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Jenny asks…

How Can I, A Non Pattern Reading Self Taught Crocheter,Make This Baby Gift?

I’ve been crocheting and knitting for about 5 years (self taught) and have never attempted anything more than scarves, blankets, etc. because patterns confuse me to no end! My dear friend is having a baby boy in a month and they are doing a *monkey* theme for him. I would LOVE to be able to do something spectacular like a crocheted stuffed monkey, but I’m not sure I’m ready for that, lol. Seeing as how patterns make me feel like I’m not only dyslexic, but reading Japanese as well, what do you suggest so I can make *something* for my friend’s son.

This is a link to a pic of what I had in mind…..
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YQYGbsnPJLg/SsFslIG3Q-I/AAAAAAAAQy0/YzqvOJRNQnM/s400/104.jpg

LoveKnots answers:

The bib in the picture would be a tough project for a first stab at reading a pattern. I found a simple pattern for making stuffed animals a long time ago. With a little creativity you could adapt it to a monkey. Make a square with single crochet to the height of the desired toy. Using a yarn needle and matching thread, sew it into a tube shape. Do a running stitch around one end of the tube, pull it tightly closed and tie off. Go 1/3 of the way down the tube and do another running stitch around. Stuff the head with poly-fiber before pulling tight and knotting the thread for the neck. Stuff the body and close the bottom in the same way. Arms, and legs and tail could be simple skinny tubes. Ears might be a challenge but you might be able to get away with felt for ears and mouth. Good luck and have fun!

Sandra asks…

Should I get dreadlocks?

So I am going into 10th grade and I am thinking about getting dreads. I have very thin blonde hair that is medium length. I was just wondering if someone could tell me more about dreads like how long they stay in, how much they cost stuff like that. Thanks

LoveKnots answers:

Firstly, don’t put rubber bands on dreadlocks, they can melt or get swallowed up by your hair and that’s just gross.

Dreadlocks, when done properly can stay in for life, but essentially they stay in as long as you want them for. Then if you want them gone, you can comb them out with a lot of conditioner and patience.

Some advice:
1) Do NOT use wax, ever ever ever. Wax is no good for your hair, it traps water and dirt inside your hair and can cause dreadrot.

2) Wash your dreadlocks regularly, I wash mine every two or three days. You should wash them with residue free shampoo (I recommend Seanik or Squeaky Green from Lush) and no conditioner.

3) Don’t do too much maintenance. I won’t say don’t do any, because when your dreads are maturing and everything there will be days where you need them to be neater so a little tidying will be necessary. Very very careful crocheting or sewing in of loose hair with an upholstery needle and some gentle palm rolling will do the job.

4) It can take eight months to a year for your dreads to start looking like what you want them too, so be prepared for the long haul. Dreadlocks aren’t something that you can just get done, they are a journey.

5) Sea salt dissolved in water and sprayed on to the baby dreads can help them lock up faster, as well as sleeping with a woollen tam or beanie on.

6) I have really really thin hair, within less than a month my dreadlocks had doubled the size of my ponytail. I love the masses of volume I’ve developed with my dreads.

7) You need to prepare yourself for the amount of shrinkage dreading you hair can cause. Most people lose between a third and a half of their original brushable hair length. My dreads went from brushable hair down to my bra strap, to six inches long as all my hair knotted up on itself.

8) Getting dreadlocks doesn’t cost anything. I put on a film and me and my boyfriend used the twist and rip method to start mine. It took a few hours and some take away pizza, but I had complete control over my dreadlocks, and I know they were done properly and the way I wanted them.

If you want dreadlocks, go for it, they are awesome and I have never seen anyone not suit dreads. However you need to be aware that they take a long time and no small amount patience. But it is worth it. Check out http://www.dreadlocktruth.com it’s a great community of dreadheads, who always welcome new people and questions. They also have a timelines section, where you can see other peoples dreadlock journeys to get an idea of what happens.

Chris asks…

Is this from the 60′s(hippe)?(pics included)?

http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=214703
instead of the blue polka dot tank, it’ll be a brown tank.
and the brown tank is a lot longer than the green sweater.
and the flower will go in the hair.
should i add a ribbon around the head?
is it 60′s enough?
i mean is it hippie enough??

LoveKnots answers:

I’m sorry. That’s not even close. The sixties were a time of wild colors, splashing flowers, and short skirts. Leggings like those didn’t come along till quite a while later.

Your colors are too muted. We wore turquoise, yellow, orange, and lime green — all in the same outfit. The legs were covered with fishnet hose and we wore go-go boots. When we weren’t wearing fishnet hose, we wore tights (leotards we still called them) color coordinated with our outfits, so the legs and the blouse would seem to be one piece with a miniskirt wrapped over it. Poor Boy shirts were the rage. They were figure hugging rib-knit shirts that looked a bit like the top of long johns. They might be high necked or low necked but were almost always long sleeved. Crocheted tunic length vests, square cut and tied with lace were big. ANYTHING crocheted was big.

On the other fashion end, were the folks in sandals and jeans and sloppy shirts. Their vests were long, often fringed and often leather.They weren’t parted from their love beads and peace symbols. There might be bright colored flowers in their hair. They preferred ponchos to coats, or toughed the elements sans coat. I remember one kid where I was an art major who wore his sandals regardless of the weather. He’d traipse to class through the snow in openwork leather sandals. (brr!)

Their hair was always long, or longer. Straight hair was in. Girls would part theirs in the middle and let it hang down. Sometimes they would tie a scarf Apache-style around their forehead, knot it on the side, and let long ends of the scarf trail. I was lucky. My hair was naturally straight. My friends would iron their hair to get it straight.

I could go on, but you get the idea. I’ve attached a couple of websites where you can see pictures of 60s dress. You can also visit your public library for books of fashion and costume. If your library has bound volumes of old magazines, look for Look, Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal (the slicks) from the mid 60s and early 70s. Study the advertisements as well as the articles to see what people were wearing.

The Beatles came to the states in 1964. That began the wave that brought the 60s look. It was in full force by the time I graduated (1966) and was in college. (I got my masters degree in 1972). Check those time periods in your searching.

Maria asks…

Need help with graduation dress?!?

hi so I’m looking for a dress for my 8th grade graduation. It needs to be casual but dressy at the same time. I am 5’4 i weigh 109 pounds, I’m a size xs, 0, or a 1. Can you help me find a dress that makes me look good? thanks
these are some of the ones that i like

http://www.agacistore.com/product.aspx?i…

http://m.macys.com/shop/product/american…

http://m.macys.com/shop/product/jump-dre…

http://www.freepeople.com/sleeveless-med…

http://www.freepeople.com/cap-sleeve-gyp…

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lush-crochet

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/fire-knotted…

can you tell me your favorite? but also can you help me find another because I’m not sure if i love any of these.
Thanks again :)
sorry none of those links work here they are

http://www.agacistore.com/product.aspx?id=1172846

http://m.macys.com/shop/product/jump-dress-sleeveless-spaghetti-strap-sweetheart-ruffled-chiffon?ID=640162&upc_ID=30091239&Quantity=1&seqNo=2&EXTRA_PARAMETER=BAG

http://m.macys.com/shop/product/american-rag-dress-sleeveless-quilted-zipper-eyelet-a-line?ID=657837&upc_ID=30224094&Quantity=1&seqNo=1&EXTRA_PARAMETER=BAG

http://www.freepeople.com/sleeveless-medallion-slip/?&productOptionIDs=a8248b28-7af9-4e2d-924d-5c7648af4516

http://www.freepeople.com/cap-sleeve-gypsy-lace-dress/?&productOptionIDs=12b8c951-1a20-4ee1-bf90-10c3e51e5a64

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/fire-knotted-open-back-lace-dress-juniors/3302819?origin=shoppingbag

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lush-crochet-sleeve-blouson-dress-juniors/3252500?origin=shoppingbag

LoveKnots answers:

None of the links work for me :/

Edit: I like this one :) http://m.macys.com/shop/product/american-rag-dress-sleeveless-quilted-zipper-eyelet-a-line?ID=657837&upc_ID=30224094&Quantity=1&seqNo=1&EXTRA_PARAMETER=BAG

Mandy asks…

Spring/summer beauty Essentials/trends?

Like fashion trends, makeup trends and best products/must haves, body and skin care and hair e.c.t

LoveKnots answers:

Key Looks:

Boho, 70s glam, 60s ladylike, girly biker, girly punk and looking simply cute.

Trends:

Lace, Crochet, shear, wide legged pants, capri cargos, rompers and jumpsuits, cropped tops, tassels flowery maxis or minis, playful prints and nautical items

Accessories:

Cat eye sunglasses , belt purses, belts, safari glam, big bangles.

Hair:

Natural is in! Sure, everybody loves those luscious curls and pin straight hair, but your natural do is in right now. Or, the double knot and top knot.

Shoes:

Bright Bold colour! Try gladiator sandals , or t-strap, wedges, wood soles, peep toes and oxfords!

Makeup/ Skin:

The makeup is as natural as possible, or the bronze blending look.

Skin care items include clean and clear daily pore cleanser , its light and fresh tightens pores and doesnt have harsh chemicals like other skin care items because it is not for one particular purpose. Its an everyday skin cleanser. Or clean and clear morning burst.. It wakes your face up from dark circles and tightens pores.
:)

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