crobinator

16 Sep

Oh. I just don’t know. … I have decided to grow up in internet land. Every place I go “out there,” I leave a bit of myself behind in the form of a username and password. The username is usually always crobinator. When a friend offered to host a website for me, I used cmr, and have thought, for years, that I should take charge and own up to my name – be tough, bite the bullet, and buy a domain. Live out there! Take a stand! Owning your own domain is, in my mind, like buying a billboard and staking it on your front lawn. It says you have stuff to say, to do, that you want others in on the action. I’ve been blogging/online journaling for over ten years, but there is no one home. Here and there for a year, two years, three years, then I pick up and move again – so strange how like real life my nomadic internet moves are. So I’ll take root. Right here. At crobinator.com.

You are my first house guests.

I know. Looks a lot like my last place, doesn’t it?

Now I think I need to hire a decorator. I have always done my own design – using old school HTML, with a spattering of CSS thrown in. But I had no choice. There were themes out there. Diaryland and Blogger were the most fun because you were given the codes specific to each necessary part of a page, but the space outside those codes was all yours to color in. It seems WordPress, at least thus far, does not offer the same ease of coloring as I had hoped. And all the fees and charges! Buy more to do more! Can’t it all be in one nice package?

So WordPress bloggers… what do you do? What is your system? I like using themes, sure, but I want my touch there. I want a big interface. I want a home page, a glimpse into the other rooms of my house from the central hallway or parlor. I don’t want you to be surprised about what room you’re entering next… I want you to crane your neck and see a part of it! At my old home, hosted by the beautiful webdiosa (see cmr.webdiosa), it was close. I wanted a running blog beside it and never got to it. Or three windows showing excerpts from the latest posts in my reading blog, knitting blog, and “check this out!” blog. Now I mainly want knitting and reading and my pseudo-political I-need-to-look-this-up blog, though the knitting portion will most likely, as most knitting blogs I read tend to do, include life. Because really, who are we all kidding?, knitting is so woven into our lives, we can’t separate them. At least, in my observation and experience, the ones who really feel that knitting has embraced them somehow, through all sorts of trials, tribulations and tour-de-forces, include life! What were we knitting during “that time of my life”?

I have lots to say. Many ways to say it (should I tell you my son is nursing while I type this with one hand?) And I need a solid, rooted place in which to do it. Should I move, irl, you can now do it with me — without all the stress.

Tell me how you live your blogging life, after you’ve purchased your domain. And where do you hang your crown?

A risky phone post – ten on tuesday

14 Sep

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I am going to attempt an entire post using my new phone, a Motorola i1, which has a swype keyboard, much faster and more fun than a regular typepad, but prone to placing the wrong word. Expect typos.

Today’s ten on tuesday is term reasons to watch football.

1. You can knit something complicated under the guise of social gathering and react acceptably using cues from the cheering and booing in the room. Sure it’s dirty, but so is football. Stand strong.

2. Experimenting with food. I used a Ravens game to make popcorn buffalo chicken using pancake batter and cayenne pepper sauce. It was awesome. And messy.

3. Drink beer. Good beer. This is a no brainer.

4. Drink wine. Duh.

5. See friends and have something in common, be it football, knitting, food, beer or wine.

6. Sometimes I can really get into a game. It’s exciting. It’s also interesting to feel that rush of passion so prevalent in men when it comes to sports. It’s science!

7. Understanding what people are talking about on facebook.

8. Something took forward to if your plans are “i have no plans and that sucks!”

9. If you root for an out of town team, and have friends who live in that town, invite them over for a game weekend! Yay, friends!

10. Cheering. It’s good mojo.

Quick picture of a new project, the emma peel dress from Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines.

See you soon!

10 on Tues./WiP Weds./iPod Death

17 Jun

Let’s start backwards: iPod Death.

My sonย  has finally done it. He dunked and dunked and dunked, and the iPod cum donut is toast. I’m terribly sad. I did so much on that thing. Contacts, calendars, reminders, photos, Facebook, emails, books, audiobooks, videos for the little guy during long car rides, music, podcasts, games for brainless “help me through the day” moments, NaNoWriMo, text messages, skype alerts, googling, maps, zen gardens, wikipedia, KnitMinder, HuffingtonPost, my newsfeeds and blog feeds.

It took me forever and a day to catch up with the blogs I’d missed when I first got my iPod. I do not have time to read blogs on the laptop with my little one. It’s just not going to happen. I fear my husband does not understand exactly what that iPod has done for me since he’s very hesitant to purchase a replacement – not another iPod (another $300 is asking too much – but it is what I really want), but perhaps a Droid Hero for $80 after a rebate? I guess it can be a hard sell because he already bought me a replacement iPod when my son dunked it the first time, but that was before we called Apple and found it could be replaced (the liquid indicator strip had not been activated since it wasn’t actually donut-ized), but this time, it will not be covered because they don’t cover water damage and it is most definitely and obviously water damaged.

This sucks. No more WordPress app.

I’m sad.

WiP Wednesday, as today is Thursday, that seems most appropriate:

First up, the Double V Cardigan in the Spring issue of Interweave Knits (I’d like to know why I haven’t yet received my Summer edition… hello, IK? Where is it?). I’m using KnitPicks CotLin in Island Coral. I’m using needles two sizes smaller (called for 6 and 4; I’m using 4 and 3). And because my swatch was so big, I’m making the small size rather than the medium. I think it will still have some positive ease when I’m done. That errate is primo importanto! That one little stitch change makes all the difference. My first gauge swatch was awful.

I really like the comfortable look of this sweater. It can be dressed up or down, and it just looks so darned... cozy! And sweet! And if fitted, vintage-sexy.

The CotLin feels very soft and I hope it hangs well.

Love the stitch pattern. I see it with gray, white, black, blue undershirts.

I still have to block the next project, a sweater vest made by SweaterBabe, but published in Knitty called Talia. I had some trouble at first, and my stitch count was off two times by two stitches, so I just added them in where I saw appropriate. But I misjudged my gauge. I made the small size and it’s definitely more fitted than I’d like, but I still haven’t blocked it and as you know: “Don’t Knock It Till You Block It!”

I probably could have picked up more stitches around the neck and arms, but alas, I did not. I love the scalloped, dragon scale lace motif around the edges. I think a heavier yarn and a bigger size would make this more flattering on me. I’ll have FO pics soon. I’ll be in Vermont next weekend and my sister in law is a tiny pretty lady so this should look nice on her.

I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Iris Heather, left over from the Jane sweater when it really was meant for the Cabled Pullover from Vogue Knitting in the winter. Plans change. ๐Ÿ™‚

And finally, my last WiP for now, a Tomten jacket for my son:

He likes to wear his dad's hat and look totally awesomely cool.

I think it will fit him perfectly come Fall/Winter. Or close to, at least. For this, I’m using Patons Classic Wool in a brown Tweed, rose and cream (the cream is left over from the Hermione Eyelet and Cable hat I made for my cousin).

And this week’s 10 on Tuesday is 10 reasons to do the Ten on Tuesday. Oh! And there’s a new icon to use for it as well.

1. A weekly blog post guaranteed (unless you’re me; then it’s not so guaranteed. Especially with the demise of my iPod).

2. The topics force me to think about myself and what I might like in those categories. Like one week there was a 10 favorite musicals. I didn’t do it. Mostly because I just couldn’t find the chance, but I did think about it – and I couldn’t come up with many musicals because I rarely watch them. So now I think I should watch some! See how that works?

3. It’s nice to know I’m sharing a piece of the internets with other like-minded folks who are thinking about the same thing I am.

4. It’s like a pleasant homework assignment – something that forces me to take a few minutes to think about myself. Is that the same at 2?

5. It makes me wonder what I would want to know about other people if I were coming up with the topics.

6. Makes my blog more personal, so stalkers can find me an easy prey.

7. Reminds me that I know how to count to ten. Which is AWESOME!

8. I know at least one other person is reading my blog because I’m on that list (are you? I’m kinda guessing/hoping).

9. I can’t just rush through the post like I usually do because I have to actually think and though that can be irritating in one way because I want to do so much while I have a few precious moments on the laptop, I’m kind of glad for the forceful sit-down.

10. Why not? I used to do a Friday Five thing too… that was fun.

Peace out, homies. Nod your head to my wonderful iPod, still sitting in rice because I’m desperate and dumb and don’t want to give up, and if you have it in your powers, find a way to persuade my husband to graciously allow me another gadget that assists me in my sanity. I need it. Truly.

Some quick FOs

14 Jun

Oh the FO’s! And my severe lack of blogging. I even went out of my way to make a post a bit back about blogging at least once a week and I can’t even keep up with my weekly blogs! I’m a mess lately, but more than that, I’m trying not to do too much on my iPod (wondering if it’s not contributing to my headaches of late), and getting to the laptop peacefully is tough. When I have time to blog, I have time to knit and knitting always wins.

Here are a few for you:

Wanida! I made these for my mother using Rowan soft 4-ply. The stitch definition is extraordinary and because it’s straight up wool, they are a little baggy around the ankle and will stretch a bit too, but my mother loves them. I posted earlier about the jog issue and how I handled it using 2AAt. Since I don’t blog too often, I won’t link to it. Just scroll down a bit. Ha.

The third and fourth photos are a more accurate color representation.

Then I made the Cotton Baby Hat from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts (I love this book) and paired it with a Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman (ah. Love).ย  The cotton for the hat is good ol’ Sugar n’ Cream. The first BSJ is from Noro Silk Garden Sock (perfect for this jacket!). That one went to new Elisha, born in May. The second BSJ is for my cousin’s new baby, Maxwell. I haven’t mailed it yet as they just moved, but it’ll be too big for him anyway right now. It’s made from Jo Sharp DK Tweed. Not the Silk Road kind that people are crazy for (never used it before), but I did love the real wool feel of this tweed. I love all these projects.

Here’s some crazy photo love for you!

Isn't it just the cutest thing?

Took me forever to tie the bow just right. This project took less than two hours.

Beautiful colors! I can't wait to make another!

I had just the right amount of yarn. The gold really sets this one apart.

Even folded, it's amazing. EZ is a GENIUS!

I thought stripes were the only way to go with a BSJ. I was wrong.

It looks very classic and understated.

These buttons go with that "classic" look. This one is great.

You may notice in the last photo that my pick up stitches alongside the button band are both going the same way. The first BSJ I made, one side was “inside out” so to speak. This time, I just picked up as if purling the stitches I was picking up. Then they both came out in the same direction. I was very proud of myself for figuring this out.

Last FO. Socks for my father’s birthday. Took forever. I gave them to him after my birthday. Why? Well. Size 12 feet, don’t ya know.

The Cauchey pattern by Cookie A. in Sock Innovation

Easy pattern to memorize but would be better in a solid color yarn.

They look unnatural, right? Look how long that foot is! iPod is for scale.

The socks are made with that Bamboo & Ewe yarn. I picked it up at Joann’s. I want to say it’s a Sensations brand? I’m not positive. But it had a lot of yardage and I needed that. But I still had lots left! I think it will wear really fast. It is indeed soft.

Okay. FO’s done! Tomorrow, 10 on Tuesday and I’ll give you some WiPs on Wednesday! (I hope). Thanks for coming in and checking on me. I hope to be a bit more engaging in the future.

May the force be with you!!!

10 on Tuesday

8 Jun

I am a huge blogging slacker. I have many FO’s to post and will do it soon soon soon! I promise.

Today’s post is 10 favorite children’s books. I have so many.

1.) The Phantom Tollbooth. I read this for the first time in college when it was given to me as a gift.

2.) Where the Sidewalk Ends. I had all these memorized when I was younger.

3.) The Bear Snores On. I sing this to my son to the tune of the Beverly HillBillies. I love it.

4.) The Giving Tree

5.) Peter Rabbit stories. I hadn’t read any of these until my lil guy was born. Some are a little nuts (hello Momma duck losing her babies to a hungry wolf?) but some are really sweet.

6.) I love the Animal Alphabet A-Z book my son reads with different textures on each animal. The same guy did the Animal Tales book. They’re fun.

7.) Sheep in a Jeep. AWESOME.

8.) Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

9.) Barnyard Dance by same

10.) There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, by Dr. Seuss.

And below he’s reading Moo, Baa, La La La – another great one by Sandra Boynton.

10 on Tuesday

26 Apr

This week’s 10 on Tuesday is your 10 favorite iPhone apps. I don’t have an iPhone, but I do have an iPod Touch. And I love me some apps. So here they are.

1. Mobile RSS. I use this to read all my knitting blogs, news in health and politics, friends blogs, photo blogs, etc. I check it multiple times a day and as anyone knows who is a friend of mine on Facebook, I post a good many articles too. Now you know why it’s so easy. It allow me to post to Facebook, Twitter or email to friends.

2. Facebook. Really it’s just for convenience, but there are plenty of problems with it too. And a million limitations.

3. Words with Friends. An addiction. It’s Scrabble (let’s not pull punches. Let’s call a spade a spade). I play with friends, my husband, relatives. And there’s a chat option while you play.

4. Kindle and Stanza. Two free apps for reading books. Kindle limits you to books on Amazon, but Stanza gives you tons of source options, including Project Gutenberg.

5. Textfree. I can text people without it costing a dime AND people can text me back without needing a special app to do it. They just reply to my text. It’s like having a phone – but not having one. How cool is that?

6. KnitMinder. Yarn inventory, needle inventory, project log, photos and row counters. Can be too cumbersome at times and I’d like it more if it could work with Ravelry (would love if Ravelry made an app), but it’s a good row counter and project log.

7. JustLight. A flashlight. Just a flash light. Stays on until you turn it off. Awesome for going in the bedroom at night when lil guy is sleeping and more awesome for reading in bed (when I’m reading a tangible book). I use this a lot.

8. WordPress. Naturally. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t like that you can’t specify photo placement, but we can’t be too picky, right?

9. My Writing Nook. Admittedly, I use this one only during NaNoWriMo and I did have problems with it when I’d sync and what was on the Internet overwrote all the new stuff I had written (1,000 words is a lot on an iPod Touch!), but the concept is so great and helpful, I can’t not try again until I get it right. I hope they make “sync to web” and “sync from web” as two separate options.

10. TV.com. Full episodes of shows on CBS. I used to use this a lot when my son was napping and I was knitting and I wanted to stay quiet. Now I might use it while in bed, though I haven’t lately. But it comforts me to know it’s there.

Some extras: Phone Flix (for my netflix queue. Not as good as I want, but the best I’ve found so far), iLoader (for uploading photos to Facebook in batches with rotate and caption options), Peace Alarm (with soothing ambient sounds as a sleep option and timers, bell alarms. Really nice).

Fun 10 on Tuesday. So fun, I did mine on Monday. Ha!

10 on Tuesday

30 Mar

10 Favorite Easter/Passover Traditions provided by Carole Knits.

This will be tough. I don’t even know when Easter is, but I do remember things from Easters past.

1.) hiding jellybeans around the house and trying to find them all before Christmas

2.) making sure all the fake basket grass was picked up before it choked the vacuum cleaner and made that horrible burning smell

3.) my sister and I, when we were very young, getting new dresses, black shoes, white socks with ruffles and a fistful of pennies to give at church

4.) skip-Bo!

5.) I loved solid milk chocolate (but I don’t now. In fact, I hate it now)

6.) but I love white chocolate and white chocolate bunnies. I couldn’t find one this year so I got a white chocolate cross from the dollar store. My houseguests looked at me funny.

7.) peanut butter eggs. Hello!!

8.) traditionally, I hate those pasty egg almond things. Ick.

9.) in high school and college, I went to church twice a year because I was invited by my boyfriends’ families. Easter was one of them.

10.) discussing the bizarre desire to hide eggs that could rot, paint eggs that could break, and why an Easter bunny – isn’t this a religious holiday? I ignore “you boil the eggs first” protestations. Doesn’t add to the fun, realist. (what a downer).