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About Tiga

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  • Birthday 01/21/1975

A Few Things About Me

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    I'm 32, and have 1 daughter. We live with my mom in the Southern US.
  • Location
    Hiding out in a pile of yarn
  • Hobbies
    Crocheting (of course), cooking, crafting, crossword puzzles
  • Occupation
    Mom and housedaughter
  • Favorite hook type
  • Favorite projects
    Afghans, purses, doll clothes
  • Crocheting since...
    Since June 2006

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  1. Thank you, Fairy Godmother, for the awesome box of purses and accessories that came in today's mail. What an awesome surprise!
  2. Oooh, great minds think alike, that's all I'm gonna say.... I'll have a package to send out to you some time next week with a few squares in it, all different patterns, but they'll go well with what you already have and the colors will match nicely, too. It always amazes me (though it shouldn't) how these 'ghans wind up matching so much.
  3. I hope they don't make Crochet World more like the other two. Crochet World is homey, but not tacky, and frankly, much of what I saw in Hooked on Crochet and Annie's Favorites was old-fashioned (in the worst sense of the term), tacky and "what not to crochet"-worthy. I've actually made things in Crochet World, but not from the other two. But I noticed this past issue of Crochet! had some really tacky, uh, crud, in it. Looks like standards are slipping down in Texas.
  4. My question is, "Why?" I mean, seriously, just to show off, or what? What a pain in the neck to try to crochet with a straight knitting needle. It's one of those things a person does just to prove they can do it. There is really no practical purpose for doing it, other than to slam crocheting, really ("See, you don't even NEED a crochet hook to crochet, that's how useless crochet is, ha ha ha! Knitting is so superior you can crochet with knitting needles and knitters are so much better because we can do everything with our pointy sticks. We rule!!!!").
  5. Tiga

    Hexagon Afghan

    Love the colors; multicolors that you wouldn't plan to put together is what scrapghans are all about. Keep collecting your beloved Debbie Bliss in your favorite colors and textures and just keep making hexagons, but don't put them together yet. When you get enough for the size afghan you want, THEN do the planning, making sure that the colors and textures are evenly distributed throughout the afghan - i.e., no really bulky hex touching another bulky hex, no predominately purple hex touching another purply hex, and so on. It will look better then, and more random, even though it's "planned". Plus, you'll get to pet your yarn stash every day!
  6. Shell stitches are pretty, and aren't too open to be useful. Dishcloths done in the round go quickly and again, usually aren't too open and lacy. Use a smaller hook if you crochet loosely (like I do); you don't want dishcloth stitches to be loose at all. Using a variegated yarn and a complementary solid for an edging always looks nice. Making a towel topper to match the dishcloth is a nice "extra", and doesn't take long. Dishcloths are addicting - be careful.
  7. Red Heart Super Saver is the work horse of yarns - inexpensive, long-lasting and ubiquitous. It's a good yarn to learn to crochet with, as it's easy to work with and easy to "frog" (rip out). If you want a little bit better quality, little bit softer yarn for not much more money, try Caron Perfect Match or Caron Pounder. Next up the line would be, in my opinion, the new Vanna's Choice yarn. These can be found at Joann's and Michael's and other craft stores. After that, you get into your "special" yarns, like wools, Homespun (not really made at anyone's home, which confused me the first time I saw it), fuzzy yarns, bulky yarns, etc. There have recently been some manufacturing issues with most acrylic yarns because two of the three former raw material suppliers went out of business, leaving only one to supply all of the yarn manufacturers with their raw materials. Anyway, RHSS is a good yarn to learn on, and works well for afghans. Some people find it works well for them for sweaters, scarfs and hats, as well. It's not my personal choice for wearables, but there is nothing wrong with using it for such items at all. The color selection is fabulous and second to none.
  8. Oh Aelita, I'm so sorry. My grandmother is getting on in age, and I have no idea how I will handle it. I think I have some Goth-y yarn. PM me, and I'll get a square or two out to you.
  9. I do; I just consider it that I not only crochet, I collect crochet pattern books.
  10. Hmmm, stitch-wise I love the look of doing sc in the front loop/back loop only. Really slow going, but on purses especially, it creates quite a nice look. I love the weaving method of joining - very strong join, but it looks lacy, but you have to go through each sc stitch twice, so it takes some time. But it's so flat and smooth when you are done, it's totally worth it. I learned it from watching that show on PBS with Shay Pendray...what is it called??? Ugh, can't remember.
  11. Tiga

    Size 2 bone hook?

    Thanks for the help, y'all. So, a C hook and some baby weight yarn it is!
  12. That's outrageous, but if it's out of print and someone really wants it... But still. The Cathedral Window pattern was *sort of* worth paying that much for b/c it's not the kind of pattern you can just look at and figure out, and you got the rest of the book along with it. Now you can just buy the pattern for $9.00 at Annie's Attic. So, I'm hoping the price of the book that it's in goes down, b/c I want the rest of the patterns, lol! I pay about $30-$40 for old pattern books and $20 for old magazines from back in the 1970's - when they had dozens and dozens of patterns in them, for all sorts of crafts. Why? Because I both collect the patterns b/c I like to just look at them and because I may actually make one of the vintage items one day. I've actually made a few vintage toys from some old books. So I don't mind paying for the vintage, out of print, can't find 'em anywhere else pattern books and magazines. But I'd NEVER pay that much for a current, in print pattern book! No way! Or for just one pattern. That's crazy.
  13. When my daughter was in the children's ward of the hospital, ALL the kids got blankets (she got a lovely quiltly-type blanket), not just the newborns, so don't worry about anything being too big. For anything adult-sized, try a local rehab center/nursing home/long-term care center type place, or the women's shelters, as stated above. We had to spend some time in a shelter when I was a kid, and we got some old gold blankets like from a hotel and I think we *just* tossed them like 2 years ago. I turned 33 yesterday, lol! We dragged those things around forever, even though they were just used hotel blankets. If they'd been handmade afghans, I'd never had thrown them away! Even if they DID have holes in them! There just isn't anything like a blanket when you've got nothing else to cling to...
  14. Tiga

    Size 2 bone hook?

    My grandmother wants to make a sweater from a pattern she's had, oh like 40 or 50 years, but the only problem is that it calls for "sport yarn" and a "size 2 bone hook". Well, she bought some Red Heart Sport. listed as a #3 "Light" and worked up some of the pattern with a "G" aluminum hook (which is a too small hook for that yarn ). Needless to say, the gauge is totally off. We figure if we can figure out what the modern equivalent of a "size 2 bone hook" is, we'll know what yarn to get so she can make the sweater. I think she needs to use baby weight yarn, but it's just a total guess on my part.
  15. A simple sweater, like the one above, or a small blanket are very useful. I never did the booties thing with my daughter - I just let her wear socks, as we live in Florida. As this baby will be a "baby" in the summer, I'd skip the booties. But a light sweater in a sport weight cotton/acrylic blend would be nice. Do NOT make a newborn size though. My newborn wore a size 3 mos outfit out of the hospital, lol! As for fiber, again, since this will be a warm weather baby, go with a cotton blend. I like TLC Cotton Plus - it has lots of bright, cheerful colors and although it says "worsted" it's more like a sport when it works up. As for colors, go with bright, cheery colors. You can't go wrong with them for either sex. Yellows, oranges, greens - nice spring-y colors that aren't "boy" or "girl". I never liked pastels for my daughter, personally, and there are so many nice bright colors out these days.
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