LadyBeBop...Just an Overaged Kid

Hi. My name is Kathy, AKA LadyBeBop. This blog is combining two of my favorite things in this world...crocheting crazy things and Idol shows from all over the world. Yeah, I know they don't exactly relate..but...well I'm strange. :P

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Got the graph part done.

Yeah! The graph portion of the afghan is complete!

Took me much of the night, but I had American Idol and the Winter Olympics to keep me company. Once I hit row 60, I wasn't going to stop.

Now comes the border. I still haven't decided how I'm going to do the border. Simple single crochet seems the easiest, but I'd still like to do a granny stitch. I'll sleep on it, and decide tomorrow.

Big day tomorrow on American Idol. We'll find out about the top 24. Sorry to see Garret the cowboy leave tonight, but it was time for him to go. I don't think we've seen the last of him.

Looking good.....

Just completed row 55 out of 80 of my Snow White Afghan (at first I thought it was 90 rows, but after looking at the graph, I see it's 80 rows). Unless I have a major setback, I should be able to complete the graph portion in the next couple of days. That will allow me about 10 days to add additional rows to make it afghan size.

Turning to the International Idols....

German Idol...Anna Maria was voted off over the weekend. I haven't had the chance to listen to the media yet, so I can't really comment.

Dutch Idol....Serge was eliminated, and deservedly so. He stunk at a category he should have owned (Love Songs) Raffaela, Ellen and Serge were the bottom three, and they were the three worst of the night, in my opinion. Actually, none of the contestants were very good this weekend. Hopefully, they'll be better next weekend as they sing songs in their native, Dutch, tongue.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Day the books.

Well, the first day of the Crochet Olympics is over. Although I'm on pace to finish on time, I'm still disappointed. I finished 13 rows (doesn't sound like much, but there are numerous color changes per row. Pace is 10 rows, but I wanted to get between 15-20 rows completed. And tomorrow and Sunday are probably going to be my worst days, crochet wise...Today, an average row is about 10 color changes...coming up, rows that have 20 color changes. Well, they said I needed a challenge for the Olympics.

Turning to the International Idols...the semifinals of Norwegian Idol started Wednesday. I was just able to hear the first semifinals rounds today. Going through are Jonas Thomassen from Rygge and Anders Mjaaland from Kristiansand. Both are good. Jonas has this rough edge around him, and Anders has that sweet sound. The upset was that judges' favorite, Yolanda Myrbostad from Oslo didn't make fact she only finished fourth in her group of eight. And my favorite, Gabrielle Leithaug of Stavanger, failed to even make the top four. Gabrielle has this real cool, soulful vibe. Chances are Yolanda is a shoe in for the Wild Card Show, but with her poor fan showing, Gabrielle is probably out.

Today was the second semifinal round, but I haven't heard any audio from it yet. Hopefully, I'll listen and comment tomorrow. Also 6 in both Idols Netherlands (Dutch Idol) and DSDS (German Idol). Oddly enough, they both have the same theme...Love Songs. (Of course, that's probably a tribute to Tuesday)...

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Tomorrow's the big day....

...the start of the Crochet Olympics. I've completed the important tasks...taxes completed and E-filed, daughters' financial aid application submitted. All that's hanging over my head is the constant cooking and cleaning of the kitchen. :( Hopefully, my meals the next two weeks will be quick and easy. I don't even want to go out to's just as quick to cook in than to drive to the restaurants.

I'm taking off work at noon tomorrow. I'll run a few errands, and easily get home by one. I can't start until two, so I'll prepare the meat loaf for supper and the lasagna for Saturday's supper.

Mary, my eldest daughter comes home from college (University of Kentucky) for the weekend this Saturday morning (yes, it will cut into crocheting time, however hubby is coming, so I might be able to do a little going home...however graph crocheting with multiple balls of yarn in a moving vehicle isn't exactly easy). I don't know if my youngest daughter or I will take her home on Sunday.

As promised, here is what's done of my Bengals afghan. It's a little over halfway completed with the center. I'll crochet a number of rows of black and orange around it...I might try to do it in granny stitches. I don't know.

Well, I'll start the dishwasher, wash my hair, then go to bed. Have to be at work by 6 tomorrow, if I want to leave my noon.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Gearing up for the Olympics....

...the Crochet Olympics. Less than three full days to go. Have my yarn almost ready (I still have to wind the pink yarn...that's going to be my background).

I've done pretty much with the Bengals afghan I've been crocheting. I'm already about half done with the graph...that's a good indication. In about a week...50 rows of about 120 stitches each row. My Snow White afghan is only 90 rows of about 60 stitches each row. I'm confident that I can get the graph portion completed in a week, so I can spend the second week just crocheting many rows of border.

However, I can't be overly confident. There's a lot more color changes to the Snow White afghan than to the Bengals afghan. In one row, I think there's 20 color changes. Whew!

I picked up a skein of multi-shaded pinks and purples at Hobby Lobby...I think that will make a cool border.

Turning to the International Idols...

In Idols Netherland (Dutch Idol), Aaron was voted off this week. The theme was Disco, and Aaron sang one of my all time least favorite songs, "Rock Your Baby." However, he did a fair job to a crappy song. I only caught myself nodding off once or twice.

Best of the week was, for once Raffaela. She shook off a lot of criticism (especially after announcing that her previous lackluster performances were due to her pregnancy), and grooved to LTD's "Back In Love Again."

In DSDS (German Idol), the theme was Big Band. I love Big Band week...but then I love Big Band jazz.

Latin singer wannabe Daniel was voted off this week. He sang a lackluster rendition of "Quando, Quando, Quando." I still don't think that was the worst of the night. The worst belonged to Didi, who muddled through a painful rendition of "Beyond the Sea." Bobby Darin must be rolling over in his grave.

Best of the night by far belonged to Nevio , who gave a powerful showing of "Feeling Good." Unsure of this rumor, but I heard he was in the bottom three? Why? Many of the polls in Germany have him as leading the others...however that's not the same as actually voting. In Germany (as well as most other countries), voting is not free. The phone numbers are the same as the American 1-900 numbers. American and Canada are two of the very few Idol countries with free voting.

In Norway Idol, the semifinals begin later this week. I didn't follow the auditions, and just got videos of their "Hollywood week," so I can't really post that much about them.

And, of course, American Idol just completed its auditions and will start its Hollywood round tomorrow (Wednesday). Can't wait until they announce the top 24.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Not the best week in American Idol....

Just watched the Vegas and Austin auditions today (I taped the Vegas auditions). Man oh man. Only one person struck me as possible top 12 material, Taylor Hicks, the grey haired R&B singer who auditioned last in Vegas. The rest....blah, blah, blah. Boston is next Tuesday, and that's the last of the auditions. Thank God!

Getting a little bit too itchy about starting the Crochet Olympics next Friday, so I bought a few skeins of orange, black and white yarn at Hobby Lobby (Red Heart Super Saver on sale for $1.88 a skein), and started a Cincinnati Bengals graph afghan. 122 stitches across, and 90 rows. Did pretty good. I already crocheted 7 rows while just watching American Idol. Hopefully, I'll do better tomorrow, watching Dancing With The Stars. That's a 90 minute show.

Only one thing to say 'bout DWtS....Go Drew!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Yesterday's Dutch Idol, today's yarn event...and oh yeah, Elvis.

Marescha was voted off in yesterday's Idols Netherlands, ending up in 8th place. Most of the people who follow Idol outside of Holland were disappointed since she was a favorite outside of the Netherlands. A few wanted her to win. But no one was surprised. Even though she had a perceived good voice, she was constantly in the bottom three. She wasn't one of my favorites, although she was good. My favorite remains Floortje...and the rumor mill has it that she received over 40% of the votes yesterday. my favorite going to win for once in an Idol competition? (Only had that happen once before...Mike in last year's Indonesian Idol).

Do you want to watch the videos of yesterday's show? Go here.

The site is in Dutch, but just click on each link next to the word "video" and you should be able to watch. The first minute of the video is a little explanation in Dutch, so you might want to skip ahead to the actual song. After the song is the judge's comments...of course all in Dutch.

Idols Netherlands (and DSDS...German Idol as well) are different than American Idol and most Idol shows worldwide in which they have the performance show and the results show all on one night. The performance show is early in the evening, then the voting, then the performance show late in the evening (I think close to midnight their time).

Today was the yarn event at Michaels. I went strictly to watch the quickest crocheter competition..and was roped into competing. I totally suck when it comes to speed crocheting...and it showed today. The winner crocheted 44 double crochet stitches in three minutes..and I could only handle half of that...22 stinkin' stitches. Oh well...I'm comforted in the fact that since I only crochet half as fast as the fastest crocheter, I only spend half as much in my hobby. Somehow, that' not much of a comfort.

Finally got a couple of my big projects completed this weekend. (Funny how I finished both projects in the same weekend. The first is my Elvis afghan, I made as a family Christmas present. That took over a month to make...All done in blue and black..100 stitches by 128 rows, then an additional 21 rows all around to make it afghan length. But I think it turned out well. :) Everybody that's seen it thus far seem to have liked it. :)

The second is a Care Bear for my goddaughter's baby daughter. The baby was due yesterday, but Katie was two weeks late, so I'm not expecting her until late this the earliest. This was a pain to crochet. The head, body, legs and arms weren't bad...but the features (the hearts) were done in thread with a steel hoook. Now I know why I don't do doilies. :P

Friday, January 27, 2006

Yeah! It's the weekend.

Considering I haven' t posted since Monday. Haven't really had time. I've been busy trying to juggle finishing the Care Bear for my soon-to-be born great niece and my Elvis afghan. I'm sooooo close to finishing both of them. One or the other should be done by the end of the weekend. Can't wait to take pictures of them to post on line. Can't wait to find the digital camera (now what the **** did I do with it?)

Signed up for the Crochet Olympics over at both Crochetville... and . The jist of have to start and complete a project during the run of the Winter Olympics. The project has to be fair making a bookmark that takes ten minutes. You cannot start until the opening ceremonies in Tornino (appx 2 PM EST on Feb 10), and you must complete by the closing ceremonies on the 26th.

Badrhinogillett, a villager over at Crochetville, posted a link to a cool site of craft graphs. I think it's a Dutch site, but it's also in English. She crocheted an Elmo afghan for her daughter. I'm going to attempt a Snow White baby afghan for my great niece. It's about 80 rows, 60 stitches across. It will definately be a challenge; one row has about 20 color changes. I've already bought the yarn (Coats and Clark Red Heart, the 7 oz skeins), and I'm winding each skein into numerous balls. Hopefully, that will cut down on the knotting I had with the Elvis afghan.

Let's see...Dutch Idol tomorrow (go Floortje). German Idol has the week off. American Idol Las Vegas auditions supposed to be Tuesday, but I think it's being postponed in Cincinnati until the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Guess I'll be taping Idol this Tuesday.