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I am having an episode. 

I have an addiction.  It has been growing since I was a child.  Most of the time I can keep it under control, but I do have break out episodes.  That is just the way it is.  Addictions are like that. This is a big one.

The symptoms?  I search my purse and home and car for change for extra money.  I budget an amount out of my income to cover the things my addiction requires.  I frequent hangouts with others like me.  I watch the ads for sales.  

My fingers itch. 

I dig out my favorite crochet pattern books and peruse them marking the patterns I am certain I will get to do if I live another hundred years.  I go though the many notebooks full of patterns I have copied from the computer or the pattern books of friends.  I review my favorite sites on line. I cheerfully count my crochet hooks making sure I have at least nine of each size.

I go to Michael's and Hobby Lobby and finger the YARN dreaming of what I can create.  I revel in the colors and different kinds of yarn.  I lovingly plan projects for family members.   I feel that I am responsible for making sure every new baby in my church is warm and cuddly. It is my job to make sure my family has all the afghans, scarves, sweaters and so on they need.  My house overflows with doilies, washcloths, dishcloths, potholders and afghans and I am still making others. 

Let one of the other ladies at work come in with a new pattern for a new project, and I am one of the other ladies that is spending my lunch hour at Hobby Lobby or Michael's buying the supplies to make that project for my self of for a sister in law or niece or my mother.  This is the way it is.  This addiction runs deep. 

I crochet and I love it.  My grandmother, my father's mother, taught me when I was a child, and I have been at it ever since.  My husband has refused to build another room onto the house to store my yarn.  I don't know what I am going to do about that since I very well may need one soon. 

This addiction is as consuming as my other addiction which involves seeds and dirt and flowers and vegetables but that is another entry.

Crochet Tips!

Thrifty Baby Blankets
With your leftover balls of baby yarn, crochet 4" squares in single crochet. Use white baby yarn to single-crochet around each square. When you have enough squares, make a carriage blanket or baby shawl.

Baby Gifts
Wrap baby gifts in receiving blankets instead of wrapping paper.

Personalized Afghans
In the lower right-hand corner of a baby afghan, embroider the baby's name and date of birth.

Sweet-Smelling Afghans
When packing away crocheted baby afghans for later use as gifts, place a sheet of dryer fabric softener in with the afghan. It will smell fresh when opened weeks or months later.

Separate Yarns
When working on afghans with more than one string of yarn, put the balls or skeins into separate plastic bags with a twist tie around the top. This will keep the yarn neat, clean and untangled. You can adjust the twist tie so that your yarn flows smoothly.

Baby Blankets

Thrifty Baby Blankets
With your leftover balls of baby yarn, crochet 4" squares in single crochet. Use white baby yarn to single-crochet around each square. When you have enough squares, make a carriage blanket or baby shawl.

Baby Gifts
Wrap baby gifts in receiving blankets instead of wrapping paper.

Personalized Afghans
In the lower right-hand corner of a baby afghan, embroider the baby's name and date of birth.

Sweet-Smelling Afghans
When packing away crocheted baby afghans for later use as gifts, place a sheet of dryer fabric softener in with the afghan. It will smell fresh when opened weeks or months later.

http://www.anniesattic.com/

Great patterns and a contest

We, the girls at work and I, are at it again. I bought a crochet magazine, Family Circle Easy Crochet, Spring 2007 and found some information about some fun crochet patterns. They are on line for free downloading. I think many of you will like them.

These are patterns for making things for the home: pillows, afghans, rugs, and the like. There are three different patterns for baskets. There are also patterns for totes and washcloths and slippers.

As a bonus there is a contest for which you can sign up to win 800.00 in yarn, enough to complete all of the projects in this promotion.

We are excited about the baskets made from Jiffy Peaches and Cream cotton yarn. Check out the following link.

http://www.bernat.com/home/

19c Crochet Patterns

I've had an idea for awhile, but I don't know how well it will go over, so I'd just like to know if you guys would be interested in this or not:

I am an avid collector of Victoriana, especially Ladies Magazines... I have quite a collection now, and many of them have crochet and knitting patterns in them. While I do not knit, I crochet quite a bit... I was curious if you think it might go over well if I type out the patterns, then translate them into modern pattern language, type that to go with it, copy the original engraving, and then test the pattern and have a pic of it to go with it. I would like to offer these on ebay or directly as a sell for maybe $5 per copy.... I'm not sure if I would want to offer a printed copy or an e-book type thing.

Please leave your opinions here! I greatly appreciate it!

Tiffany
Mindticor.com

Oct. 13th, 2006

Hi I'm new

Anyways I've been crocheting hats for Christmas gifts (getting an early start) and the first three I made went fabulously, little or no problems involved. You see, I'm used to just crocheting the easy stuff like scarves and other rectangular objects. I've been trying to make a hat with kitty ears and surprisingly I only found two (free) patterns online, one is a Hello Kitty hat and the other is from crochetme.com and I don't like that one. But the Hello Kitty pattern was all kinds of weird (at least to me) so I figured I'd just find a regular beanie/skully type hat pattern and then use the Hello Kitty pattern to do the ears. Well now this one is going weird too and so I'm convinced that its me doing something wrong. I followed it exactly but for some reason it is so much wider than it should be and it just keeps getting wider as I follow the pattern and never starts to kind of... I don't know what the word would be.. taper I guess. It never gets to be hat shaped.

Basically the pattern I'm using goes like this:

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Mind you I end up stopping after the 10th or so row wondering why the crap it doesn't look like the picture yet. Is that pattern off or something? Or does anybody have a no-fail pattern? I just want it to be a simple thing because its going to have ears and I think anything fancy will look weird with the ears plus I think I'd have a hard time placing them.

ACTS OF KINDNESS

For Soldiers:
www.the shipsproject.com/Home.htm

For the Homeless:
www.warmupamerica.org

For premature babies:
www.carewear.org

For Troubled Teens:
www.binkypatrol.org
Seeing as it's kind of chilly today and seeing that I'm learning how to crochet and seeing as I LOVE giving to people I had a really great idea!!!

I thought that come mid october a whole bunch of us could have a huge stitch and bitch to make scarfs, mittens and hats for some homeless shelters in the nova/dc area! I'm posting this in every community I'm a member of that has anything to do with crafts, or DC so leave me some comments and let me know what you think of the idea!

~joanie

Sharing the love

I've used this website as a source for a long time now and its great, dependable and wanted to share it with ya'll:

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory.php

Along with another one that was fwd:

http://www.myhq.com/public/c/r/crochetpoet/
The Naughty Knitting & Kinky Crochet site is finally up!

Naughty Knitting & Kinky Crochet Fundraiser website

Please please please pass it along to anyone you know who does fiber arts or any BDSM-related groups you think might even remotely be interested. I'd really like to see last year's donation doubled for this year.

I'm recruiting for volunteers to make specialty items for a vendor fair in November. Details are on the website.

I'll be posting information about Craft Nights in Portland, OR, soon - socials where we can work together, and share materials and ideas for items for the fundraiser.

Live outside of the Portland/Vancouver area? E-mail me about mailing in finished items.

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