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  1. Hi Amy - I actually am the one that attempted to ask a question on the "Unveiling" of the new logo on the blog, yet my comment was deleted. I see only gushing comments are there now. I asked what does "empowerment" mean? I probably did not ask in a humble tone, but it was, and is, a genuine question. I, for one, am not into Mindfulness, I know it was a "thing" in Silicon Valley about 10 years ago, until the local populace got the jist of it and it lost its popularity. The mindfulness (I call it MindLessness) people tried to introduce it into unsuspecting children at a preschool and kindergart
  2. This comment is great. Say, if you've counted all your stitches along the way, and you've not missed any or increased any, then block it severely! lol. Then, go ahead and give the gift just like Redrosesdz says. Everything I make from my crafts are meant to be gifts eventually- that is, virtually everything I make is for someone else - except for my mistakes : I only keep my "mistakes". I don't have too many but there are a few. Can I share a secret on how I acquire my yarns? I hit up all the thrift stores in town. Sometimes I find nothing, or only some ugly discontinued acrylics that ar
  3. I know they won't post my comment on the "unveiling of our new logo" because the posts are moderated and all of the comments about it are positive. I had to laugh reading the "unveiling" with all of the new -age, woo woo stuff that "went into the design" (their words) apparently, the new logo is to "empower and embolden" << Wha..?? What exactly does that MEAN, exactly? So, the new logo is to "encourage empathy" and so on- oh it all seems just so silly and weird. I think whomever made the new logo (which looks more old fashioned than the OLD logo, in my opinion) put WAYyYYYY too much
  4. Eddycat the "wheat" doily is from Alice Brooks booklet #7151, as "doily No. 3". I remembered it because it is one Ive set aside in my documents folder as a "to-do" for later It is in the public domain. I am partial to wheat and similar type designs, they seem so pastoral and "American" to me. I am attaching the pdf from Antique Pattern Library, hopefully the file comes through ok! Like I said, it is in the public domain. I would like to collect old pamphlets and booklets of patterns, I used to see them everywhere in second hand stores and things, but now that Ive taken up the hobby I almo
  5. Like redrose I too am partial to pineapple motifs. I play with patterns too, I find some large placemats or doilies on the free vintage crochet site, and if I will modify them in some way or make smaller ones for beverage mats/coasters. The runner is sooo pretty. Oh- and I have yet to see any in anyone's home or pictures of houses, unless it is picture of one of those "retro design" houses. Looks like we need more doilies!
  6. A one day project?? Any one of those would take me a week, if I only worked them an hour or two each day. My trouble is I still find mistakes a few rows down, and have to unravel the rows and start anew. I am not expert yet but getting better. But just like Dollygk says- you could maybe sell them. You could have owners of your doilies all over the world, you make them while you travel, and sell them along the way. The woman responsible for the LACIS company, she is now deceased but supported herself during WWII making doilies for American GI's that they sent "back home" as gifts for loved on
  7. Rnd 5: Sl st across first ch-3 YES JUST SLIP STITCH PAST THIS FIRST CH 3 SPACE, DONT CROCHET INTO THIS FIRST ONE- SLIP STITCH IS JUST KIND OF LIKE "WALKING ACROSS" WITHOUT MAKING A STITCH INTO IT, JUST LIKE SOMEONE SAID EARLIER (was it grannysquared or roses? Im using caps lock to differentiate between myself and the pattern, ok? and cl ( CLUSTER)and into next ch-3 sp, ch 1, * ([sc, ch 3] twice, sc) all in ch-3 sp, ch 3, split cl, ch 3; rep from * around; join. Fasten off. I hope this makes sense, sorry this is so late I barely log on to this site
  8. I'm not a senior crocheter! But I just typed it out to make it easier- since it is in UK do we need to REPLACE the tr.s with DC, and the DC to SC?? I DID NOT DO THIS*** SO PLEASE DO SO IF IT IS REQUIRED Row 4: Skip 1st st, 1 s.s. (single stitch) into each next 3 stitches. Ch 6. *Skip 2 tr.s, 1 d.c. into next sp (chain space I assume?) that's between the tr.s, ch 3, skip next 2 tr.'s,1 tr into next tr., (skip 2 tr, 1 dc, 2 tr), 1 tr into next tr, ch 3, repeat from * ending with skip 2 tr, 1 dc into next space between tr., ch 3, skip 2 tr.s, 1 tr into next tr., skip last 3 sts, turn. Parenth
  9. magiccrochetfan is right. I wouldn't mix yarn weights in the same pattern myself though. It won't look right, and the stitches won't line up properly. You'll have to change hooks too, or get big wide loose stitches with the smaller yarn, and too tight with the thicker one. I'm telilng you it won't work, but maybe someone else has other advice.
  10. ratdog I do BOTH. I find myself blocking doilies and filets before I'm done with them, just so they won't be all scrunched or get twisted when I am trying to finish them I started doing this when I stupidly accidently created a "Mobius infinity doily" making Empire Luncheon Set ps- very cute vintage pattern my sister is commissioning me to make- AND I have some 100% linen from an old unworn dress from the thrift store for the inserts! Yay!) . You won't hurt it to block it twice, but are you using pins to pin it in place when you block? They aren't completely necessary, but you'll need to if
  11. ChatterPatter we are alike, when I see an interesting pattern I buy it, even though I really do not know how to sew clothing! I have a brand new Janome sewing machine, all the goodies like the special "feet" Ive picked up here and there- special sequins feet, edging feet, you name it- I have threads of all colors and thicknesses. I LOVE the idea of being able TO sew, I fantasized about making all of my own high fashion clothing where people would remark Wow, you MADE this??? well.... lol reality is nothing near my mind fantasies. There is a book I just ordered off of Amazon called "The Bishop
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torchon_lace and https://books.google.com/books?id=oU6AEikC-WMC&pg=PA67&dq=torchon+lace&lr=&as_brr=3&client=opera&sig=Kg43uywXINaAuycLsVov2kEqakE If this was kept in an old cedar chest, KEEP it in there. It may be over a century old (or not!) this is the kind of example we will see in museums. Finished Pieces: They are as cheap as dirt on eBay- Ive no idea why! The hours and skill involved are priceless.
  13. Well, again and my apologies to the OP, and I DO hope she got her issue sorted out- to me, buying a crochet pattern is akin to buying a recipe: doesn't make sense. I personally do not feel they are worth even selling! yes people "work hard" to make up a pattern. I work hard, coming up with good dinners (and I am a very good cook) whether or not I should be paid for them, owed money for them as it were, because I figured out to add x amount of nutmeg to fettucini, or 17 rows of half double crochet, is all the same to me. That is my opinion! You, and everybody else on the planet is free to disag
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