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November Goals

November seems to be a month for goal setting and official Challenges, which seems a little crazy, considering the Thanksgiving holiday creating havoc at the end of the month. One of the popular Challenges that I have joined in past years is NaNo, National Novel Writing Month. While I enjoyed participating, I hadn’t even given it any thought this year and only just last night remembered it. I don’t have any pressing fiction ideas and even less time for writing, so NaNo for me this year.

What I have joined is a couple of exercise challenges on Facebook. One is a 30 day walking challenge, where you set a monthly goal and log your daily progress. I’ve joined a couple of these already this fall and have found them to be fun. The other challenge is to complete 30 minutes of exercising every day in November. I figured the two of those would complement each other. My walking goal is 60 miles over the course of the month and, in order to complete that, I’ll need to walk 2 miles a day, which at my present rate of walking, would be about 36 minutes of exercise.

I’m hopeful that these exercise challenges will keep me on track with my weight loss goals. I did very well losing weight in August/September, when I walked daily. In October, my walking was hit or miss and I didn’t lose any weight. I didn’t gain, but I didn’t lose either. So I’m stepping it up!

My other two goals in November is get 1) get my Quicken accounts caught back up again (I’m behind by 2 months, I believe) and 2) work 1 hour per week day on my website. I’m hopeful that this will be the first year ever that I don’t have to input a whole year’s worth of receipts into Quicken in order to do taxes. And I absolutely have to do some major work on my website or it’s in danger of becoming sadly unhelpful, uninformative, and unproductive.

Are you setting any goals for November?

Dierdra Afghan Pattern Inspired Table Top Runner

I should be writing this morning (I am way behind in NaNoWriMo due to traveling earlier this month), but I have had this blog post on my mind far too long and it is time to get it down on paper and posted so you all can see it!

Last summer I was on a crochet thread kick and made this Winter Garden Runner for a homeschooling friend in Missouri. And then I made a variation of it for myself in slightly different colors. This looks great in our new guest bedroom on top of the black dresser with a couple of Santas on it, which you can see in the first picture on my Decluttering Progress post from late August.

Since I was on a roll, I decided to make another large runner for my cousin Roberta for her birthday. Unfortunately, by the time I thought of it, her birthday was looming large. But I had the project underway by then and finally finished it in late September.

First I sent Roberta several possible patterns and then asked for color and size guidance, since she knew where she wanted to use the runner. The pattern she chose was beautiful, but unfortunately I was unable to figure out a crucial stitch – although now I think I know how it should go, after working on this project, which turned out to have a similar stitch!

In the end, I chose something a bit different that I thought Roberta would like and that I felt would be fun to work up. I took an afghan pattern, Dierdra, from Crochet Celtic Afghans
and adapted it to make it into a runner of the proper size.

Here are pictures of the Dierdra Afghan from the Crochet Celtic Afghans book (designed by Dot Drake):

And then I began crocheting! 33 leaf layers (green), 33 flower centers (17 white, 16 burgundy), and 33 flower petal layers (16 white, 17 burgundy).

Next step is to intertwine all the layers.

Color combination one:

Color combination two:

The two color combinations interwoven.

Now that all the layers are interwoven, it is time to crochet them together into strips.

An edging goes around the first square.

Then when you make the edging around each successive square, you join it as you go to the previous square.

Alternating each color motif, you end up with three separate strips that have edging around them.

Then you put join two strips together with an edging down the center, doing that twice until all three strips are joined.

A final edging around the whole piece and voila! It is done!

Claire Bear

Meet the newest member of the family, Claire Bear, packed and ready to travel from Alabama to her new home in Arizona.

Her first flight went admirably! She didn’t even need Dramamine (wish I could say the same about myself!).

Claire Bear joined the family because Miss Munchkin requested crocheted clothes for her many bears and Miss Kitty’s. Claire is willing to try on the clothes as they are being made so that I can make sure they are the correct size. But I have the feeling that Claire is going to help create more than just clothes. Already I have signed up to participate in National Novel Writing Month due to Claire provided me with some writing inspiration. Who knows what else she will accomplish!

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