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About papersmiles

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  • Birthday December 4

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    Bluffton, IN
  • Hobbies
    crochet, sewing, reading (mysteries), rubber stamping
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  • Favorite projects
    accessories, small projects
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  1. What a great gift for your daughter. I love the hood! Barbara
  2. I've had a subscription to this mag for many years and even have a few copies of their Omnibus that was published off and on in the early years. I think they used to have a penpal section back in the day which was a lovely way to make new crochet friends. Barbara
  3. I store most of my projects in zippered blanket bags. They are clear, can be stuffed full and are easy to stack. Then once every few months I take the projects to charity closets or the local thrift store for them to sell and hopefully make a bit of money for them to use to help others. I used to try and sell them on the internet but I found I was spending waaaay too much time on the computer. I'd rather be hookin'......lol. Barbara
  4. Goodness, you all sound like me.....chuckling. I used to have several totes of partially spent skeins, small leftovers and unneeded colors. I hated seeing all that yarn just sitting there but I knew I wouldn't get it used up in my lifetime so last year I began putting any reasonable sized leftover skeins into a 2 gallon ziplock. I keep it by my projects chair so I don't forget. Then once the bag is filled I drop it off at either my local charity/thrift store, the City's craft department or the senior center. The city has a "yarn bomb" event every spring and they give away the yarn to part
  5. I like the feel of wood in my hand but hooking yarn or thread proves to be a bit difficult. I tend to crochet fast so I like a hook that allows the yarn to "flow" across the head. I've tried micro sanding and even using paste wax yet often the yarn simply slows down on a wooden hook.....at least for me. Most of my hook collection is either Bates or Boye. I do have a rather extensive cache of old steel hooks from Germany, England and Japan that I used for intricate thread work. However, especially with yarn of all kinds, I always end up going back to my standard Boye/Bates hooks, they are
  6. I too look forward to seeing your creations. Actually I love chenille but prefer the lighter weight (smaller diameter yarn) and have made a number of loose fitting clothing items (vests, shrugs, tees, shawls, wraps) using chenille. The softness is what I like about it. But because most is made with rayon I don't wash any of the items in the automatic washer. I either hand wash or I have taken a dry cleaner type sheet (not softener sheet) with a couple of bath towels and refreshed the items that way. Don't know how to take out stains and very dirty spots though.
  7. On "slick" type yarns I often weave in the end and then I find a matching sewing thread and sew the end in place. Hope this helps.
  8. It's so good to wander back to this forum after a long absence. Just getting healthy again after a year long struggle from surgeries and after affects. Crochet got me thru, though and now I look forward to being part of the Crochetville community. Going to take me a while to catch up on all the goings on of this group but I know I will enjoy it. If there are old friends out there that would like to say hi please feel free to message me. Of course I would love to hear from new friends as well. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Barbara
  9. Oh, how lovely. What a special gift they would make.
  10. This sounds wonderfully exciting. Are you displaying your work or perhaps giving a seminar? What is the specific topic? I am so happy for you and definitely wish you success. Can't wait to hear how it went. Hugs, Barbara
  11. What a nice pattern. Will be making a few of these for gift baskets. Thanks so much. Barbara
  12. Wow, that's what I call dedication. What a great statement for crocheting. Love it.
  13. I have resisted buying any of the Mandala yarn as it was a bit over my budget. But just this week a nearby Walmart put it on sale at $3.98/skein. So, I bought a couple of different color combinations. Because the size 3 yarn has 590 yards per skein, it seemed to be a good bargain. I have started a crochet cross stitch scarf pattern and am liking the very light and airy texture of this yarn. The color variations are extremely long so it would work well, I think, on blankets/afghans, ponchos, stoles/shawls and anything using giant granny squares. Happy stitching.
  14. Isn't that just plain aggravating!!!!! I have a lot of THAT kind of problem with anything Caron. I almost always have to rewind before using.
  15. Oh definitely the yarn first. I just love holding and even caressing beautiful yarns and imagining what I could create with it. I have been so fortunate in running across amazing finds at garage sales, thrift stores and church rummage sales. If my wallet lets me, I snatch up both serviceable yarns and/or high end yarns when I find them at these sales. Then I can go "shopping" in my stash. When I run across a really great pattern I am ready to start stitching.
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