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Ro

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About Ro

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A Few Things About Me

  • Short bio
    Blissfully married mom of one girl and one spoiled cat!
  • Hobbies
    Crochet, Writing, Music, Star Trek
  • Occupation
    Tap dancing on the edge since 1971
  • Favorite hook type
    Wood
  • Favorite projects
    Blankets and hats for children's charities
  • Crocheting since...
    Since July of 2002
  1. Hey everyone!!! I just saw that the Family to Family newsletter has a final update on the blanket drive!!! It took months for them to get to Africa (shipping is slow) but they are all there and have been distributed! I hope this copy/paste works I'll check the thread soon. Moderators please forgive me if this exceeds the picture limit I will understand if you must delete it. You can go to www.family-to-family.org and click the newsletter link- it's in the latest one. I have never been prouder to be a member of this community than I have been seeing the outpouring of love for these babies. May you all be dearly and richly blessed for the care that you put into every stitch. You're all my heroes. I wish I could have made more than the fifteen blankets I ended up with for this project- but there truly are angels out there who made it possible for F2F to meet their goal (and then have some afterward to go to needy babies on a reservation here in the states, too!) You are all a light in a world that can be so dark. Rock on!!! xoxo Ro p.s. I'm not sure who made the blankie in the picture below, but I am sure you'll recognize your work- treasure that picture it is proof that your love is being felt all the way across the globe! I have goosebumps just looking at it. ------------------------Excerpt from the Family to Family newsletter---- Snuggle Blankies Have Arrived! After literally months since we shipped close to 100 crocheted blankies to Uganda (to be given out to orphaned and HIV/AIDS infected babies), Jerome tells us they have finally arrived. He writes, “Thank you very much for the blankies. They are beautiful. I am sure the babies will be excited to have them. My Mum is so happy she can’t wait to give them to the kids. Please Pam thank the women who knit the blankies may the Lord reward them accordingly. I am sure they were knitted with love they are so beautiful. Well I did find also baby clothes I was so surprised they are brand new thank you. I also found an electric tooth brush. I wonder what lucky baby is going to get the toothbrush? Thank you very much may the almighty Lord reward your works. Yours, Jerome” A few days after writing this, Jerome emailed us pictures of a baby with one of the blankets and the new clothes, with her mother at their home. He writes, “The young lady is HIV positive and she lost her husband before she had the baby. Lucky enough the baby is negative. She has no job -- we have managed to give her food that can last for two weeks and also the baby we gave tinned milk.” He also sent pictures of another woman his Family-to-Family program is helping – an elderly woman who takes care of her grandson.
  2. Darski, I know, I wonder about the math too but it seems to be working and I'm afraid to question it and break the magic spell LOL. I'm on my sixth row and it seems to be coming out correctly! You would think though that the math was off somehow my husband was scratching his head over it and he's an engineer. I agree with you on how kind it was of everybody to comment and esp. Mel for sticking with me! My stroke happened back in 2000 (I was misdiagnosed with MS for five years afterward actually took a whole new team of doctors to figure out what had really happened) and I learned to crochet after ward to have projects to do for charity. Since then other issues have surfaced and I can't run the drives anymore but I still try to contribute where i can and keep as good an attitude as i can! I try to focus not on what I can't do anymore but what I can still do. I hold the yarn funny and elaborate patterns are out of my league but if I can still make afghans esp. to donate, then I'm happy! I really wanted to make this one again as it is such a lovely pattern when it's done. Hugs to all! Ro
  3. Becki, Care Ware has a bunch of preemie patterns too linked to their site. . .
  4. Yes! That's definitely got it. Crocheter error as they say- the stitches I wasn't skipping was what was throwing the whole works off. I ended up chaining 137 and working over 136- with the Simply Soft and the J hook it's giving me a 48 inch width. Perfect! Thank you again for all your help! Will try to post a finished picture of the ghan when it's done. I'm pretty slow these days so it'll take me awhile (thankfully I have until the end of April to get it done!) I have two baby blankets to make too- ack! LOL thanks again! Ro
  5. Mel you're my hero! I found my mistake after following your directions! What I was doing was neglecting to skip the last sc before the two 5 dc stitches! The way the original pattern was written my brain processed it as after the last dc that you did not skip the next stitch before making the shells. that's where I was losing my way (I think!) Myself, my post-stroke brain and my poor husband who tried but couldn't figure it out (he doesn't 'speak crochet' lol) THANK You!!!!!!!! I'll try starting the actual afghan and let you know how it goes. . . You saved the day!
  6. Printing it out, thanks Mel you're a dear! *squishy hugs* Getting the hook and yarn now to try it- just have to get the sweet sleeping kitty out of my lap first. Which is so hard to do LOL
  7. Thank you ladies! Okay, if you can get the swatch to work then it MUST be me! Not surprising sadly but then this is the life of a neuro patient crocheter these days! I'm going to get working on it again and will post my progress! I love ya'll thanks again for your help and dedication to my sad state of affairs over here. I'm trying to make this as a 25th anniversary present for my husband's only aunt. . . luv Ro
  8. Ro

    How difficult?

    OMG Woot!!! Drew remembers me! I'm so happpyyyyy *squishy hug* now that you're all famous and stuff I was sure you'd have forgotten! I've been so out of blogdom and all for so long now. Between this and my square making it into Grandmother Purl's afghan last year. . .what more could I possibly hope for in my crochet life? I don't think there's much left! Just I guess to get in touch with the beloved Vegetable Liberation Army goddess. I miss her so much! Congrats on the new book coming out Dude! You have worked so hard you deserve every bit of your success! xoxo Ro
  9. Yes indeed it does! I tried both swatch sizes and still, it doesn't come out to a complete repeat of the pattern so that confused me further LOL it says: GAUGE: In pat - One rep of 17 sts = 4½"; 8 rows = 4¼". CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size crochet hook to obtain the gauge given. NOTE: Check your gauge by working a swatch over a multiple of 17 sts: ch 18 or 35 and work in pat over 17 or 34 sts. I really appreciate your help in trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong! I'm thinking I may have to make one in the entire size no matter how big it is just because I can't let it go LOL
  10. Ro

    How difficult?

    Aww, "This Guy. . ." I remember when he was but a newbie. . .now he's all grown up and saving China! Okay, maybe not but I quote Mushu when I'm happy Still love ya Drew! Even though I'm sure you don't remember me anymore! LOL hugs Ro
  11. Supposed to be these measurements: Afghan measures approximately 49½" x 67". RED HEART® Worsted Weight Yarns: This model made in RED HEART® "Fiesta" yarn, 73% acrylic, 27% nylon, Art. E704 (6 oz skeins) and RED HEART® "Super Saver®" yarn, 100% acrylic, Art E300 (8 and 6 oz skeins). Amount-Fiesta: 34 Ounces No. 6347 Light Periwinkle CA; and Super Saver: 14 Ounces No. 311 White CB. Crochet Hook: U.S. Size J-10 [6 mm]. With the simply soft and a G hook even it was still coming out way huge!
  12. The pattern is free online but I can't seem to get a link to work. With CA ch 188. Foundation Row (Wrong Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 187 sc. Row 1 (Right side): Ch 3, 4 dc in first sc, * skip next sc, [dc in next sc, skip next sc] 7 times **, [5 dc in next sc] twice; rep from * to last sc, end at **; 5 dc in last sc; turn. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across and in top of ch-3; turn. Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pat working 8 more rows with CA, then *** 4 rows CB, 8 rows CA, 4 rows CB, 6 rows CA, 4 rows CB, 6 rows CA, 4 rows CB, 8 rows CA, 4 rows CB, 10 rows CA. Rep from *** once more – 126 rows. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Edging: With right side facing, attach CA and work 1 row sc evenly across each long edge of afghan. Fasten off. CA and CB are changing colors of course but I'm trying to just make it in one color anyway this time. . .
  13. Thank you for replying! Yes that is what I was doing (though your directions are so much clearer than the actual pattern! Bless you!) I still don't know what is going wrong. All I know is I may end up having to make a ginormous one just to see if it works out. I'm just wondering if there is a typo somewhere in the pattern. I'm not too dense when it comes to pattern following and I've done tons of ripples that's why I don't get why this isn't working. Proof I made the blanket once! LOL But I know it wasn't as big as the 188 stitches would turn out to be:
  14. Okay, I need you veterans to help me out please!!! weird, no matter what I do I can't post the link. The pattern is Coates and Clark LW1238 Romantic Ripple. . . This is the thing that's driving me crazy. I made this blanket once a couple years ago but now, I can't seem to duplicate it to save my life! Here are my dilemmas. 1. It comes out HUGE if you use anywhere near the 188 stitches it wants you to start with. For some odd reason I remember that I made it half sized the first time (it was for a child). But I can't remember how I divided the pattern in half to make the pattern work. I've already tried going down several hook sizes and the yarn I'm using is Simply Soft by Caron so it's pretty thin. When I chained the 188 stitches the chain was taller than I am (and I'm 5'10"!) My husband resident brain and mathematician has tried everything to get this to work mathmatically and we're stumped because no matter what I do the pattern does NOT come out evenly- with the repeats in the center and then the seven do a stitch/skip a stitch at either end with 5 dc in the last stitch on either end. I don't know if there's a typo in the pattern or I'm really losing what was left of my brain and talent for this art but this is the way I'm reading-doing the pattern. If the mistake is mine please help me find it! Row 1 (Right side): Ch 3, 4 dc in first sc, * skip next sc, [dc in next sc, skip next sc] 7 times **, [5 dc in next sc] twice; rep from * to last sc, end at **; 5 dc in last sc; turn. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across I don't know if the asterisks are in the wrong place or what I'm doing wrong that the pattern won't come out. I was doing this: chain 3, 4 dc in the first sc, then skip the next sc and dc in the next sc seven times. Then I was putting 5 dc in each of the next 2 stitches, and then skipping/stitching seven times again. Then 5 in each of the next two, and so on. The pattern comes out crooked no matter what I do with it. What am I doing wrong??? hellllp LOL TIA Ro
  15. I just wanted to give this thread a little 'bump'! This project has been on my mind ever since it was first posted here and I am still really hoping to make at least one blanket for it (if people I know would just stop having babies it would be very helpful to my charity crocheting goals! ) Seriously though I see that the project is still going strong according to the blog and wanted to give a shout out to everyone involved- you all inspire me so much! If I can just power through this list of stuff I have to make then I can get back on track with the stuff I really want to make!!! Mostly I just wanted to say too that your project, your hard work, and the losses suffered by the people in San Diego are still very much on my mind. You have not been forgotten!!! hugs to all, Ro p.s. Could someone let GeorgeAnne know if they happen to talk to her (I didn't want to send her more email to have to answer) that the "Click to volunteer" link on the blog brings up a locked Blogger profile page? I don't know if they have all the volunteers they need but they might want to check into it and make sure the link works if they still need more folks! Blogger is a blessing mostly but sometimes it can be tempermental!
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