brother a couple of years ago, after he admired the baby afghans I'd made for our nieces. We picked out the colors together. When it was finished, I actually mailed it to my mom so she could see it too. She opened it up, admired it, folded it up on top of the couch, and called my brother to tell him it was there (he lives in the area). He came over when no one was home and looked all over the house trying to find the afghan my mom said was "folded up in the living room". He saw it right away, of course, but thought "well, it can't be THAT one, it's too perfect, they must have bought that one somewhere"! I've made eight baby blankets for nieces and nephew and gotten two thank you notes (and one thank you in person since I was there when the mom opened it). But I always figure that that's the absolute busiest time of life for the parents... ...and I had one of the best acknowledgments of all when I visited my sister once and saw all three of her girls' baby blankets in the playroom, obviously well-used and still in use! (One of those thank you notes was that ever popular one to make crocheters grown--well-meant, but misplaced: "The blanket is so nice! You could sell those!")
  14. Yes, if you do a search, you can see the pictures of a Babette someone did on Crochetville a year or two ago with Caron Simply Soft--it looked lovely.
  15. Last year I crocheted a snowflake ornament as a "hostess token" when I went to a friend's open house. When I gave it, the hostess seemed surprised and didn't say "thank you", but said "Well, I'll hang it on the tree," and walked over and put it on. I wasn't sure if she didn't like it, or was just bad at taking gifts... and figured either way, I probably wouldn't bother taking any more gifts to her. But when I went to the annual open house this year, I saw my snowflake, again hanging in a prominent place on the tree! I was so pleased! Thought this story would inject a little joy for some of you, in the midst of sad stories about crocheted gifts, bazaar, and auction items that are going unappreciated.
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