Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Resistance Is Futile





Yes, I have been assimilated into the "borg" community of folks who are "Bluetooth Enabled." You know, those rude people that walk around seemingly talking to themselves, but actually on their concealed cell phone.

Christmas Gift
I requested, and received one of these newfangled (okay, not so newfangled) devices.



This cute little gadget is a wireless headset that is compatible with my most recent cell phone. I can carry my cell phone in my pocket and make or answer calls by simply smacking the side of my head. Technology is amazing.

Most of the technically facile readers of this blog will be snoozing by now, because this technology is not even close to cutting edge. But for me, it's new and exciting (sue me, I'm old).

Also, rest assured, that I will only be using this headset in the comfort of my car. I refuse to be one of those people that walks around all day attached to a wireless, electronic leash.

Current Knitting
I mentioned my latest two knitting projects, and here they are.

Tweed Pullover
Here is the coned yarn tweed pullover, which is being done on US3 needles, and will have a simple reverse stockinette fabric.



I know it doesn't look like much, because my digital photography skills suck at trying to capture dark fabrics. Here's a closeup of the fabric that provides further proof of my photographic inabilities.



The color of the yarn is much darker (think black hole, sucking all light out of any space it encounters), and the pattern stitch you're mostly looking at is a broken rib stitch.

You will all have to come visit me in Pennsylvania to see this in person. It really is lovely.

Colorblock Pullover
This sweater is much more photogenic.



I've already measured out about 100 lengths of yarn in each of the 8 different colors, and wound them into butterfly bobbins...all ready to work into the next row of colorblocks.

Thaddeus doesn't want me working on this sweater...it takes away from my time on his tweed pullover, and besides which, I've "...already made a dozen sweaters like this." (his words, obviously)

Readers' Comments/Questions
Regarding the patching of my brother-out-of-law's sweater, Michelene writes, "Joe, if it's not to presumptuous of me to make a suggestion, what if you remove the same section from both sleeves and rework the blue-grey bit in a new color?"

That might be a perfect solution. If the first one goes well, I'll consider doing the other sleeve as well. Thanks. I've also noticed that he rolls the cuffs up on the sleeves, and I might be able to get away with just taking out the same length on both sleeves, so no additional knitting will be necessary. Not sure if I have enough leeway to get away with such an easy fix.

Marilyn writes, "Time for brunch at the Stockton Inn as a January bluesbreaker? Huh?"

Yes, I could really use a knit-friend get-together. Hopefully global warming will keep the weather nice all month.

Tres asks, "Anyway, and at the risk of sounding like a shill for Apple, have you thought about switching to a Mac?"

Yes, a lot. The next computer we buy will definitely not be a Windows-reliant computer. Unfortunately, I don't have a say in my work computer.

Teresa says, "I use Money 2002, and had a version of Quicken which I played around with- the only reason I didn't upgrade was it wouldn't import my accounts, I needed 2004 or later. Did you not have this problem?"

Actually, there was a very small window of versions where you could export a file from Money and load that file into Quicken, and I wasn't able to do that. Money allows you to export a "strict QIF" file that some versions of Quicken will let you import (not 2007). I had to get most of my history (3 month's worth) from my on-line account holders and create the rest manually with this last conversion to Quicken 2007. But my last upgrade to Money 2000 (from Money 199?) was a complete disaster as well (MS support told me I had too much history to import).

9 comments:

Sherry W said...
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Sherry W said...

Oh about the sweater- you think Carol can dye match some yarn for you? AT least getting it close for the repaired sections?

Sherry W said...

I work with Macs and PCs. I do think there are good reasons to go with macs, but software compatibility is not one of them.
Macs by far require more OS upgrades since Apple is more concerned about being 'cutting edge'. If you don't keep up with the OSX versions you'll find that new appplications won't run on your 2 year old Mac. Good luck getting older applications to run on newer OSX versions, too.

Microsoft is more worried about being compatible for slower to update businesses. Since win2k is now two OS revisions behind and seven years old, and most new and old applications still run on it, I'd say you got your money's worth!

Diane in Chico said...

Did you wind the yarn off the cone to knit the tweed pullover, or are you knitting from the cone? If knitting from the cone, do you worry about twisting the yarn as it comes off the cone? Is the cone on the floor or on some kind of holder that prevents twisted yarn?

... thinking of knitting from a cone of lace weight in my stash.

anne marie in philly said...

I would be interested in learning how you are making the colorblock sweater.

I have several colors (same weight) in my stash from which I could put together a colorblock ME sweater (since I never knit for ME). and, since I have joined the "knit from your stash 2007" by wendyknits.net, this would be perfect!

any tips you can provide would be most appreciated. and thank you, joe, in advance for your kindness.

Marilyn said...

Well, smack the side of my head but I am afraid I have to agree with Thaddeus. However, I like them little squares anyways.

I've owned a BlueTooth for a year. Never use it. Hate it. Can't hear with the damned thing. I use the speaker option on my cellphone when in the car. Works a treat. When I bother to talk in the car. Don't like that either.

nancyneverswept said...

I confess to being a total Luddite, but I pencil-whip everything, from the household books to the Guild checking account to the Fed's 1040, with no trouble. I really recommend this system; and I don't have Bluetooth yet, either.

kristin said...

I lol when I read your techno comments. I, too, recieved a blue tooth and am smacking the side of my head when I get a call. Amazing, isn't it? I sat and spun a while and thought of you and your fabulous yarn. I don't think I will ever be able to spin as fine as you do. You are talented!

Kim said...

If I may, I'd like to point out that wireless headsets are wonderful for knitting while you phone. And knitting civilizes those interminable conference calls (especially those taken from home where no one can see me). It also makes non-work-related "Uh-huh, Really?, No kidding" type conversations much more interesting. -k.