March 2008 Archives

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  • Size: 34 inches x 44 inches

  • Colors: Green, Lavender, Off-White (Caron Perfect Match)

  • Pattern: Panel Variety Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start March 20; finish March 24

The center panel doesn't quite work, does it? The edging panels look great though!

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  • Size: 37 inches x 47 inches

  • Colors: Pink, Off-White (Caron Perfect Match)

  • Pattern: 6-patch Striped Squares Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start March 10; finish March 18

Since the blanket wasn't going to be big enough if the 6 squares were joined and I didn't want to do a large border around the joined squares, I decided to add a decorative edging on the two sets of 3 joined squares to widen the blanket.

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  • Size: 30 inches x 46 inches

  • Colors: Red, White (Caron Perfect Match)

  • Pattern: Steps with Ruffle Border Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start March 2; finish March 9

This blanket is narrower than the average-sized lap blanket, but it'll do! The Steps pattern results in a very thick fabric!

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  • Size: 38 inches x 51 inches

  • Colors: Medium Green, Light Green, White, Black (Caron Perfect Match)

  • Pattern: Offset Log Cabin Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start February 23; finish March 2

I had a few extra squares from the 24-square Log Cabin Lap Blanket, but was running out of some colors. So, this blanket is an "offset" log cabin style!

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  • Size: 41 inches x 63 inches

  • Colors: Medium Green, Light Green, White, Black (Caron Perfect Match)

  • Pattern: Log Cabin Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start February 17; finish February 23

This one is a bit larger than lap blanket size (normally about 35 x 45), but I got carried away and didn't pay attention until it was all put together!

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  • Size: 33 inches x 44 inches

  • Colors: Scraps

  • Pattern: Double Crochet Scraps Panels with Black Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start February 13; finish February 17

Here's the first of 6 lap blankets I've finished since February 12. I've been working on using up the miscellaneous skeins of mostly Caron Perfect Match, along with some other brands.

Collection additions

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Over the past month or so, I've been adding to my collection of crochet patterns!

  • Adorable Crochet for Babies and Toddlers
  • Afghans for All Reasons & All Seasons
  • Baby Afghans & Bibs (Crochet 'n' Weave)
  • Babys Room, The (filet crochet)
  • Best-in-Show Baby Blankets
  • Down a Country Lane (afghans)
  • Heirloom Thread Pot Holders
  • Huggy Snuggy Baby Afghans
  • McCall's Prizewinning Afghans, Volume 10 (magazine)
  • More Mile-A-Minute Marathon Afghans (just for the hexagon strips)
  • Pot Holders Aplenty (some lovely motifs)
  • Pretty Pastel Pot Holders
  • Reversible Tapestry Hot Pads
  • Variations & Themes Doilies (pinwheel doilies)

Update

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I just realized I haven't posted in a month! Not much going on, I guess.

On the crochet front: There are 5 more lap blankets to photograph and post about. I'm currently working on 2 more. I've been adding to my pattern collection through regular hunts on eBay.

On the Bay Area weather front: There have been a few rainy days in the past few weeks, but mostly it's been sunny - and today is just beautiful! I still haven't gotten the gardening bug, but I expect I will with more sunny weekends.

On the home front: Cleo and Jasmine are healthy and loving. Bill and I are healthy, not-so-wealthy (but we're comfortable), and wise!

Bill has said he wants to take very other Friday off during the time the college where I work switches to 4 10-hour day work weeks this summer. Hmmm, we'll see if that really happens! The workaholic in him may not let him take 3-day weekends through the summer. He works most Saturdays now - which means 1-day weekends. What's he going to do with himself during regular 3-day weekends? Hmmm, let's see…I suppose he can start by finishing painting the trim on the house! Right now, we're probably not going to re-paint the house, since the medium grey color looks better with the white trim.

On the money front: Gas prices are going up. Food prices are going up. The stock market goes up, then down, then up, then down. Interest rates are down. My retirement account balances are down.

On the California state budget front: The state is cutting education budgets this year and next year. This "year" is a fiscal year that ends June 30, 2008. So, the budget cuts for this "year" need to be made out of the remaining 3 months or so of a budget that was prepared in fall 2006 and has been guiding the college since July 1, 2007.

And next year's budget (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) is also being cut, including that we won't be getting increases in funding that had been expected (well, as "expected" as you can get when you know the state is having budget problems). So that means another hiring freeze, increasing expenses (for utilities and supplies and equipment and computers and software and …) out of a budget that isn't increasing, and more cut backs and doing without at the college.

We haven't come back from the last big budget cuts several years ago. We still put off buying office supplies. We still have unfilled positions, with other people picking up those duties - which makes for very busy (and potentially burned-out) workers.

There are things we should or could be doing that we can't do because there aren't enough people, there isn't enough money for the people or supplies or equipment, there isn't enough time in the day to do what needs to be done.

Ack. Enough of that depressing talk.

On the family front: My son will be visiting for a few days next week! Whoop! And I'm taking 3 days vacation next week. I think a 2-day work week is just what I need - as long as the nice sunny springtime weather holds!

Bill is flying to Maui on Tuesday to visit his son for about a week. And, no, I don't mind him going to Hawaii without me. After our last trip to Maui in July last year for Billy's wedding, I'm all Maui-ed out and don't want to go back. Too windy, too crowded, incompetent airline staff, reserved seats that weren't reserved, too windy, too crowded. Did I mention too crowded and too windy? Oh, and incompetent airline staff and no seats reserved even though I reserved seats? Did I mention crying - not just a few tears, but real crying - in frustration and anger and flying-related stress after finally getting through security? No, I'm definitely not ready for another Maui trip.

Or any other trip requiring a airplane.

Even my December trip to Oregon to visit my son just about wore me out - 2 flight delays and a flight switch.

On the job front: After over 6 years at the college, I still enjoy my job. There are projects and enhancements - and a redesign - that need to happen, but I don't have the time and there doesn't seem to be money in the budget to get me a reliable, knowledgeable assistant, so those things are remaining undone. As they have for the past 3-4 years. The website design is 6 years old and needs to be changed. I'm gradually, as time permits, doing what I can behind the scenes in the XHTML markup to make it more straightforward to switch over to a new design when (if) the time comes.

I like the people. I like the higher education environment. I like the campus location, nestled in the foothills surrounded by open hillsides, trees, cows, horses, birds, and squirrels. I feel I'm appreciated, valued, and respected as a person and in my job. I'm not so keen on some things and a couple of the people can be very irritating, but the advantages and things I like far outweigh those.

On the NASCAR front: My boys Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch are doing well so far! Kyle is number 1 in points! I still say he's gonna win the Cup this year.

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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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