Saturday, March 22, 2008

Argosy Scarf

Work in progress photo of the argosy scarf

I didn't have much opportunity to work on the scarf this week. I only managed about half an hour on Tuesday, so this isn't much as far as weekly updates go. I still haven't decided who the recipient of this will be.

Knitting time: 1.5 hours

Now playing: Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Jingle Bells (#130)

Christmas bells bound with holly and purple ribbon, completed cross stitch project

Pattern #130
201 Cross-Stitch Christmas Designs
by Kooler Design Studio

I stitched this piece for my Friend From Work for Christmas, 2008. It was stitched on 14 count white Aida by Charles Craft.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Would you believe knitting content?

Yes, after all this time there really is honest to goodness knitting content on my blog. I can hardly believe it myself. This is about an hour's worth of work on the Argosy scarf from I started it at work on Wednesday during lunch. Let me tell you that it's really hard keeping count when you sit with a bunch of friends in the lunchroom at work and gossip. It took three tries to get it started without making a mistake. I'm not sure who I'm making this for yet.

Knitting project draped artistically over the shrubs in my front yard

It doesn't look like much, but it does pretty up the further along I get. I know this because I actually started the scarf last year before the finger business put a kibosh on my life and I had it about a quarter done. After the surgery and before the arthritis came along, when I thought I was fit enough to knit, I added a couple of pattern repeats only to realize I'd made a serious boo-boo. There was no way I could keep going with the pattern mistake I'd made so I finally frogged it on Tuesday and started over again. I intend for this to be my lunchtime project until I finish it.

And speaking of the finger business, here's a shot of me holding the yarn after I snapped the picture above. Doesn't really look much better, does it? I still can't straighten the finger, but I can use it for typing and knitting and holding things so that's progress at least.

Me holding a skein of yarn to show off the finger I had surgery on

And, yes, my had is a bit swollen. I'm back on blood pressure meds. The one I'm on now is a diuretic since I'm retaining over 20 pounds of water weight that I've put on in the last two months. That's apparently when the blood pressure went out of whack again. Oh, well. At least I can knit again.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Now, isn't that interesting . . .

OK, it probably isn't to everybody else on the planet, but it is to me. I was messing around getting some email accounts created at (in . . . on?) my domain so I thought I'd take a gander at some statistics since I haven't done that in a while. My little corner of the 'web seems to be popular in Norway (2.24%), Germany (2.22%), and France (1.05%). When you keep in mind that slightly better than 91% of all my web traffic comes from ".com", ".net", and ".edu", those percentages are pretty impressive.

I wonder who I know in Norway and France. I know who I know in Germany but I don't think she's generating all that traffic by her little lonesome.

I also wonder which blog is generating all the traffic. Instinct tells me it's this one since there are a lot of knitters in Europe.

So, anyway, if you're from Norway, Germany, or France - or any other place, for that matter - leave a comment and say "Hi!".