Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A dish cloth meant for the face

My BFF Val just started knitting. Like me she has crafters ADD. She quickly learned that a garter stitch scarf was boring! So she knit a dish cloth. Hers is great! However, she ran out of patterns. I looked up a few for her on Ravelry, and then found a couple I would like to try.

Part of my "being greener" in the new year has been to reduce my paper use, ie napkins and paper towels. Instead I use cloth, or for every day small dish cloths. They are inexpensive and I can re use them. So anyhow, I found this pretty feather and fan pattern and figured I would give it a try. Then I found a Sugar and Cream cotton by Lily that was self striping and the colors were so pretty. It was called country stripe, but I think it is a little more Pacific Oceany than country. The first picture shows the colors the best I can get tonight, and the second shows the pattern the best. My oldest daughter really liked how it turned out, and thinks it would be a shame to use on dishes, so it will probably be used for the face. Enjoy, Miki

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Craigs Brithday Sweater

Here is the sweater I knit (on the machine) for Craig for his birthday.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

So this is what I get for growning up in Eugene!?!
Your Political Profile:

Overall: 60% Conservative, 40% Liberal

Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Honestly what does this mean? It would seem that Obama would fit the fiscal profile I want, but he may just be a tad to liberal for me. My sister believes the only reason he is a viable candidate is because of Oprah. I think the same could be said for Hilary except that she is made viable because of Bill. I have to say I voted for Bill the first time around. But what is that saying, Fool me once.... I don't think I will be fooled by the Clintons again. I also voted for George the first time around, seemed like the best candidate to me. Didn't make that mistake again.

Growing up in Eugene, I tried not to talk politics too much. That is a VERY liberal city, and anything other than left wing politics was not a popluar stance. Most of my friends will vote Democraticly no matter the candidate. I think that is just plain sad.

My sister recently told me a rather amusing story of a time my mother didn't like either candidate and she wrote my fathers name in instead. Now mind you, my parents do not share the same political views. My mom is liberal, my father conservative. My sister ask my mother how she would have been able to live with herself if he had won. Now I know this is an impossiblity, but it would have been so funny if she would have had to dealt with it.

Thats all I have folks, if you have some suggestions to help me choose a candidate, I welcome them. TTFN, Miki

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

What I am up to

Have you ever been so busy that you never feel like you accomplish anything? That is how I feel lately. I keep cleaning the same rooms over and over and they still never look clean. Of course, that could be because I am the only one in the house that ever seems to put anything away.

I have stacks of things to do for girl scouts. I have knitting that has been requested. I want to get my transcripts and talk to a someone at the local college about going back to school. I have a calendar to update so I don't miss any important dates. I have 935 photos to pick up at Walgreens. Yes I did say 935. This would be the last almost 3 years worth of pictures. Before we moved away from Oregon I was COMPLETELY caught up on all of my photos and scrapbooks. It was such a nice feeling. I took photos to record our lives and they were loving placed in books that my family and friends good enjoy. However since we moved, I take the pictures and then never find time to put them in albums. This year I have made several resolutions. One was to get caught up on the albums. I figured I would make better headway if the pictures were printed. Lucky me, Walgreens had a sale.

For Bubba, I need to knit a devil hat, and of course the Princess Leia hat. I have two piggles to knit for my older girls, but they only want a ponytail hole as they don't wear pigtails anymore. I need to adjust that pattern because it peaks a little at the top and I really want it to lay flat. I was telling my mom that I just didn't want to adjust it because it required me to think and knitting for me is about relaxing and following a pattern, not thinking. How sad is that? Sue, tells me her daughter would love the Piggle. Sue, I would gladly make one for Eve. Just let me know.

I also want to update me blog a little,add a blog roll, blog everyday. Of course I would also like those blogs to be interesting.

So many desires, so little time.

On another note, and sorta unrealated, I have resolved to live my life a little greener. With some Christmas money from my brother and SIL, I purchased Green Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck. It is a very interesting read so far. I had already started using Vinegar with 4 thieves as a cleaner and love it, much to my kids dismay. They really don't like how it smells. I told them that they would get used to it and learn to like it. I also told them it was the smell of clean, not the smell of chemicals and perfumes. I think this book will definetly help me towards my goal of greener living. I also want to start bringing my own bags to the grocery store. I am really sick of all the plastic bags we get and having to deal with them and remember to bring them back to the store to recycle them. However, I had planned on knitting my bags out of hemp, or linen or something very natural and long lasting. Of course, if I wait for this to happen, who knows how long my goal will be postponed. I need to just bite the bullet and buy a few bags and when I have time replace them with the ones I make. Now to find some I like. Maybe I am just over thinking this.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Not a good sales tactic

Note to all sales people out there: If you plan on selling me something, say furniture, maybe a sofa, or dining room table...do not flirt with my husband. It also probably not a good idea to come up behind him and stand close enough that it looks like you are touching him, or even have your arm around him, lean over his shoulder and try hard to convince me that it is THE perfect item for me. Even if it was, and it wasn't, I would NEVER buy it from you. And when I walk away instead of saying something really rude to you, do NOT follow me, and ask if there is anything else I need help with.

I really hate shopping where things are sold on commission, especcially when the economy is bad, and people are just not spending money. Sales people are like vultures and they really annoy me.