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About papersmiles

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    Bluffton, IN
  • Interests
    crochet, sewing, reading (mysteries), rubber stamping
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  • How long have you been crocheting?
  • Favorite things to crochet
    jewelry, afghans, oversize sweaters, wardrobe accessories
  1. 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
  2. What a nice pattern. Will be making a few of these for gift baskets. Thanks so much. Barbara
  3. Wow, that's what I call dedication. What a great statement for crocheting. Love it.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Holy hand cramps. What a beautiful piece of workmanship.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 Has anyone used this yarn? Do you have suggestions for patterns, either crochet or knitting?
  10. I am always on the lookout for older yarns in good condition. Dazzleaire is one of my favs and have made a number of scarves, messy bun hats and just plain hats out of it. A couple years ago I stopped at a garage sale late on a Saturday and the woman there had a HUGE box of yarn that she practically gave to me for a dollar. It had soooooo many of the really nice old yarns and colors like soft moss green, summer yellow, some very deep shades of red and even a few true white skeins. I've pretty much used up most of it as there was primarily one or two skeins to a color. But boy, was it fun just going through all that yarn. I will have to admit to getting rid of a few skeins like the army green, burnt orange and baby poop yellow colors.....shiver.....
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Oh how organized. Love the "see through" type storage units.
  14. I try to remember to tightly braid my hair and use a headband before I crochet. Still, those tough little buggers find their way into my stitching and then it's frog, frog, frog.....grumble.
  15. I'm not coordinated enough to crochet while walking or standing. I have a papasan chair I sort of lounge in or a swivel rocker that I do most of my crocheting in.