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MollyMarmalade

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    After learning crochet from online resources, it had been around 6 years since I've been hooked. Apart from answering crochet Q&A from different forums, I make silly ideas come alive. For more info about me & my work, check out mollythejelly.wordpress.com
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    Vancouver, BC
  • Interests
    Doodling answers for crochet Q&A
  • Occupation
    In a cubical, stare at the screen & typing really fast.
  • Favorite things to crochet
    Amigurumi, Kids stuff, Random Imaginary Critters
  • Favorite Hook
    Wood
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  1. MollyMarmalade

    Comparable yarn

    This is probably too late to add, but if you are also comfortable with yarn trading, you may visit Ravelry and type in the name of the yarn. Sometimes it would show up that people have the yarn in their stash and may wish to trade/sell it from their collection. Alternatively, there is a website called Yarnsub https://yarnsub.com/ It can tell you for the most part, if the yarn is common, which product one can substitute it with. Just punch in the yarn brand & name, you will get the results. Cheers
  2. MollyMarmalade

    Yarn

    Depending on the volume you need as well as materials, there are a few common ways to go about this: 1) Frogging & Upcycling: Second Hand Source This has been done by different communities, where people would go to thrift shops and pick out well loved sweaters, blankets, and other items that are from similar materials/gauge yarn, frog them (rip and unravel them), and create a new piece of work for upcycling. 2) Wholesale Yarn Distributors Many of your local yarn shops would source yarn from distributors. This would be for example, places like Spin Rite Yarn or Diamond Yarns (in Canada). If you are planning on making many afghans or items eg. For selling, you may consider this option. These disreibutors often carry specific sets of yarn brands and their different line of products. While some of these are strictly dealing with shops, you may contact them and ask if they would sell to individuals. Most of these places however, would require a minimum order of eg. A couple hundred dollars each time, or a certain total spending amount per year. However, when broken down the cost of each skein, it would still be cheaper than buying from a handicrafts store. 3) Factory Direct & International Orders This usually involves in website like AliExpress or DH gate (overseas) or even local Factory/Warehouse yarn places. Yarn Paradise (ICE Yarn) from Turkey also offers cheap skeins. They may have cones of yarn for sale and sometimes sale like end of the season/product sales that you can pick up. If brand doesn't matter all, you can just look up Factory or Warehouse Yarn sale online. 4) Odds and Ends/Closeout Online yarn shops may also offer good quality yarn at a discounted price. If you are making quilt style ones, this may be the way to go. Online shops including good quality ones like Knitpicks or Webs (yarn.com) may offer seasonal products or colours that are being discontinued. Sometimes you can get some high quality ones for fairly inexpensive cost. 5) Yarn by the Bag/Yarn by the Cone If you do a search online for these, or even talk to your nearby shops asking about yarn by the bag/cones, you may receive a discount based on large volume purchase. Hope it helps, and I'm certain others may think of some great ideas as well. Cheers ♥️
  3. MollyMarmalade

    Help with crochet amigurumi pattern

    Oddly enough I'm getting email notifications recently and I saw this. Are you still working through it? I can either draw you a diagram or a photo step-by-step guide if you're still struggling. Cheers,
  4. MollyMarmalade

    Pattern help please

    I haven't been around for a long time but I saw this on my email, and it reminded me of the favourite type of yarn to use for poufs and rugs: It's thicker and less stretchy than shirt yarn, and it's from upcycled fabric 80% cotton 20% other material made from Netherlands: Hoooked Ribbon XL. This type of rug pattern is commonly known as "Mandala Rug". As others have mentioned, the component and methods are identical to crocheting doily. You may visit the pattern here for the rug: https://www.loveknitting.com/us/mandala-style-island-rug-in-hoooked-ribbon-xl-solids Similarly, a step by step photo guide for a thinner (t-shirt yarn) mandala rug could be found here: https://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/crochet-a-gorgeous-mandala-floor-rug--craft-6032
  5. MollyMarmalade

    A Twist on Market Tote: Question, WIP and Brainstorming

    Thank you ratdog!!! Thank you magiccrochetfan! I was thinking about something similar for this particular kind of bag. The only comment is that someone mentioned having difficulty finding keys and change when they use this bag. I think I will make a lined pouch with tighter stitches to complement this design. Thanks once again for your kind words and valuable insight!
  6. Hi everyone, I have a couple things I'd like to mention! To Line or Not To Line I'm wondering how common it is to line the market tote? I've seen some people who believe in the importance of lining all crochet bags. On the other hand, others would think that the lining will wear and tear faster than the market tote bag itself. What are your thoughts? Brainstorming Blog on Design Your Own Market Bag Variations I have been blogging about simple ideas that can turn a plain market tote into something fun. For those who are interested - mostly young at heart or would like to make quirky bags for young ones, I made a blog on the possibilities on designing. Water Droplet Bag: WIP I began to work on some of those brainstorming ideas and this is my simplest WIP: Water droplet Market Tote (on top right hand corner). What are your thoughts?
  7. MollyMarmalade

    Intarsia woes!

    Usually for a standard gauge swatch, it's a 4 inches x 4 inches square. So can note down the following: 1) Hook size that you're using 2) Measure how many rows you have done for 4 inches in height. 3) Note down how many stitches you have done for 4 inches in width. Multiply that by the overall width of your work, and it should give you a good estimate.
  8. MollyMarmalade

    crochet ear flap pattern

    Her picture is from Etsy shop here
  9. MollyMarmalade

    Help! Using a Chevron Granny Blanket Pattern

    1) You can take out the chains from "the other way" by unraveling the "knot" you have done when you start your chain while leaving all your stitches in tact. Rachel from Maybe Matilda has a great set of photo instructions on how to take out the extra chains. 2) Skip one chain: Skip the chain immediately next to the hook. Never count the loop that is currently on your hook as a "chain" Sorry I cannot help you for the rest of the pattern since I'd actually have to do them (and am unable to at the moment). I hope the explanations on the first 2 parts help.
  10. MollyMarmalade

    I want to start a blog, please help!

    It's true that Blogger's default templates are incredibly limited and sometimes "crowded". Wordpress is actually pretty fun to play with once you pick out your template. One of the best parts on the default Wordpress site is their wide range of free layout selections and easy to maintain. They also periodically add on their selections too! I'd love to see your new blog when you settle on a title & have your Wordpress set up! P.S. I'm glad you get the pun!
  11. MollyMarmalade

    crochet ear flap pattern

    Found this on Crochet Geek: Puff Stitch Earflap Hat Pattern Just change colour each round instead if you wish for it to be in stripe.
  12. MollyMarmalade

    Hello from Spain :)

    Hi Karol, turns out I'm already following you on Twitter before I even see you on here Nice to see you on this forum also!
  13. MollyMarmalade

    I want to start a blog, please help!

    Just some random thoughts: - If you're going to be talking about the things that you're passionate about, something along the line of "Hooked in the Heart" would speak of both crochet and passion. - If you're emphasizing your different strengths, you can do something along the line of "Juggling Skeins" - about juggling aspects of life & yarn-related talk - If you want a punny name that emphasize lifestyle from countryside, you can try something like "Stitching n' Terrain" (Get it? Terrain? The rain?) Ok I should stop now. Best of luck !
  14. Hi everyone, I totally forgot to post about my designs for reusable coffee cup sleeves/cozy. This is one of my more recent creations as well as my first written-out pattern! Early birds get the worm, and penguins are birds who get fish? I don't know. That idea just came into my head. Because I tried to find a way to make the chest seams invisible, it's not as straight forward as a simple changing colour but it's not impossible either! If you're interested in the free pattern a try, you may visit my blog entry here and download the pdf file after clicking on my doodle. Have fun!
  15. Hi HakoTran, I am trying to explain the best I can--- and my drawing is not too good tonight since it's late. I hope I am understanding this correctly: When you work in circle, you usually do not "turn" or "flip" your work. But when you make a scarf, you always turn your work after you finish a row, correct? So when you crochet in circle/round and want to leave a hole/gap, you have to mix the two ways: 1) You crochet around normally in rounds until you reach the right height--then you start the hole. 2) You start the hole by crocheting in rows: So you chain 1, then turn your work, start to work in rows like you do for a scarf. 3) Skip stitches: To make the hole, you do not complete the whole circle. Example: If your circle is 30 stitches in round, you crochet 26 stitches only, chain one, turn again, crochet 26 stitches, turn, ch1, crochet 26 stitches..... Continue to work in rows until you want to close the rectangle. To close the rectangle, you chain the missing number of stitches Example: Circle = 30 stitches, you crochet 26 stitches... so to close the hole you "chain 4" then crochet normally back into the beginning. I hope this helps?
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