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Re: Fiber Artist: Xenobia Bailey

Another update (12/23/2008):

This is really starting to happen, I think. 8)

I'd been stuck on three rows for the longest. Kept crocheting a little, and then pulling it back out--because well, it didn't really look good. It was like it had an 'okay' side and the flip side was was like the 'work side', where you could see long, awkward stitches. So, I pulled it all out last night and started all over.

And I think I finally have the hang of it! I consulted 3 sources before I was on my way: 1) I had a conversation with one of my colleagues at work (sans any yarn, hooks or needles around) and I asked her if both sides of crocheted/knitted work were supposed to look exactly the same and she said, 'yes'. Okay, that confirmed that I was doing things totally wrong. Then later that night I decided that all I wanted to learn for now is a 'single stitch' so I googled it and a single stitch video came up. I didn't understand a thing, but I watched how the crocheter put the needle into the cloth first before looping the yarn around the hook. That part clicked--but nothing else. Then I googled again and just read some text. I saw the words, 'put hook into the uppermost row...' Finally, I understood! I didn't really understand which hole I was supposed to be hooking into prior.

Anyway, now I am making a scarf--and it is beautiful. It is pretty long (I think I got a little carried away) but my stitches are really beautiful. Maybe I'll turn in into a blanket.

The challenge for me is still holding the hook and yarn correctly. I don't have the hang of it yet. I sort of hover over and down) as if I'm hooking a rug. :-/ But I'm working on it! :-)

Hopefully, when I am back in mid-January, I will take pics of my work to share. :-)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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