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    Random Acts of Kindness

    As some of you may know, I am a member of the Ravelry community. Ravelry.com is a fantastic community that brings together people who knit, crochet, weave, and spin. I’ve been a member for a bit over a year, and it seems like every day I am on the site, I discover something new and wonderful. Last night I discovered the Random Acts of Kindness group. What is this you ask? Its a group that pairs people’s wants (often small things) with people who might fulfill them. I was able to find multiple people looking for just the thing I’ve had laying around for some time and was so happy to ship out a few small packages this afternoon to people who were asking for things I’ve been wanting to get rid of. I used to be part of the BookCrossing community years ago and I participated in the RA(Bookcrossing)K groups there too. Its always no nice to bring a smile to the face of a stranger!

    Today I shipped out several skeins of embroidery floss, a skein of fun fur yarn, and a package with several of the little zippered pouches I made so long ago along with a bonus pair of earrings. There are a few other small packages I hope to send out as well- I’m just waiting to hear that what I have suits what the person really wants. 🙂

    If you are a member of the Ravelry community, you can find me here. I’m inkdork. 🙂

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    I Took a Little Trip

    On the 15th of January, I got in the car with one of my best friends and I drove with her to Kent, Washington. We spent a lot of time just hanging out, but I also did some crocheting and some shopping.

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    This is the throw blanket I did almost entirely while at Nikki and Dennis’ house. It’s a chevron pattern with 4 rows of shells down each side. I had hoped to use up all of the yarn I broth with me but didn’t quite do it.

    I also visited two fantastic yarn shops and between them, spent about $120 on some really lush yarns I normally wouldn’t have bought plus a book on crocheting monsters.

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    There are all sorts of neat designs in the book and I hope to make a few of them.

    The two shops I visited are So Much Yarn in Seattle, and Maker’s Mercantile in Kent. I have nothing but good to say about either one of them.

    I’m flying home early Wednesday morning so my bags are all packed but I’m looking forward to sharing with you my new lush yarns after I get home and can properly photograph them.

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    Craft Fair & Chili Cook-Off! Come See Me!

    Saturday night I will be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum selling my makes at the craft fair and chili cook-off. There will be a campfire, cowboy singer, chili cook-off, coffee, and cocoa! You can download the flyer for distribution and more details here, HotH Flyer 15.

    Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at “Holidays on the Homestead”

    Visit the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on Saturday, December 5th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for an old-time country Christmas celebration! Originally a 1930’s homestead, the historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style with live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.

    Stay warm around the blazing bonfire while cowboy singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and was then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.

    The country craft boutique features one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. The crafters carry on the artistic spirit of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to house his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and find unique gifts!

    Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try Rose’s original 1930 Christmas chili recipe and the chili cook-off entries, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café.  Our 2015 judge will be ranger Colin Daxon, who recently joined the department.

    Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, which provides funding to help keep the museum open.

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    Gifted & Thrifted Doesn’t Count!

    Gifted & thrifted yarns don’t count, right? Totally not like buying more yarn.

    Monday night I took my crochet work to pool league with me to work on between games. It was getting close to the end of the night when Jean, the lady who runs things, asked me if I’d like some yarn. Would I like some yarn? Sure! She ended up giving me a huge bag of yarn from her car, mostly Red Heart Super Saver, but a few skeins of Lion Homespun and some Jiffy as well. There was also another skein of a brand I can’t think of in there as well. Unfortunately, the yarn had some smoke odor to it, but that turned out to be easily remedied.

    I ended up packing 4 or 5 skeins into each of four pillowcases, tied them in a knot, and threw them into the washer on delicate with some Arm & Hammer detergent and some white vinegar. After that I put them through a delicate dryer cycle, which would have gone really well except two of the pillowcases came untied, which created a huge mess.

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    I ended up losing an entire skein of yarn to the dryer, becoming one huge tangled mess, but 1 skein lost from about 20 is pretty minor, especially when it was all free to begin with. I was able to slide all the labels back onto the skeins and since the odor is gone, I can stash them with my other yarn now without worry of contamination. There were multiple skeins of several colors, so I just put one into my wall stash of each, and the rest are being stored in a tub for now to be cycled through as I need them.

    And I might be getting more yarn from her again later! Hopefully if there’s a next time, I won’t have any pillowcases come undone!

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    A Surprise for a Friend

    Some odd weeks ago, I was texting my good friend Nikki who now lives in Washington and I showed her a blanket pattern I was considering making. She commented that she loved it and the next thing I knew, I was crocheting it for her without telling her. It was a baby blanket pattern that I worked to a larger size, and it was so easy to make once I found a video explaining the instructions a bit better.

    I didn’t get any good photos of it really as I worked on it, but I do have this close up of it that shows the colors really well. I worked it up in Red Heart Super Saver yarns in Black, and Blacklight, and I used one entire Jumbo skein of black plus 3 regular sized skeins of Blacklight. The colors in Blacklight are truly neon and super bright.

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    Nikki shared this photo she took of the blanket after she received it (which is another story!) and posted it to Facebook where it got lots of compliments, which made me super happy! One of the points was a little odd center due to me not properly counting my stitches at the beginning but otherwise it turned out really well.

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    I’m planning on making another star blanket, but with more points next time, and in different colors. I’m thinking Pink Camo, Light Raspberry, and Aran. I was dying to share this one with you guys for weeks but had to wait until after Nikki had received it.

    I was super worried she would never get it though. I dropped it in the mail one night and only after it went into the chute did I learn her phone had auto-corrected her mailing address into a street that does not even exist so I had no idea where her package would end up or if it would find its way back home. Luckily her mail carrier is stellar and figured out the correct address and delivered it to her!

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    I Just Can’t Win!

    I just can’t win lately when it comes to ordering things online. About a month ago, I placed two orders on Amazon with private sellers, both based somewhere in China. I’ve not had any real issues in the past so thought nothing of it. One order was for a selection of crochet hooks, 12 of them, in sizes 3mm through 10mm. I really wanted that 10mm hook. I ordered the set for that 10mm hook. The other order was for a 4 pack of a small compartmentalized containers.

    After a few weeks I received my package with ONE container in it. Just one. I contacted the seller and asked where the other three were. They said it would be several weeks but I would get the other three shipped out as soon as possible. I got my second package from them yesterday. It had ONE container in it. I emailed them again asking where the other two are at. I’m seriously frustrated because knowing these were going overseas, you’d think they would be more careful in getting an order right because shipping takes up a lot of time. But no. I’m still two containers short. I got an email from them today saying they were out of stock and will send the other two immediately. I’m not holding my breath though. Is it that hard to say we are out of stock and will send then as its possible to do so, or offer a partial refund?

    I received another package yesterday as well, this one from the crochet hook people. Did it contain my 10mm hook? No. It contained 11 hooks ranging from 2.75mm to 8mm. So now I have a freakish number of really tiny hooks, and still no 10mm that I really wanted in the first place. I left less then stellar feedback, and also stated on my review that the hooks were fine, but the seller, as many other buyers have stated, doesn’t seem able to deliver a 10mm hook no matter what happens. At this rate I give up and will just find a 10mm hook here locally so I am guaranteed to get the damned thing. After I left not so stellar feedback for the seller, I was offered a refund without return. I’ll take it, but damn it I just wanted that one stupid hook!

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    Yarn Labels- What Does It All Mean?

    As someone who only a few months ago had never even read the yarn labels on a skein of yarn, much less purchased and used one, the label was a baffling thing at first! However, much like the link I shared a while back on reading the back of a sewing pattern envelope, there’s a link with clear illustrations that explains the symbols on that skein of yarn you’ve been eyeballing!

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    I’ve reposted the graphic here, but you can see the site where I found it here.

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    Things I’ve Been Doing

    I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time!

    This tiny little closet space is perfect for my fabric and scrap storage! Snug as a bug! #sewing #fabric #storage #stash

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