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  1. Oh yes, I love Vann's Choice yarn. For acrylic, I find the texture to be superb. Currently, I am making an acrylic afghan using Red Heart's With Love which is also ok - not my favorite, but way better than the super saver red heart yarn. YarnJeannie: G and H hooks are great for using acrylic yarn. I feel like acrylic with G/H hooks shows patterns very well. Personally, I find the larger hook size I use, the more blending of fibers I need to consider because not only the texture of the pattern speaks, but the larger stitches shows the texture of the yarn. My mom is a crochet goddess, tho
  2. That's great, Avon Lady! The prayer shawls sound good. Do you use particular patterns for them or design your own?
  3. That is such a good point, Roe, about using acrylic when crocheting for charity just in case someone has allergies.
  4. So, what is your crochet perspective? What styles do you gravitate towards? How do you decide what pattern you choose? Do you have a favorite hook size? Do you specialize in afghans, doilies, etc? I kind of have a short list of qualifications before I start/design a new pattern. I make afghans almost exclusively with some exceptions. (1) Contrast of texture - does it incorporate multiple textures - popcorn, cables, ripple, basic stitches, etc. (2) Color flexibility - lately, I have been gravitating towards vintage styling. The patterns, if they are vintage, I like to use mod
  5. For needlework, I mainly crochet. I used to cross stitch a lot but do not really have the time/patience for it anymore. As for other stuff, I LOVE cooking and baking. In fact, I am a chef by trade. So if any of you need cooking advice, I'm your go to guy! I own a catering business, www.NewEnglandFlare.com. Just the other day, I made a Tangerine Arugula Salad with Mint, Merlot Cheese, and Jalapeño Vinaigrette paired with Eggs Benedict with Cherry-smoked Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce. It was a brunch to die for. Seriously though, if any of you need cooking tips/help/etc, shoo
  6. It is so nice to see young people crocheting. I didn't think there were that many young people still doing needle crafts. I am 24 years old. Been crocheting since I was 11.
  7. I learned to crochet when I was 11 years old from a neighbor. She was watching us kids while my mom was out of town for the day. That day I started my first afghan. The afghan is now 13 years old and still in great condition. I have attached a photo below. The afghan is simple - double and single crochet rows in alternating stripes of maroon and blue. I treasure the afghan and the memories associated with making it. I distinctly remember sewing in the last ends in the car on a hot September Wednesday while on the way to enter it into a local needlework competition. The afghan won Best i
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