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

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The latest wrinkle in my plans

I can't say I've been in the grandest of moods lately, my excuse for remaining silent the past few days. I'm still not really in the mood to talk about it all that much, so I won't. I will say that I am getting excited over the impending visit of my best friend now two weeks away! In honor of the pleasure of her presence, I am (feverishly) working on a couple of small projects for her, of which I can't reveal much until the visit is past. As usual, though, there are obstacles to getting my work done in the place where I need to be doing it!

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(as usual, my hand betrayed me by shaking as I snapped the picture. I swear I can't hold that camera steady to save my life lately!)

So, what else is new? It seems that this has become her favorite napping spot during the day. I know I can just wake her up and shoo her off, but she always gets her revenge when I do, so I've been trying to find ways to accomodate Her Royal Highness and still get something accomplished. It's never easy, ya know?

Hopefully, I can relocate my sunnier self. In the meantime, it's back to my secret projects.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

It's been five years...

I decided, after starting to write one of my usual long-winded posts, to let pics do most of the talking for me this year. I picked out a small handful of pictures that I felt would be a good representation of who Anthony was. He was a boy of few words, for the most part, but I think his personality shines through particularly well in these shots, taken over the course of his short life.

A few days old, with mom and big sister
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Portrait at 3
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I love the shining look he gives his sister here!
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He was always happiest when bestowing hugs on the lucky recipients - I miss this most of all. Here, he shares his love with gramma and auntie
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I chose this pic to include not because he was a huge sports fan (he wasn't really), but the slightly "clowning around" feel you get from him, and he just looks so darn cute here.
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Bob was involved in the "entertainment" aspect of Windy City Wrestling, which had periodic shoots for their televised events. Thus Anthony and I got to participate as audience members for these film shoots, and Anthony got to have his pic taken with one of the wrestlers and Bob, as "Fingers Fontaine", the gangster "protecting" the wrestler. It was all camp, it was a lot of fun, and Anthony had trouble keeping from laughing about it all, as you can see in the second shot.

With Iron Mike Sampson and "Fingers Fontaine"
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With "Fingers"
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With baby Meeps, who loved to chew and bite even at that tender age!
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With "big sis" Paula
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With Zoie and Punkinhead
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With Bella, relaxing on the couch
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Picture taken at Aunty Juliana's house on Thanksgiving 2000. This was the picture chosen for display at the memorial/wake
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I miss you baby.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I am thrilled to report that I have completed my Iris Seraphina - yay! Tied on the last of the fringe late Monday night. I was rather busy all day yesterday and out for the evening so I'm running behind in my planned schedule to blog about it. Here she is!
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And a closeup shot of the stitches at the point
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Ironically, after living with her for a day, I am actually contemplating adding more fringe. Initially I wanted to keep the fringe to a minimum, did not want it to overwhelm the shawl. But now I'm wondering if maybe it's not quite enough...? Well, I think I will live with it like is and decide later. I have plenty of leftover yarn should I decide to add on later.

More later...

Friday, April 07, 2006

Crochetville

Recent events on the crochet board I call home have been leaving me feeling pretty stressed and depressed. Much has been written, and responded to, on member (and former member) blogs without receiving a response by those of us being charged with all sorts of nasty behavior. I find it rather ironic that charges have been made that we who run the board (aka "admins" and "mods") can "say whatever we want" and those we supposedly trash on the board are unable to "defend themselves" since they are no longer with us. It's ironic for a couple of reasons: they are no longer with us because they chose to leave, and since until now, virtually nothing has actually been said by us, there has been nothing to defend themselves against!

I write this not because I hope to change the minds of those who chose to leave, because I know that would be a futile effort, and I'm too tired to waste my energy in futility. I write this because many people have developed some misconceptions due to the fact that they only know that something was going on, but they don't know what, except that apparently one person was targeted for "telling the truth". This is the information they have received from the blogs, which they turned to in order to try and figure this all out when they couldn't find it on the board. Some of this was covered in a couple of posts by the board owner, but it doesn't seem to have been enough to clear up the confusion and misconceptions. I don't usually like to talk about board business here, but since this stuff is seriously cutting into my crochet time, I feel I should make an exception just this once.

This particular crisis was initiated by the actions of one deranged gal who decided, for reasons known only to her, to fake her own death. Everyone associated with the board already knows the details of that story. There have been lots of insinuations made about "behind the scenes" manipulations and plotting to "punish" the gal who made the announcement that the death story was a hoax, and she has been set up to be a victim of our wrath when she should have been lauded for her actions. It has been said that we were angry that she "told the truth"! This was not what caused the anger, and since I was the first to voice that sentiment, I would like to set the record straight

It was NOT the fact that she "told the truth" about the faked death - it was the manner in which she went about it. Major situations such as this one, that require careful verification before accusations can be made, are the responsibility of the people who own and run the board, and they were working on this with plans to make their announcement shortly. But this gal decided - on her own - that they weren't getting the job done fast enough and decided to take matters into her own hands in making the announcement she did. In doing so, she also did not consider the effect she might have on those members who were already upset over the possible loss of what they considered a friend, and in her blunt and forthright manner, she managed to further traumatize many people. THIS was what had caused our anger.

To further add insult to injury, one of our moderators decided to betray the trust of her position and relay this private conversation to the person in question since they were friends. Yes, there is an area on the board where those of us who manage the day to day operations can go to discuss issues that need addressing, which is separate from the general areas. There isn't a forum in the world that doesn't have that, and yet we are being charged with these "crimes" of behind the scenes manipulations. I can tell you for a fact that this is a pretty small area with not a whole lot of postings in it, the vast majority dealing with topics like how to manage the swaps, what to do about those members who sign up for them and then don't follow through, requests to move threads that have been posted in wrong areas and other BORING mundane stuff, things that help to keep the board running smoothly. But now it is a crime to have that!

Now, as to this "punishment" thing. Looking at what was written, never once was there mention made of meting out a "punishment". In my case, the term I used was that she deserved a good "chewing out". When the accusation was made that had it been anyone else there wouldn't be a problem, in my rebuttal I stated this was not so and reiterated the "chewing out" and gave the example of how I would do it were it my best friend: "What WERE you thinking?!" That is a direct quote, folks. Where in that do you see "punishment" writ large?

So now the auction was placed on hold, since she was running it, and new charges levied: we were plotting to hold off this imaginary "punishment" until after she'd run the auction! This charge was made on certain blogs and was parroted in a post by one of the (now former) members in the open member topic thread where this discussion was taking place. The charge was so preposterous that the owner, in a gut reaction, deleted it and closed down the thread. She has since reinstated the message and posted a response to the charges in it, though many of you may miss that.

In all fairness to the gal that has been heading this board, these recent events have taken a toll. She had not been participating for the past few months due to the arrival of her first child, and trying to deal with this conflagration while continuing to handle her responsibilities as a new mom may have caused her to make a few errors in judgment in handling this situation. I would hope the membership can remember this and find it in their hearts to be less judgmental about it. She has tried her best, while also trying to appease those who wish that this no longer be discussed. It is for this reason that I am making this post here instead of on the board, with the hope that anyone who is still confused and has questions can find the answers here.

There has been a certain core group of members from the original ezboard forum who have been disgruntled with the board for some time now, they happen to be the major players in this drama that developed, and took this as their opportunity to leave and form their own little private community. I wish them well and hope they find what they were looking for in their new digs, and I hope they can now move on and leave the board alone to recover in our own way, which we will. I also hope that members of the board will refrain from getting into a blog war with them, as it will not be beneficial for anyone and there can be no winners. It is best to just leave them be and let them go their own way.

There have been certain accusations made about some administrative stuff that we have taken note of and are looking into with the plan to address them. But please be patient with us - we are ALL part-time volunteers in this endeavor, and things are not able to progress as quickly as some of you may wish.

Comments are enabled here, and I will not be turning them off, so feel free to comment away. With my advance apologies, I am going to state up front, however, that I probably will not be able to respond. I have a hard enough time keeping up with things as it is, and as far as I'm concerned, this matter is put to rest for me with this statement. Further hashing things out will only lead to circular arguments, which serve no good purpose. I have some crocheting to do! However this may be, I will not be deleting any comments - that is not my way, whether you may have thought so or not. Your comments will stand for all the world to see, should you choose to leave any.

And now, I am going to answer the siren call of my Iris Seraphina, which is getting ever closer to becoming an FO. With as many PIGs as I have (my thanks to Bren for that term, "projects in grocery sacks" meaning materials and pattern on hand and project ready to roll), the sooner she is finished, the better!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

This is long overdue! Iris Seraphina Update, etc.

It was some months ago, as I recall, that I promised update pics of my Iris Seraphina. Alas, the poor thing got put on the back burner for awhile as I pursued other projects. Since it wasn't a winter-weight shawl, I didn't feel any urgency on getting it completed anyway, but now that Spring is beginning to show serious signs of imminent arrival, I am. I had decided that once I finished up my HMB squares, one of the first projects I would take up was this shawl. I've taken a couple of shots of it in it's current state, and in the process have realized to my delight that I was further along with it than I'd realized! Here's a full view of it, laid out across the back of my couch, cleverly stuck to a fleece blanket:

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and here's a closeup view of the stitches at the point:

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If you'd like to get a better look at either of the above pics, go here (for full view) and here (for closeup view). Until I get savvy and figure out how to set those links up to open in a separate window when you click on 'em, you'll have to use your nifty "back" button to return to this page...

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes - further along than I'd realized. Per Doni's notes on this shawl, the average size of most is 25 shells per side, or a total of 51 (25 + 25 + 1 for the centerpoint shell). As of this picture update, I am one and a half rows into my current pattern sequence series, with two and a half left to go to complete it, at which point I will have 23 shells per side! Because it is a laceweight, 25 shells per side leaves the shawl at a size which is a bit on the small side for my taste. My previous Seraphina, the Shimmer, was taken to 29 shells per side, which was plenty long. But I am only going to take Iris to 27 shells, and fringe her. So I am looking at ten and a half more rows to go! Looking at these pics, I know she doesn't look all that large (at least not to me she doesn't), I'm thinking next time I need to include something in the pic to give it the proper size perspective. Adding to the impression of smallness is the tendency of the yarn to kind of "bunch up" a bit, it's very springy sproingy so when I smooth it out, it doesn't stay stretched. Blocking ought to cure that, though. Shimmer didn't have that problem, but I suspect that's because it was 30% silk. This one is 100% Alpaca.

So, Iris will be the first item on my "April Challenges" list. I am also going to haul out the Cosetta shrug I was working on back in November, which got stalled due to my inability to decide on how I wanted to proceed - I was loosely following the "Mrs Who Shrug Schematics" I had saved from the thread of that name on Crochetville. I'm estimating that I'm probably about halfway through this project and I would like to get it done in time for a chance to wear it before the hot summer months makes it less likely for me to do so (it is wool, after all). So that is the second item on my list for April.

I am also itchin' and dyin' to start up yet another shawl that has appealed to me, and I have some neat yarn available that I think will work very nicely with the pattern. That is the "Alpaca Angel Crochet Shawl" which initially hadn't excited me so much, but then I saw it made by someone else in Crochetville's Show & Tell forum, and it just knocked my socks off! So I gotta make it!

Along with all of that, I will also make four more squares for the HMB project, these I will send to The Crochet Dude per his request to fellow Crochetville members and other interested crocheters (meaning you too, if you're so moved!). I had originally planned on sending him some of my 20 squares, but since Crochetlist was offering a couple of, uhm, incentives for their March drive, I decided I would send all to them this time and make it up to Drew afterward. Since they're all going to the same organization anyway, I don't think it's going to matter too much!

Well, I have plenty more to babble on about, but I have 20 tags to apply to 20 squares which then must be packed up into their box for mailing tomorrow, and they are just about ready to come out of the dryer for this last step of the process, so I will have to sign off for now. Besides, I'd like to try to get some progress made on Iris now that I've pulled her out again. Oh yeah, just wanted to mention that I will have to block this shawl (I hadn't found it necessary with the Shimmer Shawl) as the yarn is very fluffy, which makes the stitches kind of bunch up a bit. I had recently read a tutorial on blocking large items (such as shawl, how serendipitous!) on Yarn Harlot's blog, so I will have a chance to test it out. I'm thinking I will probably do the blocking before I fringe.

More babbles tomorrow!

Monday, April 03, 2006

I was holding out...

Actually, I was just too busy to make it over here to post, and I had wanted my next message to be the joyful announcement that I had completed my 20 squares for HMB. This is it!

I'll have more details on the project (including a strand count of how many hairs remain on my head) hopefully tomorrow (er, later today) - I'm massively pooped! But I'll leave you with a few pics and a link to the album containing pics of all 20. Here's a shot of the whole bunch of 'em all stacked up:
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And here are my two favorites, though one of these was a major contributor to my need for a wig, let me tell you! Oh, and that "black" you see? It's actually a very nice dark green. No matter how much I monkeyed with the settings, I couldn't get it to reveal it's true color...

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Here's the link to the album with pics of all the squares: HMB

Tomorrow they go into the wash and dry routine, then all that's left is tag 'em and bag 'em. The plan is to have them on their way Tuesday, via priority mail.

I can finally start thinking about what's next on the hooks! But that'll have to wait till tomorrow too. I hear a pillow calling my name...