chicken and anachronisms

The boy wanted a hat. I was willing to actually let him buy one so he’d have it sooner than later, but he didn’t like any he saw that day, though the ones with flaps drew some interest.

A week or so later I asked “so, what kind of hat do you want?

A hat.

Helpful. Earflaps or no? Black? Grey? Some particular color?

A hat.

I poked about in Ravelry and started laughing at the Little Chicken Baby Hat. He heard. He saw. He declared “THAT’s the hat I want!

And so,
chicken hat 003

chicken hat 005
Modeling opportunities are few and far between, and always with some multitasking going on… (details if you want to see them are on my Ravelry project page)

He declared “Bird is the word”

But it’s Geoff Muldaur’s version of Missippi John Hurt’s Chicken song that rolls through my head,


I think we are anachronisms here, well DH and myself anyhow… Today he asked me to get some more penny wrappers. Yes, we save our change. Yes, we wrap it up ourselves (actually he mostly does it). We give it to somebody at the end of the year… one year it was the tsunami, it’s often local land trusts… It is, as you might imagine, a fair amount of money.

So the penny wrappers, they cost almost 10 cents a piece! That’s nearly 20% of the value of what’s in the wrapper, just for the wrapper itself! I didn’t shop around, but they didn’t have any at the drug store and I just got what they had at Staples.

My next stop was the supermarket for a couple quick things, which on this “Black Friday” was nearly abandoned, and on my way out I checked out the coin roller machine they have there. If you cash your change in for a gift card, you get the full value of your change. If you cash in your change for a donation to charity (I couldn’t see which, I think you pick when you actually do it), you get the full value of your change. If you cash in your change to redeem for actual cash, you lose 9.8 cents on the dollar.

Which is about the cost of those damned wrappers. And one doesn’t have to do the sorting and wrapping. Next year I am going to advocate for getting the gift cards or seeing what the charities are, and just sending checks to the land trusts.

7 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Karen said,

    November 26, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    The chicken hat is adorable. I bet my daughter would love one.
    I always get my coin wrappers at my bank. They don’t charge for them. Donating your change at the end of the year is great idea!

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    Sara said,

    November 26, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    Love the chicken hat. It is quite cool…

    My bank gives the wrappers away…doesn’t yours?

    And, I love that you donate your change at the end of the year to a worthy cause…

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    Mom said,

    November 26, 2010 @ 6:28 pm


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    gale (she shoots sheep shots) said,

    November 26, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

    Fabulous hat!

  5. 5

    gale (she shoots sheep shots) said,

    November 26, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    Chicken hat=fabulous!

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    Dave Daniels said,

    November 27, 2010 @ 5:07 am

    OMG He’s got the Peckerhead Hat! It turned out great. Now, to make him some fried egg mittens, white with big yellow palms.
    And, those coin machines can be a sanity-saver. Just dump and run. Saves loads of time in the whole 1-2-3-4-5 counting.

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    Chris said,

    November 27, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    That’s a great hat!

    My bank has a chance sorter – you dump your change in and it prints out the total. You take it to the cashier – if you’re a bank customer, you get the full value. If not, they charge a fee.

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