Archive for September, 2008


Your Cheatin’ Heart

So I did it, I cheated on hand knitting, and went out and bought a kids’ knitting machine.  It was really really cheap at K-Mart and I was curious.  DL and OR just loved it, but it was incredibly annoying …


We originally “mastered” the tube, could not “master” the rectangle, and ultimately gave up.


arm warmer

I took those crazy tubes, and made a scarf:

scarf 1

And because I received two “Fun Fur”-like skeins with the machine, I ended up getting into Fun Fur briefly, just enough to make two scarves for two girls we went to birthday parties for recently:

fun fur

And the machine knitting goes on. After my Machine Knitting to Dye For class, I got “hooked” and went to Michael’s to buy an Ultimate Sweater Machine. That ended up under my bed until now, unused. I also bought yet another kids’ knitting machine that had the upper tension rod like a real knitting machine, but haven’t opened yet. I suspect I’ll be returning those two, because for the next 5 weeks I’m a “real” machine knitter! I just started Loretta Warner‘s machine knitting class where in the next 5 weeks I’ll make a pullover, and I have rented a Silver Reed LK 150 which is sitting in my bedroom, waiting to be opened. (Don’t tell DL – I have plans to turn the unused parts of his room into my craft room: using his crap-covered desk for my knitting machine, ball winder and swift – photos to come when I get around to setting up this fun section of our house!)



I know where I’m going for my “big” “When Harry Met Sally” birthday in March:


Yarn, tea and chocolate? I’m in heaven.

(for some reason I can’t find online where this is, I just know it’s on the “Oregon Coast”.)


Why Me(me)?

…Because it’s there!  I saw Lesley’s version and thought, “Hey, I like music and I just saw “The Rocker” today (very good!) so why not?”

The rules:
A.) Go to

B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year

C.) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate

***Now, I really don’t “hate” any of these songs, so let’s just say I love some, and love other songs by the bands I’ve put in bold as well, so let’s just say I’d be happy not to hear the non-bolded songs again.***

Top 100 Hits of 1986/Top 100 Songs of 1986

1. That’s What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight
2. Say You, Say Me, Lionel Richie
3. I Miss You, Klymaxx
4. On My Own , Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald
5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister
6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston
7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy
8. Burning Heart, Survivor
9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister
10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
11. Greatest Love Of All, Whitney Houston
12. Secret Lovers, Atlantic Starr
13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring
14. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera
15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
16. There’ll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean
17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
18. Never, Heart
19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood
21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News
22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red
23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel
24. Sara, Starship
25. Human, Human League
26. I Can’t Wait, Nu Shooz
27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin
28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
29. Papa Don’t Preach, Madonna
30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi
31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean
32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson
33. These Dreams, Heart
34. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone), Glass Tiger
35. Live To Tell, Madonna
36. Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle
37. Something About You, Level 42
38. Venus, Bananarama
39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie
40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine
41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
43. What Have You Done For Me Lately, Janet Jackson
44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones
45. Let’s Go All The Way, Sly Fox
46. I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On, Robert Palmer (Cherelle cover!!!!!)
47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine
48. Manic Monday, Bangles
49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
50. Amanda, Boston
51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q
52. Crush On You, Jets
53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade
56. What You Need, INXS
57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks
58. Nasty, Janet Jackson
59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
60. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart
61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
62. Your Love, Outfield
63. I’m Your Man, Wham!
64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti
65. Living In America, James Brown
66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp
67. Who’s Johnny, El Debarge
68. Word Up, Cameo
69. Why Can’t This Be Love, Van Halen
70. Silent Running, Mike + The Mechanics
71. Typical Male, Tina Turner
72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp
73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora
74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike + The Mechanics
75. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald
76. True Blue, Madonna
77. Rumors, Timex Social Club
78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
79. Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine
80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top
81. Tonight She Comes, Cars
82. Love Touch, Rod Stewart
83. A Love Bizarre, Sheila E.
84. Throwing It All Away, Genesis
85. Baby Love, Regina
86. Election Day, Arcadia
87. Nikita, Elton John
88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins
89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C.
90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker
91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues
92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney
93. Object Of My Desire, Starpoint
94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall
95. Tender Love, Force M.D.’s
96. King For A Day, Thompson Twins
97. Love Will Conquer All, Lionel Richie
98. A Different Corner, George Michael
99. I’ll Be Over You, Toto
100. Go Home, Stevie Wonder

Okay, maybe a number of these I “dislike”.  But I love The Cars, Hall and Oates, etc., enough to make up for their lameness.  Maybe


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September 2008