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  1. Hi!! I've been a member for a while, but haven't posted in years, so I figured I would reintroduce myself. I'm Ashleigh, 24, and soon to be mom to 2! I have a lovely 2 year old, and am currently 39 weeks pregnant with my second daughter. I've been crocheting for as long as I can remember, and just last year turned my hobby into a business venture. I sell a few of the things I've made here and there. My best customer is my mother in law, ironically enough. I'm glad to be back amongst fellow hookers!
  2. Okay, everyone can beat me if they wish. I have completed no more rows on my afghan. Also, finally found the pattern for the afghan, and I'm a lot closer to the end of it than I thought I was. I'm about 25 rows away from finishing it. I have to add tassels and trim after that, which means a trip to the yarn store!
  3. Okay, Krystal, need to change my required rows for the afghan. I finally found the pattern. It calls for 80 rows. It appears to be a lapghan. I'm still at 61. Need to make a stop by the yarn store to get some yarn to finish and for trim and tassels. And, pictures!!! I got a new digital camera, and am having so much fun with it!!!! Click if you want to see them in their full sized glory. Yes, my bedroom is a mess. Don't take a habit of putting my dirty clothes in my laundry hamper!
  4. Think I managed to fix it. Tightened up my tension on the next couple rows, and it brought it right back in together. I'm now up to 61 rows. Have a late day tomorrow, hope to get even more done.
  5. Okay, Krystal, back me up a bit. I'm still stuck at 60 rows. I'm 9 rows behind. I hope to catch up a little tonight. Only work until 9 tonight, and hoping to be home in time to watch a movie and crochet with my mom. Might be able to catch up. And, again, does anyone know WHY my blanket is flaring out? It's bugging me SO BAD! My mom says she can't see it, and that if it is, it's minimal enough that I'm just being too picky about it, but I have to FIX IT!
  6. *sigh* Well, I managed to finish two more rows. I've been really laid up today. I managed to get out and get some errands run, and then the nerve pain in my hands started to flare up. So, I am now up to row 59, and halted there for who knows how long. Also, for some reason, I think the afghan I'm working on has started to flare out as I go. Anyone know a reason for that? I counted stitches, and I haven't added any. Could my tension be too lax?
  7. Oh dear, working late is NOT conducive to completing rows on my afghan. Still halted at 57. Hoping to double up tonight when I get home, as I work an early shift today. Should be to 65 at least by the end of the night.
  8. Hey, perfect! That'll even give me time to mail it to my grandmother!
  9. I'd like to get it to about 150 rows, maybe 200. It's a ripple afghan off of a pattern I can't find. I would like to have this finished by the end of next month to gift to my grandmother as a fulfillment of a gift to my late grandfather I was never able to give him. I'm prone to pneumonia, it's nothing new for me. It sucks that it had to happen when it did(right in the middle of a walk through at work, and they need all employees running on full fuel), but at least I finally have some time to work on my UFOs. I've got a couple of scarves I'd like to finish.
  10. Sherri, that's awesome! How did you do that? Is it multiple squares, or a lot of color changing? That's gorgeous!!!! UPDATE: Just added the rows again, I'm up to 57 already. I guess there is an advantage to be laid up with pneumonia! I'm crocheting like a mad woman!
  11. Okay, I am, as I type this, counting the rows in my ripple afghan.... Counting.... Counting.... Counting..... okay, I've got about 51 rows! Completed four in the past two days!
  12. I could probably stand to join this CAL. I haven't been crocheting hardly at all, and I've got a ripple afghan I'm dying to finish. As it is, I am about 20% done with it, not sure how many rows into it I am though. All I know is I have six balls of yarn sitting by waiting to be included, and they've been neglected.
  13. Salt Lake City, UT here. Would love to get a group together for weekday afternoons for everyone to sit around and talk and have fun.
  14. past, the yarn is actually really comfortably soft. I try to avoid the deeper colors of RHSS, as they seem to be more stiff and itchy. Thanks everyone that's offered patterns so far. I'm starting to look around, instead of being lazy and expecting the patterns to come to me. I really like the Waves of Color Tote Bag pattern, and may end up using that
  15. I indulged today and bought two balls of Red Heart SS Pink Camo yarn, and need a pattern of some kind for it. I can't even think of what to make with it, but I want to make something that I can show off. It's approximately 10 ounces, 4 ply, WW. Was thinking of possibly making a tote bag....
  16. Like mari said, this is one of the reasons that copyright law in this area is really a tough thing to do. I know plenty of people who design something just off the top of their head just to find out that it's technically not really theirs. It's a head-scratcher. By the way, that's absolutely gorgeous. Very unique. I'm pretty sure I've never seen anything like it.
  17. I'm slowly realizing a horrible thing: I've not once designed my own pattern:(, and the closest I could come to "designing" a project is modifying an existing pattern:angry. I feel horrible about that. I almost feel like a cheat, just because I don't know how to write my own patterns. I also seem to be a blundering idiot when it comes to crocheting wearables:no. I just can't wrap my head around it:help. It's just not something that makes sense to me. On top of that, I'm an odd size, so I can't make anything for myself without having to change the pattern to even fit my wierd body. I'm off my soap box now.
  18. I need to take one of those days. My days have been overcome with sassy boyfriend. I need one day a week to be able to just sit, away from the phone, away from the computer, and crochet, and do nothing else.
  19. While my stash isn't very big, I have varied baskets and tote bags that I store all my yarn in. Those bags all hang out by my bookshelf. If my yarn stash gets any bigger, I'm resorting to art bins.
  20. I usually hang on to the entire magazine, although, there are some times which warrant tearing patterns out, in which case I stick the patterns in those plastic sleeve thingys and store them in a three ring binder.
  21. Thanks again to everyone. The hugs and best wishes are all greatly appreciated. We went to the burial last Tuesday, and it was absolutely beautiful. We had a small amount of our distant relatives show up, and seeing as the town his funeral plan was in is really small, about half the town's population showed up to pay their condolences, including one of my mom's second cousins, who looks about 60, and is about 80-ish. We had the car break down just pulling off of the exit into the town, and managed to coast into a truck stop, where we had the manager offer to take us to the funeral home. The whole way there, she's talking about how her grandpa worked for my great grandpa's brother, and how the family name is still alive up there. It's kind of funny, because apparently my grandmother's uncle was the mayor of the town, and owned the bank in town back in the day. The hospitality we recieved was fantastic. The scene up there was absolutely beautiful. It's still a farming town, and most of the properties on the outskirts are huge farms. There was about three feet of snow everywhere, and everything had this unique smell. The cemetary was gorgeous, and small, and I have never had so many people open car doors for me, help me out of cars, help me across ice. I'm not used to that kind of kindness, seeing as I live in a big city. The service was beautiful. The bishop in my grandparents' ward said a few very heartfelt and touching words about my grandpa, and they had a small graveside dedication. All in all, I really enjoyed seeing everyone, and finding out my roots. I may want to make a point to start going up there. It's beautiful, and so relaxed. I've decided I'm going to finish the afghan I meant for my grandpa and give it to my grandma as a birthday gift.
  22. Thanks everyone so much. The ache has finally started to throb down, instead of being a sharp ache. I finally feel a little more whole. The loss is becoming a lot easier to bear. I'm sure I'll get that last bit of closure once the burial is over and done with, and then it's back to normal life. I got the opportunity last night to go to a super bowl party, and had tons of fun. I actually managed to stay awake through the whole thing, instead of falling asleep at the end of the 3rd quarter like past years. I think it helped knowing that my grandpa's team was playing. It's a bummer that they didn't win, but still, that was an awesome game, and a great party. Thank you all again! I really appreciate your support through this!
  23. It was a little postcard I got because of my subscription to Crochet! magazine. As soon as I get some contact information, I'll make sure to post it here, even if it's just a website. It's really awesome. $14.99 a month plus shipping and handling for all the yarn you need and the pattern, and it includes both a knit and crochet pattern so you can choose which one you do.
  24. Wow, thank you to everyone for the overwhelming sympathy and compassion. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. It's a great help. I talked to my mom about the possibility of me finishing the afghan and putting it in the casket with my grandpa, and she said my grandma doesn't want anything in with him. They didn't want any flowers, nothing, nor a big funeral. So, I may extend the afghan through the rest of this ball of yarn and give it to my grandmother as a prayer shawl. My heart is still absolutely breaking, but I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday because I slept really hard last night. I have to admit, I gave in to a tranq.... . I just really needed some sleep. I hadn't slept since I found out, and was starting to see things, lol. My energy is renewed today, and I may pick up that afghan and bring it with me to the super bowl party I'm going to tonight and try to get more of it finished. Stitcher, you should not be jealous. Grief from the loss of a grandparent is SO hard! Before this, the only person I know who's died is one of our family friends that we weren't particularly close with. It's hard to cope with that, but wow, I never expected to cry as much as I have or feel like I've lost so much. Aelita, from me on your grandmother. I was expecting to crochet all day and all night the past two days, but I just couldn't. It was so hard to look at the projects I was working on without crying. There were a couple I was working on for my grandpa, and one I was working on for my grandma. I may finish them all up to give myself some closure, and give them to my grandma. Losing my grandfather really has been like losing my dad. I really haven't had a relationship with my dad because he's been dodging all over the place, and I don't really know him. But, my grandpa has always been there for me. He's been the greatest man in my life. I remember the last time he ended up in the hospital was about 5 days after my birthday, so around December 20. We rushed up there to see him, because he's been suffering for about the past 18 months, having strokes, heart attacks, etc. He seemed to be totally unresponsive when we first walked in, just staring at the ceiling, but the second he saw me, his face just lit right up and he grabbed my hand and just shook it. It was so nice to see that light in his eyes again. We went with him up to his hospital room once he was finally admitted, and he grabbed my hand again and tried to mouth "I love you". I hugged him and told him I did too, and I would come up to see him again as soon as I could. Unfortunately, that was the last time I saw him. I feel like I missed something, feel like I didn't say that one last thing.
  25. I loved this most recent issue. I have to make that cat bed! Actually, I've got to add all of those projects to my ever-growing to-do list. After we have a family funeral, I'm going to the yarn store!
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