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sara
Posted 2009-02-12 12:28 PM (#21109)
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Hi ladies -- Sorry I haven't been around much. Life keeps getting in my way.

Just wanted to let y'all know I finally finished the Checkerboard afghan/game and have posted the instructions on my blog. I'll try to have photos up early next week. I don't have a digital camera, so my friend and I have to get together, and for some reason she just doesn't drop everything to do that! sheesh.

I really like the way it has turned out. I tried to do something fancy with the border, but then decided it needs to be plain. Testers are still working on the pattern, so if you decide to make it and find a problem holler at me real loud!!!

See y'all later!
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SallyC
Posted 2009-02-12 8:48 PM (#21134 - in reply to #21109)
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oh goody--I've been waiting for the rest. Thanks Sara!
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JennB
Posted 2009-02-13 11:47 AM (#21155 - in reply to #21134)
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ooh cant wait to see some pictures!
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sara
Posted 2009-02-13 6:10 PM (#21201 - in reply to #21109)
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Okay, the picture is posted now :)
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JennB
Posted 2009-02-14 7:39 PM (#21249 - in reply to #21201)
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oh this is so cute! This might be a good project to work on during car trips! About how long do you think it will take to make this?
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sara
Posted 2009-02-14 11:00 PM (#21256 - in reply to #21109)
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It works up quickly. I read a chapter, work a motif, read a chapter, etc etc etc. If I work on it consistently, I can get the whole thing done in a couple of days, three tops. Yes it'd be a good road-trip project. You can look up and still work on it! I'm working on "special" checkers now .... I'm not sure when they'll be available, one of the crochet mags is thinking about publishing them. If they do, I can't publish first :) **crossing finners toes and eyes**
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SallyC
Posted 2009-02-14 11:40 PM (#21259 - in reply to #21109)
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Sara,
Looks as great as I expected--my fingers are crossed for you (how cool is that!!!! )
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sara
Posted 2009-03-10 3:17 AM (#22809 - in reply to #21109)
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I'm also making filet crochet curtains, I have half-sheets up made into plain old curtains, and I think this will work quite well. It looks like a grecian archway with doves flying around. I'm working on a size b hook (2.25? I think -- it's late and I don't want to turn on the light LOL). The finished sizes (I have to make 3) will be approx 4' by 5'.

On the design side - I'm working on a series of bookmarks with chapel-type designs in filet crochet. Actually, I have the first designed and am crocheting it up now .... goofy me, I think it'll be a small-ish doily rather than a bookmark LOL. Also, I'm working on an updated checkerboard pattern :) My goal is to have a series of checkerboard patterns. I was hoping to have it finished before y'all went on retreat, but I got side-tracked with some 1:1 classes for some folks via the 'net. The checkers for some patterns won't be traditional, you'll just have to wait to see when I get them done.

I'm also crocheting a baby afghan that will (eventually) be put on my store for purchase, and have a couple of little broom dolls (these are so so so cute!) that I have to get pics of to sell.

OH! How could I forget this .... I'm making a pink panther afghan for my roommate. I told her it wouldn't be ready for her b-day (I got the yarn about 5 days before -- her bday was on 2/27), but I'll hopefully have it done before winter LOL ... it's very slow working it up, all single crochets. yucko, but I'll be glad for it to be finished ............ in about 2020 LOLOL.

Oh yeah ... I'm relearning to tat :) I have shuttles everywhere, except where I can get my fingers on them! I do have my grandmother's old shuttles. I picked up one of them ... and it still has thread on it. When I tried to find the end of the thread to unwind it a little, I have part of something there that she'd started working on when she got too ill to continue. I think I'm going to make a shadow box and put the whole thing in it. I can't bring myself to take it off the shuttle. It'll be more of a keepsake.

I have absolutely nothing more to say! Can you believe that?
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SallyC
Posted 2009-03-10 3:23 AM (#22811 - in reply to #21109)
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Sara,
So what do you do in your spare time? Seriously, where do you find the time? What a wonderful gift to ahve found your grandmothers last project on the shuttle. My mom used to tat when I wa small but I never learned.
Looking forward to seeing pics of curtains and all, will you post here? Didn't see them on your website either!
Sally
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sara
Posted 2009-03-10 3:29 AM (#22812 - in reply to #22811)
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The curtains aren't my design, I got them out of a book I got from the library ....... and fell in love. LOL The name of the book is "The Filet Crochet Book" it was published back in the '90s. I have got to get this book for me though ... there are only about 2 patterns in it that I'm not crazy about.

Yes, I'll post pics when I get at least one done. But, don't hold your breath. I'm trying to dole out my time for writing, designing, making designs come to life, working on the store, doing things for me (that includes doing things for my friends).

I recently (last week) made a fun garter for a friend who's getting married next week. I'll have to get a pic from her, I forgot to get one (silly me!). I'll add some garters to the store around the end of the month .... I need more finners :)
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JennB
Posted 2009-03-10 7:17 PM (#22876 - in reply to #21109)
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i havent the foggiest idea on tatting but im open to learning!
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sew'nsew
Posted 2009-03-10 8:08 PM (#22877 - in reply to #21109)
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Jenn, needle tatting is much easier to learn. There are books/kits that include the needle that are fairly easy to follow. I am left handed and could not get an instructor to teach shuttle tatting to me. But a teacher was able to teach me needle tatting in about 20 minutes. Haven't done it for years and would have to search for the book, but the needle is in my sewing table.
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JennB
Posted 2009-03-10 8:50 PM (#22879 - in reply to #21109)
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I don't really even know what it is. I've probably seen it but not known what it was.
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sara
Posted 2009-03-11 11:26 AM (#22906 - in reply to #21109)
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I've finally started tatting again. I have a shuttle. I don't do needle tatting (YET!), and have a cro-tat pattern that I'm dying to try. Honestly, I think I'm going to have to start staying up all night to get all these projects finished! I'm too old for this LOL.
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delia
Posted 2009-03-11 11:53 AM (#22908 - in reply to #22906)
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Oh My! Tatting! My mother tried to teach me how to do that, but I just couldn't seem to get it together. Probably the same problem I have with knitting, my left hand is just useless. I can crochet, but that's about it. *sigh* Maybe I should try again. (As if I don't have enough other projects!) Sara, that shadowbox idea sounds lovely!
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