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Elaine Pack

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About Elaine Pack

  • Birthday August 7

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  • Location
    Huntersville NC
  • Hobbies
    Crochet, needlepoint, reading
  • Occupation
    Retired IT Geek
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  • Crocheting since...
    Mid 70's

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  1. I'll check that out, thanks! They may have a "regular" site too.
  2. SINCERE apologies in advance as this may be off topic, but everyone here was so kind when I was looking for a clown pattern for my then upcoming granddaughter :) She was born on 3/31/2020 and her clown has pride of place in her room now :) However, I'm moving on to another project, but it's not crochet but rather needlepoint. I'm looking to do a "birth record" picture, as I'd done for my daughter 40 some years ago :) but haven't had much luck finding a kit to do this. All of the ones I've seen are "full" pictures, where there is no room to add the personalized text. I can graph that in, b
  3. I see that Amazon has a selection of Bates Bamboo handled hooks. Looks interesting--I don't have a problem (yet) but anything that lets you hold the smaller hooks easier is worth taking a look at. Thanks! elaine
  4. Also, I've been educating myself a bit since I posted. What would be the best thread size for a bootie? I noted sizes 10, 20, 30, etc? They also recommended DMC Cebelia thread. Thoughts? elaine
  5. How do they compare to aluminum hooks, tho, size-wise? I'm guessing I'll just have to get a set of steels (not a problem elaine
  6. sortof Many many years ago, in the 50s, my grandmother used to crochet booties (without a pattern!) for my mother's friends who were having babies back then, using what I guess is more of a thread than the kind of "thick but loose" yarn we see today. She used a steel crochet hook that was very very tiny, given the thread was very small too, as it still is today. Two questions. 1. Are the aluminum hooks of today equivalent to the steel hooks of yesterday? I have nothing but aluminum hooks and the smallest one I have is 2.0mm. 2. Are there bootie patterns still out there that will us
  7. Some of you may have already noticed this, but it was a surprise to me. I'd been working a goodly amount of time, couple of hours, on the Clown Bunny for my daughter's upcoming baby, just doing my thing, more or less on a roll as it were. After I took a break, I happened to look at my Fitbit device, and I was astounded that it said I had logged a couple of thousand steps that day! Sounds nice, but as noted, I'd been pretty much just sitting in my chair crocheting. Who knew it was so intensive! Come to find out, I knew that it not only tracked your steps but apparently your arm motion too,
  8. Rightly or wrongly, I decided to go with "Cuddly Bunny Clown" (https://images.app.goo.gl/F5DwQjSau3ip33XF9) All the suggestions were great, and I thank everyone who responded! The main reason I went with this one is simplicity. Except for the ears, it's probably the closest to the original clown, and the plan is that I will use the same color combo on this one as on the original, i.e., red body and ruff, yellow arms, white "hands", face and feet, red and yellow hat. The buttons, which are not on the original, will be yellow, and I'll probably sew the hat to the head as it is on the original, b
  9. Hahaha! Glad to hear that Sounds like the manufacturers etc wised up!
  10. Not sure, but personally, if I'm doing a toy for a small child, I would do crocheted or sewn on yarn features if only because of the potential that a plastic one could be more easily pulled off and swallowed. Now that said, I haven't done a toy like this in 40 years so maybe plastic eyes these days are different? The one I made didn't have an option, as I recall, the features were crocheted/sewn per the pattern. Maybe store bought ones are better embedded these days? Something else? I have no idea, but it's an excellent question and hopefully someone else can shed more recent light on this.
  11. I don't particularly like it just flat, personal opinion, that's all, I just want it to be stuffed, and my daughter would expect it to be stuffed too, to remind her more of hers. No other reason than that. What I REALLY want is a clown, tho, so I'll go back to that rather than try to essentially "redesign a design", just to keep it simple.
  12. Hadn't really noticed that, frankly, but your point is well taken. If I were forced to do a new body, of course I'd use sc, I completely agree. I do have a question in to the designer about a bellied version, but if it's not available, in the end I expect I can find other clown patterns. OTOH, it's for a baby and my daughter who does not crochet, and frankly wouldn't know the difference
  13. Whew! Thanks. No, I fully understood but nowadays I do so relatively little work, and then on items where size isn't crucial, it's not really worth it for me to do that, frankly. There's a huge difference between a 5" toy and a 12" one, but between a 12" and a for example 10 to 14" or so due to working tight/loose, not so much, and I can live with that.
  14. I just prefer the look, no other reason.
  15. Oh I'm so sorry, this particular messaging format is a lot different from others I mostly use and I'm still getting used to it. I thought I was answering the person who mentioned something about adjustments but upon reflection, it may have been about a different pattern, the arm length on one, I think, something like that anyway. My apologies again. (a bit later) It was actually a comment from Ellie 13 I thought I was responding to and it WAS about the monkey.
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