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Tue 23-Nov-10
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Rae Mond
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I can't knit. I tried learning when I was younger. My sister picked it up quite quickly, so it may well be another one of those thigns that I have a mental block about because differentiation between us must be preserved at all costs (she likes blue so I must like red, etc.). But I think it's more to do with my general inability to use two sticks at the same time. I'm not great with chopsticks either.

But I do like a bit of crochet.

So i thought there should be a thread here about it.

So far my limited crochet exploits have involved blankets, either of the giant never ending square variety, or the smaller squares then stitched together variety (with some traingles and hexagons thrown in for good measure), and a brief daliance with pentagonal christmas tree decorations.

I've so far shied away from things involving actual patterns or shapes that aren't some variation on round.

I did make a sock for my mobile phone the other night, which looks extremely amateurish, but does the required job of stopping my car keys destroying the screen.

 

What have you done?  Do you have any good tips?

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Tue 23-Nov-10
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I am a crochet virgin.

Not dared try yet.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Tue 23-Nov-10
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do you fear it would be another thing that will be addictive?

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Tue 23-Nov-10
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Hello Rae, tips? Start with something not too big, and not too difficult ......  big_hug

I will take some more pics tomorrow - I have made a lot of bags, some knitted, but I prefer crochet.

Here are a couple of pics of ideas for simple starter projects, I made these last year - one for a new baby, Lilly's hat (with poncho, but I don't have a pic of the poncho for some reason!); and then hat and poncho for 5-yr-old Gracie.

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Tue 23-Nov-10
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Oops - just noticed - Lilly's Hat is knitted, not crocheted, although the poncho was crocheted! doh

 

It is late ......... sorry!

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Wed 24-Nov-10
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Whilst sorting through my daughter's room yesterday I found a book of chrochet stitches I bought for her...might be my over Christmas project....or my oh we're snowed in again project....

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 24-Nov-10
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Not crocheting but wool related question - well kind of.....

Just looked at your brooch pins with felt stars on your blog site, did you make those yourself Kate?cheers

Wed 24-Nov-10
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I didn't make the stars- it would take way too long for it to be economic!But I do make balls. Stars really need a mould to shape them, I'm pondering what I could use.....

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 24-Nov-10
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KateUK said:

I didn't make the stars- it would take way too long for it to be economic!But I do make balls. Stars really need a mould to shape them, I'm pondering what I could use.....


 

Kate try mftstamps.com go to die-namics ,eat your heart out, wave

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Thu 25-Nov-10
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KateUK said:

I didn't make the stars- it would take way too long for it to be economic!But I do make balls. Stars really need a mould to shape them, I'm pondering what I could use.....


 

That's what I thought. I have made felt balls too, great fun with little kids although they often get oblongs rather than balls but it works for beads.

Thu 25-Nov-10
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Seth, I am very tempted to get a die cutter- have to save up for one before next Christmas!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 25-Nov-10
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Or perhaps put it on your Christmas list, Kate ??

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Fri 26-Nov-10
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What about biscuit cutters, they are shaped like stars etc.

I'll try that again!

Fri 26-Nov-10
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Rae Mond - I have finally got around to taking some pictures of my crochet bags today, so here you are. There are a couple of big rucksack-types which have quite a lot of yarn in them!

I have a similar number of knitted ones, too.

Very difficult trying to sell them though, people want them for next-to-nothing, but c'est la vie!

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Fri 26-Nov-10
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I find that is a problem with most crafts; people just have no idea of the time and costs involved in creating them, so imagine a little bag made out of wool would cost zero to make!!! it is the same with the jams!

 

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