March 2006 Archives


I stopped by Michael's Craft Store on the way home from work to buy a seventh skein of Patons Divine in Regal Red for the Flattering Jacket (sweater) I've been working on. I finished the first sleeve last night. One more sleeve to make and attach, yarn ends to weave in, then it's done!

Of course, I had to browse the crochet leaflets and books to see what I might want to add to my collection of crochet patterns...and I found the new 50 Crocheted Afghan Borders booklet by Jean Leinhauser which has detailed photos of each of the 50 patterns...so I bought it!

Although the book specifies "afghan borders," these could be used for any item suitable for a border: a knitted or crocheted sweater or socks, a pillowcase, a hand towel, a T-shirt, a blouse, a pair of jeans...

More Tony Stewart indulgence

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While wandering around Home Depot this morning looking for closet organizer items, I saw a box of framed items and a "20" jumped out at me...framed Tony Stewart pictures! So, I treated myself to 2 Tony Stewart lenticular ("making 2-dimensional imagery come alive by printing on a lens") Images In Motion wall decor to hang in my home office.

It seems to be Get Organized Day

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At least until I get distracted or burned out, it has been Get Organized Day. So far, I've:

  • Straightened the contents of the linen closet
  • Straightened the contents of the bathroom cabinet
  • Removed the collection of empty water bottles from my car (I bring 2 full bottles of water with me on my drive to work and toss 1 empty bottle on the backseat floor each morning)
  • Removed bits of paper, tissues, gum wrappers, etc. that end up on the floor of the front passenger seat in my car when I don't have a bag for small garbage items
  • Hung an empty plastic grocery bag from the shift handle in my car to use as a garbage bag
  • Cleaned out my email Inbox
  • Cleaned out my email Sent folder
  • Removed all messages from my email Deleted folder
  • Paid bills via online banking (which I love using!)
  • Balanced 2 months of statements for my checking account
  • Balanced 3 months of statements for our Joint checking account
  • Ordered maps from AAA to prepare for trips to Virginia and Hawaii

Like last weekend, I still have plans to finish by Sunday evening the Flattering Jacket (sweater) I'm crocheting for myself. I just need to make and attach the 2 sleeves...gotta finish it soon so I can wear it a few times before the weather gets more Spring-y.

[7:40pm] I spent the afternoon cleaning out and organizing my bedroom closet. This included going through 4 copy paper boxes of old papers related to university enrollment, classwork from a variety of university courses, financial aid, employment (paycheck stubs, benefits brochures, reimbursement forms, and more), and job search that were stored in the bedroom closet. Of these, about 2/3 box of papers is being kept. For the shredder, I culled a full box of miscellaneous paper with Social Security Numbers or other private-type information and another full box of old tax returns and related receipts. My shredder's going to be very busy after Tuesday when the now-full recycle bin has been emptied by the waste management company (i.e., garbage collector).

Tomorrow, I plan to buy one or two shelf units to put in my closet for better stacking of shoes and sweaters, etc.

Right now, however, I hear the sleeves for my sweater calling me to make them...

[1:30pm Sunday, March 26, 2006] And so it continued through this morning...Get Organized Day. I bought a few items at Home Depot to help me better organize my bedroom closet: a 48-inch x 25-inch bookcase and 2 additional shelves (to store shoes, folded sweaters, and other items), 2 30-inch wide shoe racks (to hold photo albums, not shoes), and 2 30-inch x 12-inch open storage blocks to hold miscellaneous items). Bill and I put them together after breakfast and all is now tidy in my closet! Whoop!

Free online crochet patterns

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These are cool and free online tools from incompetech.com to help you create your own charted designs for crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, plastic canvas, mosaics, and more! Use colored pencils or pens to create your designs on paper.


(front, closed; front, open; back, open)
Size: 7.5 inches x 6 inches (closed), 10 inches (open)
Colors: Midnight Magic (purple, blue, green variegated) (Lily Sugar & Cream)
Pattern: My own
Hook: E
Date: March 2006

I needed a small bag to hold some items inside my larger purse. I had thought about buying a small makeup bag, but decided to make a bag instead! And it turned out just right! Since the yarn is 100% cotton, I made it a little larger to account for shrinkage. (This is what I worked on Sunday morning and afternoon instead of the Flattering Jacket (sweater).)


(front; back)
My loving husband brought me a wonderful surprise Sunday morning when he returned from a swap meet in Hayward... A Tony Stewart-Shrek 2 T-shirt! Complete with the #20 The Home Depot race car, Tony's name and a mini-photo of him, Donkey, Shrek and Puss 'n' Boots! I, of course, immediately put it on! In addition to being a Tony Stewart fan, I'm a Shrek, Donkey, and Puss 'n' Boots fan! (I am so easy to please.)

The challenge now is to not spill coffee or greasy food or (any more) colorful popsicles on it! (Yes, I dribbled lime green popsicle juice on the front Sunday evening...I hope it comes out in the wash.)


Since I mentioned it in the previous entry... Here's the Tony Stewart action figure collectible Bill gave me as a gag gift at Christmas last year. We don't exchange gifts at holidays or birthdays (preferring to spend time together at a dinner out or with family members), but he couldn't resist! I think Mom and Greg were a bit stunned at my giddiness when I opened the package and saw what it was! I could hardly wait to get the plastic off and put my "Tony doll" on its stand! It has sat on the bookcase in the living room since Christmas. I'm thinking about taking it to work (to add to my mini Tony Stewart collection: calendar, door hanger, and picture) or move it into my home office.

NASCAR Logo Charted Design

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I decided to play around with the Pattern Maker for Cross Stitch software I bought a few years ago. It creates a color chart from an imported photograph or graphic. It can also be used to create images from scratch - much like drawing. I bought it so I could play around with converting some of my photos to charts, but haven't yet gotten around to doing that.

I found a NASCAR logo sticker that probably came with the really cool Tony Stewart Collectible (kinda like a doll) that Bill gave me at Christmas. We don't do gift exchanges, but he saw it in an Oakland truck stop/gas station and had to buy it for me as a gag gift! I was very delighted!!

Anyway... I scanned the sticker and for the past 2 (3?) hours have been playing around with the software to fine tune the design. Looks pretty good!

The chart can be used with any craft that requires a charted design.

The NASCAR logo copyrighted by NASCAR.

This charted design is copyright © 2006 Cheryl Lambert. Free for personal use. Objects made using this design cannot be sold. The design cannot be sold without my permission.

Duck Charted Design

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I've had this simple design for a duck on my mind for a while... The idea came from something similar I saw months ago (but I cannot remember what or where!). I was cleaning my home office and used this project as a distraction from that task...

The charted duck design can be used to assemble granny squares for a crocheted afghan or jacket or placemat or... Or use the chart for a filet crochet project (afghan, pot holder, hot pad, doily, scrubbie, placemat...). Or a cross-stitch project... Or mosiac... The design can be a solid color, or use different colors. Use red. Or blue. Be creative!

This charted pattern was created using Adobe Photoshop, but anyone can create their own designs using graph paper and colored pencils.

Copyright © 2006 Cheryl Lambert. Free for personal use. Objects made using this design can be sold. The design cannot be sold without my permission.

Flattering Jacket - In progress

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Monday evening I started working on the Flattering Jacket sweater pattern (free on the Lion Brand website). I'm using Patons Divine in Regal Red (red, bits of black) instead of Lion Brand Homespun. This is one of many cardigan/sweater patterns I'd like to make!

The back is done and I started one of the front sides last night. If I crochet as much tonight and over the weekend as I usually do, the sweater should be finished sometime on Sunday!

What Kind of Coffee Are You?

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Wouldn't you know it! Mocha Frappuccinos are my favorite!

You Are a Frappaccino

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At your best, you are: fun loving, sweet, and modern.

At your worst, you are: childish and over indulgent.

You drink coffee when: you're craving something sweet.

Your caffeine addiction level: low.

What Kind of Coffee Are You?

Five Factor Personality Test

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Wow! For the most part, this is pretty accurate for me...

Your Five Factor Personality Profile

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Extroversion:

You have low extroversion.
You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.

Conscientiousness:

You have medium conscientiousness.
You're generally good at balancing work and play.
When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
But you've been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.

Agreeableness:

You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.

Neuroticism:

You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is low.
You're a pretty conservative person, and you favor what's socially acceptable.
You think that change for novelty's sake is a very bad idea.
While some may see this as boring, many see you as dependable and wise.

The Five Factor Personality Test


Hmmm, now if I only had a cute t-shirt or two that didn't have Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino or other (mostly food) stains over the design... And, if I can only get over my continuing "fear" of using a sewing machine (one reason I haven't learned to quilt!)! [Really just nervousness about making a mistake...a character flaw for perfectionists, even "recovering" ones.]

tshirtunderwear.jpg I know you've got them, lurking in drawers, the back of the closet, in the "giveaway" pile: those T-shirts that are, for various reasons, both unwearable and indispensable. They are too small, too big, too short, have a stain, a hole, or some other flaw, and yet you cannot bear to part with them.

I took my old t-shirts and gave them new life. They were reincarnated as underwear.

...

It's true that, as an undergarment, not many people will ever see this creation. But those that do will appreciate it all the more. I like to make these for friends because they are all unique, and you can't buy them. But good luck getting your friend's hip size without her/him noticing.

Read more and get instructions and templates: T-Shirt Underwear, an article at SuperNaturale.

Oxford Style Socks - Blue, Grey

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Colors: Denim Hot (blue), Steel Hot (grey) (Bernat Sox)
Pattern: Oxford Style by Janet Rehfeldt
Book: Crocheted Socks! 16 Fun-to-Stitch Patterns - ISBN 1-56477-494-5 - Designs by Janet Rehfeldt and Mary Jane Wood - Copyright 2003 - Martingale & Company
Hook: D
Date: March 2006

Guess what I finished making last night and wore today! Yup, these traditional-style socks.

Gifts to welcome new babies

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As I mentioned in earlier posts, two babies were due in Bill's family (one for each of his second cousins). So, I made a lovely lavender layette set thinking it was a neutral gender color (but it apparently isn't).

Then, I made a neutral-colors layette set using melon, purple, yellow, green and white - which also turned out more "girl" than "boy". These creations would have been perfect if the babies turned out to be girls...

So, I was back to square one. I knew one baby (due in April) was a boy, but I was tired of making baby blankets so I worked on other projects.

After the unknown-gender baby was born in early January, I knew two "boy" baby blankets were needed.

The first completed was the Teddy Bear Baby Blanket in blues and white.

The second was the Two-color Reversible Shells Baby Blanket in blue and white.

I couldn't decide who to give which blanket to...Jackie and Jason's Lucas (born in January) or Jimmy and Sarah's boy (due next month). So, I waited...

...until last weekend when I talked with Bill about the 3 baby blankets I had to give (including the Granny Square Baby Blanket in white and baby blue). He suggested I give the Granny Square Baby Blanket to Jackie and Jason's Lucas (since they already had a lot of baby things from their first son Jack, including 2 blankets ("Jack" Baby Blanket, Race Track and Games Blanket) I made for him) and the other 2 baby blankets to Jimmy and Sarah's unborn baby (their first child). So, that's what we did! [UPDATE March 18, 2006: Baby born yesterday! As yet unnamed.]

Now I have the two baby girl layette sets to find homes for. I'm considering donating them to the local family service center.


Colors: Grass Green, Mellow Yellow, Pink Power (Patons Kroy Socks)
Pattern: Rippled Effect
Book: Learn to Crochet Socks - Leaflet 1308 - Designs by Kathy Wesley - Copyright 2000 - American School of Needlework
Hook: D
Date: March 2006

I love these socks! The colors and ripples are so fun! The original pattern has the same color order for the ripples and uses the same color for the heal and toe on each sock. I decided to mix it up!


Size: 39 inches x 50 inches
Colors: Pink scraps
Pattern: My own
Book: None
Hook: G
Date: February 2006

I used much of the pink scraps in my baby / light-weight worsted yarn stash for this lap blanket. I varied the flower petals on many of the flowers because flowers aren't symmetrical in real life and I thought it might make the afghan more interesting. The color combinations aren't exactly lovely, but they aren't downright ugly either. I hope it goes to someone who likes pink and flowers and will appreciate this blanket.

[December 20, 2006] Bill and I decided to give this girly-type lap blanket to his cousin Jim's wife, Ellen, for an early Christmas gift. So, it's been removed from the list of blanket donations.


(The baby blanket was given away before I realized I hadn't taken a photo. This is the yarn that was used.)

Size: (unknown - about 35 inches x 45 inches)
Colors: Newborn Print (variegated white with baby blue), White (solid) (Jamie Baby Yarn)
Pattern: 35 different granny square patterns (some modified in size or style from the pattern book)
Book: 99 Granny Squares to Crochet - Leaflet 3078 - Copyright 1998 - Leisure Arts
Hook: F
Date: February 2006

In mid-February, I got on a kick to get rid of as much baby yarn in my stash as I could. From a not-remembered source, I had 8 or 9 1.5-ounce skeins of Jamie Baby Yarn in Newborn Print. Without anything in particular in mind one evening, I made a granny square, then another, and soon I had a pile of 8 - all unique. I decided to continuing making unique granny squares from the 99 Granny Squares to Crochet book to make a baby blanket or lap blanket to be given away to some as-yet unknown place or person.

After 35 granny squares (7 x 5), I didn't have enough of the Newborn Print yarn to connect the squares and add a border, so I bought some Jamie Baby Yarn in solid White for that purpose - it worked perfectly!

The blanket was quite lovely to look at when completed! Too bad I wasn't quick enough with the camera to get a picture of it before it was given away!

Fifth set of sample skeins

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The fifth month (of 12) of sample skeins from Elann arrived early last week. The burnt orange (fourth skein) is particularly lovely (and machine washable!)!

What's under the carpet?

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Hardwood floors!

Bill began pulling up the wall-to-wall chocolate brown carpet in our home on Memorial Day last year - yes, folks, May 2005. It was lush and lovely and just a few years new in late 1987 when we moved in, but had become worn out after 18 years of wear and tear from 3 boys, 2 adults, and 3 cats.

Within a few weeks of on-and-off carpet removal, the living room, hallway, Bill's office (a spare bedroom), and most of my office (another spare bedroom) were devoid of carpeting and showing off the hidden hardwood floors. What remained was a rectangular piece of carpet in the storage area (closet) of my office. No more progress was made...

Until today! Yup, we (err, 99% Bill) removed the paper-filled drawers from 2 file cabinets, moved the cabinets off the carpet, stuck thick felt pads under the 4 corners of each to protect the hardwood floors (I did this part!), removed the piece of carpet and the padding, removed the carpet staples from the floor, cleaned the floor, moved the file cabinets back, and put the drawers into the cabinets.

All done! No more chocolate brown carpet.

Our master bedroom has wall-to-wall steel grey carpet. Because we added this room to the house, we know there is only plywood underneath. We have yet to decide what we want to do but we're in no hurry. [teasing sarcasm with a big smile!] Obviously...it's only been about 10 months. [/teasing sarcasm]

More yarn

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I. Just. Could. Not. Resist. the welcome gift from Herrshners: Free shipping on next order.

So, yesterday I ordered more yarn at Herrshner's Yarnsale.com website - most likely to be used for socks, even the worsted weight if it isn't too thick:

Bernat Berella 4 Ombres: Seascape Ombre (2), Terra Cotta Ombre (2), Wine Mist Ombre (2).
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Bernat Berella 4: Dark Taupe (2), Deep Mauve (2), Forest Green (2).
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Bernat Berella 4: Grey Ragg (2), Lilac (2), Rich Periwinkle (2).
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Bernat Berella 4: Soft Forest Green (2). Paton's Kroy Sock Yarn: Orangina (3).
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Now if I could just crochet socks during the day Monday through Friday and still get my salary and benefits. That would leave evenings and weekends free for crocheting afghans and other items!

Changing main email address

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I closed my freelance web design business at the end of 2003. My main email address (which I don't use for this website) has been at my freelance business domain name since...well, a long time (1998?). That domain name is up for renewal near the end of this year. So, I've finally decided to bite the bullet and change my main email address to the domain using my name.

What a pain in the butt! In addition to contacting friends and family about the new email address, I have to change my email address for all websites I've registered at - and want to stay registered at - to use my new email address. This includes listservs, forums/message boards, Amazon, PayPal, Barnes and Noble, GoDaddy, banking websites, and about 30-50 more websites. Yikes.

Because there are so many websites I've registered at using my now-old email address, I may have to renew the domain for one more year so I can keep forwarding email from the now-old email addres to my now-new email address until I can be sure I've updated my subscriptions/profile information at all the necessary websites.

Oh boy! Fun-fun-fun!

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This morning I made a donation each to Crochet me to help support its dedicated server web hosting needs and to Crochetville to help keep the board up and running. Feels good!

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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