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About crochetstepmom

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  • Birthday 12/23/1969

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You know, I've checked this thread all day long, and I keep looking at the dress. I am mostly surprised because she is normally so well dressed. Because I like her so much, I keep trying to give her the benefit of the doubt and try to think of ways not to hate the dress. Like...maybe if it were sleeveless it would be better...or maybe if the colors weren't so bold. In the end, I think, you're right, dragonfli...there are so many other crocheted dresses out there. I just don't know why she had to choose that one.
  5. It seems that the people at TMZ don't like it. http://www.tmz.com/2009/09/17/cate-blanchett-styled-by-roseannes-couch/ What do you think?
  6. Theresa, That's the great thing about granny squares...you just make them as you can and out of whatever scrap yarn you have. When you have enough, you just put them together. I've made lots of granny ghans, but just never one trimmed in black. I usually start sewing them together before I get them all finished. It will probably take a while to get all of those squares done, so you can use your scraps and buy the joining color later.
  7. I'm addicted to True Blood! I was actually just about to start a thread about this when I saw yours. There's a picture in this thread from season 1 that I love. http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=90949&highlight=True+Blood I know that some people haven't seen season 2, so I won't spoil anything, but there are some really pretty afghans. In episode 2, there is a ripple afghan hanging on the back of a couch that is pretty. However, in episode 3, one character comes home and wraps himself in a GORGEOUS traditional granny square afghan. It has multi-colored grannies trimmed in black. I've always loved that look, but I've never made one for some reason. I love to make granny squares, and I even love to sew them together (weird, I know.) Maybe I'll start one. Maybe I can do that in a CAL? As far as suggestions for a CAL, perhaps someone would want to make an afghan inspired by one that is seen in the show. There is another one from the first season that looks like a multi-color giant granny. You can see it in the scene when Tara and Jason are cuddling on the couch after they meet Bill at Sookie's grandmother's house when Bill comes to call on Sookie. I also think I remember seeing Tara wearing a tank top that I thought looked like it was trimmed with crochet around the neck. That was in the first season also, but I am not sure which episode. I don't think that I would be able to crochet during the show, though. I'm usually too busy covering my eyes, giggling with delight, or drooling over Eric. Sometimes, I'm doing all three at the same time.
  8. 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."
  9. 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 eating...so I am thinking about trying it again.
  10. 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.
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