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Finished Week 3 Squares and Week 4 Square

How was your crochet this week? I hope that you found success!

 

Once again, I have two squares to share with you!


Myra’s Square


Jamie’s Square

 

As you can see, my square didn’t end up being very square! I’m hoping that once I add a border for joining squares that it will lay flatter.

 

This week’s square is a free pattern by Melinda Miller from Revelry. Just click on the picture to follow the link to the pattern.


Have a great week and happy crocheting!

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The Wonder of Wonder

For those who have been following me for a while, through three blog names, you know that one of my passions is reading, and in particular, books for children grades K-8. I used to be fairly active in reading and blogging about books. For some reason, perhaps the time I spent in the hospital during my pregnancy, or the business of being a new mom, first to a preemie NICU baby, then just having a new baby at home, but I am ready to get back in the book reading and book blogging saddle!


 

I couldn’t have picked a better book to bring me out of my reading and blogging slump.


Wonder

By R.J. Palacio

Description from Goodreads: August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? (313 pages)

 

This book is a very fast read. The chapters are very short and easy to read. There are different sections in the book as the story ends up being told from several characters’ points of view. It is very powerful and elicited from me strong emotional reactions while I was reading. I quite literally laughed out loud, sobbed uncontrollably and cheered. It was one of those books that I am glad I read at home and not in public because there is no way I could have restrained my reactions. However, at the same time, this is a book that I just want to share with everyone. I loved all the characters… (Well, maybe not Julian and his mom!) The characters and the story make you want to be a little kinder to others.

 

This is a book that I think would be great for middle years students. From a teacher’s perspective, this would fit in well with a unit on bullying and about the power that people can have depending on the decisions that they make. Other books that fit in this genre include “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper, and “Rules” by Cynthia Lord.

 

I gave this book a resounding 5/5 stars! I read the 313 pages in two days. As one of my Twitter friends recommended, don’t read this book until you have time to finish it! It is THAT good!

I look forward to reading and blogging more about books! Take care.

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A good Mexico Story

So, my family spent most of the month of February in Mazatlan, Mexico.  We heard nothing by “Are you crazy???” and “Do you know how dangerous it is there?” for weeks and weeks before we left. Of course, there have been many stories of horrible things that have happened there this year.  However, my parents have lived there for winters for the last three years.  They admit that there are several neighbourhoods where they wouldn’t go, and a few more places they wouldn’t venture at night.  But what major city in Canada or the US doesn’t have those areas? 

We had an absolute blast while we were there! We didn’t stay holed up in my parents condo or on their property.  In fact, we went out almost every evening during our month there, never repeating places.  We experienced both tourist things and local sites. We met and talked with many Mexican people, all of whom were friendly and absolutely enamoured with Gracie. But I mean, who wouldn’t be?

Much of the concern in travelling to Mexico is the potential of dealing with the police. This morning, my mom shared with me an experience of having to deal with them.  I wanted to share it with you…

Well yeterday we had our first dealings with the local police. We were in a minor fender bender (no one was hurt). We were rear ended by a bus. The bus immediately pulled over, as we did. There happened to be a local police on foot patrol who saw the accident. A total stranger who happened to come out of a shop asked if we needed an interpreter, which we did. Our insurance agent talked to the poli…ce on the phone and this kind gentleman stayed with us the whole time. The transit police came for the bus company and another police car. They took our information and the bus drivers information. Then the adjuster came right to the accident and gave us an adjustment of the damage. The bus company is paying for everthing! The police were more than helpful stating they were not here to make our lives difficult. They also stated that if today we felt sick or needed to go to the hospital they would come and get us and pay for that also. We could not have been treated better and were made to feel at ease. Later in the day we saw the bus driver and he gave us a big smile and a wave. There are nice people here and yesterday was proof of it!

So, Mexico is a lovely place to visit.  We felt safe.  We loved the people and the scenery.  Please consider all sides before disregarding Mexico as a place to visit.

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Week 3 square and other stuff

Alright my friends, it has been decided that the Tilt-A-Whirl square from http://www.yarncrazy.com/tilt-a-whirl will be this week’s crochet along square.  Here is a picture of it:

Week 3 Square

I have been busy these days with many things.  Grace is becoming quite the little busy-body.  She is talking (or babbling anyway), rolling over,shoving anything and everything into her mouth, and working on sitting  up and crawling.  She loves her Jolly Jumper and is really starting to take an interest in her toys. My endeavours are often interrupted by screeches of frustration as she rolls herself over but can’t get anywhere!

I am also working on a class for my M.Ed. This is an online class so often gets attention first thing in the morning when I am nice and refreshed!

Finally, I have been doing a fair bit of crocheting too.  I am doing the Bernat Crochet Along and am working on a gift.

I look forward to seeing those pictures of finished squares! I will post them next SUNDAY along with a link to a new pattern.  This gives people a full week to work on the squares.

Take care!

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A change to the crochet along

Well, my friends, for those who are crocheting along with me (and to be honest, I’m not sure anyone but Myra is) and those who are reading along with me, I’m going to be changing the crochet along format.  I’ve been doing some reading lately about copyright issues, and I don’t want to be infringing on anyone’s rights.  AFTER I posted this week’s vote, I read further into the copyright of the patterns and pictures, and I was breaking some of their copyright by even posting the pictures.  So, I need some feedback…

My thought is that I just pick a pattern and post the link here.  I can still post pictures our finished squares…  I don’t know…  Can you leave some feedback please?

Also, if this is posted with a pattern, can I even post a link to it?

Copyright – This More V’s Please Pattern and the pattern photo are copyright 2011 by Melinda Miller. Free for yourown personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form. (Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)”

Thanks for your feedback…

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Week 2 squares

Well, for anyone who joined us last week for the crochet along, thank you! I didn’t realize just how challenging the pattern was! With help from Myra, I got through it. She put it best by saying that it has been awhile since we’ve had to focus so much to follow a pattern! Here are the results:

My square

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Week 2 Square

Well, it is time for this week’s square.  The vote was a tight race between square 1 and square 3, but in the end, 3 took it!

Week 2 Square

Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, I wasn’t able to make a sample square, so we will all be working it on our own! Here is the link to this week’s square: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/raindrop-block

Now, for some reason, I accidentally put this 9 inch square in for consideration.  So, let’s see what kind of creativity we can add to make this a 12 inch square!  It should be easy enough to add a few rounds…

I look forward to seeing your squares.  Once again, if you wouldn’t mind sending me a picture of your finished square to crochet_along@yahoo.ca I will post them!

Happy crocheting.

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Crochet Along Week 1 Squares and Week 2 Vote

Well, it’s Wednesday!  Time for another vote to happen.  I realized this week that the vote time was too long and the crocheting time was too short!  I only got one square emailed in.  I don’t know if it is because there is no one else participating or if there just wasn’t enough time!  If I get more later, I’ll edit this post.

Anyway, here is my square and Myra’s square. 

 

My square

Myra's Square

This week, I will be posting the vote today and I will post the results and the link on Friday to give people more crocheting time.  What do you think?

Here are the choices:

Choice #1

Choice #2

Choice #3

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Crochet Along Square #1

So, it appears that choice #2 was the popular square by a long shot! The vote was 0-5-0 for choice #2. Remember, this is a fairly free and open crochet-along. We are going to be making many different squares. Depending on interest, we can stop at 20 (for a 4×5 afghan) or 35 (5×7) or any other size. I also didn’t specify colours. You can go out and purchase coordinating colours or you can do like me, and just try to use up some of the over-powering stash I have growing in my basement! I will probably buy a unifying colour to attach them once I am done. My inspiration is this 6-inch square afghan I made a number of years ago through a crochet exchange where every month, we made 2 squares (any colours, any pattern) and mailed them to the others in the group. This is something else I would be interested in doing some time!

Now, onto SQUARE #1 of the crochet-along!!! Due to the author’s copyright issues, I cannot just copy and paste the pattern here, so you can follow the link HERE to find the pattern.

Winning Square Choice

I went ahead and made an example.

My sample square

I didn’t want to post the square without having tried the pattern out. I’m glad that I did! I had a lot of trouble following round 4. I don’t know why! Now that I have done it and re-read it, it makes perfect sense! So, if you have trouble, don’t be afraid to ask. I’ve already put it out there that I did! If you don’t have trouble, great on you! Haha!

If you want me to add a picture of your square (which I hope you will!) please send me an email of your picture along with the name you wish me to post to crochet_along@yahoo.ca by TUESDAYS at noon!

I look forward to crocheting with all of you! Please leave a comment so I know who is crocheting with us!

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Preparing the Crochet-Along

In talking to some people on Twitter, Facebook, and in person, there has been some interest in a Crochet-Along.  So, I decided to host a 12-inch square crochet-along.  Every Wednesday, I will post a choice of three squares from which we can choose.  Along with the choices, I will post a poll where people can vote for their favourite square.  On Sunday, I will post the pattern for the winning square.  During the week, I will ask people to email me pictures of their square from the week and I will post them in a blog post so that everyone can see them.  Because there will be no guidelines as to what colours to use, I think it will be neat to see how the same square looks in different colours!

So, here are the first three choices:

 

Choice #1
Choice #2
Choice #3

So, now it’s your turn to choose!  Please take the following poll.

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