Jan 14

Challenge #1: Fleece

Posted by Nanc

In order to reduce my sentence (and my stash, he he) for the 2004 Stash Lock Down! I need to be on my best behavior. To encourage this, I’m planning a handful of challenges to get me motivated. The first of these is to deplete my fleece stash by leap day (Feb 29).

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Jan 18

The sale.

Posted by Nanc

This is no fairytale, happily-ever-after story of love lost and found. No lessons learned, no changing of ways or ideas. No informative story or dark fable to be found here.

Nope, just what I bought at a yarn sale.

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Aug 17

As if that first behemoth of a list wasn’t enough, I’ve got more. Did you notice something missing from that list? A genre of knitting. That one type of project that turns a mild mannered knitter into a maniac.

Yep, that’s right. This here is my SOCK WIPs!

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Apr 15

Taking my cue (okay – actually stealing the idea) from Best Week Ever, I’m going to start regularly posting ‘Upgrade/Downgrade’ reviews every Friday. These will totally be of my own, not-so-humble opinions perhaps with a little help from my friends.

The premier issue? Dark chocolate M&Ms

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Aug 20

Happy Mac — and Matt

Posted by Matty


One of the items that came back from New Hampshire was a Macintosh SE. Manufactured in 1990, this little computer is made of hearty stock. It’s my newest computer project.

This is the first Mac that I’ve encountered since college (Windows/Unix boy), so I am looking forward to figuring out what exactly to do with it!

I’ll be updating this article as work progresses, so check back often.

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Apr 13

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Mar 19

I love pistachios.

This is a fairly new realization. I don’t remember having these green gems as a kid, and if given the choice I’d still choose chocolate ice cream over pistachio. But the nutty goodness of these green legumes are, at times, overwhelming.

Just today while having lunch with my dear Bonez, I mentioned that I’ve missed snacking on pistachios these last few days. (We had recently finished the last of a 4 lb. bag of nuts from Sam’s Club.) They’re much tastier than the traditional salty snack choices, like chips or munchies ending in “-itos.” And they do have health benefits. (Perhaps not in the quantity that I maw down on them.)

Somehow, we started discussing the idea of eating your (my) weight in pistachios. To me, this sounded like a great and rewarding challenge! Would the amount be based on your starting weight, or would it increase much like my thighs, hips and ass? Is there a time limit, or could this be a lifetime achievement sort-of thing?

I will admit that even after filling up on my delish’ lunch, the idea of this many pistachio nuts just for me seemed tempting and possible. My mouth just might have been watering… a little.

Then we started discussing the immense quantities of nuts needed to reach this mighty goal. In case you’ve never seen it, even 4 lbs of pistachio nuts is quite a lot. We could store them in a rented garage, but the birds and squirrels (and people – hey, what are u looking at?!) may be a liability. Just then we passed a lovely, older VW Bug in, what looked like, mint condition and we were temporarily freed from our nut trance. But not for long.

Immediately, the conversation took an odd turn (yeah, it wasn’t so odd up till now, right?). Matty thinks that this quantity of pistachio nuts, in the shell, would fit into the VW Bug (including the trunk). I disagreed, but admitted that I was very entertained by this thought. We could use a new Beetle for the discarded shells. How exciting! This, of course, kept us laughing the rest of the way home and then some.

Okay. That’s the end of the story. Thanks for listening. Now go home.

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Feb 13

As part of my Stash Reduction and February Fleece Challenge, I’ve sewed up and sent a bundle of items for Bundles of Love.

I still have more fleece to use, but I’m that much closer. In fact, I’ve cut a lot more items out, but have wrenched my back during a marathon sewing session and am taking a break from my Singer. This may mean that my fleece deadline could be extended until… I can sit comfortably at the sewing machine.

But I’m happy with what I got done so far. There’s pics if you click ‘read more’.

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Oct 28

Tiny Tootsies

Posted by Matty

Keeping little toes warm this winter. That was the challenge/aim for one of the October charity projects.

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May 4

Stina’s BCW

Posted by Matty

Christina’s unique and curiosly-warm quilt has a great story interwoven in it for those in the know. (Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.)

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