Progress? Possibly.

12.21.2011





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I have spent the last several evenings working my way through every Harry Potter movie and stitching away on the monster blanket. I've decided that's its name. The Monster. An hour and a half per row. What the hell was I thinking when I made it so freakin' huge? Someone please tell me. Then slip some antipsychotics into my coffee. I obviously need them.

Despite the endless hooking (I can't say that without sounding like a streetwalker) and the carpal tunnel I now have, it's actually going fairly well. I've mainly been using this tutorial at Attic 24. So far I've only had to rip out maybe a third of a row, when I missed a dc in a cluster way far back. It was traumatizing, so now I'm being more careful about checking as I go along.

Had a delicious evening with the man at Naan Kabab, a wonderful Pakistani restaurant in Augusta. I had this amazing vegetarian platter with falafels, hummus, baba ganoush, dolmas, yogurt salad, and fresh baked naan:
And the man had this lamb dish with decadent scented rice. Can't remember what it's called, but the lamb was so tender it fell off the bone. I'm mostly vegetarian, but I admit I couldn't resist several bites.
We also ordered veggie pakoras with a sweet/sour/savory chutney that was probably the most wonderful thing on the table. I kept harrassing the lovely waitress to tell me what it was, but she couldn't think of what it was called in English; hopefully the transliterated version will help me track it down. Still, it was wonderful. Always a treat to visit this place.

Oh, and the elderly couple sitting in the corner were laughing at me. Apparently they're not used to adults making fools of themselves and taking pictures:
Let's see how embarrassing I can be in public!
Hey that elderly dude thinks I'm an idiot. Awesome!
It's finally raining! Gonna be a nice lazy day. I'm pretty tired; I had to keep getting up last night because our fireplace backed up in the middle of the night and pumped smoke through the house. Nothing like standing on the front lawn in a bathrobe at 3:00 AM while fans blow smoke out your front door! Sigh.


19 comments:

  1. We did the same thing with our fire place a couple weeks ago. Had to vent smoke while the smoke detector screamed it's disapproval. Lovely way to spend an evening!

    By the way, LOVE the profile pic. Looks wonderful!

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  2. Yeah it still smells like smoke downstairs. Don't know why it did that... wind, maybe? who knows.

    Thanks! I was playing with my webcam. Like a dork. ;)

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  3. I really like the bright colors! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. That is a huge project--pretty colors!

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  5. @OhioMom, thanks! I love the colors too. Can't wait to get a few more stripes done so I can get a good idea of how it's gonna look! Thanks for following! :)

    @Pennies, thanks for following! It is HUGE. It's seriously like 10 feet across. UGGGHHH I get tired just thinking about working on it, lol!

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  6. Glad to see that that gorgeous yarn isn't going to waste! I'm really impressed that you remember how to crochet. I would probably have forgotten. You know - lose it, if you don't use it. ;)

    By the way, I had to stand out in the cold at three o'clock in the morning once. My house was on fire!

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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  7. @Liz, Oh, don't think I just picked up the hook and stared hooking away. Oh, no sir. It took hours of re-education!

    Your house was on fire?!!? My god!! I hope everything turned out okay. :( It's amazing, even though I knew there wasn't a fire, I could NOT sleep. Humans are just programmed to react to that smell, I think. Made for a very nervous, sleepless night!

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  8. Hi! I'm visiting from The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday link party. Your crochet caught my eye. I'm trying the same thing...just not as big (I think), lol. I love your colors. I'm following you. Cute blog :)

    Merry Christmas!
    Shasta @InTheOldRoad

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  9. @Shasta, Great, thank you!! I really thought I was making a smaller blanket... I was more than a little shocked and dismayed when i realized just how big it was. Yikes! It's gonna take foreeeevvveeer. Thanks for following! :)

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  10. At least witih crocheting, it goes pretty quickly when you have to rip and redo. And you won't have to find the stitches to pick up like in knitting. I've taught a lot of crocheting classes and I am sure I have devastated many people when I've ripped out a row of work because they did it wrong. But they saw how quickly it all came back! I love this blanket and I have to admit I can't figure out how every other row looks upside down. I'm going to have to check this out!

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  11. Your blanket is off to a good start! Keep with it - imagine yourself cozying up underneath it on the coldest night of the year watching a classic black and white film, with hot chocolate and buttery popcorn, and....

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  12. Your monster blanket looks great, keep going you won't regret it when you have a lovely cosy blanket to snuggle under!

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  13. be pacient with the monster, you will finish it some day and it will last forever. It´s lovely!

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  14. Thank you everyone for the encouragement!!! Every little bit helps with a project like this, that's for sure :)

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  15. You are so brave! I can only commit to small little crochet flowers, 10 minutes or less! Can't wait to see yours finished.

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  16. You're going big because when you're done, your sense of accomplishment will be huge! Keep going! :)

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  17. Well, I am visiting again from MBYM! I have clicked on 2 of your projects,so now I am following! I love your monster! It's awesome! I plan to start one of my own monsters one of these days!Love your pics and your night out looks yummy! Angie xo

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  18. That blanket is beautiful... Going to check out the pattern right now although I'm not the best at crochet. I love the colors you picked!

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  19. That blanket is so cute! I love the colors

    Rayna @
    http://curiouscountrycook.blogspot.com/

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I'm not always great at replying to comments but I DO read every single one of them and I always reply in my head. So in my mind we've had this deep conversation about the meaning of life or whatever, and we're best friends, and we craft together on Sunday afternoons while drinking Mojitos and watching old Indiana Jones movies. So thank you for your comments. And now I want a mojito.

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