Friday, January 16, 2009

New stuff for free

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Finished up another pair of Feetz. Small bed or house socks.
Keeping the "We" in "Yes, We Can!"

Some energy saving baking tips!

I have often talked about Freecycle here. I have managed to give away perfectly good items we don't need any more and have also been on the receiving end of it, too. This past week was a good week for monitoring the posts there. Freecycle is a great way to get stuff you need or want or to give away stuff you don't want. It's worth finding a group in your area and monitoring their board to see how you can help out or be helped. BTW, I once got several big black garbage bags full of yarn. I still am knitting from it.I picked up this slightly used cat bed. I originally got it for my BFF, F, who just got a new kitty, but he and his hubby said Kittie didn't need it. So I kept it for my own. It was pretty dirty, so I took out the padding, and put it in the washer on a gentle cycle. It really cleaned up nicely. The padding is just a case full of fiberfill so I ran that through the dryer on fluff to remove some of the cat hair, plump it up, and freshen it. As you can see, Millie thinks it's the cat's meow!And I lucked out with a flat screen monitor, too. It's 3 inches smaller than the monitor I had, but it takes up so little room on my small computer desk. And it can be pushed back out of the way when I need more space for my knittin' stuff. It feels like I've gotten a bigger desk as well as a monitor. My monitor went upstairs for Youngest Son's computer and his monitor came downstairs for Eldest granddaughter's computer. She's inheirted my old computer, now that there is a monitor for it.

Slow Fabric....very interesting concept. Here's how we can help slow the world. Slow food would suggest that taking the time to cook is a good thing, rather than just throwing a prepackaged grocery store food item in the microwave. Yes, it takes time. Which means we might have to choose between this activity or that activity, which is the whole point. To slow down and do some things well and not do a lot of things half assed.

Of course, how much you slow down and what you choose to slow down up is personal choices. Going back to the slow food thing...the result will be healthier food that costs less. Slowing down will have benefits on many fronts.

Many of us already have chosen to slow the world with our knitting. We make socks, sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, slippers and much more, when we could just run to Big Box Store and buy them. By slowing down and making them, we produce a higher quailty item, entertain ourselves with a process that lowers our blood pressure, provides a creative outlet and keeps us off the streets and out of the bars. Maybe Simon and Garfinkle had it right!

Slow down, you move too fast, you've got to make the morning last
Just kickin' down the cobble-stones, lookin' for fun and feelin' groovy

Feeling groovy

Hello lamp-post, what's you knowin', I come to watch the flowers growin'
Ain't you got no rhymes for me, do-it-do-do-do, feelin' groovy

Feeling groovy

I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I'm dabbled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its pebbles on me

Life I love you, all is groovy


  1. There's nothing like free if you can use it. My utility company made a serious error on my bill and gave me a $25 credit...hmm...more yarn!!!

  2. Nothing like homemade everything, socks,sweaters,hats,and gloves to homemade biscuits,breads,noodles,cakes, jams!

  3. I just cleaned out my boys' room and all the closets and got rid of 8 lawn-and-leaf bags for the Goodwill. Sold 2 desks, took 3 bags to the consignment shop for teenagers, and got a $78 credit at the used paperback store. It felt great to "lighten my load" and help other along the way.

    You scored some great stuff!


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