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Starbucks, crocheting and heat

 

I spent the last weekend at my nieces wedding.  It was a big family party.  I have been writing that entry for two days.  I am still not done.  It will be long.  One thing I will share.  My dad has made it his job to get me hooked on Starbucks.  I don’t mind Starbucks but it isn’t necessary to my life.  I don’t like sweet coffee.  I don’t need to spend four bucks for coffee.  Dad loves Starbucks.  He has his GPS programmed to find all Starbucks when they travel.  On our trip to the wedding, Dad would stop at Starbucks and he and Mom would discuss what to buy me.  They choose a chocolate chip mint frappiccino.  I love it.  I may be hooked.  Not four dollars a day hooked, but four dollars on occasion hooked.  Oh when Dad is buying hooked.  LOL

 
It is the first day of August.  That is a little depressing. It means that summer is almost over.  I love summer. Today the heat index is going to be 106 degrees, but I would rather have that then cold any day.  I like the heat and I don’t mind the real heat. I love the long days of daylight.  I love not having to wear tons of clothing.  I love everything about summer really.

My entire family is still excited about the new baby that is on its way.  Now that is a good thing that will happen this winter. I have many crochet patterns that I have been saving for just such an occasion.

 

 I am crocheting an afghan for my cousin/nephew who lost his home in the tornado.  I say cousin/nephew not because we are a strange family with strange marriages but because he is my cousin but he calls me aunt because of the difference in our ages. His mother is my aunt.  My grandmother had two families.  My mother and her sister and two brothers are from her first husband.  Years after their dad died, my grandmother married again and had three daughters with that husband.  My mother’s younger three sisters are my age.  One is a year and a few months older than I am, one is two months older than I am and his mother is about eighteen months younger than I am.  We had great fun when were kids because of our ages.  We would tell our friends that we were cousins because it was too hard to explain our real relationship. The kids call me aunt because I am like an aunt to them. 

 

When I am finished with that afghan, I have another to do for the son of a friend.  He is in the military.  His home burned down. His family is safe but lost everything.  I will do another afghan for him. 

 

 

 

 

Starbucks, crocheting and heat

 

I spent the last weekend at my nieces wedding.  It was a big family party.  I have been writing that entry for two days.  I am still not done.  It will be long.  One thing I will share.  My dad has made it his job to get me hooked on Starbucks.  I don’t mind Starbucks but it isn’t necessary to my life.  I don’t like sweet coffee.  I don’t need to spend four bucks for coffee.  Dad loves Starbucks.  He has his GPS programmed to find all Starbucks when they travel.  On our trip to the wedding, Dad would stop at Starbucks and he and Mom would discuss what to buy me.  They choose a chocolate chip mint frappiccino.  I love it.  I may be hooked.  Not four dollars a day hooked, but four dollars on occasion hooked.  Oh when Dad is buying hooked.  LOL

 

It is the first day of August.  That is a little depressing. It means that summer is almost over.  I love summer. Today the heat index is going to be 106 degrees, but I would rather have that then cold any day.  I like the heat and I don’t mind the real heat. I love the long days of daylight.  I love not having to wear tons of clothing.  I love everything about summer really.

My entire family is still excited about the new baby that is on its way.  Now that is a good thing that will happen this winter. I have many crochet patterns that I have been saving for just such an occasion.

 

 I am crocheting an afghan for my cousin/nephew who lost his home in the tornado.  I say cousin/nephew not because we are a strange family with strange marriages but because he is my cousin but he calls me aunt because of the difference in our ages. His mother is my aunt.  My grandmother had two families.  My mother and her sister and two brothers are from her first husband.  Years after their dad died, my grandmother married again and had three daughters with that husband.  My mother’s younger three sisters are my age.  One is a year and a few months older than I am, one is two months older than I am and his mother is about eighteen months younger than I am.  We had great fun when were kids because of our ages.  We would tell our friends that we were cousins because it was too hard to explain our real relationship. The kids call me aunt because I am like an aunt to them. 

 

When I am finished with that afghan, I have another to do for the son of a friend.  He is in the military.  His home burned down. His family is safe but lost everything.  I will do another afghan for him. 

 

 

News from the home front.

I am almost finished with that afghan and I am one skein short of yarn.  I have used 14 more ounces of yarn than the pattern called for and I followed the pattern. This is a real issue.  I had to special order the yarn.  I ordered extra. It isn’t going to be enough.  I have only one more row on the boarder to go before I am finished.  If I had the yarn I needed, I would be finished by Wednesday.  Oh well.  I will order one more skein and finish it later.  I am very pleased with how this afghan is turning out.  It is lovely.  I enjoyed doing it. It has been a very satisfying project.

 

Next I am going to work on some fun things for ME. 

 

This has been a strange spring.  Actually, we haven’t had a spring at all.  The grass is green,   The flowers have bloomed.  The trees have tiny leaves.  It is cold.  I ran the heater last night.  I will run the heater today and tomorrow. It is the end of April and I HAVE TO RUN THE HEAT!!!!!  That just doesn’t happen in this part of the world.  I am sick to death of cold weather. 

 

Recommendation

Have you made and/or used a crocheted baby sling/carrier? If so, which pattern do you recommend and which should be avoided. I have found patterns but I would like a 'customer review', so to speak. I'm looking for a good pattern that is practical for actual use.

TIA!

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Crocheting

I am reading a book titled Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber.  It isn’t that good of a book at all.  I was drawn to it because it is centered on a group of women in a knitting class. The knitting is what caught my eye.  It isn’t crocheting but yarn is in use.  It is an okay book at best, but I did find a few quotes in that caught my eye and imagination. These quotes explain exactly why I love to crochet.  Those who also love to crochet or knit will understand instantly. Those who never have crocheted or knitted may gain and understanding of the passion that drives us who do.  The (crochet) is me and not the person I am quoting. 

 

When individual fibers are knitted (crochet) together with a thread of emotion, they become an original, personal design.  This creative process is my joyful obsession

--- Emily Myles, Fiber Artist www.emyles.com

 

 

One of the joys of owning my yarn store is the pleasure I derive from teaching people how to knit (crochet).  I whish I could explain how much delight it gives me to share my love of knitting (crocheting) with others.   . . . The projects I knit (crochet) are an extension of me, an expression of my love for the person I’m knitting (crocheting) for.  And  - - -  something else I love about knitting (crocheting) - - - when I’m working with my needles (yarn), I link myself with hundreds of thousands of women through the centuries. 

 

Lydia Goetz, a character in the book Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. 

 

I love that quote. I taught someone else at work how to crochet.  She is as in love with crocheting as I am.  We share projects and patterns and yarn and ideas every day.  It is great fun.

I also love the way this quote expresses why those of us who love to crochet or knit do love it.   The projects I crochet are an extension of me.  I picture the bride or the loved one or the baby I am crocheting for.  All my best wishes and prayers and my love are crocheted into each stitch that I work.  I feel close to the person for whom I am crocheting. 

 

Any one else agree?

 

Just a few more quotes for pure fun.

 

“Creating and processing exotic yarns has given new meaning to adding fiber to my diet.”

---Kathy Haneke, Heneke Enterprises, Inc., yarn shop and fiber processing mill.

 

The simple meditative act of knitting (crocheting may nt bring about world peace, but it certainly has made my world more peaceful.”

-         - - - Ann budd, book Editor, Interweave Press, Author of numerous knitting books. 

 

“If more people knitted and crocheted, the world would see fewer wars and a whole lot less road rage.” 

 

--- Lily chin, www.lilychinsignaturecollection.com
Chuckles the Clown is the free crochet pattern for March at Suncatcher Eyes.  Isn't he cute?  He is 8" tall.
Just follow this link to go directly to the pattern:  Chuckles the Clown

February's Free Amigurumi Pattern

The Noggins pattern is now available at Suncatcher Eyes for free.

Brooklyn Hookers Unite!

Hey everyone.I have created a crochet group. If you live in the areas that are on the group, Join if you already know how to crochet and if you want to learn how to crochet! I am starting this group because I love crochetting and I want to share the fun with others who also love it! It will eventually have a certain day where we all get together at someone's house to have a crochet night!


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