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About Betrock

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    Junior Villager
  • Birthday 07/20/1952

A Few Things About Me

  • Location
    Bradenton, FL
  • Favorite projects
    scarves, dog sweaters
  • Crocheting since...
  1. Found similar thread in 'Other Crochet Topics' here at the 'Ville. http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=95102
  2. Found a similar topic over in the Coffee Mug section of the 'Ville. http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=69592
  3. I guess I use a combination of things that everyone else has already mentioned. I use a LARGE 3 ring binder for completed projects- with gauge swatch(not often!), yarn stands, yarn description, brief pattern description/reference, washing instructions, who it was for, dimensions of finished project and a photo. I just keep adding binders as one gets full. Single page(s) patterns, small leaflets, etc are kept in an accordion file folder tabbed by type: Scarves/hats, afghans, dog sweaters, etc. Books/Ancient Magazines are kept on their shelf. I use a lot of Stitch 'Dictionaries' for a basic pattern, and fake it from there. I like to make a copy of the page in the book/leaflet/magazine, carry it with the WIP, then file it w/the completed project info in the 3-ring binder. For online patterns that I find - to make "one day": I print them to a PDF file using a free version of PDF Factory ( http://www.fineprint.com/products/pdffactory/index.html ) then save them in folders by type on my hard drive. I like this method (1) because I don't use paper til I actually use the pattern; (2) I have the pattern even if the site where it was disappears. I used to use a program called KeyNote for keeping track of everything, but since the switch to Vista x64, I've had to change to a program called MyNotesKeeper (I think it costs about $30, after a 30-day free trial). It's a tabbed notes keeper that lets me keep every trivial bit of info in my life organized in one file. I have one tab for Personal, under it is, among other things, my misc crochet notes. I suppose if I was as prolific as some of ya'll, I'd have a separate Noteskeeper file just for crochet projects, tabbed by type. Anyway, I like the program, and you can insert pictures too. I would recommend PDF Factory: because it's free, and printing or trying to save website pages sucks! PDF Factory sits with your printers, so you just choose 'Print' from any software/website and select PDF Factory instead of your regular printer. Instead of printing, it opens as a PDF file that you can save to where ever you want. You can't edit anything though. It's useful! Best Regards to All, Betrock
  4. Those are great! I'm in the middle of creating a very heavy sweater for a friend's daughter's dog - hound, mutt. The daughter is moving to West Virginia, and taking 'Gus'. 'Grandma' is convinced he will freeze to death up there. [We're in Florida]. When I get done, this dog could survive an Arctic Winter! Now she wants booties!
  5. Thanks for the kind words. I really am enjoying the scarf, and with the current cold snap, I'm actually getting to wear it! I've just found the Ravelry site, and actually hope to catalogue my 'stash' into some usable form. That looks like a great site!
  6. Last week we had frost. Yesterday it was 80 degrees! Here, you can always tell the natives - if the temp drops below 70, we freeze! No cold tolerance. So, on a day where the temp is about 60, the natives will be in coats, and the visitors will be in shorts!
  7. Thanks to you all!. I used Filatura DI Crosa Zara 100% Merino Irrestringibile. At least that's what the label says. I've been raiding sale yarn bins at all the local little yarn stores for years. If it's on sale, I'll buy it! If I never bought yarn again, I could still never use up all that I have. It really is embarrassing! I have yarn in storage boxes under all the beds in the house.
  8. I'm in Bradenton - Manatee County, just south of Tampa Bay.
  9. This is my first attempt at posting.... I like to make scarves, they're quick and easy. Here in Florida, light weight, open weave is good! I love the colors of this, and I'm NOT giving this one to anybody - I'm keeping it for me! I always give away the prettiest ones. There is no actual pattern. It is based on #8 in "101 Crochet Stitches" by Jean Leinhauser. Best Regards to All, Betrock
  10. I'm a knotter (nutter, too!). I made granny square afghans when I was pregnant with each of my children. Lots of color changes, lots of knots. Those blankets have been thru the wash a thousand times, and not one thread has ever shown. My eldest is 30yrs old, my youngest is 27.
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