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Crochet / Knitting Info, Questions, Problems, Etc.
October 29, 2012
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Leahld22
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Sparkling crochet thread for the scrunchies sounds cute BG! I’m going to get some to try. I saw some cute little crochet butterflies made of it on You Tube. I’d put those on the headbands I’m making.

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October 30, 2012
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I just finished a scarf, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I worked on it off and on for a year.  I  have another scarf that I have been working on for a couple months that I need to finish. I went to Michael’s over the weekend and found some pretty yarn so I just had to start another scarf.

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October 30, 2012
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I’ve been working on crocheting snowflakes to give to my co-workers as a small Christmas remembrance.  So far I have 55 crocheted and now I have to concentrate on stiffening them with sugar water and then I want to add just a touch of opalescent glitter.  I plan on giving 6 to each person and if I have the chance I want to make some very simple little gift bags out of Christmas print fabric to put the snowflakes in.  Hopefully I’ll get a few extras made to tie on the lemon bundt cakes I plan on making for some of the neighbors for Christmas. 

October 31, 2012
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Victorian Girl–are those 3″ snow flakes? Thread?

I gave up on sugar water and use spray starch after blocking. Love the little bag idea, great for storage year-to-year.

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October 31, 2012
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VictorianGirl / bonita – on the topic of sugar water vs starch for stiffening. The starch won’t attract “critters” while in storage like the sugar will. I had a snowflake gifted to me one year, and after the summer in the attic, there were some nice cotton threads left when I unsealed the box. just saying, starch is safer.cry

October 31, 2012
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I used to crochet lacey edged hearts for Christmas ornaments, gifted in the Christmas letter.  I would iron them stiff with a bit of spray starch, then hang them on a piece of crochet thread and lightly spray them with matte finish spray then sprinkle with glitter. Makes ’em completely unpalatable to insects.  In our area, even starch seems to be tasty.  Do ’em early as they’ll need to hang and air out to lose the odor.

October 31, 2012
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The snowflakes are anywhere from approximately 3″ to 5″ and they’re crocheted with the old fashioned bedspread cotton thread (you can purchase it at Wal-Mart).  I have two books with a variety of styles of snowflakes.  Some are very simple and some are more intricate.  I’ll have to try the spray starch, it seems like it’s easier and less messy than sugar water.  They make a really nice gift; they don’t take long to crochet, they’re inexpensive and they look lovely hanging on a Christmas tree. 

November 2, 2012
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I have been using glue/water solution to stiffen my snowflakes and that is a real pain in the _____!. The suggestion of spray starch and matte spray sounds like a less messy chore. Thanks for the info. Last year I made about 30 and will soon start on this years snowflakes. Also, the fabric bag is an excellent idea. You all are so full of handy tips.

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November 11, 2012
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I’ve been making snowflakes, mini stockings, small angels and crosses to enclose with my Christmas cards for a few years. I tried the stiffeners, glue & water, and I totally agree that spray starch is by far the easiest and best way to stiffen.  I don’t iron them though. I spread waxed paper on my table, lay the crocheted items on it, and spray until saturated. They take a day (or overnight) to dry. I like the idea of adding glitter!

November 15, 2012
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Salamander said
Stacylee I used a stiffer poly blend yarn so it is not floppy at all. I just used a yarn needle and sewed the braides on the sides, just a few quick stitches.  What type of yarn did you use for the backpack?

I used some fluffy, kind of springy bulky yarn that was (is) just gorgeous that I found at a yarn store. I totally see that if I used smaller yarn and more stitches that it would hold up better. Duh! Thanks for the tip on the braid, also. I love the look of it, but have never looked up how to do it. Maybe for my next, stiff backpack!

July 8, 2013
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I am getting ready to start a new knitting project. I am going to make a baby blanket with some beautiful white green and blue babysoft yarn that I found at Michael’s. It is going to be for my new little one due in December.happy-flower

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July 8, 2013
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Salamander!!  You sneaky little thing you – just dropping that announcement out of nowhere!!

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July 8, 2013
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Salamander!!  You sneaky little thing you – just dropping that announcement out of nowhere!!Congratulations!!       

 

Well I gotta be a little sneaky from time to time. It was a big surprise to us. I was several weeks before I realized what was going on. Lol! Never thought I would be starting all over again. We are very excited!  I am extremely high risk so just taking things day by day and as easy as possible, but so far everything is going great.

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July 9, 2013
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Congratulations Salamander :)

what exciting news!!!

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July 9, 2013
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Right now, I am working on a stuffed bunny, which is pretty cool, but takes forEVER!! I have been doing headbands and scrunchies. I finished my sister’s granny square blanket for her birthday in May and have been taking a break ever since.

July 11, 2013
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Thanks Cheryl!

 

I bought one of those plastic knitting looms and am trying to decide if i want to use that to make the baby blanket or just straight knit it.  Also trying to decide if i want to make one blanket all at once or if I want to make smaller squares and piece it together.  I am also waiting until next week after my ultrasound to start it in case i need to change my colors.

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