Goldi's Locks of Yarn

My place to discuss my raging obsession with yarn and crochet along with happenings in my life and the world at large

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Quick Saturday update

Well, it's been awhile since I made a post here, s'pose I should get cuttin'! Past week was a bit of a rough ride, but then what else is new? I get tired of singing that same old sorry tune. I bore myself with it, don't feel like boring anybody else either.

After much heavy procrastinating, I got the first lawn-mowing of the season done this afternoon, and cleaned out the garage for good measure. My hands are already hurting - back yard is a pretty hefty size and the ground is very uneven so I have to maintain a tight grip on the mower throughout. I'm hoping it doesn't impede my ability to crochet tonight!

Meeps continues to be a major pest, especially whenever I'm on the computer. She doesn't bother me at all when I sit in the living room and crochet, but let me get on this keyboard and start doing some serious typing, and she's reaching through the back of my chair and poking me in the butt, or hooking a paw around my arm, or - even worse, jumping up to bite it! When I get up to see what she wants, she leads me to the living room... Guess she's telling me I need to be doing more crocheting and less browsing! Still, I wish she would cut it out, it's extremely annoying, especially when she does it repeatedly while I'm trying to write something, interrupts my train of thought (which lately isn't all that hard to do anyway).

Tomorrow, I will be making the 75 mile-odd journey to go see mom for awhile, it's been a few months already. I don't know if I can finish up the market bag I started for her, I'm almost out of the Lily yarn I was using, and though there isn't much left to do, I don't think I have enough. I've been watching out for it, but it's the one color that never seems to be on the shelves everywhere I've gone for the past month or so! No doubt, it's available online, but I just don't have the funds to be able to buy online, especially such a small quantity. The shipping would be far more than the ball of yarn I need.

Well, Phil is here - I had promised to put some new covers on the front of his speakers. Once that's done, there just may be a nap in my near future... Maybe I'll get a chance to post more later, if there's anything exciting to talk about.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

I've been blessed! RAOK!

Haven't got much time left before I have to call it a night, but I just had to share this. I was feeling down when I got home from work tonight, after spending most of my hour driving home and thinking about my acute money problems. I keep coming up short at bill-paying time, I've calculated it will take at least 3 paychecks to get back on the other side of the bills, if I can find some assistance getting there. It's just been one of those snowball kind of things that's been hard to break out of, especially when overtime has been so hard to come by, and due to the depressive episode, I missed a golden opportunity earlier this month to take advantage of it. Anyway, don't want to travel down that road again, once a day is enough...

When I got home, I decided to just sit for a little while and crochet before turning on my computer, since far too often I find the evening has flown by and I haven't even had a chance to pick up a hook, and I really needed to work some yarn through my fingers. It was a few minutes before 9 pm when I finally got online and downloaded my email...

And I found the most wonderful surprise waiting for me there! A wonderful anonymous fairy godmother from Crochetville had gifted me with some of the patterns I had indicated I most wanted in my wish list! I received the set of 3 shawl patterns and the poncho top pattern from LaVonne, also known as Angela Best! Check these out! I was absolutely thunderstruck! What a wonderful thing this was, and it couldn't have come at a better time! I am already mentally reviewing my yarn stash and plotting which pattern to dig into first.

I am just so grateful to have found such a wonderful place as Crochetville. It is populated by the greatest group of crafty people ever, and I am proud to say I'm a member of this group. And though I may be short on money at the present time, there are still some ways I can keep this lovely generous energy going by passing it on, and I am looking forward to doing just that very soon!

I am also in consultation with a couple of gals who have offered their generous assistance with helping me to make some changes to my blog, so don't be surprised if you see this page go through some makeovers in the near future! I am so glad to have their help as I just haven't had the time to try and figure this stuff out on my own.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Seraphina Takes Flight!

I'm pretty excited - my Seraphina Shawl is done! For me, it's a record, especially considering how much ripping back I did on this project. I added some braided ties to it though the way this
hangs over the shoulders they were probably not needed. I love it!
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I made this as a shorter "working" version similar to the one that Doni mentioned in her pattern write-up. For this particular yarn, I didn't feel a longer version would be good, it's a heavy material as it is. I used Red Heart Casual Cot'n for this in the color Spice. This one is more reminiscent of an Autumn day, and I expect that is when I will get my most wear out of this shawl.

But since we're having unseasonably cool weather here, I figure I'll take advantage of it and wear this tomorrow before I set it aside for my summery things.

I definitely plan to make more of these shawls, in fact my next planned one will be made using the KnitPicks Shimmer laceweight in the color Morning Mist, as soon as I finish up on some other projects. I antipate the next shawl to go much easier now that I have the pattern down and - keeping fingers crossed! - won't be making so many dumb mistakes.

Seraphina

Here are a couple of progress pics of my Seraphina Shawl. I started on this project last Sunday. This first pic was taken Monday evening.

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I had a few dates at the frog pond, thanks to silly errors combined with errors caused due to confusion over the pattern, but by Friday night, when the second shot was taken, I'd managed to iron out the kinks, and thanks to extremely careful review of the stitches in each row before proceeding to the next, I've managed to avoid having to rip great amounts of my work out
anymore. I am now anticipating having this project completed in the next day or so, depending on other factors.

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I will post a final pic once it's done, and discuss the yarn used at that time. For now, I'm (finally) off to bed, which is where I should have been quite a long while ago!

Misc late-night ramblings

After a bit of futzing around, I managed to get my new blog button up on the sidebar. Don't it look purdy? I just love it! For all you bloggers, feel free to download it and link to my blog!

It's been a frustratingly slow day today online. My browsing experience has been a real challenge, with the "resolving host" issue interfering for most of the day today. Some days I can go browsing around with very little in the way of these delays, and then there are some days... Today was one of those! It's been so bad that I have spent a good deal of time crocheting between page views, and other times I would get tired of waiting and go wandering off to do other things - and once even went off to take a nap! I haven't even signed into my bloglines today, it's almost not worth bothering.

This is the issue that started the slide to the crash-pond for my main computer. I had tried to get the matter addressed by SBC with the usual frustrating experience with a customer service person who's primary language was not shared by me insisting we go through the usual script and repeatedly insisting the problem resided within my computer and not with their system. Finally, one of the supposed "fixes" suggested was to uninstall and then reinstall the software that handles the connection, Enternet. With their original installation disk in hand and a bit of trepidation in my heart, I began. The uninstall went through smoothly. Now for the reinstall. I popped the disk into my drive...

...and it started up automatically, ready to begin a new installation. No matter what I tried, I could not get around it in order to access the file I needed to reinstall the one piece of software. The only options allowed were to perform a complete install of all the software, or quit. I couldn't even view the contents of the disk!

While I was struggling with that issue, something must have happened that Windows didn't like, because at around this time, I got the dreaded "blue screen of death." Subsequent reboots saw the system get worse and worse until finally, I couldn't bring up anything at all.

That was back in November, and I've been on this backup system ever since. With my son-in-law's help, I got Windows reinstalled, but I haven't had the time, patience or focus to spend the large quantities of time required to get all of my programs back on. I had gotten enough done that I should have been able to use it again, but am having yet another technical issue happening that has kept me on this backup long after I thought I'd finally be back.

I was going to try and work on it today, but I didn't manage to get around to it. Maybe tomorrow...

Phil surprised me with a gift of yarn today, which was nice as I was decidedly depressed over the fact that I had not been able to take advantage of the fantastic 50% coupons I had from JoAnns. He found it at a thrift shop, 6 CONES of it! It's all basic acrylic, but that didn't matter to me - it was YARN! Yes, I admit it - I am addicted!

As a little bonus, they had also tossed in a pattern booklet, this one was from Herschnerr's, with six lovely afghan patterns in it. He said there was more of those. He called them magazines, though who knows what else was there? I think I'm going to have to go check this shop out myself, soon!

Also at the shop was a knitting machine, available for $25!!! Oh, if only I could have squeezed that out of my budget! But then of course, I came to my senses as I realized I had nowhere in this house to set a knitting machine up anyway.

Well, I've rambled enough. I have one more post to make for tonight, this time with pics. And then I think it will be time to call it a night. I can't believe it's this late again already! Where does the time go?

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Ecstatic!

I've been RAOK'd! I now have a button for my blog - and I LOVE IT! Is this not beautiful, or what? Let me answer that: It is PERFECT! So, to whoever you are (this was sent to me as an
anonymous gift), THANK YOU! I never in a million years would have been able to come up with a button that would have satisfied me as well as this one - in fact, I tried and got nowhere. I have downloaded it and placed a "working copy" in my photobuckets, and will be using this happily everywhere I can!

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I'm Okay, You're Okay, the computer could use a little help

I have been wanting to post an update to my blog for several days now, but found it near impossible to set the crocheting down long enough to do so. My weeknights tend to zoom right past me anyway and I long ago quit trying to keep up. But my solution of "leave it till the weekend" hasn't been working too good either - they're just not long enough for the formidable to-do lists I manage to amass!

Besides crocheting, foremost on this weekend's list of things to do with urgency is to stop procrastinating and get to work on my primary computer so I can switch back to it. This backup I'm on just drives me batty: slower than molasses in January when it isn't acting up, and no sound. None. Not even a "you've got mail" sound! My main computer has a dvd-rom on it, I could be watching movies while I crochet fer cryin' out loud! In case you're wondering why I need my computer to watch movies, that's because I presently don't own a tv. No stereo either. I wouldn't mind having a stereo, but the tv I can live without, don't miss it. When I did have one, I used it only for watching movies anyway.

My main computer went kerfluey on me back in November, thanks to my efforts at trying to fix a seriously annoying problem that I am beginning to think is unfixable (I have the same issue on this computer), it seems to be a problem originating with my service provider which naturally is inclined to insist that the problem resides in my own computer's configurations. Foolishly, I was following their suggestions in trying to eliminate my "resolving host" problems when Windows took a belly-flop and never got back up. It was a month before I got that problem fixed via my son-in-law, but by that time I was deep into my crochet and couldn't set aside the required time to get everything else reconfigured, and so it has sat here, collecting dust. Which isn't hard to do in a house with a colony of Chernobyl-style dust bunnies running around terrorizing my poor cat! Spring cleaning is seriously overdue here...

Well, once again, I managed to miss WIP Wednesday. I've been alternating working on my summer scarf project with making the Seraphina Shawl. It took me awhile to get my head wrapped around the pattern increase sequences. Even so, the pattern's not that difficult - as long as one is not plagued with a tendency to frequently forget to finishe shell stitches. I figure I've probably almost made three of these dang shawls if you count the number of stitches I've put into it (and then frogged). Wednesday, I had to rip back FIVE whole rows! Managed to get myself back to where I was when I discovered the error that required that drastic action, and then got two more rows done, almost. At which point I discovered a spot toward the beginning of the first row where instead of putting the 3dc-ch2-3dc, I'd put 3dc-ch2-1dc... *sigh*

So, for lunch today, I munched some more yarn, as I frogged the 2 rows, and I'm now again moving forward having gotten them caught up. I'm so danged nervous about my penchant for dropping multiple stitches that I keep stopping to check my shells. [knock wood], I won't be having anymore of these stupid errors.

Well, I do have a pic to post on Seraphina, but I'm practically blind with exhaustion so it will have to wait until tomorrow. So, until then!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Hardest thing to do...

I wrote this little rant yesterday, and then chickened out and drafted it, wasn't sure if I wanted to post any of this. But as I've been browsing through the blogs of others, I am finding it easier to relate with those who are brave and honest enough to share their struggles as well as their joys, and it helps me to understand them better. So, with the thought toward allowing folks a bit of a peek into my private world, I will go ahead and post this. And then I'm off for a desperately-needed nap before starting the frantic dash toward the end of my weekend, trying to catch up all the things I'd wanted and meant to do over the past two days and didn't seem to manage to get there. As purging as it may be, I don't know that I'll be making a habit of this. I'd much rather just talk about all things yarn here.

My Saturday morning ramblings...

I'm struggling. I mean really struggling, on all levels. I just got off the phone with my landlord, a call I had to spend my entire morning screwing up the courage to make. Rent was due yesterday. Haven't got it, won't have it until my next paycheck, which will arrive the day after my bankruptcy hearing. I knew I was in trouble by the end of last summer, should have filed then but had been hoping (illogically, it seems) that some miracle would come along and render it unnecessary. My finances have been in a state of total collapse ever since, despite every effort I've made to improve them. In fact, many of my efforts only served to sink me further. I have never been more than a day or two late with the rent in the 3 years I've lived here, this is a first (and, I pray, the last), and it was the hardest thing to do to call him to let him know it would be another two weeks before I could come up with it.

The problem was that if I paid the rent, I would have absolutely ZERO money to live on for the next two weeks. Gas for my car (just for driving to and from work, no additional excursions) is running me about $120.00 per pay period (that works out to about $60 a week)! I was overdue on a couple of other bills and absolutely had to get them caught up this time. And it would certainly have been nice to be able to buy even a little bit of food over the next couple of weeks. Luckily, I don't eat all that much anyway, but still... Worst of all, I discovered I'd managed to forget to record a deduction out of my checking account and overdrew it by $14 the day before payday - and that cost me another $30 I didn't have! They just keep sinking you!

To make matters worse, depression has flattened me. I haven't had a depressive episode this severe in nearly 10 years, and it has a "new" element that I only recently recognized and acknowledged, something I've been suffering from for over four years and didn't even realize it: severe anxiety, the kind that causes hyperventilation. I've struggled with that one every blessed day, especially when I have to leave the house for any reason. I won't pin an "excuse" label on it for my chronic tardiness at work, though it is a major reason for it - it is a battle for me to force myself to get ready and leave the house every single morning. The potential threat of losing my job only adds to the burden. Sometimes I feel totally helpless in the face of it.

I've already had several meetings with my manager over the tardiness issue. She's been understanding, but even so, understanding can only go so far. She is pressuring me to go on antidepressants again. It has been nearly ten years since I weaned myself off the prozac, and knowing what we do now about these powerful drugs, I really don't want to be forced to go back on them. I was lucky to get off the prozac without any side effects the last time, I can't say I'd be so lucky this time. Yeah, I've got insurance that would cover most of the cost, but ironically, at this time I really can't even afford the deductibles to go see the doctor (once I find a new one, we switched insurance plans yet AGAIN, this makes 3 times in 3 years!) and to fill the prescription. And then I worry, what if I were to lose my job? Those drugs aren't cheap, and neither is insurance, especially the COBRA insurance. I wouldn't be able to afford that, and at the time when I would be at my most vulnerable, I'd have to quit taking them - and keep my fingers crossed I don't have adverse reactions like so many people.

It seems like there's an awful lot of people on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills nowadays, most are taking them just so they can maintain a "normal" life, some in order to save their jobs (like I am being forced to contemplate). Even my boss, who is pressuring me to get on them, is on them. There is something very wrong in our society if people must take drugs just to cope with everyday living. Everything is out of balance, and I suspect that folks like me, who are having to take these drugs, are more sensitive than most to these imbalances, yet we aren't being given any acceptable alternatives. Yeah, it can be very depressing.

For some reason, April has always been my hardest month, with December following a close second. I don't know what it is about this time of year that makes it so hard, or at least I used to not have a clue. One would think that the promise of spring with the hint of longer, brighter warmer days beyond would be a pick-me-up instead of the downer it always seems to be. I don't know. But ever since I lost my son to suicide four years ago this past Wednesday, April has been harder and harder for me to get through. This month (and this past week especially), I've often felt like I was hanging on by a fragile thread. My financial burdens have certainly not helped the situation, at all. I often feel like I'm living on the razor's edge, not a very comfortable feeling. And I'm just not sure that getting on these drugs will be in my best interests. I remember one gal at work who confided she was on them and stated that they took her personality away. She had always been a very bouncy, lively person, but then we all noticed she had become very subdued. Okay, so maybe it numbs you to the existantial angst and pain you may be feeling, but do we honestly need to be voluntarily turning ourselves into happy little corporate robots? That is how I feel about it.

But I'm going to have to make a decision soon. No matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to get the internal engines revved quickly enough in the morning to make it out the door by my self-imposed deadline in order to arrive at work on time. By the time I make it there, I'm a nervous wreck and in internal chaos, silently cussing myself out for being such a screw-up. It's just not a good way to start the day!

And that reminds me, I had received some very valuable suggestions from a friend regarding working with our "inner saboteurs", those parts of ourselves that seem to so often hijack our good intentions and make a total mess of it all. She was unaware of my situation when she wrote about that, but as I have so often experienced, it was information I really needed. Now all I have to do is pin myself down to working with it according to her suggestions. My saboteurs are running rampant and need to be reminded that whatever happens to me, happens to "them" too! Maybe that will help to tame them.

My crochet activities have been a slender lifeline for me, the one thing that is keeping me hanging on and helping me to get through my days. If I didn't have that, I don't know, they'd probably find me curled into a fetal position in a corner of my bedroom. That's far too often what I feel like doing.

I don't particularly enjoy writing and displaying my "negative baggage" much, but something inside me is insisting it's time I dropped the "happy face" for a short bit and purge this stuff. Perhaps it will make me feel better and I'll be able to get my energies unstuck, so I can actually do something today.

Sunday update: Well, the energies did not get unstuck, at least not enough to induce me to get dressed and tackle some much-needed housework. I spent the entire day alternating between two of my crochet projects and browsing online, pretty much like I do every weekend (and weeknights too). I usually don't get that burst of energy to accomplish even the bare necessities of preparing for work the next day until late on Sunday evening, and then I get semi-crazed about it because I'm running out of time. What a vicious circle!

I'm tired now, so I'm going to go take a nap. Every little bit helps and I'm also chronicly short on sleep lately, can't seem to sleep more than 5 hours at a stretch - and that's a lot.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

(Oh, heck with it! I tried to post the WIP Wednesday button here, but for whatever reason, it's refusing to display, only the line of code is showing up, so I'm deleting it. Maybe I'll get it figured out by next Wednesday.)

Squeeking in under the wire tonight. It's been a helluva day emotionally (and just received the disturbing news of a friend's cat dying on her suddenly and without warning - my heart goes out to you morgana) so this little diversion is welcome.

I only have one item to display for my wip projects, though it isn't the only thing going. This is the moving-right-along "Trendy Tweed Tote" I am making from the pattern in the September 2004 issue of Crochet!. It is made with one strand Homespun Nouveau and one strand Chenille Thick and Quick in Wine and Periwinkle. Below is the body of the tote, 13 more rows to finish that, then the side strips and handles. I've mostly been working on this one here and there during bad weather day lunch breaks (which are all of a half hour long). With any luck, this'll be done in about a month or so...

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I also have my summer scarf project in the works. All other projects are pretty much on hold until I get that done, except for the tote. In the next few days, I want to put a list together of all my wims (now that's gonna be an impressive list!), in the process of reviewing my yarn stash for this list, I may even see about getting a pic or two (or...) of it posted.

Hopefully by next Wednesday, I will have some new wips to report - I hope so! There are several I've been itching to move from the wim list to the wip list. Okay, deadline is running down, gotta post this puppy!

Always my baby

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October 15, 1980 - April 13, 2001

Momma loves you...

A Mother's love affair

This pic was taken a few days after Anthony was born.  We were sooo in love!  This was in October of 1980.
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Monday, April 11, 2005

Couldn't resist trying this quiz

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.


What kind of yarn are you?
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Me? Harsh? Well, I never...!

Mush, baby - that's me!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

You know it's Spring when...

...the first daffodils start blooming. These little beauties caught me completely by surprise because they are located on the side of my house that I rarely see - opposite from my driveway. I was out front, tidying up the yard from wind-blown refuse when I spied them and had to immediately run inside to grab my camera for this little photo-op. The daffies by my back door have at least another week to go before they will be ready for their spring show.
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Last week's double rainbow experience

I meant to post this last weekend but got too busy and then forgot about it, until now...

Alas, this pic isn't the greatest - it was taken with a phone camera, which was all that was on hand at the time. But this rainbow was SO spectacular that I feel you might be able to get at least a little bit of an idea even from this crappy shot, which was taken by my friend and coworker Stan. It was, I believe, Tuesday, March 29th when we had this event, shortly after a very ominous-looking but relatively meek storm passed through the area. It was late in the afternoon, nearly 6 pm (this was before the time change) and the sun burst through the clouds in the west, bathing the area in an ethereal golden glow, which I was first to notice and be awestruck. Stan spotted the rainbow first when he got up to look out the window. It was a perfect full-arched double rainbow, which we found out later from another coworker who was on the road at the time, we could only see the northern half from our office windows, and it lasted nearly a full half hour! The dark band in the middle only served to accentuate the brilliant colors. This was truly breath-taking!

Of course, none of us had our digital cameras with us that day, but Stan did have his camera phone. I did browse around on the weather underground website to see if anyone else posted a better picture of this rainbow, but couldn't find any, boo hoo! So this camera-phone shot will have to do.

There is something truly magical about rainbows!
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Pretty basket of yarn

While I'm taking this break from my project, I figured I might as well share this. I need to put the fabric liner together that I purchased for this raffia basket (one of two) that I received for my birthday from Phil, but until then, a trusty old plastic bag is doing the duty of protecting my yarn from getting snagged on the rough surfaces of this neat basket. I just thought this was such a lusciously colorful sight, this little basket of baby yarn, that I had to take a picture of it, so here it is!
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I will add that some of this yarn is being used in my scarf pattern - 4 of the colors to be exact, along with another yarn which will remain incognito for now (in case Becky takes a peek at my blog!). There will be plenty of yarn left over for some other project I might care to tackle in the near future as well. I couldn't resist stocking up on this yarn when Hobby Lobby had a "blowout baby yarn sale" a couple of weeks ago.

This is the Bernat Baby Coordinates pompadour yarn which is some of the brightest baby pastels available. Most baby yarn is so "pale" in comparison, and I don't much care for the "washed out" look of those pastels. These colors positively glow, in a gentle way. I love it!

Frustration is my middle name...

I cannot BELIEVE it! I have been working away on my summer scarf project for Becky, was really anticipating making great strides on it this weekend. Quite frankly, I am not the speediest crocheter, and I also can't resist doing experimental things that are, well, let's just say not simple. It took me over a week of playing around with the yarn until I settled on an idea and a pattern to go with it that I felt would be something a gal in Arizona might like for a summer scarf.

Yesterday, I didn't make as much progress as I would have liked, but that was because I got all caught up in trying to accomplish another thing I'd been trying to do for awhile - get the buttons installed on my blog. And, I did lose part of the day taking care of mundane errands and even entertaining a visitor for a little bit. So I didn't crochet as much as I would have liked, though I did manage to lay down most of two rows (let me add that I am working this scarf in sectional pieces, with the main body being worked lengthwise). Today, I dunno, I've just been massively scatterbrained all day long, and my project has suffered for it! I was rolling along nicely, having gotten one whole row done and was about halfway through the second row when - gasp! - I discovered a major blunder at that point on the preceding row! Nothing demoralizes me faster than having to rip out a large amount of work due to stupid errors on my part!

I let it sit for awhile and went off to do other things, and finally returned to it, determined to quickly work my way through the painful process of ripping and redoing the two rows. I was very attentive and careful as I redid that first row, to make sure I didn't repeat the error (of ommission, if you must know, having missed an entire pattern repeat - rather hard to ignore and hide). A few stitches from the end of the row, I again reviewed my just completed work - and discovered that I'd made ANOTHER glaring error, totally different but equally as devastating! And this one had been repeated almost completely across the entire row! WTF!!! WHERE is my brain??? If this is what menopause does to the braincells, just shoot me! I don't believe this!

I will, once again, go back to my project and rip out the row, and redo it, because I REFUSE to be conquered by a little bit of fluffy yarn!

And if it happens again, I'm finding the nearest bridge...

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Jackie's Generosity!

Receiving this package yesterday just made my day, Jackie - you have NO idea how much! I am super-thrilled with this thread, the colors are absolutely GORGEOUS! And the little extra surprises just about brought tears to my eyes. My daughter, unsurprisingly, loves the purple-hued colorway. I love them all, and am already in deep contemplation on what they all will become. I may see if I can match up one of the colors in the orange and purple threads to make a thread shawl, with beaded highlights... And with the hook you provided in hand, I'm all set to go! I know I'll be getting lots of wear out of that adorable bracelet too - in fact, I wore it all day yesterday! Thank you SO much, Jackie, for this wonderful return, makes me wish I could have sent you more than just a magazine! You're the best!
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Glory Hallelujah!

To the right, you will now see the fruits of some very hard labor, lol! I have now finally managed to add a few buttons to my blog. The hardest part, for me, has been collecting the information and then getting it collated so that I could write the code into the proper spot in the template. Whew! Lots more to go, but this is going to be it for now - I have some other posts to make, both here and at Crochetville, and I want to get back to my crocheting!

I've just been finding it so hard to concentrate on these little technical details lately. That's not like me - anyone that knows me would tell you that "detail" is my middle name, or at least it used to be until recently. You don't end up in an accounting job unless you're "into" details. And yes, it's been hard there too, but fortunately I always manage to catch my mistakes before they cross the disaster line. I sure hope this condition is very short-lived, I never appreciated that talent until it went awol on me. I'd heard that the dreaded "M" condition can be known to turn women's brains to mush, but was hoping to escape that fate. Not lookin' good!

Anyway, on to the more fun things! And hopefully, I will be able to start adding more buttons and links and other fun stuff to my blog now that I've crawled over the hump of my first attempt. Little by little, I'm getting there!

Friday, April 08, 2005

Tried to post this earlier...

Okay, so I twice tried to post this to my blog via remote emailing, and it just would not make it through. So I sent this to myself at home, and will now (keeping fingers crossed) post it directly. Because I want to keep the feelings I had when I wrote this intact, I will not make any changes to it. I may not get to the picture-taking session until tomorrow, as I'm running out of gas (stayed up waaay too late last night, filling out the form to join the Summer Secret Pals Swap, silly me), though I will definitely have them up presto quicko!

Here's what I tried to post:
Just got back from the Fedex facility, where my package from Jackie was sitting, burning a hole in my mind, lol! Jackie, you sweetie! Not only did I receive the 4 balls of incredibly beautiful thread I was anticipating, but also a strand of the lovely green AND a strand of coral pearl beads, a steel crochet hook (suitable, I am sure, for working with this thread) AND one of her lovely crocheted flower bracelets! I am SPEECHLESS! Since I am wearing a bright pink poncho over a turquoise striped white blouse, the bracelet immediately found it's way to my wrist, and I will be wearing it proudly all day today. I KNOW I will be receiving lots of comments about it, too. Pics tonight, I promise! Thank you SO MUCH Jackie - you really brightened my day with these lovely little surprises!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

I know it doesn't look like it...

but progress is being made - really it is! It's just, well... slow. I don't know if it's just an "age" thing (I'll try to stay away from the "M" word, lol!), but I seem to be operating on fewer cylinders than when I was younger, the rest are refusing to budge. Hard as I try, I just can't seem to stay focused on these technical things long enough to get to the finish line. But I'll get there, eventually... It's embarrassing, actually, as I used to be pretty darn good at this sort of thing. I don't know where my brain snuck off to on this one!

Of course, it's too late for me to even think of trying to tackle it now, so (yet again) I'll try to get to it tomorrow. And if too many "tomorrows" stack up, I'm throwing in the towel and begging for help.

In the meantime, I'm spending most of my time (and brainpower) playing around with ideas for my summer scarf project, looking for that "just right" combination that clicks so that I can get down to making this project. I'm very close now, I'm happy to report!

I'm also going to take the plunge and sign up for the Summer Secret Pal swap on Crochetville. I'm pretty strapped for cash right now, but I figure I can handle the minimum requirements which are spread out over a 3 month time period. And I can tell already this will be fun!

Tonight, I will wrap things up with a few more rows laid down on my tote bag project, which is moving along nicely, albeit slowly, just like everything else in my life at present - except the time!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

This is it! Today's the day...

I grab myself by the ears and force myself to figure out this thing with blogs and links and buttons and things. I just need to spend a little time, focusing and concentrating, and not allowing myself to get distracted by other things...

I am a member of Crochetville, and I want everybody to know about it! It's probably the greatest little forum I've ever had the pleasure of frequenting, and I'm making lots of great new friends there. But to look at my blog, you would never know it! I especially need to learn how to snag those cute little buttons for the swaps I'm participating in, not to mention those for the blogs of other Crochetville members that I often visit, as well as links to my favorite sources for yarns and patterns and all things crochet. It's not that hard, I know it's not. So I will take the time I need to get this figured out, and then do it!

I've whined enough about my lack of time. I'm no busier than anybody else, in fact others are much more busy than I! I just need to overcome my easy distractibility and stay focused to the task at hand until I get it done!

Today is definitely the day!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

I think he likes it!

Do ya think? LOL! What a nut! This would be Mr. Phil, and these pictures are a perfect representation of his personality - hat and all!
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I washed the afghan earlier today, before bringing it to him, and I have to say it was extremely soft coming out of the dryer. Wow! Yeah, this afghan was made to be cuddled! And it works perfectly with his decor too.

He's happy. I'm pleased.

Limbo

Took these shots of my almost done afghan Thursday. One more day of waiting (till Friday) and then it's off to the yarn store for more Roccoco.
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This has to be the most frustrating feeling of all! There was just enough yarn to make it halfway past the next decrease to the top of the next point, and no more. So close, and yet so far!
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Fortunately, it is now Saturday, and I can say with great happiness that this project is now done! I will have pics to post as soon as I bring this gift to the recipient and will have a photo shoot of it in it's new home. He couldn't wait to see it and talked me into giving him a "sneak peek" earlier, while it was in the process of being washed and dried. I can also report that it came out of the dryer even softer - it's almost slippery, it's so soft! This is going to be one very cuddly afghan, perfect for curling up on a couch to watch a movie!