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  1. Thanks for the tip about the quote!
  2. Yo, Granny ! 😉 I learned to knit first, sort of from my mom, and sort of self taught. She always dropped a needle to wrap the yarn and I figured out how to wrap the yarn without dropping the needle. Pretty darn proud of myself...until I realized that my stitches were all very evenly twisted - even little Vs with a cool little flip to make an "x" at the bottom. It took me a while to figure out what I was doing wrong, and longer to STOP doing that! 😉 I visited a friend in northern Minnesota in January (WHO does that???) and her cousin taught me crochet basics. I came home and played around with it with books and videos. I mostly just make things to donate (baby hats, scarves, lapghans) because I don't need any more stuff myself and I enjoy having something to do with my hands in the evenings. I tension usually the way you do (over and under), but occasionally find myself reverting to two wraps around index finger. I try not to do that b/c it can be easy to get too tight. I had forgotten until you said that about thread, when I used to cross stitch, I had the same tangling of thread and I'd periodically let the thread and needle dangle to untwist. I remember thinking at the time that I must be rolling the needle somehow while stitching to regularly get such a tangle. The odd habits we make for ourselves!
  3. This looks a little math intensive, but might help.... https://www.shinyhappyworld.com/2014/03/how-much-yarn-do-i-need.html But I also read somewhere that the calculation is different depending on what stitch you're using; sc certainly takes less yardage than dc. She did an updated post here: https://www.shinyhappyworld.com/2017/05/how-much-yarn-does-crochet-use-single-vs-double-crochet.html Hope that helps!
  4. Hi bgs, Thanks, that's exactly the article I was referring to. Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to reply directly to your post, I could only see the "Submit Reply" at the bottom, below my reply to Granny Square. I love working with Caron Simply Soft (it works up so soft and comfy), but it does seem to be easier to snag.
  5. Hi GrannySquare, Thanks for the reply. Here's the website I referred to: https://yarnsub.com/articles/twist. The page is mostly about knitting, but it has a nice close up of what I meant about "untwisting," where you can see the separate plys of the yarn on the hook or needle. I even tried wrapping the yarn onto the hook the opposite direction, and when I did, it was more compact or twisted, but it was too mentally taxing (!) to do for long. 😉 From my reading of that page, I understand that S works better for right handed knitters and Z for left handed knitters, while the opposite is true of Z: better for rightie crocheters and leftie knitters, apparently due to the direction the yarn and hook/needle interact. I thought from that page (apparently incorrectly!!) that I could get a Z twist by working from the opposite end of a skein (i.e. if it's S coming from the center, it would be Z coming from the outer wrap), so my intent was to rewind from the outside (I find crocheting from the outside of a skein to be messy!). I just tried writing an S on a piece of paper and turned it upside down (equivalent to pulling yarn from the other end), and indeed, it's still an S! Sorry my explanation was so unclear! Thanks for offering to look at my blanket, but it's gone! I sent it to my cousin as a wheelchair lapghan, so I don't have an appropriate photo with the blanket folded. You can't tell anything from this pic, except that I finished it! She certainly doesn't care; I was mainly trying to understand what I was doing wrong. I THINK I wasn't adding to one end and decreasing on the other, but at this point who knows? The odd thing is that as I recall, the first part was fairly straight, then got wonky about halfway through, maybe about when I had to start a new skein. Thanks for the reply! Pat
  6. I'm new to this site, and have been crocheting about a year and a half, self- and internet-taught. I recently read about S vs Z twist, and that for righties, S twist tends to untwist while working it. I had noticed this before, but didn't know why. Since reading that, I've tried to be more cognizant of which way the yarn twists when making balls on my Stanwood yarn winder. I'm currently working on a baby blanket with Bernat Softee Baby (100% acrylic) and decided to rewind the next skein to switch the S twist to a Z twist (I've tried to change my stitching to go the "wrong" way, and can't do it consistently.) I have now tried stitching from both ends of the yarn and it untwists from either direction. And yes, the yarn looks like S twist from either end of the ball. Does anyone have an idea what's up with this yarn? In the big scheme of things, it's not critical, but I'm trying to understand the details of twist. In the article I read online, it stated that in addition to reducing splitting, using yarn that twists the right way (Z for righties, S for lefties) makes the finished product stronger and have better stitch definition. I'm also wondering if yarn twist contributed to a finished lapghan being a parallelogram instead of a rectangle? As I was working it, I counted the stitches periodically and had the same number of stitches at the end as at the beginning, and the start and final ends were about the same length, but even after blocking, the end of the project "pulled to the left" as compared to the starting row. I added a couple pics of the yarn. the first shows the working end of the yarn (pink/blue) and next to it, the mostly yellow tail end. The other pic shows the tail end of the yarn looped back to it self, simulating looking at the yarn from both ends. They all look like S twist to me. What am I missing? I'd appreciate any help with this! Pat
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