May 2004 Archives

Transgraph-X is the brand name of the overlays joining my collection of craft tools around 1987. They are still in my collection today.

The grids created by the overlays can be used as charted patterns for crocheted items (such as blankets and sweaters), as well as designs for filet crochet, cross-stitch, plastic canvas, embroidery, and other crafts. For crocheted items, change the yarn color when the color in the grid changes.

Since photographs are very detailed and colors change quite often, I recommend combining sections of similar colors into one color for simplicity (otherwise, there will be so many more yarn ends to tuck in!). The overlays can be placed over any design: clip art, wallpaper, carvings, children's book images,...

(Be aware of copyright issues.)

Date: December 1987

This Kawasaki Jet Ski cross-stitch design was a Christmas present for Bill in 1987. We were still in the dating stage when I began the project and had moved in together around the time I finished it. All work was done in secret over a period of months: before work, on the BART train going to work and returning home, in the evenings when we didn't see each other.

The pattern was created using a clear plastic grid overlay over a photograph in a Kawasaki 650 Jet Ski brochure. The overlay converted the photograph into a cross-stitch chart. I hadn't heard of this technique before, but it seems to be common now.

A screen shot of today's new header design (mini roses and impatiens) and color scheme. These flowers reside in pots on the black shelf unit on our front porch.


I used a default Movable Type stylesheet for a while on this site. In February 2004, I customized the design to feature a very colorful photograph of quilting fabric. Since I neglected to get a screen shot of that design before starting today's new design, I cannot show a full-size screen shot of that design. However, I did find an older version of the stylesheet that design used. The side navigation colors were adjusted after this version of the stylesheet so I've taken a screen shot of only the header portion for this official record of the quilting fabric header design:

Not much crocheting lately

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Neither of my wrists are 100% after the work-related extreme tendonitis I had in 1992. They got better with 6 months of physical therapy, adjusting my workstation, and learning different ways to open doors, pick up items, and hold things. On a normal day, there is no pain or visible swelling. My wrists get a good workout on the keyboard each workday. Sometimes I do too much keyboarding and one or both wrists ache and/or fingertips tingle or go numb. Varying tasks at work between typing, mousing, researching, attending meetings, etc. helps reduce repetitive stress on my wrists.

When I began crocheting again in fall of 2002, I was wary of reinjuring my wrists and have been very careful to not push myself - after all, what's the rush? Crocheting is supposed to be fun, not a race to the finish!

However, all the crocheting I did in November through February as I worked on the lap blanket for my boss' mother, Paula's full-size blanket, and the two blankets for our living room, led to a slight flare-up of tendonitis in my right wrist in February. So, I stopped mid-project working on the plum-colored lap blanket for our living room to rest up.

Ah, then gardening weather crept into the Bay Area, and I did two heavy-duty planting weekends in early March which led to a stronger flare-up of tendonitis in my right wrist.

No keyboarding, no gardening, no crocheting during our two-week vacation in Kona, Hawaii from the end of March through the first week of April should have helped. But on return from vacation, the pain when moving (and not moving!) my right wrist became worse - maybe it was carrying my camera nearly every day for two weeks? maybe it was the way I hold a book when I read? maybe it was carrying luggage? maybe all those things contributed...

Treatment for about two weeks consisted of regular doses of Ibuprophen (to reduce pain and swelling), rubbing an Icy Hot-type gel around my wrist 2-3 times a day, wearing a 3-inch "sport brace" on my wrist as much as possible, wearing my nighttime wrist brace (aka splint) during the day as much as I can (sometimes it gets in the way while moving around and causes discomfort more than it helps - and I definitely cannot type with it on), and ice packs in the evening and when I remember and can take a break at work.

When doing any type of gardening activity (such as pulling weeds and watering), I've been wearing the 3-inch sport brace and a beige-colored splint from Longs to keep my wrist from twisting and to limit the tasks I can do with it.

The treatment has worked well! This past week, since there was very little remaining discomfort in my right wrist, I reduced treatment to wearing the 3-inch sport brace only when I'm actively moving around. There's been no discomfort in the past two days. (I'm still wearing both the sports brace and the splint for any gardening/watering activity.)

Hmmm, so I'm now tempted to try a row or two (or three or four...) on the plum-colored blanket I stopped working on in February. I can always stop again if the time isn't right. I've missed crocheting in the evening after dinner while sitting in the living room with Bill and the TV's on and it's not time yet to go to sleep.

Date: August 1981

I've been looking through old photo albums this week - and found this August 1981 photo (on the left) of my favorite granny square blanket. I made it for my new double bed - which the blanket covers in the photo.

In 1990-1991, I wanted to make a king-size version of this blanket using a different set of colors for our bed, but I didn't have the pattern anymore (Mom may have it in her collection of pattern books). I ended up re-creating the pattern by studying the old blanket. I'm not a pro at writing out crochet patterns so I don't know all the do's and don'ts, but here is the pattern described as I know how to describe it.

Sketch of Cheryl

About Cheryl

Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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