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A good day

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Today is the first of 11 3-day weekends for the summer. I attacked my long-time running list of Things To Do - and had a peaceful day organizing and relaxing!

  1. Air in tires and tires rotated at Big O Tires (finally! was on the list for a few months)
  2. Clean my car windows inside to remove the blurry film of gunk that accumulates over time (finally! was on the list for a few weeks)
  3. Remove the torn car seat cover from the passenger side seat (I had already removed the driver's side seat cover years ago) (finally! been meaning to remove it for months)
  4. Remove every piece of clothing from my closet that doesn't fit, that has a stain, that is so outdated that I wouldn't wear it even if I could fit into it
  5. Sort through all of the extra hangers I've accumulated over the years; determine which type and color of hangers to keep; in my closet, replace hangers in colors I don't like with colors I do like; group similar types and colors of hangers together and put in a box for donation
  6. Remove a bunch of buttons from my jewelry box (new clothes sometimes come with extra buttons and they end up in my jewelry box)
  7. Organize my sewing box while putting the buttons away and looking for a particular button
  8. Sew that button on a blouse so I can wear it again
  9. Watch a sappy movie while cuddling with Cleo and cry at the end
  10. Finally get around to putting clothes to be donated in bags - 8 plastic food-shopping bags!
  11. Go to local donation place with clothes and extra hangers, discover they had already closed, come back home, and put the to-be-donated stuff in my craft room for my next weekday day off next Friday

And, now, Round Table pizza for dinner while watching the NASCAR truck race! Go Kyle Busch!

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  • Size: 30 inches x 41 inches

  • Colors: Melon, Purple, Green, Yellow, Baby Print, Light Yellow, White (sport weight scraps)

  • Pattern: Flower Centers Granny Square Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: G

  • Date: start May 3; finish May 18

Baby / sport weight yarn is very soft!

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  • Size: 27 inches diagonal

  • Colors: Burgundy, Fiesta Jewel (Red Heart Super Saver)

  • Pattern: Round Wheel Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: G, H

  • Date: start April 14; finish May 3

Modeled after a Round Color Wheel blanket / rug pattern I saw on eBay (the 4th photo above) and found intriguing. By looking at the photo of the Round Color Wheel pattern, I was able to guesstimate how it was made and created my own version of the blanket using just 2 colors instead of switching colors every few rows. I quickly got bored with it and decided to stop after it was big enough to cover my knees (which are frequently cold and ache).

[Update June 3, 2008] I decided to make it larger by adding two more bands for better knee coverage. I've taken notes on how I made this and will post them on this blog when I've gotten around to typing instructions out.

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Size: 36 inches diagonal

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  • Size: 37 inches x 56 inches

  • Colors: - Pink, Blue (sport weight scraps)

  • Pattern: 4-Patch Granny Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start April 3; finish April 11

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  • Size: 33 inches x 49 inches

  • Colors: - Pink, Blue, Green, White, Purples (worsted weight scraps)

  • Pattern: Double Crochet Striped Squares Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: H

  • Date: start March 19; finish April 1

And sometimes a scrap project just isn't very lovely.

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  • Size: 37 inches x 49 inches

  • Colors: - White, Coral, Green, White-Pink-Green-Yellow Multi (sport weight scraps)

  • Pattern: Flowers in Snow Granny Square Lap Blanket - Design by Cheryl Lambert

  • Hook: G (centers), H

  • Date: start March 28; finish March 31

Sometimes a scrap project just turns out lovely!

Update

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Another month since I posted… still not much going on. Bah.

Crochet: 4 completed lap blankets for donation, as well as a round "color wheel"-style lap blanket just big enough to cover my knees (which sometimes ache from being cold when I'm otherwise comfortable or even warm!). I made the color wheel-style blanket just to see how it could be done - and then I quickly got bored with it.

Gardening: Lots of plants moved or pulled out or planted in both the front and back gardens. Photos were taken before tearing down the vines and after, but I'm too lazy right now to fix 'em up for the blog and post 'em. The gardens have lots of color and are semi-full (some brown spots where soil shows through!) and will be very full as the weeks go by!

Bay Area weather: Too freakin' hot last week, especially Thursday through Saturday. I melted several times. Gardening in the heat is best done after a thorough soaking with water from the hose from hat-covered head to shoe-covered toes - I high recommend it! Sunscreen too, of course.

New stove/range: The very old 40-inch stove with 2 not-working burners and 1 not-working smaller oven was finally replaced. After a third burner decided to stop working, Bill was left with 1 burner and just couldn't seem to get the hang of cooking with only one. We talked about getting the stove repaired but discovered it would cost almost as much as getting a new stove. So, we got a new stove! It's another white 40-inch stove with 4 burners and 2 ovens (one small, one regular-sized) - a Frigidaire 40-inch Freestanding Electric Range with Self-Cleaning Primary Oven (FEF450BW).

Our now grown children will be surprised that the stove was finally replaced! For a very long time, there were only 2 working burners! I have photos of the old stove and will get photos of the new one soon(ish).

Greg's visit in late March: My son's visit with me in late March - and Bill's visit at the same time with his son in Maui - were great! Greg and I did a Lost: Season 2 marathon during his visit! We also went to SFMOMA in San Francisco one afternoon and walked around Yerba Buena Gardens across the street. I have photos to show, but I'm too lazy right now get them posted!

Bill did get stuck in Maui when Aloha Airlines went bankrupt and stopped flying planes, but I was able to do magical things via the Web that he couldn't do via the phone or in person! I got him a flight home the same day he was supposed to return home! Whoop!

My job: I moved to a new office space in the same building I moved to last summer. I'm now in an office with 2 yellow walls and 2 white walls, a long window, a smaller window, a lovely 3-sided desk, and its own air conditioning unit and portable heater. It's in the "north wing" of the building (actually, the garage of the old house converted to office space). There's a great view of the Bay from the smaller window, but because I'm light sensitive, the blinds are always closed so I don't really have a view at all. But that's OK with me - I have quiet and personal space and am quite comfortable in my new office!

The college switches to a 4 10-hour day schedule for the summer starting next week. I'm using comp time and vacation time to do 4 8-hour days instead. Nice!

NASCAR: As I predicted, Kyle Busch is kicking butt this year! ! And, Tony Stewart is also doing well, although he hasn't gotten a win yet this season.

Gas prices: I saw regular unleaded gas at $4.01 and $4.03 at two different gas stations on my way home today. Yikes. When will it stop? Or, better yet, go back to normal?

Collection additions

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More crochet patterns and pattern books added to my collection in April - all purchased on eBay!

  • A Day at the Zoo Baby Afghans (9 animal faces)
  • Afghan Romance
  • Baker's Dozen Pot Holders
  • Crochet Techniques
  • Pot Holders for Kitchen Pick-Me-Ups
  • Puff Stitch Perfection
  • Single Crochet from A to Z Sampler Afghan
  • Whimsical Pot Holders (just too cute to pass up!)
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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