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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Mostly in the evenings. My mind is more settled then.
  4. Love the elegance of tatting but could never get the knotting right. Never tried wire-crochet but would love to see your work.
  5. What an elegant pattern. Lovely. Barbara
  6. Great thread. Eons ago when I started crocheting I NEVER (as in absolutely NEVER) swatched However in the last 15 or 20 years I have discovered just how helpful swatching can be. You can figure out the sizes of your individual crochet stitches, changes for tension and length, which translates into sizing for wearables. I have learned how different thickness and textures of yarn work up with different patterns and hooks. And, I am just beginning to play around with color pooling (another thing I NEVER thought of and a swatch helps me see the actual coloring lines. So, I'll add swatching to this wonderful crochet toolbox. Barbara
  7. Probably the hairpin lace. For whatever reason I cannot get an even stitch with it. Certainly helps me broaden my expletive vocabulary....harrumph!
  8. You guys are soooo fun. I really had to cut down my 'puter time so I could actually FINISH projects. Since I only have a desktop computer on the second floor, I can easily limit my "cruising" to 10 or 15 minutes a couple times a day. I keep a bag with crochet projects in it close to the back door so I can grab it on the way out. Used to keep projects in the car but I ended up with a bunch of UFO's co-mingling on the floor of the back seat . I rarely make large projects like afghans any more but always have a basket with several small projects by my living room chair. Like many of the comments here, I can't JUST watch TV unless I'm too sick to hold a hook . Since I create greeting cards and sew a lot of my hubby's and my clothes, finding time for everything is a bit tricky. I did sacrifice housekeeping to the cause and that freed up a bunch of time . Barbara
  9. Aaaah, no more yarn buying. Gracious, that's a tough one....already having withdrawal . I'm modifying that to no more than one purchase of yarn per month. I don't have the funds for high end yarn purchases but that sure doesn't stop me from shopping thrift stores, garage/rummage sales and So one yarnie buy a month. The second crochet related resolution I have made is to try one new pattern for every TNT pattern that I make. I do tend to get bogged down using the same comfortable patterns for hats, mitts, scarves, slippers and shawls. I need to expand my repertoire a bit. I know they won't be over the top complicated patterns but they will be ones I haven't put a hook to. So, a little more adventure will be the plan of the year. Barbara
  10. Thanks so much. I too am not thrilled with that "crawling line" up the hat. Will definitely give these options a try. Barbara
  11. How very clever you are. With the soles having come from a "street worthy" pair of shoes, I think these crocheted shoes would work. Definitely finish the pair and give them a trial run. They look very comfortable and dainty. Barbara
  12. Wow, what an intricate piece of work and the maize accents really make the stitching pop. Great job. Barbara
  13. Actually, this seems to be a very clever idea. I like the aesthetics of the light coming through the crochet stitches/yarn. As a rug it would seem to be rather bulky and somewhat unsafe because of the lights. However, it is truly a great conversation piece. As a wall hanging it would be lovely. Even as a table accent for a Christmas village or maybe a smaller, thinner version to hang in a window. Hmmmmm..... lots to think about. Thanks for sharing.
  14. WOW, what an interesting and revealing topic. Honestly, I never gave much thought to the logo. I tend to zip right to the messaging and topics. I know....I really need to be more "aware" Anywho, the new logo is definitely elegant. I am OLD too and find change often irritating. Take changing from my old OS to Windows 10.....geez oh peets, what a mind blower that has been....rolling eyes. In the end I've figured out how to adapt the new into what is comfortable for me and I'm OK with that. I find Crochetville a wonderful and caring community and am thankful to be allowed to be part of it. And, topics like this show what a diverse and interesting community it is. Barbara
  15. Summer is always a difficult season for me to find my crochet mojo. The yard work, gardens, get-togethers and just plain "porch sitting" steers my brain in a different direction. By the end of the day, which is when I usually enjoy crocheting, my hands are simply too tired to pick up a hook. Also, I find that having a pile of yarn in my lap on hot summer days is not at all I usually sew or read or make greeting cards over the warm months. Barbara