Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday Thinking

  • Ahh yes, it's Thursday and as such I'm going to list the Thursday Thirteen, courtesy of Carola. So without further adieu, here goes:

    Thirteen Things I'd Like to Do
    1. Lose 45 pounds ASAP
    2. Attend Daily Mass
    3. Finish my Fair Isle Cardigan
    4. Read at least a book a month
    5. Pay off our mortgage (I need a miracle here)
    6. Save more $$$
    7. Get up earlier 'every day'
    8. Walk regularly on the treadmill (a necessity, not a desire)
    9. Have more energy
    10. Bake more (but that doesn't gel with # 1)
    11. Take time everyday to count my blessings
    12. Dance more often
    13. Thank God every night and every day for all my blessings

    That's my list and I'm stickin' to it! As for the crochet content, there's not much to report. I'm still working on the Mission Falls cotton ripple with what I have left from my stash and I haven't made it to my LYS yet to get the necessary colors to make this 'ghan as long as it will need to be. There's a picture of it below on the July 13th post, but it's now about 2 times as long as that picture shows..

    I'm having a good time checking in over at Crochet Mania which I highly recommend to any crocheters out there who haven't checked it out yet. There are lots of friendly people there and a great selection of topics, to say nothing of fun things. Just click on the button on my sidebar if you're interested.

    Hope everyone is having a good summer and crocheting as much as possible. I don't want to be the one to say it but.........
    Christmas is right around the proverbial corner, especially if we plan to knit or crochet gifts for the special people in our lives, so just consider this a
    head's up.
  • Thursday, July 19, 2007

    Trying 'Slide' Out!

    Wow, this picture thing works great....I really like it. I was looking at Teeweewonder's blog and she had a slideshow of flowers in her garden which were so lifelike, I felt like I could reach out and touch them.

    This has also got to be the easiest picture linker I've tried so far. Please comment and tell me what you think....comments, I need comments.

    Friday, July 13, 2007

    Slow but Steady Progress

    I've been busy crocheting and knitting my ongoing 4 projects (or somewhere thereabouts ). I decided I didn't really care for the way this continuous granny was turning out so I started frogging away but somewhere in the middle of what I had already ripped out, I thought that it would make a nice dolly blankie for my sweet granddaughter, Christina. So, I stopped ripping, seamed it, and spray blocked it and this is the result! I used Red Heart soft baby but I think there were 2 reasons I didn't like the way it was growing: one, when I use this yarn again, I will double it for whatever project I'm making, and two, I shouldn't have continued crocheting a granny square bigger and bigger because the sides tend to wave out and even though I wet blocked it, they never flattened out completely. However, I don't think Christina's dolly will mind very much and the only thing that will really matter is that she'll stay nice and toasty, right?

    I've been making progress with the Mission Falls cotton ripple afghan but I'm running out of stash quickly on this. Geez, I thought I had soooo much 1824 cotton but I do tend to forget just how quickly crocheting uses yarn up. I'm going to go to my local yarn shop and pick some more up, hopefully in the same colors if they're available. If not, I'll have to wing it, I suppose, and this will REALLY be a multi-colored 'ghan.

    In between, I'm also working on the Bernat softee baby blue and white ripple blanket (doubling the yarn) and it's turning out quite nicely. These blankets and afghans don't grow quite as quickly as I'd like them to, but I try to remember that saying, "the pleasure is in the process" and enjoy the trip instead of focusing so much on the destination.

    On that note, I wish all my crochet pals a wonderful weekend filled with joy, happiness, and much crafting.