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Very pretty Dawn!! :clap

 

I am literally a round and a half from finishing my doily. Then I can block it and pray the darn thing flattens out. Everyone keep your fingers crossed for me. :fc The pattern said ruffling was possible, but how much is too much is what I'm worried about. :sweat

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Dawn -

 

"is Yumi a common Japanese name?"

 

Yes and no. :D! Japanese names are mostly written in Chinese characters, and although it sounds exactly the same, when you look at the name written often times it looks completely different and means different too.

I was real shy and nervous too when I first met Hubby's parents. :blu Her English will improve in no time once she gets here, I'm sure! :))

 

Your doily is beautiful!!! I must try variaged thread too. :thinking1

 

 

Evelyn -

 

What a beautiful doily!!!:)h

I've posted the photo on the gallery for ya! :)

 

 

Julie -

 

LOL I second Dawn. :D!

It's gonna be fine. :))

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You are welcome! :D!

For the discription of your doily, I just put "Pineapple doily by Evelyn", but if you want it changed, just let me know, I can change it for ya. :))

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Anna -

No problem. :D!

 

Evelyn -

I changed the caption of the photo to "Pineapple Perfection by Evelyn".

 

Julie -

I've already seen your new doily, and I think it is just BEAUTIFUL!!! :)h I'm happy for you that it doesn't ruffle anymore.:clap Off to check your blog post. :D!

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Evelyn, Julie: Wow, those are beautiful! I hope I get that good with thread eventually :)

 

I've switched back to the beaded shawl since the bookmark was making me crazy and I got a couple more rows done on it yesterday. It's probably going to be a nuisance to starch--has anyone starched anything with beads in it? Am I likely to run into problems with needing to wipe the starch off the beads before they dry?

 

Other than that I'm waiting for my patience to return before I go back to the Celtic bookmark. I did about 3/4 of a cute pineapple bookmark last night, but it looks more like a mushroom :o

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So excited! I finished a thread poncho for my daughter today. I don't have a pic yet but I can give you some of the specifics. I used size 3 thread with an E hook(that was the only one I could find at the time!) I based it loosely on this pattern web.archive.org/web/20000124130523/http://www.cei.net/~vchisam/groovy/v-11.html

I had to make my starting chain longer and made some modifications on the mesh and left off the fringe. The thread color is tangerine(I love it!:)h ) and on the very last row I used RH Tiki in a varigated yellow/green/orange/pink just one row of sc. I made it for her to wear for Easter instead of another fancy dress she'll wear twice, I figured I could get something plain in pale green or yellow for her to wear under it. I'm so excited!:clap Picture to follow ASAP!

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Thank you Evelyn and Stacey!

 

I can't wait to see the poncho Lanette!!

 

 

Stacey -

has anyone starched anything with beads in it? Am I likely to run into problems with needing to wipe the starch off the beads before they dry?

 

I would use a glue based stiffener (Elmer's glue and water 1:1 ratio, or Stiffy from Plaid) to stiffen the bookmark. I use the Stiffy - Gently wash/rinse the project in water to rinse it clean. Blot the excess water on paper towels. Soak the project in the Stiffy or glue solution until it is fairly saturated. Blot the excess again on paper towels. It should be fairly easy to get most of the solution off the beads on the paper towels. The Stiffy in particular is pretty runny and easy to wipe off surfaces if I spill it. It will soak into the wet bookmark really easily without leaving a residue behind on the beads... I think! I would dilute the Stiffy quite a bit if you go with a product like that. The doily I just finished I diluted roughly 1 part Stiffy to 3 parts water. I didn't want a rock solid doily, but I did want to insure that humidity wouldn't ruffle that doily. It's stiff without being snowflake-stiff.

 

Stiffy

 

Maybe play with a couple of test swatches before you try to stiffen the bookmark, just to see what works best?

 

:thinking2

 

edited to add - the Stiffy, to me, seems pretty much like I would imagine a 1:1 glue to water solution would be. It's runny and smells just like white glue.

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Lanette - Oh, I can't wait to see your poncho! I'll bet it looks lovely!

 

Stacey - hang in there! I saw that Celtic bookmark again yesterday when I was looking around for patterns and I decided it was too complicated for me. :) Can't wait to see what your beaded bookmark looks like. I'm thinking of trying one of those myself.

 

All - I made an Easter Egg thread bookmark. Not for this CAL, but for an aunt. Should I show it off here anyway?

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Anna, yes, please, show off your bookmark. Why couldn't it be a CAL project (just curious)? I've still got to pick out my next item. Doilies, definitely doilies. :heart

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It just occurred to me that my latest project will qualify for the Thread CAL - so I'd love to sign up, too....

 

I'm making the Ballerina Barrette from the Feb '05 issue of Annie's Favorite Crochet magazine.

 

I'm using size 10 crochet cotton - that Royale stuff from Coats and Clark in a light pink and dark pink. It looks really pretty and will be for my daughter who is 3 and in Ballet this year. I thought if the project went well and wasn't too hard I would make some for all the girls to wear to their recital....but not going to commit to that yet.

 

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Julie - mostly because I didn't make it with the CAL in mind. But that shouldn't stop me, right? ;) Okay, as soon as I finish this next thread bookmark I started today (for another Aunt), I'll photograph both and post them here. :)

 

Mitzi - Welcome! I'd love to see your Ballerina Barrette when it's finished. If you mail me, I'll set up an account in the Thread CAL Gallery for you.

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Okay - here are two Thread Bookmarks I've made in the last couple of days. I'm planning on sending them, with a crocheted dishcloth, to my Aunts and Grandmas for Easter. The Easter Egg pattern was not so easy to understand in the middle of the big egg, but I figured it out.

 

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