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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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    accessories, small projects
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Oh, how lovely. What a special gift they would make.
  5. 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
  6. What a nice pattern. Will be making a few of these for gift baskets. Thanks so much. Barbara
  7. Wow, that's what I call dedication. What a great statement for crocheting. Love it.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Oh my gosh, "organizing wips"???? People actually DO that??? OK, only kidding around here. But, I have to admit to never really organizing my projects. They tend to get tossed into totes, baskets or even bags and wait patiently for my mojo to remember what I did with them....blushing and smiling.
  11. I'm not a very experienced knitter but I do enjoy making one or two skein garter stitch scarves for gifting. Last weekend at a church sale I bought three skeins of a Red Heart yarn called Boutique Magical. The colors were pretty and I liked the way it had different textures to it. Gracious, what a hoot it turned out to be. There were at least four or five separate weights/textures in each skein as well as fairly long color bands. I'm glad I decided to knit with it because I think crocheting would have made me tear out a few handfuls of hair.....lol. Has anyone used this yarn? Do you have suggestions for patterns, either crochet or knitting?
  12. When I volunteered at the library they had a service called "homebound book lovers". Patrons would make lists of books they would like or call in a request and as soon as that book was available or could be ordered from another library one of the staff or a volunteer would deliver it. There was one regularly scheduled delivery day each week with more added if the requests were more frequent. I live in a smallish town so maybe big cities don't offer it. I did buy this book and enjoyed reading and learning about the process involved. I do have to admit to not using it all that much but I did find it contained different patterns even though the method was primarily the same.
  13. I agree with Granny Square. This sort of looks like an old fashioned "string" holder that country stores used to use. The string was for wrapping packages in brown paper before the advent of the plastic bags or even paper grocery sacks. Pretty neat, at any rate. Thanks for sharing.
  14. Oh how organized. Love the "see through" type storage units.
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