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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Grandma's Darling -

This  week was full of special events for my eldest granddaughter.  She not only lost a front (lower) tooth, but she also graduated from Pre-School.  

Cap and gown, nonetheless.  Hopefully parents don't have to pay for these.  I have to admit she is absolutely the cutest thing.

Do public schools do this, too? Hopefully not - I can think of better ways for the parents of young children to spend their hard earned money (like food and gas), and certainly don't think schools should be using taxpayer's money to fund this activity (like books and teaching them math). 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer is right around the corner - or IS it?

Today it was less than 50 degrees at 7:00 a.m. here in sunny Idaho.  That is so amazing to me - and even more amazing is that we had only two days above 80 in May, and since it has been in the 60's until this week.  Now we are creeping into the 70's by late in the day.

I have heard that we can expect 90, or near 90, degrees next week - but am hoping they are going to be wrong on that one. I like the 70's thank you.

We have birds galore on our various feeders - Bullock's Oriole, Kingbird, various Finch, various Sparrow, Blackbird, Magpie, Mourning Dove, California Quail, Robin (who only feed on the worms under the feeder!), Hummingbird, and then an occasional Kestrel will fly through, not to mention the Red-tailed Hawk and the Swainson's Hawk.

I kind of have the blues today, carried over from yesterday. Partly due to the various health issues flying around the family and myself, but partly due to Crochet! Magazine.  I pitched a fit already once, but feel like doing it again on line. ;o)

I am trying something new here...a Ravelry "button" - hope it works

I started a lovely vest they have in their latest magazine - designed by Doris Chan.  I read on her thread in Ravelry that there is an errata because Crochet! did not print the design right.  Now mind you, the design is turned in about 9 months BEFORE it is published, so the magazine has at least that long to get it printed out correctly.  What happened to proof readers?  I hate the excuse they give that "we try" but "we aren't perfect" - WHY NOT! You SHOULD be professionals, at least, who TRY to be perfect.

So there I am on row 9 (further along than above) and I thought I was home free...but went back to read the errata once again and see I wasn't reading it correctly. I need to pull out four rows.  Her patterns are not the easiest to follow, so it has taken all my strength and stamina to get this far - now I have to rip it out. Frustrating - very frustrating. I don't know if I have the strength to finish this vest.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fisherman's Ring Potholder

I thought I would try my hand at one of Patricia Hewitt's patterns for a potholder. I used the Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton and a G hook. It's amazing that I can use an F or G easily with this cotton, but not with the Lion's Brand or with the other kitchen type cottons.

The square ended up at about 6", but thought it was too small. I then added edging #130 from Edie Eckman's book. If you have her book for crocheted edgings, note that the second round is wrong ... it says to dc in the dc below - but the "below" stitches are all sc.

The photos were taken with my iPod so are a tad fuzzy. ;o)

Happy June!!!