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March 27th, 2003

I got around to setting up categories on this site, finally. One of these days, I’ll fiddle around and actually set up the category archives, so you can see my entries sorted by category. Ooooh! *snort* I guess that’s mostly for my information, so I can see if I really do go off on soap as much as I think I do…*grin* In the meantime, I only went back and assigned categories to the March entries. Eventually, I’ll try to assign them to ALL my entries (all 200ish of them) but I’m too lazy right now.

Anyway, categories. Ooooh.

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A big “howdy” to folks coming to What if…? from Jack Bog’s Blog. Wow, an audience… I might have to actually start writing Content, instead of blathering on about soap and yarn.

Speaking of soap…*grin* If any of you actually want to meet me, come on down to the Portland Saturday Market and look for the Soap Dreams booth. I’d love to say hello.

I’ve gotten hooked on the mysteries by Joanne Fluke. Blueberry Muffin Murder is the latest book I’ve purchased, and it’s good. It has a fake Martha Stewart character who gets murdered (and because she’s a total beast, EVERYONE is a suspect…). You can visit my Bookcrossing bookshelf to see reviews of the first two books. Fluke has a third one out too, which is on my “must buy” list.

Two good editorials from Common Dreams: Robert Fisk’s and Molly Ivins’. Robert Fisk is on the ground in Baghdad.

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March 26th, 2003
Some Ideas

I’m still in full-on fiber mode. I’m ordering organic cotton to crochet washclothes for Soap Dreams. I also found some interesting ideas for volunteer opportunities to improve your community.

This lady has lots of crochet patterns for hats you can make for the homeless. I know it’s mostly spring, but even so, hats are nice when it rains in the summer. Besides, it’s still pretty darn cold at night here in Oregon, and not too warm during the day. If you don’t crochet yourself, why not send a ball of yarn to her? Or find someone in your community to start a project like this.

Shawl Ministry has ideas for making a “prayer shawl” for someone. Even if you aren’t a religious person, it’s still a lovely idea–while crocheting/knitting the shawl, you put all your healing wishes or prayers into it for the person it’s intended for. This is especially lovely if you know someone who is ill or just in need of some good thoughts.

Last of all, these are ideas for hats for cancer patients who are losing their hair, especially for children. If you knit or crochet, this is another really kind idea to put your talents to use.

Sometimes, it’s nice to remind ourselves how valuable it is to help out those in our communities in need. It’s a way to feel like you have some control over the world and the bad things that happen, even if it’s just in your little corner of it. Individuals CAN make a difference, no matter how small it is. It’s something.

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March 25th, 2003

I went to Eugene today with my mom and aunt. I needed to stop at Glorybee for soap supplies. I also stopped at a yarn shop and spent more then I should have on more yarn. I couldn’t resist. They had Brown Sheep Co. Lamb’s Pride Superwash in ALL shades. In fact, they had ALL the Brown Sheep line, which was a major drool fest. Mmmmm.

I finished the first triangle of the bath mat. It came out pretty wonky, but not bad for a first effort. I know what NOT to do with the next triangle, and I’m getting pretty good at this. It’s so fun.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print. I was going to post some more anti-war articles, but today, I just don’t feel like it. Maybe tomorrow.

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March 24th, 2003

My loom came today! Yippee! I started making a bath mat with the cotton-hemp yarn from Yarn Foward. I thought it was really rough just from handling the skeins, but once you start using it, it really softens up. It’s going to be really nice as a bath mat, I think. After this is done, I’ll be using the Brown Sheep wool I bought and starting a shawl.

The weaving seems to go pretty fast. Faster than crochet, so I want to get an 8″ square one to make washcloths on. I think I can bring my loom over to my cousin who does woodworking, and commission one. It doesn’t look too hard to make one, if you can see how it’s done.

Yay! The UPS man also brought some new fragrance oils I’m really excited about. This is a creative week.

For some amusement, visit Mark Fiore’s website. You’ll need Flash.

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