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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Addition to the Spiderman afghan pattern page

I have added links to my pattern page, they are to two videos that I believe will help with most problems encountered.  If either of the ladies who made them want their link removed, please contact me and I will do so.  But I feel that the help you are giving the people who are working hard on the afghan are well worth allowing the links to stay on the page.

There are the two video links that I added ;

This one has helped others with questions about the vertical ribbing -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4qoHUprCSk

And this one seems to be in general work on the afghan -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS-PTao3mo4

Thank you so much for making the videos.  I can not, and know that your videos have helped a LOT of people.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year, A New Goal

Another new year is here, but it seems that it hasn't been but a few weeks since we celebrated the newness of 2013!

As my Mom told me numerous times, the older we get, the faster time passes.  Sure was sad to find that she was right.  She also told me that I should take better care of myself because in my older years I would be very glad I had. Again, she was 100% right.  I'll be 70 this summer and feel more like 90 at the youngest!  Yes, I had fun, sometimes had a real blast, but now that it has caught up with me I realize that the fun when young is not worth the pain and suffering when one is older. 
Ah well, I Played as a Youngster and now am Paying as an Oldster~  It's kind of like using a credit card for purchases, sooner or later you have to pay the bill.

This past Fall I had another hospital event.  Had to go to the ER, feeling awful, and had emergency surgery as quickly as the doctors got there and prep me and themselves.  What I had thought was possibly a stomach ulcer, turned out to be my gallbladder.  It had already begun going gangrene. Yuck!  The doc said that I was very lucky I did not put off coming in any longer, or I might not have made it.  Last year it was the appendix, which had not gone gangrene, but did start to ooze poisonous yuck as they lifted it out.
  I asked him if there were any other organs that I needed to be on the watch for signs of needing to be taken out, but he said that he thought I was clear now.  Sure hope so, doctor and hospital bills are horrendous, even with two health insurance policies! But thank goodness that we do have them!

So now I am trying to get back to crocheting daily, and hubby & I set two goals for 2014, not actually New Year's Resolutions, but goals that we plan to meet by years end. 
  First, is to eat less and healthier. It sure hurt today to get up and have no pastry waiting to be devoured! But we'll adjust to it in a few weekends.  I'm sure that a bowl of oatmeal is much healthier than pastry from Publix, even if it doesn't taste quite as good.
  Second, is to declutter and clear the house of things we no longer use.  It will be easier now than later on, and we both want the house neater and more enjoyable. But it will be very hard to get rid of things that bring back good memories. Still, it's needful. If we ever have to move into an apartment so we don't have yard & upkeep to do on our home, we would have to have a lot less Stuff.

Sadly, our cats refused to go on the healthier diet with us. They threatened to put mice in the bed and in our shoes if we cut off their treats. While neither of us are afraid of mice, we do draw the line at having them in our bed or shoes. So the cats still get their treats. And we make a lap for them upon demand. And believe me, they demand a LOT!  LOL~
But could you turn away a cat being so mannerly while waiting for her share of a buttered biscuit?


On my crochet front, I'm hooking a simple hat for our grandson, and working on the squares for an afghan for my BFF of 46 years.  Isn't the pattern lovely?

 
Her colors are rose, dark green, and cream. It is so pretty and will look great in her bedroom!
 
Ok, so tell me what YOU are up to in this brand new year!  I'll be hoping to hear about your goals and plans too~



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wow! Want to be more "Green" in your everyday life?

Check out this idea from Mother Earth News telling us how to make our own plastic wrap from 100% cotton fabric and bees wax! Beeswax Fabric

I would never have thought of this, but love the idea.  Can't use it for hubby's daily work lunch due to his job.  Everything he carries through the gates must be in clear, see-through bags or containers.  But for anyone on a "normal" job, this is a great idea!

There are a ton of other great ideas on MEN as well.  Ways to go Green, as well as ways to simply live Life easier and better.

Check them out, I don't think you'd be disappointed at all.

Happy Summer!

beeswax bag

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spiderman Fan's Afghan

If you have gotten the pattern more than just a few days ago, but have not yet begun to make the afghan, please go back to the pattern here on my blog to see if there are updates you should have.

Due to so many questions from people about certain aspects of the pattern, I have altered some of the wording to help make it easier to understand, and have added a few "notes" for things that are not the same on a round ripple as on a square/rectangular ripple afghan.

And as always, if you have any problems or questions about it, you can reach me at
Stitch_n_Frog  at  mchsi  dot  com

Happy Hooking!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Healthy Hands for Crocheters, taken from Crochet World's Talking Crochet Newsletter

This is not my smarts showing, rather it is from Talking Crochet, the newsletter by Crochet World magazine.  And is excellent advice.

You can read it here or at Healthy Hands at Talking Crochet Newsletter

I receive their newsletter and it always has good advice, great ideas, and even give-aways.  It's free, no cost to us, and very enjoyable to get in your In Box.  There's a link at the bottom that will take you to their home page, where you can look around and sign up to receive it too if you want.

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Healthy Hands


Many of you are such ardent crocheters that you spend several hours a day working the hook. That's wonderful, but it also raises some concerns about maintaining good hand health. Activities that require small, repetitive movements can cause muscle disorders; therefore, it's important for crafters to be aware of the risks and to do what they can to minimize them.

Of course, if you feel pain when you crochet, the best thing to do is consult your doctor. The medical community has been trying to tackle the issue of repetitive muscle disorders for several decades and has made progress in understanding its causes and cures. From my own experience, as someone who crochets many hours a day and has a bit of arthritis, I have learned to follow certain guidelines. Let me share them.

  1. Maintain good posture while working.
  2. Avoid a tight grip on the hook or yarn; keep hands relaxed.
  3. Take breaks.
  4. Stretch the hands, fingers, wrists and other parts of the upper arm regularly.
  5. Use ergonomic hooks.

By being attentive to these factors, I have been able to continue to crochet for long periods without causing additional discomfort.

If you'd like to learn more about this topic, there is some interesting information at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration at this link. The focus here is on workers who do commercial sewing, but there is much that relates to crochet.

Talking Crochet Newsletter

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

S. L. O. W. Crocheting Year So Far

Have you ever hit a 'slump' in your favorite hobby/pastime?  Every now and then, I hit a slump where I simply can't crochet . . .  And it's horrible!  I miss doing it, and want to do it, but just can't sit still or concentrate enough to manage.

A very nice lady (whom I do not know at all) ordered a Piggy Cell Phone Pouch this past Saturday. Aaaaaargh!  I've been in this slump since January and did not think to remove the finished items from my Etsy store . . . .

So I bit the bullet, got out the yarn and hooks, and got going on it.  It was not easy, and I had to do it in many many short sessions.  About ten minutes was all I could stand to sit 'n crochet at a time.  But it is done, and in the mail as of late yesterday afternoon~  Yay!

This is him/it.  Hopefully she will like it Ok.

It's not proven yet, but it may have shaken me from the slump.  At least I am now working on an Angry Bird scarf for a great-nephew in Arizona.  We're mailing a box out there Friday, and I wanted the scarf to go in along with the two hats for his Mom and Grandmother. 

So, howz your week shaping up?  If my crocheting urge continues, my week is Great!

Monday, March 25, 2013

And the winner is . . . .

Would Joan Robertson and Dannie-K118 please send your email addresses to me at Stitch_n_Frog@mchsi.com so that I can send the patterns to you?

Since there were only your two comments, I decided to declare the drawing a Tie and give both patterns to both of you~

Happy Hooking!