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Stop me before I crochet again!

I found something very dangerous for me right now: Crafts for a cause. :)

I picked up a couple of the 'Crochet for a Cause' kits and one 'Knit for a Cause' kit (because I am determined to learn how to knit. A craft has never beaten me like knitting has.) I was amazed at how easy the crochet scarf was!!!! Granted, I have crocheted quite a bit in the past, but it was basically two stitches throughout the whole thing. A six foot scarf took me about, oh, four hours total tonight while I was watching TV. I'm going to be giving it to my mother-in-law in a few weeks as a Christmas gift. She's a breast cancer survivor. I would also make one for my mom, but she lives here in Texas whereas my MIL lives in Indiana. She'll actually USE a scarf *laugh* I may try to whip out another one for my sister-in-law and neice, but in different colors.

The knit scarf is mine, because I'll probably fuck it up somehow :) If not, it will be a really cool accessory since it is that pink fur yarn.

Seriously, if you knit or crochet, or want to learn, and you have a Joann Fabrics near you (or are willing to order online - see links above), these kits are great. Most of the proceeds go to the Komen Foundation, they include a laminated breast exam card, and all of the supplies you need to make the scarf (yarn, knitting needles or crochet hook, instructions, finishing needle).

You know, this was so easy to make something 6 feet long and six inches wide, I bet this would make a pretty easy weekend afghan pattern. Hmmm.....nope. I'm not going to start an afghan now. I won't be able to use my arms soon for very much, so I only have another couple of weeks for crafts.

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allykatt
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
i've been trying to respond to this ALL DAY!!!

AAAAAA!!

it's funny, we're the EXACT opposite on this. i have been knitting since i was in gradeschool, but crochet is one of those things that always left me scratching my head. it's the ONLY CRAFT i've ever tried that i couldn't master within minutes. that's probably why it drives me crazy. ;_)

i recently bought a "learn to crochet" kit, which i will utilize soon - as the afghan i'm knitting needs 50 crocheted stars. and this time, i'm going to FORCE MYSELF to do all of the easy projects in the kit, to learn how before i make myself all angry again trying to do the hard stuff first!!!
trshtwns01
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
We need to get together - I'll teach you to crochet and you can teach me to knit *laugh*
trshtwns01
Nov. 5th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
I am SO FRUSTRATED!!!!

I can cast on easily, but I do NOT understand how to knit stitch. These instructions are crazy. ARGH!!!
allykatt
Nov. 5th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
LOL

i'd show you, but it's a bit of a drive, and the bunny is asleep...

oh! there's an online tutorial! i need to find it for you ... it's got videos!

http://www.knittinghelp.com/

my friend trian learned from these, and raves about them!!
trshtwns01
Nov. 5th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
DOH! I'm an idiot.

That did help quite a bit - it showed me that I was doing it right. The reason it looked like CRAP is because my 'Knit for a Cause' kit has this fuzzy pink fur yarn, and it's supposed to be loose and quick to do. That means the knitting needles are like 1/4" wide!!! If not more. It says US size 15, if that means anything.

I should have known from already doing the crochet kit. That used a size P crochet hook, and I don't even OWN a size P (thank goodness it came with one). The largest I have it like a size J or something (bigger the letter, bigger the hook size and the resulting stitch).

Ok, so at least I can knit stitch now. I'll work til I have that down then I try to advance on to purl. Still feels a bit funny to me, since I'm used to hook in one hand and yarn in the other, but this is WAY farther than I've gotten in the past *laugh*

Thanks!!!

Hey - how far of a drive are you from Plano?
allykatt
Nov. 5th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
it's about 3-3.5 hours from here, if memory serves. it's not THAT bad. i'd just have to actually pack everyone in the car and DO it.

=D
trshtwns01
Nov. 7th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Is there anything about an hour and a half between us? Of course, our luck it is the middle of BFE.
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