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About ForestGreen

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  • Birthday 10/06/1970

A Few Things About Me

  • Location
    NW Oregon
  • Hobbies
    yarn manipulation, reading scifi/fantasy
  • Favorite hook type
  1. I can't imagine not having a full set of hook sizes so I say go for the hook. Of course I'm just a bit obsessive about my hooks so I might be a little bit biased. I own most sizes from a Q all the way down to a size 16 steel hook. Someday I need to find an S hook in a store so that I don't have to pay shipping for it.
  2. I learned to crochet with thread and a size 7 steel hook. When I asked her to teach me to crochet my mom gave me an old how-to book and a rather large box of thread that had been given to her years earlier by a neighbor lady who couldn't crochet with thread anymore because of her eyesight. She also gave me some of my grandmother's old steel hooks. I didn't ever make a project from that book but it taught me the basics. I think my first completed project was a v-stitch shawl for a Barbie doll. When my daughter expressed an interest in learning to crochet I gave her a skein of Red Heart and an I hook to start with.
  3. That sounds like heaven, I hope you live in the Pacific Northwest. I've only seen the higher-end yarns in the LYS, I'd love to buy them but I can't afford $8 a skein. I only see the Red Heart and Lion Brand types in big box stores. I'd love to have a place to find them together.
  4. I don't post often, but I think I have to post here because it looks like I'm not alone. I taught myself to crochet about 11 or 12 years ago with a number 7 steel hook and size 10 crochet thread. It's what I had. I don't mind using Red Heart when it's appropriate. I love wool and can't wait to have the money to try some of the other interesting fibers out there. I hate it when patterns don't give the weight of the yarn to use. I rarely buy the yarn the pattern calls for because it's usually too expensive. I love to make doilies. I don't decorate with them though and don't know anyone who does. If I see a crochet book at a garage sale or thrift store I almost have to buy it unless I already own it. Most of the books I own are from the 70's but the stitch patterns in them are still relevant even if some of the patterns are way out of date. I've never made a gauge swatch but I have swatched a stitch pattern for a shawl I made I reuse yarn. I bought a wool sweater (at Goodwill) once just to take it apart and make something else out of it. I also pick up yarn and thread at garage sales and thrift stores. I hate hand sewing and won't start a project if I need to put too many pieces together. I have never made an afghan and probably never will. I don't have the attention span for it. I've heard other people complain about splitting but I've never had a problem crocheting with Homespun. It makes great scarves and the colorways go with most anything. If a LYS owner turns up her nose at me when I say I crochet, I walk out. It's happened once so far and I hope it never happens again. I pet yarn. How else am I going to know if it's appropriate for what I want to use it for? I've crocheted sewing thread before to make dollhouse miniature for my mother. I need bright light to do it though. The pastel colors that most baby yarn comes in are just not my thing. Infants need bright, contrasting colors to stimulate their eyes anyway. I'm sure I have more, but it's late and I can't think anymore.
  5. We finally moved. I'm now northeast of Bellingham, WA in an unincorporated part of the county.
  6. Sorry I'm so late replying, things have kept me busy and off the computer. This little guy and his friend are adorable, thank you so much for working up the pattern for them. They're almost as cute as our four ferrets.
  7. Me three please and thank you. I've been looking for a stuffed ferret pattern for a few months now and the only thing that came close was a meerkat at Craftster. A friend of mine fosters sick ferrets for the local shelter and my family has 4 ferrets of our own. We've been looking for a way to raise money for the shelter and I thought stuffies would be good fundraisers.
  8. I have the Reader's Digest book and can attest that it's a wonderful reference. I haven't seen the Donna Kooler book yet, I went to our library to look for it and they say they have it, but it's nowhere to be found on the shelves. It appears that it's been stolen. It has to have some good information though, if someone was willing to go through the effort to steal it.
  9. We just drove through Lynden, Washington on Friday, small world. My husband had an interview in Acme on Wednesday and then we drove up to Maple Falls to look at houses. Friday we decided to go back up and look around the area. It's beautiful up there and everyone is so friendly. We're back in Oregon now waiting to hear about the job.
  10. I'm just west of Salem Oregon for the time being. We're planning a move to the Bellingham Washington area quite soon though.
  11. Thanks for the heads up, I was wondering why I couldn't find a new issue of this anywhere. I had hoped to be able to subscribe to it but I was waiting until they finished the planned changes to it. The issues I have are very informative and demonstrated some intermediate and advanced techniques that I have been practicing in my free time.
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