Nicholas gets to say “I told you so.” He told me that I ought to pay attention to the little noises my laptop was making. He told me that I ought to be more concerned that one corner of my laptop was too hot to touch whilst it was running. And he told me that I ought to transfer my basic workaday files over to our older smaller Macbook so that we could take my laptop in for repairs.
But where would the fun be in listening to good advice? I was busy, I said. I had patterns to work on and tech-editing to do and blog entries to write. Eventually, the older smaller Mac went to one of his students, and soon after that, right on schedule in fact, my laptop died.
Of course, we don’t have a spare computer for me to use while mine is in being repaired. Thank goodness, all the files are backed up; no worries there. But: No computer for Sandi. Nicholas uses his own laptop for extensive academic Serious Work with data analyses and open programs neatly layered all over his big screen. He’s been lovely about offering to share, but his work is really intense right now, and frankly, my entire life is lived online (except for laundry, haven’t figured out how to do that on the computer yet). Sharing a computer wasn’t practical. Me going without a computer for the time it takes to repair the Mac wasn’t practical either.
See Sandi get twitchy from lack of blogging. See Sandi get strange muscle tics from lack of Ravelry. See Sandi break down and sob without access to Google. Poor Sandi.
We did what any sensible wired-in couple living La Vida Googla would do: We bought an iPad.
It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out the interface and realize that I can actually do my blogging and writing and so forth on this little gizmo, with the right set-up and apps. I’m slowly working out how to wrangle my photos, and get them from my camera to the blog, and how to handle knitting patterns on the iPad (WOW! Love this!), and all the usual email and Twitter and Flickr stuff.
However, I clearly haven’t quite figured out all the formatting yet. Sorry for the appearance of this entry. Boooooo.
Plus, it’s AWESOME for watching videos and looking at magazines and books with pictures in them. (I downloaded Winnie the Pooh, just for fun. Look, Ma! I’m reading Winnie the Pooh on the COMPUTER!) Super-geek cool: You can turn the pages, and they turn! I played with the page-turning for a bit, amusing myself by virtually “folding” the page back a bit at a time…and it worked, showing you exactly what a real page would show you if it was folded the same way. Fascinating.
OK, I’m done geeking for now. Onwards.
I’ve been swatching.
As you can see, I’ve been playing with swatches for thePrayer Flag Project. Mitered garter squares are the obvious choice, but because I live in a cave (apparently) I didn’t know that mitered garter stitch blankets and scarves and tea cozies are The New Hotness (right after silk muwata mittens a la Ms. Harlot), and I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to knit what all the other kids are knitting.
Thus, I experimented a little with other shapes. I realized that I love the look of stockinette; to my eye, it seems to show off the yarn better than garter stitch. Garter stitch has all these valleys of shadow and mountains of highlighted colour; these add another layer of visual interest to the yarn itself.
Since the yarn I’ll be working with will be handspun (YOUR handspun, for the most part), I really, really want the yarn to be the star of each shape. I also experimented with needle sizes and generally found all sorts of ways to knit small things with a small amount of yarn.
It’s been waaaaay fun.
Random Goods & Sillies
Klepto-kitty. His owners were suspicious when strange objects (shoes, other people’s laundry) started showing up in their backyard; a local reporter put a video camera outside their house and guess what? Caught in the act.
Happy dogs running on a beach. ‘Nuff said.
Remember this guy?
There’s a pattern for him now, courtesy of his designer, Marnie MacLean. (Oh, and his name is Dweezil. Of course it is. What did you expect his name to be, Bill?)
Oh, and thanks to Tim for sneaking in and posting an update to the blog while I was busy figuring out how to cut and paste on the new iPad. Now all I have to do is keep the credit cards away from him so he doesn’t order a truckload of tuna online.