May 9, 2009

On My Needles Now and Soon To Be's

A practice scarf to get a feel for a hand dyed yarn. The yarn is from a ripped, used sweater, wool, that was then hand painted. I found it on Etsy and liked the colours and the price to get a feel for working this type of yarn. This is an easy k1p1 rib scarf, a project that travels well.

I have a couple of projects lying in wait. One is a Miss Priss Play Dress, and the other is a Wallaby sweater, both for Gwen, my nearly 3 year old grand girl. I will of course make a Wallaby for Lillian too, my 4 month old grand girl.

And I want to learn to knit socks.

And feathery lace scarves too.

Time to take it to the next level.

Knitting Lesson

I found a local yarn store that gives 30 minute knitting lessons, whether one wants to learn the basic stitches or to focus on a particular technique or problem area. Just the thing for me. I will book a half hour to get some help with the shawl I have started knitting and decided to rip. I've not done lace work before and want to get it right. I ended up short 2 stitches at some point... sheesh.

Lillian Asleep

Our little angel. Here at three and a half months old. She now smiles and giggles and makes wonderful cooing sounds and she reaches to grasp things. I love being her grandma.

May 5, 2009

Word Clouds

Interesting webpage called WORDLE.

Allows you to type in a series of related or unrelated words and transforms them into a 'word cloud', or world clusters, which appear poster like. You have the choice of font, colour, layout (horizontal, vertical, half vertical/half horizontal, etc.). Or you can select 'randonmize' and a scheme of font, colour and layout appears. Continue to click on 'randomize' until you find a combination that suits you. To enlarge or emphasize some words type them in multiple times. The more times a word is typed the larger it will appear in the word cloud.

Was fun to play with and try out. Now I need to figure out how to transfer my word cloud to my blog. I would like to use it as part of my heading. The only way to locate on blog so far is to copy the code into a suitable gadget where it will appear in the side column. I've added a few examples of my Knitting Word Clouds. The result of clicking to enlarge the word cloud brings one to the Wordle webpage.

May 1, 2009

Problem with flickr

I added the flickr box to my blog to display my flickr photos. I notice that my flickr photos do not display properly and clicking on the photos in the box does not zoom them. On my flickr account I can only look at my photos in a 'slideshow' and they do not show as individual photos in a 'photostream'. So, sorry my photos aren't available for you all to see just yet... I am still working on it. I'm a bit flustered with this now so I'll come back to it later. ; ) Maybe having opted to look at my photos in the slideshow mode commits them to the slideshow in perpetuity. Haven't found how to get back to the photostream. Yet. ;) Or maybe I neglected to visit/use my flickr account for too long a period of time and that affected the use of my photos? My content is still there so should be accessible in photostream... later.

Cheers! : )