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    How do you organize...

    I'm supposed to keep this stuff organized? Yarn: in assorted plastic/rubbermaid type containers. Also in grocery sacks and crammed onto shelves and that sort of thing. Thread: mostly in a wicker picnic basket but also suffering from Grocery Sack Overload there Hooks: are actually organized. I have them in a plastic container with a pop-off lid. Everything fits in there expect my Q and S hooks. Patterns: I'm trying to save things on the computer these days and burn a CD every once in a while for backup in case of computer problems. Otherwise, when I do print things out I sort them into a couple of binders by subject. I need more binders--I don't think I can cram one more sheet of paper in there... Current projects: also mostly stored in grocery sacks. Classy, yes?
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    dish cloths, what weight cotton?

    That's what I use, too. I have one pattern leaflet that has a few patterns that call for 2 strands of size 10 thread held together, but I haven't tried any of them--seems like a lot of work for a dishcloth
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    Does anyone else take crochet with you everywhere?

    If you were keeping up your end of the conversation and just keeping your hands busy, I don't think that's rude. What I *do* think is rude is for her to have treated a guest in her home that way. I pretty much always keep a project in my backpack. Whenever I don't have one with me I inevitably end up somewhere where I have time to kill and nothing to do
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    Finishing fridgies. . .

    If you want to try plastic canvas you could maybe make two and stitch them together around the plastic canvas.
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    Forum and thread searches

    I just did a little testing and it looks like the default is for an AND search (meaning if you put in two keywords, it'll only bring up posts that have both of them) -- I got the exact same results putting thread AND tatting into the search field as just putting thread tatting in there. It looks like you can do an OR search, too, though, to search for posts that have any of your keywords but not necessarily all of them, because searching for thread OR tatting turned up a zillion more results. Um. Is that what you meant, or did I misunderstand you?
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    annie's attic pattern of the day 3-14-06

    Anyone else having trouble saving this pattern? I normally paste them into Word and save so I don't have to print until I'm about to make it, but when I do that the picture keeps turning all pink on me Weird. I tried saving the photo and inserting it into the document that way, but it still happened. Guess I'm just going to have to print it today! Edited -- never mind! I fixed the problem. I don't know why it was happening, but I opened the photo in paint shop pro, copied all of it, pasted it as a new photo, and I was able to get that one into a Word document so I don't have to print it till I need it.
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    Does anyone else get dry fingertips?

    My fingertips get insanely dry in the winter. I'm having a hard time with crochet right now because of that since the yarn keeps snagging on me. Usually I use either Farmer's Friend or the heavy-duty version of Keri lotion, but I've had to stop using moisturizer because I'm learning to play an instrument and all that moisturizer was preventing me from developing calluses on my fingertips that I need to be able to play without my fingers hurting. I'm just hoping things improve during the spring...
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    it's so bad, i wanna give crochet up!!!

    I'd really recommend using cedar blocks or balls instead of mothballs--the cedar will repel bugs and you don't have to worry about the smell. (Trust me, the mothball smell is never really gone!)
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    Bernat Survey

    I did the survey the first day I saw it posted and got the first of the two ebooks in my email about a half hour ago.
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    I went off the deep end...

    My kitty helpers like to get involved, too, and also unfortunately not in a snuggly sort of way. Lena likes to lie right on top of the pattern. She'll stalk around until she finds paper and plop right down on top of it. (Clearly she thinks I have better things to do, like amuse and/or feed her ) And Kittycat of course likes to bite the yarn while it goes past him
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    I went off the deep end...

    Yikes--I didn't realize you were knitting it Squares definitely sound like a good plan to me, even if joining them sucks you get to feel like you're accomplishing something. Hope the project starts getting easier now!
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    about dishcloths...

    I wash them on hot and they seem to shrink about a half an inch during the first wash (for one that's maybe 7" so probably would shrink a bit more if I were making them bigger). I'd try washing the ones you've made and see what happens and how you like the size they end up at after shrinking a bit...
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    display mode

    I use linear mode, too. I tend to avoid forums that use a threaded-style display because I find it super confusing to read that way.
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    about dishcloths...

    I usually don't use standard dishcloth patterns because of how big they are. Every so often I see a great pattern for one, forget why I don't use them, and then realize partway through that it's going to come out huge. Usually I just pick a pattern stitch I like or just do plain dc and make one to a more comfortable size (6-8" square). My favorite washcloths are either plain dc or alternating dc and sc. Hdc, though it's my favorite stitch in general, tends to make a really heavy cloth IMO.
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    Do You "Yarn-over?"

    I checked last night while I was crocheting, and my previous answer is only half right. I wrap the yarn over the hook before I go into a stitch for hdc, dc, etc. But after I go through the stitch, I move the yarn and the hook at the same time and somewhere in the middle the hook catches the yarn. (Does that make sense?)