Sunday, June 28, 2009

Things to do. . .

I have a list!

1. POST OFFICE Monday--I've got stuff that's way overdue to be mailed out. Thank heavens I have such patient friends!

2. I sat myself down and put my aunt's afghan together. I decided it's my memorial to her, and so it's all put together. Next--the border. I just can't think of how to do it, though. She was SUCH a perfectionist, it has to be perfect!

3. I made it through the week without buying any new yarn! But, now I have to figure out what to do with what I bought last week. LOL--I self-medicate by buying yarn! I have the gorgeous moss colored wool/soy blend that I want to make an afghan out of, just can't figure out a pattern. Football season will be here before I know it and I need to have warmth for me, my mother and my younger son so we can cheer on my oldest in marching band. Oh--and I'll need one for his girlfriend as well. yikes, ya'll that's FOUR afghans by October!

4. I don't have to do the kitchen stuff for my aunt's friends anymore, so now I have all these spools of cotton yarn. I wouldn't mind making any of the stuff, but she didn't give me a list before she passed away, so I have no idea who to make for. Maybe I'll just make up a bunch of them for family.

5. The sock--screw it, I just don't have time for that. . . and I sure don't need the frustration right now. I did get halfway through one, but man, those suckers are beyond annoying!!!!!

And there, ladies and gentlemen is my latest to do list. Lets see how far I get on this one!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Too Cool (in a geeky-crochet way) not to share!

Anyone that's crocheted anything knows that the standard way to start a new row is to turn and chain three. It's okay, but the edge is usually not really that straight. . .

Well, here's a way to start a row with a double crochet--with NO chain three AND a very neat edge!!!

Yay! I'm in geeky crochet heaven!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bad Blogger, Bad Girl!

Gotta tell you, I am about the world's WORST blogger.

So, here's what's going on in Jitterie Land.

I lost a loved one in May, which really threw me off all of my projects, including the DaddyGhan! I'm soooo lucky, I have to get all the squres the same size, but then one of the lovely twins is going to assemble it for me. I feel kinda bad about it. . . but I'm just not quite what you'd call "with it" right now.

Of course, that didn't stop me from starting a bunch of projects, so now I have even more stuff undone. Yay.

I had started an afghan for myself--I've made several, but never keep them, I always give them away. So, I started one, so happy with it, then when I was sitting with my aunt one day while her caretaker was at a doctor's appointment, she commented on how much she liked it. . . so, of course I said, well, then it's for you! BUT I didn't finish it in time, she passed away the next week. All the squares are done, and I had begun assembling it. . . but now, well, I just can't look at it and not feel bad.

BTW, I did find my hook case with all my goodies inside! Yay! I was so relieved. . . can you imagine trying to build that back up again?

More fun for me. . .

My evil doctor has said no more caffeine for me! I can't tell you how awful that is! I'm a pot a day drinker, well, I was, and going cold turkey hasn't been easy. . . but I've done it! No more diet coke, either, he wants me to stop drinking all sodas, too. As is it, I don't drink alcohol, now I can't have caffeine OR carbonated either. . . ewwww. . . that leaves water! YUCK.

I didn't even go to the silly man for anything having to do with anything caffeinated or carbonated. . . I went because of the worlds worst backache. Turns out I have a spasming psoas muscle. WTF??? Whatever. I just hurts like a MF. It's getting better now, but wow, I haven't been able to do much of anything at all. Hurts to bend over, sit, lie down, stand up, you name it, it hurts. Luckily I have the best sons ever and they've had to do everything from cooking to cleaning up the kitchen! Wow, almost like grownups, huh? they've even had to do their own laundry!!!! Poor fellas. . . .

So, now, for the projects I've started. I haven't taken pics of any of them yet, but I will soon.

My oldest son is in his college's marching band, which means we need nice warm afghans for the football stadium. (Yeah, I'm a stage mom, never miss a performance). Started the Romantic Ripple afghan made out of the new acrylic sold at Michaels. I love this yarn, it's even softer than Vanna's choice; but doesn't separate like VC does. Pretty limited color choices so far, but hopefully that will change in the future.

Next one will be out of a wool acrylic blend in navy (school colors are blue/gold) that I found on a great sale at Herrschners. It's just gorgeous--on the bulky side, so I don't think it will take long to make.

And last, this absolutely beautiful wool/soy blend (Patons SWS) in a mossy sage kinda color. This puppy should be really warm. No idea what kinda pattern I'm going to use for either of them, but by golly, I have the yarn!

I really have to stop buying yarn. I mean really.

I also got this really, super bulky, super soft black yarn--that's gonna be for hats and scarves, I think. Hmmmm. . . . .

Enough for now, I think.

Seeya at the LYS!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Boy Howdy

I tell you, when it rains it pours!

I have been out every night this week, and will be out Saturday and Sunday nights as well! Amazing week! This has been REALLY fun!

Of course, it has really cut down on my crochet time!

I have WAY too many projects going right now--time to get at least one of the suckers done and NOT start anything else!

Projects are:
1. Green/gold afghan for me
2. Hexagons of Hell afghan
3. The Kitchen stuff for my aunt (not due until xmas, so I have time on this one)
4. Lisa's afghan that I totally frogged and have to start all over again, dammit
5. The WTF sock--I WILL make the sock, I WILL make it!
7. The Daddyghan--this one is easy, I'm just waiting for the last of the squares to come. I've already got the joining yarn--it's gonna be a beaut!
8. The afghan my mother wants for her parlor settee

However, I have completed:
1. The third dishtowel of the set of three
2. Mom's pillow
3. My project bag (gotta take pictures of it)
4. My discholths--I love these things, so much better than sponges!

Okay--so my "done" list is way shorter than my "to do" list! BUT, I've been BUSY! LOL And I gave a birthday part for my 13 year old--12 boys and one lone girl--wild children, all of them! But just so funny, you can't really be annoyed with them!

Oh--another thing--both boys want hats--and they're not your normal hats--like crochet versions of fedoras--this should be kinda fun!!! But--it won't be any time soon!!!

So many uhhh, patterns, so little time!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

OH no!!!!

ALL of my hooks are gone! My hooks, my stitch markers, my needles. . .I'm about to have a stroke!

I had my little case in my project bag. . . and when i got home, the yarn was there but my hook case was gone!

I hate this--some of my stitch markers were gifts and very pretty. . .my bamboo hooks, my steel hooks. . .all have to be replaced.

I'm just SICK.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I hate hexagons

Isn't that pretty? It's SuperMonkey's ( ) Patchwork Throw.
I thought it was just gorgeous. So, I went out and bought this gorgeous yarn--Caron's county- and got to work.
Well, I've never done hexagons before. And you know what? I may never do hexagons again. I don't think I have ever been so frustrated with a project in my life! (I take that back--my mis-adventures crocheting with thread. . . ).
First try--didn't have enough stitches so the whole thing curled up like a hexagonal bowl. Then I got the bright idea to add and extra chain in the corners. WRONG. Finally read and re-read the pattern again. And voila--made one right!
Tonight, thought I'd try it again. After all, this will be the first afghan I actually make for ME. after I finish up a project for someone else, then I'll work on mine for a bit before going to bed. big mistake. As the frustration factor rises, the sleepiness factor slips away. . . .
Tonight's problem? I made two motifs. . . and then notice that they were PENTAGONS, not hexagons. ARGH!!!
Frogging it AGAIN and starting over. I am determined to make this. . . I have made much more difficult patterns than this!
But the pattern calls for 295 of these things. . . pity me!!!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Jitterie101: Intro to Jitterie

My first blog on my new blog!

I think this will mostly be about:
  1. Crochet patterns I create
  2. Crochet objects I have completed (w/link to pattern if possible)
  3. Mom Bragging Rights
  4. My adorable furry kids, Jobie, Jedi and Clemmie
  5. Dog rescues and other dog related stuff

So, there you have it!