Why one shouldn’t change a vision midway through a project

I had grown tired of crocheting so many items.  Crochet is a wonderful thing.  What I like most about it is that a project, even a larger one,

So sturdy it stands on its own!

So sturdy it stands on its own!

moves way faster than knitting.  But I love knitting, because I like what you can make with it.  And I love the feel of the needles.  However, I do have a schedule of projects, believe it or not, and knitting just didn’t show up in any of these.  (Since then, I have modified that.  You’ll see!)  Anyway, with a relatively clear idea of what I wanted in mind, I started out making a hat.  The yarn wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but we’d make it work.  When I’m finished with the brim, I get a brilliant idea.  Hey – why don’t we add some seed stitching for interest?  Sure, why not?  A few rows after that, I’m jonesing to try out my new cable needle/hook, and I think, Let’s throw some cables in here!  Sure, why not?

This hat does not merit a glamour shot

This hat does not merit a glamour shot

I can almost hear the knitters out there, sighing in dismay.  Yea, yea.  I did it.  Good news, though.  My husband adopted this very warm and still wearable cap because his job takes him over Donner Pass, and in the winter, at night, it’s brutal.  Also, he’s alone so no one can see it  LOL!

Writing 101: Size Matters

Writing 101: Size Matters.

Every so often I will respond to these daily challenges, depending on my mood, the specific assignment and how I feel.  I guess I felt I had to respond to this, even though, in comparison, my comment was rather succint.  I said all I wanted to at the time!

I lived in a bright, little yellow house for the first 17 years of my life with my mother and my sister. I would imagine 12 is in there somewhere…When my mother first rented the place, she told me the neighborhood was very blue collar and quite comfortable. Right around my 12 year mark, I recall changes in our neighbors. Low-rent apartments were built and suddenly, we had to start locking our doors. And it wasn’t a whole slew of people, just a few that made life what it was because they were dicks. After that, of course, the real estate principle of regression kicked in, and we were compelled to move later on. But 12 was still a relatively good time.”

Has this happened to anyone else?

Crochet-A-Long Finished!

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It is cute!

I finished it – then decided to put it up for sale!  LOL  However, sometimes I need a little feedback on the items I’m offering. I put this Halloween Pumpkin Face Throw on sale this morning on my Etsy account. It takes awhile to make, so I felt the pricing was good, but it is only 49″ square.  Feedback, feedback!  Click on the picture if you want to see the Etsy listing with all the pictures.  Thank you guys.

Sleeper

When growing up I remember all tomatoes were red, all lettuce was iceberg, Oscar Meyer bologna was king, and white bread, enriched with vitamins and minerals, was good for you.  Then in the 80’s, we started hearing about cholesterol, both high and low-density lipoproteins, saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, (no, trans-fat wasn’t in the public consciousness yet!) and carbohydrates.  There were other buzzwords circulating at that time, but I won’t belabor my point….too much.  If you all remember, carbs were king and feeling the “burn” while you exercised was the only way to go.

sleeper

Love this house! I think it’s somewhere in Arizona.

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He always knew how to make use of his – ahem – less than attractive face.

I’ve used the title “Sleeper“, a great Woody Allen movie, because the nutrition information seemed to jive with what is happening today.  The main character is, without his consent or knowledge, put in cryogenic sleep because something went wrong during a routine surgery he was having, and wakes up to a dystopian world 200 years in the future.  He is awakened to find cream pies, cigars and cigarettes are considered to be healthful.  In one scene, Woody is panicking because he’s been told the reason why he was thawed (you have to see the movie!) and one of the doctors who was responsible for bringing him out of the freeze, lights a cigarette and hands it to him, telling him to take the smoke deep into his lungs.  Hahaha!

My point?  Eat what YOU want, exercise in a way that makes YOU feel good and get all the sleep YOU need.  Just be certain to maintain a weight and state of health that makes YOU feel good.  You’ll know you’ve hit the spot if you aren’t prescribed a crapload of maintenance drugs to stay alive because you’re overweight and don’t exercise.  Oh, wait – that sounds like me.

Excuse me, I think I’ll go make myself a bologna sandwich on white bread…

A Week into the Crochet-A-Long…

…where I appear to be the only one engaged in it! LOL No matter. I’m making something I want and I just wanted company.  I have finished the blocks and am now working on the face features.  It is SMALL.  The title should have been more along the lines of “Pumpkin Face Towel” or “Pumpkin Face Baby Blanket”!  I hadn’t really planned on using it heavily, so this fits in with my interior decorating scheme called White Trash Bed and Breakfast look.  On the plus side,  I’m going faster than I had anticipated, so if you’re on the fence about joining in with me, here’s the pattern link.  I guarantee it won’t mess up your Christmas projects schedule as it has taken me so very little time to get where I am now, and I haven’t been going full-speed on it.  In fact, as you can see by my video, I’ve even had time to trash a square and still be this far.

Talk to you all later – mwah!

Crochet-A-Long Progress and a Surprising Endorsement

I don’t know how many of you, if any, are starting your Pumpkin Face Throw with me, so I’ll assume some of you are and just haven’t chimed in.  I wanted to share a technique with you that will minimize the gap when joining in the round.  Please click here for the video!

I also wanted to mention that my blog views have been going off the chart (for me, at least!) because Lion Brand Yarn mentioned my Halloweenie Beanie in their Twitter feed – !  I was thrilled that one of my favorite and most frequently used yarn companies;

1.) Actually noticed my work among thousands of other offerings online

2.) Were kind enough to share the info

I mean, it’s not an Oscar or a Grammy Award, but, hey – for those of us who knit and crochet, it’s pretty special!

Post script – Lion Brand also shared this on their Facebook page – eee!

Oh. My. God.

You’re probably wondering “What’s with the title?” I’ll tell you.  I am going to write about the misunderstandings a long-term marriage can experience when it comes to the wife going into a yarn shop.  You know, Oh, I’ll be right in and out because I know exactly what I want.  Now…I did tell him that; HOWEVER, that was only if we went to the grocery store first, then went to Jo-Ann Crafts.  But it didn’t work that way.  We went to Jo-Ann’s first, so I felt I had a little time to play.  Big mistake.  I have never seen my husband of 31 years just keep dogging me to leave.  I was actually a little sneaky, a little willful in wanting to look at all the yarn.  I had another project in mind for a friend, and I thought, well, while we’re here…you know.  But still, he kept bothering me and bothering me until I threw up my hands in frustration and said OK!  Let’s leave.  I think next time we’re out running around and he decides to drop into his hobby shops, instead of waiting patiently in the car with the air conditioner running and all my apps going on my cell phone, I’ll go with him and start whining like a two year-old, “What, you’re not done yet?”  The war is on!  LOL

Oh, and a post script.  You may notice a have a size “I” crochet hook lying innocently among the yarn, and you may be thinking What?  She doesn’t have an “I” hook?!  I want to assure you, that yes, yes I do have an “I” hook, but I’m slowly changing over to the more ergonomically correct hooks in order to alleviate my carpal tunnel symptoms.

Post-post script.  Ok, so maybe I was just having an off day and being a strong, independent woman (and other words that don’t mean “bitch”).  See you in the funny pages!

Here are the colors for the CAL blankie! Ain’t they purty?