Friday, May 21, 2010

Gross, Graphs, and Giveaway

GROSS

I'm sorry to have confused some of you with my American slang.  Let me be more clear...

Turd = n Slang. 1. a lump of dung; piece of excrement.  Eeew.

Turd Floater = So much rain that the water will rise and turds will float.  Eeew again.

Pammy Sue = No class whatsoever.  (Unless I have to, and then I can fake it.  But here?  Not so much.)

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GRAPHS

Well, the thread project is taking longer than I thought, but only because I haven't had time to work on it.  I am sorely missing my crochet time.  Working is for the birds.  I hate having to work all day every day during the week.  Don't people know I have crocheting to do?  How rude.

And when I have had time, like last night, I spent it printing out free crochet graph patterns from the Internet.  I am determined to learn to crochet by using a graph only.  I have ordered a Japanese crochet book and want to be able to make some of the things in it.  Japanese crochet books are all the rage, don't ya know?  Why does it seem like they have much better patterns than we do?  Is it just because we don't have easy access to them and most of us can't read them or follow a graph?  Is it the, "You always want what you can't have," thing?  Probably.  But I don't want to get left behind if that's the way crochet of the future is headed.

I saw where someone on the Internet had written, "Do you remember the way crochet patterns looked to you the first time you tried to read one?  How the abbreviations and symbols looked totally foreign to you?  Well, it's the same thing with crochet graphs.  The more you work with them and use them, the less foreign and intimidating they are.  Soon you'll be reading them as easily as written patterns."

That was very helpful in changing my mindset about crochet graphs, and I decided I would dive right in and learn it.

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GIVEAWAY

I just realized I had my FOUR-YEAR blog anniversary this month!  That definitely calls for a giveaway, don't you think?

I'll get it together and make the official announcement over the weekend.  I have lots of pattern books, crochet magazines, and yarn to give away!

Stay tuned.

11 comments:

  1. OOOOOOO!! How exciting!!

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  2. Well, I don't know what this means, but I liked the Baby Got Back title! I just remember liking the song when it came out!... As for Japanese patterns, I've done them, if they are simple enough; but I DO find them very intimidating! I suppose being a little stubborn and stuck in my ways, I'd much rather READ my pattern, than decipher a coded graph! But I'm sure if I saw something I liked enough, I'd muster up the courage, and give the graph a go though! ~tina

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  3. I knew what turd floater meant...I have come across many of them..Now, about these Japenese patterns....is that where the word amigurumi comes from? Are you blogging at work P.S.???

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  4. Pammy S.

    It is a turd floating day here in the Hoosier state... great for napping before I go into work tonight.

    Work will be interfering with my crochet this weekend.

    Like your snark.

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  5. You have such a great attitude about learning. Have you done anything else with that square.

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  6. I hope you have better luck than I did on learning it. But I'm still trying...well, maybe...or I'm thinking about it :)

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  7. Ha! I thought "turd floater" was hilariously funny! Some people must not have out sense of humor Boo boo.

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  8. Hey PS... you are more than welcome to link me on your blog... if you want to add my blog button (an automatic link) or list it either way... I cool with that. I am pretty sure that I will be bringing back Taking Heart and lifting my privacy sometime next week... I just need to go back and see if anything needs pulled. I am contemplating making my new blog just a craft blog... and when I do that... I will add your link as well.

    Do you twitter?

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  9. I figured that's you meant in the title ::LOL::
    I learned crochet with both written and symbol/graph patterns, and I much prefer the latter. The symbol or graph patterns really are easy to read and understand. It's true : a picture says a thousand words.
    Good luck!

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  10. I have been wanting to try that graph stuff too, as I see so many people making great stuff from those Japanese crochet books. I have been intimidated by them but no more... my new attitude is that I CAN do it... the problem is just finding the time.. ha ha! Can't wait for the giveaway.

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  11. Please keep us up-dated how you go with the learning process. It is something I am interested in trying to learn, but I'm happy with the written word ☺

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