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    Would it be possible for you to list some sources for your information? I would be very interested to learn more. From my research into Knooking (the technique, not the name) I've only been able to trace it as far as originating in Japan within the last decade or so. Cro-Knit, as it is understood today (double ended hook) I believe was introduced by Mary Middleton in the 70's. However you seem to be implying that making knit fabric crochet hooks has been around for much longer. I do know there is a method called Portuguese Knitting that uses two hooked needles. Would this perhaps be the technique to which you refer? Knooking makes knitting fabric using a single hook. If you have resources on single hook knitting techniques I would love to know, as they may provide more valuable information and techniques.
  2. Thanks everyone! I made the mustache using stiff felt from the craft store. It sticks on using double sided tape. I think he likes the mustache almost more than the hat. *lol*
  3. My son (5yrs) has been asking me to make him a Super Mario hat. I used the Swirls cap pattern, with lots of modifications (and frogging!) and finally came up with one that looks pretty realistic. I also made him a Mario mustache from felt to complete the look. The biggest pattern change I made was to use linked dc stitches instead of regular dc. I wanted to make the hat look as "masculine" as I could. I also took out the raised stitches that make the swirl. Other than that, I followed the pattern as written. Then I crocheted a white circle, and using surface crochet I made an "M," then sewed the patch to the cap. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.
  4. Poor thing! My grandmother had this happen to her too, many years ago, and was able to buy a "donut" pillow so she could sit comfortably. Here is a link to a website that teaches you how to make your own customized slipper soles: Slipper Soles Hope she gets better quickly!
  5. You can make real knit stitches (REAL! not knit-look-alike) with your crochet hook. Check out my Knooking blog! http://knooking.wordpress.com/ We even have a big group of about 400 Knookers at Ravelry, having a ball making and combining both crafts with our hook. Come by and check us out.
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    Yes, as Amy said, we have discovered in the Raverly Knooking forum that the nature of Knooking means that not every two-needle knitting pattern will translate exactly. However, we're working together to try and create a new "language" and stitch guide that will help us adapt as many as we can. But it's not all about the knitting, it's also about being able to combine our crochet skills with knitting ones in whole new ways.
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    knooking hook

    Wheat, I'd love to know how you do it with a permanent cable attached. I get this question and lot. So far I've been telling ppl that it's possible, but awkward because (as far as I can tell) you have to leave the cable & hook in the work until the next row has been worked. Do you have a work around for this? Am I telling folks the wrong thing? Thanks!
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    You can check out my blog for more info: http://knooking.wordpress.com/
  9. Nope! I've done stockinette and double weave. Other Knookers have made cables, scrumbles mixing crochet, knit and tunisian, and another person has made a intarsia square of Africa using three colors. It's really cool! One thing we Knookers have discovered is that not every stitch pattern will translate exactly the same because Knooking is slightly different than two needle knitting. As a group we are working together to help make a new Knooking "language" to help us translate patterns. It's really a lot of fun being on the front lines of a new technique. You can also check out my blog at http://knooking.wordpress.com/
  10. You could, except that you'd have to leave the hook and cable in that row until you worked the next one. Awkward to say the least. Many people are giving Knooking a try using Locker hooks. Other's are taping yarn or other cords to the end of their hooks. We have a Knooking group at Ravelry now, and anyone who is interested is welcome to join.
  11. Bendy's book "Knit One, Purl Two" uses a regular crochet hook and the slip stitch to make knit-look-alike stitches. My blog shows you the technique to make real knit and purl stitches using a slightly modified crochet hook and a bit of cording. If you check out my first two Introductory Posts, you'll see that you may have read about this technique during discussions about the Amazing Needle. You can also use interchangeable crochet hooks or locker hooks. It appears the technique originally came from Japan. But since they don't distinguish between knitting and crochet it was just called "knitting." Since that term didn't really work for those of us who DO distinguish between the two, I adopted the name "Knooking." Knit + Hooking = Knooking.
  12. I know this is a really old post, but I thought I would reply. The Amazing Needle really knits. It’s not Tunisian or Slip Stitches, but real honest to goodness knit stitches. You can see my “Knitted C Cloth” project on Ravelry as an example. I knitted it from a regular knit pattern I found on Ravelry. When you use the AN you make actual knit stitches. It is more like crocheting when making a project, working just one stitch at a time. However, the worked stitches slide over your hook and down onto the cord that’s attached to the end of your hook. The cord acts like the second needle. Once I got my tension worked out, the knitted washcloth was really pretty easy. Well…except that I don’t understand knitted terms yet, but I’m hoping that AN users will come up with a translation/encyclopedia of some type, that will help us turn knit terms into AN actions. KWIM? Knit and purl is pretty easy, but I don’t know how to do anything else. That washcloth is the only project I’ve made so far because there really aren’t any good videos or instructions on how to use the AN. The instructions that come with the ANs are “okay.” Videos would be AWESOME. What I really want to learn is how to use the AN in the round, like a hat with the ultimate goal of making socks. I have the sock pattern for using the ANs, but right now working on something in the round that small is beyond my skill. As far as I know there isn’t a AN hat pattern, but it would make a great tutorial if there was one. I think this is a wonderful technique that could really use a LOT more exposure. (And videos! lol…) If you want to give the technique a try without investing in the needles, you can purchase a Locker Hook, and some light weight jewelry cording. I found my locker hook at Hobby Lobby, but I had to experiment a little bit to find cording that worked. It needs to be smooth…kinda like leather necklace thong. The locker hook is about a sized G hook, with a needle type eye at the end. In reality the eye really shouldn’t be larger than the diameter of the hook, but it’s a cheap way to experiment with the technique.
  13. How do you keep your brim so stiff? It looks fab!
  14. Oh, I see! It doesn't look like a regular "brim" so I thought you somehow added a ridge of a different color. When I enlarged the picture I got a better look. I like the effect! Especially your color choices.
  15. What pattern did you use for the baby hats? I love the ridge of color around the edge, it's a great feature!
  16. I'm going through that right this minute! I'm trying to make a Super Mario Mushroom hat for my DS, but even though I've compensated for the slant that happens working in the round, the pattern looks more like The Blob than a mushroom. I've started twice, changed the graph at least a dozen times, and still can't get it right. I think he's just going to get a plain hat instead.
  17. Good news! Please let her know that we are glad that she is alive and well.
  18. I'm sure I saw this on here recently. Someone made a crochet version of the Dead Fish/Dead Shark hat. Can someone point it out to me? Thanks!
  19. I'm so sorry, but your son sounds soooooo adorable!
  20. Here are the items I sent to Debra. The shawl pin I sort of made myself. I bought the ring at Michael's, then sharpened the end of a bamboo hook for the pin.
  21. The pattern Debra gave me is the Crochetbury Baby Hedgehog. He's so cute! I've been wanting to make him for my DD. I think Debra really wanted to get a pattern so I could make something just for ME, but I couldn't think of any at the time. (Meaning...I never make anything for myself, and drew a blank when she asked. lol!) The project info cards are ones she said she found online and found them really helpful for her projects. She printed them out on cardstock for me and everything. You can find them at Lime & Violet. Here is a picture of the hedgehog from the Etsy store:
  22. I practically knocked down the FedEx guy when he came to the door. *lol* Debra sent me so many kewl things, it's hard to take it all in. I hope I don't miss listing anything... First though, it's been incredibly funny how alike she and I turned out to be. She thought it was funny that I sent her pattern in a page protector b/c it turns out that's how she stores them, although she never told ME that. Then, in the box, she happened to send a pin, and sign her note with "Alma, Arkansas - Spinach Capital of the World!" What she doesn't know is that my family has been on a huge fresh spinach kick lately! On to the goodies: First she sewed a lovely tote that looks roomy enough for almost any project. She also included a Pattern Binder (How did you know I needed one? lol!), with the pattern inside already in a page protector. She also included a set of project cards, which I've never seen before. What a good idea! There is also a Project Journal which, if I'm not mistaken, she decorated the cover herself. She also made hook and stitch marker holders, with wonderful treats inside; two bamboo handled hooks and some handcrafted stitch markers! There is also some yummy yarn, and handy notions like a pair of tiny scissors, needles, "crocheted by" labels, and the *cutest* fluffy sheep measuring tape. Non-crochet goodies include tea for both DS and myself. I had mentioned that he and I have tea parties almost every week, and she sent him "Children's Tea." I can't wait until our next tea party! She also sent him a fun coloring set that I know he's going to love. Finally, she sent a paper memo mouse pad which made me laugh. Debra doesn't know it, but I'm constantly hunting for paper to jot down notes when I'm at the computer. Thank you so much Debra for everything. You've been such a great swap buddy!
  23. Gorgeous! How big are they? I may make a few myself!
  24. You said you used an afghan hook. Does that mean you did it in Tunisian? Did you have lots of ends to weave? It looks so neat and tidy on the back!
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