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    Have... one wonderful husband, two lovely daughters, eight grandchildren!
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    Sewing, Crochet, Knitting, Crafting, Reading, reading and reading
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  1. I like the simplicity of it. Washcloths are a beginner's project in both crochet and knit so even a novice can participate. I like that a lot. Maybe children can contribute?
  2. Here is a link to a charity I never thought of before: Warmth for Warriors. For the summer they have a drive going for thousands of crocheted or knitted washcloths for soldiers overseas. I found out about this on Ravelry. The woman putting it together wants washcloths any size, any color, any pattern (barring something inappropriate, I'm sure). She also said, please — no attached tags. All should be made of 100% cotton. Other than that, the sky is the limit. Sounds fun, no?
  3. Actually, Annie Potter started Annie's Attic. Her little company blossomed and is now the corporation we know. They used to be headquartered in Big Sandy, Texas, a cute little town on Texas FM 155, but I believe they are now in Dallas. (Could be mistaken, though.) I'm not even sure Mrs. Potter is still alive though I don't think she could be super old yet. Perhaps someone else has more information about her?
  4. I'm pretty sure the individual designers at Annie's Attic are not making $6.95 off the sales, and if you check around online buying single patterns from the designers themselves will cost that much or more. Don't get me wrong, I hesitate to buy patterns like this, too, but these prices are not out of line for the going rates. It is up to you and me to decide if we are willing to spend it or not. Occasionally I bite the bullet and buy. Most often I look for something else I like which is free. My choice. Too bad I don't know how to design for myself! LOL.
  5. Hmmmm... if you do run out or get close, could you make the "head chair" somewhat different? My dining chairs are all armless except for one, the head. Or possibly make some other relatively minor change to all the chairs so that you mix newer thread with your original?
  6. I'm sorry, I misunderstood your original question and thought you were asking which thread SIZE, not amount of thread. Sue, if you are using white (which I can't tell for sure from your posts) it probably won't matter much if you have to buy extra. I say that with the caveat that if your stash is very old it could have become discolored. In that case mixing lots won't work. I've mixed whites from different dyelots before and it is totally unnoticeable. Basically, go for it! Buy extra if you need to.
  7. Is there a gauge to help you figure it out?
  8. I was born in 1950. I have crocheted since my early 20s, which was in the 1970s.
  9. I searched this thread for my name and I guess I haven't responded to it. Shortly after we married at the end of '72 the mother of a former college roommate taught me how to crochet a granny square. I was thrilled, but wanted to learn more, so I bought a single magazine about crochet which had some "how-to" instructions which were very basic. From them I learned how to single crochet, treble and I'm not sure what else. It was kind of ironic because that dear lady later had me to make a couple of stoles for her and a daughter, claiming the pattern was "too hard" for her. She taught me
  10. I've definitely had yarn burn, mainly from acrylics. One of the sisters who owns my LYS cannot touch anything made by Red Heart or she breaks out all over. She is apparently highly allergic to the dyes or something in that line. If you bring in a yarn she doesn't recognize she will often ask you what it is before she touches.
  11. I am not able to answer your question definitively but... my impression is that if you already have arthritis or arthritic tendencies crocheting too much might set off a flare. I have found that to be the case for me, but it didn't cause my arthritis to begin with. As to whether it could cause athritis or not, I really don't know for sure but I rather doubt it. It can, however, cause inflammation and joint pain due to repetitive motion injuries. Maybe someone with some real medical knowledge can answer your question better than I.
  12. At the moment I am enjoying my knitting skills. I'll crochet again when that mojo returns.
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