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1950's Chiffon Dress: Cleaning and Care for Fabrics ~ Restoration

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1950's Chiffon Dress: Cleaning and Care for Fabrics ~ Restoration

Industry has taken flight to "Dry Clean Only". This (to me) is like the FDA stamping all of our food with expiration dates. I believe it has been done to force the consumer to buy more (food) or to take any liabilities off the product of origin (clothing). Please don't think I am against food spoilage. That's not what this post is focused on. My problem is like food the garment industry has plastered care tags  that take all the responsibility off the manufacturer. Or perhaps lay the possibility of destruction onto the poor dry cleaner. I very rarely send...

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Yarn Hoarding ~ Lesson learned from 9/11

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Yarn Hoarding ~ Lesson learned from 9/11

I think I'm a YARN Hoarder :-0  I tend to buy something and then ‘save’ it. Or buy too much so I won’t run out. I’ve done this my entire life. Why? I don’t know. When I closed my yarn shop 30 years ago I took the best yarns and stashed them. Today, many are still in that stash mode. Neatly organized into bins by type and weight; they sit in their balls, cones or pull skeins just as they have for many decades. Over the years I may select one to use and then return it convincing myself there...

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Knitting Needle Organizer - Patience Of A Needle Worker & How to Finish a Project

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Knitting Needle Organizer - Patience Of A Needle Worker & How to Finish a Project

Taa Daa!: Do you suffer from a closet full of unfinished projects????? To get a project finished I learned long ago the importance of patience. Patience comes naturally for some but I believe it can be acquired. Think of moments in your life when the excitement of it made you want the time between now and then to disappear. I recall getting so excited about something in the future that when it passed I felt sad. Sad, you ask? Yes. I had lived my life for that future  moment abandoning what I had now. What does this have to do...

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The Red Wool Sweater (free knitting pattern after story)

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The Red Wool Sweater (free knitting pattern after story)

Teddy ~ the faithful! Mom and Dad would travel often it seemed especially to England. That would make sense since Mom came from there.  I would look forward to their return which always included something special selected for me and my siblings. Toys I had never seen before or heard of. A whip and top came home once. It was a small wood top with a metal tip that fit in one hand. Accompanying it was a stick that has a piece of leather fastened to one end. By wrapping the leather around the top tightly and then pulling the...

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When I was just 9 ~ She was 14

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When I was just 9 ~  She was 14

Beginner Knitter Story ~ The room was next to mine. As I walked by in the hallway I could see her desk. She had all sorts of cool things like a record player and statues of Paul, Ringo, George and John. The heads on those swayed and bopped a bit. There were papers and school books on the desk too but what caught my eyes the most was a clump of multi-colored yarn with what had to be knitting needles poking out from it. I passed this room many times in a day. Sometimes the book pile was larger or...

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