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A Good Yarn / Crochet Hooks
« on: Today at 12:40:37 »
Having finished my scarf and hat (all but blocking and fringing) I decided to brush up on my (very limited) crochet skills.  I have a kit to make a small blanket, which seems to be a good place to start.  Last night I was trying to find a crochet hook in the right size on Amazon and ended up completely swamped by what was on offer.

I have only used the ordinary (probably) Milward grey metal ones before, and have been quite happy with them.  Now, though, there are lots and lots of hooks with handles made of wood or plastic.  Do any of you use these, and do you find them good?  I'm reluctant to change from something I'm happy with, but don't wan to miss out if there's something better!

Also, what are the good brands of crochet hook.  I use (and love) Knitpro knitting needles, but the few Knitpro crochet hooks I found on Amazon didn't seem to be pointy enough to me - but the pictures weren't very good.

Oh, and I found a crochet hook of the right size in the end - Pony, beech, no handle - one had been supplied with the blanket kit!   :rolleyes:

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Overlocker home
« on: Today at 10:32:47 »
A taller cupboard would be good, as it will be much easier to move it if you're transferring it from the table to a shelf at the same height.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Tues January 18th
« on: Today at 09:40:03 »
@MistyRose You picked a really tough day to start with Wordle - Facebook was full of people who couldn't get it, so well done!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Tues January 18th
« on: Yesterday at 21:36:36 »
It was an unusual word.  I left it after three goes and did something else for a while, then had inspiration when I came back.

Dress Forms / Re: Large Men's Tailor Form for bodybuilder
« on: Yesterday at 13:55:25 »
Or you could give him a dummy to your measurements!!   :laughing:

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2022, 15:52:30 PM »
Lots of nice news on here today!   :thumb:  Glad to see we're defying Blue Monday!

Here's my bit - the plumber came at lunchtime, and has replaced the motor.  The house is now toasty warm and there is hot water!!!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2022, 09:18:05 AM »
C-c-c-c-cold!  The plumber says he will try hard to get here today, but if he can't he will definitely be here tomorrow.  In the meantime we have a heavy frost and the regulator on the gas bottle for the gas log burner is faulty, so it isn't belting out heat the way it usually does, and won't light unless we pour hot water over the regulator first.

Ho hum.  I may just sit and knit in the warmest room.

@Bodgeitandscarper I love B&Q too, but our nearest one is now almost 40 miles away - and it's a small one.   :(

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 16th January 2022
« on: January 16, 2022, 21:26:37 PM »
We've had a lovely day with the goddaughters and their parents (in their lovely warm cottage), and have now come back to our freezing cold house.  I just hope the plumber picked up my message yesterday.  He's generally very good, and may just turn up at 8am tomorrow, but has been very busy recently so we may be cold for a while longer.  -2c forecast for tonight.   :scream:

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 13th January
« on: January 16, 2022, 19:40:33 PM »
Thank you @Silver Rose  :thumb:  I have a number of friends on Facebook who are going to be either blessing or cursing me...  :laughing:

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 13th January
« on: January 16, 2022, 09:55:42 AM »
@Silver Rose Ooh - how did you find the previous puzzles? 

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 15th January
« on: January 15, 2022, 13:14:48 PM »
Yes!!  Finally, after TWO HOURS we have got the gas log burner to light.  We eventually tried the thing that has worked before - pouring a kettle full of almost boiling water over the cylinder regulator.  This works when the thing is frozen up, but last night's temperature didn't get below 3.8c.

@Diane Go for it!  We fitted the kitchens in our last 3 houses, and it gives you so much scope to tailor it to suit you in a way that would cost a fortune from a kitchen fitter.  And just think of the fabric and machines that saved money could buy...  :faints: ... or the upgrade in finishes and appliances.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 15th January
« on: January 15, 2022, 11:27:16 AM »
Woke up to no heating or hot water - boiler had locked out.  Reset it, locked out.  And again.  Then we went to check the level of oil in the tank - pretty much half full.  Got back inside to find the boiler was completely off, and had taken one of the electrical circuits with it.

Why do these things always happen at the weekend?  I've left a message for our (excellent) plumber asking if he can come as early in the week as possible.

Oh, and the gas-fired log burner won't light either now.  Mr Acorn is trundling gas cylinders round from the other side of the house, although the current one isn't empty.  It's not been cold enough to freeze the regulator, which often happens in the winter.

Pah!  Now, do we go out somewhere warm and come back to a very cold house, or stay in and make a nest?

In the wardrobe / Re: Clothing and wardrobe organisation/sorting out
« on: January 15, 2022, 11:00:18 AM »
@SewRuthieSews Have you tried jeggings?  Most are basically stretch denim jeans with an elasticated waist - as long as you don't go for the skinny ones, which are pretty much painted on!

Embroidery Machines / Re: Craving an embroidery machine
« on: January 14, 2022, 12:01:56 PM »
Embroidery Library currently has 70% off all collections (this is off the full price, and a lot of them usually have an 'everyday discount', so they effectively don't get the full 70% discount).

One of the packs on my wishlist there has a 'full price' (ie one that never actually gets charged) of $129.17  :faints: although it does contain 19 designs.  It's currently $38.75, and I'm not sure what it costs with the 'everyday saving'.

In the wardrobe / Re: Clothing and wardrobe organisation/sorting out
« on: January 13, 2022, 19:06:15 PM »
I would love some nicer tops to wear, but when I make them I think they are too nice to wear around the house!  :facepalm: :laughing:

This is exactly the problem that I have.  I know I will feel better if I wear nicer clothes when I'm at home - and given where we live, I don't go out amongst other people very often, so I am mostly dressing for being at home - but all my instincts tell me not to waste good clothes by wearing them around the house.

I have plenty of clothes.  I should probably just get rid of anything that doesn't make me feel good.   :thinking:

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