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  1. Horsy


    Some time ago I tried to make an oval, following the instructions in the pattern - but it just didn't work. I tried and tried but could not get the hang of it. Thanks for all your info. I am going to have to reread this all carefully when I have time. Where one more typically encounter poorly written patterns is in a small % of personal blogs or self published patterns--some are truly ghastly. I can't recall if I mentioned this before or not, but I actually paid good money for a pattern for crocheted mitts (mittens, as some call them). I used the same gauge yarn, the right hook, followed the instrs - and halfway of the way thru the first mitt, just before the thumb, the damn thing was so huge it would have fallen off a giant's hand. So, I rescued this project by now using it as a cover for the jar where I keep my hooks. Looks not too bad.
  2. One of our neighbors made the stupidest comment one day a couple of weeks ago---somehow we got on the subject of the quarantine, and he said: "That's just so STUPID!!! We have flu every year!! They don't need to shut down the whole world for it!!" I just looked at him, and thought--"yeah, and YOU'RE just stupid too"!! Well, now, there are other viewpoints, such as the following, which I found on, I think, nomorefakenews.com: "Why do I have to stay home, just because you are scared? How about you stay home…..you stay in your house indefinitely, you wear a mask, you socially distance yourself from me, you avoid restaurants, you avoid baseball games, you stay off the roads, you avoid malls and beaches and parks, you believe the made up death numbers, you believe the social media hype, you get your toxic vaccine while avoiding vitamin C, sunshine - the good things God gave us to actually heal. "I’m done playing your dumb game. We are not ‘all in this together’. I’m not wearing your dumb tin foil hat anymore. I’m no longer going to be a prisoner of your fear. I’m no longer staying in my house or catering to you because you are scared. I’m not wearing a mask and I’m not staying 6 feet away from you anymore because I’m not afraid of you. Your fear is not my fear and your fear does not have the right to interfere with my life, my job, my income, or my future. But if you are scared, keep your fear contained to your little corner of the world and don’t contaminate me or my family." 😅
  3. Has anyone here - who uses only pencil hold - ever used one of the cheaper Furls hooks, and how does it work for you? They look as if they might be good for those of us who use the pencil hold. I think I have either seen or bought every brand and design of hook around. I have quite a few hooks, of several styles, and my conclusion is: The overwhelming majority of hooks are designed for those who use the knife style of wielding the hook. Even the hooks with a perfectly cylindrical handle are not right for us pencil holders - because this rounded handle is too high up the shaft and we can't (OK - I can't) get the correct leverage. For example, https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0220/5024/2660/products/ergonomic-crochet-hook-bamboo-handle-silvalume-head-susan-bates-grey-blue_1024x1024@2x.jpg?v=1575571999 If you look carefully you can see that they even put a flattened thumb rest below the wooden handle. Which means that this was designed with knife grippers in mind. So far, in order to be able to crochet at all, I have had to modify every one of the countless brands and styles of hook which I own, for example, fashioning a round clay handle at the right spot on the shaft. Or using some sort of pencil covering that you buy at Staples. Or the Susan Bates hook cushions, the latest design of which is not the best (IMO). Et cetera. It is too bad I can't find the Yarn Valet hook covers any more. I have one and it is excellent for the thinner metal hooks. I welcome your input on anything I've said here.
  4. Guess you are a youngster! To me, anyone under 50 is a youngster. 😃
  5. Well, you tried! Best of luck with your new try at a cap for your husband! Anyway, before I attempt anything I see on Ravelry (or anywhere) I look at the notes provided by the crocheters who've attempted and/or completed their project. Even if some people say, "Oh, this project was a breeze!", that's not good enough for me. I look for all negative reviews as well, then decide. If there's more negative than positive reviews about a pattern, I look for something else. But that's just me. A professional crocheter would know how to interpret any difficulties a particular crocheter had with a particular project. Also, I am suspicious of anything containing more than one slip stitch. Except where you are making a simple edging on a project, perhaps.
  6. Gorgeous! I bet you spent some time just weaving in the ends.
  7. Just breathtaking. Do you use a magnifier to do your work? I've made one small doily from #10 thread and thought it was difficult enough.
  8. there are a LOT of ghastly videos and equally awful self-published written patterns out there, NO kidding!! I was well into a cardigan pattern found on ravelry, and after it was half done - in sock yarn, yet - I realized that the front and back were different lengths and it would not look right. A commenter on ravelry noted the same thing. Dozens of hours of work shot to helll. Oh, well. I've since found and begun a more professionally designed winter cardigan. You really have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. In this case - a properly designed, tested, and written out pattern. About the "octopus" hat - I wouldn't say too much one way or another unless I'd seen a photo of what it is designed to look like. Who knows...
  9. Horsy

    Home decor

    I like chainette type yarn, too. If they never make regular yarn again, I won't complain. 😊 In any case, your projects turned out very nice!
  10. @Cindy. I love your site with that wide variety of projects to crochet. I particularly like the Christmas card ornaments. What a neat idea. It is kind of you to give us these patterns at no charge.
  11. @Miffy. I would like this info as well. I want to make a rug but don't have a clue where to start. Oh, it just occurred to me - maybe I'll go to ravelry and see what they have there if there's no answers here. Thanx.
  12. JUst saw your doilies. Speechless is all I can say. Congrats on your win.
  13. Utterly unique shawl and very beautiful. I'd like to have one but I think it would be too much of a challenge, as I don't seem to progress much over the years. Anyway, I would never wear that; I would mount it on the wall.
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