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September 28, 2013

TUCKER: Webster tree project fears allayed

Tonawanda News — A woman called to say her 11-year-old granddaughter wants to learn to crochet. The woman wondered if any place — libraries, YWCA or others — have a class to teach crocheting after school. She herself, does not crochet because she is left-handed and wasn’t able to learn. (I had the same problem when my sister, who crochets beautifully, tried to teach me. After a couple of hours, she gave up — and so did I.) Anyway, the granddaughter is right-handed and her grandmother would like her to learn now before she loses interest. Ideas anyone?

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Bob Derner sent in this article on clotheslines (and clothes poles.) If you don’t know what clotheslines are, skip this. Enjoy.

The basic rules:

• You had to hang the socks by the toes ... NOT the top.

• You hung pants by the bottom/cuffs ... NOT the waistbands.

• You had to wash the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes, walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

• You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites,” and hang them first.

• You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail. What would the neighbors think?

• Wash day on a Monday. Never hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday.

• Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y’know.)

• It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather ... clothes would “freeze-dry.”

• ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes. Pins left on the lines were “tacky.”

• If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.

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