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I'm about 90% done with a wool-blend afgan. Another couple of skeins should do it. Looks like I will have one skein of the yarn left over and I'm not sure what I intend to do with it since it's blended with some nylon or acrylic and I don't want to buy more yarn since I have a good sized stash to go through anyway. The rest of my yarn is generally acrylic.

Speaking of stash busting, I will probably work on another afgan I started to use up some of the stash. The weather is supposed to be warmer this coming weekend which means I can get some length on this project done so it starts to cover my legs. I keep my thermostat low and my crochet projects keep my legs warm.
 

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Turns out the wool yarn I'm currently using for the afgan is actually 100% wool, rather than the mix I thought it was. Not sure if it's changed or I was looking at another brand. While it makes washing it a PITA, at least it will keep whoever gets it warm. Not sure if I'm going to give it to a friend who does Rev. War re-enactments (if I can track him down) or I'll give it to someone else.
 

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I've got a simple afghan in the works for when I watch tv at night. I'm also crocheting cotton dish cloths when I sit with my grand daughter in the mostly child proofed room. :) She will be a year old in February and we keep her five days a week.
Chicken scratch pattern, simple, relaxing yet fun. Crocheting slippers for hubby and myself. Took a while to find the perfect pattern! Had to be easy (ha!) and use two strands of Red Heart super saver. (Someone gave me a bunch)
 

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Ressa, I also crochet afgans while watching tv at night. I got a bunch of yarn from a couple of people I know as well. lol Although they're generally a mixed bag of yarn (in one case, literally).
 

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Mine are pretty literally mixed too! I feel like I need to use most of it before I buy new yarn but often can't resist. I make baby blankets, too, but took a break from it. I used to love doing the more elaborate patterns but seem lately to have concentration problems. (Husband retired! haha) That is why I have been sticking to simpler things.
 

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I never learned how to read patterns so I never bothered to do more than simple afgans and scarves. I probably should take a crocheting class eventually. I would like to learn how to make hats and socks at least. lol

I know what you mean about buying new yarn I can't resist. Thankfully, I've been good about not going into the local Michaels, AC Moores, or Joanns recently and generally not going overboard when I do. On the other hand, I do love going to an annual Sheep and Yarn event and picking up some yarn there. I like the fact I get to talk to the vendors directly and being able to support small businesses, anyway.
 

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I learned to crochet (and knit a little) from books. I didn't have anyone available to teach me (stay at home mom, no car) and It was easier for me to be able to look at the pictures and refer back to the books. I guess reading the patterns just went along with it. Never really knew if I was doing things right!
We have Lily Beth (11 months) five lonnnng days a week and I don't much like hauling her to town. We have older grands visit on the weekend and I can't afford to take them. lol But when I do go, I make it count :)
I would love to be able to support the small businesses like that. Not sure where I would go locally for yarn. I do like to shop at Rose Of Sharon Acres for goat milk soap and other natural stuff.
(I had my own dairy goats for years and she was my mentor.)
Think my biggest problem with crocheting is gauge. I stay away from clothes mostly for that reason.
 

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Fortunately for me, the Sheep and Yarn festival is only once a year (and on a weekend) so I splurge. A couple of the vendors at the festival also sell goat milk soap. I've only tried it once but it was good. I tend to buy my soaps from a couple of vendors at my local farmers' market. I haven't used store bought soaps in years.

Downside of it is, my favorite vendor (Verdant Gryphon) has a website so I try to stay off that as much as possible. :lol: I did also splurge a couple years back on some alpaca yarn from a vendor at my local farmers' market and made myself a blanket. Soooo warm.
 

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Ohhhhh the luxury of working with quality yarn! Well worth the money!
Unfortunately it doesn't happen very often here :) Hoping my slippers made from two strands of Red Heart soften some after washing.
I made my own soap when I had the dairy goats. Simple recipe. We are sensitive to fragrances. Sometimes even problems with the essential oils.
Hoping to try some crochet baskets next. Maybe even one to package the dish rags in! Too many ideas and too little time. Hubby is sitting the Lily in the playroom now so I can have a coffee break.
 

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Went through the yarn for my own scrappy wool-blend afgan over the weekend. Turns out I have three different yarn 'weights' so I'll use them in different projects. I know I'll have to pick up some more of one of the weights but that will take some time. I'm not too worried about that since I have enough yarn in my stash to keep working on other projects while I accumulate more of the wool-blend yarn (which comes from the Sheep and Yarn festival).
 

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If the forecast holds true, it looks like this weekend is going to be a crochet and DVD event. My area's supposed to get the largest snow storm of the season. Not sure how much snow we're supposed to get, though.
 

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Hope the weather is behaving nicely for you! Drop in temps here made it easier to work on my afghan. Hoping to finish it this weekend.
My internet modem went out early Sunday morning and we did not get a replacement until Thursday morning. Funny thing... I have been having terrible anxiety problems lately and medication is not helping much. It all seemed to evaporate while I was without internet. Huh??!!! So when I got back online, I ditched my Facebook account. And I am still feeling fine. Guess I do not need that much stimulation!
Enjoyed watching some movies and made several more pairs of slippers for myself and some hats for gifts. Still doing the dish cloths. Think I will see about designing myself a label just so they will look nice when I give them as gifts.
I'm interested in crocheting with the plastic bags. Anyone done any of that?
 

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Well, it looks like over a foot of snow is forecast for my area this Friday night through Sunday Morning. Wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being closer to 2 feet. At least it's on a weekend so I don't have to worry about trying to get into work. They'll have most of Sunday to plow the roads, although my apartment complex usually does a better job than the township. Sigh. So I'm going to make soup and work on my afgans tomorrow.

Sorry to hear about your anxiety problems. Here's hoping they don't return now that you have the internet back.

I haven't crocheted with plastic bags. Let me know how it works out. I've only used acrylic and wool yarns mostly, and once with alpaca. Some of the wool are wool blends (mostly wool with some nylon, a little bit of silk and cashmire).
 

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No snow here. I live just outside of Texarkana, TX. The town straddles the Texas and Arkansas state line. It is cold, though. We had rain this past week. Being out of town and living on a dead end road, even though it is kind of paved, we are dead in the water when the roads are iced/snowed over unless a neighbor with a tractor and equipment does everyone a favor. My husband was forced into an early retirement (with bonus, so not bad at all) so we don't have to worry about having to be somewhere on a daily basis. They bring the grandkids to us :p Well, my husband does pick the two older grand girls up from school and takes them home.
Hope you keep warm and happy this weekend. I love making soups. What kind of movies do you like to watch?
It will be a while before I attempt the plastic bags. I really need some easy to clean door mats, though. Maybe I will at least try to get some strips started.
Taking that defective modem and dropping it off at the Windstream store today. Hobby Lobby is in the same area so I will check out the yarn and flannel. Maybe lunch out!

Where do you buy your yarns?
 

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I survived the snow. :lol: Although my car battery finally up and died. Can't complain too much since I'm pretty sure it's original to the car which is 10 years old. Turns out the battery itself is in the trunk of the car. Go figure... Very weird. Glad I took my car to my usual shop. They're a great bunch of guys, especially since I have a stash of blankets in the trunk that I use for LARPing (Live Action Role Playing).

As for my yarns, I buy most of them from Michael's and/or Joanns. Most of the wools I get from a vendor called Verdant Gryphon (she has a website) or the Sheep and Yarn festival I go to once a year.
 

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Glad you survived the snow! LARPing sounds fun. Bet my son-in-law could get into that.
Just a lot of sickness around here. Hubby and I both under the weather (cold/congestion stuff) and my youngest daughter has been home sick all week. She loves her job, so she really is sick! But that means we have had to get the grandson to pre-school and still have to keep Lily. And Ms Lily either has a bad cold or some major teething going on. Hoping I survive til the weekend!

I finished my scrap afghan and showed it to my daughter who admired it so much that I gave it to her. A few hours later she sent me a text with a frowning face and attached a picture of her hubby all snuggled up in the afghan.
I've started a new one, same pattern. Black trim and using shades of maroon and pinks and purple. Should be interesting!
And since I had to spend so much time in my robe, I really started to notice the color combos on it and decided it would do nicely for an afghan and I do have the colors in my stash! Navy blue, lighter blue, green and white. So I have my next stashbuster project lined up.
Supposed to be nice here this weekend.
 

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Hope you and yours get well soon.

LOL - I think my sisters have had the same problem with the afgans I made for them.

The projects you have planned sound really pretty. I have four WIP's so now it's a matter of figuring out which ones to focus on since at least one is for me and the others don't need to get anywhere soon. I've decided to focus on the wool one first since that's nearly finished (only a skein and a half to go) and it's easier to do when the weather's cold. One can wait since I'm not sure how much yarn I'm going to need since that's my rag bag one and I buy most of the yarn for that from the Sheep and Yarn festival in the fall. On one hand, I'm pretty sure I don't have enough to finish it. On the other, I need to figure out how much yarn I'm going to need to finish it. This is the one where I buy 'orphan' skeins that are on sale, simply because I like the color. The yarn is dyed in small batches.

A third one is a stash buster since I had bought a lot more of the yarn than I expected when I made an afgan for a friend. So I'm trying to use that up. I may need more of that yarn but I'll wait to see how much more I need before actually buying it. I think that was my problem initially. The fourth one is one where I picked up the yarn previously and I planned on using it for myself.

After these are done, I definitely have to really get going on the stash busting. lol
 

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Finished the wool afgan. Have one skein of that yarn left. I will probably use it for a scarf eventually.

Started work on the stashbuster since that is longer than my rag-bag afgan. The fourth project is sort of buried under those two and there's no 'need-by' date on that one.

I do have to donate a couple of afgans I've finished and no longer really like/want. The past couple of winters have been so cold, I've switched over to the wool blankets I've made for myself and have fallen in love with.
 

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It sounds like you get so much done! You inspire me.
The family had multiple rounds with a stomach flu, strep throat, upper respiratory infections...finally everyone is mostly well! I had to miss Lily's first birthday party because husband and I were getting over the stomach thing that dear Lily gave us! I thought she was well but at least five people got sick the day after the party. My oldest daughter referred to Lily as The Plague Rat. (My family has an odd sense of humor.)
I got sidetracked from the stashbuster afghan (too much warm weather here) and have been doing dish cloths. I have a simple chicken scratch pattern for when I am minding the baby. At night I have been making some more decorative ones.... flowers, etc. Really enjoying it.
I used to do thread crochet and thought I might like to make some of the vintage potholders. But I recall the thread I bought at Walmart being unpleasant to work with... not soft, hanging. Aunt Lydia, I think.
Was wondering if it was still like that or if someone could recommend a good brand that was not too expensive?
 
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