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I posted three FREE soap making books for Kindle for today...grab them before they're gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

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I posted two FREE crochet patterns for Kindle for today...grab them before they're gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

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Melanie,

I might have tried that hot water trick if I hadn't tired of fighting with the darn thing and given it away. Undecided

I'm going to Jo Ann today, so we'll see what I find. I agree that one of us had better get around to that swatching thing PDQ. LaughingWink  Like you, I'd be afraid to switch between the hooks without solid knowledge that they would be the same.

So far I've only worked with my tried and true Boye hooks, except for that horrible SB flexible afghan hook. So it will be an interesting experiment to try others and see how they stack up.

Ooh, a crochet version will be a nice addition. Smile Of course it will be different, but nice too.

I posted one FREE sewing pattern for Kindle for today...grab it before it's gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

Here's the circle (you must join to see posts):
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Sherry,

Hahahahahahaha!  I never saw your misspelling of Christmas!  Laughing  It's so easy to make mistakes when in a hurry.

Oh, yeah, who wants to chance yarn snagging on a bamboo hook?  Undecided  I'm sure when you first try it, it would be fine, but then what happens as your hook gets older?  That's when you're going to experience problems.  Is it really worth it?  Frown

Oooh, I love the purple Simply Soft!  Purple is one of my favorite colors, and I adore the softness of Simply Soft!

I really like the colors they have available in Sugar 'n Cream.  The self-striping yarns are sooooooooooo pretty!  When I used to get the Sunday paper from a certain area, I'd check the Michael's ads, and when they had their $1 or $1.25/skein sale on the Sugar 'n Cream, I'd buy it, because then no coupon was needed to get a great deal!

Spa cloths and bath mitts are a fantastic idea for gifts!  Hmm, maybe once I do the dishcloth thing I'll try that for holiday gifts.  Thanks for the great idea!  Kiss

The main reason I'm so into dishcloths these days is twofold; one, I really, really despise the way sponges start stinking within a week or two of starting a new one...they're so expensive, one would think they'd last a lot longer, but nooooooooooooo, they just start stinking almost right away.  Frown  Two, I like the idea of something I can throw into the washer with a load of laundry.  The dishcloths won't take up a lot of space, either, so I can throw them in with clothing, blankets, whatever!  You can't do that with sponges.  They start stinking and that's it...they have to be replaced.  I imagine (as I haven't tried this) they would likely deteriorate if thrown into the washer.  LOL, I'm not going to try it, as I don't want to be pulling bits of sponge off of clean clothes!

I've read that you can disinfect sponges in the microwave, so I suppose that's another option...but then, why not just make something nice that won't break down over time?

I'm soooooooo envious of your JoAnn's!  Ours doesn't have a lot of selection.  There are about two facing short shelves with yarn, a couple of end caps, and then a half short shelf (the other half has things like hooks and needles).  Matter of fact, I was looking for a certain size of straight knitting needle a few months ago, couldn't find it, and the last time I was in JoAnn's I found a bunch of other needles...by the sewing machines.  Who would think to look there?  Frown

So they don't have much.  Frown

Awwwwww, thank your granddaughter for me!  I hope her sweetie won't mind...furbabies can be so funny about things.  (Ours has yet to figure out that the stream running in her fountain is water.  She can't smell it, so she's perplexed as to what it is!)

LOL, sigh, most of crochet (or other crafts) is probably ripping stuff out.  Frown  No other way to tell than to try, though!  You can't know if something works unless you try.

Times like those I wish it were possible to have a crochet machine, like a knitting machine!  Let the machine do it!  Laughing
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