Random Notes

27 01 2009
random scarf for some random posts..."Spontaneous Scarf"

random scarf for some random posts..."Spontaneous Scarf"

  • I am figuring out easy ways to run errands and get around. Last week I caught a bus to  the chiropractor then over another one to BF’s house, all on one fare. Today I plan to hit the post office, bank, and doctors office on my way to see him.  He’s got strep :-(.
  • More savings associated with the selling of the car! 🙂  I am getting about a $100 refund from the dealer who sold me the car on the unused portion of my GAP insurance. I paid my loan off a year early so they owe me around a hundred dollars- cool!
  • I am back doing Dinner’s Ready again. BF and I love to cook! But cooking on weeknights can be a bit lengthy and our grocery bills were high. I suggested we try Dinners ready for weeknight cooking.  We get a bunch of meals in a mix of 2 serving and 3-4 serving sizes. We keep the 2 person ones mostly at his house and the 3-4 person ones at my house- that way we cook for Mom too.  We did it in December and I saw a great reduction in my grocery bill in January.  Plus it’s fun- He and i go to assemble our meals together which saves us 10%, we save another 10% by ordering 16 meals, and we also save $15 through an employer discount.  After all of the discounts our meals cost between $5.50 and $5.75 per serving. Can’t really beat that.  Meals usually come with a side so we usually add either a veggie or rice depending on the side.
  • Finishing projects up! Keeping myself honest below is the original list. I finished a pair of blue and green baby booties for my friend from high school.  Very cute.  Instead of working on the pink scarf, I finished a spontaneous scarf which I started last spring for BF- he likes his alpaca scarf instead so it’s become a scarf without a home.  I am still searching for a baby gift for one more boy who is one the way… ideas appreciated.
    • 2nd sock in a pair for Mom
    • Stuffed Teddy Bear for friend’s baby
    • Felted baby chicks for ???
    • Pink scarf I started 2 years ago (ouch)
    • A slew of miniature stockings ornaments
    • baby gift for baby boy
    • baby gift for baby boy
  • You might enjoy a laugh I have a bad habit of falling asleep on BF’s sofa while watching TV. I apparently say the some pretty funny things right as I am falling asleep.  I’m keeping a running tally… Here’s the list so far
    • “My eyes are toothpicks” (my version of I couldn’t keep my eyes open with toothpicks)
    • “I have a log on my desk too” (I opened my eyes long enough to see a TV show where they were interviewing a guy with a log on his desk)
    • “Uh-Oh”

That’s a short update. 🙂

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More Time for Knitting

14 12 2008

So, after a week of not driving I have yet to take the bus (but I am figuring out how to read a bus schedule) but the first week carpooling with BF went well. We found out that our employer will pay us each a $100 incentive to carpool… an interesting thought- paying us for something we were going to do anyway.  I also received a citation in the mail for the accident- a little insult to injury. The citation is for following too close- ironically which I wasn’t doing- so I think it is worth my time to fight the ticket.  I walked to the chiropractor on Monday- the walk home will be good for me- almost completely up hill.

I noticed this week that I actually have more time for knitting. Yay!  With the exception of a baby shower gift and BF’s stocking, my knitting has been painfully slow in the last few months.  I’m looking forward to finishing lots and lots of WIP (works in progress) which have been eluding me.  I also cast on a new project tonight. A couple of weeks ago BF was reading my copy of “Never Knit your Man a Sweater Until you Have the Ring” and he was a little put off that in the 9 months that we’ve been dating, I hadn’t really knit him anything (in my defense, I knit him a washcloth like 5 months ago but hadn’t given it to him because i was going to cast on a second one).  So I quickly cast on a Christmas stocking for him.  It called for Lambs Pride yarn, and I used Cascade 220- which is thinner- so I double stranded it- knowing quite well that it would produce a much larger stocking. True to my prediction it did.

The stocking actually used yarn equivalent to a small sweater vest (so I call it his sweater stocking). After felting, it shrunk considerably.  Today I put the finishing touches on it- his name in needle felted script.   Recently the temperatures her dipped under freezing. We also got a small dusting of snow- all of this a bit out of the ordinary for the Pacific NW, this caused BF to request a knit scarf. We picked out the yarn today (charcoal grey alpaca) and I cast on.

In addition to the scarf, I’m also working on finishing the following:

  • 2nd sock in a pair for Mom
  • Stuffed Teddy Bear for friend’s baby
  • Felted baby chicks for ???
  • Pink scarf I started 2 years ago (ouch)
  • A slew of miniature stockings ornaments
  • A couple of baby gifts for baby boys (for the record, girls are more fun to knit for!)

So, as I work on relying less on my Mom and BF for transportation and work to master the mass transit system here, hopefully my completion rate on knitting projects will continue to go up. 🙂