Sunday, December 23, 2007


Because this is a knitting blog, wanna see my knitting?


Yup. It's the Pig-Come-Bunny Baby Towel. Talk about boring.

I finished the first ball and it gave me 5.5 inches of knitting. I've got 8 balls total. I think I'll be able to get the whole thing done out of 8 balls. That's the "fun" part about "designing" stuff (I use quotes because I don't want anyone to equate me knitting some rectangles to really be considered true designing) you never know how much yarn you'll need til it's done!

Aside from boring knitting I've been engaging in other boring tasks, like researching vacuums.

Right now I have my eye on this one:


It's a Hoover U5140-900 Tempo Widepath.

It's less than $100 but it's got some really great reviews on Amazon. And Best Buy has it on sale with free shipping.

Tempting, very tempting.

The only thing holding me back is a.) it's cheap, and you do get what you pay for--but the people reviewing the vacuum say it's a steal and comparable to your pricier vacuums and b.) our last car before the Buick was a Tempo, I have associative problems with that name now.

I did want to hit the stores and pick up a vacuum so I could vacuum before Christmas, but that would mean hitting the stores on Christmas Eve (I can't go out today--I didn't get my paycheck Friday as a result of Chunkito blowing chunks so shopping will have to wait til Monday). Chunky's doing much better by the way, thanks for your well wishes. It was only a 24 hour bug.

So I have to ask, what's your favorite vacuum?

Please don't say "Dyson." I hate Dyson's on principal. They're expensive and suck up too much dust. I'm a big believer in living in a somewhat dirty house. I think our society is heading for bad times with all the anti-bacterial anti-dust/dirt products on the market. Like Chunky's Great Grandpa used to say: "You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die."

Also I think that Dyson guy might be in bed with Steve Jobs in the taking over the world division by infiltrating every household with Macs, iStuff, and super sucky vacuums.

Products with such a fervent devotion by consumers scare me. The cult following Apple products have and the near orgasmic reviews of Dyson vacuums I read seriously frighten me. (No one said fears had to make sense right?)

Hm, that said, maybe I need to reconsider that Tempo. Why are so many people loving it?



Blogger Carol said...

Hoover Wind Tunnel. Seriously. Both me and my girlfriend have one and love it!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Bitterknitter said...

Bissel's Lift-Off. Decent suckage, good attachments and easy maintenance. Worth a look, anyway.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I currently use a shop vac. We have hard wood floors and this works better than any vacuum. I have always had hoovers although I grew up with electrolux. And I agree with grandpa, dirt is essential to our well being! I never worry about a little dirt. We are creating germs that are immune to everything with all of this antibacterial stuff. I even saw a high chair tray made with "antibacterial properties". Paranoid, we are all paranoid.

11:37 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I'm proally opposed to Dyson as well. If I'm going to pay $400+ for a freaking vacuum cleaner, the thing better blow me as well.

I have a green Eureka Optima. I think with the 20% off coupon from Bed, Bath, and Beyond it was somewhere in the $50 range. Has a couple of attachments, you can turn off the roller and just use suction so it doesn't scratch wood/tile floors, pretty lightweight. Cleaning the filter is kind of a pain but otherwise no complaints!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Pam the Yarn Goddess said...

I guess I'm part of the cult. I have an iMac and a Dyson. The way the Dyson sucks up the blinds means that it could blow me with no problem. It would probably rip out my piercing down there, though.

Seriously, I love the Dyson. It's the most powerful vacuum I've ever had and works like a charm on our floors (we have nothing but hardwood - 75 year old hardwood - throughout the entire house). I have to agree with donna lee - people have gone stupid with the anti-germ crap. I used to pretend I was a cow and grazed in the backyard - including eating snails. Kids need to build up an immunity to germs, and they won't do it if everything you use destroys every germ. I don't care about the filters on the Dyson; I just like the power.

As for the iMac, I like it because it runs on Unix (which means that problems are easy to fix), it isn't Microsoft, and it's user-friendly for a computer boob like me.

The bottom line is that you need to try them and buy what you like. You do indeed get what you pay for. I'd rather pay more for something good that will last me for many years instead of buying cheap products that are dead in a year's time.

Sort of like my $300 handmade toaster. I love the thing. Then I found out that the Queen of England has the same one I do. Heh. Now all I need is her money and I'm all set.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

It's not my vacuum cleaner, I live with a computer programmer and it is because we are so different that we can live together: A Miele plus s251i, it's about 5 years old, and was about $500 then.

I had no idea until I looked up the website, but hee hee it is the "Mercedes Benz" of vacuum cleaners.

They no longer make the model we have as they have moved on (AND UP IN PRICE!!!) All I know is that it works really well and as old as his is, as all the inner parts are still compatible, it'll be at least a decade before it needs to be replaced.

Buying the bags is a rip-off though, just FYI, they come to about $4/bag.

I'm glad to hear Chunky is better, nothing sucks harder than being sick at xmas when you're a kid. Well, there was that year my older brother and I wrapped toys we already owned as our parents had kinda hinted that Santa might not be too generous that year thanks to my dad getting layed off. It had to be same year we gave our parents food...I remember trying to figure out how to wrap a bag of beans...

Feliz Navidad!

3:18 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Glad Chunky is better! Can't help you on the vacuum, I had a hoover before and a sears one, both were ok. I do miss my electrolux I got second hand from my mom, that was awesome... Yeah, don't hate me, I do own the D**** one, but on rugs it is amazing, that being said, it's about 4 yrs old and now a days they have some just as good...

3:57 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

I hate vacuuming, and I can't imagine that there is any vacuum that would make the task less despicable to me (thank heavens hubs doesn't mind doing it 'cuz we would otherwise live in filth), so I can't help with the vacuum choice.

I did have to say that my first car was a Tempo. What a piece of s**t! I hated it. It hated me. I totaled it 1 month after my 16th birthday. Good thing, too, because a car like that shouldn't exist.

6:40 PM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Dude, you can't tell me you looked at soooo many vacuums and not once did you think of Daddy's makeshift vacuum backpack! haha! "Melly, hulp me! It hurts!" Haha!

I sold my hmmm...dirt devil?...for $20 the day before I left Atlanta. It worked alright. But then, I only vacuumed like once every 2-3 months.


9:12 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I'm a lazy ass so I have two vacuums (so I don't have to lug one upstairs). One is the D#$%n which I vowed I'd never buy and caved and the other, older model is a Hoover Wind Tunnel, which I highly recommend.

I looked up the Hoover Tempo on Consumer Reports and the rated it a Best Buy:

This upright cleans carpet excellently and bare floors very well. It cleans with tools very well and excels at keeping emissions low and picks up pet hair very well.

This model is fairly noisy. It also lacks suction control, brush on/off feature, a retractable cord, and HEPA filtration.

Bottom Line
This very low-priced model cleans carpet excellently and excels at keeping emissions low. It is a CR Quick Pick."

9:17 PM  
Blogger Avrienne said...

I have a Dirt Devil lightweight which I love. It's not the most powerful, so that should make you happy, since you like your slightly dirty house (wink).

It's bagless, it doesn't weigh a ton, and it sucks up my long, perpetually-shedding hair quite nicely.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

I like my Shark EuroPro something. It's their upright. It's $80 (I got mad at having two expensive ones die after only a couple of years to each), sucks up everything, and it's lightweight and easy for me to maneuver.

After over a year of hard use (I bang these things around, and we have a dog and a cat that shed massively), the handle's being weird, but I'm thinking duct tape will take care of it.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous nikBudnik said...

I have a Dyson. and I love it.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Disco said...

I have a vacuum-that-cannot-be-named and a computer-that-cannot-be-named. I recommend them both. You can still live in a somewhat dirty house if you don't vacuum so often ;-)

Merry Christmas Bezzie family :-)

6:01 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

I like my 35 dollar Bissell from the Walmart. I can't see spending loads of money on something I pull out two or three times a year. (Okay, maybe it's more than that, but whatever.)

My friends memere used to tell him when he was a kid that he was gonna eat a peck of dirt before he died. He was from that point scared that as soon as he got a peck in him, however much that was, that he was a goner.

I seriously hope that's not how it works. 'Cause I hate to vacuum. And dust.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Well, I'm gonna say Dyson, but if you saw my house, all of your fears regarding not enough dust would be ... swept away, as it were ;).

I don't think the Dyson's are fantastic suckers, but they don't use a bag, which I like, and it's very cool (especially for my engineer husband) that all of the pieces come apart. It's easy to unclog, which, unfortunately seems to happen a lot. I'm one of those run-it-over-with-the-vacuum-until-it-disappears kind of housekeepers.

If I had my druthers, I wouldn't have a vacuum at all, but since I have to have one, Dyson works well enough to be worth the money we spent.

And, Yay! Glad Chucky's feeling better. Nothing worse than kids vomiting.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I don;t own a vacuum, sorry, so I can't help you.

The towel looks great!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

I have a Dyson and a Miele, both high end vacuums. I love the Miele. I don't love the Dyson. It lets out a high pitched shriek that would drive all animals and pests from the home with its ultrasonic eardrum puncturing whine. It does suck though. I like to tell this joke: The main advantage of owning a Dyson is that it tricks men into thinking vacuuming is cool and fun.
This is all neither here nor there, since you have no intention of spending $400 + on a vacuum, so just buy the Tempo and be done with it. Another option is refurbished vacuums at Sew and Vac shops. Sometimes you can get a high quality used vac on the cheap.
Job and Apple products? It's a religion with those people. That's pretty scary to me.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riccar. The best vacuum you've never heard of.

Our first Riccar lasted us 18 years. We've had our 2nd for 5 years now.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I agree about the whole not enough dust/dirt hanging around. Well at least that makes me feel better about my lack of wanting to clean LOL

I can't wait to see the towel done....I love your creations!!!!

11:45 AM  

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