Thursday, October 8, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tip of the Week
Tricks of the trade from customers like you
Join us every week for tips, tricks, and advice shared by customers like you. This week's tip is from Wendy D.:
"I use a [cleaned out] two-pound coffee can to keep my balls of yarn hair- and debris-free while knitting. I cut holes in the plastic top and use metal rings [grommets] (found in hardware stores) so as to not snag the yarn. Pop in a few balls of my favorite yarn, pull through the holes and ta-da! No hair or lint on my yarn while I am knitting and it is easy to take in the car too!"
Now, to find a coffee can... I think I have a Trader Joe's one around here somewhere. I abandoned it for bags of delicious Eight O' Clock Coffee. If you haven't tried that stuff, it rules... Go immediately to Amazon.com and sign up for Subscribe & Save with that stuff, you will not be sorry.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Dudes, Por Que No was totally amazing. It was like Tiajuana style tacos but more fancy. I'm not much of a food reviewer, but I know good tacos when I eat 'em and these were good tacos!
Once back at home I decided that my new camera needed a cozy so I looked for some knitting patterns on ye olde internet and didn't really see anything that caught my fancy, but I did find a sewing pattern, Amy a la Mode's Cozy Camera Case Tutorial. I did modify it to make things easier on myself. Firstly, I did not quilt it, rather I used two layers of kids' flannel fabric. I also augmented the dimensions to fit my camera. I also did not do the binding thing because, well, I don't know how! I used a button for closure instead of a snap and added and extra button hole at the top to feed the wrist strap through. Oh, and I omitted the pocket because I couldn't figure out a use for it.
Some lovely pictures of the cozy with Nick's lovely camera doing the modeling:
Please also note that all images shown in this post were taken with the new camera. Kickass, right?!?!?!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Thank you for your recent communication regarding HR 4040, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). I appreciate the time you took to write.
As you may know, this bill resulted from the 2007 discovery that large toy manufacturers were importing and selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small parts, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that could cause children to become ill. Because the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US, new legislation was necessary to address this situation; the CPSIA was cosponsored by more than 100 members of the House of Representatives. Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys, and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date of manufacture and batch number. On July 30, 2008, I voted with an overwhelming majority of my House colleagues to support this bill. The Senate approved this legislation on July 31, 2008, and President Bush signed it into law on August 14, 2008. The measure is codified as Public Law No 110-314.
Small toy manufacturers and others have expressed concern that the CPSIA will place an undue financial burden on small toy producers and those who resell toys and children's clothing. In response to these concerns, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which now has jurisdiction in this matter, is working to clarify particular language in the law, and to establish clearer rules for testing. Further, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to oversee implementation of this legislation and, if additional legislative changes are necessary, I am confident the Committee will act in a timely manner to implement those modifications.
HR 4040 is important legislation which addresses a very serious and growing problem. The protections and enforcement authority of this measure will assure consumers that the toys and other products they buy for their children are safe.
Again, thank you for contacting me about this measure.
Sincerely,Jim McDermottMember of Congress
Monday, January 19, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I spent a lot of time picking out the fabrics. I decided to use one fabric for the 'body' of the shirt, and a different fabric for the sleeves and collar. I am using a very soft corduroy with a green plaid print on it, and a japanese linen with piggies on it. For the armhole and neck facings, I am using a cream Kona cotton.
So far all I have done is cut out the fabric :o)