SparkPeople Crocheters: Hooked on Healthy! Team Messageboard A team for crocheters, originally created for members of a popular online crochet community -- but happily open to all who wield a hook and yarn! SparkPeople Crocheters: Hooked on Healthy! Team Messageboard Help Needed: Crocheting g/Knitting Chair What makes a good chair for hours of crocheting (or knitting)? <BR> <BR> Background: I ask the question because it turns out I am in need of a comfortable crochet chair, but I do not know what to look for without pulling out the yarn and needle and test driving it for a few days. With the pandemic, I am working from home and had to setup a makeshift office which is nothing more than a card table with a folding chair. I started having trouble with my running, particularly my lower back. Now i... Wed, 29 Apr 2020 10:49:11 EST Hello From Ohio! Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Stacy. I am married to a wonderful man, we will be celebrating 13 years this year and 16 years together. We have a 12 year old son who is into everything under the sun. We are involved in Scouts, Archery, 4H, and Soccer. We are missing all of our friends and family right now. <BR> <BR> We also have a busy home life as well. We have close to 40 chickens, two cats, a dog, and two parakeets. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with anxiety two years ago and have been on ... Wed, 22 Apr 2020 10:41:27 EST Intro from the Midwest Hello fellow Crocheters. My name is Randy. I have been married 27 years as of last week. Those celebrations are on hold due to the current lock down. We have 6 children, 3 of which are still at home. <BR> <BR> I am a 30-year Air Force veteran from the foothills of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina transplanted to southern Illinois. Granny Hodges was always crocheting...always. At age 7 I asked her to teach me. By age 10 I could read patterns and make things. Since then, I h... Thu, 16 Apr 2020 16:25:17 EST Designing your own Can someone tell me how to design my own patterns? There are a couple things l would like to do, like crochet animals, but I don't know how. I can find books of patterns for some animals, but not what I want. I know someone who does knitting and can just come up with an animal of any kind (usually dog or cat) and never has to have a pattern. She will do them of friend's pets all the time. I want to be able to do my breed, but I don't know how. Would like to be able to do other breeds, too. Pl... Mon, 13 Apr 2020 14:07:24 EST Reading patterns I seem to be the only person who is always needing help. Mostly this is just a question, though. I have been watching Knit and Crochet Now and they often have something I might want to try, but when they put up the pattern they only show the diagram, which I am not sure I can read. When the pattern is in a diagram like that, do they also have written instructions telling what kind of stitches to use? I can follow the written instructions most of the time (unless they don't make sense at all).... Mon, 13 Apr 2020 14:02:53 EST Greetings from Manitoba, Canada Good morning! <BR> <BR> I have recently returned to my goal of losing weight after fitful stops &amp; starts. I have been crocheting for a few years now and find it a great creative outlet. Currently I have a wrap on the go, using an ombre yarn and some "Sunday slippers" and we won't mention my UFO pile! LOL <BR> <BR> I am also an avid reader. <BR> <BR> I have a weakness for sweet things, so I tried a couple of weeks of a low carb, high fat diet and now plan to transition to a more tradit... Sat, 26 Oct 2019 12:27:02 EST Hooking for stress relief Hi everyone! I just saw this group a few minutes ago and thought it was a perfect place for me. <BR> <BR> I started crocheting at the beginning of this year and it's become my go-to stress relieving activity. I do cross stitch as well but crocheting is my first choice most of the time. <BR> <BR> Need to get working out in the mix... :-) Wed, 2 Oct 2019 10:14:50 EST Hello Hi, I am Gina and a relatively new crochet addict. I taught myself using YouTube videos as well as crochet-a-longs. I have been a half-hearted knitter for 30 years, but once I found crochet I switched from needles to hooks and I have been happily hooking ever since. <em>334</em> I just rejoined SP recently and am glad I can combine my love for crochet with making better lifestyle choices and getting healthy. I am looking forward to getting to make new friends and not only encourage but ... Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:35:38 EST Hello to all from Lancaster, PA My name is Carol and I'm 74 years old soon to be 75. I'm married, mother of three adult children, stepmom to two adult sons, grandma of 6, and a great-grandma to 3 little ones. I'm retired and enjoy it! <BR> I love to crochet and knit and I belong to a local yarn group that knits and crochets for charity and I love it. I get to indulge my passions and know that what I am making will put a smile on someones face. <em>41</em> <BR> I've been a Sparker on and off for six years. Just re... Thu, 4 Jul 2019 11:00:58 EST Hello from Sunny Florida! Hello All! <BR> <BR> I'm Crystal from central Florida. I'm 57 (soon to be 58 on May 12) and I've returned to my passion of crocheting. I can't seem to get enough of it! <BR> <BR> I'm married with 2 adult daughters and 2 granddogs! No grandchildren yet, but I'm hoping for a wedding in the near future! Wed, 1 May 2019 07:10:02 EST Howdy From GA I always wanted to learn how to crochet, but never could figure it out. I learned how to knit okay-ish, but was super slow at it. Then I had a friend come over and literally move my hands how they were supposed to be held and walk me through the basics. I'm still a beginner, and not the best, but I find crocheting to be relaxing and I love wearing and sharing my work!! My kids love the things I've made for them, but I have not picked up a hook in a year and a half, I want that to change. I wa... Wed, 10 Apr 2019 05:20:44 EST Hello from sunny Arizona Hello everyone, <BR> My great grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was 8 years old and I've enjoyed doing it ever since. Though I live in Arizona, I'm originally from Chicago. I have 4 beautiful daughters and 2 "grand doggies" (my daughters' chihuahuas). I'm looking forward to learning some new crochet patterns in this group. :) Chris Sat, 26 Jan 2019 17:01:15 EST Hi I am a grandmother of 9 and mother of 4. I love to do any kind of needlework I am 71 and retired. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 17:34:51 EST pickle relish? I am looking for ideas on how to make crocheted pickle relish. Anyone have any ideas? I won a hot dog costume for Cassie and was trying to figure out what I can do with it to make it good for a costume contest. Obviously, just a purchased costume isn't going to hack it. So far I am making potato chips and have a chip bag for them to be coming out of (only crocheting the chips, not the bag). Someone suggested putting relish on the hot dog since it only has catsup and mustard and is in a bun. I... Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:02:42 EST What is... Okay what is the hardest part of your weight loss journey? Is it overeating? is it exercise? <BR> <BR> For me right now it is a combination of too much snacking in the evening and not enough time spent on my feet. Sun, 9 Sep 2018 10:47:45 EST September Yarn Chat Good morning, just interested in what everyone is working on this September? Wed, 5 Sep 2018 08:40:02 EST Hi, New Member in September Hello, all! <BR> <BR> I was glad to find a crochet board on the forums! I love to crochet! However, just as I was really getting into the swing of things, I've had to take a break due to hand and wrist problems. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know other crocheters who want to get healthy!! Mon, 3 Sep 2018 20:58:37 EST New member I'm new to this team. I'm from sunny Edmonton, Alberta. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:52:44 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 4 May 2018 21:21:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 4 May 2018 21:17:55 EST Question Did I miss stash busters? When is the UFO challenge? I'm currently trying to get my computer running so I can join group goals and be more consistent. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 05:58:01 EST New member Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Kim and I have been crocheting for a few years now. Believe it or not, I picked up the hobby to help me lose weight. I know it sounds weird, but it keeps my hands busy so I don’t snack mindlessly. Also, I can’t eat Cheetos while making something pretty. <BR> <BR> I work full time, have been married for over 15 years and have two kids. I recently moved from Chicago to Iowa and am happy to be working with a great charity called The Preemie Project. We make ha... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:46:32 EST Welcome to November -- holiday crocheting? Last year when I pulled out my holiday tree I made in 1975, it was so gray-ish, I put a calendar reminder to wash it and make it white again. The calendar reminder showed up this morning. I'll probably try Oxyclean at first, then a mix of Borax/Washing soda. It was stiffened with Aileen's Stiffener, so I hope it's sort of like Elmer's and washes out. <BR> <BR> I have some green pull tabs that I want to crochet around with green thread to make small green trees. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>er... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:14:05 EST Hi Everyone I am new to this team. My crochet ability is limited. I do granny square lap blankets and donate them to charity. Crocheting in the evening keeps my hands busy when I am watching TV <img src=""> Wed, 2 Aug 2017 23:13:57 EST Hi! Hi, I am Angela or otherwise known as GramGram to my grandbabies. I have returned to crocheting partly as a way to keep my mom alive in my heart. I never knew my mother to handle a day that did not have some sort of crocheting involved especially if a family crisis was alive and well. Without realizing it she taught me to use crocheting as a way to think through the problem as well as relax. The second reason is the yarn......Let's face it there are some also yarns out there that just beg... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:02:43 EST Howdy! I'm new to this group and new to Sparkpeople. I started crocheting when my grandmother taught me at age 9 I had sever asthma and couldn't play with my cousins so we would learn a craft. Crochet stuck with me the most. Now I crochet for my grandkids they are not so interested in learning. I look forward to learning about you all and your projects. Currently I'm working on a lavender doily and a scarf for a co-worker. I recently heard a lecture about Irish crochet at the Celtic festival in town... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:27:16 EST Hello! I just joined the team today, but I have been on Spark for awhile. Although I haven't been very faithful about it. I thought perhaps joining a team would help me stay with here I am. <BR> I have been a crocheter since I was about 9 years old, when my mom taught me the chain stitch, lol. It was an off and on hobby, but since about 2-3 three years ago, I really got into it more. Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:57:42 EST Hello Hi everyone! I am in my 30's from Michigan. I've lost over 100 lbs. before before the PTSD. My blood sugars forced me to wake up and try to save my own life again but i am still struggling a lot. I'm hoping that being on SP will help me stay motivated as it did in the past. Being on teams with supportive friendly people makes everything fun and a lot easier. Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:43:15 EST Joining motifs I'm back again with more questions, mostly I keep getting confused trying to follow the pattern. First I messed up and did round four around all my motifs and then found out it was just supposed to be for the first one, so I'm busy taking that out. Now I am trying to get even the first two together. So this will be pretty long. Where I am confusing is how many sides to do before I connect the second motif. I am thinking two, but thought maybe someone could look and see if I am reading it corr... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:50:16 EST Hi New to the group. I have been crocheting for about 7 or 8 years now. Self-taught using how to books and you tube videos. I just turned 46 yrs young yesterday and have realized I have gained way too much weight in the last decade. It is time to make this weight go bye bye so that I can walk around in the yard and play with the grandbabies without being out of breath all the time. I thought stopping smoking would help with the being out of breath but I have gained more weight since I stopped sm... Mon, 29 May 2017 09:47:16 EST Finishing off Seems like I am the one who keeps asking for help. I have never really learned some of these things since I have only learned by following patterns. They all say "finish off" and I am not sure how to do that without having the crochet unravel. I have always managed to get a knot in it somewhere and then weave in the ends. <BR> <BR> How do you finish off your crochet projects without having them unravel on you? I don't want to give someone something and then have it come apart on them. I am c... Thu, 4 May 2017 10:46:44 EST Hello I'm a 40 something mom of three teenage boys from Texas who just learned to crochet last year, and I'm returning to spark after I realized I can't walk this path alone and be successful. The last time I was on here, I didn't take advantage of the community aspect, and I'm pretty sure that's where I went wrong. I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to the world of forums and message boards, so please be patient with me. I'm really looking forward to making some new friends who face similar weight ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 14:59:39 EST Stitch that makes starting stitch smaller I don't know how to say that. I saw this stitch one time that you can use that after you do the stitches in the first stitch you can pull the end and tighten that first stitch so it doesn't have a big hole at the start. I am not exactly sure what that would be called, so I don't know how to look it up. <BR> <BR> Can anyone help me with that? I'm trying to make a baby's beanie to go with a cocoon. It has 12 stitches in the 1st stitch (ring) and has a big hole that way. Looks terrible. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:46:18 EST Mixing yarn textures I originally put this in an older topic, but thought maybe I should start a new one, so here goes. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to do granny squares to make a baby blanket because I don't have enough of any one color to do a little girl's blanket. I have a couple pink blends (two with lavender and two with white) and several different pastel colors that are all the older textured Bernat Baby Coordinates. I don't have enough of any one color for the border around the squares and around the en... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:31:03 EST Just found this team! Hi everyone! I have been using SP for a good while now, but only started crocheting in August this year. It is proving to be slow progress, but I am trying to make a baby blanket for my nephew who is due in the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> I have a lot going on generally, but I am trying to get more structure to my time and allow myself allotted crochet time, as I do find it really relaxing when I get into my stride! It can also stop me grazing, which is never a bad thing! <BR> <BR> No doubt ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:06:07 EST return to team not new to spark I was a member of this team long ago - currently looking to renew my love of crochet while I work on losing weight - glad this team is still here. <BR> Look forward to chatting in the boards. <em>252</em> <BR> jean Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:32:40 EST Newbie Hi guys, <BR> I'm Brenda but go by Star. I'm new to the group just joined.. I'm 34 and a mom of 3 teens 1 girl and 2 boys, and I look forward to getting to know everyone and maybe making a few friends. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:38:25 EST Hello from North Carolina I am a 48 year old woman. I have a baby dress, bonnet, booties, diaper cover, and bib in the works. Trying to find time for that and do this program. I really need to loss over 100 lbs. I have lost 5 lbs since the 12th of September. That was just done through physical therapy and the fitness room in my apartment complex. Next month I Start a gym. how do you all keep up with your crocheting and working out and life it's self? Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:52:53 EST Hi! Hi! My names Angela, I'm 31 years old and from Nova Scotia, Canada. <BR> I've been with my awesome hubby for 13 years this Halloween, mum to an amazing 3 year old little boy, and due to have our second baby anyday now. <BR> I want to get to know some people before baby comes and get in a habit of using this site so I can slowly, and in a healthy way, get back into shape after baby #2 comes. <BR> I love crocheting, it's what I do to relax after we get our little man to sleep and have been r... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 04:28:49 EST Crocheting dogs I know that some people here have been doing amigurami (I think that is right) and wondering if anyone can help me figure out how to do some of this. I am trying to make Australian Cattle Dogs now, but have only seen two patterns of them and not really as I want, but maybe can buy the one that is for sale. Other than that I was wondering if I can use several patterns to get the pattern I want. I am also having problems finding yarn for it. I can find some that looks really good for a blue... Tue, 24 May 2016 17:11:14 EST Hello everyone~ :o) Hello, I'm WinterBreezy and I'm from Michigan! I'm 27 years old and currently unemployed at the moment. I've struggled with weight loss for a very long time, and because of my unemployment and very few friends it's left me with being home alone sitting at a computer screen all day. And I've struggled to try and find other things to do to be active, but nothing really comes to mind. Not to mention I struggle to clean the house because I lack the motivation. But just last week I got tired of ma... Mon, 23 May 2016 23:07:24 EST Hello!! Hey name is Dawn. I am a married mom of three, only one of which still solidly at home. My second oldest is a truck driver, and his home base is still home, but he is only home about every 2 weeks for the weekend. My oldest is a student at University of North Alabama in the elementary education study. <BR> <BR> I have been crocheting off and on since I was in the second grade. I also knit, and have been doing so off and on since the sixth grade. <BR> <BR> My goal for coming bac... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:49:17 EST Figured out chain stitches Well I finally figured out my chain stitches. Now I need to figure how to do a slip stitch. I need to watch the video again to see how many chain stitches I need after the slip stitch. Thanks for all the encouragement, I knew I would figure out how to do them again. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:50:50 EST Newbie to Spark and Crochet Hello all, <BR> My name is Nichole and I am a mother with 3 kids (20, 14, 12) and I started trying to learn to crochet in Dec 2014 after I completed my Bachelor Degree and found I needed something to do now that all my spare time, however limited, wasn't spent studying. So far I have only mastered the single crochet and managed to make several scarves and two afghans. I would like to learn more complex stitches and patterns but I am having a hard time understanding the language. LOL Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:38:43 EST single crochet So I am still trying to figure out Single Crochet. For some reason can't figure out how to get the yarn through both loops, but I am not giving up. <BR> <BR> I have a friend who is going to send me a pattern for a bookmark that using chain stitches and slip stitches, so we will see if I can figure it out. I will just have to figure out how to add a slip stitch to make a circle. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:57:56 EST newbie here I am learning how to crochet slowly but surely. I will get a picture up soon. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:36:04 EST New to team, but not crocheting Hi! My name is Michelle. I have been on Spark People off and on for along time. I just turned 50 in September and should lose about 90 lbs to get to healthy weight for my size. I love crocheting, along with embroidering, needlepoint and beadwork. I always have several projects going on at one time. My current crochet projects are: purses, bookmarks and attempting to learn how to make crocheted beaded necklaces. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:32:28 EST Hi Crochet People !! I love that I found a team with the same interest I have in Crochet. I'm Bridget, I've been off &amp; on Spark people for a while, so I'm on again YEAH. My grandmother taught me to crochet about 40 yrs ago, but with family &amp; work I set it aside. Picked it up again in January of last year and I really enjoy it. Now I have to balance my love of sitting to crochet, with my need to get up and walk. <BR> <BR> <em>419</em> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:05:37 EST Hey Everyone Joined the team a while ago, and am finally getting around to saying hi. <BR> My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was about 9, my mom had a hard time trying to teach me. She was left handed and I am right so my grandmother stepped in. <BR> I am currently working on an afghan for my daughter, I started it last year obviously I didn't get it done. <BR> I am hoping working on the afghan will help not snack so much which in turn will become weight loss, with a little exercise... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 20:32:18 EST Hi everyone! My name is Toni and I'm a 41-year-old married mom of 3 boys, ages 18, 14 and 3. I recently took up crochet - within the last week - and am quickly falling in love with it! I look forward to getting to know all of you while getting health and making fun stuff!! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 09:55:44 EST Hello from Central Illinois Hello there! <BR> <BR> My name's Bex, and I'm 24. I've been crocheting for about 6(?) years. I was, technically, taught how to crochet when I was in kindergarten, but I never did anything with it until college. <BR> <BR> Crocheting's really my go-to stress relief, and it's perfect because it can be taken anywhere! <BR> <BR> I've actually gotten my sister back into crocheting, so I'm pretty proud of that! Mon, 7 Sep 2015 01:09:30 EST crochet squares for charity A couple years ago I started crocheting squares for charity -- for homeless. Michaels had a sign up that they were going to collect them and put together some blankets. Does anyone know where to get instructions for those things? Sun, 6 Sep 2015 21:48:54 EST hello from yorkshire hi my name is mandy ,i am going to loose 72lbs .....hopefully im definately going to do it ,my hobbies are crocheting and knitting , please to meet you all <em>524</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:12:29 EST Howdy! I'm just getting started again on SP. It's been a few years, few kids and a few medical conditions since I was on here last. I thought it'd be fun to seek out fellow crocheters. It's one of my most favorite crafts. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 20:44:08 EST spinner who loves to crochet Hello, I am 25 years old and I love to crochet! My goal is to lose 50 lbs and to lose the weight I spin 3-4 times a week. When I have down time I crochet blankets and donate them to the pediatric wing of a nearby hospital. I am so excited to join Sparkpeople and to maybe get crochet tips! Mon, 25 May 2015 15:12:22 EST Chart from Germany/Crochet Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am working on a draped tank top, chart from Germany. <BR> <BR> What is the best way to tell if you're supposed to crochet into the stitch or in the chain space? <BR> <BR> Also, the chart gives a picture of the shape of the front or back of the pattern with measurements listed all around it. I assume the gauge is mathematical and I need to figure it out. I am unsure how to go about it. I have looked online but I am still confused because there is no needle size liste... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:26:46 EST Hello from a Californian Crochet/Knitter Hello fellow Crocheters, <BR> <BR> I am new to socializing believe it or not. <BR> <BR> It's all about change for me today, facing fears, and becoming more self-disciplined. <BR> <BR> I need to find that balance in which this lifestyle change overrules the lifestyle that I am used to, you know the unhealthy one! <BR> <BR> All I know is I want to fit into my clothes again, any of them, and I want to have energy, but most of all I want to learn who I am and I want to become spiritually fit ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:52:06 EST Yarn addict but not really anonymous All my friends think I'm weird because I would rather crochet than do anything else. I don't 'watch' TV anymore. (It's almost like listening to a book, really.) <BR> <BR> I've been crocheting for about 20 years. My mom taught me when I was 16, and she learned from her mom. I used to spend my weekends unravelling and balling my grandma's yarn because she would just cut it and throw it away if it became tangled. My first blankets were just large granny squares. (She also taught me to knit, but... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:23:57 EST Hi from a small town in Canada <em>524</em> Everyone - <BR> <BR> This is my third and final sign up for sparkpeople. I have been here in several identifications. I say this is my final sign up because I am not going to delete my ID ever again as I would miss my sparkfriends too much. That is what brings me back to sparkpeople. The wonderful friends you make here. This time when I joined spark so did my husband although he is very quiet here except for logging in his exercise. <BR> <BR> I am in my late 50's and when m... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:29:34 EST design Was watching a show today that got me wondering == how do you go about making your own designs. I learned to crochet by using books so all I can do is follow patterns. Most people I know do their crochet without patterns and they always have things come out looking really nice. All I have done is afghans (mostly), caps, booties and one christening dress so I don't know how hard it would be to even try to design things without just using patterns. I would love to figure out how to do some ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:19:42 EST Just Joined! Hi crafty people.. <BR> <BR> I've been a spark member for some time now.. off and on, I just found this group, I love the motivation to finish projects. I've been busy this year so far. I finished sewing a pillow, some seat covers, curtains, a floor doily made from old cut up jersey sheets.. and now onto the next, door mat.. I bought 1200 feet of 1/4" "unmanila" poly rope.. <BR> <BR> I'm not so sure about the rope, it's twisted and it seems to untwist as I crochet it.. I'm sure I can make... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 11:21:50 EST Bavarian Crochet Has anyone done this? I was just watching a demo of it on TV and it looked really neat. I couldn't quite figure it out, though the main part she showed was easy enough to do. Just that there was another pattern in the row she was doing and I didn't know why because she never mentioned it. The pattern used treble crochet shells and then the next round (it went completely around, not turning back down the row) the crochet went around the post from the back and did a lot of TC but not finish... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:28:50 EST Foundation rows Does anyone start their projects with foundation rows instead of chains? I had never heard of them before looking for information on doing hot pads a couple weeks ago (I forgot how many stitches to start one of those). I am having a little trouble getting them exactly right, but have managed to do them well enough so far. The hot pads had single crochet foundation row and the afghan I am starting starts with a chain and double crochet so I did a double crochet foundation instead. I did ha... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:03:03 EST new to group/ team Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I have been crocheting since I was about 10. <BR> After a series of events, I stopped for several years and started back again recently. I'm am honestly having to learn it all over again but that's OK. <BR> <BR> I'm just here to talk to people with a like sense about colors, and stitch help.. Thanks Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:49:51 EST Hi Hi, everyone. <BR> I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. <BR> I am 58, have 3 adult children (I live with my son who is hoping to close on a house for us soon.) <BR> I want to become a healthier person in general. <BR> I have crocheted forever and love it. (I also loom knit but that group doesn't seem to be very active.) <BR> My biggest challenge is putting DOWN my project and getting UP and MOVING! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:01:04 EST New to this team but not crocheting really. I learned to crochet in my early teens as a way to pass time while in a residential home for girls(staff thought if we were busy crocheting then we couldn't cause trouble) Anyways about 4 years ago I began to grow bored of crocheting and set my yarn in storage. Well about 2 or 3 weeks ago I found my yarn supply and thought I'd try crocheting again. Before I quit I had only managed to ever finish 1 small baby I have a medium sized blanket finished and I am almost finished with ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:09:41 EST New to sparkpeople and crocheting... . Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:24:29 EST Hi from Utah I'm a self taught (thanks to YouTube) crocheter. I'm currently working on a peppermint motif afghan for my mom for Christmas and a granny stripe poncho for me. I'm addicted to free patterns and making my own when I can't find what I'm looking for. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:38:06 EST Let's do this! Hi, everyone! My name's Amanda. I'm 34, married, with two dogs and no children (by choice), living in Tennessee. I'm a tiny blue dot in a big red state. <BR> <BR> I have used SparkPeople off and on over the years to varying degrees of success, but I lost my mother to breast cancer in June, and my whole perspective on health and the importance of taking care of yourself has changed. I recommitted on August 10th with a starting weight of 322 and and have since lost 25 pounds. My goal is to rea... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:08:58 EST Hello from Alaska I joined a while back but haven't participated because I've been having health issues. I have fibromyalgia and I'm on disability so I'm home all the time. I spend a lot of time crocheting and it keeps me sane. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am married to a great guy and Sept 1st marked 23 years for us. We have two sons ages 17 & 20. We live in Fairbanks, Alaska and just got snow that stuck so it is white outside and very pretty. We will have a while Christmas for sure. <BR> <BR> <em>425</em>... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:07:28 EST Welcome to October It's October....Fall is here what are you working on? <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:48:52 EST Another Hello from Ohio Hi, My name is Kim and I live in Ohio. I see there are a couple others from Ohio as well. That's awesome. I still have a long way to go on my weight loss journey. I am down 30 pounds from where I started 2 months ago and I and going to loose at least another 70 probably more but I would be ok with weighing 200#'s. <BR> <BR> I taught myself how to crochet last winter by watching you-tube. I love it! I am working on 2 afghans right now. One for my king size bed and one that is a granny square... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:13:51 EST Current project Currently, I am crocheting a lapghan for men with cancer in our church. I am using a vintage fan ripple pattern. It is turning out nicely. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 11:34:53 EST Weight Watchers anyone? Is anyone else in the team on Weight watchers? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:06:49 EST Greetings from NC! I am so happy to find a crochet team!! I'm in lovely western North Carolina. A mom of 3 (2 of whom are grown & leaving the nest) + 2 furbabies- canine & feline. I've been crocheting for many years and love sharing it! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting everyone here and having friends along my journey to healthful living. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:25:29 EST Yarn bombing so.. I am planning on covering Stornoway the capital of the Isle of Lewis i8s the Scottish Hebrides with crochet flowers any body have any advice! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:37:20 EST Returning to SP Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Kat and I've been a member of SP for a few years, though I have been inactive for quite a while. Due to stress and drama in my life I regained everything that I've lost before and then some. So know I'm back and trying to once more lead a healthy life. <BR> <BR> I absolutely love crocheting. I taught myself a few years ago by doing amigurumis. Currently I'm working on a dress for me. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:39:56 EST Hello from Ohio My name is Bethany and I"m back from a few years ago. I lost all my info. i love to crochet and hats are my favorite. I try to make one a week at least but sometimes I dont have time. I need to lose weight and try to use crochet to keep my hands busy instead of munching. Hope to meet some fun people that I can check in with regularly. <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:11:11 EST Graduation = More Fun Times Greetings! My name is Aubrey, and as of two weeks from this evening, I will officially be a graduate of nursing school! <BR> <BR> After spending years of college working tirelessly toward my degree, I am greatly looking forward to having more time doing things that I enjoy as well as focusing on my health. It's been literally years since I've created anything with yarn, and I look forward to changing this. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:02:34 EST Commuting again -- and crocheting Life happens and I just moved to a new location and am able to take a train into work. 40 minutes of crocheting in a relatively quiet environment. <BR> <BR> I got 2 inches of a new project done this morning. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:48:51 EST Darlene from Top-of-TX Hi! I'm Darlene and I love to crochet. Don't know if I can handle another team right now, but I saw this team on a friends page and thought I would give it a try. <BR> <BR> I am nearing 60 years of age this year, and will celebrate 39 years of life with my husband who is my best friend. We raised 3 children together and have been blessed with 12 grands, and 2 step greats we have not met yet but love as our own. <BR> <BR> Right now I am doing a lot of crocheting for our local CareNet Pregna... Wed, 28 May 2014 15:19:54 EST Hi I'm Lisa I love to crochet & since my mom died last year on Mother's Day & I no longer help care for her I can get back to my crocheting & work on losing more weight. I design most of my own patterns. Right now I am getting ready to start designing & crocheting a dress for my old Cabbage Patch Doll. I have one that was hand made by the mother of a friend of my Aunt Annie. I got to name her & her name is Sara. I will post pictures to my page as I go along so you can see what it looks like. Mon, 26 May 2014 13:59:07 EST Help! I am trying to reply to the "What are you working on" topic.... I clicked on "Reply" but that replies to the last message; I clicked on "Subscribe to this Topic" but that didn't do anything; how do I add my message to this thread? Mon, 12 May 2014 16:42:48 EST Hi! Posted accidentally and can't figure out how to delete <em>2</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 16:25:35 EST Anyone used those slip on pads for hooks? I'm getting where I need to have some padding for my thread hooks. Just saw that Bates or Boye is making tubes that slip over the hook end. Reminded me of those tubes to slip over pencils for kids. <BR> <BR> ANyone ever used these? Sun, 4 May 2014 07:52:53 EST Hello Newbie to Spark people. Not sure if I'm posting this the right way. I've been on this site for an hour now and am a little overwhelmed. Anyhow, I crochet and knit and I'm currently working on the afghans, 2 pair of socks and a sweater. I'm a nurse and live in Illinois. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:36:03 EST Looking for a discontinued yarn I started making a sweater and don't have enough yarn. And of course it is long been discontinued. It is Reynolds Capri Tweed yarn it is a acrylic, tweed, rayon blend and the color I need is a royal blue. I don't have the exact color number with me right now. If any of you have this in your stash, and are willing to part with it. I'm in the market for at least 6-8 balls. <BR> <BR> thanks for looking Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:22:27 EST What is your biggest challenge?? What are you finding is your biggest challenge right now? Are you finding it hard to find time or motivation to exercise? Maybe you just can't bring yourself to drink more water? <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge is to not eat anything after dinner. After the kids are in bed, the husband is back in his man cave, I am in the living room by myself watching tv or reading, or crocheting, maybe even playing on the internet like I am now. I really want to go in the kitchen and see what there is out t... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:25:02 EST tracker I ordered my fitbit yesterday and waiting for it to arrive tomorrow....I can't wait <BR> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:24:31 EST welcome our new leader JEANETTESTING PLEASE welcome Jeanettesting to the group as my coleader. I am glad you accepted. <em>334</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:50:15 EST Welcome our new leader PHOENIXREBIRTH I am pleased to announce that PHOENIXREBIRTH (Jenny) has agreed to become our new leader. <BR> Welcome Jenny and thank you for helping our team Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:48:28 EST Hi from Boston My name is Janet. I am a retired teacher. I love to crochet. I belong to a "crochet-knit' group. I am so happy crocheting is alive & well. So happy to join this group. <em>524</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:28:35 EST newbie Hi. I am Emma and new to this forum. I have been crocheting for approximately 30+ years and love it. Made items for Christmas for all my family members. I have started crafting at the beginning of this year making more for Christmas gifts. I have been on SP before but unfortunately, stopped posting etc. Now I am back and plan to finish out my weight loss plan. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:40:18 EST back again hey guys . I am back again after a much MIA. I love this team. I love to crochet and it for me is the best stress reliever. I hope to learn much from all of you and lose some weight too. <BR> thanks for having me again. <BR> hugs <BR> <BR> Mary Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:43:17 EST Starting Over I'm starting over (again). I'm at my highest weight ever. I feel sick and sad and disgusted with myself. I deserve better than what I've done to my body. I am stronger than this! I am taking back control starting right now! <BR> <BR> When we lost our home in the Colorado flood in September I guess I just gave up on myself. It was hard losing everything and starting over from square one. I gave up walking. I gave up eating healthier. I gave up on my goal of walking in the Bolder Boulder. <B... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:58:57 EST new to sp and new to crochet Hi everybody! I am a 33 soon to be 34 year old who needs to lose 120 lbs. My health is not the greatest and I would like for it to be better. About 2 weeks ago I stumbled across a crochet video on youtube and was hooked....literally. I ran out to walmart and bout a couple of things and am now making a puff flower blanket. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:47:13 EST Found the Introduce Yourself Page Hi, I'm Chrystal. I've been lurking around the site for a little over a week, and so far i'm enjoying it. I like to crochet when i have time and space, and I'm a TV addict. My biggest challenge is finding the motivation to get up and do something, including cleaning my house. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:03:07 EST WHAT ARE YOU EATING TO LOSE WEIGHT I know this sounds crazy but at almost 290 lbs. and scared of death because my LDL is so high, i know I need to lose the weight. The problem is that i can't seem to get enough calories. I have no appetite. So I decided to try the boxed of 5 day Nutrisystem from Walmart. It's not bad. Your suppose to add healthy carbs and protein to the meals. I have been on Muscle Ensure for a while now because I am so de-conditioned. So I found drinking a chocolate Ensure and eating a Nutrisystem meal for br... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:33:30 EST Coming back to Spark Hello crocheters, <BR> <BR> I have been crocheting since I was young. I am working on multiple projects right now. I am always making something for friends or my kids (6, 11, 13). I have multiple health problems so I don't work outside the home. I find crocheting gives me comfort and fun. <BR> <BR> Kathy Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:11:51 EST Home exercise equipment Do you use home exercise equipment? <BR> If so what? <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:35:53 EST Trying to crochet a toque I attempted my first toque the other day and wound up with a wool cowboy hat. It was truly magical. Does anyone have a good pattern for a toque with a bobble and those strings that hang down on either side of the face (the name is escaping me right now)? <BR> <BR> Wish I could post a pic. It was quite the hat Fri, 7 Feb 2014 14:45:43 EST New to your group I'm Sarah from Long Island, NY and back on SP after a long absence. I just discovered your group, I love to crochet and have been since my mom taught me when I was young. Love making Amigurumi. Anyone here on Ravelry? I'm My-HeartsEase on Ravelry. <BR> I am trying to start the next chapter of my life now that 60 is fast approaching (March 12). I have managed to keep off 11 lbs since I was last here so I am happy about that. I do have all the issues that weight brings diabetes, high blood pre... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:16:09 EST Happy February 1! Happy February 1 everyone!! What are some of your goals for this month? Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:59:52 EST How do you measure your food the most? I do use measuring cups and spoons but my favorite way is to use my kitchen scale. What is a medium apple or 1 serving of broken chips or nuts? I can google the food for 1 oz and get the values, then add this to my favorites. When I am chopping veggies or forming a hamburger patty it is easier to just weigh them. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:58:49 EST New and Learning Hello, I've belonged to SP for a while, but I'm just now learning how to get around the site and am looking at look at teams. I learned to crochet with thread when I was 6 years old, but am just learning to read patterns. I'm still not comfortable with any more than an easy pattern. I quite crocheting several years ago because it made my wrist hurt. I've recently lost much of my mobility and am home all the time now, so I decided to try it again. This time I bought a beginner book and a coup... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:54:37 EST crochet ornaments I found a site and downloaded it but then lost all my down loads. The pattern was for crocheting done over actual round glass Christmas ornaments. I would like to know if anyone has a pattern for this or knows where I can find one. I would really like to make this for next Christmas for different family members. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:40:28 EST Surviving the Super Bowl Sunday What plans do you have to survive Super Bowl Sunday? <BR> My husband is moaning because I'm planning healthy dips and veggies. LOL Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:42:40 EST when do you exercise Do you prefer exercising in the morning, afternoon, or evening? <BR> <em>362</em> <em>412</em> <em>363</em> <BR> I prefer mornings, helps to get the day going, but then try to get a little more in later in the day when I can. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:54:45 EST healthy swap what is your favorite healthy thing that you have swapped for something else? <BR> mine is a small (bite size piece) dark chocolate in place of a regular chocolate bar. <BR> I still get the taste of chocolate but a lot less calories. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:41:15 EST keeping track How do you keep track of your food and exercise? <BR> Do you use the trackers provided by Sparks? <BR> Do you use a pedometer? <BR> <BR> I use Sparks for tracking my exercise and food, need to start back using a pedometer. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:15:18 EST Fav. home exercise what is your favorite home exercises? <BR> Mine is walking and Spark videos. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:18:52 EST I'm back! I've been on Spark for several years. I lost weight, kept it off, then life got in the way. My father died, my brother-in-law had a heart attack, my nephew died and then last year I had to take care of my aging mother. To top it off, in July my knee was injured by a shoplifter and I lost my job. Life goes on and my sister and I decided we had to lose weight for ourselves and for our health. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:34:24 EST Another Newbie..... Hey Fellow Crochet Lovers, <BR> <BR> I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Heather and I am a 35 year old mother of 3. I have married to the love of my life since I was 16 years old; no one said we would make it past 6 months - this year we are working on 20 years together! I am a Gemini and I love hobbies, I tend to jump around from one thing to another but since I started crocheting a few months ago I have found I really enjoy it! So I thought it would be cool ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:24:04 EST Home exercise, gym or both Do you exercise at home, in a gym, or both? <BR> <BR> I exercise at home the closest gym is 35 miles away Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:04:10 EST new here!! Im new to spark and crochet! My friend got me into to crochet about a year ago and i was hooked! So far Ive made some pot holders scarves and a blanket! Looking forward to meeting some awesome people here! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:26:48 EST I just joined! Hi everybody! I joined spark people back in May of last year but didn't really do a whole lot with it. I'm back, and now I'm crocheting too! My grandma taught me to crochet when I was little and I've started projects here and there but haven't really learned to read patterns yet. Although, I did read a pattern for a preemie blanket this weekend and finished it with no problem...well, I use the term "finished" loosely. I still have to put a white border on it. I'm really excited to get t... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:05:34 EST hello Hello my name is Valarie and i have just stated to learn to crochet in July of 2013. I am working on my first blanket, learning and working on it has helped me with the stress of my divorce. I had to move in with my mother and she thought it would help. It has! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:12:40 EST Do you make New Year Resolutions? Do you make New Year Resolutions? <BR> If so what are they and did you keep last years? <BR> <em>412</em> <em>409</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:46:35 EST Intro Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Melody. I am a 53, married, nursing professor from Florida. We have 4 grown children (one still at home) . We have 3 grandchildren and another one due in Feb. I crochet, knit and do counted cross-stitch as well. I have crocheted forever, but just learned how to knit a few years ago. I usually have several projects going at one time as I am sure most of you would understand. <em>211</em> <BR> I joined this group awhile ago, but have been working a LOT of overti... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:45:07 EST Birthday Anniversary Sparkversary list Crocheters: Hooked on health would like to start the tradition of honoring special dates with a team goodie. Please take a minute to put your special dates here. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the whole list and add your name in the appropriate month and order according to your special day...PLEASE POST THESE DIRECTIONS WITH YOUR POST SO THE FOLLOWING TEAM MEMBER WILL HAVE THEM ALSO. Birthday (B) Anniversary (A) Sparkversary (S) <BR> <BR> <BR> JANUARY <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY <BR> 1 - Jeanut <BR> <... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:43:29 EST How did you do over the Thanksgiving holiday? I didn't do too bad measured my food and limited my carbs so that I could have a little desert. <BR> Should have exercised more though, now to get back on track <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:10:32 EST Introduction Hi everyone! 30y/o female from Canada. Taught myself to crochet about 4 years ago and have been trying new techniques every time. I'm on Ravelry as well if you want to follow (same user name). I am a step mom to 2 children ages 5 & 10 and it's been a bumpy road. I'm a nurse and work a ton of shift work. I used to be on spark people daily but have been having a difficult couple of months and have pretty much abandoned the site. Seeing how quickly I have put back on the weight has shocked... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:58:47 EST Turkey walk/run/trot Can you believe the Holidays are almost on us? Don't seem possible but they are. <BR> This challenge is for you to add more steps in your day to help keep those Holiday pounds from adding on. (for those who can't walk add extra arm exercises) <BR> Post your exercise here <BR> also tell us other ways you plan on keeping the Holidays from weighing you down. <BR> <em>550</em> <em>311</em> <em>430</em> <em>499</em> <em>501</em> <em>446</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:42:02 EST Nutrition Tracker changes Just passing along the following from Spark People. <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest is that the water tracker, Tracker... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:35:39 EST coming back to Sparks It has been a long time since I have been on Sparks, and trying to get back into the swing! <BR> Still crocheting (just learned this past couple of months, we are going to be grandparents). <BR> Need to concentrate on the weight issue and drink my water! Nice to be back. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 10:20:38 EST New here. Hi ya'll! My name is Amanda, and I have been struggling with my weight most of my life. I've recently decided to change that. I am also a hooker by trade! =) I've been hookin' for years, it's a skill that was passed down to me by my mother and Nana. Right now I am working on a graph blanket for my husband and myself. It's the first time I've gotten to really make something for us! I can't wait until I'm finished with it, though I do feel it'll be awhile, the graph is 250 x 310 lol! I also hav... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:03:23 EST hi all was a member before but its been awile. Hi all I have had a gastric bypass to help me with my food addictions. I still have a love for crochet. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:51:47 EST Did you trick or treat Did you trick yourself into giving in to Halloween? <BR> Or did you treat yourself by staying away from the candy? <BR> <BR> I only had 2 snack size dark chocolates so feel pretty good about that. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:15:34 EST Just one a week Sometimes making changes is hard and many fail if they try to change too much too fast. <BR> Taking one step at a time is easier to focus on. <BR> So this challenge is each week to <BR> Change one bad habit for a good habit <BR> Add one good habit you have not been doing or never tried <BR> Stop one bad habit that you know isn't helping you reach your wt. loss goal. <BR> <BR> Examples can be <BR> change an unhealthy desert for a healthy one <BR> add 5 min exercise breaks for every hour you ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:12:52 EST Loom Knitting Anyone? Just seeing if there are any loom knitters in here? I &#9829; my round and rectangle knifty knitting looms! <BR> <BR> Hope to meet some other loomers! <em>244</em> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 19:31:54 EST Curious minds... want to know! LOL <BR> <BR> How is the weather in your necks of the woods? Right now where I am, it's beautiful fall weather but it won't be long until that cold white stuff starts falling. I'm going to enjoy it while I can!! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:53:30 EST Just another hooker Hi there. My name is Dee. I'm from Missouri (up by KC) and have been crocheting 10+ years. I'm enjoying a new active lifestyle and making lots of changes but also want to keep doing what I love, crocheting. <BR> <BR> I'm down 63 lbs, but it could be more if I'd just focus and do what I'm supposed to. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I hope to meet like minded people and make some new friends. If anybody has any questions please feel free to ask. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:52:33 EST Greetings I'm new to the team Hi - I've been a member for several years. I knit and crochet but would call myself a beginner. I would definitely like to learn more about crocheting and get to know more members on this team. I'm a wife, grandmother, mother, nurse and friend. My hobbies are anything crafty - sewing, crocheting, knitting, baking, reading, and being with family and friends. I like to hike, play soccer, and be outdoors. I volunteer at a nonprofit health organization to provide health care to people who otherwi... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:09:21 EST Hello From GA Just wanted to say hi. I am new to crocheting. <BR> I am 30 and live and Southwest Georgia USA. <BR> My mom sent me an invite. (She is Jeanut) one of your mods. <BR> I am hoping to go from coaster size to baby blanket sized projects. <BR> Got to go for now. Have a great one! Holly Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:49:15 EST What Have you Made over the Summer? I belong to our church's Shawl Ministry and have spent the summer using up leftover yarn (had to buy more to match or supplement, of course) and have made 4 lap-ghans, 6 shawls, and at least 4 scarves. I've also made a couple baby afghans for gifts (had given the last one away and needed to build up my inventory again). <BR> Did you keep busy too? <BR> clm <BR> PS: I do still have to sew in some ends and wash everything before it can be given away! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:29:51 EST New to the team Hello.. I'm 44 and joined this group because I love to crochet, and I'm learning to become healthy, and losing weight. I've got 2 kids, one still lives with me, he's a teen. I've also got a beautiful daughter who's grown and on her own now. I have been crocheting since my first successful project when my daughter was just barely one year old, so that's 26 years now. I wish I could say I'm a master at it, but no, not by far, I've done a few sweaters, but I'm still very leery about doing compli... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:01:40 EST Fall Challenge How do we sign up for the Fall exercise challenge? It sounds great! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 22:36:56 EST Getting back into it Hi everyone! I learned to crochet when i was about 8 years old. My Mom and Aunt taught me. I'm 42 now and have completed quite a few projects over the years. It's actually been a while since I've made anything but am getting back into it to keep by mind and hands busy. I recently saw a Facebook post by the local animal shelter asking for volunteers to make crocheted cat dangle toys. They put them in stockings that they sell for Christmas. So I volunteered! Need to make them at least 2... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 21:09:56 EST Fall line-up Challenge Soon the new fall TV programs will be starting (not to mention Crocheting for Christmas or winter) and I thought we could use a little help making sure we get in a little extra exercise. <BR> While crocheting or watching TV take exercise breaks at least every 30 min. <BR> Any type of stretching or exercising counts <BR> some ideas may be <BR> walking in place <BR> leg lifts <BR> neck and wrist exercises <BR> toe touches <BR> You get the idea. <BR> Let's hear your ideas as well as the exercis... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:58:45 EST vegetables what is your favorite vegetable? <BR> have you tried (or do you plan to try) any new veggie recipes? <BR> is there a veggie that you just don't like? <BR> <BR> My favorite veggie is zucchini <BR> I'm trying ratatouille today <BR> don't like beets no way ho how Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:52:53 EST Hello! New to Spark Hi there! I just joined SparkPeople today and I am trying to get involved with some of the teams. I love to crochet. I don't have a project I am actively working on at the moment (however, I do have two or three always), but it's time to pick up those hooks again. I tend to crochet more in the winter months, but I am thinking I can get a head start on some holiday gifts and keep my hands busy and out of the chip bag in the evening. Looking forward to hearing what everyon... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:14:31 EST Just a Newbie to Sparks I have been on Sparkpeoples eating plan for 4 weeks. I learned how to crochet when I was <BR> 50 lol and have been crocheting ever since. It keeps my hands busy so I'm not snacking. <BR> I only crochet Afghans because I don't have the dexterity to do any thing else. I find most <BR> of my yarn at garage sales. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:39:42 EST How's the weather? How's the weather where you are today? <BR> Here in SW Georgia it's rain, followed by thunderstorms, followed by more rain. <BR> Great weather.... if you are a duck. <BR> <em>257</em> <em>54</em> <em>27</em> <em>160</em> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:00:55 EST Summer is winding down Well, summer is winding down and I was curious what your fall plans are? Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:36:20 EST Hey y'all!! Hey! I'm Laurie. I'm 43 and from a town a little northeast of Atlanta. I am married to my high school sweetheart (who supports my yarn habit) and we have 3 kids, aged 16, 19 & 20. I've lost about 60 pounds so far and would like to lose at least 25 more. I teach Kindergarten and love it. You'd think as much as I move with them it would help with the weight loss but for some reason, not so I am still a relative newbie to crocheting. I taught myself the Thanksgiving before last when ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:58:29 EST How do you reward yourself When you feel like you've made a goal, or even just a Woo Hoo moment do you reward yourself and if so how? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I rewarded myself for passing up a lot of junk food. <BR> My reward was knitting yarn and a new yoga exercise tape. <BR> Jillian is now going to kick my butt in yoga Tue, 30 Jul 2013 06:26:18 EST Knit and Crochet Now I had the TV on this morning and Knit and Crochet Now was on. They were showing how to do a couple stitches (only one of which I had done, I think) including cluster, popcorn, and one that is similar to the cluster but you decrease as you are doing it. Can't remember what she called it. After that they showed making a crochet rug that sounds nice. I don't know if I have enough yarn to do that, but would like to try. I found out that I have a really large hook that should work. Since I ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:02:51 EST Afgan I just started a Bavarian Afgan. I will also be starting an afgan for the next grand baby due in Jan. at least I have plenty of time as long as I don't get sidetracked with other new projects. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:36:09 EST New to Sparkpeople I love to crochet , I also quilt, cross stitch and am a beginning knitter, but crochet has always been my favorite. Even with all these hobbies, I still managed to gain too much weight. Joining this group will help me to finish projects and reach my weight loss goal, I hope. (But it won't help my yarn/fabric hoarding). Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:20:41 EST So sorry I'm so sorry that I've been MIA lately. I have been taking two very time consuming classes this summer for my credentials and they have been taking SO much longer than I ever thought. They end this week and then I'll be back to my regular routine. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:56:54 EST What's your fav. Summer What's your fav. Summer <BR> Food <BR> Drink <BR> Activity <BR> Vacation Spot Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:01:00 EST 2013 Summer Sizzle Challenge It's summer and time to sizzle. Weather may be keeping you inside or you may be enjoying working and exercising outside (remember to keep hydrated) <BR> <BR> Each Day or at least once a week let us know what exercises you are doing and how you are keeping hydrated. <BR> <BR> Goodie Rewards will be given to those who participate Sun, 14 Jul 2013 07:58:15 EST Hey There Fellow Hookers Hi All. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for quite awhile although when I signed up I guess I was not that serious because I have not been back or even seriously looked it over. Well 20 more pounds later I REALLY need to get serious so today is the day! I got a Healthy Fit kit from Abonne from my daughter because she is a new associate of theirs and I wanted to help her get started. Hoping that this will also help me get kick-started too so that it will be a win win for both of us. Go... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 15:48:52 EST Hi There! Hi! I am Lala (Laura in the Hawaiian language). I recently returned to crocheting AND my journey to good health! I started going to the gym in February and have been pretty good about going at least 5 times a week. I am doing the SP 5K Your Way Walking program and have 2 more weeks to go. I am hoping to do the SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program after I finish this one. I am doing it on the treadmill at the gym because it is unsafe where I live to walk outside alone.I got an iPad Mini and do... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 15:31:07 EST Father's Day Do you have any special plans for Father's day? <BR> We're taking my husband and MIL (her birthday is near Father's Day) out to eat at the Golden Corral on Saturday. <BR> My goal to help survive eating out is to hit the non-starch veggies and broiled fish. <BR> Sunday my daughter is making a cake, I'm only going to eat a very tiny piece. <BR> I'm having to watch my sugar now. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:29:06 EST new-again Hello, my name is Lauren and I joined SP for the 2nd time. I wasn't able to keep up the last time but I hope I can have a better experience the 2nd time around. I love to crochet! I especially like amigurumi. I am making a lion now. <BR> Thanks for reading my post! Thu, 6 Jun 2013 16:32:28 EST Tools and Techniques I 'bottle' my yarns by cutting a door in the side of a clean 2 liter soda bottle. Some skeins fit in easily, for yarn from larger skeins and recovered yarn, I make balls to fit the bottles. When I am using a yarn, I run the working end through the top. They look pretty on the shelf, reduce tangling, keep the cats out, and have really been a blessing. <BR> <BR> I am presently working on a Moorish Mosaic Afghan with seven colors. The bottles really help when I have to carry several colors at ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:57:19 EST Greetings from PA I have been crocheting since I was 10 years old (thanks to my wonderful grandma for taking the time to teach me). I have been making blankets as Birthday gifts this year for my adorable as ever nieces and nephews. Let me tell you living in Central PA and making something that isn't in Steeler colors is quite an accomplishment. The first 2 blankets that I made were for my nephew's C & B. C loves the Detroit Lions and B loves the Philadelphia Eagles (quite the contrast to their dad who loves th... Fri, 17 May 2013 04:14:42 EST Hello to all! I have been crocheting since I was about 11. I have made many things in my lifetime, but have given most of them away. I hate the sewing that sometimes comes at the end of a project. <BR> <BR> I am 55 soon to be 56, I fast three days a week and have lost 40 pounds in the past year. I plan to to get to goal by fall this year. I do many kinds of needlework but love crocheting most. I have found that knitting uses less yarn than crocheting does, so with money tight I will knit more than ... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:14:31 EST May-June Challenge Hopefully it's getting warn enough to start going outside again. <BR> Gardens to be planted, weeds to pull, and out doors exercise. <BR> And hopefully soon we'll have some fresh fruits and veggies to eat. <BR> <BR> Try to include a little fresh air in your exercise for this challenge. <BR> <BR> Today I did 2 hrs of yard work and 10 min of yoga <BR> Tue, 7 May 2013 21:46:59 EST Question of the week - 5/6 - 5/12 Hi everyone! With this week being Mother's Day in the USA, I was thinking about the mothers in my life. Tell me about your mom, mother-in-law, grandma, or any other woman that has made an impact on your life. Mon, 6 May 2013 21:24:51 EST Question of the week - 4/29 - 5/5 Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! <BR> <BR> It's time for the weekly question! This week, I was wondering about pets. Do you have any? If so, what kind? Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:31:43 EST Question of the week - 4/22 - 4/28 Hi everyone! Did you all have a good weekend? Here's the question for the week: <BR> <BR> What are your favorite spring blooms? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:43:49 EST New Here Hi all! I love to crochet and frequently have more than one thing going at once. A question? How can I be disciplined with my crocheting and not with my eating? <em>20</em> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:49:33 EST Question of the week - 4/15-4/21 Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! <BR> <BR> This week, let's talk about gardening. Do you garden? If so, what kinds of things do you plant? Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:17:20 EST broomstick afghan What is a good size for a broomstick afghan for a baby, and what stitch to use for border? I've restarted this at least 4 times now, and getting really frustrated with it. I'm using a leg off a table as the knitting needle, so I can't ask how many stitches.All of my other blankets, I add 3 rows of treble and weave ribbon through middle row, then some kind of ruffly stitch for last 3 rows.I think it wouldn't look right with all that extra border, so I'd like just 1 or 2 for edging--like ch 3 a... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:54:54 EST Question of the week - 4/8 - 4/14 Hi everyone!! How was your weekend? <BR> <BR> This week, I want to focus on spring! What do you love about it? What do you dislike about it? Tue, 9 Apr 2013 09:27:06 EST New to team - HI Hi my name is Kim. I am from Greensboro, NC. I just started back on Sparkpeople and reset my goals. I've just started crocheting again too. It is a great stress relief for me and keeps me from snacking when I shouldn't :) I am bad about starting stuff and not finishing.... SO I've started a crochet project ( Crochet Sampler Afghan by Marianne Forrestal on Ravelry) <BR> Here is my first Square: <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> I've completed 4 squares now....... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:38:16 EST Hi I am new Hi my name is Miranda and i am 18 i have crocheted since I was 7. I love to crochet and a year ago I learned to knit. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 01:12:25 EST No fooling April Challenge Lets stop fooling ourselves <BR> I won't lie it's easy for me to make excuses trying to fool myself into why I didn't exercise, or eat right, or other healthy choices. <BR> <em>277</em> <em>492</em> <em>194</em> <em>319</em> <em>363</em> <em>406</em> <BR> Lets make April the month to stop fooling ourselves and work harder. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:20:47 EST Question of the week - 3/25 - 4/1 I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was awesome!! <BR> <BR> This week, let's take a look at how we're doing. How would you grade yourself on your diet plan? How about your exercise plan? <BR> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:36:05 EST Sources of Free Pattern Sites I came across this and wanted to share. <BR> <BR><BR>ing-patterns/ Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:25:20 EST Fixing Sweaters I have two sweaters with holes in them that I would like to fix. Both of them the holes are just above the waist and in the middle. One is a cardigan with the hole the cat put in it just to the side of the button hole. I was thinking maybe I could crochet something like flowers to go over the holes, but need ideas how I could do that so it didn't just look stupid. If that won't work I will just use thread on the one sweater and throw the cardigan away. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any ide... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:49:16 EST Question of the week- 3/18 - 3/24 Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week/weekend. <BR> <BR> We've had unseasonably warm weather here, so I was wondering, do you like to garden? If so, what sort of things do you like planting? Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:52:05 EST Question of the week - 3/11 - 3/17 Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Spring break is coming up for us, so I was wondering when is yours? What is your most memorable spring break? Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:22:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:08:50 EST Wow!!! Hi everyone!!! Just started on Sparkpeople for the second time two weeks ago - can't believe I found a crochet group on here!! I love it!!! So far I've lost 7 pounds, and am currently finishing up one afghan and getting ready to start another that was ordered from me. <BR> Hope to get to "meet" you all very soon! Wed, 6 Mar 2013 10:06:24 EST Question of the week -3/4 - 3/10 Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! <BR> <BR> This week's question has to do with our user names. How did you come up with yours? <BR> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:01:46 EST March Challenge March is known for many things the first of spring bringing along yard work <BR> March Madness for those basketball fans <BR> March winds, Spring cleaning <BR> <BR> For this mon. challenge lets try for a little Spring Cleaning <BR> What in your weight loss needs a little cleaning up? <BR> Tweaking your exercise? <BR> Getting rid of a food your too tempted to eat? <BR> Getting rid of old clothes that are too big? <BR> What are you going to clean up this March? <BR> <BR> I'm going to work on ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 07:28:58 EST March Birthday, Anniversary, or special occasions If you have a March Anniversary, Birthday, or other special occasion please share them here. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:20:46 EST Question of the week - 2/25 - 3/4 Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! MIne was spent taking my daughter to college. <BR> <BR> Here's the question of the week: Did you watch the Oscars? What do you think of the outcome? Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:02:53 EST romantic pineapple shawl pattern This is the link to a pattern I tested for Kathy White <BR> <link><BR>tic-pineapple-shawl </link> <BR> Even though I didn't make design the pattern it's still exciting to see something I helped with get published. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:39:51 EST New Here! Hi everyone! I was so excited to see that this group exists! I am a total crochet addict, always starting new projects. I just had a baby boy named Malachi in October, so you can imagine most of my current projects are baby related! I look forward to getting to know some of you better and sharing what we are working on while we lose the weight! <BR> <BR> Callie Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:38:11 EST Question of the week: 2/19 - 2/24 Hi everyone! I was out of town yesterday which is why this is posted today instead of yesterday. <BR> <BR> Since yesterday was president's day, I was wondering - who is one leader that you look up to? It doesn't have to be a president, it can be any kind of leader. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:50:14 EST Hello! Hi Everybody! I'm Tara. This is my fourth time on Sparkpeople and i'm just 4 lbs. shy of having lost 100 lbs. since 2006. I'm really hoping this time I can keep my internet more than two months after making this account. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:32:09 EST Question of the week - 2/11 - 2/17 Hi everyone! I hope you're all happy and well!! Our temps got to -25 with wind chill, so I've been hunkered in my house! <BR> <BR> Here's this week's question: What do you do to unwind from all the stresses of life? Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:21:15 EST Another Crocheter Here! Good Morning - <BR> I'm relatively new to Spark People (love this site!) but I have been a self-taught crocheter since 1976. I have made more baby afghans over the years than I can count. My most recent project has been making baby cocoons with matching hats. They work up fast in a shell stitch and are so cute. They were made for our church's Shawl Ministry, another new venture for me. <BR> This month's project is a lap robe for the Shawl Ministry - a simple bulky weight, variegated light... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:26:52 EST New, Fellow Crocheter! Hi! My name's Holly and I have a confession. <BR> <BR> I LOVE to crochet! <BR> <BR> Heh. <BR> <BR> Anyway! I'm 26 (27 VERY soon) and I've just recently gotten into crocheting. I made a blanket (HUGE one) for my fiance for Christmas. It had been my first time crocheting something so huge. I had done granny squares before but nothing as big as a blanket. It was just the simple double crochet but at the time I didn't even know what the stitch was called! I'm sure I made some mistakes ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 13:02:00 EST Weekend plans? Hi everyone! Sorry I've been missing the weekly question, I've been a crocheting fool crocheting for my Relay for Life team. I'll start back up on Monday! <BR> <BR> What are your plans for this weekend? What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? Fri, 8 Feb 2013 10:55:10 EST NEMO!!! (2013 Blizzard) Anyone else supposed to get slammed by Nemo today and tomorrow? I don't know when they started naming winter storms but *shrug*. <BR> <BR> DH saw an image last night that said our corner of the state is supposed to get 34.6 inches of snow! I'm only 5ft tall!!!! ACK! <BR> <BR> I am well prepared with *lots* of yarn and *lots* of patterns! Bring it on Nemo...Bring it on!!!! Fri, 8 Feb 2013 06:19:42 EST Simple crochet pattern I have noticed that many women are wearing beautiful scarfs...all year long. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any favorite patterns they would like to share? <BR> Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:09:46 EST Yarn-aholic in RI Morning Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm happy to find lots more people here that have the same love of yarn and hooks! <BR> <BR> I taught myself how to crochet about three years ago as a way to keep my hands as busy as my mouth. I'm a call center rep for a large company and I'm on the phone all day. I have to do some typing, but it is really minimal, so my hands were bored. Bored no more!!! <BR> <BR> I have become addicted to crochet and it is one addiction I refuse to give up. I bring my cu... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 07:37:09 EST I am addicted to crocheting!!! My name is Teresa & I am a newbie to crocheting...I've only been crocheting for 7 months & I am addicted...I was inspired to start crocheting because of a beautiful donated afghan my father recieved at the VA Hospital while he was in Hospice there...So with a pattern book & You-Tube I taught myself how to crochet over the next 4 months as I sat with my dad everyday for 8+ hours a day...I made my first afghan for my dad & he used it until he passed away, now it is mine to remember him by & the... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:36:36 EST Feb Challenge Wow can you believe Feb is already here? How are you doing so far? <BR> With this being heart month (Valentines Day) lets focus on a healthy heart. <BR> Exercise, eating right, and other healthy choices. <BR> Let us know what you plan to do this month to help make/keep your heart healthy. <BR> <BR> Today I did over 30 min of cardio and ate 4 servings of fruits Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:32:59 EST Feb. birthdays & anniversaries If you have a birthday or anniversary in Feb. please let us know here. <BR> <BR> My birthday is Feb. 1st Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:44:16 EST Yarn Addicted in southwest Michigan Hello everyone… <BR> <BR> A long time crotchetier, a friend from another board referred me to this board. And for the life of me I cannot remember nor can I find the post. Hopefully, she will step up and enlightened me - us. *S* <BR> <BR> I am an old-timer to Spark People, just returning from a necessary sabbatical. I missed the interaction with others as I work from home. I live on 10 acres that I hope to convert into a small-revenue-making farm; hazel nuts and sweet clover are my chosen ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:22:57 EST Hi All! Hello everyone! I am Cassandra and I am a SAHM who homeschools. I love to craft and do all kinds of crafts. I do counted cross stitch, scrapbooking, crochet, and baking. I also am re-learning to sew clothes which is something I did when I was young, but want to start doing again. I taught myself to crochet about 2 years ago, but never really did much with it. This year we started a homeschool group at our church and one of the ladies involved taught a beginning crochet class for the kid... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:04:58 EST Question of the week - 1/21 - 1/27 I hope you all had an awesome weekend! Today I was thinking about people that I admire. So, this got me to thinking, who do you admire? Who are your heroes? Tue, 22 Jan 2013 01:46:54 EST I am so excited to find this team! I started Spark earlier this month and only thought there was knitting teams. I couldn't knit my way out of a paper bag! But I love to crochet! I average 4-5 hours a day with a hook in hand. I have been out of work for over two years now and my projects give me a sense of accomplishment. But I realized that if I sat and crocheted for 4-5 hours a day, I wasn't walking much. Or doing anything else! So I joined SP. And now I can lose weight with fellow hookers and have a group to encourag... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 23:59:31 EST Question of the week - 1/14 - 1/20 What other hobbies do you have other than crochet? Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:04:13 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to the group, but not new to SparkPeople. I started crocheting a few months ago so I'm pretty much a beginner. Hopefully I can learn a thing or two about crocheting while losing weight here! <BR> <BR> I have a (very small) blog if anyone's interested in the kind of stuff I crochet: <BR> <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:45:35 EST Question of the week: 1/7 - 1/13 What's on your hooks right now? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:18:00 EST January Birthdays If you have a January Birthday Please post it here Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:52:51 EST January Challenge Hi everyone, Can't believe it's almost a week into the new year. <BR> Did you make any promises for exercise or change this year? <BR> <BR> The Jan. challenge is to get motivated and get moving <BR> if you have not been exercising try exercising 10 min a day <BR> if you are try adding on a little more or try something new <BR> Do you track your exercise or food? Have you ever worked out to a SP video? <BR> Give it a try. <BR> <em>301</em> <em>315</em> <em>193</em> <em>387</em> ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:50:17 EST Newbie Crocheter and sparkpeople member! My name is Alyssa. I started crocheting in September of last year. Icreated an account here in April of 2011 but didnt really use it until now. Nice to meet you guys. I love crochet. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:27:07 EST yarn combinations Does anyone have any ideas what kinds of combinations I can use with a light blue multi-colored yarn and red/black multicolored yarn? I got only one skein of each because I was just making some squares to go with others that they were supposed to be putting together for a local homeless shelter, but they didn't put the blankets together. So now I have 3 squares of each color and I can't find the colors anywhere. One Hobby Lobby has even quit carrying the brand. The light blue has some blu... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:03:17 EST Lighting Today they quit allowing 75 watt incandescent bulbs to be manufactured or sold in the U.S. While they may use more electricity, they light things much better than the energy-saving bulbs they are now manufacturing with the Mercury in them. I had already changed to the energy-saving, but I amhaving a lot of trouble seeing with them. The house doesn't have much light as it is. <BR> <BR> What do you use for lighting when you are crocheting? Please keep in mind, I have to see when I am croch... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:46:06 EST Question of the week: 12/31 - 1/6 Do you have any goals/resolutions for the new year? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:33:13 EST Question of the week - 12/24 - 12/30 Do you have any holiday traditions that you observe every year? Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:27:06 EST Question of the week - 12/17 - 12/23 How has everyone been this week? This week I spent shopping for Christmas presents and finishing up homemade ones. So, that leads me to this week's question - have you done all your shopping? Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:24:20 EST looking for a necklace type pattern Does anyone know of a pattern that would make a triangle shaped choker necklace? A friend was wanting something with a fairly large triangle in the front with beads in it. Does anyone know of something that would maybe be one that would normally go down the back that might work for that? I am not sure what I would call it to look for one. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:22:05 EST Keeping even tension I have always had a problem with the tension when I crochet (the main reason I do afghans in rows and not granny squares). I am trying to do squares to donate for afghans for the homeless and am having trouble with them, too. The first one turned out the right size both directions other than I started to get too wide for a row or two, but it could be fixed. The second one I measured at 7" wide and continued till I finished it, then found it was 6.5" wide instead. So I have tried to stretc... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:33:27 EST Question of the week - 12/10 - 12/16 I've been listening to Christmas carols all week. So, this got me to thinking, what are your favorite Christmas carols? If you don't observe Christmas, what are your favorite songs from the holiday you observe? Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:21:07 EST ripple afghan I thought I'd make my mil a blanket using ripple stitch. I started 9 dc, 3 dc in next st, 9 dc in next sts, sk 2, but it ends up odd. Its either not enough to finish chain or too many for start of next row. What am I doing wrong? Help! Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:35:30 EST Question of the week 12/3 - 12/9 This is the first week of December, so I was wondering, when do you get your house all readied up for the holidays? Mon, 3 Dec 2012 10:10:22 EST Thought I'd be brave! I've actually been in the team for a while now, but I never got the courage to do anything other than post on the huddle wall! <BR> <BR> I thought I might be brave and post an introduction... <BR> <BR> So, I'm 21 yrs old, live in Arizona with my family and all of our wonderful pets. I've been struggling with my weight since I was little, but I never got serious about it until about four years ago. It's been an up-and-down path so far, but I feel like I'm on the right track now! I've lost al... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:43:54 EST Question of the week - 11/26-12/3 Sorry this is late getting up, my modem fried the day before Thanksgiving, so I was without until it got delivered a little while ago. <BR> <BR> This week's question is this: Have you started or finished your Christmas shopping? Mon, 26 Nov 2012 22:28:14 EST edging ideas? I'm crocheting a pink baby afghan using v-stitch. I border it with darker shade of pink--sc. Next 3 rows of white treble and threading ribbon through middle row, another row of darker pink sc. My problem is..I want to use varigated pink and some sort of shell pattern for 3 rows but can't decide which pattern. I want it to be as pretty as possible--nothing plain. I'm a libra and have lots of trouble making up my mind. <BR> <em>198</em> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:45:03 EST Hello! My name is Nicole, I'm 36, and I live in Oregon with my wonderful husband, Chris, and my amazing son, Kellen. I am a pre-bariatric surgery patient and hope to have my surgery in January or early February. <BR> <BR> I don't think I'm very good at crocheting, but I love to do it. My grandmother taught me when I was 6 or 7 but I didn't appreciate what she was teaching me until after she had passed away. I started crocheting again last year but have just started seriously working on projects. ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:47:46 EST happy Thanksgiving everyone's I hope you all have a blessed day <BR> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 13:04:34 EST neck warmer for ma bf Gonna start a neck warmer for ma bf today. Its gonna be a variegated blue with an embroidered Habs logo on it! :D Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:45:44 EST Question of the week - 11/19 - 11/25 Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great week!! This week in the USA, many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving. So, this got me to thinking, what are the top five things that you are thankful for? Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:24:01 EST It's the weekend! It's the weekend and this nosy Nellie is wondering what your plans are? <BR> <BR> I'm going to work on my three afghans that are Christmas gifts, and rest since my gall bladder has been acting up. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:00:45 EST afghan I'm working on an afghan that my gf hired me to crochet for her. I need to take this one by the horns and run with it! Having motivation issues with it though. :( I feel I should finish at least one to two squares a day on it! That is my goal. May I request some accountability on this please. Thank you. Andrea Thu, 15 Nov 2012 01:20:57 EST I'm newwwww ;) Hi Ya's <em>334</em> <BR> My name is Andrea. I'm a 36 yr old mom(kids live with the ex) of 2 amazing kidz! I love to crochet! I would consider myself to be intermediate to advanced in the level of crocheting! ;) <BR> I have 2 projects on the go: <BR> 1. Lingerie that I intend to finish today!, <BR> 2. A granny square blanket that I just started. My gf is paying me to do this for her! <BR> I am thoroughly looking forward to being an active part of this particular team! <BR> I do not, howev... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:47:05 EST Question of the week 11/12 - 11/18 Today we remember our veterans. Do you have a special veteran that you remembered? Do you have someone serving right now? Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:15:00 EST Weekend plans?? I was just curious what my favorite group of crocheters have planned for the weekend? <BR> <BR> I have to go to a Relay for Life training meeting in Reno and then church on Sunday. I plan on taking my current crochet project (afghan) with me. Are any of you going to be hooking this weekend and if so what? Fri, 9 Nov 2012 09:51:29 EST Question of the week - 11/5 - 11/11 Tomorrow is a BIG day in the USA. So, this leads me to my question of the week - do you vote? If so, how do you vote - absentee, early, or on poll day? Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:31:43 EST Mystery Crochet Along Anyone? I'm not sure if this is the right placed to post it so sorry if I should have put it somewhere else. <BR> <BR> Does anybody fancy a mystery crochet along? Maybe themed around Christmas. We could get someone to post a few rows of a pattern every day (Team leaders maybe?) and we all crochet the same thing without knowing what it is. No more than a few rows so the busy people can keep up and if there's anyone who's needs help with interpreting the pattern we could all help each other. Maybe som... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:15:54 EST Question of the week 11/1 - 11/5 Hi everyone! I am the new co-leader of this team and we thought it would be fun to have a question of the week. Each week on Monday, I'll post a question that will be up for the full week. <BR> <BR> So, for the first question of the week - let's talk about fall. What is your favorite part of fall? Are there any smells that you attribute to fall? Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:20:55 EST Fall into place Nov. challenge This challenge includes exercise, eating right, and taking stretch breaks when you are watching TV or crocheting (yes that includes other crafting too) <BR> <BR> Eating right includes eating breakfast, drinking water, and eating our fruits and veggies. <BR> What are some of your fav. ways to cook veggies? <BR> What's your fav. breakfast ? <BR> Continue to find ways to sneak in exercise <BR> <BR> If you can log in each day and let us know how you plan to Fall into place. <BR> Can't get on-l... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:09:38 EST I carved a jumbo crochet hook I carved a 20mm crochet hook from a pine dowel, sanded and oiled it so it's nice and smooth and won't snag the yarn. I have some super chunky yarn to play with so I thought I'd make a hook to match! It's ready for a first go tomorrow. <BR> <BR><BR>gallery_enlarge.asp?id=4456106 <BR> <BR> and I learned how to do a Solomons knot, (using a much smaller hook than the one above!) needs perfecting but I'm still pleased at my first attempt. <BR> <BR> http:... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:46:22 EST Tricks and Treats What are some of the ways you trick yourself into getting in a little exercise? <BR> Treat yourself with healthier choices? <BR> Or just fun tips you want to share. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 05:55:45 EST Hello from another crocheter Hello, I have been crocheting since I was 7 (I'm 61 now)....and I love it...I do knit on rare occasions, but my favorite is crocheting lace. I have a shop on Etsy called Scarletrabbit where I have all kinds of Victorian and Steampunk and Gothic things---it's been wonderful turning my craft into a bit of a business.... <BR> <BR> I am also very overweight, I need to lose 100 lbs, and sitting on the job and then coming home and sitting and crocheting does not help!! I need to lean to eat better... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 02:24:30 EST Looking for a Pattern HI, I have been asked to make up a Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and a Goofy doll for Christmas and I am in desperate need of these patterns. Can anyone share a pattern with me. I have no money to buy them. <BR> Thanks. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 01:31:58 EST Daily chat This has been a terrible evening! My kitty Sandy had to be put to sleep. :( He had been ill for two days. We thought it was from the flee drops we had put on the back of his neck. Today, (I guess now it was yesterday) I was sure more was wrong. He was listless and started groaning.So we took him to the vet. It was his urinary problems again. His bladder was distended and he had to be sedated and catheterized. We were to leave him for two days. On our way home we were taking cans to the recycl... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 04:33:07 EST Help wiith Tunisian Crochet I really like the fabric you get from Tunisian Crochet and I've kind of got how to do it but somehow my fabric ends up looking like it's in italic. It sort of slopes to the right. I was thinking I may be missing a stitch at the end of the row but each row seems to have the same number of stitches just all shifted one to the right. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to solve this? <BR> <BR> I can post a pic if it would help. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:19:40 EST Hello Hi everyone!! I'm still pretty new at spark people. Only been a member for about 3 weeks. I am really liking it and all the information it provides. <BR> I LOVE to crochet. Right now i am working on amigurumi for the kids for Christmas. I have seven kids, so as much hand made stuff the better!!! Sun, 14 Oct 2012 01:46:03 EST The new and beautiful patterns. Let's share patterns or pattern sites. We all find beautiful crochet patterns we want to make. Nice if you can find something different. I am going to start. These are unique and beautiful patterns. check these out <link><BR>.jsp?keywords=Lilly+Pond+Eight+Point+R<BR>ound+Ripple+Crochet+Pattern&submit=Sea<BR>rch&contentType=Articles </link> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:55:42 EST hello hi. i'm new...from washington state. crocheting is one of my passions. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:48:56 EST Hello I've been using Spark on and off for a few years now and have decided to return. I never have really had much luck with Spark teams but I thought I might give this one a try. <BR> <BR> My mom and I crochet for extra money and to create amazing gifts for our friends and family. I also sew/quilt and scrapbook as well but have been stuck on the crocheting for some time. <BR> <BR> I'm not quite sure how I manage to do it at all with 3 children, a full time job, and a messy husband! <BR> ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:39:09 EST Good Morning! Excited to find such an active crochet team!! <BR> <BR> My name is Demi, and I had been on SP for a very long time. I took a break for a while (long story), but I am excited to be back! I love to crochet, but I don't have a lot of time for it right now, just very very busy. I am hoping to start squeezing in some again soon. <BR> <BR> Incidently, I am also on Ravelry, same username, so feel free to friend me there as well. <em>30</em> (I don't tend to post much there, since I am s... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 09:50:50 EST Ways to make money from crochet Firstly I'm relatively new to crochet but something has struck a chord in me in the few years I've been experimenting and I have found the same with cross stitch too. I was made redundant a year ago and I was pregnant at the time so I haven't gone back to work and I really don't want to go back to a conventional job. My husband says to do what you enjoy to make money, but I can't see many ways that doing what I enjoy will bring in an extra wage. Right now especially I would have to work from ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 09:04:12 EST Can you have too much yarn? <em>240</em> I just cleaned out my craft room. I have about one hundred skeins of yarn and none the colors I want to use. Every time I go into the yarn department of a store my family will make comment on the fact that I already have a lot of yarn. They don't get the need to have certain colors or types. Anyway doesn't the one with the most yarn win? <em>211</em> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 03:19:35 EST Oktoberfest Challenge What comes to mind when you think of Oktoberfest <BR> <BR> Music? Have fun exercising or relaxing with music, be in-tune with your body. <BR> <BR> Dancing? Dancing (even chair dancing) can be great exercise, give it a try. <BR> <BR> Food? Find food that's fun yet good for you, share it with us. <BR> <BR> Fun? So get out your lederhosen (exercise clothes) and have fun, yes exercise can be fun. Remember if you make it enjoyable you are more likely to stick with it. <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:10:05 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Melissa, this is probably the 10th time i've started spark people over again.. I might be exaggerating a little bit but who knows. I just turned 21 and as a gift to myself, I vowed to take off my unwanted weight. I always seem to start these things and let myself down.. but this time feels different. I'm noticing the negative impact the extra weight is adding to my life.. physically and emotionally. I know i'm not fat, but I'm not comfortable with the way I look... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:41:57 EST Hi Hi, my name is Betty and I am new to Sparkpeople. I hope to not only lose weight and be healthier but to also meet some new friends along the way. I am fairly new to crocheting also and I am not an expert. I love to make amigarumi toys and to try to learn new stitches along the way. It keeps my hands busy and my mind occupied. Hope to meet some new friends here. Oh, i live in Florida and I can't wait until the weather gets cooler here so that I can be outside a little more. i can't take the h... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:39:05 EST Hello :-) Hello, I started crocheting a couple of years ago to keep my fingers busy instead of snacking. I'm trying to slowly lose the last 10lbs after having my baby girl nearly 6 months ago. <BR> <BR> I bought some super chunky yarn while I was away last weekend and I'm carving myself a super chunky crochet hook to go with it. Not sure what I'm going to make yet, probably a scarf because it's that time of year. Once I've done that I'd like to try making a shrug or something more interesting than a r... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:25:47 EST Confessions of a Diet Soda Drinker I drank Diet Coke and Caffeine-free Diet Coke since I was 15 y/o. I have severe obesity, heart disease, insulin resistance, urinary incontinence and multiple fractures in my spine including my neck. If you want to know how I got this way read at this link <BR> SAVE YOURSELVES. QUIT TODAY. I am 59 y/o. When I started we didn't know any better. <link><BR>-you-have-a-dirty-little-dietary-secre<BR>t-and-is-it-called-diet-coke/comment-p<BR>age-1/#comment-20464... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:52:47 EST Have you heard about Plarn? I went to this web site and it teaches how to make and use plarn in crocheting, knitting, and other needle work. This lady shows a beautiful bag made with it. Scroll down and see the instructions for making the plarn. Its great to recycle and save money and be creative all at once. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 00:41:29 EST Hello I am a relatively new crochet addict so this thread intrigued me. I am 52 and adjusting to empty nesting and have decided to do something for myself now. Am a WW dropout.....sadly. Hoping to hook up with other fellow crocheters who can motivate me again! Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:15:42 EST Pattern anyone? Let's make this a place to ask if anyone knows where a pattern might be found. <BR> <BR> I am looking for a crocheted Topsy-Turvy doll pattern. Can anyone help? <em>240</em> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 07:31:30 EST What make up your snacks I eat every two hours. My biggest meal is breakfast. I usually have a big plate of veggies and fruit sitting by me that I munch on between the meals. <em>274</em> <em>45</em> <em>210</em> <em>69</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <em>370</em> <em>240</em> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 08:17:53 EST Just wanted to share some sites I am sure you all know that any brand of yarn has its own web site and free patterns. But I have two that I get all types of free patterns from: Hooked on Crochet' is a crochet newsletter that features free vintage crochet patterns, crochet tips, contests, sweepstakes, monthly deals, and more! Sign up today - it's absolutely free! <em>240</em> 1000's of free craft projects, home decor ideas and DIY tips. We add new projects and tips ... <BR> Hope this info helps you ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 08:03:08 EST just joined SP Hi all, just joined this site and I love to crochet, looking forward to seeing what others are doing and getting new things to do, hope to make new friends and learn Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:17:45 EST Fiber in Montana Hi I am Kathryn, I have returned to sparkpeople after a yr or so hiatus. I have 2 Alpacas as pets and hope to be working on projects with the fiber after I get it spun. This group looked like a good one for me to join as I don't see anything for spinners or weaver want to be's. I love crocheting as well and that is how I got started on projects. Now that my kids are starting to fly the coop I am picking up the hooks again (wheel, loom, needles etc.) Look forward to hearing about everyone... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 00:28:19 EST Your goal of choice picture or an outfit I had a pair of expensive black capris given to me just before MS struck. I could almost zip them then the sickness, meds and lack of any exercise caused me to get to the point they would not even go over the hip.....NOW <em>224</em> I tried them on this morning and could zip them up, still too tight and have about three inches before I can button them. They are hanging on the back of the closet door to keep me going. So what is your choice, a picture or a piece of clothing? I'm being rea... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:36:08 EST Hi, I'm Michelle Hello, my name is Michelle, I will be thirty-five years old this September, and I just recently taught myself to crochet this past October. I love experimenting with different types of yarn and stitches and watching a ball of yarn turn into something pretty and useful. <BR> <BR> Anyways, this is about my third or fourth try in getting back into spark action. Right now, I've been concentrating on mapping my walking route (which is really exhilarating, by the way) and keeping track of my c... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 14:31:30 EST In Need of a Heart Pattern Does anyone have a heart pattern that is 2 inches. To explain I belong to a humanitarian group for my church and we are making hearts for Hospis House. They give them to the family of the loved one that passed away it is a wonderful program. Anyway I have been sewing a bunch but also wanted to crochet some for them. <BR> <BR> Kristine Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:21:52 EST Hello From Washington State/ Tacoma Hi my name is Kristine, I live in Tacoma Washington. I have technically been a member of SP since 2009 but never got serious about it until now. I have osteoarthritis in my spine, hips, and shoulders. the worse of them all is my spine but I manage. It is getting worse and my weight is not helping at all. I have been crocheting since I was 8 yrs old and am now 53, so a very long time but still love it just like the first time. <BR> <BR> Kristine Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:33:25 EST Does anyone else crochet doll clothes? I have always loved cotton crochet with steel hooks, but lately I have been crocheting dresses for tiny dolls-4 inches and under. My tiniest dress so far is for a 5.5 cm doll-slightly over 2 inches tall. Now I have to do the hard part-write down the pattern so that I can repeat it. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:23:05 EST do you do you use any of the Spark people videos? <BR> If so do you have a fav.? <BR> <BR> Yes and my fav. is the chair cardio work out, it's great when my knees won't let me walk. <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1697 </link> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 18:19:17 EST on-line patterns where is your favorite place to look for on-line patterns? <BR> Mine is <BR> <link><BR>n </link> <BR> and <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 18:14:48 EST the best dye to use for my 9'x81/2' crocheted rug It's been forever since I've been here (will go there some other time). I crocheted on a g-hook my dining room oval rug it started out as a small round rug but I kept going. It is made with a lotttt of 11/2" strips of cotton fabrics, sheets and anything else I could find cotton. It is now 12 years old and still my heart. I want to dye the solid light blue rows to navy blue since I'm about to redo the dining area in our kitchen. I thinking of using plain ole Rit dye and brushing it on wit... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 18:54:42 EST breakfast Do you eat the same thing every day or like a variety? <BR> Share your fav. breakfast. <BR> <BR> I like a variety <BR> <BR> My fav. is a scrambled omelet with lots of veggies in it. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:27:09 EST almost giving up Ok. I learned to knit first...I love knitting!! I Knit blankies for all the babies at work, in the family, for Victims Advocacy, Hospice...I don't say this to brag..I LOVE making blankies. I want to crochet them as well..BUT...crocheting and I, we just don't see eye to eye...It kicks my butt everytime I try to do anything. My daughter only asked for one thing when she was pregnant, a turtle photo prop..I got the instructions...I tried for months, my BFF tried...we couldn't get, let's j... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:24:57 EST New to posting I'm on a roll now. This is my 2nd group introduction of the day. Wow. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark for a while but haven't used it regularly until recently and I've been doing really well with my new diet/lifestyle/whatever. I'm a bit shy when it comes to message boards so it's taken me a while to want to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Lorraine. I'm a 40-something who lives by the coast with her hubby and 2 kitties. I like to crochet; I'm crazy about my 2 nieces, and I tend to be ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 06:54:39 EST What is your favorite yarn? Right now, I am really enjoying cotton threads and yarns. I made slippers and a sun hat with some Lily's sugar and cream cotton and I have lots of cotton threads in different colors to use for doll clothing. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 23:27:42 EST NY Newbie Joined this team yesterday so thought I'd pop in and introduce myself. I live near Buffalo, NY, and am a 62-yo happily-married mom of 2 and nana to an 8-yo girl. I've crocheted for over 40 years and especially enjoy working with thread. I'm currently working on items to be entered in the creative arts competition at the county fair next month. Other interests include reading, gardening, and listening to country and southern gospel music. Happy to be here and look forward to being part of... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:17:53 EST Hi Everybody I've been out here on SP for many years more off that on but now retired. I love to crochet and find it very relaxing. I have my grandbabies to keep me busy making new projects all the time. I've been crocheting since I was a young girl. I look forward to visiting with you all here on SP. Take care! <BR> <BR> Jules <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 01:11:47 EST Howdy from Texas! Hi, I am Valerie. I have crocheted for years but only regularly since joining Sparkpeople. I have found that I can chair march and crochet at the same time. <em>334</em> I carry my current project with me everywhere and crochet and chair march when ever I have to wait. I get cardio and pretty things to wear. My favorite patterns are the ones that I don't have to look at often. I am currently working on this shrug <link><BR>0/?_requestid=8944284 </link> ... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:26:35 EST Hello Everybody! Hello. I'm Vinia from Michigan. I'm 31, I've never been married, but currently have a boyfriend, and I have no kids. I've been overweight since I was 8 years old and i'm just looking to change that. My highest weight was back in 2006 when I was at 283. I think my last weight in was 209. So i'm just hoping to find support and maybe speed up the process a little. I'm really looking forward being 130 lbs. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:51:09 EST Hello!!! hello all!! I am new to this team, I have been on SP for about 2 years (maybe 3). I have tried to stick to the plans, but seem to fall off a lot. I am new to crocheting, I have been knitting for 3 years. I really like the way crocheting is forgiving, like SP!!!! My goal is to get moving and lose 5 lbs by July 15. One little step at a time, right? Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:58:20 EST Hi Everyone I'm Rose and I'm coming back to spark after a long absence, I was not totally committed, could not stick to any diet. Well I feel like I've hit bottom. I'm 52 and feel 65, I'm so out of shape. <BR> I have been crocheting since I was 14 and love it. My Aunt taught me, she thought it would keep my hands busy, I was a hyper kid. <BR> Has anyone ever figure out how many calories we burn when we crochet? <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 21:24:06 EST Knit and Crochet show Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone is going to the knit and crochet show in Manchester, NH later in June or in Reno in September? I'm going to the one in September and was looking to hear about anything anyone experienced at the one in NH and if anyone is planning on going to Reno, maybe it would be nice to have a fellow crocheter and Spark buddy? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jessica Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:45:00 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, my name is Katherine and I'm new to SparkPeople. Looking to lose some weight and hopefully some support to achieve my goals and to support others as well. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 15:48:43 EST Summer Sizzle Challenge Summer is here and the temperature is rising. <BR> Many have vacations planned or just got back from one <BR> It's easy to get out of step when it's too hot to work out or your not at home, but we're not going to let is stop us.... <BR> So it's time to get on the sizzle. <BR> Our goal is to work in exercise at least ten min. every day any type of exercise counts. <BR> Also let's not forget to drink our water, we don't want to get dehydrated. <BR> Post your exercise and glasses of water here... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:09:59 EST Newbie to Crocheters I love to crochet and usually crochet every single day. I taught myself because my Mom refused to teach me, as I am left handed. I am trying to learn the Tunisian stitch. Good Luck to all your weight goals. I started on this website 2 days ago. Hopefully will stick with it! Thu, 31 May 2012 15:07:29 EST hi! I'm new to sparks and new to this group and just wanted to say hi and force myself to post things as opposed to just reading. Trying to change my lifestyle and find a better way to live. I've spent years telling myself I will do it later but I never took care of the weight gain and now I have almost 60 pounds to lose. I know now that if I don't just do it, I never will. Tue, 29 May 2012 10:50:45 EST Newbie in PA Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a new-ish member of SparkPeople (joined 5 weeks ago) and a brand new member of this team. I am so happy to have found a "crocheter's team"!! I have been an avid crocheter for the past 30 years. You name it...I've made it. <BR> <BR> PROFESSIONAL: I am an Associate Professional Member of the CGOA (any other CGOA members here??) and am pretty active in my local chapter. I am a Ravelry member (crochetlady22). I am a Contract Crocheter and Pattern Tester with a ... Tue, 29 May 2012 10:24:01 EST Hello from Texas <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> I look forward to being a member of this team. I have been married for 31 years to my college sweetheart. I live in Texas and work full time in state government. We have 3 children ages 27, 20, and 17. My hobbies are crochet, gardening, cooking, cross stitching, sewing, quilting, and following NASCAR. <BR> <BR> Both of my grandmothers taught me to crochet 38 years ago. I like crocheting with yarn and thread. <BR> <BR> I look forward to being a member of this te... Sat, 26 May 2012 11:22:10 EST Baby afghans? Ok, I've tried to look for a pretty baby afghan, and I haven't been successful. Have any of you come across one? I have two nieces that are due within a week of each other and they are both expecting girls. Has anyone seen a pretty baby girl afghan? Thu, 24 May 2012 11:30:58 EST Hi! I'm Shannon. Hi there! My name is Shannon & I live in South Texas. I learned a little crochet when I was a child, but never enough to really make anything. I picked up a book about 9 years ago, learned my basics, and I've been happily hooking ever since! <BR> <BR> The only problem I have with crochet & weight loss is that if I'm in the middle of a crochet project I have a hard time tearing myself away to go to the gym! Wed, 16 May 2012 11:13:44 EST Does anybody heve a pattern for a toddler poncho with a hood? I made one for my oldest granddaughter and would like to make one for my great grand daughters. I just need a simple pattern so I can embroider flowers on it. Sun, 6 May 2012 08:24:51 EST My own pattern Making a doll, all on my own (no pattern) I got the body, Legs, and such done I don't really know how to attach a head and arms. Any iders?? Thanks in advance. Thu, 3 May 2012 12:39:52 EST Yarn bargain!!! Hey ya'll. Michaels in my area has Red Heart Super Saver on sale today only for $1.89. It would be worth checking the Michaels in your area. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:24:23 EST Ravelry users? A friend introduced me to Raverly. It's an amazing (FREE) site for anyone who enjoys fiber works (Crocheting, Knitting, Cross-Stitch, Sewing) Just wondering if anyone else is a raverly user. I've fallen in love with the site. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:40:19 EST Hi Everyone. Hello, I'm another Newbie. lol. My name is Rachele and I'm 24, living in the lower half of Michigan. I have been losing weight all my life, and gaining it right back again. Looking to keep off the pounds this time. I have an almost 4 year old boy, Eli, who keeps me on my toes. I started crocheting Oct. 2011. I have made a bunch of projects, but my favorites have been An Angel I made of my mother in law, and fingerless gloves for my own mother .Right now I have been working on making a ton of ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:33:29 EST hello I am not new to SP but I am new to the team. I have lost 35 pounds already and I am ready to lose a lot more! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:28:10 EST Have you ever tried Romanian point lace cord stich? <BR> It's not that hard once you get going good on it. <BR> <link><BR>noredirect=1 </link> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 20:39:56 EST I'm new! Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old mom of one boy from Southwest Michigan. I taught myself to crochet about two years ago and have a small business selling some of my stuff. I'm looking to lose a minimum of 50 pounds. <BR> Looking forward to being a part of this team! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> Kate <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Apr 2012 08:50:50 EST An Update... Hey folks! <BR> <BR> I got a Goodie, and it reminded me to pop in and say Hi! Thanks! :D <BR> <BR> Cora is 8 months old now, and I have four to go until I plan on jumping back in to the Spark universe. Haven't lost any weight, but I haven't gained, either. LOL! We had some lovely weather two weeks ago, which let me get out and get walking with the stroller, but then it got cold again. Booooooo... <BR> <BR> I have lots of updated pics of my little monkey at <link> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:15:22 EST New-ish Hello! My name is Cat and I've been crocheting for 15 years (since I was 10). Up until last year, I only knew a few stitches and I never made anything other than scarves and potholders. Last October, I started branching out, and I've learned so much that I've actually sold a few things. I love crocheting and am always looking for something new to learn. <BR> <BR> As for my weight - I desperately need to lose some! I joined SparkPeople in 2009 under a different name and lost 40 pounds, but I ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:42:28 EST hooks what is your favorite type or brand of crochet hooks? <BR> what size hook do you use the most? <BR> <BR> Mine is Boye steel hooks and size 7 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:17:46 EST Spring into Action March 22 - April 30 challenge Spring means a lot more activites, including getting out doors. <BR> Our challenge is to get moving <BR> You may choose any tipe of exercise or activity (including yard work or spring cleaning) you are able to do <BR> Tell us here what exercise or activity you choose each day and how long you did it <BR> you may also log in your daily steps if you wish. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:08:34 EST Hello Hello everyone I’m new here on this team Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:59:44 EST Add me to the Restarting List please! Hi, everyone! My name is Tyler and I am a 20 year old college student from San Diego, California. I have been an avid crocheter for about ten years now and am ready to take care of my body again. For anyone out there who is looking for a spark buddy, I desperately need one -- accountability is my Achilles heel. Also, if anyone is on ravelry, please feel free to add me. My username is tybear009 on there. <em>252</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 13:51:14 EST