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    I Took a Little Detour

    After my last post I said that I was going to start the black cat. Well, that was kind of true. But first I decided to take a break and crochet the Cuddle Me Bear from Amigurumi Today. That bear...
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    No, I just made one. The first pic is by the...

    No, I just made one. The first pic is by the original designer; the next are two pics of the one I made. And thanks!
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    Finally - One Down!

    (Originally published on Wordpress on 9/9/2019)

    I believe it was back in July that I decided to make amigurumis for my sister's grandchildren. I began by asking them what their favorite animal was...
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    I can use a Bates hook. One time I needed a size...

    I can use a Bates hook. One time I needed a size E and that was all that Joann's had so I bought it. I've used it, but it's not my favorite. If they had longer shafts, maybe I'd like them better.
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    The cushioned handles are nice, but you're right...

    The cushioned handles are nice, but you're right - the manufacturers cover some of the shaft with the cushion. The only one that finally figured this out was Addi. First they made the Swing hook with...
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    I've always preferred Boye because they have a...

    I've always preferred Boye because they have a much longer shaft than the Bates hooks. I'm very dependent on the shaft to make my stitches even (guess it was the way I was taught). The bottom line is...
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    Love this! Thank you so much for posting - this...

    Love this! Thank you so much for posting - this will be perfect for my mom!
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    Aluminum hooks start with size B 2.25mm; as you...

    Aluminum hooks start with size B 2.25mm; as you go up the alphabet, the hook goes up in size. Anything less than 2.25mm are steel. Steel hooks are numbered, and the larger the number the smaller the...
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    Hi Spoula! It's not unusual that as we age...

    Hi Spoula!
    It's not unusual that as we age (like me!), either the arthritis or the eyes prevent us from using the steel hooks - the stitches are just so small! But I started having issues with...
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    Yes, the stainless steel ones (all silver, no...

    Yes, the stainless steel ones (all silver, no colored) are hard on your hands and wrists. If I ever go back to doing lace I'll be sure to get one with a soft cushioned handle. But in my experience,...
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    That's a pom-pom mat - just for a pop of color.

    That's a pom-pom mat - just for a pop of color.
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    Thanks, Spoula! Talking about doctor visits, I...

    Thanks, Spoula! Talking about doctor visits, I had to take my mom to another one today. She was complaining of being dizzy but her vitals were fine. Doctor says it's because she isn't doing her...
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    Thanks, Jean Marie. The butterfly that I was...

    Thanks, Jean Marie. The butterfly that I was talking about was a cross stitch I bought on Etsy. Here's a pic of a completed one - not my work -

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    I fell in love with this butterfly, but I...
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    Still Hangin' in There

    It looks like since I've been in Chicago to take care of my mom that one post a month on my blog will probably be the best I'll be able to do. {It has been determined that my mom needs someone to...
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    Spoula and Momto8 - your thread work is...

    Spoula and Momto8 - your thread work is fantastic! I can't speak to the cone yarn/thread, although I have been very tempted to try those too. I have worked with South Maid 100% mercerized cotton a...
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    Lovely - lacy and airy, perfect for CA!

    Lovely - lacy and airy, perfect for CA!
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    This designer has some really pretty patterns -...

    This designer has some really pretty patterns - thanks for sharing!
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    It probably depends a lot on the pattern....

    It probably depends a lot on the pattern. Sometimes I use a chain 2 for a dc, sometimes I use a chain 3 - could possibly apply to the hdc too.
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    Hi, Spoula! My Mom was able to get the huge hip...

    Hi, Spoula! My Mom was able to get the huge hip brace off a couple weeks ago and so she's doing better in that respect. I have since found out that the reason she fell (in April and the time before...
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    No problem. There are plenty of people here that...

    No problem. There are plenty of people here that knit too, plus as a general rule "Jessie at home" usually does crochet items. I was surprised that this scarf was knit!
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    Very pretty, but this is knit.

    Very pretty, but this is knit.
  22. Thread: Best Laid Plans

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    Thanks, Jean Marie! I love the idea of snowflakes...

    Thanks, Jean Marie! I love the idea of snowflakes on Santa's bag. I have some tiny snowflake buttons back in CA, but I'd need to see them laying on the cross stitch to see if they would work. I keep...
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    Thanks for your post. I am of the opinion that I...

    Thanks for your post. I am of the opinion that I will need to move in to take care of Mom, because I think she just doesn't have the energy to do daily things anymore. Plus the basement stairs are...
  24. Thread: Best Laid Plans

    by Nova55
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    Best Laid Plans

    At the beginning of this year I promised myself that I would post every week and become much more involved in social media to try to promote my store's patterns and products. For a while I wasn't...
  25. Spoula - your original dress was wonderful, but I...

    Spoula - your original dress was wonderful, but I agree that the changes you made to this really improved the design! Congrats!
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