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Preserve Their Memory
Honor Their Sacrifice
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String Me Along
Monday, June 27, 2005

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Pictures! and a RAOK

I received another RAOK today, this time all the way from Quebec! I had never received an international package before, so that was a thrill in itself! I opened the box, and could barely believe my eyes!!! Take a look at what I found:
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Yellow cotton tots yarn (yummy), Patons Canadia yarn (gorgeous), 101 Double Ended Hook Stitches, Crochet on the Double Collection, chocolate truffles (mmmmm!), and the best of all: Mary Poppins on VHS! I can't begin to express how delighted I was! I have tried and tried to find Mary Poppins for the kids- they love that movie (and so do I). I had just about given up hope of finding it around here! I also have often thought about learning how to use double ended hooks- and actually considered asking for the 101 stitches book for my birthday next month! Can you tell how excited I am? Again, if you are not familiar with RAOK, you need to check out Crochetville! It is so much fun!

I also have a few pictures for ya, the first is a couple of snowflakes, in honor of Snowflake Monday! Also, here is an example of my current favorite dishcloth- a raised ridge diagonal design- it is also the favorite of the resident dishwasher (my dh!)

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The next picture shows a few bookmarks I have finished- I still have a few more that need to be blocked...I'm not sure which one's I will include for the Crochetville Bookmark Swap though...

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Sunday, June 26, 2005
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No picture...Again!

I don't know why, but for some strange reason, I just can't seem to remember to take a picture of my finished projects before I give them away! I promise to try harder, but once again today, I forgot to take a pic :(

Well, I'm sure this won't be as exciting sans pic, but I will do the best I can...

Today my family got together to celebrate Father's Day (since dh and I were so sick last week.) Anyway, I included a bookmark in my dad's card. I used this lighthouse pattern. I loved the photo on the web site, but when I made it up, I felt it was a little difficult to see the image of the lighthouse clearly. Even after blocking and starching, I was unhappy with the results. I decided to try it again, this time using a smaller hook, tighter tension, and a different thread. I also altered the actual stitches of the lighthouse. (Here is where the photo would have helped, LOL!) I decided to "fill in" the actual design of the lighthouse, changing the original meshes to blocks...and changing the original blocks to...you guessed it...meshes! Anyway, the changes seemed to help, the image became sharper, and I was happy with the final product- although my dh said "oh, it's so pretty- it's a rocket!" I just rolled my eyes!

I have also finished a couple other bookmarks: Jacob's Ladder, Victorian Memories, along with several others from various books and mags. Fortunately, those are still here, and once I get them all blocked...I promise to take a picture LOL!

I picked up a great crochet book at the local Goodwill yesterday...it is called Carry Along Crochet, and it was published in the 80's. It has some wonderful patterns in it- including a toddler's sweater and hat set (up to size 4!!!); Bert and Ernie hand puppets; a Little Red Riding Hood purse; and a Goldilocks and Mama Bear flip doll- just to name a few! I can't decide what to start with, but I was extremely happy about this find!

Oh, tomorrow is Monday...so we all know what that means - RIGHT???
Snowflakes, of course!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005
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Nasty cold, part 2

Well, I am still struggling with this sinus/ear infection and it has been difficult to get anything done, especially crochet. Just to put this into perspective, I started a dishcloth when I first started getting sick. This was a very simple design, one that I have made so many times, I could do it in my sleep. Well- I just finished it YESTERDAY! LOL! It took the better part of a week to finish a dishcloth that I can usually whip up in about an hour! Oh well!

Today, I got a bit more done, I finished 1 thread bookmark- no pic. yet, and almost finished another. I feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things!

Yesterday was a wonderful mail day- I wanted to share what I received...first, I was RAOK'd by someone at Crochetville.
Image hosted by Photobucket.com If you are unfamiliar with RAOK, you should check outthis thread. I was so excited! This was the first RAOK I had received, and it couldn't have come at a better time!

Also, yesterday's mail brought a puffy from my Big Square partner, Grace. She included this gorgeous teal square, and my mother threatened to steal it! She also sent some wonderful patterns, a pack of seeds which my dd immediately claimed, and a reciepe for fruit salad! Here is the square she sent... Isn't it just beautiful!

Saturday, June 18, 2005
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too sick to crochet?!

Ugh! What a nasty cold! Everyone in my house has been sick for the better part of a week! Let me tell you, this is a bad one too! I haven't felt this bad in a very long time! I finally mustered up the strength to "drag" myself into the Dr.'s office this morning, and I was told that I had developed a "nasty ear infection". It's always nice when the Dr. uses the word 'nasty' to describe your particular ailment, huh? I have been sooo fortunate that my parents have been able to help out with the kids! Since dh and I are both in pitiful shape, my parents have graciously taken our oldest (3 yr old dd) with them for most of the day, for the past few days! She was the first one to come down with this cold and thus, she is the closest to being over it! She has had a blast with Grandma and Papa all to her self! And it has sure helped dh and me to only have one little one to care for(besides ourself).

So here I am, with all of this free time, only one kid in the house...a dh to sit and entertain said kid...and ya know what??? I was too sick to crochet! How cruel is that? I wanted to do it...I can't tell you how many times I tried to do it...but it was useless. My hands were so shaky I could barely make a stitch. Oh, it was so frustrating! Stupid Cold!

So anyway, I have had one particular bright spot this weekend...I actually won my first CAT PAC during the CAT over on CrochetList! I was so excited- I have been participating in the CATs for the past 3 months, but this was the first time I won. On top of that, I finally felt like I was recognizing people and able to participate more to the conversation. It was really alot of fun. You should definately check it out!

And finally, if you are even remotely interested in crochet lace work or vintage patterns...you must check out this link. It appears to be a book that someone has scanned and uploaded on the web, and there are very few pictures, BUT, with a little patience, you will be amazed at the number of patterns available- definately worth checking into!

So thats about it, I suppose I will go stare at my wip's as they lay there mocking me, tempting me to try one more time....or perhaps I'll take another dose of the lovely cough syrup with codene...hmmmmm...what to do....

Sunday, June 12, 2005
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Jonathon's Blanket

I finally decided to finish Jonathon's blanket (incase you've missed previous posts...this is a replacement blanket for a 4 year old, whose favorite blankie has been used and washed until it is in "shreds")! It was extremely easy to make, but it was one of those projects that for whatever reason, just didn't appeal to me! It was a very simple pattern, almost mindless, so this weekend when dh and I sat down to watch a movie, I got to work....and yipee...it's finished!
Here's a pic...
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and a close up of the stitch....
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The pattern is just a series of 2dc, ch1, dc repeated throughout, with a dc on each end. Since this was an afghan for a boy, I used a edging of hdc to keep it from being "frilly". I think the final product is practically identical to the original blanket. Considering the fact that the original piece I was given was so tattered and matted together that I could barely make out a stitch, I am pretty pleased with the outcome! I think that he will be very excited to finally have a blankie in usable condition LOL!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005
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Thank you, Neva!

I just opened a puffy from CL Big Square Exchange! It was from my partner, Neva, and she sent the most wonderful puffy ever! Here is a picture
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As you can see, she sent a beautifully crocheted red square. It is so neatly done! Just beautiful! She also sent a very nice bio and...I could hardly believe it...a copy of Old Time Crochet!!!! I was so surprised! I don't know how she knew that OTC is one of the items on my "wish list"! And, RED is my favorite color! She made my day! I was so excited! Thank you so much, Neva!

Friday, June 03, 2005
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I love to swap!

Really, you must consider joining a swap, no matter what your experience level! It's just so exciting to make something for someone that you know will truly appreciate your hard work! Don't get me wrong, I love to make things for my family and friends, but unless they crochet or knit, it's hard for them to appreciate the amount of time and work that goes into each piece. But in a swap, you know that someone out there DOES understand, and what's even better, they are making something equally wonderful for you. Just think of the possibilities...maybe you will be partnered with someone who is just starting with crochet, or perhaps it will be someone much more experienced than you- you may learn a new stitch or pick up a new pattern along the way!

Can you tell how addicting these swaps are? If you haven't joined one already, let me make some suggestions Crochetville has a different swap (or swaps) each month, although you must have reached "Villager" status before you are eligible to participate (see the web site for more details). CrochetList has a variety of swaps ranging from small projects such as bookmarks to larger more time consuming projects such as doilies and purses. Still, these are a good way to learn more about crochet and meet lots of new people as well!

Trust me...once you start....you'll be hooked!

Thursday, June 02, 2005
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Two afghans and a potholder

Finally, some pictures!
Here is the 'long awaited' Itsy Bitsy Spider Afghan for my dh's friend at work. I used Caron Simply Soft in Victorian Rose with a "j" hook instead of the baby weight yarn that the pattern called for. It is a nice size, probably a little longer than your standard lapghan, but just right for snuggling in a favorite chair.

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These pictures are from my dh's birthday afghan. It is mostly front post treble crochets- I was trbl crocheting in my sleep!

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And finally, a strawberry mitt- just because I could :)

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