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Lisa Linthicum DiCrisi

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  1. Thank you so much for all your feedback and the awesome links. I saw several I like a lot. It's funny, I'm actually crocheting some little stuffed turtles to make a crib mobile but I didn't think about putting them on the blanket. Great idea! Thank you!
  2. Hello everyone! I've looked everywhere for some information about a project I'm working on. I've crocheted a granny stitch rows blanket. It's not a very open crochet because I crochet tight. So the weave is pretty dense. The blanket is done in colors of the rainbow using Stylecraft Special DK. So here's the question.. I want to put a few applique sea turtles on the blanket. I've run the gamut of using felt, flannel and I think I've decided on quilters cotton. I have a silhouette cameo I'm going to use to cut the pieces, hopefully (crosses fingers). I don't know the best way to attach the applique to the blanket itself. Should I hand stitch, use a sewing machine (I'm thinking not), or use a stick on interface? I think hand stitch is probably the best choice. It's a baby blanket so it will be washed a lot and I feel funny having anything sticky near the baby. This is my first grandbaby!! If I hand stitch should I stitch with yarn or thread? Any information at all that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Cloth suggestions, attaching suggestions...anything. I've gone back and forth so many times. I want to have it done by the baby shower which is June 28th. I've gotten pretty good at the crocheting but I'm definitely a novice seamstress. Feel free to check out my blog to see some of my completed crochet items. It's http://poquosongirl Thanks!
  3. Hi everyone, My name is Lisa. I'm a professional trainer, Microsoft Certified and the sort. I'm 50 years old and I've wanted to crochet since I was a little girl watching my grandmother. She tried to teach me several times but I'm seriously left handed and I just couldn't get it. One day shortly before Christmas a student and I were talking about crocheting and she suggested I try YouTube. I never knew! Within about 3 days I was making my first afghan. The entire thing was only single crochet but it turned out lovely. Now I have the bug. Yarn, patterns, and videos, oh my. On a personal note, I am happily (most of the time) married. I have a son from a previous marriage that just turned 30. I also have 3 dogs that I absolutely adore. I have a German shepherd, a husky/shepherd, and a yorkie. I look forward to many hours of crocheting joy and I'm excited that I've found this wonderful forum. Thanks!
  4. Mattenylou, thank you for your response I really appreciate your advice. I am a real particular type person so a puckery afghan would not be good. I'll try out your advice and also look into that Russian Join I'll be sure to post a picture as I progress. Thanks again!
  5. Hello, This is my first post and I'd like to start by thanking you for a wonderful resource. I just learned to crochet after 30 years of trying and this forum has been a big help. I've seen some posts about the subject I'm going to ask about but not quite the same question. For my 2nd afghan I decided to try a ripple pattern and I started with the pattern on attic24. I found it too difficult, as a newbie, to translate how she refers to stitches and the American way. So I decided to switch to the pattern at handcraftingwithlove.net/yarn/pat-ripple.html It's worked out well and my sides are even! Yay! I decided I wanted to put edging on it and that's when I ran into difficulty. The sides are even but my stitches are a mess on the side. Are the stitches along the sides supposed to be distinct enough to be able to do a run of SC down the side? I have a hard time getting my hook into some of them. I must be doing something wrong. Also, I'm not quite sure how to handle the change of colors. I'm doing fine picking up the new color but what then should I do with the tail of the previous color and the tail of the new color. I tried knotting and then weaving in but the knots bump out. It seems like though that if I don't knot the sides get loose. I'm wondering if this is why my stitches along the sides are so messy. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I'm really enjoying this new hobby and I'm hooked (no pun intended) on buying yarn. Thanks! Lisa
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