Tuesday, May 29, 2007

"Crochet Fantasy" and not a happy camper

As most of you know already, "Crochet Fantasy" stopped publication last year. There was never any official word from Fiber Circle Publishing, the parent company, but publication stopped all the same. Since I re-upped my subscription prior to the shutdown, I am currently trying to get a refund of my subscription. I thought other people may also want to try to get refunds for their subscriptions, so I have enclosed the information here. I'd advise you to make a copy, front and back, of your check for proof of payment.

Here's the info
Fiber Circle Publishing
P. O. Box 552
200 McKinney Street
Farmersville, TX 75442

Here's the website one of their current magazines have:
http://www.inknitters.com/contact.htm



Payton Update:
http://wjz.com/topstories/local_story_145210421.html

Yes, he spent his third birthday at the hospital. But he might be going home shortly. He is healing fairly well.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fruit flies like a banana;)

time flies like an arrow;)

Sorry for not keeping up, had a few ugly weeks at work* than the hustle & bustle of my two sons moving out and I'm just amazed at how fast time goes by. At any rate, I realized I had promised 2 charity squares for somebody & didn't do it yet. I better get myself together & do it.

as for the Payton update:
http://www.abc2news.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=47ea40c8-d7ed-44e3-ad0b-4b5e055e62ea

The trial of the two 16 year olds was supposed to be today but it got postponed. I don't know why. I think they are trying to get another venue for the trial, originally the lawyers had made some noise about the juveniles not being able to get a fair trial in Baltimore County.

And as if things aren't crazy enough, Payton's dad, Rich, had to go into the hospital for emergency surgery. He's okay, but obviously since Payton's at a pediatric hospital, Rich is in another hospital.


* Bad work weeks make my right wrist quite tender, therefore, I don't crochet.



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Monday, May 14, 2007

amigurami bunny film

This was posted in another group and I just wanted to share it with it. It's cute and it's cool. And you may think you recognize the song, despite the fact it's sung in Japanese. You may know it if you are familiar with John Sebastian's work. The song is "Magical Connection" and it's on one of his older albums (or cds, I guess). It's a neat blending of the artist's crocheting and film making.
_enjoy_

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLu9aN35eRk


I don't get a kickback from any of the particpants, but that bunny sure is cute.



Payton update:
He's still having some difficulty but they are hoping he will be out in time for his birthday (the 26th).

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mary Maxim contest

In case you were thinking about entering the Mary Maxim contest, you only have a few days left to fill out the entry form. I keep thinking about it but just realized how close the entry date is. I'm thinking of a Christmas decoration type of thing. The afghans are due in approximately _1_ month, (nope, no kickbacks for me but I'd take them;))
here's the link
http://www.marymaxim.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/general_10001_10054_-1_afghanContest?jspStoreDir=MaryMaxim&mpe_id=10052&catalogId=10054&evtype=CpgnClick&intv_id=10002&langId=-1&storeId=10001&ddkey=ClickInfo


For the Payton update:
Physical therapy is going a little slower than anticipated for Payton. They are reteaching him to crawl and it's causing some pain in his right leg. Apparently the right leg was more damaged by the acid than the left - I don't know if it's because the way the liquid was on the sliding board or the puddle. We were hoping he'd be out this week, in time for Mother's Day, but right now it doesn't look like it's going to happen. If we had thought about it a bit more, we would have realized the recovery time wouldn't be that quick.



Tuesday, May 08, 2007

we all scream for ice cream

Despite the fact I shouldn't eat ice cream for any number of reasons (except my cholesterol - that happens to be "good"), I still want it. And though crocheting is not quite a substitute for ice cream, you can't eat ice cream and crochet at the same time. Well, I can't, maybe you can.
But you could always make a crocheted ice cream cone. This one happens to be mint chocolate chip, but I'm sure you can make it any flavor you choose. Here's the link:

http://www.texasdg.net/daynascrochet/pattern.asp?id=78


_enjoy_



Saturday, May 05, 2007

Sheep and Wool!

Today was my day to go to the Sheep & Wool Festival and I had a great time. I was surprised at a few things. I didn't see the woman spinning the yarn off the angora bunny. I'm not sure if she hadn't set up yet or what. I didn't see as many angora bunnies as they usually have, but I'm not quite sure why that was.
We got there relatively early (about 9:30am) and it was already _packed_. That was surprising. Some of the booths were so packed I couldn't even get in to see what yarn they were selling. Yeah, I don't believe it either, but it's true. One booth was packed with a long line waiting to get in to look at what appeared to be lovely sock yarn. The yarn to buy the sock yarn was even _longer_. I have to admit, I chickened out and didn't go in. Oh, I _tried_ but no way was I going to get in there. oh well.
They increased the number of porta-potties (an important consideration) and added several more ATMs to the festival. I stupidly forgot to get some cash prior to going, so my beloved Craig got cash out for me. There were more boothes for more vendors. It seemed they cut down on where the fleeces were or maybe they just put it in a different barn.
I particularly liked the 2007 logo. Some years, it just doesn't cut it for me, but this year was pretty cool. I didn't even think about standing in line for that - that line was _way_ too long.
I got some yarn (not a lot, I'm not sure why) a book and some cards. Oh yeah, and I bought some sheep trim, it looks like it's from the 70s;) I intend to put that on a pair of my jeans. Poor Craig had to pry the stickpin out of the trim - it had rusted in there.
Of course, I'm thinking "hey, I should have gotten this or that" and also "what about that vendor - the one with the clay pins?" but I'm not going back tomorrow. I know that I should buy whatever it is I see because there's a good chance it won't be there if I decide to go back for it. After all, there is a limited supply of the items.
I wore my "all your yarn are belong to me" t-shirt (shameless plug for my Cafe' Press store) and got lots of good feedback from it. All in all, a great day. Each year, I think "hey, I should rent a room closer to the Howard County Fairgrounds" but I realize that would give me less money to spend on yarn;) Plus they are probably booked years in advance. Maybe I could sleep on somebody's front lawn on that stretch of road;)

now on to the Payton update:
Payton was moved to Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital last night. His skin grafts took "100%" and he is completely healed (physically). He will be in Mount Washington Pediatric for about a week of intensive physical therapy. He walked a few steps today, but they mostly worked on having him crawl (I guess to get used to using those muscles). They are now expecting him to be out of Mt. Washington in about a week, The physical therapy will continue after he goes back home, but for now, things look good.
If you mailed a card to Johns Hopkins, don't worry, they will forward it to his house. Thanks for your support in all this mess.
*hugs*


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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Merging Magazines, part 2

For those of you who subscribe to both "Hooked on Crochet" and "Annie's Favorite Crochet", here's the answer from an email from the customer service. She answered very quickly.
Thank you for your email. When we combine Annie's Favorite Crochet and Hooked on Crochet, we will honor any current subscription that you have with each magazine. For example if you have in your current subscription to Annie's Favorite Crochet 5 issues left and in Hooked on Crochet you have 7 issues, when we combined the two into Annie's Hooked on Crochet you will have 12 issues remaining in your subscription.
Please let us know if we may be of futher assistance to you.

so in case you were wondering....

Payton update:
The Johns Hopkins team said that Payton's skin grafts are 100% healed. According to my sister, the skin looks "raw" but the nurse assured her that the skin grafts took and he is healed. They have started physical therapy (just walking a little bit) and it's tough for him, but he's doing it. He still has the feeding tube in, but he is eating more because they have decreased his pain medication. Now he gets it when he needs it. Next week they will be transferring him to Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, where Payton will have more physical therapy. It looks like he will stay a week (or so) there and be released to home. He will still have physical therapy but it will be on an outpatient basis.
A very huge "thank you" to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Hospital and their staff. Without their skilled and compassionate care, Payton's story could have had a very different ending.



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