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  • Thank you for the beautiful fotos, poems, etc…
    It erased the Michael’s checkout line flashbacks- I’m usually behind the person with 42 sheets of decorative computer/scrapbook paper and 20 teeny tiny packets of clearance items.
    The sunrise foto and Berry poem are wonderful.

  • ….ahem. Beats Hobby Lobby. They don’t have bar scanners, so have to type in every single price manually………

  • ….ahem. Beats Hobby Lobby. They don’t have bar scanners, so have to type in every single price manually………

  • Don’t know how I’ve missed this one, but “Anthropologie” sounded interesting – like a consortium of Museum stores or something – so I clicked the link…
    Ooooh. Ahhhh. Uh-oh.
    I may *ask* them to send me a catalog 😉

  • My favorite part of your desk is the “No Pointless Surfing” note because hello, I do it all day long. Must make myself the same note…
    Merry Christmas!

  • I love the blanket. I love it. It’s pouring rain here in Berkeley. http://home.pacbell.net/annhb

  • I love your site, being a below-the-Mason-Dixon-Line girl myself (Kentucky rocks! As does Mr. Wendell Berry, i must say). I agree: Michael’s is the first circle of hell, but JoAnn’s is the second and the third . . . Merry Christmas, y’all!

  • Ann, I’m afraid you may not be the only one contemplating — nay, even well underway! — a blanket of little garter stitch squares. I did toy with bumping them up to a whomping 5 inches, but just couldn’t.

  • Nice view. Posted mine on my blog. Picture taken at 5:14pm. Winter Solstice only a few days away…

  • “They just need to sell that stuff by the pound. Like a giant, crafty salad bar. ” As a former Michaels employee—Yes, yes, yes yes! The tiny wooden figures were always great because they were nice and flat, but OMG the embroidery thread sales…

  • Is it wrong of me to want to start making a similar blanket for each of my sons? Who are 18 and 23, for Dog’s sake? Those little garter stitch squares… out of some lovely Rowan Tweed… in earthy browns and blues and grays…
    Oh, wait, I’d have to sew them together.
    Never mind.

  • I am getting up from the computer to make my own “No Pointless Surfing” sign right now, to post at least until after winter break sends the kiddles back to school.
    The blanket is lovely in its geometric tweediness.

  • I am trying to resist the siren song of 4″ squares for my own blanket. And of course, the left over sock yarn balls are all staring at me. I’m not in too much trouble until they start talking to me, am I?

  • OMG – ROFL like crazy. Yes, YES, Michael’s is definitely hideous at checking out (Jo-Ann’s I agree is immediately behind it). If I can’t get there when they open, I just assume I can personally manufacture whatever I was going to purchase faster than I’d get to check out. But a crafty salad bar… meanwhile, also trying to resist the urge for a small square blankie. Hey, I’m a quilter, what are a few more unfinished blocks?

  • Like Beth said, it beats Hobby Lobby. Today we went and the gal was having trouble with ours because of a bit of scrap booking things. It was in the Christmas section and that was 1/2 off and the regular scrap booking stuff isn’t on sale and she was confused. And there’s always a billion people lined up.
    But, I love the pictures.

  • Nothing better than beach photos! The peace and timelessness of it! Peace to you!

  • hi ann
    any one remember
    deck us all with boston charlie
    walla walla,wash;an kalamazoo
    nora’s freezing on the trolley
    boola boola pensacoola hullabaloo
    the little squares are so fun

  • If you like those Martha tags, check out this Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5280489
    I am not Paperologie or related to her or whatever, but I have some of her tags and they make my heart squee. A lot.
    It’s like Martha but better.

  • One of the best laughs I’ve had all day – even my husband got a good chuckle – he won’t go within 50yds of a craft store. I’m always behind the lady that looks like she has one giant floral piece but once she gets it out of the cart you realize she’s hiding 50 tiny objects under it!

  • Over at the UK blanket HQ, I have good news for M Webb, Karen Rosenberg, Terasa Perkins and Clara Dorsch. You have all won mini prizes. The first UK Blanket will be raffled in 12 hours time (10pm GMT) so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, hurry, hurry, hurry!

  • Here’s my view out my living room window.. the Han River in Seoul, South Korea. (Of course, you can see more of the city out the other windows- but, this window has my favorite view of the river.) http://iwouldratherbeknitting.blogspot.com/

  • I thought it was just my Michael’s that had check-out issues. Every time I go there I end up standing in line for half an hour to pay for my one pair of DPNs. At least once I just walked out because I didn’t feel like waiting for so long.

  • Oh my lord, yes! Michaels is bad but Hobby Lobby is a million times worse. I feel bad for those poor people who’ve got to price up 10 packets of beads at 50% off and so on. (they usually just type in 5 bags and assume the other 5 are exactly the same price)

  • My view: http://www.martinimade.com/martinimade/2007/12/because-i-am-a.html
    I’m feeling all queasy at just the thought of going to Michaels.

  • Anyone else see the face of Don King in the sunrise photo….?

  • Ann, I laughed out loud at the Michaels remarks. You are dead on. What I wouldn’t give for a per pound pricing model at that place!

  • A.C. Moore is our local craft store. If I have to take my first-grader, even if I get him past the aisle with the bags of little pom-poms and all the impulse-buy stuff just outside the checkout lane, I can’t get out of there without a new refrigerator magnet. They stick them to the sides of the checkout chute exactly at eye-level for six-year-olds fritzed out from waiting in line for twenty minutes. We already have two each of the railroad crossing and Lionel train magnets…
    Oh, and here’s the view out my kitchen window:

  • I posted a pic of the colours in the sky just this morn.

  • I really liked the idea of posting photos of one’s view. It took me quite a while but I finally did it. I posted three sets to make up for the delay!

  • just wanted u to know i totally enjoyed visiting … it is so nice to connect with like minded people. like your thoughts and views and how you mkae things happen

  • just wanted u to know i totally enjoyed visiting … it is so nice to connect with like minded people. like your thoughts and views and how you mkae things happen