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Preserve Their Memory
Honor Their Sacrifice
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String Me Along
Sunday, July 31, 2005

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Happy Birthday!

Today was my little boy's 2nd birthday! We are all exhausted from the birthday party, but it was a lot of fun for the kids (and adults)! I think that he really liked his afghan! I know we got a few pics of him with it, but I am way too tired to try and find them, so I will just remind you what it looked like by using a pic I posted a while back :)
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I didn't get a lot of crocheting done today though, but hopefully, the kids will just take it easy tomorrow (yeah, right!) and I can get some more snowflakes done!

Friday, July 29, 2005
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Is the moon full or something?

I have been trying to post here all week- but my lovely children wouldn't allow it! I'm not sure if it is just my household, but my kids have been totally off their "schedule" all week! Usually, they are excellent sleepers, so I really don't have much room to complain, other than the fact that they haven't been themselves this week! They both have refused to fall alseep before midnight, and then one (if not both) have awaken each night around 1 or 2 am. Now my dd (age 3) usually takes very little effort to get back to sleep, but ds (2 on Sun.)...he's a different story! When he wakes up, he thinks it's time to play..and has been waiting until around 5 or 6 to go back to sleep!!! Then, within an hour or so, dd is "up and at 'em" ready to start the day! So, needless to say, I have been a zombie all week!

I have been meaning to post about Snowflakes in July over on Crochetville, but due to my overly exausted condition, I haven't made as much progress as I had hoped! It seems like every time I'd sit down and crochet, my eyes would cross- then glaze over- and before you know it...I'd be asleep! So far, I only have 11 flakes to show for the weeks effort! Ofcourse, those still need blocking- so I still have quite a bit more work to do :( Hopefully, if the kids go to bed soon...I can get a few more done!

If you have a favorite snowflake pattern book that you could recommend, I'd love to have the name! I have printed off most all of the free patterns on the web, and have several LA books (Lacy Snowflakes, White Christmas) but I am not extremely impressed with either of these books- most of the designs are pretty simple and only involve a couple of rounds. Tomorrow I will be scouring local craft stores armed with the 50% of coupon from AC Moore- so I'd love to have the names of a few books to look for, especially if they have some patterns that are a bit more intricate!

Monday, July 18, 2005
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63 Squares

I am pleased to report that I have only 2 more Ecru colored squares left on this afghan- and I will officially be 1/3 of the way through making my squares. The critical question is coming though...do I continue on with Ecru, making a solid color afghan OR stick with the 3 color combo that is used in the pattern? Any thought would be appreciated!

It also occured to me that there may be some readers out there who are not familiar with the whole 63 Squares CAT...so here is some more info
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This book has been a wonderful reference beyond the actual afghan pattern. It was fairly inexpensive (I bought mine at Wal-mart) and I have used the stitches on a number of projects. One of the nicest features of the book is that each of the stitches has a starting chain count formula so that you can calculate how many chains to make if your are designing something yourself! Definately worth picking this one up!

Sunday, July 17, 2005
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Happy Aniversary to me :)

Just a quick post to mention a wonderful event on Monday- the 18th...it will be my and dh's 7th wedding anniversary! It has been 7 terrific years and I couldn't be happier! I can honestly say the time is just flying by! Our marriage has produced two beautiful children and everyday brings something new and wonderful!

Saturday, July 16, 2005
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more Un-Blocked Squares

Ok- I admit it...I have this strange obsession with blocking...but I am liberating myself from it by posting more- you guessed it- UN-BLOCKED squares! These are some more of the 63 Squares Afghan...I am almost a third of the way done now, but will continue to post a few at a time


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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
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Here is a picture of an afghan I made for ds...it is one of my favorite patterns and I used Bernat Softie. It is sooo soft! I love the way it turned out... :) The pattern is alternating panels of bobble stitches and dc...it's one that is mindless, yet because you change stitches frequently, it's not boring :)

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This pic is a bit closer...I added a picot edging for the border...
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Sunday, July 10, 2005
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Yippee, I remembered!

Yes, I finally remebered to take a pic before giving something away!!! Here is a pic of a 12" square I recently made for an Exchange- the colors are so icky in the pic...in person the are beautiful! The recipient requested a square made in pastels, so I choose an ecru- actually, it was called Fisherman and a Baby Blue. The 2 colors together were very pretty (unlike the puky gray and yellowish color that is showing up on my monitor right now LOL!) Anyway, the first few rounds were from a pattern by Priscilla,the Octagon Medallion Pillowghan Square.

Here's the pic....remember to "pretend" you are seeing the square in it's actual Fisherman and Baby Blue "glory" LOL!
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Arrrgggg!

Arrrrggg! I just lost my post!!!!

So, here we go again!

Are you familiar with "graph 'gans"? You know, when you use the afghan stitch to make picture afghans. I have been intrigued with this method for sometime, but had never worked up the nerve to give it a try. Well, I recently discovered the MoEZ Crochet Group over on Yahoo. The members over there have helped me locate a number of tutorials as well as graphs, and I think that I have finally settled on a project! Wish me luck!

Also, I am so happy to share that I received 2 wonderful packages yesterday from the Christmas in July Swap over on Crochetville!! The first elf sent a beautiful card and a package of Crochet Grips- Now, these grips are not your run-of-the-mill blue cushions...these are very different... they are so cool! I had never seen anything like them before, and I try to post a pic tomorrow!
The second elf sent a vintage Crochet World magazine, AND a Crochet World OMNIBOOK!!! I have been searching everywhere around here for back issues of any crochet mags- with no luck! I was soo excited! Thank you both!!

I continue to make slow and steady progress with the 63 Squares, I picked up another One Pound Skein of Caron yesterday, so I should be set for the next week! Is it just me, or do other people find most of the Caron Acrylics to be of a slightly higher quality than RH and Lion Brand recently??? I know, I know, shame on me for dissin' the 2 old faithfuls....they've been good to me over the years...and I still pour more money into those 2 companies than I would care to admit, but it just seems like the manufacturers at those 2 companies have gotten sloppy. I've been noticing more and more tangles, irregularities with the plys and twists, knots, breaks, etc! Now, don't get me wrong, I've had some nasty skeins of Caron too- but it just seems like it happens more with RH and LB.
BTW- I have a standard policy that if I run into any of the above mentioned "nasties", I gather the offending pieces of yarn together, the skein labels, and a quick note and send it all to the company. I feel like it is the only way they will get the picture that even if it is acrylic, we STILL care about quality and DESERVE a decent product!!!

And finally, I am going to start posting pics of my progress on the 63 squares 'gan, but I will only post a couple of pics at a time (even though I have many more finished) I know how frustrating it can be to view tons of pics using dial-up!


Square 3 (unblocked)

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Square 4 (unblocked)

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Square 5 (unblocked)

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Friday, July 08, 2005
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Photobucket and 63 squares

This post was supposed to be me showing my progress on the 63 squares CAL- however, Photobucket is taking it's own sweet time uploading my pictures, so I guess I will have to write about something else.

I have been dilligently laboring away at my 63 squares- working on all of the Ecru squares first. I am about half way through those squares- and I hope to make another one tonight while dh and I watch a video. I am considering making the entire afghan in Ecru- I know, I know...you're all shaking your head- thinking I've surely lost my mind....afterall, Ecru afghans and 2 kids under the age of 3 don't go together that well! But still, I haven't seen any of the other afghans in the CAL done in a solid color- and I though it might be worth a try. Any opinions?

I also had an opportunity to check out a number of new crochet books today at the library- and I have to say I was somewhat disappointed! I think I'll look through them once more before I make up my mind- but so far I haven't been that impressed.....

Wednesday, July 06, 2005
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"Boo!" on Annie's Attic!

Yesterday, I received the latest issue of the catalog from Annie's Attic. I was a little disturbed as I looked through the pages. I noticed that a number of the "exclusive" patterns they were offering were actually vintage patterns that are currently offered free of charge on the net!

Now I realise that many of the pattern publishers recycle vintage patterns, and actually I am quite thankful that they do. They are able to put these wonderful, old patterns into the hands of a whole new generation of crafters. However, it seems like they could atleast bring back patterns that weren't readily available for FREE...ON...the NET!!!! I mean, really!! There has been alot of discussion on various boards lately about people selling free patterns (especially on Ebay)- and whether you agree or disagree with this practice, is not really the concern of this rant. Instead, my frustration is that A's.A. a company with numerous resources, millions of patterns at their disposal, creative minds churning out ideas left and right, and THIS is all they could come up with! Good grief!

Here is a perfect example....this pattern- is currently available on 2 different sites- here:Tulip Varieties Doily and here:Tulip Doily!

Now...check out page 19 from the current Annie's Attic catalog Doilies from the Garden

I bet most any self respecting crocheter with a bit of PAS, could do better! "Boo on you, Annie's Attic!"

Sunday, July 03, 2005
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Start thinkin' SNOW!

Just a quick post tonight...but Julie has a great idea for a CAL...Snowflakes in July! Check out the button on the sidebar :) This will be a week completely dedicated to making snowflakes and snowflake related items...it should be alot of fun.

Also, I have been pondering the logistics of an upcoming project...haven't worked out all of the details yet, and my mind is too fuzzy to start tonight, but stay tuned...I will post more info soon!

Happy 4th to everyone and be sure to check out HOOKED Voices from the "other" needlecraft for some great crochet related stories!


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