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    knitting, crochet and other crafts
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  • Crocheting since...
    Since 1990
  1. I finally went to the dr yesterday because I still couldn't eat hardly anything. I was basically living on jello and water.......not the best way to lose 12 pounds. I wouldn't recommend it! Now I'm on a diet of ensure, yogurt and fruit, and medicine. Chalky nasty stuff....ugh. And on top of that, my internet has been down at home for 4 days. repairman hasn't shown up yet! it's either back on today or we're switching to cable internet tomorrow.....one way or another i will be back online quickly. SO.....please bear with me......I'm SO sorry to be running late. But it's been an AWFUL 2 weeks for me.
  2. I'm a few days behind.....the flu went through our house with a vengenance. After more than a week of being sick, I'm finally back up and around. Give me a couple days to get back on track. The survey is coming soon!!! Sorry for the delay! Juli
  3. We are wrapping up the 2009 swaps, and working to forge ahead to 2010!! Just so that everyone knows.....January is always a clean-up month and preparation month for swaps here at C'ville. Swaps will resume again sometime in February. Soon there will be a general survey posted for participants to give input/feedback on their swapping experience, and to finalize the list of swaps for 2010. If you have suggestions for swaps for 2010, please email at juliwyant AT bellsouth DOT net or PM me. We will go over the suggestions, add in a few of our own, and let y'all vote. The survey will be posted for voting by January 15th. Voting will be open for about a week or so. Then we work on scheduling of moderators and all that fun stuff -- and the whole shebang has to be approved by admin. So.....bear with us for January....be patient. Swaps will be back. Getting everything all squared away, the planning done for the New Year, tweaking guidelines, and getting it all scheduled just right takes time. Hope everyone is having an awesome New Year so far!!!! Juli
  4. I'm going to jump in on this one!! I'm going to start preparing for next Christmas right now! I want it to be a really special holiday. This year everything was last minute. I didn't get any of the handmade ornaments or decorations done that I wanted to.....and I didn't do any handmade presents this year except for one doily for my SIL. So....2010 is going to be different!! I will look through my patterns and pick one for January This will be fun! Juli
  5. Granny Square -- very very pretty!!!! Where did you find that pattern? I haven't seen that one before.... Juli
  6. Kookaloo -- I love it!!! The red is gorgeous!!! I wish I had time to work on my doily today --- but too busy getting the house ready for Christmas. Tomorrow is baking day....each year on Christmas Eve the kids and I bake cookies and make candy. So I have my shopping list all ready, and I'm organizing the kitchen to be ready for a whole day of baking and frosting. Maybe tonight I will have time for some thread work! *crossing fingers* Juli
  7. I am having a heck of a time with the poinsettia doily. It is a solid tapestry-style center and it is cupping. I kept adding stitches, but it's hard to do without messing up the pattern. Now I've ripped it way back and am trying to add more stitches earlier. Bah humbug. How about trying one size bigger hook for that section? Just a thought..... Juli
  8. Thank you to an elf in Florida who sent me a cone of Peaches and Creme cotton in a pretty muted variegated called Peppercorn Ombre. Thank you!!!!!! Juli
  9. Thank you to my partner Alwayscrafting for a great holiday gift package! Shelby, I love everything you sent! She sent me: A pretty mauve crocheted purse 3 skeins of Lion Brand Suede in a blue print A ball of Sugar and Creme in a beige color called Jute A ball of Aunt Lydia's in a pretty Christmas green color Apple body lotion from Bath and Body Works A Breads and Muffins cook book 3 free pattern sheets A size 00 steel hook A pretty blue and off-white square doily several beaded icicle ornaments in shades of blue Two cute teddy bear ornaments and a bar of handmade soap -- Pearberry scent thank you!! Juli
  10. Granny -- the doily is gorgeous!!! I'm with Kookaloo -- the center flower is so pretty!! Hi Moggy!!! Glad you're joining us!! Looking forward to seeing a pic of your doily! Tobybob...by the time I clicked on your link, the pattern had changed to a coffee table topper (also very pretty). I'm sure the china plate cover was awesome. I bookmarked the site -- always looking for thread patterns! I'm really loving the Profi steel hooks a wonderful Christmas elf sent me! She sent me 3 sizes, and I just love them! The hooks have plastic handles just big enough to make it so much easier on my hands. I have arthritis in my hands and wrists. Usually I can only work with thread for an hour or so until my hands start to hurt. The plastic handle changes my grip on the hook enough that I'm working virtually pain-free now! So happy!! Have any of you tried the Clover Soft Touch thread hooks?? Did you like them?? Profi hooks are being discontinued so I thought about trying the Clover soft touch for the other sizes of steel hooks, but someone told me that they felt the handles were too big. Any opinions?
  11. hey moggy! The pattern is in The Best of Patricia Kristoffersen and also in Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies. Both books are great! Thanks for the nice comments everyone.....the pattern was so much fun!
  12. we got snow!!!! :o) This is a once a year thing here in NC usually -- sometimes twice....so it's a big deal to my 5 year old. All the kids are going to go down to grandma's later today to sled. For me.....it's a crochet and laundry day! I got 4 new vintage books off ebay this week -- $3 for all 4. I was STOKED!! Does anybody else have these: Crochet Gay and Gifty Ideas StarBook 80 Potholders J&P Coats Book 222 Pot Holders J&P Coats Book 243 Hot Plate Mats Star Book No 70 The crochet ideas book has some really cool doily patterns -- a pretty Rose doily, a large and small floral hot plate mat. All 3 are going on my WIM list!
  13. Thank you to a wonderful elf in PA who sent me several skeins of fingering weight yarn -- 4 skeins of a pretty mint green, and 2 of a grey variegated -- and a cute snowman christmas card! Thank you!!! Juli
  14. Kookaloo -- the runner and the doily are both awesome!! And I agree -- the doily will be stunning in red and white!! It's supposed to snow/sleet here today and tomorrow.......anyone who has spent a winter in the south knows that everything just shuts down here when it snows. I'm prepared for a crochet day if the weather goes nuts. So far....nothing....but it's 3 a.m. right now and forecast doesn't call for anything until about 6 a.m. Working on a shawl for a friend. Woke up and can't go back to sleep. So crocheting and watching old episodes of Ghost Whisperer. Thread work for me tomorrow if it's a snow day!!
  15. I totally agree! I always feel so nostalgic when I'm working from a vintage pattern!
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