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Happy Anniversary to the man who tolerates me

With divorce rates higher than they should be, I am pleased to take this non-crochet (somewhat) spot on my blog to say “Happy 14th Anniversary” to the man who tolerates me.

Yup – love is a wonderful thing but love cannot allow a person to remain blind their entire life. Eventually you will start noticing the flaws of your partner… and one of two things can happen: accept or reject, tolerate or irritate. In the 14 years of marriage, I can say that there are a few things I choose the negative on but they aren’t deal breakers. But for the most part, I choose to fully accept the man and tolerate those little “eh” traits that may not be the most desirable. But ya know what – he tolerates mine too.

He tolerates:
– my inability to just stick with something and not do crazy stuff like go back to school on a whim to get a whole new degree that I may or may not use upon graduation but I like learning and it’s worth going back to school just to learn *BIG BREATH*
– my tendency to talk a lot, out loud, to myself… to help make decisions and go in big circles until I finally come to a good decision only to follow it with “whatdya think? sound good?”
– a very very very very very large … hmmm stash (?) of yarn and other craft related items
– my whimsical nature
– my never having enough time to clean the house because I’m busy being a student, worker, mother, wife, artist, crocheter, and who knows what else I find to fill my time
– my nagging nature when things don’t seem to go my way all the time (yes, I can be difficult!)
– my asking him every night “what’s for dinner” and never having any input of my own
– my gaming habit (although this has gotten TONS better *laughing*)
– my passion for new technology and fun things that cost money
– that one genre of music I genuinely enjoy but he seems to think is a bit melancholy
– did I mention my yarn stash?
– my seriously quirky sense of humor and inability to stop talking

Ya know, without asking him, I’m sure I could add on to the list 10 times over, but ya know what – there is no need.

Before anyone freaks out and says “oh good gracious, why would you be married to someone who *tolerates* you” … the answer is simple: tolerance doesn’t have to be a negative thing – it is a form of acceptance and love that I think many people in the world could stand to adopt into their day to day lives. He loves me no matter what – and that is what tolerance helps with. Nobody is perfect so tolerance is that little extra “umph” you get to help you move past any flaws and find the beauty within.

So… I take this moment to say “Thank you, my dearest husband, for 14 wonderful years and I look forward to many many more – through sickness and in health, richer and poorer (although we’ve nailed the poorer, let’s try the richer part now hehehe), for better or for worse.”

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

Edging

My mother is a fantastic seamstress. She is really amazing at all the crafts she does. She taught me to embroider and crochet. She taught me to sew … she is an invaluable resource for me.

The lessons I learned for all crafts seem to apply to the others. The lesson I bring to you today is about edging.

When my mom was teaching me to sew, she told me to never make it sloppy. Don’t take shortcuts, even if others can’t see them. Always finish your seam because if you don’t, the piece will look unfinished.

This lesson is directly applicable to my crochet today. While she never told me to edge my crochet, it comes natural to me, especially with her lessons from sewing ringing in the back corner of my  mind. When I’m working on a piece, I believe that when possible, you should edge it. It makes the piece look more professional… it makes the piece look officially “finished.”

I suppose this is a blog to pass this lesson on to you, the reader and ask – do you feel the same way? What are your favorite edgings?

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

Small Oval Gift Bag [Pattern]

Final Gift Bag

I really like to crochet practical items beyond wearables. Sometimes, I find myself in need of a gift bag and with plenty of balls of yarn around, I just don’t think it’s practical to run out to Walmart and get another 3 dollar paper bag when I can create something with love that is reusable and will be more appreciated than the cheap folded paper bag. I find it is good to make a few up in your spare time to have on hand for those “just in case” moments.

The following is my pattern to create a gift bag. The bag itself measures about 4 and a half inches wide and you can make it as tall as you like. The ruffle on top measures just over 1 inch.

I hope you enjoy the pattern and find that it serves a great purpose in making those little gifts even more special. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Original Patterns

 

Finishing may be difficult….

I’m working on a scrapghan – it’s a simple scrapghan and honestly, if I had my camera with me I would take a picture and post it here. I’m making a very large granny square using a very large hook with several strands of yarn at once. I love the color sequence and how colors and textures that are completely unrelated are able to blend together nicely as each ball of yarn disappears into the -ghan.

I do like this lovely and cannot wait to drape it across my queen size bed. I think it’ll be fabulous for spring and fall weather. But… I am having trouble finishing it, especially now that it is getting larger.

In theory, this scrapghan should work up quickly, and up until recently, it was. Why is it not, you ask? Well… I keep falling asleep under it!

I live in an older house which can be read as “drafty.” I begin to crochet and the toasty laziness of a rainy Sunday afternoon sets in and I fall asleep – and it doesn’t even have to be rainy…. or Sunday!

For example, last night I came home from work and put on my workout clothes. They say once you are dressed, you are more likely to complete the workout. But I found that I was so hungry that I wanted to eat first. So, I made dinner for the kids and me. Of course… being full, I didn’t want to work out. I was going to let my stomach settle and then tackle the calorie burn. So – what better way to kill an hour or two than to crochet, since we all know cleaning house or doing homework is out of the question (or at least I put it out of the question very quickly). The children were off playing and I began hooking. The next thing I know, I wake up at 9:55pm only because the dog nudged my arm to go out.

!!!!!!

It was an over 3 hour nap! Obviously I must have been tired and the toastiness of that lovely -ghan put me over the edge. Oh it was a lovely nap, not to mention “much needed;” however, it brings into question how quiet my kids can play. They know if I woke up, it would be showers and bed at 9pm… so they *can* be quieter…. when they want to.

Odd enough, I was too well-rested to go to bed at a decent hour so here I am, a wee bit drowsy because I got so excited over a possible new stitch… but I’ll save that for later.

Until next time – happy crocheting!
– Cris

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

say that 3 times real fast…

Image from Bernat.com

Bernat’s Baby Bobble Blanket
Bernat’s Baby Bobble Blanket
Bernat’s Baby Bobble Blanket
Bernat’s Baby Bobble Blanket
Bernat’s Baby Bobble Blanket….

*whew*

Well, it’s on one of my hooks with no end in site. (Here’s a LINK to the pattern).

A friend’s wife is pregnant and due in 3 months .. hmmm, is it still 3 months or are the calendar pages falling off quickly? Well, at the beginning of January I decided to make them a lovely baby blanket. I figured I’d take the easy way out and find a free pattern. This lovely from Bernat caught my eye and quickly caught my hook. I think it is absolutely lovely and the soft baby green I am using looks amazing… in the 8 inches I’ve completed in the last month!

That’s right – 8 inches! I don’t think I’m a very slow crocheter, but I have got to say, this pattern has slowed me down to almost stopping. And of course, anyone who knows me knows that I have a problem with taking too long to do one task. If I have ever made you a full-sized afghan this means I really really love you. I get bored so easily and this baby blanket is pushing my limits. I am not sure how many times I have wanted to frog it and start over with a quicker pattern. The only thing stopping me is the time invested in the 8 inches I currently have done. I like the pattern, although I admit I am not sure how much I’m going to like the entire blanket being textured, and I really want my friend and his wife to have this amazing little heirloom-esque baby blanket…. but my patience is wearing thin.

Do you have this problem? Is it just me? What would you do?

UGH – I know I had better just finish the darn thing…. I’ve tried to think of a million non-time related reasons to frog the darn thing but nothing seems to justify tearing up all that work. I know I should just finish it and look forward to the day I can put a picture on my blog of the finished product next to the mailing envelope.

So… in the comments – tell me about your “project that never ends” – have you ever worked on something that seemed like it would never go away? What was it for?

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in My Projects, Pattern Links

 

[Video] Stitches: Triple/Treble Crochet (tr)

This is a video tutorial to show you how to do the triple or treble crochet, often abbreviated tr in patterns.

Happy Crocheting!

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Video Tutorials

 

[Video] Stitches: Double Crochet (dc)

This is a tutorial to walk you through the double crochet, or dc, stitch.

Happy Crocheting!

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Video Tutorials