Knit or Crochet or Cross Stitch or... ~ FSU's Crafting Circle

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by AragornElessar, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

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    Am doing wedding stuff now - doilies! I bought a giant lot of crochet thread on ebay and I'm jumping in, even though I've never made a doily before. I told my mom most of that lot was size 30 thread and she looked at me like I was insane. :rofl:
     
  2. myhoneyhoney

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    Just reading "crochet thread" made me go blind, lol. OMG, that's a challenge! I'm just not patient enough for that.
     
  3. skatefan

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  4. Anita18

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    There were a few balls of size 10 thread, and making a 8-in doily actually doesn't take too long at all. Only two days, and that's with me running around having to do stuff too. Even I was surprised.

    It'll probably be a different story with the size 30 spools. :rofl:
     
  5. Jodi

    Jodi Caulkhead forever

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    When I was a kid and used to crochet more I did nearly all of it in thread, and struggled with yarn as I found it so much easier to see where to put my hook with smooth thread. And I'm talking 80 and 100 thread here. So it's never held any fear for me. The good thing about yarn, though, is I get to use bamboo hooks - I always take the finish off metal hooks in no time, I don't know if I have particularly acid sweat or what!

    I finished knitting that shawl weeks ago but I still haven't got round to blocking it :eek: I really must...

    Just this evening finished the first of yet another pair of socks. The other ones I talked about before, with a slight mistake, did indeed fit fit despite it. Also bought yarn today for charity knitting, blankets for premature babies.
     
  6. skatesindreams

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    Pictures, please!
     
  7. emason

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    A word on the throwing style: if by throwing, you mean dropping your right-hand needle and actually using your then free hand to throw the yarn over the needle, yes it takes time. However, I long ago learned how to control my yarn tension with my right hand and all I have to do is flick with my right index finger. This goes fairly quickly and no throwing is involved.
     
  8. kwanfan1818

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    I'm not sure if this is considered a variation on Continental -- I found at least five variations on YouTube when I tried to learn a few months ago -- or an opposite hand variation on Potuguese.

    I had never heard of Portuguese-style knitting until I saw it described in a Knitting Daily email. The standard Portuguese uses the left thumb to flick the yarn over the needle and off. I used to hate to purl until I read this, and now Portugese purl is my favorite stitch. (I invested in the $5 pin because it was too hot to go around the neck in summer.) I haven't used it or continental for back-and-forth patterns like seeds -- using one for knit and the other for purl would take more time than throwing, but yo's and p2togs are easy in Portuguese, and the occasional knit, like a 3-5 stitch edge, is okay. The woman who did the instructional vid said it was her preference, too, and that now, she purls the reverse side in the round, which I'm planning to try this Fall for some sleeves.
     
  9. Jodi

    Jodi Caulkhead forever

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    I'm *finally* blocking that shawl so was able to get a photo. You can't really see the colours, need some sunshine for that! It definitely doesn't have the odd greenish tinge the photo does :p
     
  10. kwanfan1818

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    That's beautiful, Jodi!
     
  11. skatesindreams

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    It certainly is!
     
  12. myhoneyhoney

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    Jodi, that is gorgeous!!!!
     
  13. Anemone

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    Jodi, that looks amazing!
     
  14. Jodi

    Jodi Caulkhead forever

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    Thanks, everyone :) I was even more pleased when I tried it on, because of the shape it drapes beautifully and does look very vintage. And when the sun came out it caught the slight sparkle in the yarn :) Maybe one day I'll get a photo of it on, too, but I don't have anyone around to take one at the moment. And if I also want sunshine I could be waiting a very long time :p
     
  15. Jodi

    Jodi Caulkhead forever

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    Ah, I have managed a photo of the shawl as worn after all, my dad was around so I got him to take one. You still can't see the sparkle, this was just before it started raining :p but it is a much better representation of the colours :)

    I'm currently working on a charity baby blanket and next I have yarn on its way for yet more socks. The colourways are called Halloween and Blackcurrant Liquorice, can you tell I knit for a goth? :lol: I've decided I do in fact need to be knitting more socks for myself, too, though. I always liked short ankle socks, I only knitted the legs to 3-4 inches on most of my pairs. I gradually got to like longer ones and so my more recent pairs have legs of 5-6 inches, but there are far fewer of those. And now I have some lovely purple DMs that I can fit hand-knitted socks in so I shall have nice warm, dry feet this winter :cheer: but they're tall enough to need the socks with the longer legs. So I legitimately need to knit more of them. Bonus :D
     
  16. emason

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    Jodi, that really is gorgeous. The color is a knockout.
     
  17. Anemone

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    It's gorgeous Jodi! You will be the envy of all whenever you wear it I'm sure.
     
  18. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

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    Jodi, that is beyond gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing it w/us!!
     
  19. made_in_canada

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    I found some phentex and am going to attempt to make these slippers. My grandma used to always make them and they were the absolute best slippers ever. Anyone have any tips for knitting with phentex?
     
  20. OrioleBeagle

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    Do you hold your crochet hook like a pencil or a knife?

    Do you knit English style of Continental?
     
  21. Anemone

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    Pencil.

    I don't knit.
     
  22. Skate Talker

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    oh my, that picture takes me back - I had phentex in those exact colours to make slippers eons ago. I absolutely hated working with it - it literally hurt my fingers. When the slippers were made I hated the feel of them too so it was a total waste of time and money.
     
  23. made_in_canada

    made_in_canada INTJ

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    Oh dear, what have I got myself into...
     
  24. AragornElessar

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    I hold my hooks like I do my knife, but the person who taught me told me as long as my tension was right and whatever I'm crocheting looked the way it should, then it really doesn't matter. Same w/knitting.

    I have no idea what the difference is between English and Continental, but considering just how long it took me to finally learn how to knit, it doesn't really matter to me, as I'm sticking w/what I've finally learned how to do and do well. Believe me, it finally took the wonderful invention of YouTube for me to finally learn how to knit.

    When it comes to things like knitting or crocheting or anything like that, I need to see how it's done for me to get it. The people who tried to teach me in the past, after they'd do that, would then take my needles out of my hands and.... Not only was it beyond frustrating, but it also ended any desire on my part to learn how to want to knit.

    So, as I said, thanks to the wonderful people over at YouTube who put up Knitting Instructional videos over there is basically how I learned to knit.

    Speaking of Knitting...I printed out a pattern from over at CraftFaves that is a Toque, Mittens, Scarf and Socks set w/a pretty intricate Cable pattern on it. Now I've been thinking the last couple of years that I'd gotten to a point in my knitting where it was time to try doing the Cable stitch, but wasn't quite sure I was at that point where I really *was* ready to give it a go. After I knitted my very first Baby Sweater for the NICU in the Spring and it turned out the way it should, I decided now was the time to go for it.

    I only had enough yarn for the Toque and Mittens, but not only did they turn out, but they look *exactly* like the picture.

    Yay me!!! :D :D :D
     
  25. vesperholly

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    Aw, I had a brush with greatness. One of my necklaces was in a treasury that Etsy featured on its front page at noon ... but my item was NOT featured on the front page! :( Etsy features only 12 of the 16 items in the treasury. A little excited because I got a lot of people "favoriting" , but a little bummed as well, as it rather feels like Etsy looked and decided they didn't like my necklace.
     
  26. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

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    It's a great step though vesperholly and a whole lot of new people got to see your stuff. That can only help in the long run. Congratulations on getting picked!! :)
     
  27. AragornElessar

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    Okay Guys, we've all seen the beyond belief images from the States hit by Superstorm Sandy. Now is the time to get those knitting needles and/or crocheting hooks out and busy.

    Things we can make and donate...

    Toques and mittens sets
    Socks
    Gloves
    Bags for those who need them to hold whatever they were able to salvage and/or have been given by the Red Cross/etc
    Teddy Bears or other Friends for not only the little ones, but whomever could use a friend right now.

    Obviously contacting the Red Cross or local churches/your Minister or Priest to find out what's needed the most is a given, but we can help those people by using our crafting gifts.

    Let's get to it!!
     
  28. AragornElessar

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    Long overdue bump for the thread. What has everyone been up to? I've been knitting gloves lately, but took a break this past week thanks to a stupid tooth acting up. It was driving me to the point of distraction I wasn't sure I'd done the right number of stitches and rows even after writing them down. It's finally easing off a bit, so hopefully I can finish the pair I started a couple of weeks ago.

    I found this over at YouTube a few minutes ago and I know I'm not the only one here who enjoys trying her hand at jewelry making, so thought I'd share this here. It *looks* fairly easy to make, but we all know how *that* can go too.

    YouTube ~ How To Make Beaded Spiral Earrings - Craft Tutorial 11 (Burton Snake Things)

    I need to do some surfing through her channel and see what else she's got up over there. Anyway, saw that and thought it looked pretty neat. I'd love to give it a shot, but all of my beads are bigger than the ones she's using, so I'd have to make a trip to the Craft Store at some point. Which could be a dangerous trip for my wallet, but... :D
     
  29. Cheylana

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    I'm working on a blanket right now, nothing special.
    I would like to take a Tunisian crochet class this year and branch out on my crafting styles!
     
  30. timing

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    I'm knitting socks. This is my first time knitting socks so I was happy the heel worked out for the first one.

    Next mini-timing and I are going to attempt to weave dish towels. It will be our first weaving project.