Sunday, August 23, 2009

my brain hurts

my dear sweet hubby Paul bought me a new laptop Friday night. it was a bargain and it should fulfill my needs and wants from the computer in my life. my old laptop was just that: old. and it was built before things like netflix instant and hulu were around and it just couldn't do all the shiny new fun stuff i wanted it to...at least not without limping.

but here's the thing.
my old laptop: an apple powerbook G4.
my new laptop: a Compaq that hub installed Windows 7 on.

i used to be a Windows user at my old office job so i'm not too completely thrown by this change, but i am thrown at how difficult it is to switch your life over from one operating system to another. it was all fine and well when i was just using firefox on the new lappy, but suddenly i wanted to import my mail and photos and music. and did you know that there is no easy way to export from Mail on a Mac to Outlook on a PC? so far i've found all sorts of convoluted ways of going about it, mostly importing to a middle program and exporting again, but i gotta say - it seems a little ridiculous...and it's causing me to clench my jaw. then there's the way that iPhoto had my photos organized, and how i like them, but really the folder structure underneath that - is a little nuts. i haven't even touched the music yet. i'm a little afraid for my life. at least iTunes is available for Windows and should maybe be able to handle this for me.

so far i've got the email on this computer - in Mozilla Thunderbird. so at least i can see it if i have to.

today i try to conquer photos, and see how long it will take to transfer all that music.

that's my venting. have a good day :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

my style of knitting

there are a couple of distinct knitting styles out there, the continental style and the english style (which are both explained here in this video). i've also heard of an irish cottage style and a portugese style. turns out i knit my very own way, probably because most of the re-teaching myself that i did as a kid was from old books and i just made it work as well as i could. here are some pictures to point out my oddities. :)


i hold the yarn between my thumb and index finger while knitting...
and i tension the yarn by running it over my middle finger, under my ring finger, and back out over my pinky.
i get my middle, ring and pinky fingers out of the way when i make a stitch, like this:
how do YOU knit?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

must....blog....

i'm so tired i just want to collapse right now but i don't want to miss a day here at sunshinewalks.com.

SO. a list. HAPPIES (+) AND NOT-SO-HAPPIES (-)

+watching Lost on Netflix instant with hubby
+watching Greek on Hulu and chitchatting about it with Bon
-90 degree heat makes me want to quit life
+cold shower, jammies, and AC as soon as i got home
+the cleaners coming today (they were supposed to come yesterday, but really i'm not picky about when someone else cleans my house)
-no yarn in the mail today (how spoiled am i?)
+hubby getting his back pains checked out and taken care of
+no work tomorrow morning
+forecast is 10 degrees cooler for tomorrow
+the week is more than half over!!

good night!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Charade Socks


I'm knitting these socks for a Ravelry friend, Beth. The pattern is Charade (if you don't have a Ravelry account I don't think the link will work.) It's an easy knit, and I'm rearranging things and knitting toe-up instead of cuff-down. And I'm using these great Kollage square dpn's that I got in a swap. I LOVE THEM. They're short, metal, and the square shape feels great while I'm knitting. (I'm praying I don't lose any of them.) The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino, which is so squishy and soft - definitely great to knit with. Anyway - on to the photos!

Monday, August 17, 2009

fabric is fun

just a quick sneak peek at the fallish fabric i received last week. all are from the Apple collection by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures. of course i was initially attracted because of the sweet owls, but i loved all the others as soon as i saw them as well. i have a tentative plan to have pieces made with these up in the shop by mid-september.


guess who forgot to blog yesterday?

it's monday and the forecast says high temp of 90 today. this means i'm in survival mode. my schedule has been changed and instead of hanging with Libby this afternoon i'll be cutting & sewing starfish pillows at the shop in Rockport. i'll be standing directly in front of a fan, you can count on it.

here's the owl notebook i got at barnes & noble on saturday night:



i love listing, it helps me feel in control and organized. choosing the pens i use and separating my mind into categories makes me so happy. here's today's to do list:


i'm going to try to blog again later to make up for missing yesterday. i'm trying really hard to make this a habit again. :)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

what happened today...

i wanted to have a photo for this post but of course i forgot about it until after dark...so i'll sum up my day with a list - which is, of course, my favorite way to think about things:

  • woke up fairly early and started cutting fabric for drawstring project bags, which are my main sewing goal for the weekend. i hope to do a small shop update monday or tuesday.
  • worked on sewing until noon at which point i retired to the air conditioned bedroom.
  • reflected on how August is the roughest month for me. i'd rather be cold than hot any day. cold means: sweater and blankets and cocoa. hot means: blech.
  • ate cold leftover pizza for lunch.
  • worked on Clothilde shawl while watching Lost Season 1 on Netflix Instant.
  • during the afternoon i took a couple knitting breaks to sew some more on the project bags.
  • travelled off the island and went to Barnes & Noble (where i bought an owly notebook and Amigurumi Knits, and Paul bought a cheesemaking book), Bed Bath & Beyond (where we looked for things that might help Paul with making cheese), and Home Depot (where we actually found things to help with making cheese, including all the parts for a kick ass cheese press...i'm told i was very helpful).

goals for tomorrow:

  • a trip to the grocery store - for ingredients to make a cold pasta salad...going to be super hot the next few days...lord have mercy on me and bring september more quickly!
  • a blog post with a photo
  • finish all the drawstring bags and cut some fabric for a couple of my new interchangeable needle cases
  • enjoy the last day of the weekend by knitting and watching more Lost

random thoughts:

  • i love to visit home depot - smells great and has all sorts of fun stuff
  • i'm a sucker for stuff with owls. i almost brought home three different owly notebooks/journals. luckily i came to my senses, picked one, and it happened to be the least expensive.
  • i have survived one more super hot summer day and i consider this a victory
  • i love hershey's nuggets

Friday, August 14, 2009

I have a goal to blog each day for the next seven days...even if it's just a photo.
Here's one of the projects I'm knitting on lately:


It's Clothilde by Kristen Hanley Cardozo, knit with Kirky Sock in Verdant. Buy yummy Kirky yarn HERE.