Red Heart Laptop Knit and Loom

IMAG0224_1When I first saw a photo of a ‘Red Heart Laptop Knit and Loom’ posted on a loom forum, I knew I had to have one. I had high hopes for this loom.  It’s rated for children ages 6+.  I figured since it’s rated for young children that the quality would be better than average.

I ordered The ‘Red Heart Laptop Knit and Loom’ online because it wasn’t available in my area yet. Coincidentally, a week after I ordered it, our local WalMart got them in. The shelf price was $24.97. I got mine for $19.97 and I didn’t have to pay for shipping since I had some other stuff to order that totaled their minimum for free shipping. I was surprised when I received my order a week before it’s predicted arrival date. ~happy dance~

IMG_6106What’s in the box:
Instruction Booklet
3 soft skeins of yarn
Collapsible storage bag
Loom set – outer case, loom circles and rectangle loom
52 pegs
Knitting Hook
Large plastic needle

*I like that The ‘Red Heart Laptop Knit and Loom’ is bigger than I thought it’d be, it’s about 15″x12″.
*The instruction booklet is adequate for learning the basics. In my opinion the Comprehension level of the booklet is more for older than 6.
*The yarn is soft and lovely. (I haven’t used it yet)
*The rings of pegs rotate and makes handling the project easier.
IMG_6178-0*The collapsible storage bag falls off the 4 rectangle-side-pegs too easily, but even so, it’s a good idea to use it to help keep the project cleaner and neater. Or use it like a basket to hold extra yarn and things.
*The side compartments of the loom case doesn’t always open smoothly.

IMG_6150-2a*My number one issue with the ‘Red Heart Laptop Knit and Loom’ is the pegs fall out of the holes on their own. I declare it’s worse than using a Martha Stewart loom. Even if you’re skilled in loom knitting and are careful, the pegs continually fall out. It’s frustrating and disappointing.
The pegs falling out  slows down progress because of having to take time to stop and replace the peg. Also, if you’re not careful it could cause drop stitches.
This is a very sad flaw in an otherwise potential fun creative experience for a child.
I don’t know what the inventors/manufacturers were thinking to allow such an important part of the set to be so low quality.

IMG_6153*The pegs falling out can be managed to an extent by using tape, painters tape or denture grip and I’ve read some folks use a piece of yarn to help secure the pegs.




IMG_6136-2I made a hat using the inner 36 pegs of the green ring and double strands of Red Heart 4ply yarn.
It fits my head snugly. If I make another one, I’ll probably use the next size up.
I free-handed it and my basic pattern is:
Drawstring Cast On
45 rows of e-wrap
6 alternating rows of e-wrap and purl stitch
Chain 1 Bind Off

I hope this review helps if you’re thinking about purchasing a loom like this.

Happy Looming!




Recycle a plastic cola bottle – scouring pad bowl & bell jar

IMG_5517-1bottlebottomsI originally was going to make a post about using the scalloped shaped bottoms of plastic bottles as a holder for a scouring pad. I discovered that the scalloped design helped the scouring pad dry better.
It’s not 100% fool proof, occasionally I’ll find a bit of rust in the bowl from steel wool scouring pads.
It’s only a temporary holder for the yarn scrubbies because they’re so thick they won’t dry out before souring.
None-the-less this is something I wanted to share on my blog.
The other day when I was washing out a plastic bottle, it occurred to me that I should also post something to recycle the upper portion of the cut off bottle.
A bell-jar was my first choice because it’s simple and useful,but I needed to think of something handy to use as a base. After thinking on it awhile I decided to use a bowl lid, cardboard and contact paper to make a base.
So, now, this post is about more than a scouring pad bowl, it’s also about recycling a bottle and a couple other things as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.spring-017


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2015 WP Weekly Photo Challenge – Creepy

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Creepy Rockin’ cryptid rock – In color & in sepia


Wishing you all fun with the WP photo challenge!z00m



Nextbook Ares 7″ Tablet 32 gb Quad Core & WalMart Savings Catcher


wmscDisclaimer: I’m not an affiliate of WalMart nor Nextbook and I’m not making any monies by mentioning their businesses by name. I want to share my positive experience with WalMart Savings Catcher that I’ve been using since August 2014. I originally didn’t figure we’d benefit much from entering our tickets each week, but by the first of June 2015 the little rewards added up to way over a hundred dollars.

In June, My husband told me about some of his co-workers having negative experiences trying to spend WMSC Money. He suggested I go ahead and spend mine since it was beginning to be a sizable amount, in case the program gets canceled or my monies disappear into a glitch.

Okee-dokee, sounds like a peach of an idea. I could spend it on whatever I want, but unfortunately, it’s not so easy for me to do. I’m not very good at spending money just to spend it and frankly I couldn’t find anything on WalMart website nor in the store that I wanted. I shopped and shopped to no avail.

I’d almost decided to buy to a trail cam to put out by the garden, but I was afraid someone might steal it. I decided to buy my husband some new tools, but he didn’t want any new ones. He didn’t want me to spend my WMSC monies on him. I found lots of little things that I could’ve bought, but I really didn’t want any of them, so I waited and then I forgot about it a few weeks..

The first of July I decided that I wanted a new handheld tablet around 7 inches in size. I like my KindleFire 8.9 but it’s somewhat larger than the side-pocket on my handbag and I wanted a smaller tablet that would fit better. I knew WalMart carried some small tablets in the lower price range and since I had the extra dough in my savings catcher, I figured that’s what I would buy. My WMSC had grown to $155.66. My main requirement for a tablet, next to the size, was it had to be at least 32 gb and have Android OS.

I prefer an Android OS in a tablet because of an experience I had in November 2014. That year I was super happy to get a Dell Venue 8 Pro 32gb. My happiness was short lived… Windows kept updating and eating the gigabytes. After I’d had it less than 2 weeks, I hadn’t installed any programs or even uploaded a photo to it and there was less than 12 gb left. I was so disappointed that I restored it to factory settings and sent it back for a refund. Bummer! Lesson learned… Windows OS and small gbs are not a good mix… Well to me it’s an absolute no-no.

While surfing the lower cost tablets on the Wal Mart website, I happened on the Nextbook Ares 7″ Tablet 32 gb Quad Core. It seemed perfect and it was only $59.99. ~happy dance~ I’d never heard of the Nextbook before, but it had everything I wanted and so I ordered one without hesitation.

While waiting for it to arrive I went surfing around to read reviews about the NBA7. I discovered that it came out earlier this year and it’s a limited edition. Most of the reviews were positive. I could hardly wait to get mine. Apparently, these NBA7s run as low as $49.00 up to $89.00, depending on the store and the sale going on.

2-IMG_4954My Nextbook Ares 7″ Tablet 32 gb Quad Core arrived a day earlier than predicted. I was absolutely thrilled. It came Wednesday afternoon. Oh my! I fell immediately in love with it. In my opinion for the price it’s perfect. After everything updated there was still 27 gb of free space. Awesome! My husband went to bed that evening while I sat up still playing with my new tablet. Thursday morning I woke up bright eyed and over-the-moon telling my husband about my new tablet. I was so happy with it that I begged convinced him to let me order him one. I still had $90.00 on my WalMart Saving Catcher Card, so money wasn’t an issue. I was so tickled that he agreed to let me get him one too. I ordered another NBA7 and 2 tablet cases. I ended up with less than 2 bucks left in my WMSC. I thought that was pretty cool how that worked out. ;)

Anyway, so a couple days later, my husband got his new NBA7. Now we both have a wonderful little tablet. I can’t get over how nice they are. The only down side I’ve found is that trying to do a registration is way more complicated than it should be.

Okay, now for the fun parts of the Nextbook Ares 7″ Tablet 32 gb Quad Core:
It has an actual file manager. It’s plain and simplistic, but at least it has one.
I installed a 64 gb micro sd card to increase the storage space.
With a micro usb adapter, I use a 32 gb flash drive that it recognized and I was able to work without any problems. Also it recognizes my camera and I can download/upload photos. (I couldn’t get The NBA7 to recognize any of my 400gb to 1 tb external hard-drives. I think it’s because they’re so large.)
NBA7 has Bluetooth: I have a bluetooth keyboard that works great with it. (a bluetooth mouse would work too)
I watch movies on NBA7 through Amazon and Youtube.
NBA7 has a Chrome browser and surfs the web smoothly.
Our Nextbooks has Android OS and they run faster than our desktop & laptop that runs Windows.
The Google Play Store offers oodles of free and pay apps you can get to use or play on the NBA7.
There’s an app called Office Suite 8 for creating and editing documents. I installed it, but I haven’t used it yet.
NBA7 has a front facing camera. I’m not a big fan of cameras, so my only comment is, I tried it, it works. I doubt I use it very much.

Unfortunately I can’t use a Kindle App for reading on my NBA7 tablet… I contacted Amazon support and a very kind and patient tech-guy thought that the app doesn’t work for my NBA7 because my library is way too large (20,000+ free books) The app requires too much ram to run because of indexing and it crashes my NBA7 every time.
I’m sad I can’t load my own 6 self published Kindle Books on it, but oh well :(
As I understand it, If my Kindle library was small the app would work.
Fortunately, the NBA7 has a Nook app that works perfectly. My Barnes n Nobles library is very small, but I’m happy to have it.

*note — if you want to get a Nextbook, make sure it’s a 32 gb and not the 16 gb. Apparently there is partitioning issues with the 16 gb.
I have not seen a 32 gb in a WalMart store, I’ve only seen them online.

*note — Facebook games – This isn’t an issue with us, but you can’t play Facebook games on the NBA7. Or if there’s a way to play them, I don’t know what it is.

I guess I could go on longer about the Nextbook Ares 7″ Tablet, but I think I’ll stop now. The gist of the post was supposed to be about how I was able to buy some really cool stuff with my WalMart Savings Catcher money that accumulated little by little.

We’ve had our NBA7’s for over a month and we really enjoy them.
For our use, these little tablets are great and the price was just right.
Don’t you just love it when a good deal really is a good deal?

I wish you all good fortune and great savings!
Happy Shopping!