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May 2020 Community Chatter ๐ŸŒธ

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    May 2020 Community Chatter ๐ŸŒธ

    Here is a thread for May 2020 Chatter. For those of us in the northern hemisphere spring is in full force, flowers will begin blooming, and weโ€™ll all look forward to getting out for some summer sun. In the southern hemisphere you are likely headed into your winter colder season. May you always have warmth in your home and your heart.

    We all need positive vibes, inspiration and uplifting moments shared. Share your projects, your flowers, or whatever else moves you. I look forward to seeing what May brings.

    Char
    Knitting is happening here! โค๏ธ

    Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: -18; YTD -264

    #2
    Happy May everyone! My goal this month is to finish a WIP, any WIP will do. I currently have 5.
    1. Mills Cardigan in Malabrigo Worsted...Needs sleeves & shawl collar.
    2. Bag Lady Bag...Needs pockets & straps.
    3. Edie Tee in Dream Baby...Almost at sleeve separation point.
    4. Bruges Lace Doily...making flowers for outer ring.
    5. Stay Longer Sweater in Cascade - Fascination...Just past the sleeve separation.
    6. Fishtail Wristwarmers in Wool Tree Yarn Merino Silk...1/3 of the way on 2nd. (Found with stash, notes say I started in 2015 )
    We'll see what this list looks like at the end of the month!
    Last edited by TexasPurl; 05-03-2020, 08:23 AM.
    Debbie

    Stashbusting CAL WTD 0/YTD -646 (2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 48/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

    I've come to the conclusion that collecting yarn, and using yarn are two entirely separate hobbies.

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    • Char
      Char commented
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      Yes, Iโ€™m just trying to figure out how to tempt you further in the sock area. :-)

    • pinesprairie
      pinesprairie commented
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      I'm waiting for that Edie Tee....

    • rkennell
      rkennell commented
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      Looking forward to seeing some pics! Sounds like a lot of them are getting close to the finish line! Btw, socks are a nice on--the- go project! (Just trying to help Char out. ๐Ÿ˜‰)

    #3
    Good afternoon!!! I am donating 50 more masks today to a local nursing home. Then on to the next two orders. :-)

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    Knitting is happening here! โค๏ธ

    Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: -18; YTD -264

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    • lovestostitch
      lovestostitch commented
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      Wow, you are so productive.

    • pinesprairie
      pinesprairie commented
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      Holy cow! (Can I say that here?) You work at warp speed, although once you get a rhythm it's not so bad. So I'm imagining all the recipients that will be so grateful to have a mask, and a very nice one at that. Thanks for doing this for others, Char, it's such a kind thing to do.

    • Char
      Char commented
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      Awww - thank you guys. I havenโ€™t done much of anything else. I donโ€™t believe I have even finished the towel I have been working on. There is such a need.

    #4
    Hi, everyone ๐Ÿ˜Š. We have a beautiful, partly sunny day here in Indiana, doors and windows are bringing in the fresh air.

    Iโ€™m getting back into my normal routine, but surely was not as productive in my yarn crafting this week. I have a lot of WIPโ€™s and hope to get to them next week. Iโ€™ve been trying to do some more stashbusting and will continue this next week. Two types of yarn Iโ€™ve been using up to make scarves, and Iโ€™m getting close enough that I needed to stop and plan my next moves before continuing. If I do it right, I will have enough leftovers to make a charity scarf or two.

    Only one pair of socks completed this week, with another pair on the needles.

    My next fun projects will be some baby layettes with baby yarn Iโ€™ve been purchasing little by little. Hopefully later this month.

    So far Iโ€™ve set up for two new scarves with a lace weight very soft acrylic yarn. Two strands makes a very nice scarf. Here are my plans, hopefully to complete in the next week or two:

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    Kathie from Indiana

    2020 Stashbuster: WTD +28, YTD + 187

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    • Kathy7661
      Kathy7661 commented
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      Pretty colors!

    • lovestostitch
      lovestostitch commented
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      They are both going to be really pretty.

    • pinesprairie
      pinesprairie commented
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      You are just cooking here!

    #5
    Well, I am pleased to announce that I have finished my Battenberg Blanket!!!
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    • patipoint
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      Beautiful! I have just begun working on mine! Using left overs from all the socks and lots of ordered and in the mail white. Gotta love all the ends to tuck in! You should get a gold star!

    • Kathy7661
      Kathy7661 commented
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      patipoint Thank you for the nice comment! Yes, there any many ends but if you take care of them as you go it's not too bad. ๐Ÿ˜Š I look forward to seeing your progress!

    • FreedomLover
      FreedomLover commented
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      patipoint, I look forward to watching your project's progress, this is such a beautiful pattern.

    #6
    I went off the UFO a bit and did a quickie baby blanket & washcloths. Also, finally got a pic of the bit of Mandala Madness I came down with.

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    #7
    Hello everyone ๐Ÿ˜Š

    So, Indiana is prepped to begin opening with caution Effective Monday. DH and I will be staying at home at least until we can see the affect of this, probably at least until end of May.

    Another beautiful day here, with a high of about 80. Doors and windows open.

    i finished a couple of small things this morning, bringing my stash buster numbers up a bit. WIPโ€™s for this week are 3 Crochet scarves, a pair of socks, a knit cowl and a knit lace wrap. Goal is to make good progress on these projects before starting anything else. However, I have some beautiful DK in White and shades of gray thatโ€™s just itching to become a mile-a-minute lapgan. Hhhmmm. We shall see.

    have a good day, stay safe

    ๐Ÿงถ๐Ÿงถ
    Kathie from Indiana

    2020 Stashbuster: WTD +28, YTD + 187

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    • Hellokitten
      Hellokitten commented
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      I wish California would reopen. Some are doing it anyway here. We have no cases in my area.
      It's not like I go anywhere but I haven't seen my kids in months. We were going to travel more this year;, look how that worked out!

      Primarily I want things to reopen for the working people. (We're retired.). I m really worried for the many people who have lost their incomes. This is horrendous for so many. And the economy is really going to slide. It will take time to catch up again and get back to where we all were.

      My son who teachers doesn't see how kids are going to social distance when they go back to school. They are already so crowded and can't afford more classrooms and teachers. Plus kids just naturally group together. it's going to be interesting.

    • qfknit
      qfknit commented
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      In some areas, the concern to re-open quickly is not based solely or primarily on economic concerns... but on health concerns.

      Unfortunately, many areas are forgoing routine medical tests, regular doctor appointments, treatments including cancer treatments, and "scheduled" surgeries: Only COVID-19 patients are seen.
      This despite hospitals having plenty of capacity.
      It seems arbitrary & capricious, and the health of many is at stake.

      Meanwhile, hospitals are under-utilized, losing money, and down-sizing...
      meaning that they may be unable to see many patients once the lockdown is lifted.

      It makes no sense.
      Doctors want to see their patients.
      Patients want to see their doctors.
      The government is keeping them apart, to the detriment of all.

    • qfknit
      qfknit commented
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      I'll add that a desire to re-open is also often a desire to preserve our rights.
      Here's a link to the April 27, 2020 Memorandum by Attorney General Barr:
      Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights

    #8
    Good morning!!! I hit a bit of a road bump in the mask making. Power went out!!! Oh no!!! I thought I would weave for a bit but instead I think Iโ€™ll clean the sewing table, and piece things together. I have twenty more pieces together ready to be sewn.

    Off to the cutting and piecing stations I go!
    Knitting is happening here! โค๏ธ

    Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: -18; YTD -264

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    • Char
      Char commented
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      You know it is bad when the power returns, the worker climb down off the pole, and the large pop happens. Poor guy looks back at the pole all confused.

    • FreedomLover
      FreedomLover commented
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      Yikes.

    • Hellokitten
      Hellokitten commented
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      Char That's sad.

    #9
    More masks with a purpose completed today! :-)

    Off to get my table cleaned off and start the next batch.

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    Knitting is happening here! โค๏ธ

    Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: -18; YTD -264

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    • Char
      Char commented
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      pinesprairie my DH and kiddos do an excellent job taking care of me. :-)

      Everyone in the house is contributing. We have stations set up, it is cute - most evenings you can find all four of us at a station. The boys are learning an amazing lesson about giving back and chipping in however we can.

    • rkennell
      rkennell commented
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      I love that you have the whole family involved!

    • lovestostitch
      lovestostitch commented
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      What a great family project.

    #10
    Good morning, everyone! So, my WIP'S are sitting, and I couldn't wait to begin a lap afghan with some new yarn I purchased.

    Nothing on the agenda today besides laundry and more of the same. Weather today is sunny and cooler, but still warm enough to open things and let the fresh air in.

    Here's the first row of the afghan, it will he a total of 12 squares, checkerboard. The squares are approximately 14" each, for a total size of 56" long and 42" wide.

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    Kathie from Indiana

    2020 Stashbuster: WTD +28, YTD + 187

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    • lovestostitch
      lovestostitch commented
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      This is going to be nice! Do you know who you will give it to?

    • knitter131
      knitter131 commented
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      Thanks, Kathy7661 ๐Ÿ˜Š. lovestostitch, I have no one in mind. I might actually keep this one ๐Ÿงถ๐Ÿงถ

    • TexasPurl
      TexasPurl commented
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      Very nice!

    #11
    The 2nd earwarmer I made from the Whims Merino I received with the Furls hook using the Star Stitch.

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    Debbie

    Stashbusting CAL WTD 0/YTD -646 (2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 48/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

    I've come to the conclusion that collecting yarn, and using yarn are two entirely separate hobbies.

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    • TexasPurl
      TexasPurl commented
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      pinesprairie ~ Thank you! I liked the hook, though it feels a bit too chunky in my hand. I suppose it'll take a bit more time to become accustomed to it. So many years using straight aluminum & steel hooks. I'm sure my hand will thank me in years to come if I make myself use the ergonomic hooks now. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • pinesprairie
      pinesprairie commented
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      TexasPurl I know what you mean. It took me quite a while to get accustomed to the size as well. It does make me hold/use the hook a bit differently though which supposedly is the purpose.

    • babajayne
      babajayne commented
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      So cute, love the color! I had my eye on those fancy hooks, but I rarely crochet now that I knit.

    #12
    I'm preparing for my first grocery shopping trip in months. I wouldn't go into a store except we really need a Costco stock-up and Costco doesn't have curb side pickup. We will be out of dog biscuits soon and that would not go over well! I don't want to carry a purse and worry about having a germy purse. I decided I needed a bare minimum, washable purse that could carry a credit card, hand sanitizer and my own pen. I saw some different ideas on Pinterest and really liked the ones that made the sanitizer ready to squeeze, Here is my first try. The strap is long for making it a cross body.

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    Naperville, IL - Growing zone 5b

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    • TexasPurl
      TexasPurl commented
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      Great idea! Looks as though it will work for you nicely!

    • Kathy7661
      Kathy7661 commented
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      Great idea!!

    • pinesprairie
      pinesprairie commented
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      This really is a good idea. I might have to make a couple.

    #13
    Thatโ€™s so cute! Looks pretty easy, too ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Kathie from Indiana

    2020 Stashbuster: WTD +28, YTD + 187

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      #14
      We went to the beach yesterday.

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      โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
      Shelly in South Carolina

      "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." Dalai Lama

      US Gardening Zone 8B

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      • FreedomLover
        FreedomLover commented
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        I think the blue sky, white clouds and yellow sun are the reason most people love those colors together.

      • rkennell
        rkennell commented
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        Looks lovely!

      • FreedomLover
        FreedomLover commented
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        It is, we love living this close to the beach.

      #15
      Can I just take a moment to say how wonderful you all are?

      ok - you are WONDERFUL!


      Char
      Knitting is happening here! โค๏ธ

      Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: -18; YTD -264

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      • Lemming13
        Lemming13 commented
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        And I'd like to say the same back to you - your mask making factory is amazing, and your work as admin here is amazing. Three rousing cheers for Char! (and Texas Purl, and all the other hard working mods and admins).

      • Char
        Char commented
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        Thank you everyone

      • knitter131
        knitter131 commented
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        And a HIP, HIP, HURRAY for Char โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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