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Thursday, February 09, 2006Name: Oracle428
Subject: Stitch Counting & Fringe
Comment: Paperclips make great stitch counters... (and who doesn't usually have a handful of extra paper clips lying around)... just pop one on the stitch you want to mark. (Safety Pins work great as well and are a little easier to put on and take off, but I never have as many of those lying around).
Thursday, February 09, 2006Name: Dorothy's Daughter
Subject: Free stitch markers
Comment: I have found that the flat plastic bread-bag "clips" are great (and free) to mark your increase/decrease areas, or to mark the center, etc. Best of all, when they break, you have a new one at hand!!
Thursday, February 09, 2006Name: Jo
Subject: Keeping everything neat
Comment: With cats, dogs, and children, I kept finding yarn all over or projects cut off my skein (aren't 3 year olds HELPFUL?) so I found a cheap pocketbook at a thrift store with 2 large zippered pockets, put my yarn in one (after removing the zipper) and my projects in another (with the zipper left for a bit of protection). So far, I've finally finished an afghan without "help"!
Wednesday, February 08, 2006Name: Chanel
Comment: 3 liter pastic soft drink bottle. Cut a slit in the side and slip the skein in. Twist off the cap and pull the thread through the opening. It can roll around in the car, on the floor or wherever you are. Keeps the thread clean and the cat can't get to it.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006Name: Bright Eyes
Subject: crochet needle gripper!
Comment: I grab an elastic band.. sometimes from broccoli if it's a large hook, and sometimes those braces elastics for the really tiny hooks and wind it around the needle.. move it to where it's going to be your gripping point and VOILA, almost free hook gripper! I really really need it when using needles that are slippery!
Tuesday, February 07, 2006Name: Jessica van de Kieft
Subject: Keeping your yarn clean
Comment: I have four dogs and I was always noticing that their fur was getting caught up in my yarn and into my projects, I now keep my yarn in baby wipe containers, just feed the end of the yarn through the dispenser hole (this only works if you have the yarn being fed out from the inside of the ball)
Sunday, February 05, 2006Name: Tanya S.
Subject: Keeping count
Comment: Hi! I am just turning 35 and learning to crochete. What I do is take a twist tie and thread it throgh every 20th stitch to keep count... Otherwise, I am pulling it out, starting the row over, pulling it out, etc., etc., etc. and so on... This making the project take twice as long as it should, lol... I hope someone can use this tip, and thank you for this sight! Happy sewing!:>)
Tuesday, January 31, 2006Name: aardvark
Subject: Storing Works in Progress
Comment: I use ziplock bags which now comes in LOTS of sizes up to 2 gal. They go
into my large hand-crocheted "work bag", which I keep near my door.
Thursday, January 26, 2006Name: Tee
Subject: counting stitches
Comment: hey everyone i have a tip for yall. Whenever i start a project, i put the pins or something else in the stitches so i dont have to recount, wasting my time. Im only 13 so i know what im doing but i wish that i had that idea when i started crocheting at age 11.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006Name: Laura Rusch
Subject: Graph paper for patterns
Comment: I love this site! When I have an idea and I need patterns, this is a great site for ideas.
Monday, January 23, 2006Name: Susan Trumblay
Subject: Hook Organization
Comment: I make hook organizers from scraps of heavy fabric (corduroy, twill, denim works great). Cut two 12" squares, sew around edges leaving a small opening to allow for turning right side out. Slip stitch opening.
Monday, January 23, 2006Name: Denise
Subject: scrap yarn
Comment: Many crocheters have lots of scraps of varying thickness yarn and thread. It's hard to find ideas that combine all sizes. Try using thread as an edging for that scrapghan, or twist 3 or 4 threads for a "4-ply" yarn. Or use 2 strands of 4-ply as a "bulky weight". Another great idea is the russian joining method (found on this site!) to combine all those pieces (same size) into one variegated yarn or thread.
Friday, January 20, 2006Name: Heather
Subject: binder portfolio
Comment: I filled a plastic 3-ring binder with clear page protectors. I put my patterns in the page protectors. When I finish a project, I slip a picture of it in with the pattern. In the front of the binder is a flat canvas pencil case (the kind made for a 3-ring binder) with a clear front that holds my hooks, small scissors, and yearn needles.
Monday, January 16, 2006Name: Donna C
Subject: Holding hooks
Comment: Just another way to hold crochet hooks by your side... How about those stands they sell for holding multiple toothbrushes? I see them at yard sales and thrift stores all the time.
Saturday, January 14, 2006Name: Kendra
Comment: You don't need anything special to block pieces. I just pin them to the floor. It's free, gives you a lot of working space and the carpet backing holds the pins in place perfectly. Just make sure both your carpet and your work are clean and colorfast first.
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