Sunday, July 27, 2008

Brillante Weblog Award Nomination

This blog has been nominated for the Brillante Weblog Award! You can see the nomination at:
Brillante Weblog Award

These are their requirements for receiving this nomination. Quirkywrites:
"Andee (my mate across the pond) who writes The Modern Diary at nominated me for the Brillante Weblog Award. Thank you Andee. You made me smile very widely. Here's how it works…."

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you have nominated.

Esther says, "This couple live in Australia, and I really loved one of their entries about a spider inside of their car. This person knows how to write a great story!"

My Web Page

I have a web page (in progress) that lists several of my interests in life. This is probably where I'll be posting the new crochet and knitting videos for sale. Here's the web page address:

My Web Page

As I'm making the next few videos, what would you be interested in seeing?

The following is my YouTube address:

My YouTube Address

My Knit Afghan-in-progress

The pink and blue strips are both made of the cable stitch. I'll post those at a later date.

This afghan was supposed to be finished by the time my 1st grandchild was born. Well, she's 1 now, and I'm hoping to have it finished for her brother or sister's arrival around Thanksgiving!

New videos to be published soon

Within the next 2 weeks, I will be recording more videos. I plan to make them to sell. Some of the content I will be recording is: granny squares, ripples and shell stitches. I also plan to make videos on how to knit.

Knitting - New Method of Terms

For my fellow knitting friends, I am hearing about a new way to read knitting terms. In an effort to make knitting terms understandable to all languages. I will be checking this out, and will write more on it. Check back!

Thursday, July 24, 2008


I've recently run across this site:

It's a site devoted to becoming a healthier person - with your diet, exercise, etc.

It's a place where I can enter in all the foods that I eat each day, and SparkPeople adds up all your calories for you. It also keeps track of your whole week of calories, carbs, fat, protein, etc. They give you daily meal plans, if you want to use that feature.

But that is just the start! There are so many SparkPeople support groups! From a group that says how much you want to lose, to many other hobby groups that you can join, if you like! Some groups have challenges to sign up for.

For those of you who want to lose a few pounds, I recommend this site!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Crochet Hook Charts

Hello fellow crochet-ers! I have found another chart in a book I have, called "All-Time Great Afghans". It shows the hook sizes, and seems to be easier to understand. Here they are:

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Crochet Abbreviations

Question: Great videos, thank you. I'm also watching from the UK (Wales). Could you please run through pattern abbreviations for us. I can understand the stitches you're showing us visually but then when I read the baby beanie pattern I don't know what any of the shorthand means. And there's a mixture of you talking about 'G' sized hooks but pictures with numbered sizes. I'm a complete n00b so don't know what the equivalents are. Thanks again :)

Answer: Thank you - yes, I'll be glad to give a list of the US abbreviations! Here they are:

ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet

I've got to admit that I need to do some more searching on the hook-size terms! I'll try to do that this week. I've been surprised that the hooks labeled with "letters" are not being listed on the sites I've already checked with. It could be that the "letters" are phasing out. I WILL check into this, though.

P.S. It sounds like you are doing wonderful - so just keep up the good work!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Heather Martin

Baby's Crying (The) by Heather and Cindy Martin
God Bless America

When Are You Coming Home?
You were almost sixteen when I came into the world.
Mom and dad had you first then 3 more boys I'm the baby girl.
I sure have a lot to look up to in you, you're really smart and funny with a big heart too.
After one year of college you knew what you had to do.
It's just like you wanting to help with the war.
So you joined the army when i was only 4.
This time of year we talk of big plans but you're over seas in some distant land.
You can't be here for Christmas, I don't understand.
When are you coming home, Shaun?
When are you coming home?!
We lit up the house like we always do but it doesn't seem bright 'cause we can't have you.
In my prayers I ask God to keep you safe.
And I'm trying to be really brave.
Tell me that the fighting's through.
Come home!
I really miss you.

It's hard to enjoy the holidays without you.
But we're so proud of you and all the red, white and blue.
Remember that Jesus is your best friend,
And someday our families will be together again.
Wow! you know we'll have a great big party then.


I want to show you how tall I've grown and introduce you to my new friends at school.
Maybe we could go and get some ice cream together but I really don't care what we do.