Saturday, May 9, 2009

Newsletter 17

A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter

Number 18
Issue # 17© July, 2009 all rights reserved Published by A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter.
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Table of Contents:
Yarn pattern
Cotton pattern
Motivational thoughts
A Short Funny
Kids Corner (Kids craft, Kids game pick, Kids Freebie)
Craft Gift Idea
Link of the month
Hints & tips

Yarn Pattern:

Noah's Ark Afghan 45"x61

  • Note: The materials list and first part of the instructions for our Noah's Ark Afghan were given in the March's issue (#18). This issue cintains all remaining instructions for the afghan, including those for the animals, stars, rainbow, and clouds, along with afghan assembly and border instructions.

Cotton Pattern:

Thirsty Baby Bibs

These bibs will make darling baby shower gifts! Made from washcloths, they'er finished around the edges with lace that you crochet using size 10 cotton thread. Dainty ribbon ties secure the neck openings.


Forest covers one quarter of Russia.

Muhammad is the world's most common first name.

During world War Two, Oscars were made of wood because metal was scarce.

Philadelphia was the site of the first stock exchange in 1791.

Siberia used to use solid blocks of tea as currency.

Before going into space astronauts are not permitted to eat beans.

Confucius, at age 16 was a corn inspector.

To keep food from freezing Eskimos use refrigerators.

During World War Two the only elephant in Berlin was killed by the first bomb dropped by the allies.

In the 1830's ketchup was sold as medicine.

Casinos in Las Vegas do not have clocks.

If you refrigerate rubber bands they will last longer.

Animal crackers come in the shape of 18 different animals.

When leaving a cave bats always turn left.

The number of dimples on a golf ball is 336.

Dogs can get toupees in Tokyo.

In Switzerland it is against the law to slam your car door.

Scissors were invented by Leonardo da Vinci.

The cat is the only domesticated animal not mentioned in the Bible.

The Flintstones were the first prime time couple shown in bed.

In Las Vegas it is a crime to pawn your dentures.

Pillows made of stone were used by the Egyptians.

In one night a mole can dig a 300 foot tunnel.

Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' was the first US CD ever pressed.

In one year Mexico City sinks about an inch. Chickens outnumber people.

The blood of a lobster is blue.

Motivational thoughts

I am only one,

But still I am one.

I cannot do everything,

But still I can do something;

And because I cannot do everything

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

-Edward Everett Hale

A Short Funny

A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day... 30,000 to a man's 15,000. The wife replied, "The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men. The husband then turned to his wife and asked, "What?"

Kids Corner:

Construction Paper Chalkboard
Materials Needed:
Black construction paper,
Elmer's Glue, paint brush,
rag or an old sock
Cut out black construction paper into any shape you want, i.e. animal shape, square, rectangle.
Glue construction paper onto cardboard.
Let dry.
Trim cardboard to fit shape.

Completely paint the construction paper with Elmer's glue.
Let dry thoroughly. Add decorations to your shape, such as eyes and nose for animals, or decorate the borders.
Write or draw with chalk and erase with rag.

KidsGame pick:
Chobots an awesome virtual world for parents and kids. This family game is a safe and fun learning environment for all ages.

Kids Freebie:

Geo Trax

You may order a maximum of one Geotrax™ Steamer & Samuel Save the Day DVD per household. Please allow **12-14** weeks for delivery.

Craft Gift Idea

Darn it doll (for adults)

These make great little Dammit Dolls for stressful people They can be thrown, jabbed, stomped and even strangled till all the frustration leaves you.

Link of the month
The Golden Thimle
There is 934 link to free craft projects.
Hint & Tip
Tips for Keeping Your Summer Whites White
By Annie B. Bond
Now that we’re officially in summer, we can start wearing our summer white clothing again. Only trouble is, whites don’t seem to stay white very long!
Here are our best tips for keeping those whites looking as crisp and pristine as they do the first day you wear them, without resorting to harmful chlorine bleaching.
Commercial BleachesIt is best to avoid most commonly available bleach, sodium hypochlorite, a moderately toxic chlorine salt that can bond with other chemicals to form cancer-causing organochlorines in the wastewater system.
“Natural oxygen safe bleaches” are commercially available (found primarily in the health food store marketplace), and are based on hydrogen peroxide. The best choice is to buy commercial non-chlorine bleaches instead of making your own version using store-bought 3 percent hydrogen peroxide because commercial brands, such as Seventh Generations’s Non-Chlorine Bleach–Free & Clear include oxygen bleach stabilizers to help reduce the product’s reactivity in the environment.
Tip: Adding ½ cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a medium load of whites will lightly bleach the clothing. This technique is especially effective on clothes that are then hung to dry on the line.
Soften Your WaterThe minerals in hard water can gray clothes. If you have very hard water, add ½ cup of vinegar to your rinse water.
Brighten WhitesTo brighten whites, and if you don’t have hard water, use the might of minerals in your wash cycle. Add ½ cup borax or washing soda (both are available in the laundry section of your supermarket) to a medium load of laundry.
About LightNote to read clothing labels, as some direct you to dry the clothes outside of direct sunlight. On the other hand, storing whites in the dark can cause yellowing. A rule of thumb is that natural fibers love the sun and hanging them outside to dry on the line is to their benefit.
  • NOTE: I did this and it does work

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