Hi there - my name is Dawn, and I'm happy you stopped by! I also go by the name of "Parearau" in my online presence.
I am passionate about all things crochet! I love learning new stitches, techniques, and helping others learn this wonderful craft. Crochet has been incredibly therapeutic in my life, and I've been enjoying it for about 35 years now. It's a dream of mine to one day own a yarn store! Eventually I'm going to learn how to spin my own yarn.
There are what seems like, a thousand things I love to do! I love writing but recently haven't made much time to do so. There are numerous topics that I want to write about so I can 'put in my 2 cents.' I feel like I've got so much to say! I can be stubborn, am sometimes opinionated and tend to speak my mind on most subjects. :-)
There is so much going on right now. Eventually you'll see more of the other things I like to make! Right now it will only be my crocheted items.
Recent life happenings have forced me to 're-invent' myself. Not that it's been unpleasant, but it has certainly been a challenge.
There are not enough hours in the day!
About 2 weeks ago I started my version of the “Sophie’s Universe” project and tonight am working on Round 30 – there are only 7 more parts to go before I’m caught up haha – easier said than done! I think Part 11 of Sophie has 4 rounds; 81-84, so see there are only about 50 rounds to go before I’m caught up! Doing this crochet along makes me want to do a second one, because it’s so intricate, has a multitude of stitches and techniques that I’ve never seen! When the spare money is there I’ll get some really nice yarn to do another one! Here is a photo of what I have done so far 🙂
I’ve got another CAL project going in my spare time with “The Crochet Crowd” – their “Mystery Afghan” – it’s almost time for the Week 8 clue! (To be released on Tuesday next week.) Mikey seems like a really fun person, and he’s a great teacher too.
One thing I’m addicted to is crochet stitches – there are hundreds of them and I seem to have quite a collection now, in the way of magazines & books, and book-marked websites! I found another one today called a “Bullion” stitch that I’d never seen before – way cool! Going to have to practice that one. I need to get busy and make more wash cloths too. I’ve got a couple bags of various “Peaches & Cream” and “Sugar & Cream” brand cotton and it’s wonderful for making washcloths – so soft! Cloths for washing dishes is something else too, because I want to be moved into my own home/apartment before summer’s gone this year! More on that later on…
Several days ago I began migrating my old site here to my new one on WordPress.com. I started the WordPress site several years ago…2006 I believe. As mentioned in my last post I’ve been doing a lot of ‘re-organizing’ and I have to say it feels really great!
Until I get my “Slipping Stitches” site more to my liking and transfer all of my crochet projects over, I thought I’d provide a couple of links so you can see more of my crafts. I am also on Ravelry.com and here is my link to that here.
I’ve been trying to organize my life, and along with looking for a new job, there has been much in the way of re-evaluating my priorities. Self discovery has been huge and I’m finding out a lot of new things about myself. Getting a “handle” on my blogs has been on my to-do list for a long while now, as I had numerous blogs – too many to try and keep up with. (I mean really, what was I thinking?) Most were ones that I started while in college many years ago, talk about being outdated! I’ve decided to condense so I can have everything in one place and a LOT less to do.
Crocheting has helped me keep sane – especially in the last couple of years! Along with acquiring hundreds and hundreds of free patterns, I’ve made a large number of things in the last 6 months. I’ve made hats, mittens, fingerless gloves, scarves, blankets, crochet hook cases, flowers and cowl hoodies! I’ve been crocheting for over 35 years now and discovering that I’d like to teach others how as well. I’ve been trying to teach a few kids recently – that’s a challenge!
Please bear with me as I get this site together. I’ll be working on it almost daily, when I can, until I’ve transferred what I need to from my other websites. I plan a LOT of neat things, so stay tuned!
I went been back to my Alma Mater to work with a new Career Advisor. As a graduate of DeVry I have a life-time of service from the Career Services Center there.Thank goodness for that! With attending just about every Career Fair in the Kansas City metro area, and becoming active on job portals out there – my resume is definitely in circulation. Finding full-time work has been horrible since I left the real estate company last fall. I’m wondering if age discrimination could be a factor…hard to prove but I know it exists.
There are reportedly a multitude of jobs out there in the fields in which I have experience, but getting that sought-after interview – ah that is the challenge! The resume must be perfect! Write it. Review it. Have it critiqued by friends and peers. I will let you know when I have snagged that elusive face to face!
It’s nearing the close of another Valentine’s Day. We woke up this morning and exchanged cards to each other, which is always fun! Then we went to breakfast at Gomer’s, which is ALSO fun! After our run to Costco later, getting back home felt incredibly good.
Lori’s getting unpacked & settled in to her new house – she closed Friday. I can’t wait to see it – Mark & I are going over there tomorrow.
Well I’m a little bored at the moment so think I’ll work on another website for a while.
Here it is almost Christmas 2008 and I have another granddaughter to add to our family. Her name is Zoe Marie and she’s a tiny girl ~ she looks like her daddy. Jess says that the baby is very good, and Hailey is a big help to her.
I moved in with Mark in August this year. Life is good. 🙂
Just got back from taking Hailey home… 🙂 God I love that baby girl! We had such fun and she’s talking a lot now; well not really talk, just babble lol. But she does say several words now, including mom, dad, Buddy (her dog’s name) and says no, yeah, wow, and getting closer to saying Grandma – she almost said it this morning!
Getting ready to do some major packing – I hate moving! Need more boxes! I have to paint and clean both places! I’ll have some help painting the new house I hope, not much to do at my old place other than touch-up and shampoo carpet.
I have to get all of the utilities changed over this week too – yikes there’s so much to do!