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  1. When we first moved here we planted tons of perennials some started from relative's, now passed, garden offerings and I'm so glad we made that choice because even in years when I haven't been up to doing tons of gardening the flowers always come.

    This year I've only had crocus so far.  It just hasn't warmed up enough yet for the early spring flowers.  The crocus have been known to come through the snow.  One year I planted tulips in all kinds of colors because I love the bright cheer in the spring.  Some made it but the squirrels have a thing for tulip bulbs so some have disappeared over the years, too.  


  2. 2 hours ago, bgs said:

    Chris I was just talking with a friend yesterday and she was wondering about buying plants to put in her garden spot but not wanting to shop for them.  I told her to get online and check out the old seed catalogue companies, order seeds and start them herself.  I feel a bit bad for those here at the village that paid for their garden spots for the year and planted their spring crops because last I heard they werent allowing them over there.  On the nice days when I am here I watch the grounds guys busy at work-----mowing, fertilizing, cutting trees down etc.  

    Online is a great idea but I'd tell her to do it soon.  People are shopping like crazy for plant stuff online.

    That's a shame the gardeners can't use their plots.  Perhaps they will credit them for next year.

    Our local independent garden store is still open.  DH was able to get some soil for the asparagus garden.  I believe because they sell veggie plants they fall under essential?  Or is it because they sell ice cream and its considered food?  I'm not sure where they fall but I was grateful as we were able to mix the compost we've been building up and the soil to prep the asparagus garden when we uncovered it last weekend.  I do love fresh asparagus and its a short season around here.

    It might depend on what she wants too.  I have lots of perennial flowers that if someone wanted in my neighborhood I could split and leave out front for them to pick up leaving appropriate social distancing.  It allows neighbors to thin gardens and not waste plants.  I've given them to people over the years.

    I have my eye on a new planter for veggies but I'm thinking once I can get it shipped it will likely be a prep year this year and ready to plant next year with the way things are going.  I'm not going to order until I know when it will ship which means waiting until this social distancing thing is done.  DH and I are looking into a Keyhole Garden that is a little lower than waist height so no getting on my knees which aren't happy with kneeling these days.


  3. 5 minutes ago, bgs said:

    Mary Jo at first I was surprised by hardware stores being open but I would sure hate to not have running water or electricity for lack of the needed part. Many of the hardware stores here also carry all kinds of cleaning supplies and pet food.  Menards also carries quit a bit of food, including milk and lots of cleaning supplies and maybe even toilet paper.  The issue here has been with Bass Pro.  County told them to close but had to let them open back up because there is a state law prohibiting cities and state from restricting the sales of guns and ammo in a state of emergency but they can only sale gun and gun safety related products.  Guess you gotta protect that toilet paper.  I was shocked yesterday to learn that Michaels JoAnns and Hobby Lobby were still open.  I thought sure they were closed as I was trying to figure out what I was going to need to make masks to wear in public.  I really dont want to cut up my new 100% cotton night gown.  I might have some fabric but with moving dont know where its at and most likely it is a cotton poly blend.  I have the large red or blue 100% cotton hankies so I am leaning towards the bandito look.  

    Hardware is logical in this area as we have lots of old houses and let's be honest the more time you spend in your home the more things break down.  I also don't have an issue with people buying gardening stuff.  Come on we all need something to do and as long as people are social distancing fresh air is good for you.  We've had too much rain lately to get much but I'm not against people getting stuff if it keeps people busy.  There are far worse things people can be doing.

    My niece and her kids started seedlings before the indoor orders came and they've been enjoying watching them grow while being shut in.  I suspect it wouldn't be bad for other families to get out and grow as it gets warmer again if you can do it with social distancing to get supplies.  For some families the extra food supplies might be helpful this summer.


  4. Just now, bgs said:

    It was just one thing I heard.  Most likely its like everything else around here.  It depends on who is in control and where their money is coming from.

    Sin taxes are a huge income in this state.  I suspect they will stretch as long as they can to keep them open.  They've had complaints from local health officials because the pot stores haven't been practicing social distancing.  I suspect most of those are a result of neighbors who have been complaining to the health dept since the shops opened in their neighborhoods and have been praying for a means to get them shut down.


  5. 1 hour ago, bgs said:

    Chris one story I heard was that the medical system didnt need to be swamped with people going thru withdrawal right now.  

    So again if you have problem habits you are rewarded.  If you stay calm with safe habits too bad.  Say what you will but if we are talking essential services you can argue that crafting and other things that keep people comfortable at home aren't necessary even if they keep people occupied and calm.  However, please don't tell me if I have bad habits I am rewarded because the gov't is afraid of what I might do if I don't have access to my bad habits because I can't control myself.  That's stretching the essential services thing a bit far.  Oddly people survived for years without legal pot.  Suddenly it's an essential service?  Really?


  6. I will say this I can see supporting Hardware over yarn however I still can't wrap my head around what is deemed "essential" vs non-essential.  For instance liquor and pot (not medical but all pot shops as pot is legal in this state) are open because they are deemed necessary.  The local paper had an article to explain the reasoning because people were a little "upset" that some stores they wanted to visit were closed but the local weed store was open.  It was explained in the paper that liquor and pot were deemed "essential" because the state didn't want to create a black market for the products.

    So clearly essential isn't as clear as what you need to keep your home maintained or your family fed.  Sometimes it is what the state doesn't want people finding alternative methods of getting.  So our problem is we don't have a black market yarn problem when we are asked to stay home.:lol


  7. 18 hours ago, judianne said:

    Thank you for the compliments...

     

    Hi peeps. After 2 weeks my friend is out of her bedroom and in the main part of the house! Still needs to bounce back...not sure how long that will take.

    Brenda, please take care of yourself first - if you crash, well....😘

    Today we had more sunshine, but in the low 40s and very windy.

    With all that's going on in the world around us I don't know about everyone here, but I feel like things are getting to the breaking point. We've already had restrictions on activity  for over 2 weeks and now another month... I was hearing about some younger people having parties, playing basketball together...not paying any attention to the warnings. Has no one seen the pop up hospital in Central Park? The Javits Convention Center turned into aa hospital - and the Navy Hospital ship in NY Harbor?

    Yesterday at 6AM we went shopping during  the Senior hour at the store nearby. I had a scarf covering my nose and mouth, and the store was virtually empty of people - we were able to pick up 99% of everything we needed, TG.

    Sorry for the rant - had to get it out...even as I keep trying to remind myself to take it one day at a time.

    Love you ladies....

    Samaritan's Purse is in Central Park in NY.  I think it's a blessing they have the facilities to work in a crisis like this when others aren't equipped to move in and set up this quickly.  The hospital ship is also a blessing.  We often send aid around the world in times of crisis.  There is a time when we need help and we are blessed we have resources to come to our aid.

    MA just sent masks from the Patriots air lift from China to NY in a Patriot's truck.  Even in time's like these yes I can find a little levity in imagining a Patriot's truck driving through the heart of NY Jets and Giants country bringing aid to Gov. Coumo.  The state will receive a million masks but they will arrive in a New England Patriots truck.  Hey we New Englanders are entitled to a little laugh at a time like this.  You know Kraft could have found a basic box truck to send them to NY.

    The rain is wearing on us here.  It is better on days when we can get out back with the girls and feel the sun on our faces and walk around the yard.  We are thinking about a garden redo when this is all over and that is helping a bit to focus our minds on something other than this which we can do nothing to control.

    I'm trying to focus on the stories of hope.  People can be ugly but they can be truly amazing too and I do think ultimately that is what will beat this virus.  It will be people who find solutions who may not have been working on the problem until they were moved from other projects to this one.  Even now there are amazing stories of logistical solutions that were unthinkable when this problem started of companies working together to manufacture products that are well outside what they normally make.  Who knows what this may mean for opportunities for manufacturing and production in the future.

    Have hope.  It is dark now but there will be light.


  8. Don't be discouraged.  The UK and US terminology thing can confuse anyone.  I know about it and still end up writing the US terms over the UK terms because while I start out remembering oh yes that should be a .... I revert back to reading the pattern as if the terms were US.

    II suggest visiting Planet June's tutorials here.  I've been making ami's for a long time and I still go back because she always has something to show me that I haven't been doing or that I want a different outcome.

    From there I would check Ravelry for free ami patterns and find a small free one to try out once you have some yarn to practice on that is a bit lighter than the yarn you have for this project.


  9. This is the first morning I've been up at a normal time.  I've been escaping into my Kindle in the morning to read either Overdrive Library books or books I've purchased and haven't had the chance to read.  This morning I got up and got my exercise out of the way early though.  Practice for Thurs as I have a tele appt for the nutritionist at 10.  This is actually a practical way to handle this appt as we don't need any testing, etc.  We can easily handle this with an tele confrence appt.

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  10. I've been fascinated to hear the different projects companies are taking on outside their traditional production lines.  I remembering reading stuff like this happening during WWII, but nothing like it since.  It is good for the country, the companies who are able to keep functioning when many of their other product lines aren't selling right now, and especially good for employees who will continue to get paid and any beni's that the companies provide.  Who knows it may also provide new innovations and inventions for making things we need with new minds in the market with time on their hands.  It may change our ability to produce things here for the future.

    Jockey was talking about making parachutes during WWII and I suspect there wasn't a huge market for that in post WWII.  However, there will still be a need for medical wear in post COVID so perhaps that is a market that they can continue to work in past this disaster.  Perhaps not, but I'm looking for positive things that can come from this nightmare.

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  11. Just to clarify this pattern is written in UK terminology therefore sc which most amigurumi  toys are made in is referred to as dc in UK terminology. I could be wrong but looking at your picture it looks as if you are using dc not sc.

     

    Quick question you do understand the difference between working in a circle and rows right? I agree I'd practice with different yarn to make seeing the stitches easier but do you know where your next stitch is supposed to go? Technically you shouldn't join with a slip stitch when making a circle but after you make your 6 sc just for fun try joining with a slip stitch to first as to see what the closed circle is supposed to look like. You can always take it out and proceed without it but it will give you the idea of what circle crochet looks like. It is not the same as crocheting in rows.

    I'd also encourage you to Google the magic circle it closes up easier than the chain 2.

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  12. There are 2 basic ways to start a circle.  You start by chaining two.  The slip knot is just the starting point at which you make your chain.  You chain two and then you place the required number of stitches in the second chain from the hook in this case 6 sc.  You can google starting chain and see how to do this.

    I have to ask if you are missing a row somewhere because generally the stitch count goes from 6 to 12 to 18.  6 to 18 is an odd jump.  Generally row 2 would have you put 2 stitches in each of the 6 stitches bringing you to 12 stitches.  Going from 12 to 18 you would put 1 dc in the first stitch and 2 in the next continuing this pattern until you return to the first stitch.  I suggest you mark this stitch.

    OK editing this looking back you don't list row 2 so I'm guessing that is where part of your confusion is coming from here.

     

    As for your starting point I'd also research the magic circle.  It leaves a smaller starting hole.


  13. Welcome to Crochetville. 

    I make 18" doll clothes to donate at Christmas every year along with baby doll clothes so I'm always happy to meet others who crochet doll clothes as well.  You will find there are many of us here with experience making doll clothes if you have questions.  I believe you posted a question about a doll sweater and a couple of us answered, already.

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