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IV handsMy crochet time has been greatly curtailed the last ten days as I languished in the hospital. The worst part of the whole ordeal was the IVs. I apparently have “bad veins” and they like to reject the IV after a day or two. At one point I had an IV assembly crowning the top of my right thumb. As a right handed person, this makes some basic life functions a bit difficult (TMI!!!).

Of course there always has to be some weird thing that happens on any sort of outing and this was no exception. The hospital I went to has remodeled and made all their rooms private, but they are about the size of a closet. One afternoon nurse #24 was installing IV needle #15 when she says “what’s that smell?” There was a definite electrical odor wafting about the room. It got stronger and suddenly smoke was roiling from one of the light fixtures on the wall.

Now there are seven people in my tiny room in a state of pandemonium. The IV nurse is shouting to all the other people to move me immediately since I’m in there for a respiratory issue to begin with. The people begin packing up everything. The room had a reclining chair that I had been sleeping in because the bed was so awful. One of the male nurses decided to just push me and the chair down the hall to the new room. The chair didn’t make a good substitute for a wheel chair and it veered wildly down the hall. Another nurse took to guiding it from the front. Other patients on the floor were perplexed by the whole scene.

The upside was the new room was about 4 times bigger than the old one, with a bathroom that one could actually get into while dragging an IV rig along. The previous bath required the IV to sit outside the door, making any sense of privacy non-existent.

This hospital uses a system of rotating staff so you have different people nearly every day, but after 5 days you start seeing some of the same ones again. Apparently the rapid room change was the talk of the floor and the joke was that I’d do anything to get a better room, even if it meant a fire.

I’m glad to be back home to my own bed and my own bath. I will never complain about my own bed again. Compared to the hospital, it’s like sleeping on a cloud!

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Random Life

 

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33 of 99

33 of 99
Today’s Square: 33 of 99
Size: 6 inch
Pattern By: Joan Beebe
Hook: H
Yarn: RHSS yellow, pumpkin.
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: Another fairly easy and quick square. I added a round of DC to bring it up in size. A little to airy for me, but some of those chain loops could be shortened I would imagine. From the book 99 Granny Squares to Crochet.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in 2015 Crochet Squares

 

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Swap Box Goodies

Swap box goodies
I like to do swaps but I don’t often get the chance. Either the time line doesn’t fit in with my pay schedule, or the swappers expect a lot (EXPENSIVE yarn, NO acrylic, snobby snobby snobby). One swap I like to do is with the Red Heart Lovers group on Ravelry. Everyone is down to earth and there’s no stigma against those of us who actually LIKE to work with acrylic yarns.

My swap box from my partner arrived today. All eleven pounds of it! It may be the best box I’ve ever gotten. Yarn, crochet magazines, project bags, office supplies, candy. What more could one want? I’m still working on my handmade object for my return box, but today was spent reading crochet magazines and eating candy.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Random Life

 

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First Six of 27

first six

I’m working on a project for a swap. So I’m not going to go into too much detail until I finish it and send it off. But it requires 27 of these 4 inch squares. I’m not following any pattern. Just crocheting following the voices in my head. I hope those voices know what they’re talking about…

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in 2015 Crochet Squares

 

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Blue-Ribbon Afghans

Blue Ribbon Afghans

Another book gift! This one contains 40+ patterns for full-sized afghans as well as baby ‘ghans. It has patterns for both knitted and crocheted projects. Many of the afghans are worked in one piece, but there are several made with motifs. One, called “Blue Star”, uses basic granny cluster stitches to create something that looks like a quilt. One of these days I WILL make it. It’s one of those where you really need to use coordinated yarn so my scraps won’t do! All of the patterns are pretty and there’s something there for everyone–cables, southwestern flavor, argyle, colorwork. It’s another enjoyable book for my crochet collection for sure!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Reviews

 

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365 Granny Squares

365 Granny Squares BookA while ago a Ravelry friend had run out of a Red Heart yarn in the middle of a project and found they’d discontinued it. I happened to have a big ball (well, it was a collapsed cake to be honest) of it and I sent it out to her.

On Friday this lovely book arrived at my door! I hadn’t expected anything in return for my yarn so this was a real surprise! This book was only recently published and is wonderful to look at. It features a wire binding that lets the book lie flat when you’re using it. It also has instructions for stitches and choosing yarn and abbreviations included.

The book actually contains 365 patterns. Sometimes books claim a high number and then you find that a lot of those are just different colors of the same pattern. (I’m looking at you, 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans.) The patterns range from easy to advanced. There are squares worked in the round and in rows. There are lacy squares and dense squares. Some have surface crochet and some are asymmetrical.

This book falls into the same trap that a lot of crochet block books do–they assume you’re going to work the squares in the colors they show you. The book is divided into color sections, ostensibly making it easier to work a batch of squares that will go together if you work within the section or use complimentary sections. But I guess it’s a nice touch if you DO use the colors they specify.

One thing that I really like is that each square is named. It’s confusing when you work out of a lot of books that have their squares numbered only. I end up with multiple squares named “Square 10″ and so on. So kudos for taking the time to name each one!

I’ve really enjoyed looking at this book and can’t wait to get working on it. I could spend a whole year just working one a day out of it….

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2015 in Reviews

 

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A Mind is a Terrible Thing…

Usually when odd and stupid things happen to me (chair roller coasters notwithstanding) it’s from outside sources. I also seem prone to mysterious hand injuries with no explanation. But sadly this time it was pretty much a severe moment of doofus.

So I dragged out one of my glass baking dishes that I hadn’t used in awhile to make something. Of course since it had been stored, I wanted to wash it. As I was washing, I felt a zing in the webbing between my thumb and forefinger and had there been sharks in my dish water they would have immediately been on me like a…well… shark frenzy. Then my brain says “oh, did the edge get chipped somehow?” So I ran my index finger along the rim. (Everyone take a moment to shake their heads and roll their eyes right now.)

Now I have a gashed hand and index finger and it’s nobody’s fault but mine…

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Random Life

 

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