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7/15/07 3:44 P

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Oh course I miss the knit/crochet thread. LOL I do both and I have been doing them since I was knee high to a frog, but crochet will always be my first love. :-)

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Great uncle??? How lucky! My mom taught me the single chain stitch, which was all she knew. The real family craftster, my grandma, died when I was 2. I remember her, but at that stage in my life all my artistic abilities were in scribbling in my coloring books!

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Well crap - is the Accountant going to have to come over here and do the math????? LOL It's great to see you three having such a good run with this thread.

On the crochet topic - can any of you say that you were taught by your great-uncle????? Mine did! He was so cool.

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I was an English major in college because I couldn't (and still can't) do math. I know that if I could do it a lot more of my fabric experiments would turn out on the second try...instead of the third, fourth, etc. LOL emoticon

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Sigh. I knew you were going to say "do the math." That's the one part of knitting that I could do without.

I get messed up on the decreases and increases when I adjust patterns. I ALWAYS do. Must be what's left of the blonde in me. :)

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ROFL 56 inch hips????Hey are we twins? LOL That's what mine are;) Glad I'm not alone there.

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Hee. i've got 56 inch hips, and I fully intend to do the math to make one for me. It's pretty easy rectangular construction (at least the top is... and I'm not plannin gon putting hte bikini bottom into the belt, as I'm going to want to wear it over a skirt....) I've got this really beautiful red ribbon yarn that I decided didn't want to be what I bought it for...

The catch with going up needle sizes to get the right size is that you will change the drape of the finished fabric, so swatch, swatch swatch!!! For this one, I think I'm going to be doin gthe math...

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Amanda, I bet if you use needles a size or two bigger, you'd get something that would fit...or figure out how many stitches per inch and add enough extra stitches to get the right amount on the needle:D Soooo...if it's four stitches per inch, you're at 39 inches and that pattern is for 37, you'd add 8 extra stitches to the first row and simply add the extra stitches whenever you need to. For that particular pattern I'd probably just use larger needles because my math SUCKS!

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OMG -- I've seen that and it's adorable but I never figured I'd get down to a 37 inch hip!

Think I can do it? Maybe at my goal I'll be that little.

Oh wait -- I'll NEVER be that little in the chest. Even at my lowest weight, I was 37" around. Sigh.

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ROFL...gee I never thought of it that way! Thanks;) hehehe I've got a two hour car ride to a family reunion tomorrow. Gonna take my fake strings of pearls and work on the pearl belt...either that or I'll start knitting another farmer's market bag.

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Doilies + fringe & beads = "cleopatra" style headdresses...

Oops, I'm enabling again!

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bikini coverup: http://www.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?I
d=122024

I figure I'm going to have to adjust the pattern by a LOT, but it might be worth it for a casual bedlah! :) And of course, add paillettes and/or coins.

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7/13/07 9:37 A

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I'm definitely better at knitting. I learned a tiny bit of crochet when I was little, but I got bored making doilies...which is all I seemed to be able to do! Although....I am tempted to try to pick it up again so I can make that crocheted mesh dress...hmmmm...way, way too many hobbies!

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I much prefer knitting. I don't feel like I have a real handle on crochet, but I think it really boils down to what you started doing first.

Deromily, I'd love to see the pattern for the bikini coverup!! I love cute things like that, even if I'll never fit into them :)

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Preference? I do both... crochet and knitting are good for different things. Crochet is faster, and I think lends itself to including paillets and dangly coins better than knitting. It also uses more thread and is a bit harder-wearing.

Knitting... well there are some really nice bolero and choli top patterns out there knit out of ribbon yarn, and I have the pattern for what is technically a bikini cover-up also out of ribbon yarn that has 18 inch fringe on the belt part... looks like it will get knit up for dancing at some point. :)

I think the harder question is a matter of what you're used to. I was much better at knitting than crochet for a LONG time...I've finally wrapped my head around crochet and now do both equally well...

I also embroider and stitch art to wear oh, and colored pencil dance portraits... Have I mentioned that I have too many hobbies?

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7/12/07 9:46 P

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Anyone prefer knitting over crocheting? Here's my opinion: If you make a mistake, such as a hole, it's less likely to spot in crochet, and I prefer it when it comes to most things. With Knitting, It seems harder & you aren't as leanient as with crochet.

 
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As the "I hate to sew" member of this contingent - may I officially say, "Y'all have fun!!!" LOL

Very good thread you have going - keep it up!

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As a hand-knitter, I hear this a lot. You cannot handknit a sweater for the price you can buy one. Especially anything complicated -- and forget trying to sell it. VERY few people understand the diff betwen mass produced and hand made, and even they have a hard time justifying a $200 sweater.

What I make I make because I love making it. I can't look to selling it because it would be too expensive, and frankly I'm not THAT good at it. :)

But it's so cool to get comments like "oh what a cute top!" And I get to say, oh yes -- I made it.

And getting custom fit and custom designed clothes ROCKS!

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On the other hand, if you're too tall and too wide for the purchased crocheted dresses, making your own might very well be worth the time and effort.

I tend to carry needlework with me wherever I go: currently it's not bellydance related, but small applques for future bedlah might be in the works as a carry-along! A crocheted dress? Hmmmm. it's a project Iv'e thought about. :)

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Of course the question is: Would $100 be worth your time? If you were selling your talent for crocheting at $10 per hour, could you make a crocheted dress in ten hours? It's a dilemma a lot of craftsters/costumers face...making something that's affordable but that still pays them so they aren't getting ripped off.

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If you had the time, you could make one of those beaded crochet dresses. I think they sell for around $100. They're pretty over unitards.

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7/11/07 5:13 P

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Yeah, definately, I'll put like 3-4 small beads on every loop not 2 here 4 there, 5 there, or it will look wierd! Maybe a coin on every other one, or i'll add the coins around the edges with the internet pattern you guys found. :P

 
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That might take some trial and error, you have to determine what order to slide them on, so you don't end up having to cut the string to rearrange them as you go along.

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Great! I'll find the coins somewhere... That's great the beads are easy to find too. I'll try to use the second tip, where you put all of the beads and coins on and then push them up when you crochet. Thanks for all the tips! I'll definately make one! :P

 
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Adding coins and beads are fairly easy with crochet. When you're ready to add a coin, push the loop through the coin's hole and continue crocheting. Ditto for beads. You can *kind of * improvise and do the same thing if you're knitting...or... you can string all the beads and/or coins on to the yarn you're using and push them up into place as you knit, locking each in place by making the next stitch. Hope that makes sense. I just ordered an awesome book from Interweave press that I'm hoping will inspire me when I'm making my costumes called Beaded Embellishment: Techniques & Designs for Embroidering on Cloth. Hopefully I'll have it next week:D

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YOu can get coins and beads from a lot of the websites that carry costumes and accessories. You know I could never spell that word.

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Great! Thanks a lot! I'll try to make one... Do you know about what to use for coins, or how to hook them on? I'm going to check out the pattern site, thanks!

 
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OHMYGODDESS you people rock!!! I've been looking for patterns forever!!!!!

May the coins on your hips never fall off.

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Ohhh that would be cool! Tunisian crochet is interesting. I have the power of google and I should be able to find out a little more about it;) thanks for the info!

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I'm a knitter too, and some magazine just recently had an article about how you can knit and fake the look of tunisian crochet. can't remember which one, though, so I guess this post was kind of pointless...

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I'm more of a knitter. I want to eventually knit a hip scarf using my big needle. Lots of crochet hip scarf patterns, not so many knit ones out there so I'll probably have to come up with my own...no biggie.
At the moment I'm trying to make a "pearl" hip belt using fake pearl trim I found at JoAnne's last night. I was looking at all the metal hip belts at my instructor's (that wouldn't fit without some serious modifying or buying a second belt) boutique and then I thought to myself, a pearl one would be very cool and different! I can do that....and it'll be a lot cheaper than $30+
I started working on it last night...sewing the beads to a satin ribon base not only for a bit more stability, but to give me an idea of how wide and long it needs to be. I sure hope fifteen yards of fake pearls is enough to come up with what I want! LOL

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Try this site: http://joyfuldancer.home.comcast.net/hats/
fgallery.htm

Many many patterns.

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Yes you can, but for the life of me, I can't remember where I saw the pattern.

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Does anyone know whether you can crochet coin scarves? I really should try to make one, thay would be so much fun!

 
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