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Crochet / Knitting Info, Questions, Problems, Etc.
March 25, 2011
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mamallama
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I love books (and internet!) for a lot of how-to's, but I had to have a human being teach me how to crochet.  I could NOT get it figured out from books!  LOL!  Once I saw my friend making the stitch, I was fine!  Now that I know a few basic stitches, though, books help a lot more.

I am a total book junkie.  I am trying to talk my husband into building me some huge bookshelves in the living room for all my books.  I have an antique barrister's bookcase that holds my very favorite books, but it's not big enough for all my collection.  I just may keep it, too, though, because it makes me so happy to look at all my favorite books, all in one place.  They're like old friends.

June 2, 2011
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I just want to tell you all that there's this little book of hat patterns (crochet) out there, that I got on a bargain sale price that I absolutely LOVE!  I've only made one of the hats in it so far, but I'm working on a second one and the patterns are fun, fast, cute and I'd say easy, but there are harder ones in there, I've just worked on the easier ones so far. 

It's called (Vogue Knitting) "Crocheted Hats On The Go" and it's about 7 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide, with 22 different patterns in it.

It's supposed to sell for $12.95, but I got it on markdown for $4.95.  It's small enough to slip into my small tote, along with the one skein of yarn and such. 

I'd post a picture of the hat I already made, but my SIL made off with it as soon as she tried it on!  She's a member here so maybe she'll see this and post a pic of it!

Oh, they patterns call for various fancy yarns, but I've used whatever I have on hand so far, though since they use so little yarn, I may spring for something a little fancier after some practice.

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June 2, 2011
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BG that sounds like a great book and you got it at a great price... you have to love that!!

I also use what yarn I have on hand, the fancy yarns are usually out of my price range and really know one knows the difference.

Have fun with your new book!  Cheryl  pawprint

June 8, 2011
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I'm just curious . . . anyone here work with "plarn"?  I got lucky and stopped at a Dierbergs last summer.  The older gentleman who was bagging my groceries was so sweet.  I was so excited to get PINK grocery bags and I told him what I did with them (crochet shopping bags) and he slipped in enough bags with my groceries to make 6 bags!  What a sweetie!  Any of you had experience with plarn?

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June 8, 2011
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Yep, I have worked with it...I had some problems with it wanting to stay as 2 pieces. How do you attach the plarn together? Rings or iron? I have had better luck with the rings...I just have BAD ADD when it comes to working on projects so I have the start of one bag...but my husband took it because he thought it made a cool hat...lol. One day I will get back to my bag, that is If everyone stops having kids around me!

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June 9, 2011
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I enjoy making the bags with "plarn".  It is about the only crocheting I do, mostly because it doesn't require that I decipher the code that crochet patterns use.  That makes my head hurt!  But using the plarn to make the bags is somewhat mindless and relaxing for me. I use the rings looped together to make the plarn, but frequently the loop will break when tightening them , so I just knot it back together.  I figure I'm using something that would have been thrown away to make something I'm just using for toting things, so I don't stress out about it much.  The one thing I've learned about the plarn shopping bags is that the handles s-t-r-e-t-c-h with use, so I've had to adjust to making them shorter than I think they should be! And I love finding different colored bags to use, and combining for stripes and etc.  The Schnucks grocery here always uses pink bags during October (Breast cancer awareness month) so I ask friends to save theirs for me during October.

June 9, 2011
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I'll bite—what is plarn?

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June 9, 2011
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plarn is the name coined for recycling plastic bags (from stores) into "yarn" for craft projects. plastic + yarn  = plarn  :)

June 9, 2011
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I have found the same problem with the handles.  I've had to adjust them to shorter.  I used the rings & if one breaks, just tie it in a knot.  It's a great use for used bags that would go in the trash anyway.  My daughter is a manager at Dollar General and saves all their "faulty" bags for me.  I love being able to use the different colors.  I read where someone made one out of black trash bags (I'm assuming they would need to be new) . . . so not much savings there.  These bags made of plarn are wonderful for wet clothes from the beach/pool, tub toys & to take to the farmers market - I also tote my crochet projects in them!  Oh - and they make great salad spinners! 

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November 3, 2011
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What projects have you been working on?

I'm working on baby items again... 2 baby girls on the way.  So I've been working in a lot of pinks and mauves.  Blankets and cuddle sacks.

I still have a queen sized bedspread I need to finish... it's been to many years in the making and I just can't seem to push myself hard enough to finish it.

My friend is sending me a new afghan pattern that I can't wait to get going.  Not sure who it would be gifted too, but it's nice to have stuff ready in case I need it.

Hugs Cheryl   pawprint

November 3, 2011
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I am in to sock making mode at the moment.  Every year Mom & I make handmade socks to put in the family Christmas stockings.  I use the computer dyed yarn so I don't have to think much about design/pattern - I have been making socks for so long that I don't need to look-up the basic pattern any more.  I knit when in a meeting, watching television or riding in the car.

 

I also like to knit 8" squares to make afghans.  When I finish the latest one, I plan on making squares to make a sweater, like a kind of sampler.  We'll see how it turns out.

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November 4, 2011
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With trying to get settled after moving and just life being crazy in general, I haven't had much time to sit down with my yarn.  It is a good thing that I was able to get that baby blanket finished before the move or it might not have been finished in time!  I have been itching to get my hands on some yarn lately.  Now that the weather is finally turning cooler, I might have to finish those slippers that I started quite some time ago.  It is hard to even think about crocheting slippers when it is 100-and-way-too-hot!  

February 2, 2012
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I love to knit and crochet. I am just 'okay' at doing both. I can't read a pattern to save my life (I just make up my own lol). I am currently knitting yet another baby cap for my 3 week old grandson. The hats turn out pretty cute!

 

I never thought about looking online for teaching videos before. I am happy to read about that here! Now maybe I can re-learn how to crochet granny squares!!!

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February 3, 2012
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A client just thought me how to make a granny square a few months ago (October) after a few tries...I started an afghan, who is continuous like a HUGE granny square.

To bad I don't have to much free time on my hands..so it's going slow..but one day it will be finished.

I am just so proud..that I finally know how to make granny sq.

February 5, 2012
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Is there another term for Irish Crochet? I love this style of lace but I am having a hard time finding patterns. Anyone have suggestions? I am dying to learn how to do this.

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February 5, 2012
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I am hoping to get in some serious crocheting today. I am not a football fan.

February 5, 2012
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StuckinMiami said:

Is there another term for Irish Crochet? I love this style of lace but I am having a hard time finding patterns. Anyone have suggestions? I am dying to learn how to do this.

I'd never hear of Irish Crochet, so I Googled it.  Beautiful!  Google Images give lots of photos and many that I clicked into had a pattern to go along with them.  And there's a list of links here to free Irish Crochet patterns.  Maybe you can find something in all of those :)

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February 5, 2012
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Been looking around and found this:

http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/html/warm/catalog.htm

They have a huge assortment of turn of the century booklets in French, German, Portuguese and  English. A number of them have Irish Crochet. But also all kinds of needle crafts.

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February 5, 2012
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FWIW, I recall my brief fling with Irish crochet over 30 years ago with a number of Dover books.  The essence of the handart involved flower/leaf/stem motifs finished independently, arranged in personal preference (or copied pattern) and then linked together with a ground web of chains and picots.  You'll be able to find used books on Amazon or Alibris ... another good vintage author was Therese De Dillmont as there's quite a range of her collections out there in reprints.  Now that Antique Library source is one interesting find!

March 23, 2012
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mar42hrr said
I am wanting to learn to crochet .  I dont have anyone to  give me a lesson or two.  Any suggestions as to where to start?  I love the dish towels.  Thanks for the input.  I love this site.  Thanks for all you so :)

I had never crocheted my whole life until about 4 mo. ago and just decided I wanted to learn.  Didn't know anyone that could teach me.  I went to youtube and oh my gosh they have all kinds of videos and four months later I am reading patterns and making all kinds of things.  I hope its okay, but I'm going to recommend two ladies that have taught me so much.  One is bobwilson123 and the other is tjw1963..both ladies explain really well and go slow so you can learn the stitches.

 

Hope this helps.

 

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