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About draydev1

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  • Birthday 08/28/1969

A Few Things About Me

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  • Short bio
    Wife, mom to 2 boys
  • Location
    East Coast
  • Hobbies
    Crochet, Scrapbooking
  • Occupation
    Hearing Instrument Specialist
  • Favorite hook type
  • Favorite projects
    Afghans, Purses
  • Crocheting since...
    Learned at 10 yrs old, quit at same time, relearned a few years ago
  1. Donna, that's a great idea. I have one little cosmetic bag that I just move from project to project. It would probably be smarter to have more than one. Guess I need to buy duplicates of some of my hooks and a couple extra cosmetic bags. Thanks for the tip. Kim
  2. In regard to the sharp points, I was watching an old episode of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting this morning, and one of the tips was to use the cushion pencil grips on the tip of sharp scissors. Can't believe I never thought of this. Probably wouldn't work on a pair of snips but it's great for regular scissors. Just wanted to share. Kim
  3. Oh my goodness!! You are all amazing. I really appreciate all of your suggestions. I have the big Fiskars, katyallen8090, and they are great but big. I did buy a pack of 4 scissors from Joann's about 4 years ago when I attempted to quilt (we won't even discuss that!! ). They have gray and purple handles and they are titanium. I keep the biggest one for cutting fabric, the medium size for scrapbooking and I've been using the 4 inch ones for crochet, when I can't find the small sharp orange handled Fiskars. They have been the best but I was trying to go smaller. The 4th pair in the set was like snips. My only problem is they stay open and they are sharp as all get out. Kind of like these - I think I'll look into what you all have been suggesting. Thanks again. You are all wonderful!! Kim
  4. Kathy, I've thought about those and Singer has them as well. I wasn't sure whether they would cut yarn well enough, but for only $2.50 I may give them a try. I have a Joann's coupon for 40% off so I don't have much to lose. Thanks Kim
  5. This might sound silly but what scissors does everyone use to cut their yarn? I want small, inexpensive scissors to keep with my different projects. I have one great pair of small Fiskars that I love but trying to remember which project bag it is in drives me crazy. I made the mistake of thinking Wescott (?) school scissors might be great since they were only $1.99 each and I bought 4 of them. They don't cut worth a darn. Not sure small fold up scissors are going to work either. Please help!! Working with limited funds but want to buy at least 3 pair. Thanks for any ideas. Kim
  6. I am working on a tartan afghan for my husband. The pattern is really simple in that you stitch the "lace or net" first then weave in color crochet chains. My question is (and the pattern doesn't state) where to start weaving the chains. I'm going to guess that I would start in either bottom corner and weave upward. My other question is how to finish off the chains after woven as I'm not making a fringe. Has anyone made one of these or have any ideas they can share with me? Thanks so much.
  7. Welcome from Charleston, SC. Glad you're here!!
  8. Thank you so much for this idea. I always have trouble with selecting colors that go together. I have some errands to run today so I will be stopping at Lowes and Home Depot to get some of these color books.
  9. Empress Busy Bee, You are correct. I was asking about choosing colors. I look at the quilt patterns for color combination ideas and not really the design. My son is the artist but he prefers the color of his drawing pencil (graphite) and that doesn't help me. I scrapbook as well but mainly just pull one or two colors from the photos. Thanks for the website. I will take a look at it. I appreciate everyone else's responses as well.
  10. I'm not a quilter (have tried but my sewing machine and I have a love/hate relationship) but I love to use quilting patterns for my crochet. I always have a hard time with picking out yarn colors so I've started using quilt patterns to help me choose yarn colors for my crochet projects. Am I the only one that does this? I also have the quilters color tool (color cards that help you put colors together) but it doesn't really help me. Are there any other suggestions?
  11. Thanks Katie and LeAnna. It just made me mad that she thought a knitting pattern could only be knitted. I wasn't about to let that one go. My grandmother could crochet anything without a pattern. It didn't matter what it was or how it was made. If she wanted to make it, she just figured it out as she went along. I've gotten to that point myself. If I see something knitted, I'll figure out how to crochet it without a pattern and just by looking at the picture. It's not really that hard. I'm the type of gal that if you tell me I can't do something, I'll do my best to prove you wrong. I have total respect for knitters. I've tried it and just couldn't get the hang of it so it isn't for me. What I don't like is being looked down on and treated like crochet isn't an art because it is. I also dislike is bookstores and libraries only carrying a hand full of crochet books and 4 shelves of knitting ones.
  12. There is only one yarn store that I've been in (that's not a big box store that sells yarn) and the owner is the sweetest person in the world. I've posted on here about the store before. I don't go in very often, but when I do she or her son always let me know they have a new crochet book or got some new hooks in. Most of their patrons are knitters but they make it a point to have some crochet displays along with all of the knitted displays. I'm not saying there's a lot of crochet stuff but she definitely does not discriminate. The older (ok, older than me) knitters in the store are just as nice. I have been in other stores where I've been put down for crocheting and never went back. (prices were way too high anyway) I was also at a Michaels store where another shopper tried to convert me. I was looking at some yarn and had a pattern in my hand. It was a knitted purse pattern (will explain that in a minute) and another shopper asked me what I was going to make. I told her a crocheted purse. She said, "oh no, that pattern is for a knitted purse". I said, "I know it is. I like the purse so I'm going to crochet it". She said "but it's a knitting pattern and it can't be crocheted". I said, "with all due respect, just because it is a knitting pattern, doesn't mean it has to be knitted. In case you didn't know, crocheters don'talways need patterns to create. We know how to look at a knitted item and crochet it better!" She looked at me a minute and then walked away.
  13. I voted other because I tend to use large hooks - L through Q. I usually crochet afghans with multi strands and I like instant satisfaction or I get bored.
  14. dorothysgirls, I would love to be able to have my yarn in all those cubes, but if I did, my cats would have trails of yarn everywhere!!! LOL
  15. For me, it's color, price, feel and machine wash/dry (not necessarily in that order ) I'm a Red Heart girl, through and through, so I always know what I make will last an eternity. And, while it may feel rough at first, it always softens in the wash!! I have used other yarns but I always have a ton of RHSS in my stash!
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