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post #121 of 208
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post #122 of 208
Hello! I'm still here!

Want to know what I did? I picked up two knitting books - one on baby socks and the other, mittens... I need to attempt to knit something besides rectangles!! I checked out Lily Lane too - pricey but she has some yummy stuff in there...

I inherited all my grandma's knitting needles. They are all metal but I've got 3 sets of the 4 double ended needles. So they are screaming for me to attempt some socks!
post #123 of 208
Rock on, girlie! Next time you go in, look at the lite-lopi -- it's 3.25 a skein & makes nice dipe covers, felted bags, etc. She also has the sugar & cream cotton for about $0.15 more than Meijers. Not bad for an itty bitty shop. I'm thinking of getting some angora for myself for my birthday from there (to make a cowl) -- she gets it from a (semi-local) lady who raises her own rabbits & puts a note on each skein with the name of the rabbit who gave up it's fur, lol. Too cute.
post #124 of 208
Well, I got out a knitting project from over a year ago and started working on it again just to make sure I remembered how! But the yarn (microfiber sucks, I'll never buy it again) was so tangled up, that I CUT IT (yes, I sure did!!) and I'll try to untangle the cut part some other day! But I do remember how to knit and purl so that's good, want to try baby socks next I think. Carolynn, I might need some of your help with those.
post #125 of 208
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I want to learn how to do socks too.

Between DH and I we did up a pretty cool bootie out of the yarn (ty Cinn that I made the Ribby Wrap out of but they turned out KK's size instead of Becca's size.

KK and Ari both need sweaters esp for church. I am not sure what I want to make them out of. They need to be White or Ivory so they go with any color dress and they have to have buttons.

I just had an idea right while I was typing. Make them out of the Sugar and Cream yarn K has one that is made out of cotton that she outgrew and she LOVED it and it was very durable.
post #126 of 208
Alison -- get the huge cones from Meijers! And I have a great pattern if you want to try cables...


Okay ladies, week after next is a sock tutorial at my place, lol. This Wednesday Jaimee will be here with her 3, I believe, so playgroup will be crazy fun!
post #127 of 208
Cool - we plan to be there Wed! I'll bring whatever projects I'm working on by then... and the sock tutorial would be really cool! (Although I will probably attempt to start socks before then...)
post #128 of 208
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over the sock tutorial!
post #129 of 208
I did start a sock, and I'm almost done!!! I even got through the heel turning part and everything! It doesn't look that great, in fact in places it looks really horrible... but I made it by myself and I'm really proud of it! I'm really hoping the second one turns out a little better though...

I actually had to stop and take breaks because parts were stressful! But I think the next one will be easier. I'll still look forward to the tutorial!

Alison - what happened to your siggie??
post #130 of 208
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If we had more time on our hands it would be cool to bring ethnic food types to try.
post #131 of 208
Liz -- having just changed my siggie, my guess would be that she tried to change hers & couldn't "back out." If it's over 2 lines the program now will automatically not let you use the siggie you just entered in... Unfortunately it doesn't show you how far "over" the limit you are... I had to add stuff in a word or two at a time.
post #132 of 208
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If we had more time on our hands it would be cool to bring ethnic food types to try.
has anyone tried that new middle-eastern grocery in saginaw? havent had the time to check it out yet.

post #133 of 208
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has anyone tried that new middle-eastern grocery in saginaw? havent had the time to check it out yet.

Yasmeens ROCKS!! I LOVE that place!! I've been in there a few times... I need more olive oil and a few other things so I'll have to try to get there again soon... the prices are really good too! And, the owner told me he plans to open a deli sometime in the near future, I'll be SO happy then!
post #134 of 208
Yay! I'm going to talk DH into going this weekend if we can get the car fixed!
we need more appalam, and spices to make tica marsala, lol.
post #135 of 208
Just bumping
post #136 of 208
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Thanks!
post #137 of 208
I just saw this thread and am so stoked because my husband is looking at a job to possibly move us to Midland. We're in San Antonio now, and I was looking at Midland on Wikipedia and was concerned about it being smallish and kinda un AP friendly. But there are MDC mommies! Yay! What can you tell me about Midland? Is it homeschooling friendly? Or are there good preschool/ elementary schools? LLL? What is the town like? How is the cost of living? Thanks! (Can you tell Im nervous? My only time in the north was in Mitchell, SD, and it was really small and homogenous and kinda miserable.)
post #138 of 208
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Is it homeschooling friendly? **I don't h/s but there are a lot around this area that do.
Or are there good preschool/ elementary schools? ** I love the charter school. It is a k-12 college prepratory school. My daughter is in her second year there and she does very well with the structure. There are doctor's children, non advanced educated people's children, Arfrican American and girls/teachers that wear head coverings. They encourage parental involvment. They encourage community projects (for example Empathy Quilts where the children and parents bring in squares of fabric and they sew them into quilts for the less fortunate in the area after school every other Monday). There are lots of elementary and middle schools, 4 high schools (2 in town and 2 farther out), at least one Christian school, that is what I know of there may be more.
LLL? **Midland has their own LLL the 4th Tuesday of every month. You can also attend the ones in Bay City and Saginaw if you don't mind a 20-25 minute drive.
What is the town like? **Well many people feel it is pretty much a "Dow" town. One can easily feel that if they don't work for Dow they don't rank very high on the radar but if popularity isn't an issue then you probably wouldn't care less. There are places to go like a Nature Center, Dow Gardens, the Pierre-Marquette Rail Trail, LOTS of parks, playgrounds, a big community center, 2 sprayparks, 1 outdoor community pool that was just remodeled, Gymnastic Training Center, a Tennis Center, and soccer is BIG here, and I'm sure more that I've forgot. There is a mall that has a playland with things to climb over for younger kids, a barnes and noble with a train table, and it makes a good place to walk indoors x#of laps=x#miles type thing.
How is the cost of living? **This I can't help too much on. It is cheaper than where I used to love (Petoskey Michigan read Tourist Town), but I think it is pretty good. Not California that is for SURE! Maybe someone else can help you more there. We are still at the bottom of the food chain so I don't have a lot of experience in that department.

It isn't Ann Arbor or Austin but it is a LOT better than some areas. We have health food stores (no TJ's, WF's, or WO's). I like that whether you live in Bay City, Saginaw, or Midland, you are just 20-25 minutes away from what you might need. Saginaw has a hospital with a NICU that can take a 23 wk baby. There is an OB that accepts VBAmC's. Three homebirth midwives. Lots of Medwives if that is your thing too.

I'm sure I've missed stuff. Anyone else?
post #139 of 208
I would like to add that there is a good co-op, it's called GreenSeed and although most of the members live in Saginaw and that's where a lot of the work takes place, there are a few of us in Midland. We get lots of good organic and health foods a lot cheaper than at any of the stores!

Our LLL group just got started this spring, and the leader is really sweet. I'm their librarian. She has worked really hard to get the group going and we have had a great response from the community so far. There is 1 LC in town and they do work together.

The cost of living varies, it's more than in the UP (Upper Michigan) where I'm from. But, there are TONS of houses on the market right now so if you are looking to buy, it's really a buyer's market. It all depends on where you want to live though... homes range from modestly priced to $$$$ depending on the township.

I think there are quite a few HS-ers here, my son is 2 and we will do preschool at home but he'll go to school after that. I know a few who HS and I'm sure they would be happy to help you with anything you might need!

Midland, honestly, I think is a really strange town!! I am from a college town and there was always something going on, always something to do... people were a lot more friendly and less conservative. But, I have made some really good friends since we moved here 8 years ago, so it is possible - and it really helps to meet some people who can introduce you to other people of like mind. Like Alison said, Saginaw and Bay City are close too and more laid back, there is always something going on all year round between the 3 cities.

We have a yahoo group for moms in our area - Alison is in charge of it and could get you on it if you want! Some of us get together weekly so our kids can play and we have a pretty good time!

You can take belly dancing classes at the community center too, that's great fun!
post #140 of 208
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Originally Posted by Terabith View Post
I just saw this thread and am so stoked because my husband is looking at a job to possibly move us to Midland. We're in San Antonio now, and I was looking at Midland on Wikipedia and was concerned about it being smallish and kinda un AP friendly. But there are MDC mommies! Yay! What can you tell me about Midland? Is it homeschooling friendly? Or are there good preschool/ elementary schools? LLL? What is the town like? How is the cost of living? Thanks! (Can you tell Im nervous? My only time in the north was in Mitchell, SD, and it was really small and homogenous and kinda miserable.)
Just be careful of where you live in Midland, you really do not want to live near Dow. If you start looking for apts or houses, check with the mama's from the town first.

The schools are great compared to the local areas.

I think the cost of living may be higher for you. I know Texas does not have state income tax, correct? State sales tax is 6% on all goods except for food.

Definately join Greenseed coop. They are a fantastic group of people. I moved out of the area, and miss them!
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