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Elaine Pack

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About Elaine Pack

  • Birthday August 7

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  • Location
    Charlotte NC
  • Occupation
    Retired IT Geek
  • Favorite hook type
    Aluminum
  • Crocheting since...
    Mid 70's

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 use this kind of thread and hook? The ones I make for my daughter's friends with regular baby yarn tend to be rather largish but pretty enough things, hers were delicate beauties. And now it's MY daughter I'm doing these for so I want them to be very nice TIA elaine
  5. 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, since after all when we walk, we do swing our arms. I just hadn't been walking, but it picked up the arm motions alone and counted them as steps So funny! elaine
  6. 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, but haven't decided that yet. What this gives me is a doll that will be uniquely the new baby's, yet be "tied" to the original one via color and simplicity of style. It's "officially" 38 cm (15 inches) a bit bigger than the original (although I'm not certain if the hat counts as it's not attached in this pattern, but most likely it does). Given I tend to work tight, it should run an inch or so shorter. Thank you all SO much for your comments and advice, I GREATLY appreciate it! elaine
  7. Hahaha! Glad to hear that Sounds like the manufacturers etc wised up!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. I just prefer the look, no other reason.
  13. 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.
  14. I'm sorry I wasn't trying to criticize, seriously! I appreciate everything you said! And height is just a handy thing to know in advance for anyone looking for something in particular where it might matter as this does for me. I don't crochet all that much anymore, just booties for my daughter's friends, and haven't made anything else in many years. Skills, manual and mental, do get rusty. Your point about making a swatch is helpful, thank you.
  15. She said it was not stuffed, but I asked if she had a version or instructions to make it stuffable. I think tho, maybe even *I* might be able to add a belly elaine
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