Monday, July 18, 2005

Ugh, Monday, again?

I've decided to put aside the baby blanket from hell for a bit, I've decided to frog it back to where the troubles began and rework it form there. It shouldn't take too long to do it, but working up the energy will. I've been so drained lately.

In other crochet news I've decided to use a ball of Aunt Lydia's "denim" quick crochet thread to make a doily for my kitchen table. I just have ot find the right pattern. Something pineapple-ish. The nice thing is that I can pick a pretty pattern for a tiny doily and it will turn out bigger because of the thicker thread and larger hook. It's 75% cotton and 25% acrylic and a really pretty color of sage green, I'd say. I think I got it in a swap or RAOK somewhere along the line. Speaking of RAOK yarns. Several months back along with a bunch of books for Geof Deneen sent me some chenille yarn...I'm talking BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL stuff too. I feel quilty for not having something made already but the yarn is being shy and not telling me what it wants to bemade into. I suppose when the time is right and the perfect pattern comes along I'll know. For now I just sit here with it in my lap, stroking it like perfect little kitty. Ok, not really, that would be creepy, but I do like to look at it.

You regular visitor(s) out there may have noticed that I no longer have other folks' buttons in the sidebar over there ---> Instead I'm like totally blogrolling !! Here are a couple newbies to the line up that deserve a look!
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Also in the crafting vein I ran across this site yesterday and thought I'd share. It's like Ebay but for all handmade crafts. It's really cool. I haven't done much exploring over there but it really seems like a great idea! Enjoy!

Have a great day everyone!!

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Baby Blanket From Hell

Yesterday I was working on a baby blanket that I'm ashamed to say I've been working on since probably March. The baby was born in April. I'm never usually this horrible with getting things finished. I just haven't had the will power to see this thing through. I'm super close to being semi-finished. After that I'll have to weave in a gazillion ends and add a sweet border. I decided to lay it out and check my progress. Holy crap! It is so embarrassingly wonky that I thought that I'd have to frog a third of it. But when I folded it back up all the ends met perfectly and looked like something Martha Stewart would fold!! When it's spread out on the floor no amount of adjusting seems to remedy the wonkiness, and I'm talking a good 2.5 inches off. Here, I'll draw a picture for your viewing pleasure...

Now, imagine if you will that sides, A, B, & C are all perfectly straight and that the "problem area" is actually one third of the length of that side. Also, imagine that the blanket is alternating rows of blue and white. I had a little too much fun coloring this doodle. Now I ask, how can something that is this off fold up so nicely? I think it's grown attached to me and refuses to be completed. It is awfully warm and snuggly. Oh well, if at first you don't succeed, fry fry a hen, right?

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Monday, July 11, 2005

Sup, Homeslice

So did you miss me? I didn't think so. I'm very inspired to crochet lately, but I've got no motivation at all. I like to look at my (yarn) stash...I've been doing that a lot lately. It's all acrylic except for maybe 2 skeins. That really kills my inspiration/motivation right there. The weather has been really humid lately too, so that doesn't help anything. I have gotten my patterns picked out for several Christmas gifts. However, the thought of being buried under an afghan in this heat makes me want to vomit all over my shoes. I would love to raid a yarn store for some natural fibers, but I hate to buy more yarn right now. I have a decent sized stash that I really need to do something with plus I'm such a freaking tight wad, that I feel horrible when I do buy something for myself. Buying yarn for gift making is fun. Maybe I'll win the lottery someday! I'll have to with the way gas prices are behaving. I can't afford to drive much at all. We're hoping to get a new car sometime this with better gas mileage. Right now our only car is a 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass......hold on I'll try to find a picture of one online for we go (that was harder than I thought!)

This is not my actual car. Mine has a complete grill and is currently painted orange and blue courtesy of my husband in honor of the Fighting Illini. However, it is mistaken for the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard. Yeah. She's an ugly beast but bless her heart if she didn't make it all the way to Miami and back. Boy did we get some looks there!! HAHAHA!! Her next paint job will be my project. I'm going to paint her like a giant peacock. That way if she must draw attention, I'd rather not be mistaken for a poor dipshit, but rather an artsy dipshit. Anyhoo, the hood and front quarter panels will be blue with the peacocks head painted on the hood. The rest of the car will be the feathers. I have some before pictures that I'll post the next time I'm at my parents' place (they have a scanner). Until next time...

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