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how to crochet: selecting yarn // a little hippie girl tutorial

February 12, 2012

i’ve been wanting to do crochet tutorials for a while, but it seemed that it would be a bigger undertaking than i was capable of.  i’ve written some tutorials on quazen, but i really don’t like how much advertising they put on their pages.  so this is my humble attempt at providing you, the general public, with a free crochet class via internet.

you can crochet with any yarn-like substance, from plastic bags to t-shirt scraps, but when selecting commercial yarns, a few basic tips will go a long way. yarns are classified by weight, and weight is determined by gauge- or how many stitches it takes to make a square inch of crocheted fabric.

weights range from lace, the finest, to super bulky, the heaviest. if you’ve ever seen a crocheted doily, then you’ve seen a good example of lace weight crochet thread. baby items and socks are made from super fine (also called sock or fingering) weight yarn, or the next weight up: fine, also called sport or baby weight yarn. many crocheted clothing items and accessories are made with DK and worsted (also called aran or medium) weight yarns. very thick items can be made from bulky and super bulky weight yarns- most rug yarn is also bulky weight.

various yarn weights

crochet is done with a single hook, and for each yarn weight there is a corresponding range of hooks to be used to get the gauge you need. hook sizes can vary if you want a looser or tighter stitch. a small hook with a heavy yarn will produce very tight, solid stitches, and a large hook with a lighter yarn will produce loose stitches. the best way to know which hook is recommended for the yarn you’d like to use is to read the label.

yarn label with various indications highlighted

many patterns will provide the yarn weight and hook you need to use for the project. others are more open to interpretation, and most will suggest that you crochet a small swatch to make sure that what you make is the correct size.

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a repellant for mosquitoes

October 28, 2011

in case you were wondering.

“if going into the woods or mountains in summer, you will require a lotion to keep off mosquitos and flies.  many preparations are sold for this purpose, all of which have more or less merit; but the objection to them is that they evaporate rapidly, and have to be renewed every half-hour.  i have tried nearly all of them; but the best preparation i have ever found for the purpose is made as follows: to three ounces of pine tar add two ounces of castor-oil and one ounce of oil of pennyroyal.  this mixture has a good body, an odor like that of a tan-yard, and can be relied on to cure any case of mosquitos this side of new jersey.

one good thorough application will usually last three or four hours, and when it gets so thin that the birds begin to bite through it, the victim must paint himself again.  it is a heroic kind of treatment- that is, it takes a hero to endure it- but it is not half so bad as the mosquitoes, and if you are having plenty of fun, or think you are going to have plenty of it this afternoon or to-morrow, you soon forget all about the smell.”

Camping and camp outfits: A manual of instruction for young and old sportsmen, George O. Shields, 1889