Monday, April 18, 2005

i did it!!

first things first (because i'm so proud of me):

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woohoo! the pattern called for a sz10 thread and a 5 hook. i only have a 3 and 7. i went with the 7 and this snowflake is only about 3 inches across. obviously, this little guy is unblocked. i'm going to wait until i have several to do at a time. it is called 6 Point Star found at my favorite pattern place on the web: CrochetPatternCentral. Also, check out the sister site KnitPatternCentral

site news - hubby is really trying to get the gallery software installed. for whatever reason, this has been a real pain for him. as soon as it's in, i'll start getting my gallery set up. i'm really excited for this!

knitting - well, it's just pathetic beyond words. i have decided to go take lessons. there is a lady in town that teaches, $15 an hour... i'm trying to convince myself and hubby that it is an investment. it is, RIGHT? i've been asked how i knit... well, after researching the words she used... i use a sling-shot method to cast on and i hold my yarn both english and continental, with no preference. reasons i feel that i need professional help include: i knit sooo tight! it's hard to get my needle through the stitches. and then, when i drop a stitch or any other gazillion mishaps... i just don't know what to do and i end up ripping and ripping! too frustrating! it's 9AM here, just called, her store isn't open yet. i'll try again after 10. hubby is off this week so i should be able to go in whenever i need.

crochet - i have added a foot or so to my son's rainbow blanket! YAY! ends woven in and everything :) i've also been working on several designs... you'll see soon. how's this for funny: first, i totally jacked up the pattern to the Rose Bath Pouf (don't ask what i did, it's embarrassing) then, i lost the whole damn thing!! ball of yarn and all! i have absolutely NO CLUE where this has run off to. so i had hubby pick up another ball of peaches&cream to start again. yes, this time i think i'll get it right. i plan to give the and some MaryKay bath goodies to my mommy for mother's day.... hmmm deja vu. did i tell you this already? maybe i'm just remembering a comment i made on Julie's blog.

my world - oh my goodness! my 2 youngest are fighting worse than my cat and dogs! it's crazy! they have an all out battle over everything! i let them just fight it out last night while at my mom's. boy, she did not like that. she did not like sitting on the sidelines and letting me be mommy... that sounded bad. only because she didn't like seeing her grandbabies tearing at each other's faces and screaming and crying. she's very good at letting me mother and her grandmother. not to say that she doesn't give the occasional opinion ;)
as i said, hubby has the next week off. for several reasons. we have some serious demolition going on in the house. my bathroom is a shell of a room with a toilet. 'tis why we are at my mom's everyday. we have to go somewhere else to shower. joy of all joys, packing up my family of 6 to go bathe at someone else's house. the good thing is, both of hubby's sisters, one of my sisters and my parents and his dad live literally less than 5 minutes away. yes, we are smack in the middle of everyone. one of my sil's and my younger sister live just a block away from each other. they are friendly and visit each other. it's really nice that our families get along so well... despite the HUGE differences. okay, i got WAY off track. back to the bathroom:

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got a little excited with the sledgehammer. yes, that is the outer brick of my house! YIKES!! it's funny. you don't realize how insignificant a house is until you start tearing it down...

another reason hubby is home: he quit his job!! well, not without having a new one lined up :) now he's a government employee. woohoo benefits out the wazoo!!! you military wives will appreciate this: he can't tell me what he does. how crazy is that!?! i mean, i know "generally" what he will be doing, but i'll never know the whole of it. just to be on the safe side, this is as deep as i'll go about that.

alrighty - i've got to start getting ready, we are heading to the builder's supply shop to buy cabinets and toilets and mirrors and sconces.... oh, the high i get from spending money!! YIPPEEE!!! (that's not a problem, is it? :P)


margene said...

Sounds like there is a lot happening in your world! It would be a good investment to have someone 'show you the ropes' of knitting. Pay for only one lesson so you'll know if you like her and her style and then you can decide if you want/need more. Good luck!

Jewels said...

Oh man, how do you have energy every day? LOL,...I have me, hubby and doggie and find it hard sometimes, haha What a busy girl you must be everyday.
I LOVE your snowflake!! I just started doing some thread crochet too, started doing it at lunchbreaks cause it's not heavy to carry back and forth to work every day. I work at a university so it's not the strangest thing people are seen doing at breaks, LOL. Wait til they see me with a drop-spindle in my hand, making the wool!! hehe...

withahook said...

The snowflake looks great!! Yay Snowflake Mondays!!

Vera said...

Congrats on your first snowflake! I love to crochet with thread, and snowflakes are really just little doilies.

As far as your knitting is concerned, while it's good to get lessons, it seems to me that you really just need lots of practice to get rid of bad habits. For some reason, I used to make lots of incomplete stitches when I first started. Knitting tight is a common problem too.

I think it's easier for crocheters to knit continental, but I can't purl that way yet.

I made lots of discloths and a garter stitch baby blanket to practice, and that cured.

Heather said...

Love the snowflake! Great job! I need to start making some too!

emy said...

That snowflake is lovely! Reminds me to get back to crochet soon. I wonder if blocking will get it to hold its shape or do we need to starch it?

And I am with you on the military hubby, just don't ask them too much. They'll tell when they can. :)

Lulu said...

love your snowflake, its beautiful

Emily, Hook Me Up! Crochet said...

What a pretty snowflake! :)
I made my first thread thing just recently... will be posting a pattern soon.

Let me know if you need help with the pouf. I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

Stacey said...

Oh, those bathroom pics brought back the time when we were re-doing our bathroom. We hadn't totally gutted it, but it was a mess in there and we had refinished the tub (wheeeee! fumes!) and it had to cure or something. So lucky that my sister-in-law & brother-in-law still lived a five minute walk away at the time.

Gallery suggestion: Don't know what your web hosting setup is like, but if your host offers Fantastico to install software, it's best to not to install Gallery that way. For some reason the Fantastico installer doesn't include the files that go in the setup directory, which causes no end of problems...

I've heard lots of stories about Gallery being hard to install and set up. I think I must've lucked out because I didn't really know what I was doing for the most part but it worked out ok anyway!


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