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  1. Here's the In Threes zigzag pattern! Click the file link below to download the PDF. It's a deep zigzag with not-so-pointy points. I'll be making a scarf in this pattern, worked the long way – so lots and lots of stitches in each row, and only about 7 or 8 rows. Enjoy! In Threes Scarf.pdf
  2. Let's get this zigzag party started! Here's how things'll work: Today, on kick-off day, I've posted the zigzag pattern I designed for our zigzag-along. It's lower down in this thread; just click on the link for the PDF file to download it. (But! You're welcome to use any pattern at all for the crochet-along; no need or pressure to use this one.) I've also posted some tutorials, including on how to figure out how many foundation chains you need to start with for a zigzag project of a particular size. Find them along with the pattern by scrolling further down this thread! If you're on Ravelry, here's the pattern link; if you're making it, please add it to your project list! Please introduce yourself if you haven't already! That's also the thread where we're declaring our projects for the crochet-along. When you share pics of your progress on social media, tag them with #cocamakes (CoCA stands for Community of Creative Adventurers! [No affiliation with Coca Cola; heh; nor with the plant]). I'll be highlighting some posts from participants in my own social media but I'll only be able to find them if you use the hashtag. :) This is a question- and answer-friendly place! All questions are welcome, and all members are encouraged to jump in with answers. All participants are welcome and encouraged to start threads, share lots of pics, etc. The only restrictions are: sharing of copyrighted material is not permitted (i.e., no posting of patterns you did not write yourself), and intolerance of any sort is not permitted. This crochet-along club is part of a larger community. Please poke around in there! We're all about exploring our creativity, embracing the terrible things we make as we experiment and learn new things, and getting to know other creative folks from all over. Our community site is ad- and algorithm-free thanks to the support of our Patreon members. If you love your experience here, please consider becoming one; Patreon members enjoy video chats with me and each other every month, have their own private forum in addition to the main forums, and get monthly updates on all the goings-on behind the scenes.
  3. Right on, @Miss Lacklamb! I'm using a colour-change yarn, too. :) And hopefully someday, @Lori M!
  4. I'm writing in Scrivener, which is the best. It lets you set a word-count target and a target date, then it'll break down how many words you need to write each day to hit those targets. But. But! That's not the tip. The tip I want to share is that I've started taking notes in my manuscript. Because I've decided that those notes should count toward my NaNo word-count total, because they are a part of my novel. I'm suuuper comfortable writing an absolutely terrible first draft (hello, Mighty Ugly). And part of drafting for me is figuring out how to get from Point A to Point Z and all points in between. So instead of feeling stuck because I've never plotted anything before, I've started just making notes in my shitty manuscript. IT COUNTS.
  5. Hi Lori! Have we met here in Vancouver? Regardless, let's get you going on that blanket! I'll kick things off on Monday, but if you're itching to go this weekend don't let the Monday start stop you.
  6. Helllooooo, crocheters! As we get ready to kick off the zigzag crochet-along, let's get to know each other. Hit reply and let us know: Your name Where you're from What you'll be making for the crochet-along Is it a gift, or for you, or to donate? What's the best book you've read so far this year?
  7. Let's get started!
  8. I just hit my word count before the sun's up. Wahoo! At this point, I'm plotting. I mean, formally plotting. I've hit a point where I know what happens at the end of the book but need to lay out how we get there or I'm stuck. So my words were in that today, and it feels so good to make progress!
  9. Hey @Kuchylm, wanna try out a nifty site feature with me? We have the ability (by which I mean, all members of the forum are able to do this) to start up "clubs". A club is like a forum/group that's a part of this site, but separate from these main forums; kinda like how a Facebook Group is part of FB but outside of our general streams. NaNo seems like the perfect kind of thing for this – just one thread here in the main forum may not be great for potentially wide-ranging topics, etc. Wanna be a trailblazer and set up our first club? OR I can set it up, and make you a moderator with me? You're just nudging conversation here so enthusiastically, I figured it couldn't hurt to ask. :) Let me know!
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    As long as it's about what we're doing in our participation (and not copying what the organizers are doing, which I'm sure you're not doing!), of course you can post about it here! I'm assuming NaNoStitchMo is about stitching every day in November? Do you have a link to what's up? Exciting!
  11. NaNo has a nifty (helpfulish?) quiz re: finding the time to write in November! https://quiz.tryinteract.com/#/5c93adfd5e6c6c0014f53063
  12. Yes yes yes! I'm so glad you started this thread, @Kuchylm! My goal for NaNo this year is to finish the draft I started last year. Turns out I'm not quite the pantser I thought I'd be, and I need to plan things out now that I'm 30k words in. This is a good thing, and I want to use the month to make serious progress after being stalled for months. I'm writing my first ever fiction – a romance novel set in a small town on the Sunshine Coast of BC, featuring a charming and mildly tortured veterinarian named Josh who thinks he's fallen in love at first sight with The One, but she never returns his texts and it turns out – buh buh BUH – she died in a car wreck with her dog in the car, and the badly injured dog ends up in Josh's care. Enter the dead woman's sister, Dana, a new-to-the-nearby-big-city meteorologist and here you have the unexpected romance. Does Josh tell Dana he'd had a blissful one-night stand with her dead sister? Of course he doesn't. Until it's too late for it not to be a major lie by omission. As Dana adjusts to the sudden loss of her little sister and figures out how to care for her dog, she reevaluates the path her life was on. And now I wave my fingers and my arms and ta-DA! Josh and Dana redeem each other and live happily ever after the end.
  13. I'm so grateful to you for sharing your experience of this from beginning to end, @Corrie! A neato opportunity came along, it was terrifying and exciting, you committed, you struggled, you nailed it, OMG. ❤️
  14. Break a leg, @Corrie! You know what I thought the whole time I watched your video? You are STRONG. xoxo
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    Art Journals?

    @Lori M and @Dyantha Just poking in to whisper that it sounds like you could maybe give it a shot together? Hold each other to it!
  16. Awesome! (If you need contacts re: makerspaces in public schools, I know some folks here who have been doing professional development with teachers throughout BC specifically about maker mindset and spaces, related to our updated curriculum, which calls for such things!)
  17. @Sandi Wiseheart and I were talking about writing this morning, and I recalled something my novelist friend told me about the days when she was working an intense day job and writing her first novels. She would do her writing first thing in the morning (for her, that was early; for me, it will not be). Not because a book told her to, not because she's an insane morning person. But because if she did her writing first thing, then no matter what happened in the day, no matter how sideways things went, she could call herself a writer that day. I've thought about this so frequently over the years, but this is the fall I'm going to actually do it. (Not first thing, but probably after I do all the parenting and domestic stuff, and before I do any other work.) Who's with me?
  18. Ooh, what a meaty challenge. I suspect the cases might be great for watercolour paints? There are so many DIYs for paints around, and since these close tightly, you could even hold liquid paints in them...
  19. Thanks, @Gayle! And @Corrie! One day I will write extensively about these (men's) overalls and how even work-clothing manufacturers make men's clothing better, more flexible and in a greater size range than women's! GRR.
  20. I finally have a few minutes this morning for a table update. Update: It's finished! We've been using it since Sunday evening (though only lightly, since we needed to let the varnish cure; it's been in regular use since Tuesday). It's wide (around 39"), so we had to assemble it inside. Thankfully, we had friends to help lug it around. It took about three full days of work to make it, with the bulk of time in sanding and planing the table surface. Then a full day of on-and-off varnishing. It seats eight a bit tightly and ten if we squish. :)
  21. Thank you! We're hoping that by the end of next summer it'll be in shape enough to have friends come visit comfortably. Then we'll start to focus on working to get it into shape for maybe-someday a retreat... (I have visions of inviting writers and/or artists in residence in the warmer months...)
  22. 😂That, friend, is our tractor. It doesn't have many limbs, but it does have a few implements, one of which is sitting beside it and may look like it's attached, but it isn't. On the front (far side, in the photo) is a bucket (like a bulldozer), and on the back (low rectangular thing) is a box scraper (used for levelling things like paths or driveways). The implement to the side is a brush cutter (used for... cutting brush). For now, we're using the beast (it's actually small, for a tractor) to clear paths, level the driveway, mow down tall grasses (that aren't being cut for hay), clear small sections of land (to level, eventually, for camping), etc. Soon we'll use the front bucket to scoop gravel from elsewhere to aid in levelling the driveway. We're quickly learning that it's all about having the right tool for the job.
  23. Greetings from the country! This place is a serious fixer-upper, and so far we've furnished it almost entirely with shelving our neighbour was getting rid of. Makes for the appearance of a mess! Everything exposed. Also that for seating all we have are some camping chairs and ancient hideous folding chairs. We brought an old round of wood with IKEA legs to serve as a temporary kitchen table, and it seats four somewhat comfortably (thankfully we're only three). But! We have friends and family coming out, and I declared that we need to make a proper table. So yesterday I went to a wood pile I'd noticed last week (this place was somewhat neglected for years; we've found two bathtubs on the acreage so far – nearly half a kilometre away from each other!), and discovered in all my jogging I've severely neglected my upper body. #weakling With the kid's help and also the help of a utility trailer, we hauled quite a lot of discarded lumber up to the house, then G and I made a plan for a table, inspired in part by the simplicity of this plan. But seriously modified because the lumber we're using is hulking and aged and in parts rough hewn and, we discovered, mostly pressure treated. (Pressure treated wood is not food safe. This made our decision for us about whether we'd simply oil the finished surface or varnish it into submission. Varnish it is!) We're making the table 6-feet by about 38 inches, which is about all our space can accommodate. We figure if needed, ten people can squish around it, which is a major improvement over our rickety four. We cut the 2x8s into planks to be the table surface yesterday, and cut four posts into legs so the finished table will be 30-inches tall. We also cut two salvaged 2x6s to be cross-braces for the tabletop. Today we'll cut and attach a full apron for attaching the tabletop planks, and we'll finish that bit. The table will be too big to get into the house, so after we make the tabletop and I sand it into submission and then sand the legs, we'll varnish it all in pieces, then eventually (hopefully by Saturday?) bring it inside and assemble it in place. I'm far less sore this morning than I'd thought I'd be, so yay! Here's to getting that upper-body strength by making stuff.
  24. The first finished project of our rural adventure: A picnic table! I see many more Ana White projects in our future. Do you have any favourite woodworking projects?
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