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  1. Great!! I was going to suggest that. I looked on Pinterest and read some articles but couldn't find out that much about the spindle itself but I would say that 90% had metal hooks except for the real old,old ,old ones. Good luck with them and keep us posted on both your hooks and spindles!
  2. Who cares if it curling when you have such a cute puppy crocheting with you!! LOL I agree with Granny Square. Check you stitch count. If you are good with that then just keep going. Some projects will curl in the beginning and then flatten out later on. Even if it doesn't, when you block it when you're done that usually gets it out. ( I'm one of the few that works in the back bump of the chain! LOL )
  3. Libits2, I also like to center pull from the skein also, especially if my dog is on my lap. My yarn stays clean. If you don't mind a little bit of a mess this is what I do. I take the Skein of yarn and squish it longs ways between my hands. This helps to loosen up the center. Then starting at one end reach in with your thumb and 2 fingers and search for what feel like a semi firm center. (You may have to try the other end) . When you think you have if grab and pull! It gets easier the more you do it. I've been doing this for over 30 yrs. LOL Word of Warning: Try to keep that center real loose so that it doesn't form a tight mess. If that happens DON'T try to untangle it by weave it over and under. You will get such a mess! Try to remember that it got tangle without doing that. I pick it up in 2 fingers like you would if it was sticky or gross and gently shake it loose and it'll work out.
  4. EmmaB, This is the correct way to get your gauge for crochet from expert Edie Eckman. Please save your self a lot of work and headaches. Your pattern will give you the Gauge need for your pattern ( 18 stitches across and 10 rows high should be in a 4"x4" square. Some people use 6"x6" Some do 5x5. Then you measure the center 4" and count how many stitches you have. Then count up 4" the see how rows you have. No math needed. The designers has already done that for you. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+get+correct+gauge+in+crochet&&view=detail&mid=A15106850E691996E55BA15106850E691996E55B&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dhow%2Bto%2Bget%2Bcorrect%2Bgauge%2Bin%2Bcrochet%26FORM%3DHDRSC3 Granny Squares knowledge is still in the "Vintage Era". Fun Fact: Vintage Patterns don't have "Gauge" Which is why The Craft Yarn Council years ago released a Standard Chart on yarns, needles and hooks that all Designers use now in the US and the UK. I'll send a link to that also. https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards
  5. I missed the part of the metal hook. I don't fully understand why they used that instead of carving it in like you did. I remember attaching the wool to the hook and using the groove to guide the yarn/wool so I think that part is important. Sorry, I'm not much help on that. I can look for my notes on that class and see what I can find or hopefully someone else with more knowledge of this can help you.
  6. I agree with magiccrochetfan. It appears what we call "gauge" they are calling "tension" . Work up a swatch (I like to do a 6"x6" square and then measure a 4"x4" section in the middle). If you're close on the count you should be okay since this is a Snood/scarf and not a fitted project. If your tension/gauge way off then you'll want to change your hook size. Adding chains wont help with getting you look but can make it longer if you ad equal amounts on both sides of the hood part.
  7. These my come in handy if you use the basket in your picture, I've used them before and they work great!! I pull my yarn from the center of the skein. Not sure how they are if you pull from the outside. https://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?code=807713&source=FABSEMB&msclkid=8f1f3953f757126d07c6672725b9b8c9&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=%23PLAs(BSC)&utm_term=4585307085272298&utm_content=All Products
  8. I know that you said that you gave up but I figured that maybe you could use this article in the future. I saved on Pinterest because it helps to find out how much yarn it could take when you're designing your own pattern or using up your stash. I bought a kitchen food scale in keep it in my craft room. https://www.interweave.com/article/knitting/determining-yarn-yardage-from-an-unlabeled-skein/?utm_content=buffer57f32&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=kd-buffer-pt
  9. I found it! I just want to make it clear that I don't know that much about drop spindle but when I took the class this brand was recommended to them and after they (The Shibaguyz) tried different types they like this one the best and sold them to us. I used my "yarn" ( I will not be making my own anytime soon LOL) to hide the name because I'm not sure if it's legal to show it. I took several so hopefully it will cover everything that you will need to see. The hook will make you so happy! I put the crochet hook next to it to show the size.
  10. Thank-you everyone!! Much to my surprise I have already been contacted by CGOA and they found my first reviewer already so its now on the way to N.C. ! Nervous but excited. I self taught myself through books over 30yrs ago (Before You Tube. lol) And have continued to learn more and more over the years by purchasing online classes and more recently was able to take classes in person at Stitches United conferences when they came to CT. So to pass this is going to be a big deal for me personally.
  11. Well I guess I can help you again. LOL I live in CT and Stitches United has one of their big events here. (Canceled this year ) So I take advantage of the classes taught by well Known Designers and Teachers. One of the classes I took was for Drop Spindle. oh my gosh; NOT my thing! lol But I did need to purchase a spindle. I'll find it and send you pictures of the hook part.
  12. Great info for me about the floor wax that's not crochet related. I've been wanting to finish the wood floors in my home. My Husband sanded down the floor in my Daughters room a few years back and put poly over them. It turns out that the wood was so soft at has dents and wear in the high traffic areas and from her computer chair. Maybe the the floors were sealed in the hard wax oil that you mentioned. I'll mention it to my Husband.
  13. Thought this link may be useful if you decide to branch out to knitting needles. lol This chart shows the standard sizes required by the Yarn Council for US and UK for Hooks and needles. https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/hooks-and-needles
  14. LOVE the stripe wood! I have never tried using a the style of your hook but interested in trying it. I have nerve damage in my right hand so sometimes I'm limited on the time that I can hold the hook, especially when using thread. Another thought for you regarding wood hooks, it's recommended to wax the hooks depending on how often they are used, 1. to stop the wood from drying out and cracking. Yarn can really grab the moisture. 2. Keeping them waxed and polish helps the yarn slide on the wood and not drag. The shaft (the throat is before the shaft. In-line hooks really don't have that much of a throat like the Boye style. Not trying to be a jerk but thought you would want to know. ) of the Brittany hooks being longer is great for a type of crochet called Tunisian because you keep the stitches on the hook similar to the way that knitting does so special hooks are needed for some projects. The total length of the Brittany is 7 1/4 inch with a 4 1/4 shaft
  15. Thank-you! It's going to be a long 2 months.
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