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About crochetstepmom

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  1. I've sent a PM to you.
  2. I know that this has been discussed ad nauseum, but I have another example of how other people have no idea of what's involved in what we do as crocheters. I just laughed it off, but I do think it is a bit sad. I have a neighbor who, although she is a very nice person, believes that she is an expert in everything. I'm sure that you know the type. She doesn't mean anything by it, so I usually just smile and go on. Anyway, she runs a sort of online consignment shop out of her home. Sometimes, when she's at people's homes, she'll pick up items and say, "If you ever want to get rid of this, let me know. Maybe I can sell it for you." She really isn't as rude as that sounds. I think she's very enthusiastic about what she does and maybe just a little misguided. I had some of the neighborhood kids over on Saturday to bake Thanksgiving cookies, and her son was one of them. She came by yesterday to thank me for entertaining the kids all afternoon. I was working on an afghan for my SIL, and we started talking about crochet. She mentioned her store and reminded me that she had a crafts and household section. She said that she'd be happy to try to sell dishcloths, potholders, and household things for me. Then she started looking at the quilt rack that DH made for me that has some of my special afghans on it. There are some that were made by both my grandmother and DH's grandmother. Then, there was one that I made for my MIL, but she died before I got it finished. When I did finally finish it, I gave it to DH. My neighbor was commenting on how pretty it was, and I told her the story behind it. She said, "Well, I know that you wouldn't want to sell this one, but if you want to make another one, I'd love to try to sell it for you. I'm sure I could probably get $30 for it, maybe even $35. I'll bet I could sell two or three a week for that." I just smiled and thanked her for the offer. I told her something about being really busy making gifts right now, but I'd keep her offer in mind for the future. We chatted a little more, and she left not long after. When she left, DH said, "You handled that pretty well. How much did that yarn cost anyway?" I told him that it was about $45, and that was a sale price. I have no idea how long it took to make it, but I usually allow myself at least two months for an afghan of that size. I'm guessing 70-80 hours. This just struck me as funny but sad at the same time.
  3. I know this is a long shot, but...would anyone happen to have any Red Heart Super Saver in Light Coral from 1998? I am kicking myself for even doing something like this, but I started an afghan with some yarn that had been my grandmother's. I don't think I'll have enough, and I didn't think I would when I started it. I was just hoping. I'm over halfway done, so I can't start over. I just need probably less than 1/2 of a skein. If you have any that you'd be willing to sell, please let me know.
  4. I am sending you a PM.
  5. How much do you need? I may have some.
  6. I once did an entire hat using slip stitch but thinking all along that it was single crochet. The hat was for an adult, but it would probably fit a toddler. I still have it to remind me how far I've come in crochet.
  7. I just sent a PM to you~ Thanks!
  8. Such a sad day. So sorry.
  9. What worked for me with Alli is that it kept me on track. I had read about other people having "side effects" if they went over the fat limit, and I didn't want that to happen to me. So, I didn't let it happen. I followed the plan. I like the fact that I can lose more weight with Alli than with just eating sensibly and exercising. I am morbidly obese, but surgery isn't an option for me. My insurance doesn't cover it, and I can't afford it otherwise. The way I look at it is if I could control my weight without help, I wouldn't be obese in the first place. I've fought this battle all of my life (and spent the majority of the time losing the battle ,) and Alli is the first pill I've ever taken to help with weight loss. I like it, and it works for me. I'm happy to see everyone's different opinions and weight loss plans that work for them. In the end, each person has to find whatever he or she is comfortable doing. For me, the fear of continuing down this same path is greater than the fear of a few minor "side effects."
  10. Before DH was laid off last year, I used it quite successfully. Now that he's working again and we can afford it, I told him this morning that I was thinking of starting it again. I never had any trouble with the side effects that some people have. However, I was always very careful not to go over the fat intake limit. I'm normally a miser, so taking Alli motivated me to stay on the eating plan. I couldn't stand the thought of wasting the moeny on it if I wasn't going to follow the guidelines. I lost about 20 pounds using it. I've recently joined a gym and haven't lost that much weight even though I am exercising 4-5 times a week. I know it's the way I am I am thinking about trying it again.
  11. Never heard of it until reading this thread, so I googled it: She's a knitter. I've used Premier yarns before, and I really like it. I might have to try this.
  12. I have also made grannies daughters, although I haven't made them into anything yet. They are in a couple of food storage bags right now. I did a 3 strand ugly blanket about a year ago, which I love. It is so warm! I've thought about joining the ends of the smaller scraps...what's that called...a Magic Ball or something like that? I think those are really pretty. I've also considered starting a single crochet afghan with all of those little scraps. Instead of changing colors at the end of each row, I think I want to just keep going until I run out of yarn. I might have enough to do two rows of one color, and then 1/2 a row of another. I want it to have no rhyme or reason to it...just randomly select a yarn ball and add it in. I think that would work best when all of the balls of yarn are rather small-ish, though. By the way, I read something a couple of days ago for the trimmings from weaving in ends. The article said to leave small bits of yarn and string outside on bushes in the early springtime and birds would come to collect them to help build their nests. I wonder if that would have to be natural-fiber yarns only or if you could do that with acrylic? Any wildlife experts know? I would hate to do something like that with a fiber that would harm the birds.
  13. I'm usually pretty good about keeping my WIPs under control. I don't like to have more than two things going at a time, but I have recently begun to lose that battle! Last year, I made afghans for every member of my family for their birthdays (14 of them, I think.) The only time I would have more than one or two projects going at once was if I had multiple birthdays in one month, and they all had to be completed by the same date. (Our family usually has a monthly dinner for either birthdays or holidays, and we celebrate all of them at the same time.) The final gift of the year was for my oldest nephew (who is actually just 7 years younger than I am) for his December 30 birthday. It was almost 3/4 done, and I showed it to him on Christmas and told him that I'd get it to him the next time I saw him, which would be for my Dad's birthday party in February. I thought that I had plenty of time to finish it. Right after Christmas I ordered some yarn with gift cards that I received as gifts. I made alterations to a sweater that I had made for my neice as a Christmas gift, and I worked on my nephew's afghan. Then, before the weekend was over, I fell and tore my ACL. I was on pain meds for a couple of days (so I didn't feel like crocheting...just sleeping) and then went back to work right before New Year's Day. My new yarn came, and I started on a sweater for me...still thinking I had plenty of time for my nephew's afghan. Then, the first week of January, I found out that I was going to have to have surgery on my knee. So, I started trying to get everything done at work so that I could take off a week or more for surgery. I',m the only accountant, so I had to get all of the year-end stuff, including W-2s, done before I had surgery on the 14th. I had no idea when I would be back to work. So, I didn't do much crocheting before surgery because I was too tired from all of the long hours I was working. While I was recovering, I signed up for a class here at Crochetville. I'm still working on that project. I still have not finished my nephew's afghan, and I have to give it to him one week from today! Ack!!!! I've been forcing myself to work on it a little this week, but I'd so much rather work on the two other projects! I will get it finished! I just hate it when I have projects that I would rather do instead of working on the one that I have to do!
  14. Very pretty! I love that pattern, and it is very fun to make. I love the border that you did on it. It sets it off quite nicely!
  15. Still looking for October, 2006 issue if anyone has it. Thanks very much!