Tuesday, February 28

Snuggles and more

The Snuggles Project has a great new pattern in their newsletter this month - a Snuggle Tubbie. I have to make one yet, just saw the pattern. Great comfort for frightened animals who are rescued, it gives them a little bag of their own to feel safety and comfort in. The pattern is here
I made a few last weekend and am now up to 278 blankies which I have given to the shelters. Every snuggle blankie made gives me as much joy to make as the previous one. If you love animals, give it a try for some great "feelgood" yourself.

I'll have some great felted bag pics up, hopefully within the day. I don't know why I get such a stuck head about posting sometimes, once I sit down my flying fingers just do the thinking on their own on the keyboard.

Wednesday, February 15

thoughts and projects

Inventive title eh? LOL

I've been braindead on blogging any words lately - I get like that. I hope you all stick around though.

I've been busily crocheting, mostly on weekends, a LOT on weekends. I was bragging today about being able to "wear" my therapy when someone commented on my shawl I was wearing, LOL

A few weeks ago, I made one of Donna's "Comfort Packs", and also made a "Soothing Rice Roll". I've yet to organize my sewing area and sew the inner bags and go 'flax seed' shopping. mental note: get a few lavendar plants in the garden this summer.

The Comfort pack pattern was relaxing and easy to crochet. I made it with the beloved CottonEase that Deneen parted with so I could experience Cotton ease. Thank you again Deneen. The pattern can be found here
Yarn Used: approx 1/2 skein orange, 1/4 skein Pistachio
Hook: 4.25mm
comfort bag + neck wrap

The Soothing Rice Roll pattern is from the Big Book of Crochet (page 159). I treated myself to this book awhile ago. Lots of good patterns in it and a nice variation. Again I used Cotton Ease, pistachio color, approx 3/4 skein. Arg, didn't write down which hook I used. I'm trying to make sure and write down all the details when I'm working on a project. Always think I'll remember, but yah, rarely do.

It was MINUS 39 here this morning!!!!!! Ow, that was cold in the wind. Very hard to get used to that kind of cold.

I've been busy trying to get my new Pocket PC all set up. Wireless anywhere, it's been pretty cool being able to do email or read on the net while I'm on a coffee break. Work is wireless for the whole block so it's very handy there. I also downloaded a few of the Knitting podcasts so I'm going to give them a listen to on it as well.

I didn't join the Crochet Olympics as I just couldn't come up with something I wanted to make, now, that would challenge me and yet make me want to stick with it in the times during the week when I'm too beat from work to sit and hook. I'm reading all your blogs and Crochetville and keeping up with all your fun and successes though.

I made a button for my snuggle blankies project ----> over there somewhere on the right side of the page. Have more blankies made, just have to sort and count them up. I find it easy pushing myself on getting the snuggle blankies made.

Well, that's the thoughts for the day. Back soon, and thanks for reading. I love reading your comments too.

Tuesday, February 14

Happy Valentines Day everyone


Sunday, February 5

Yarn and pheromones

A recent study indicated that Yarn and thread gives off certain
Pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts.

When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the Pheromones (in
the yarn) cause memory loss and induce the nesting syndrome (similar to the
one squirrels have before the onset of winter i.e. storing food), therefore
perpetuating their species, and not having a population loss due to
their kind being cut into pieces and mixed with others.

Sound tests have also revealed that these yarns emit a very high-
pitched sound, heard only by a select few, a breed of women known as
"knitters". When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, "buy me, knit me, and wind me into a ball ".

In order to overcome the so called "feeding frenzy effect" that these
yarns cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and
use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip.

(One must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a yarn store,
with WW2 army gas masks and headphones!). Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these
yarns have on the human population. They are called "YARN STORE CLERKS".

It's also been experienced that these same Pheromones cause a
pathological need to hide these yarn purchases when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash), and when asked by significant other if the
yarn is new, the reply is "I've had it for awhile."

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