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(That's Jasmine - Jaz - helping me with the blanket!)


  • Size: 39 inches x 68 inches

  • Colors: Dark Orchid, Medium Purple, Fiesta Jewel, ? (Red Heart Super Saver)

  • Pattern: 93

  • Book: 101 Ripple Stitches - Leaflet 1237 - Designs by Jean Leinhauser - Copyright 1997 - American School of Needlework

  • Hook: K

  • Date: start March 22; finish March 31

Candace and her new husband moved into the neighborhood over a year ago. They seemed like nice people - and happy to be together. Candace is legally blind, although she can see large objects, and her husband was disabled in a wheelchair. Both left the house each morning in a paratransit bus to begin their commute to work, and returned some 12 hours later. Last fall, her husband died unexpectedly at home after a short stay in the hospital with heart problems. And in March, Candace had a double mastectomy. I don't know her well - we say "hi" when our paths cross outside - but I wanted to do something for her.

So, I made her this blanket - a comfortghan you could call it. In spite of it being Red Heart Super Saver yarn, the blanket is soft because of the pattern and the larger-size crochet hook I used - and will become softer after washing. Oh, and, purple is Candace's favorite color!

The stripes of color in this ripple blanket follow this Fibonacci-like number sequence:

3 2 1 1 1 2 3 5 1 1 2 1 1 5 3 2 1 1 1 2 3
M X M D M D X M E D E D E M X D M D M X M

where M = Medium, X = Mix, D = Dark, E = Darker.

Got a new bed!

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We bit the bullet and bought a new bed a few weeks ago. We (I actually) decided on a Sleep Number since it allows us to individually set the firmness, and I liked the 7000 Series (well, I liked the 9000 Series too but couldn't justify spending that much more when the 7000 was very nice!). Bill didn't want to bed shop and said I should get whatever felt good to me, so I did. He was surprised (shocked actually) at the cost, but I think he's getting used to the bed and is finding it comfortable.

I, on the other hand, am beginning to love the new bed. I no longer wake up with a numb hip and shoulder in the middle of the night. I'm not stiff and sore all over anymore. Last Saturday, I slept in to 9:30am and took a 2-hour nap! My sleep number is 25. Supportive yet cuddly. Bill tried 35, 50, and seems to have settled at 40.

This photo was taken just after the delivery guys setup the bed. Bill is marveling at how much higher it is than our 17-year-old bed! Our old sheets barely fit on the bed. A set of 600-count sage green sheets were included with the new bed - they fit much better. Oh, and I also got a red insulated Sleep Train coffee mug that I now use at work.

Collections

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PAS has passed. Whew. But these additional pattern books for fusing (a quilting technique) and crochet slipped into my collection earlier this month:

  • 200 Stitch Patterns for Baby Blankets
  • Couture Crochet Workshop: Mastering Fit, Fashion, and Finesse
  • Fun, Fast Fusies: Love to Quilt
  • Fusing Fun!: Fast Fearless Art Quilts
  • Noah's Ark Afghans and Accessories

I am definitely attracted to the pretty books of pattern stitches! These are some of the books I frequently refer to:

  • 99 Floral Motifs
  • 99 Granny Squares to Crochet
  • 101 Crochet Squares
  • 101 Granny Squares
  • 101 Ripple Stitches to Knit and Crochet
  • 101 Stitches for Afghans
  • 200 Crochet Blocks
  • 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns
  • 200 Stitch Patterns for Baby Blankets
  • 280 Crochet Shell Patterns

I'm also very attracted to blankets made with lots of colors - like granny squares, motifs, "scrap", ripples, and stripes!

An update of randomness

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I've not felt much like posting lately. But I have been regularly updating my Health Tracker chart with (almost-)daily exercise! And I've been busily crocheting away...

No knitting has been done. No quilting either. No sewing. Not even attempted.

I've crocheted a blanket for my neighbor Candace who has had a bad run of it lately - more about this in another post later. I've crocheted a 6-to-24-point round ripple blanket for William (someone special I worked with until his last day - today!) - more about this in another post later. I've made a ripple lap blanket to join the other lap blankets for 2007 donation later this year - again, more in another post later. And, in March, I made 4 scarves using sock yarn - I'm not sure what to do with them now (possible gifts for co-workers, I'm thinking).

Earlier this month, our DVR recorded The Art of Quilting and I was fascinated by the technique called "fusing". It involves ironing pieces together to make designs instead of sewing pieces together. This allows for more freedom in design - it lets ideas and creativity flow. And much less time (i.e., none) is spent sewing pieces together! And sewing is just one of the hang-ups I seem to have about quilting. Fusing may just be the answer to my reluctance! So, I bought 2 fusing books at Amazon to try to get my quilting juices flowing! The Art of Quilting show featured a group of women who formed The Chicago School of Fusing (not really a "school" - go to the website and check it out!). The books I bought were authored by two of these women: Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson. (Laura looks very much like my friend Paula!)

Crazy Aunt Purl (who I've written about before) - Laurie - has written a book! Called Drunk Divorced and Covered In Cat Hair. I'm so excited! It comes out is October - I pre-ordered it right away as soon as I heard the news!

The plan for the weekend is to get around to posting photos and descriptions of recent completed crochet projects (but plans can be changed...).


Oh my. PAS again. eBay mostly. Some Amazon. Oh my. Enough said.

Recent additions to my pattern book collection:

  • 4 Woman's Day magazines
  • 99 Knit Stitches
  • 100 Afghans to Knit and Crochet
  • 101 Ripple Stitches to Knit and Crochet
  • 200 Knitted Blocks
  • 365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar
  • Crochet with Style: Fun to Make Sweaters For All Seasons
  • Herrschners Award Winning Embroidered Crochet Afghans
  • Illustrated Afghan, The
  • Lacy Baby Afghan (round)
  • Making Afghans From Favorite American Quilt Patterns
  • Quick-Stitch Crochet Afghans
  • Spinnerin Fashions in Living
  • Vogue Knitting on the Go: Crocheted Baby Blankets
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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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