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Fri we had lunch at another one of the restaurants at the village.  Then we had an apppintment at our unit so my niece and sis could look it over and help me figure out where to put things.  Sis also picked up on a few minor things maintenance should take care of. Sat we worked the bonsai exhibit.  A sumi artist from Japan that is in town setting up an exhibit at one of the galleries stopped by which was sort of exciting.  We also signed up 6 new members which has never happened.  

Today we are headed to the title company to drop off contract (100 mile round trip).  Then to the bank to get papers notarized and stop by the PO to mail them. Scheduled to get new tires on suv Thurs morning (80 mile round trip).  Electric Co-op meeting Fri night (45 mile round trip).  And its time to spend a couple of days on the mower.  

Mona your shawl is gorgeous.  I wasnt sure how big to make them either.  I havent made shawls before and have no experience  with using them.  I have been pretty much using up 2 cakes.  If I underestimate how much to leave for the border and run short I have been pulling it apart and redoing it so it works out.  It seemed like a nice size.

Mary I am so excited to have Donna back and hear she wants to see this place active again.  

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Good morning. Not terribly hot here, but quite humid.  Rain is in the forecast and we need it.  Seems kind of bad to say that, since Lake Michigan water levels are dangerously high and there have been quite a few drownings there since the beginning of summer.  

 

I finished the small throw finally. Now I am busy knitting the leftovers from that project into my leftovers blanket.  I attached a picture, but I was too lazy to take it upstairs, so it’s draped over my ironing board.

 

Mary, I was wondering where you were!  Hope you get to enjoy a quieter week!

 

Brenda, I am tired just looking at your plans for the week!  If hubby drives, you will have lots of time to crochet though!

 

 

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Cindy, your throw is pretty! We're in the high 80's, low 70's at night here this week, which is nice for us but not so much for the farmers.

Brenda, I sympathize with your round trips. We're in a small town in a rural county. It's a 40 mile round trip to the nearest Walmart or real grocery store. 70 mile round trip to DH's eye dr. 140 or so round trip to the oncologist and assorted other specialists. It really eats up a lot of time, but still we enjoy being rural. No stop lights in our whole county. LOL

I decided to stop on the shawl not too far into the second skein. It seemed about the right minimum size for me. I'm not sure who'll get it at this point. Maybe a DIL and they are both slim. I've got two skeins of another color, maybe sphinx, that I got at the same time--might make it larger. 

I didn't get the yard mowed over the weekend and there's rain coming in maybe this afternoon. Hope I'll be able to do it before it gets here or else it'll be Wednesday or Thursday. But it's like the housework, it'll be there waiting on me whenever I get to it.

After tomorrow's doctor's apt hopefully it'll be a quiet week. I can't believe July is gone and school is just around the corner.

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Cindy beautiful throw!  Would you mind cross posting it under show and tell?  Donna and I thought maybe that was a little thing members could do that would help generate more interest in Crochetville.   I dont read or crochet in the car because I will get car sick.  I cant ride seated backwards like on trains either.  I have been in the car with my niece at the wheel in a big empty parking lot and when she took off in reverse to turn around I got car sick.

Mona I knew you could sympathize.  I think about your drive every time I see you have an appointment.   It was an adjustment for me when I married dh and moved out here 22 years ago.  Before that my world was all within a 5 mile radius----work, dr, dentist, parents , friends, church, grocery store, etc. I am looking forward to life being like that once again.  Problem here is many of the large tracts of farm land have been broken up into 5 and 10 acre plots.  People move out here so the can run their atvs up and down the road even though its really illegal, shoot off guns and fire works, and have obnoxiously loud parties all of which gets on dh's nerves.  I told him they have laws against all that in the city.  We also have lousey cell coverage and dont have access to affordable high speed internet (which is a very big problem in rural areas throughout the state.)  We get a lot of dust off the road too.  On the shawls I had no idea where to stop.  If it was for my one sister she would want it huge even though she is skin and bones.  She is the one that wanted the huge afghan from the inherited squares so she could roll up in it or else she didnt want it all.  I like smaller ones to throw over me in my recliner and not stretch all out from its weight and get tangled in it.  I am on the plus side so 2 cakes seemed ok yet not horribly big for a smaller person.  I have a hard time when its something I have never used or made before.  I sort of want to try out an infinity scarf but havent decided what to try. Maybe I should be on the lookout for a pattern that would work with the Lion Brand Mandala yarn since its so soft.

 

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The rain got here, but I got the yard mowed first. And added part 4 to my planet earth blanket. Had BLTs for supper. So a pretty good afternoon even if I didn't get a swim in today.

Brenda, the Mandala would be great in a scarf. I've made this pattern although it's for a #4 yarn: https://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/infinite-shells-cowl. It is a straight sew together not a mobius twist.

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Mona thanks for the link.  Thats a pretty stitch pattern.  You got a lot done today.  Now I want blts.

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Hi peeps!

Cindy I love the flower square in the lapghan - so pretty!

II'm working on a baby blanket gift - requested by a neighbor. We put our heads together and she chose a super simple pattern: Pale pink, blue, yellow and white  - in 8 inch granny squares. Easy peasy!

She asked it I could have it ready by October - I almost spit out my coffee when I read her note three days ago, and DH rolled his eyes. As fast as i work you're probably talking two weeks🤣 I already have the yellow squares done, will start the blue ones today - but Michaels had to ship the pink and white, which should arrive before the end of the week. The store is a disappointment lately, with neither of those two colors in stock at all.

DH is up to here with the summer heat and humidity. During our cool spring he kept complaining, asking when he could start wearing shorts. I warned him to be careful what he wished for...

I DETEST SUMMER.

Stay well, my friends!

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Boy, it's been quite a day. DH slept worst that usual--steroids on chemo day often keep him awake. I actually slept late and he got up late. DIL called at 9:30 to see if I could keep the grandkids--they had an emergency repair at their rental house after the AC drip pan in the attic malfunctioned and part of the ceiling came down. I ended up with the three kids--ages 6, 4, and 1 1/2--for almost 8 hours. Sure lets you know how old you are. Didn't accomplish anything except doing a couple of loads of clothes and meals. At least I ended the day with a swim. Now if DH can get the friends visiting to go home and we can get to bed at a reasonable hour. 

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Hi Ladies. :)

Brenda ~ You all have been very busy!  How great that you already know some people at your new home...it sounds like a wonderful community!

Cindy ~ The throw is gorgeous and the colors are perfect!  It sounds like you are enjoying retirement. :yes

Mona ~ I hope you both got a better night's sleep last night.  I totally understand about the grand kids wearing you out.  Luke and Zach are 9 and 6 and still like to come over, but they get bored easily.  They still love our 'big park' and playing outside, but now it is in the 100's which makes it difficult.  We've been playing board games and I have a jig saw puzzle going on my (seldom used) dining room table.

Judy ~ Yep, the heat and humidity have been really bad here, too.  Our Michael's has cut back on their yarn department so much they might as well do away with it.  Of course, they're a block from Hobby Lobby and Joann's. 

Hi to the rest of the House, too. ♥♥♥

I've been working in the yard early in the mornings.  We now have almost full sun in the back yard and will add more grass sod around Sept. first.  We've always had an arborist come every other year, but these two were starting to rest on our roof and the neighbors' roofs.  They couldn't be pruned up anymore or they would have looked like palm trees. Lol  And we lost most of the grass because of the heavy shade!   At least I'm getting more vitamin D now!

Not much crochet time, but I have made a couple of ribbed scarves.  Those long rows seem to take forever!

Have a good afternoon/evening, friends. :manyheart

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Hi peeps!

Went to Hobby Lobby when our retired friends came over last week....she asked for a baby ghan to gift someone. So....it's true: I LOVE THIS YARN!  Even hubby came over to where I was working and his eyes grew huge as he squished the yarn, commenting on how soft it is.

She picked two shades of blue, but the next day I reached out and suggested adding soft white, which i actually had in stash. Looks amazing! Just granny squares, which she loved when I showed her, and the soft white border. Should have it done in a week.

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"We love newcomers with their excitement and new ideas - so everyone is welcome to join! Trust me, you'll begin to feel like part of the "family" in short order. And never forget: everyone was a beginner at one time, so don't be shy to share pictures of your work or ask questions.

Our crochet-a-long thread crochets their own projects most often, though there have been times we managed to work on the same thing at the same time. There are also times we're here just for support when anyone needs a listening ear. Also, we never talk politics or religion, as is the case with any successful and smooth-running internet group, as this one is. " end quote

Getting a bit busy on the forum for me to follow, so I hope I can join in and see what everybody is working on, all in one room.  

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NCcountrygal welcome to the group!  It is great having new people.  We are actually very excited to see all the activity around here.  It had gotten so slow and quiet that many of us feared the place would be closed down any day but a few of us vowed to hang on til the bitter end meanwhile hoping for a revival.  I have made some of my best friends here.  

Judy sounds like its going to be a beautiful baby afghan. I like the Hobby Lobby yarn too.  When I need a specific color and cant find it in other brands I often find it there.

Mona hope you finally made it to bed the other night.  It reminded me of one of the times we visited dh's cousin.  A couple stopped by early evening to see her and stayed until after midnight.  They never took the hint that we were visiting from out of town and that it was years between each visit.  It also reminded me of my dad in his old age.  He went to bed at 8pm no matter who was there.

Mary we are just keeping the place mowed and giving up on the pruning.  I suspect the new owner will be over with his bobcat rearranging things.  We hauled another load of stuff off Sat.  My niece offered to store my many totes of yarn.  Got set up online with an account with title company so we can track the progress there.  Lawyer called back after his military leave to tell dh things were moving along on straightening out his retirement. We have an appointment with the mover to come out on Thurs.   

Today we are visiting with dh's distant cousin from FL at the genealogy library.  Their third great grandfathers were brothers.  We met her while doing genealogy research after she moved from this area.  

 

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Thanks Brenda.  The format I think feels too busy for me  Main section, side sections, browse, Activity.  🙂  Maybe, I just need to stick to one and ignore the others.  Lack of sleep doesn't help.  Tomorrow is a new day.

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2 hours ago, NCcountrygal said:

Thanks Brenda.  The format I think feels too busy for me  Main section, side sections, browse, Activity.  🙂  Maybe, I just need to stick to one and ignore the others.  Lack of sleep doesn't help.  Tomorrow is a new day.

Please post your feelings about the format here. 

https://forum.crochetville.com/topic/161475-post-here-for-problems-related-to-july-2019-forum-upgrade/page/3/?tab=comments#comment-2760771

I have heard that a lot.  Donna might have suggestions to help when she gets back from vacation.  I am here on my phone with mobile version but I thought when I was on a pc you had an option to hide some of the things you are mentioning.  You can also use filters and set it up so you come to the site select an icon and it brings up what you want.  Mine is set so that I get

unread 

Showing all content I have not read and posted since my last visit.

 

 

This way you dont have to wade through everything searching for new posts.  We have members that eventually started linking directly into a cal but they are missing out.  

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Some of it is just getting use to and learning what is repetitive stuff.  I have asked about the side bar being removable or collapsible.  Just figured that out for the main section.  I saw the unread button and then marked everything read, so that will help me not feel so overloaded.

Slept better.  Dog woke me at 4am and I let her out(fenced backyard) and back to bed, but just semi dozed.  Working a potholder pattern today as a pillow for dil.  Gray skies this am.

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48 minutes ago, NCcountrygal said:

Some of it is just getting use to and learning what is repetitive stuff.  I have asked about the side bar being removable or collapsible.  Just figured that out for the main section.  I saw the unread button and then marked everything read, so that will help me not feel so overloaded.

Slept better.  Dog woke me at 4am and I let her out(fenced backyard) and back to bed, but just semi dozed.  Working a potholder pattern today as a pillow for dil.  Gray skies this am.

I think a lot of us old time members feel the same way.  The format before this one was easier to navigate so we were not happy with the change and some left then.  But the old one had a very crummy mobile version.  It is nice having it set up so that when I select the sheet of paper icon that threads that have received posts since my last visit are what pops up.  I had to ask for help in getting set up with this format.  The old system you just selected the filters and saved them.  I tried that but they wouldnt save.  This one seems I had to select new activity stream then select filters.  I dont think I would have figured it out on my own.  Until I asked Donna a few weeks ago what days won on our profile meant none of us had a clue.  Donna had to research it.  On uploading photos I just learned that if I selected insert other media it brings up every photo I have ever uploaded here.  I just had never pushed that button to see what happens.

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We plan on reducing expenses such as desktop pc/ethernet internet/phone and going to a mobile phone later in the year.  Once that happens probably will be less online, as those screens are so small.  I'm glad Crochetville is thriving, it's nice to have this place.  I'll learn a little more each day as I explore more.

My personal goal is to organize all my patterns and yarn into projects I want to get made and that is easier said than done.  😁

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To be honest I only come here via my phone and its fine.  In fact you might find the mobile version more to your liking as some of the things you are not liking just arent here to clutter things up.   I am actually on here way more because of my phone.  With the computer I have to turn it on wait for it to load and then get online and its dialup.  Takes forever if it even decides to connect that day.   Phone is by my chair or with me when I am out. I want to see whats happening here just grab phone and I am here in seconds (if I have signal)  Our laptop may go weeks without even being turned on.  My phone is older with the smaller screen so chubby fingers and little keypad is challenging.  Dh's phone is just a little larger and his keypad is so much easier to use.  

My patterns are in dire need of organization paperwise and digital.  I need to get them moved off my phone as they are taking up a lot of memory.  I really should put a memory card in my phone.

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Welcome, Diana....

And I'm afraid I'm also guilty of just coming here to the two crochet-a-longs I'm involved with. If I didn't do that, I would find myself getting lost down a rabbit hole🤣

38 minutes ago, NCcountrygal said:

We plan on reducing expenses such as desktop pc/ethernet internet/phone and going to a mobile phone later in the year.  Once that happens probably will be less online, as those screens are so small.  I'm glad Crochetville is thriving, it's nice to have this place.  I'll learn a little more each day as I explore more.

My personal goal is to organize all my patterns and yarn into projects I want to get made and that is easier said than done.  😁

I recently went through my yarn closet and did that - stuff is lumped together in color groups for my usual baby or lap blankets. I'm still trying to get rid of patterns I KNOW I don't have the patience to do at this point in my life....😜

 

Happy hooking, everyone! 

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Patterns are my rabbit hole. Books, booklets, stacks and stacks of printed out ones, lots on my computer. Some printed out ones in notebooks by type of pattern but sooo many more that need to be sorted.

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Brenda:"To be honest I only come here via my phone and its fine.  In fact you might find the mobile version more to your liking as some of the things you are not liking just arent here to clutter things up"

I hadn't thought about that. Smaller screen= less distraction.  Good to know.

"My patterns are in dire need of organization paperwise and digital.  I need to get them moved off my phone as they are taking up a lot of memory.  I really should put a memory card in my phone. "
 
Too easy to slide down the rabbit hole that's for sure. So many patterns, but nowhere near the time and dollars to make it all. lol  Better get that memory card, Brenda or store it in the cloud.

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Judy: "I recently went through my yarn closet and did that - stuff is lumped together in color groups for my usual baby or lap blankets. I'm still trying to get rid of patterns I KNOW I don't have the patience to do at this point in my life..."
I had started with fiber thickness(fingering to heavier yarns), then colors. That helped a little bit, until I realized my patterns are all over the place. Every time I saw a yarn color or thickness, I had to rummage through patterns upon patterns...then lost interest or worse found a new pattern online."

Over the years, I've delved into so many different crochet projects and that required all different thread/yarn thicknesses.  Like you, I want to simplify, enjoy and not fret too much.

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Mona: "Patterns are my rabbit hole. Books, booklets, stacks and stacks of printed out ones, lots on my computer. Some printed out ones in notebooks by type of pattern but sooo many more that need to be sorted. "

I understand.  Sooo, easy, but then before you know it you have a library and a yarn shop(all those good sales and bargains are so hard to pass by).

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@NCcountrygal I can understand the feeling of struggling to with keep up with activity on the forum. :help On the one hand, I don't want you to feel overwhelmed. On the other hand, I'm glad to see the forum picking up again; it's so exciting. :jumpyay

I think it's helpful to find the features that work for you and ignore the others. I like these:

Under the "Activity" drop-down on the left-hand side, "Content I Started" and "Content I Posted In" can help narrow things down a bit if you just want to do a quick check in. Also, "Content I Follow" if you've you're following any forums or topics.

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Then, over on the right-hand side, under the search box is the "world icon" which you can click on and get a drop-down of your notifications. These would be notifications of new replies in threads you've posted in and threads you follow as well as notifications of private messages.

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I hope this helps, and please do make any suggestions you might have, no matter how small, in Forum Help & Suggestions or you can private message me directly. :yes

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On 8/4/2019 at 6:30 PM, NCcountrygal said:

Thanks Brenda.  The format I think feels too busy for me  Main section, side sections, browse, Activity.  🙂  Maybe, I just need to stick to one and ignore the others.  Lack of sleep doesn't help.  Tomorrow is a new day.

I'm gad to have your feedback, @NCcountrygal! :ty  The side section or sidebar just leads you to activity that is going on in topics in the main section (by which I think you mean the home page with the list of all the subforums) I think the sidebar is helpful to some as a shortcut. If it's more confusing than helpful to you, I'd just ignore it. If I had the ability to make the sidebar collapsible for members, I would do that. They are always adding new features to the forum software, so maybe that will come in the future.

Also, "Browse" and "Activity" are intended to help you find new replies and content. You may find some of the shortcuts are more useful to you than others. After you've spent some time exploring what each one does, you may find some that are a good fit for how you use Crochetville. If not, I'm happy to help in any way that I can. I'm trying to keep up but it's difficult to read everything everywhere along with the behind-the-scenes work I'm doing. Best places to reach me are in in Forum Help & Suggestions or you can private message me directly. :yes

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Second Wednesday in a row to go south. DS (who's out of town) had another issue at his rental house, so I had the grands for about 4 hours this afternoon while DIL tackled it. Now I'm pooped and didn't get anything done today. I did get in a little crochet time here and there while they were playing--still working on this week's part of the planet earth cal, lots of trc bp and fp. We're going to the nearest larger town to us tomorrow--taking a truck part to be repaired, Walmart, pick up CPAP assessories, eat lunch, and whatever else DH has on his list, so that'll take care of the biggest part of the day.

I got my new kindle in (don't remember if I mentioned the charging port stopped working on the old one last Wednesday) but can't do much except get on line until the new sd card comes in. DH ordered the parts to put a new charging port on it--we'll see how that goes. 

Hope everyone is having a good week and it's not too hot where you are (heat index 107 here).

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3 hours ago, Donna said:

I'm gad to have your feedback, @NCcountrygal! :ty  The side section or sidebar just leads you to activity that is going on in topics in the main section (by which I think you mean the home page with the list of all the subforums) I think the sidebar is helpful to some as a shortcut. If it's more confusing than helpful to you, I'd just ignore it. If I had the ability to make the sidebar collapsible for members, I would do that. They are always adding new features to the forum software, so maybe that will come in the future.

Also, "Browse" and "Activity" are intended to help you find new replies and content. You may find some of the shortcuts are more useful to you than others. After you've spent some time exploring what each one does, you may find some that are a good fit for how you use Crochetville. If not, I'm happy to help in any way that I can. I'm trying to keep up but it's difficult to read everything everywhere along with the behind-the-scenes work I'm doing. Best places to reach me are in in Forum Help & Suggestions or you can private message me directly. :yes

Thank you, Donna.  I'm getting more use to the features and what best works for me.  Still a-learning. 😁 I can only imagine how difficult it is for you to keep up with the forum and behind the scenes!  

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