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    04-09-2012, 02:28 PM
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Weanling
Any Knitters or Crocheters Here?

I am both a knitter and crocheter! I LOVE it. One of my favorite hobbies. I love to make amigurumi and random little things. I've been making a lot of owls and crocheting lots of hats, which I plan to sell on Etsy. Any knitters or crocheters here? What are you currently making?
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    04-09-2012, 04:08 PM
  #2
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Hi
I crochet, spin, felt, and loom knit. Also know how to regular knit, but find crochet easier and something I tend to do more of in the winter.
Although I have started several afghans, I haven't finished them yet and seem to do better finishing smaller items like scarves, flowers, purses, gift items and what not.

Besides the unfinished afghans, right now I'm working on a saddle pad with some leftover alpaca/wool blend that I will felt for my new Aussie saddle. I'm lucky in that I also raise alpacas and have an abundance of raw materials to work with, but I also really enjoy working with funky or exotic yarns too.
     
    04-09-2012, 04:18 PM
  #3
Foal
Aw i'd love to be able to knit! I could knit straight lines when I was younger, but my nan or my mum had to make a new row for me lol! Knitting fail hehehe! I'd love to be able to just pick up some needles and wool and knit away... but I forgot even my basic knowledge XD Has anyone knitted any little horse things recently?
     
    04-09-2012, 04:23 PM
  #4
Weanling
Hello! Thanks for your replies!
I've considered crocheting a little horse, but I'd need to find instructions somewhere online as I couldn't figure that all out by myself!
I also loom knit, which is great for scarves and hats but is very repetitive to me and is harder for me to finish than knitted or crocheted items.

How do you crochet a saddle pad?? :O
     
    04-09-2012, 04:28 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by autumnheart    
Hello! Thanks for your replies!
I've considered crocheting a little horse, but I'd need to find instructions somewhere online as I couldn't figure that all out by myself!
I also loom knit, which is great for scarves and hats but is very repetitive to me and is harder for me to finish than knitted or crocheted items.

How do you crochet a saddle pad?? :O
Cool! If you ever do make a little horsey, please post some piccies - would love to see it!
     
    04-09-2012, 04:41 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by autumnheart    
Hello! Thanks for your replies!
I've considered crocheting a little horse, but I'd need to find instructions somewhere online as I couldn't figure that all out by myself!
I also loom knit, which is great for scarves and hats but is very repetitive to me and is harder for me to finish than knitted or crocheted items.

How do you crochet a saddle pad?? :O
Yes, I want to see little horsie too. I have several books of patterns for cute animals, but haven't started any yet.

Saddle pad... I took measurements of a current saddle pad then enlarged by a third (to compensate for shrinkage during the wet felting process) and crochet in rows appropriately in a really thick/dense stitch to desired size.
Once done, I will wet felt it and viola... saddle pad.
Well, that's the theory anyway.... .

Actually I have done this on a smaller scale and it does work. If the finished product isn't quite thick enough I can double up and the next pad I make I can crochet using two strands held together at the same time.

I tend to like working with bulky and worsted weight yarns anyway because it is easier on my hands. The tiny crochet threads and itty bitty needles make my fingers go numb, even though I like how the delicate stuff looks and will make jewely flowers once in a while.
     
    04-09-2012, 09:09 PM
  #7
Foal
Love to Crochet!!!!

Next to beading, crocheting is my second favorite hobby... my grandmother taught me when I was around 8 years old how to crochet a granny square- and I have been doing it since. My favorite item to crochet is lap blankets. I make them for the veterans home and nursing homes in the area as they are great for persons in wheel chairs. The pattern I use is not real "heavy". It is like an open mesh pattern... Easy to work up, very little counting, and you can change the pattern easily for whatever size blanket you need.


I make hats and slippers too which are great for holiday giving and for passing out to those in need....

I'll post a few pic's
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    04-10-2012, 07:58 AM
  #8
Weanling
That's beautiful work you've done!

As you can see [on my very dirty floor] a few things I've made recently. A scarf, all my hats, some crappy looking owls.



I also have trouble with the smaller stuff. I got tiny blisters all over my fingers from crocheting this tiny cupcake. All the stitches were real tight and the yarn real thin and hook real small. I have a size Q crochet hook which I LOVE. It's HUGE! Use thick yarn and you can make big stuff real quickly. I also like big knitting needles. But amigurumi, which I love, requires smaller hooks and needles, unfortunately.
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    04-10-2012, 01:31 PM
  #9
Foal
MARVELOUS !!!!! So colorful. I have trouble with the real small hooks. I love my size Q also... makes some fancy scarves in no time... Have fun stitching!!!
     
    04-11-2012, 09:43 AM
  #10
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Newday- I like your lapghans! I recognize the stitch and like your color choices. Maybe I should finish off my afghans and make them lap blankets too since I don't seem to be able to get past that size. LOL

Autumn- Squeeeeee! The little owls are soo cute!

I wish I had the patience with the little needs to do cute things.
As it is, I like the mindless reps of the loom or crochet so I can do it while watching tv since it's really the only time I sit down... well, when I'm not typing on here that is. That's why I don't like knitting so much, I actually have to pay attention and watch what I'm doing.

Love seeing pics of other peoples projects and will try to snap a few of my own stuff too.
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