January 30, 2008

Saved by the cell

Posted in Robyn's samples at 9:06 pm by Rebecca Crochets

Cell phone, that is.

Brought the digital camera to work, thinking I’d take some pictures of Robyn’s cropped cardigan over my lunch break with the beautiful natural sunlight available on a wintry Pittsburgh day. Camera, Check. Batteries, Check. Battery charger, ’cause who knows when it was last used, Check. Good planning ahead, Rebecca. Well done. This is coming together for you.

Except, after you’ve taken the photos, how do they get on the computer? DOH! Yep. I forgot the cable to connect the camera to download them. Oh well, it really wasn’t that beautiful a day here in Pittsburgh anyway.

Here’s where the cell phone saves the day. Took a pic, emailed it to myself, downloaded it, and here you are!

Robyn’s Cropped Cardigan

Unfortunately, the cell phone camera really does not produce the most true colors, and it doesn’t have a flash. But the project is finished.

This project is for Robyn’s leaflet described on her blog post, where she shares her design process and inspiration. It is made from a nice superwash wool yarn that she will be revealing in the near future. It’s a nice crocheting yarn, and the pattern is super fun! Honestly, I’ve been intimidated to make garments from patterns previously, but Robyn’s patterns are easy to read, sensibly constructed, and really cute! They are the perfect first step into more complex designs for a beginner with all the stitches down. This is also perfect for intermediate and advanced crocheters, because it’s a fun crochet and the pattern stitch is easily memorized.

Oh, and did I mention she’s family? We’re all so proud of her. Now, go check out her blog at Crochet By Faye!

What are you still doing here?

January 23, 2008

No surgery necessary?!?

Posted in Ravelry, Robyn's samples at 8:53 pm by Rebecca Crochets

Here I am blogging again! It’s Wednesday night and I was tempted to write yesterday, too. This is a good sign.   …Though I have to admit I almost forgot, since I got sucked into Ravelry again.

Anyway, the orthopedic surgeon looked at the x-rays, and said “Good news. We’re not going to have to operate.” That NEVER crossed my mind. I almost didn’t go to the doctor, just the numbness creeping up my arm was disconcerting.

I’m in a splint for six weeks, but I can still crochet! I’m working muscles I never knew I had! I’m left to typing one-handed, and I haven’t tried knitting yet, but it isn’t too bad so far.

As I am new to this blogging thing (and the Ravelry), I still need to get myself organized. I must find my digital camera, charge up the battery, and get snapping. I totally wanted to have this blog be about the projects I am working on, and not my medical woes (which are usually nil, except apparently when dressing near a doorknob).

Anyway, my goal for next Wednesday will be to post a picture of the cardigan that I’m currently working on for my cousin, Robyn. I basically just have to weave in the ends and this sample is finished! Check out her blog entry about the inspiration and her design process for this piece. And let me say, it was a fun crochet!

Till next time!

January 16, 2008

Sometimes life gets in the way…

Posted in Ravelry tagged , at 7:49 pm by Rebecca Crochets

I’ve been reading knit and crochet blogs for well over a year, and I’ve had two general thoughts about blogging:

-They look like they’re having a lot of fun, showing off their projects, making friends, and getting feedback and compliments.

And,

-It must take an incredible amount of time to write an entry (if they’re anything like me), and then do it everyday!! …with pictures, too! That’s just crazy! Who are these people and where do they get the motivation to set aside time to do this??!?!?

One of my favorite bloggers posts everyday. Besides the content, one of the reasons I like her blog is because she posts everyday. I know, I know, my first and last post was August 15th. Obviously I have great insight into the blogging thing when it comes to others. And, yes, I too, can’t stand it when I’m all excited to check out a certain blog topic from someone I’ve never read before, and they haven’t posted anything new for months. Hypocrite, I am.

I did have these reservations about maintaining a blog, and that’s why I never started one. I wondered -and decided I didn’t- have the ability to be so disciplined. Wasn’t I right! Then, I got my Ravelry invite (see my meager prior post) and knew I had to step out into this blogging world and try it myself, even with doubts about my abilities.

Then life got in the way… I had crocheting to do, some knitting to finish, cats to feed, a husband to entertain (you’d think that if they were bored, they could just find something to fix or paint or whatever), employers to continuously convince to send me a paycheck (it’s called work. and they actually want you to do it AT work!), grad school to start, a Yarn Ball to help organize, crochet groups to go to, yarn to buy, family to phone, a few holidays thrown in… You know, STUFF. TO DO. LOTS OF IT.

Anyway, last weekend, I attended a seminar on writing research articles for peer-reviewed journals, and one of the messages that I understood all too well, was that if you’re waiting for a week where there will not be much going on so that you can do the manuscript, you will never get any writing done because that week will never arrive. (That’s the truth!) The presenter suggested setting aside a regular time to write, or a daily word count goal (It appears the Yarn Harlot tries this method.). I’ve decided to try once a week, Wednesday night. That was the other suggestion she gave us, announce your intentions to somebody so they can ask you about it every time they see you. Well, you heard it here.

…And here I am. It’s Wednesday night, and I’m blogging. So, nah! Here’s the really funny thing: On Sunday, I gracefully (or was that not-so-gracefully) smashed my hand into a glass doorknob in our house, and apparently, the doctor tells me, I have fractured the fifth metacarpal on my left hand! It’s not ridiculously painful, but I am scheduled to see the orthopedic hand specialist tomorrow to make sure I haven’t ruined it for life. And yet, I blog. How ’bout that! Maybe setting a goal is a good idea!

…Tune in next week when we see if Rebecca’s good intentions are only that! And will they amputate her crocheting arm? AAAHHHH!!!!!!