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Tony needs a haircut



I watched an episode of NASCAR Pre-Season Thunder yesterday on our DVR and noted that Tony Stewart needed a haircut! Lo and behold! Today I find this news article that starts with:

"Unshaven and months overdue for a haircut, Tony Stewart used his trademark sarcasm to welcome the new season."

Full article: Same old Tony Stewart getting acquainted with new Toyota ride.



Whoop! Interweave Press is now offering the Babette Blanket crochet pattern for $6.00. It is a downloadable PDF file so you'll get the pattern right away! The Babette Blanket designed by Kathy Merrick was published in the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine - and back issues of that issue recently sold out on Interweave's website.

On the Babette Blanket order page, Interweave has also included the complete yarn list, gauge and crochet hook information.

You can also create your own one-of-a-kind version of the Babette Blanket by drawing squares in different sizes and selecting your own colors - which is what I did to design the additional panel for my Babette Blanket.

Because I don't like the join showing on one side of each square, I join in a corner instead (see the photo of the red square - there's no line down the center of any of the 4 sides). The pattern for the granny squares is published as square #3 Square Target in the book "200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans" by Jean Eaton - AND, it is square #77 in "99 Granny Squares to Crochet" (with this mod: make each corner 2dc ch 2 2dc) by Leisure Arts. There is also an online version of the square pattern called "No Seam Granny Square" at Chez Crochet (scroll to bottom of page).

I also crocheted a Babette-style blanket using solid colored squares and a custom layout.

Create your custom blanket layout using 2-row, 4-row, 6-row, 8-row, and 10-row squares. You can make squares that change color every row and/or every 2 rows or every 3 rows, and/or solid-color squares.

Use these joining instructions for a good result.

Have fun with it - don't feel constrained to make the original Babette! Examples of other Babette-inspired blankets are on the Flickr Babette Blanket pool.


Like The Little Engine That Could, I must say to myself "2008 will get better, 2008 will get better, 2008 will get better!"

On Sunday night, I returned from a nice Oregon visit with my son and his girlfriend (after 2 flight delays and a flight change - bah, I hate flying!). Felt a little "chesty" on Monday. And have been sick with chest and head congestion (upper respiratory infection?) since Tuesday morning - January 1, 2008! What a way to start the new year!

Laid out sick - not just sniffly sick. Chest congestion (tight tight tight), coughing (shake, rattle, and sweat from the exertion!), hot (layers off!), cold (layers on!), wheezing from the lungs (like a teapot filled with boiling water), achy congested sinuses (stuffy stuffy stuffy), runny nose (lots of trees died to provide tissue!).

By Thursday afternoon, I had totally lost my sense of smell and taste, so I've been eating paper (or what might as well be paper!) since then. I'm concentrating on eating healthy paper - err, foods - however!

Five days have past in a fog of napping (when I can get in a few minutes of sleep between coughing attacks and blowing my nose); drinking lots of hot decaf Green Tea (good for the chest and throat); watching miscellaneous shows recorded on our DVR (daytime television sucks!), such as leftover sappy Christmas movies I didn't watch before/during Christmas, Steven Seagal movies, and a bunch of Journeyman episodes.

Hubby has been shopping three times to invest in expectorants, cough suppressants, and antihistamines. Oh, and almost daily he's been bringing me a wonderfully slushy Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (excellent medicine for the throat even when I can't taste it!). Yesterday required a trip to the store for blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries - even though I can't taste them, they feel good to eat!

Anything requiring thinking or effort has been put on hold. I managed to crochet 2 basic solid granny squares (can't think about reading a pattern!) Wednesday night last week before the head congestion got really bad. It took me about 4 hours to balance 2 checkbooks yesterday evening (lots of resting during the process), so I could pay a few bills online this morning.

I stayed home from work Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. As I type this, there are lots of typos and slow, foggy thinking, so it's obvious to me now that going to work tomorrow probably isn't going to happen.

But, as I said above… "2008 will get better, 2008 will get better, 2008 will get better!"

It took 50+ minutes of sitting upright, thinking, and typing to write this entry! I'm exhausted now - time for a nap!

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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