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About goldi316

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  • Birthday 03/16/1957

A Few Things About Me

  • Short bio
    I'm a crochetaholic, need I say more?
  • Location
    Kenosha, WI
  • Hobbies
    Reading, spending time online and Crocheting are my primary "free" time activities
  • Favorite projects
    Shawls, afghans & hoping to add sweaters soon, willing to try many new things
  • Crocheting since...
    1969 or thereabout
  1. The toilet paper holder is a good idea! I made a wrap top out of the Incredible tape a few months ago. For the most part, I didn't worry too much about the tape twisting, as that is a natural tendency for it. I had read this some time ago so I didn't worry too much about keeping it perfectly flat. But I still had to stop periodically and untwist it when it would get too wound up (it would start folding back on itself, and the strand would get too thin). What I did was wrap a rubberband around the ball and dangle it in the air, allowing it to twirl until I got the twists out. But otherwise I just crocheted with it twisted, and it's pretty impossible to tell the difference. I love the color and texture effects of tape yarn and wouldn't hesitate to use it again, even if it can sometimes be a bit of a pita!
  2. Just make sure to get that foot out of the way this time!
  3. DEFINITELY go to the JoAnns this trip - the superstores are the best, they're HUGE. You'll have your best chances of finding everything you need at that one. Save Michaels for your next trip. That's my recommendation. Oh, and a quick question: any of these family members coming along into any kind of hobby? They might like to go in and browse the store too, and it would take some of the pressure off of you to hurry. Just a thought... LOL - I'm going to end up editing this to death, but... I just went back and reread what you wrote, missed the comment about needing "eyes, hooks and notions", and based on that, my recommendation is increased. Michaels does not have sewing stuff, or very little of it if any. JoAnns is primarily a sewing store/fabric shop. That was it's primary focus until it started expanding to include other crafts (that's why it was always known as "JoAnn Fabrics"). Okay, this is absolutely the LAST time I edit this post!
  4. There are 11, possibly 12 Hobby Lobby stores in Michigan. Not being familiar with that state, I can't tell where in the state they all are or how scattered, but you might want to take a look at the list on their website. You can click on your state on the map here and it will bring up the list, with addresses, of all the stores in your state. There might be one near you that you weren't aware of. As far as JoAnn or Michaels, I have been boycotting Michaels for some time now because they are sooo stingy with their coupons and ads! As far as inventory goes, it varies widely from store to store for both chains. You might want to check ahead of time to see where they are, I have found in some places that they are relatively close to each other, sometimes even in the same shopping center, so both might still be an option for you. Won't hurt to check!
  5. This may be true, but keep in mind that not everyone has easy access to a LYS where these higher end yarns are carried exclusively, while Lion and other similar brands are carried in the big chain stores in enough variety and quantity that they often are more convenient to get. We could argue on ad infinitum over this subject, which has been discussed before, but it still boils down to a matter of personal preference. I for one have never had any of the problems with Homespun that I have read others complaining of. It is, and will remain, one of my absolute favorite yarns. I also love working with those higher end yarns when my budget allows, and thus I get the best of both worlds and never run out of projects to work on because of a lack of materials. I come from the era when pretty much all that was available to the average crocheter was good old Red Heart and it's euivalents, so I for one appreciate the variety that is now offered without breaking the bank for me!
  6. Although I know you want to make something very warm and special for your bil, it sounds like you would be expecting him to wear this set on the job in the winter. I would respectfully submit that you'd be better off making his set out of the Wool-ease alone for that purpose - even though it's a wool blend, it is washable, and construction jobs are dirty jobs under the best of circumstances! The Wool-ease would keep him very warm on the job, is soft enough to pamper him while still looking "manly" (those construction guys love to rib each other on that macho stuff especially on the job, lol) and will be able to withstand the rough handling and washing. If you really are set on making him a 100% wool set, you definitely can't go wrong with the Wool of the Andes - that stuff is SOOOFT! You could maybe make him a second set, for his leisure times. I would definitely not mix these two yarns together, however. And believe me, the scarf and hat will be warm enough, I don't think you'll need to double it up. That would make it too bulky for him also. Of course, these are jmo!
  7. I see you are in Chicago, don't know where in the city you are, but if you could take a little trip out to the suburbs to a Hobby Lobby, they have a huge assortment of Sugar & Cream which just happens to be on sale this week. These are the smaller sized balls at 99 cents each. You should be able to find the colors you need there. Click on Illinois on this map to find the nearest store to your location. All stores are open Mon through Sat (when the sale will end) until 8 pm. If it's convenient enough for you to visit the store regularly, you may want to sign up for their weekly ad via email, there is a store coupon included each week, and every other week it is for 40% off any one regularly priced item. Here is a link for you to view this week's specials, and the coupon for this week. Good luck, and hope you can make it to the store!
  8. This was the first issue of the magazine that I put back on the shelf after flipping through it. I have to agree, it was dreadful. I didn't get a chance to see any issues of this magazine before it came under the new management, but I do recall people complaining almost from the start about the drop in quality. I have enjoyed some of the past issues however, mostly a few issues from last year. But it's been downhill ever since. I too will not hold it against them that their schedule got derailed by Katrina, but I WILL hold it against them for NEVER making an effort to communicate to subscribers and general customers! For cryin' out loud _ I just checked, and they have NEVER touched their web page! The information and picture that are up are STILL from last spring, when the new management took over! They could have used that page to let their customers know - in one fast easy message - about their publishing difficulties, but they never made an effort. Although I usually mostly like my issues of Crochet! (only one I have a sub to right now), I have noticed that these magazines seem to be more of an extention of the marketing arm of certain major yarn companies, and I have to blame that for the seeming lack of good variety and quality and way too much reliance on the "frou-frou" yarns in many of the patterns, not to mention the unrealistic sizing. I mean, are they designing clothes for Barbie dolls or real people? Have they stepped out of their marketing office ("we've GOT to sell X amt of yards of Fun Fur to recoup our costs and see a profit! Push FUN FUR!"*) long enough to notice that real people don't look like the Barbies in their designs and aren't wearing all that fuzzy stuff? I really HATE big business mentality! Especially when it's hiding inside my yarn! *DISCLAIMER: this little rant is not meant to be directed at any one specific company. Mention of any identifiable brand names of products is strictly for illustrative purposes only!
  9. Wow, Jimbo - this is so cool! Just got done reading through your tutorial, and I'm really impressed with your process! Maybe someday they'll let me have the sharp instruments back and then I can try my hand at hacking my own fingers off, er - whittling my own crochet hook! Of course, I'd have to venture far afield to find any volunteer sticks as well - I've only got one lonely pine tree in the backyard (it looks suspiciously like a telephone pole with a toupee, thanks to a landlord's giddy efforts at "trimming" branches. He took all the shade-giving ones away! At the rate he was going, the whole tree was in jeapardy until I ran out there and hollered at him.) and it only blesses me with an occasional small skinny branch with tufts of fir needles all over it. Maybe I'll try scouting around the neighborhood, once I finish up with this ironing... All joking aside, it's nice to see the journey my jimbo hooks took on their way to my happy little hand!
  10. I happen to be holding one of those cards from the magazine in my hot little hands right now! At the bottom, below the part where you fill in your info, it shows the subscription prices for Canadian ($25) and International ($28). These would be in US dollar amounts. To see what the amount would be in your country's currency, you can use this handy-dandy currency converter (scroll down below the table).
  11. Oh my! I can definitely understand your excitement over those - they're beautiful! You lucky girl! (see how green I am? )
  12. According to the pattern you join through the inside loops only...
  13. I realize it can be rather tedious to tie all those knots, but if you want a traditional fringe with the homespun, it really is the only way, and it's not as bad as it may seem. What I did was decide how many fringe strands I wanted to use in each "group" - I find that 3 works fairly well (works out to 6 strands when installed), determine how many I will need overall, then wrap the yarn around a suitable piece of cardboard and cut them until I have them all. It helps to keep them bunched together, like a bundle of sticks, in smaller groups, say 20 or 25, or however many you like - this helps you keep track of how many you've got, too. You can work on tying the ends while watching TV or a movie, and it ends up going faster than you can imagine. When you've really got a lot of them, drafting a helper works great too! Oh - don't forget, you need to make the knot on both ends of your strands since you will be folding them in half when attaching to your item. Once knotted, the strands behave very well. I have several scarves and a couple of shawls I made with Homespun fringed, and they have handled several washing & drying sessions without any fraying. One tip when doing the knots: after you've made the initial knot, keep it loose and slide it gently towards the tip as far as you can move it before tightening it up. If you tighten it too far up, you will end up with mini-tassels on the ends of your fringes, though that doesn't look too bad either. And, if you really don't want to bother, there's always one of the other suggestions here. I've used chainstitch fringes successfully with boucle scarves I've made, and those looked nice too. Well, I just typed up how I did it, then thought to review the thread and Kathy (losingmymind2) already wrote it, so I won't repeat it here. Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun with it! Oh, and I would definitely not recommend dipping the fringe ends in anything. Even if you could tolerate the stiffness, the stuff would eventually wear off and you'd still have the problem of frayed fringes down the line. Best to do it right in the beginning, and then you'll never have to worry about it again.
  14. If you want soft merino at reasonable prices, the best place I know is knit picks. Their yarn is wonderful and prices are easy on the pocketbook too! It's highly doubtful you'll find any really good quality wool in the general craft stores (JoAnn, Michaels, Hobby Lobby) or Walmart (do they even sell any wool?) and you're likely to pay a good penny in the LYS, though you admittedly have the bonus of being able to pet before you buy. I'm not sure where you were when you "felt up" that merino - did you happen to recall what brand it was? I do know that not all merinos are created equal, same as any other yarn, natural or man-made.
  15. I can't stand long nails and keep mine short, which is funny because I have naturally hard nails that grow fast (which drives me crazy). In order to cut them, I have to do it immediately after a shower or I have to soak them, and I have to use toenail clippers as the regular nail clippers aren't strong enough to cut them. When my nails get a little too long, I also get severe thick dry skin right around the tips of my fingers at the nail edges that flake and catch my yarn. But it's rare for the nails to snag, as they rarely break or chip. Disgusting, I know! I go through phases with the manicuring and nail polish routine, would do it more often if I wasn't so impatient - even with the instant dry polishes. I almost always manage to screw up at least one nail from not waiting long enough. Your nails are lovely, and I'm glad you aren't hampered by them. I know my daughter wishes she'd inherited my nails, she would appreciate them alot more than I do, and hers would look like yours. But alas, she has the soft, easily breakable variety and goes the acrylic route to get the look she craves. And all of this reminds me, I have a date with some nail clippers - the nails have again gotten out of hand (so to speak).
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