Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Good Riddance, June 2010

You have been a GIANT pain in my ass!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Box Stitch Scarf





Click on the pics for a bigger view...

This isn't my favorite, but it was super-quick.  I made it yesterday using one skein of Wool Ease (162 yards) and only had a few inches left.

I used the link HERE to get this free pattern.  I chained 130 to begin and used an I hook.  Next time I will use a smaller hook so the holes are smaller, but then you'd have to chain more to begin.  Figure your starting chain by multiples of 4.  (I used the instructions for the border on that first page with the sage afghan on it.)

I started out making this into an afghan because I have four skeins of this yarn that I got on clearance online at least a year ago.  When the dyeing of the yarn didn't come out a color to match this yesterday, I decided I didn't have enough for an afghan and just made it into a scarf.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dye Failure & Baby Pattern

I dyed some yarn this afternoon to try and match some Wool Ease that I had bought on clearance about a year ago.  That's it on the right-hand side.  I was going for the burgundy-ish color.  I used two packets of Black Cherry Kool Aid and one packet of Grape.

I think it's too light.  Bummer.  We'll see for sure once it's dry.  I don't know if I can re-dye it and get it darker or not.

I'm reposting the following because nobody has said they have the pattern and will share it yet....

Does anybody have the crochet pattern book, "Heirl**m Afghans for B*by” by Leisure Arts, with the pattern on the the front cover “Exquisite"? Um, can I have it? Ha-ha-ha. I've been so blunt today. No sense in beating around the bush, is there?

I'm willing to trade you something for it and send you your shipping cost. I have lots of patterns & books. Just ask. Or you could just scan that particular pattern and email it, or copy that one pattern and mail it...whatever. I don't need the whole book.

(I put those ** in there on purpose so nobody googling it will hit this page and see what a criminal I am.)
Barnaby made himself a South Park character.  It looks just like him!  Hee-hee.

Yes, he's cut off his long, scrote-bag locks.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Baby Afghan Pattern?

Does anybody have the crochet pattern book, "Heirl**m Afghans for B*by” by Leisure Arts, with the pattern on the the front cover “Exquisite"?  Um, can I have it?  Ha-ha-ha.  I've been so blunt today.  No sense in beating around the bush, is there? 

I'm willing to trade you something for it and send you your shipping cost.  I have lots of patterns & books.  Just ask.  Or you could just scan that particular pattern and email it, or copy that one pattern and mail it...whatever.  I don't need the whole book.

(I put those ** in there on purpose so nobody googling it will hit this page and see what a criminal I am.)

To Hell in a Hand-Basket

Things have gone from bad to worse with work and at home AND other places.  Geez.  WTF?  I don't handle stress well.  I always thought I was such a strong person up until about 15 years ago.  I guess it was the bourbon that made me feel strong.  Heh.

Just don't expect to hear much, if anything, for the next week or so.  I may have to leave town for a day or so soon.

Clandestine Message:  I'm sorry I didn't show for CC yesterday evening.  I couldn't deal.  Please don't kick me out.  I still love y'all.

A bit of good news:  My sister's husband who has bladder cancer?  He got the best news possible yesterday when the pathology reports came back.  He has the mildest form of that type of cancer and will not have to have chemo/radiation.  They believe they got it all in surgery.  There is a high recurrence with this type of cancer, but if it does return, it will mostly likely be in the same mild form.  (If you can ever call cancer "mild"!)  Anyway, just thought I'd let y'all know that and thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Later, Friends.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It pisses me off when I see headlines like this...

"McCartney Hot Under the Collar Toward Global Warming Skeptics"
Who gives a crap what Paul McCartney thinks?  Why does anything he thinks or does matter one iota to anyone?  How does that warrant a headline?  He sings songs for Pete's sake!  And not good ones either!  AND he has no lips!  Bleh!

I hereby declare this bullshit.  Goodbye.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

By Request

Here is my South Park Character...

Pammy Sue

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I'll be MIA

... around here for a couple of days at least.  Duty calls...too much work.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Claudia Scarf

Claudia Scarf
Pattern:  Ravelry.com (free)
Yarn:  Caron Spa, in Ocean Spray
Hook:  F

I really enjoyed making this.  I made it 84 rows...42 per side, and I love how big it is.  I'm not sure about the way I finished it off.  There are no instructions for doing that.  I guess most people just leave it as is.  And it would be fine if you did that.  I finished it with a row of sc on the sides only, and I'm not sure it really added anything or made it look more "finished". 

Now what'll I make?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Today & Randomnimity

No, that's not a word.  I just made it up and I like saying it.  I like saying the real word "Serendipity" too.

I don't feel like writing in normal paragraphs today so you are getting a list of random things.  Here we go...

1.  We went to the mall today for the first time in a long time and shopped our asses off.  (Barnaby and me)  We said we were going to stay home all weekend because it's too hot, but we lied.

2.  I was sweating profusely and about to have a heat stroke when we left.  And that was INSIDE the mall in the air conditioning.

3.  I'm pissed that I bought some clothing at a fat lady store and it fits, and it wasn't the smallest thing either.  I need to go on a diet.  But will I?  We are at mission critical here.

4.  Our neighbor just called. Barnaby has been getting their Wall Street Journal and mail every day this past week because he thought they were gone out of town camping. They aren't leaving until tomorrow. Hee-hee!



5.  That blueberry-banana cream pie was really good, but it was really really rich.  We gave a good bit of it away to my sister and her husband, and my mom and dad also had some.

6.  It's too HOT.  I sweat like a pig.  I am a sweater.  Not a sweater like a heavy top, but a sweater as in I sweat a LOT.  Got it?

7.  I love amethyst...the color and the stone.  I am attracted to it.  I bought another piece of jewelry with amethyst in it today and I can't quit looking at it.

8.  I also bought a toe ring.  I have no idea why.  It was just an impulse buy I guess.  Stupid for a 49-year-old lady.

9.  I just recently discovered Sinfonia yarn.  I mean, I've seen it forever, but I've never bought any or crocheted with it until now.  I really love it.  It looks great and feels great to crochet with.

10.  I made some black bean & corn salsa this morning. This is the fourth time this week I've made some type of salsa.

11.  I like to play THIS GAME because I like to type.  I type for a living and I KICK ASS on this game.

12.  I also like to do crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.  And I like to play cribbage too.  I can never remember how to play it though.  I have to read the rules and instructions every time I play it because I forget.

13.  My husband said I need to cut down on the amount of coffee I drink.  I nearly came unglued and attached myself to his face like that thing in that Alien movie.  Step away from my coffee!  My coffee consumption is none of your beeswax.  I mean it.

14.  Is summer over yet?  It's HOT!  Am I repeating myself?  Have I mentioned I'm fat?  I guess it's time to go then.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hiya...

Just a quick update.  Brother-in-Law's surgery went fine this morning.  He was home before 10:00 AM.  Won't know anything else until the pathology report on Thursday sometime.  That's a long time to have to wait...poor guy.  But he's home and doing just great.

I visited with my mom & dad at the hospital and then went to their house and visited somemore, and then we went to lunch, and now I'm home and about to take a nap because I got up at 5:30 and have been yawning and trying to keep my eyes open since 10:00.  I'm a whimp.  I need my beauty sleep and a little more.  I'm all piled up here in bed with my doggies.  They're already snoring.  I love the way they smell. 

Have a happy, sleepy, skippy, fabulous Friday.  I am. 

Tootles.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Food & More Food

Blueberry-Banana Cream Pie!

First the pictures...
Line the pie plate...
Fill with half the filling.  Layer on the blueberries and bananas...
Top with the rest of the filling.
Decorate as desired.

I hope this tastes as good as it looks!
It's in the fridge waiting for dessert time tonight.

Blueberry-Banana Cream Pie

2 pkg (3 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup cold water
1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 medium bananas, sliced
2 tsp lemon juice
Vanilla wafers
1 cup fresh blueberries

Line the sides and bottom of a deep-dish pie plate with vanilla wafers.  Pour the whipping cream into a bowl and whip until stiff peaks form.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, water, and pudding mix until smooth.  Fold in the whipped cream with a spatula.

Fill the pie plate with half of the filling mixture.  Slice bananas and toss with the lemon juice.  Place a layer of blueberries and all of the bananas over the filling.   Top with the rest of the filling mixture.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.  Decorate as desired.
I fried some squash from my sister's garden for part of our dinner last night.  It was so freakin' good.  It tasted so buttery.  YUM.  Of course it was good...it was fried!

In case you were wondering, this is why I've gained weight, people.  I love to cook and bake.  Oh, and then I like to eat it.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Take It Outside

Whew!  I'm so glad you guys told me that my scales were broken.  I checked, and sure enough, they're broken.  I'm skinny again!  It's magic!  I think it might be snowing outside too!
I sat out on the back porch this morning and had my coffee, crocheted, and checked my email.  It was cool enough to do that for a while with the ceiling fan on, but then it got too hot and I moved inside.
Here's the view from the other end of the porch.  We have a loooong porch.  It's the first thing we had done when we moved in.  They only had a concrete slab about 4' x 4' with no cover.  They lived with that stupid stoop for a porch for 11 years.  Weirdos!

I have a secret for you.
Are you ready?...

This stuff is so great.  Shhhhh!  Don't tell anybody!  Buy it and bury it in your freezer.  You can take it out of the cardboard tray and put it in a glass dish and nobody will know it isn't homemade!  It's THAT good.  And it looks homemade too.  I've never had a frozen meal that could really pass for homemade, but this one does.  You just need 1 1/2 hours for it to heat through completely.  There are lots of chunks of white chicken in there too.  They didn't skimp on the meat.  It says it's, "Family Size," but I got three good-sized servings out of it.

I made a new recipe last night for a side dish.  It was kind of weird having tortilla chips and salsa with the noodle dish, but whatever.  It was good.  

Here's the recipe for Fresh Summer Salsa:
Two large cucumbers, peeled, seeded & chopped
Three Roma tomatoes, seeded & chopped
1/4 cup red onion, chopped

Purdy, ain't it?
One or two fresh jalapenos, seeded & chopped
(They're not hot at all when you seed them)
1 clove or 2 tsp chopped garlic
2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Leave it in your bowl like this without stirring, cover it, and put it in the fridge until you're ready to eat it.

Then stir together in a small bowl:
 1/4 cup sour cream
Two tsp lemon juice
Two tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt

Add to your chopped veggies and stir well to combine.
Serve with tortilla chips.

I hate it when people split up their recipes between pictures, don't you?  It makes it hard to copy and paste to print it without the pictures.  And I just did it.  Forgive me this one time.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

*Sigh*

I weighed this morning.  I just thought I'd check since I hadn't weighed in several months.  I am tied with my all-time high weight.  I knew it wasn't good. 

I wish I hadn't done it.  Now it will be on my mind all day and I'll feel bad.  I'd rather just ignore it and pretend I'm skinny.  Because I am skinny in my own head.

Okay, enough of that crap...

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Um...

Uh...

Hmm...

I guess I don't have anything to say.  Maybe I'll get a rush of inspiration later.

See ya.

Monday, June 14, 2010

I Have More For You Today

Yes, it's me again.  I wanted to show you my shawl with the flower I made to go on it.  Not sure it matches all that great, but it's pretty anyway.


And...

My DROPS Cotton Viscose yarn I got in the mail.
Shades of gray, black, and white.
It's so pretty and soft and silky!

You'll see another day what I'm making out of it.
But I'm pleased as punch with it.

And...

I also wanted you to see the flower "scarf" with the extra strand added.
I made 13 flowers on the pink one and 14 flowers on the second one.
Pretty, huh?  Quick & Easy!
HERE is the pattern again.

And finally...

Yikes!  Sammie or...

Marty Feldman?

Ha-ha-ha!

Lemon & Grapefruit & Lemon

The Giveaway packages went out in the mail early this morning.  They went via Media Mail so it will probably take several days to get there.  Anywho...be looking for yours in the mail if you were a winner!

I saw this new Haagen-Dazs ice cream advertised in one of my magazines a couple of weeks ago.  Five ingredients and nothing else.  The lemon one caught my eye, and I haven't stopped thinking about it since.  The first couple of places I looked for it didn't have it, but I found it this morning.  Oh my lord, it's better than I thought, and I thought it was gonna be great.  Num-num.  Creamy, milky, sweet, lemony lusciousness.  They also have coffee, vanilla, and a few other flavors.  I was only interested in the lemon.  I bet the coffee is good too.

Here's a picture of a piece of that coffee cake I made on Saturday.

I didn't make the Snickerdoodles yesterday.

And finally, a few of my favorite products.

1.  Psssssst Dry Shampoo.  You can get it for blonde or brunette hair.  I wish they had it for red hair, but the blonde works okay for me too.  I mostly like it because it adds so much volume to my hair.  I buy it at Ulta for about $7 bucks.  Not that I don't wash my hair when it needs it!

2.  Neutrogena Grapefruit Facial Cleaner.  Love it.  It smells great.  I use it every day.

3.  Softsoap Kitchen Fresh Hands in Lemon.  Makes your hands smell good and really lemony.  Seems I have a thing for citrus lately, huh?

A Crochet Note:  I started making that Japanese Bobble/Ripple shawl yesterday, but I didn't like the yarn I was using (Vanna's Choice).  It didn't look good so I ripped it all out.  I guess I'll be ordering some special yarn for it.  Probably a yarn of some kind from Nordic Mart.  I continue to be impressed with Nordic Mart.  They are so efficient and quick!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Here is an English version of the Funky Chicken pattern (or duck or whatever he is) from my last post:
http://nikkidwright.wordpress.com/2009/02/11/fast-easy-crochet-baby-gift/

Wanny See Something Funny?


Hee-hee-hee!
This just cracks me up.
He just looks dumb-happy, doesn't he?
The pattern is HERE.

I spent a lot of time looking at Sonia Maria's most excellent blog yesterday.  There are lots of neat things there.  In fact, I spent the ENTIRE DAY looking through tons of blogs and patterns.

I got another Japanese book in the mail yesterday...

And this is my next project. 

I'm on a shawl kick right now.  I think I'll change the edging when I get to that point though since I just made one with that edging.  I spent a lot of time searching for this pattern and finally stumbled upon it the other day buried in a Japanese book and ordered it.  I had seen it several weeks ago but couldn't remember where (etsy.com).  I love the ripple/bobble thing going on there.  I'm not going to order special yarn for it.  I'm going to use something from my stash.  I just don't know exactly what yet, but it will be a solid color.

I'm off to crochet and watch NASCAR!  I might make some of THESE if I get ambitious.  Just what I need.

Cheers!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mmm...Coffee Cake!

Hello!  Miss Manic Depressive is on the upswing!  Hee-hee.  (I have to laugh or it would just be scary.)

I feel good today.  It helps that I have the best husband in the world.  And you, my internet friends, are the very best, and my dogs, and my family, and, and, and...

Have I ever told you how lucky I am?  I'm lucky, lucky, lucky.  My best friend always tells me, "You are the only person I know who can fall into a pile of sh*t and come out smelling like a rose every time!"  It's true.

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I have a coffee cake in the oven as I'm typing this, and my house smells like cinnamony brown-sugary goodness.  I should say I have THE coffee cake in the oven, because I will never use another recipe.  This one is IT.  I got it ready last night by measuring and combining all my ingredients in sandwich ziplock bags.  Then I got my mixer and large mixing bowl out, put two sticks of butter in there, and covered it with a plate.  This morning all I had to do was take out the eggs and sour cream, dump and mix.

And because I love you, here it is:

THE Coffee Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup pecans, chopped finely
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9" x 13" pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  In your large mixing bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy.  Gradually beat in the sour cream and white sugar.  Beat in the eggs one at a time and stir in the vanilla.  By hand, fold in the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated.  Spread batter into prepared pan.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon.  Dump over cake batter and spread evenly.  Drizzle melted butter over the top.

Bake in preheated over for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean.  Keeps unrefrigerated for several days, but I bet it won't last that long!

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I almost didn't post this picture because it just does not do this pretty flowery thing justice, but here it is anyway.  Imagine it 10-times prettier because it is.

Pretty-Pretty Flower Scarf
by Gnatalie

I suppose I could have straightened out the flowers so you could see them, but I didn't. This is supposed to be a scarf, but I forgot that and joined it at the back of the neck. I'm going to un-join it later today. Trust me...it's really cute. I'm going to make a few more in different colors and wear them together (as a scarf). I have several colors of the snowflake yarn. The original pattern said to use Caron Simply Soft, but you can use whatever you want I suppose.


One tip: The tighter you crochet and the smaller the yarn, the better it looks, at least in my opinion. And by smaller, I mean like DK or sport weight yarn.

This only took me 45 minutes to make, and that was the first one I'd ever made. I used a Size E hook (3.5mm) and Snowflake Wool yarn from Hobby Lobby.  You can see lots of these made by others on Ravelry.  If you're not a member, here's the pattern link:

Pretty-Pretty Flower Scarf

Thank you Gnatalie!

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A prayer, lots of love, and lots of good thoughts go out to my sister's husband.  He found out he has bladder cancer yesterday.  If you are so inclined, please keep him in your thoughts.  Surgery is next week.

Friday, June 11, 2010

I'm Needy

I'm feeling a LOT better than I was.  Now I just need to find that perfect crochet project to work on.  I've been searching and searching the last couple of days (when I'm awake), but haven't found anything that strikes my fancy yet.  More searching and Internet trolling is in order.

I must have been grinding and clinching my jaw in my sleep last night.  It's really sore this morning.  I hope it's not that broken tooth I've been pretending doesn't exist, but it would serve me right.

I need to dye my hair.  My roots are a good two inches long.  Eww.

I need to bake something.

I need to go for a walk.

I need to straighten up my house.

I need a pedicure.

I need some coffee right this minute.  I haven't had any yet because I didn't drag my sorry ass up until 10:00!

I need to get myself together and stop moping around.

But first I need a nap.   Bwa-ha-ha!  That was a joke.  Kind of.

I need a new, fabulous purse.

I should have titled this entry "I'm Wanty" because I don't really "need" any of this stuff (with the exception of coffee), but y'all know what I'm saying, right?  I'm really just rambling because I have nothing substantial or earth-shattering to say.  Like I ever do.

Anyway, have a nice Friday.  I hope you all get something you "need" today.

Before I go, I just want to say that I have some really wonderful friends here and I so appreciate you.  I'm a lucky girl.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Miss Pissy Panties

Warning:  This is not a feel-good post.
If you're offended by strong language, don't read it!

I've been upset since yesterday over a work matter/incident with a long-time client.  I wish I didn't let things bother me so much.  I've just felt sick over it and so mad I want to cry.  Some people say I overreact to things emotionally.  Maybe that's true, but it doesn't help any knowing I do.  I feel the way I feel and react the way I react, and that's that.  There's nothing to be done about it.  I'll get over it eventually.


I went to bed at 8:00 last night, and then got up and went straight back to bed this morning after feeding the dogs.  And I'm going to go back there this afternoon.  And again early tonight.  Because that's what I do when I'm upset...avoid any and all human contact and feelings.  That's where I'm safe.


I haven't mailed the winners' packages yet.  They're ready to go though.  I'll definitely have them out by the weekend sometime.  Maybe my self-exile from the human race will be over by then.

Have I ever mentioned I hate people?


Of course, none of this is directed at you my bloggity-blogging-bloggette sweetie pies.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Crescent Moon Shawl

It's done!
My first crochet project using only a graph.
I'm so proud of myself.  Can you tell?
Woo-Hoo!
Go Me!


I'm please with the way it turned out and happy that I ordered and waited for this yarn to make it with.  I really love the colors in this yarn.  I would like to make another one in solid cream.  The ones I saw like that were really pretty too.

I haven't blocked it yet.  I wanted to get some pictures first in case it disintegrates in the wash.  If it looks all that different when I do, I'll take more pics.  I'm sure the flower fringe will straighten out quite a bit.  It was very windy when I took this picture so it was blowing around a lot.

I Won Too

I was a Giveaway Winner too!

I won Sunflowerz Crochet giveaway back in mid-May.  I didn't receive my package until the day she went into the hospital for surgery and didn't want to post about it until she was out and well enough to see it.

Look at this totebag she made me!  I love that crocheted flower on the front.  I've already been using it to carry around my Rum Ripple Blanket when I'm working on it.  And that's not all...

Look what was stuffed inside!

She also made this pretty hook case and those two kitchen towel hangers.  I also got a flower afghan pattern booklet, a pineapple throw pattern (because she knows I love anything with crocheted pineapples), and a magnetic bookmark.

Thank you so much, Sandy!
You are so generous and sweet to include all these neat things.

And I hope you continue to get well and feel better each day.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Giveaway WINNERS!!

Drumroll...

Package #1:  Barbara Moore
Package #2:  Ana Luisa G.
Package #3:  Denise Briese 
Package #4:  Vaughnde Edwards
Package #5:  Carol Neubauer

Congratulations to all the winners!
 
I so loved all of your responses to this giveaway.  I tried to respond to everyone, but it became an overwhelming task and I've been really busy, so the last few people who entered probably did not get a response from me and I'm sorry about that.  I still have not had a chance to visit all of your blogs, but I will. 

Thanks to all of you for your interest and nice comments!

Note:  Last time I had a giveaway, many people removed their name from my Followers list when the contest was over and they did not win.  If you do this, you are a weasel and a low-life and will NEVER win anything here so don't come back.

Flower Power

Giveaway Winners will be announced later this evening...

I'm on the last row of the edging for my Japanese Crescent Moon Shawl.  Here's a little peek at what my life consists of today...what seems like millions and millions of these:
Flower Fringe!

Friday, June 04, 2010

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I tried something new, and low and behold, it worked!  Instead of just griping about that pattern, I've given you a much better pattern to follow if you want to make a Granny Shawl, aka Filigree Shawl.  Click on the pattern name in my left sidebar.

Friday Declaration(s)



I started making this last night while watching TV.  I was just bored and didn't want to crochet on anything I had already started.  I don't know how that's possible with six or seven projects already started, but it happened. 

This pattern is written stupidly, by the way.  And the chart is just wrong.  I went by the chart and finally just had to guess at what it really meant.  Stupid charts.  Well, here.  Let me show you what it says.  And I quote...(except for the red -- that's me.  Duh.)

Shawl: Crochet 6 ch with crochet hook size 5 mm with white and form a ring with a sl st in first ch. (Wow...that is a packed sentence.) Continue in M.1 and stripes – see above. (Huh?) Continue in M.1 with inc. NB! (Huh again?  What the hell is "NB!"?  And why is there an exclamation mark?  Don't yell at me in a crochet pattern!) On every 3rd row crochet 4 tr groups in the middle ch, not 2.  (4 tr groups is impossible to put into one chain unless you are crocheting with one strand of hair.)  Discontinue inc after row 15 and now crochet 2 tr groups in the middle ch until finished measurements. Cut the thread and fasten end after the last row = 41 rows in total.  (Whatever, bitch.  You lost me at Crochet 6 ch.  Oh, and your accent is stupid.)

Anyway, I just wanted to show it to you and tell you that my husband said it was ugly!  Okay, maybe I wouldn't wear it to church or the symphony or maybe not anywhere, but I hereby declare that it is NOT ugly.  So there.

I also hereby declare that I will never go to a symphony.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

DROPS Delight Yarn

By request, here is a closer look at the Garnstudio DROPS Delight yarn:


It's kind of hairy and kind of rough and stiff-feeling,
but just a tad.  It doesn't split when you crochet with it.
Supposedly it really softens up upon washing.
It's self-striping.


Click for a closer look.
It goes all weird if I make it bigger here.

The DROPS Fabel is really pretty too.
In fact, there are several pretty ones that self-stripe.

I'm definitely ordering more.

A Short Hello

Click here for Giveaway Info only ONE more day!

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Well, I didn't go find a stick to whittle a crochet hook, but I do definitely intend to do that.  I wasn't kidding!  I'll have to go exploring for some oak sticks or some other kind of sturdy wood.  (Hee, I said wood.  Yes, I'm 12.)

Today is my first day back to work.  I managed to ignore it and forget it just fine while I was off.  No worrying, although I did peek at our email a couple of times.  I wonder how long it will take for my good attitude to wear off?

Short and sweet today.  Time's a wastin'!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

An Update & Pie

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I've done a few more rows since I took this picture this morning.  As you can see, I've copied the graph pages from the book.  I always like to do that with patterns that are in a book because I like to write on the pattern and mark my place, etc.  This way I don't mark up my book.  I always keep my copied pattern with my notes folded in the book when I'm finished.  I did manage to blow it up by 15% and most of it stayed on the page.


It's so easy to get lost in these charts moving your eyes back and forth from the page to your crochet.  I started marking off rows with a green highlighter after I'd finished them so I could easily see where I was with just a glance.

I still have no idea what those RED arrows are for.  Usually things in RED are important, but I've yet to figure it out.  They are pointing in completely different directions than you are crocheting.  Maybe in Japan things in RED mean, "IGNORE ME, I MEAN NOTHING," ya think?  Yeah, me neither.  We shall see. 

If anyone has a clue, please help me see the light before I get too far to correct whatever it is if that's necessary.

I did take a break from it early this afternoon to put together a pumpkin pie so it would have time to cool and refrigerate before Barnaby got home.  It's his favorite.  I know it's not the right time of year, but who cares?  We still can't buy pumpkin here after the shortage last pumpkin season, but I managed to squirrel away a couple of cans when they were available during the winter.


Mmm, can you taste it?  It was GOOD.
Even if it is a gazillion degrees outside.

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I'm enjoying my last day of vacation here at home in my happy place crocheting!  My sister got off to the airport this morning and will soon be in her happy place in Southern California.  We had a good time and it was a nice visit.

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I went link-crazy in my entry today.

I stumbled onto a blog this morning and saw THIS.  What a cool thing to do!  I want to try it now.  It would be so neat to crochet with something so personally-made.  I'm going to have to go out and hunt for the perfect stick.  Whittling!  Who would have thunk it?

I frogged the shawl I had started that was in the Most Expensive Japanese Crochet Book in the World.  I decided I wanted to order another kind of yarn to make it with.  I ordered some Drops Delight yarn from Nordic Mart on Friday night and got it yesterday.  They were very fast.  So I started it over and am very happy with the way it looks with the new yarn.  I can't wait to finish it and show it to you...my first crocheted item from a chart only!  It's going prety easily so far following the chart.  What I need to do is take the time to get the chart blown up bigger so it's not such a strain to see.  I'd have to take it somewhere like Kinko's to be done and I don't see that happening.

Anyway, here's the Most Expensive Japanese Crochet Book in the World with a picture of the shawl I'm making on the cover.  If you're a member, you can see this shawl that others have made on Ravelry here:  Crescent Moon Shawl



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It's been so HOT around here this last week.  Ugh.  Here we go into the dog days of summer when it's oppressively hot.  I prefer the dead of winter any day!


I'm off to crochet the rest of the day.  Yipee!! 

Go find a stick and we'll whittle a crochet hook together!  I'll be back with my stick and some pictures tomorrow...

Y'all have a happy day too.