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Headband

This is a really pretty idea for a headband. The organza ribbon adds a nice feminine touch.

Vintage New Yellow Headband

Now to figure out my own version of it.

There’s actually some really pretty items on that site. If I couldn’t crochet myself, I’d probably consider buying a couple (and might still anyway).

And this bikini on a different site is a bit–umm–out there, although I’m sure someone somewhere would like it. Interesting, to say the least. 🙂

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If the image at the left looks like a large blob of grocery bags, you’re halfway correct. It’s plastic bags cut into strips to make a “material” suitable for crocheting.

This weekend I went to another craft day at Lissa’s house with two other craft-a-teers. Learning to make plastic bags into a big ball of yarn that could be crocheted into just about anything I wanted is one of the things we did together. Carrie was the “pro” at the idea, and she and Lissa demonstrated how to fold the bags then cut them with a rotary cutter. While they folded & cut, I attached the strips together, making my very own ball of very plastic yarn. Now to figure out what to do with it. Carrie had a couple of bags she’d already made which were really cute, and Lissa was working on one for herself. I’m sure I’ll make a bag out of it, but I don’t know yet if I want to look for a pattern I like or just wing it. I guess time will tell what this plastic glob will become.

Among the other things we did: a knit hat was finished and we all checked the washer when it was time to see how much it had felted, a pair (actually a single) flip-flop was attempted to be made with some very thick jute, and we all crocheted and knitted, whichever was our preferred way of doing things at the time. We also talked, laughed, munched, and had an overall good time.

Jenn was a little late so she missed out on the plastic glob yarn making demonstration and the felting, but she jumped right in and started working on a market bag she’d been crocheting. I was totally delighted when she said she thought crocheting was so much easier than knitting and that she may just have to switch back to it. Now I don’t feel all alone when I bring out my hook and yarn. It’s good encouragement for me to start going to the Wednesday night “knitting” group again since she’s usually there as well.

Too, last time I was at craft day, I took a few of the things I’ve made over the year. One was a really pretty wire crochet bracelet done with gold wire and golden-hued beads (liked the one shown at the right). It was gorgeous, if I do say so myself, and I gave it to Jenn. She told me when she arrived this last time that a friend of hers wants me to make a couple of bracelets to try to sell in her store. How cool is that! So, in the next couple of weeks or so, I’m going to add some wire crochet projects to my WIPs.

All four of us decided we were going to try to get a table together at a couple of upcoming craft fairs in our area for the holidays. One can’t be signed up for until the first part of September and the other I need to call on and see what information I can find out. It’ll be my first  shot at a craft fair, and having a few other people to hang out with and craft with doesn’t hurt. I’m looking forward to it. Not only are my crochet WIPs going to grow in the very near future; my other crafty venues are going to get some attention as well.

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Is Crochet Cheap?

It’s been said in a couple of places on the net that some people think crocheters are cheap (I don’t have the quotes offhand to elaborate), which is one reason why crochet gets such a bad rep.

In making a list of some yarns I’m going to order this weekend, I’ve noticed that the most expensive yarn I need for one of the projects I’m wanting to start is $4.99 a skein, making the overall cost of the project twenty bucks, not figuring in time. The least expensive is $1.99 x 2 and the middle one is $3.95 x 3. When I figure my total cost including tax and shipping & handling, my total comes to fifty-five dollars and some change. I have to wonder if this is actually considered cheap. I know I’m getting three projects from the yarn–a pair of socks, a plus-sized tank, and a baby gift–but still yarn is yarn, and I’m buying what I actually need for each of my projects. If I needed a more expensive and different yarn content, I’d purchase it, but since I don’t, the less expensive yarns are the pratical solution.

Funny. I don’t feel cheap at all. Giving of my time and putting a little love into every stitch of every project no matter who it is for or what yarn content it is made of is really the only way to truly judge what an item costs overall. You just can’t put a price tag on that.

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Tidbit

Just ran across this little piece of information:

1 out of 3 women knows how to knit or crochet. The number of women who do these crafts increased from 34.7 million in 1994 to 38 million in 2000.

I have no idea where the statistic comes from or how valid is, so don’t quote me on it.

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Crocheted Socks

I’m such a book whore. I just took it upon myself to purchase a copy of Crocheted Socks: 16 Fun-To-Stitch Patterns from Amazon for just $6.95. Publisher’s price is $18.95, and I can never pass up a bargain on a crochet book or novel I like. I’ve borrowed this book half-a-dozen times from the library, and I’ve yet to make any of the socks; however, I plan to when I find a yarn I like for the project(s). Maybe if I’d quit spending all of my crochet money on books and start buying some yarn instead I’d get more projects done and do less browsing. 😀

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Bargain Book

Crochet Project Book Our library has a nice lil’ “booktique” in it, full of books that people have donated or books they no longer need on the library shelves. I like to go in and scroll through the shelves, looking for a bargain. I rarely find anything crochet-related, but I did run across this little jewel: Do It Yourself Crochet Design Workbook. It was published in 1975, and most of the patterns in it are kinda–should I say?–tacky, but it also has over 300 crochet stitch patterns, covering lace, flower motifs, shell patterns, geometric patterns, edgings, borders, and so on. It’s in great condition considering its age, and for a mere 50 cents, I call it a bargain, especially since it’s $4 plus shipping on Amazon.

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