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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

~ Two on Tuesday, a ? and a doily ~


Two things that make me smile:

* glazed doughnuts

* street performers - while walking along the Annapolis harbor, we saw a young man playing the guitar, and 2 young girls singing.  The were pretty good too.  The girls told us that their name is 'The Bobbles' and we could find them on Facebook.  Here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/dlys.hooksandyarns?sk=wall#!/TheBobbles

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 (I added the polymer clay handle)

Question for anyone who has the 'Sharp Crochet Hook' - how is it for you?  Does it glide through the fabric smoothly for you?  I don't know if it's just me or what, but I can't seem to get it to work right for me.  I need both hands to get it to go through the fabric.  I've tried 3 different times and I got so frustrated I just put it down.  What am I doing wrong?  Is there a trick to using this?  I hope I didn't waste my money. 

p.s.  I'm trying to crochet a border on flannel fabric.

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(pay no attention to the worn out, 27 year old carpet)

I crocheted this little tiny doily.  It only measures 6".  I had meant to make it bigger, but I got tired of working it.  It now hangs over the edge of a small shelf in my craft room.  I crocheted it with size 3 thread and a size 1 hook.  :) 
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33 comments:

  1. I like chocolate glazed doughnuts :-)
    I never heard of the sharp crochet hook; I'm sorry you're having a hard time with it. Good luck!
    Your doily is very pretty :-)
    Blessings,
    Kate

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  2. That is a very pretty Debi. I do not own a hook like that because I don't know how to do those stuff yet. Sorry I am not a big help. Have a lovely day hun

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  3. I love the doily! I've been wanting to start a doily, but haven't gotten around to it. Maybe after I finish some big projects.

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  4. Doily is pretty. I am interested to know also about that hook have tried myself and was unable to use it!

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    1. Thanks Neicee. Good to know it's not just me that's having a problem with the hook. :)

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  5. Hi I've never used a sharp hook but I have used a skip stitch blade which make little cuts in the fabric to help crocheting a border on. You can find them here http://www.skipstitch.com/products.htm

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about the skip stitch blade. I think I will buy one of those to use. :)

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    2. I do lots of fleece and this blade makes it super easy.

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    3. I use the skip stitch blade and it makes it super easy for me. I would recommend to anyone .

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  6. Interesting tool, sad if it doesn't do what is claims... I would return to the place od purchase and ask for a refund... Might not be worth the effort if you purchased it online though...

    As for the darling doily... I love the bright yellow "sun burst" design in the center. So pretty and feminine.

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    1. Thanks Jessica.

      I ordered it (on-line) after reading a couple good reviews about it. I'm hoping someone will come along and let me in on the secret of using it. :)

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  7. I don't have one either Debi, but have contemplated buying one. I guess I won't now. Let us know how that other one works. If it works for you I'll get one. I have had this idea rolling around in my head and need to use something to that effect.

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  8. I also have never heard of this type of hook. I just use a really old sharp tool that was given to me to make the holes. In fact, there are a number of different sizes to change to for different size holes. I have no idea what it is called, but is quite old! Good luck!

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  9. Well, Debi, since you asked I shall answer. LOL I have a sharp crochet hook, and in all honesty am not totally impressed with the thing. Yes, it's sharp, but it's a "jaggy" sharp...if that makes any sense. Before buying it (like you, I saw recommendations online) I used a #10 hook to make my initial row on the receiving blankets, and I don't see where the sharp crochet hook really works any better. :( The hook was not smooth (where the name and size of hook are usually at) and I ended up having dh grind it smoother. Mine does not just glide through the fabric...it is so "jaggy" sharp that it catches on the material.

    Btw, I like glazed donuts, too! :)

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    1. That's exactly what happens with me Rita. I'm going to try again after I get rid of the snags. I guess pushing the hook through the flannel with both hands will have to be.

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  10. Hi Deb, I thought about buying one of those sharp hooks..wasn't sure how it would work..I am still curious though..let me know if you can figure it out..if not let me know how the other hook works (skip stich blade). I am going to look at it now.Blessings

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  11. Çok güzel örgüler ben çok beğendim elinize sağlık.

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  12. I like your little doily....I like them better small, I put candle under them or great for small tables!!

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  13. Hi Debi, I've never tried one of those hooks for doing edgings, didn't know they even had something like that on the market. I tried doing an edge on a flannel receiving blanket and got so frustrated I gave up. Love your little doily, and I love the one you made and sent me. It is a treasured keepsake now.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

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  14. Nice ...I thinking to buy it but still waiting .It's looking good....is it?Thanks Mrs.Debi.

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  15. Thanks Shari, Susanne and Luna. When I get the chance to try the hook again, I'll let ya'll know how it goes. I need to try to smooth the hook a little first. :)

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  16. Wonderful inspirational works here - beautiful really.

    I see you have several comments on the sharp hook already, but I got it and could barely stand the wait and was a little let down when I got it here. It is difficult to use. Glad to know I am not the only one.... I have decided to continue trying BUT, I have also been working with my sewing machine to stitch a pretty overcast stitch! ;)

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  17. This tiny doily looks like a dream to whip up. How cute!

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  18. Hi Debi .. I have one of those sharp crochet hooks and am disappointed with it. I can't even get it to go through a soft microfibre washcloth. I bought mine online and like someone else said, its not worth trying for a refund as I bought it from the US and I'm in Australia so the cost to send it back would be more than its worth.
    I've read a lot about the skip stitch blades and will probably end up buying one of those - or just continue poking the ordinary crochet hook through the fabric like I've done in the past.

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  19. I've never done edgings, but I met someone here at a fiber meeting who just used the teeniest crochet hook she could find to poke through washcloths and pillowcases to crochet borders. Sometimes folks try to come up with a new gizmo that purports to make work easier but they often fall short. I think I'm gonna start some doilies and washcloths. :) Have a great day. Tammy

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  20. I love your doily Debi so pretty, glad to hear all the comments about the hook, I now know not to buy one, sounds like the skip stitch blade is the way to go. :)

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  21. I love that you have a gratitude post on Tuesdays! Your mention of street performers reminds me of the time I was in Victoria, BC and saw a person dressed as Darth Vader playing a violin. He did a great job. Was a memorable sight for sure!

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  22. Hi I like the handles of the needles crochet, I found your blog by the blue window, my address is http://pumukymanualidades.blogspot.com.es/, if you want to see my blog. my English is not good you understand ESRO
    greetings are in contact. pillar

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  23. This comment is terribly late. We were without power for awhile too. A handy tool for anyone to have is an awl. It resembles an ice pick. Awls are used frequently when working with leather. Sometimes when fabric is an especially tight weave this is a super handy thing to use. Good luck and God bless!

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