"This is Spot, the Leopard Beetle. He can often be found on catnip plants, or napping in trees."
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
I also started a thread on Craftster in the Knitalong section, it's called "Kitty-A-Long". I've got some great company over there, seems like knitters just love kitties.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
I also stayed up half the night looking at Fanlistings ........ my goodness, there's a Fanlisting for just about everything, isn't there? I joined Knitting, and Hershey's Kisses (chocolate and vanilla creme to be exact) because for me, one's not quite the same without the other.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
I mean, every knitter needs a good working stash, but when it becomes a storage issue, and maybe even a bit of a guilt issue, too, it's time to step back, stop buying, and take a look at what's already there. Some of it is pretty fabulous.
It is hard, because I enjoy the yarn-selection and the yarn-purchase phases of a project as much as actually knitting it. I love choosing yarn, sending off for yarn, waiting for yarn, and finding a box of yarn on the doorstep. So much so that sometimes I skip the step of actually knitting with yarn before starting the whole process over again.
My best ally in keeping the stash in check has been Fishermen's Wool from Lion Brand, and Koolaid. Dyeing yarn whatever custom color(s) you want and only in the amounts you need is a great way to avoid both new purchases and tons of leftovers. There's a long thread on Koolaid dyeing on Craftster here and a great article on Knitty here.
Friday, June 24, 2005
I finished the Harry Potter Book and enjoyed it tremendously, and will be putting Book II on reserve. If I ever figure out how to put in an email link, I will call it "Send Me An Owl!"
I also figured out how to put the Flickr link on the earlier photos after about 2 hours of fiddling with HTML.
I STILL can't figure out how to add buttons. I have them on Photobucket but can't get them to show up in the sidebar with a link back to where they're supposed to go. I'm not giving up, though.
In Crochet News: voting for Stitch Diva's Flower Competition has begun... there were only 15 entries! I meant to enter this but, er, never got around to it. I wanted to put her pretty flower button in the sidebar... but.... er, you know, see above.... so if you want to view the entries you can follow this plain old link: Stitch Diva Flower Competition
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Ya know, somehow I thought because I love sheep I would be able to pick spinning right up in a matter of minutes. I have since learned that like most fiber skills, this one is going to take a fair amount of practice. My little spindle is made from a junk-mail CD, I KNEW I would find a use for those things someday. :) I found the directions on the Interweave site. CD Spindles (scroll down for article)
Last Minute Knitted Gifts had pretty photographs, but the print was so incredibly tiny and light that I couldn't read it. I absolutely could not read that book. There were some cute patterns... the toy animals in particular .... but there is no way I would even bother because of the print size issue. I am SO glad I did not shell out cash for this.
On the other hand, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone is absolutely delightful. I can see why so many were so charmed by this book, I read about a quarter of it yesterday and didn't want to set it down.
~ how to post links in the sidebar and in the entries
~ how to make those links open in a separte window
~ how to change/add titles in the sidebar
~ added the lovely moon guide
~ changed the 'blogger' button
~ added pictures
~ how to leave a comment on someone else's blog (was inspired to do that just this morning by a beautiful green scarf on Sandrisuperstar).
I'm still trying to figure out:
~ how to add buttons from other sites
(I uploaded one to my computer, and then to flickr, but then after I pasted it in the template, nothing showed up.)
~ how to get smilies in either the posts or the sidebar
~ get the flickr link to show up on photos I don't blog directly from their site
(I post the html they give me, but it looks different)
I will keep at it. How do other people learn all this stuff? Do they take Blogging 101 somewhere? What little html I've learned came from selling on ebay and an online B&N course. Anyway, it's a start. And I'm having a ball.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Here is Otto, so named because while I was knitting him I kept saying "I feel like I'm knitting an ottoman!" He is quite large ~ 21 inches from nose to tail. The pattern is from World of Knitted Toys by Kath Dalmeny. Otto is much bigger than the one in the book, because he is made from worsted weight wool instead of DK. (US 8 needles). Otto slid out like Bambi on ice on my desk. I adore him, he has so much character.
I've also made the shark and sea-turtle from the book ... and am currently working on the zebra.
Not only are there a lot of patterns in WOKT I want to try, I can also think of a million variations you could do with the basic shapes by changing the colors and details.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Wow....I've created a blog and a flickr account in the same morning! Thought I'd try out the photo thing with some Cute Dog Pictures. Her name is Rosie. I also have a cat named Lily, the catnip mouse belongs to her. Rosie will bring me anything she finds on the floor, because we have a "swap" system for biscuits, it is really handy.
This will be primarily a knitting & crochet blog, but I might throw in some mosaic projects later because that is my other Great Crafting Love.
And I love animals, so that subject will probably come up. A lot.
So, let me have a look around the new place, get acclimated, and we'll see about decorating it up a bit. Maybe add some nice curtains, a bookcase or two. Couple plants.