Do you want the good news first, or the bad news? Oh let's start with the good stuff, and work our way down.
Good News #1
I have great knitting karma. Several months ago I won the drawing on Annie's blog for some Lorna's Laces sock yarn. A couple of days ago, I won the drawing for some Lorna's Laces sock yarn on Julia's blog. I'm thinking it's time I started buying lottery tickets. I'm also thinking it's time I had a contest giveaway too. I meant to do this the first time I won yarn. Now I really mean to do this. I'm going to borrow Margene's idea and do it in a sneaky way to increase comments. Soon. In a few weeks. Or thereabouts. (I see Susan has already borrowed Margene's idea. Obviously I have to enter this contest too.)
First I have to finish New Century Poncho. I sure sounded confident in my last entry that completion was just a few stitches away. Yeah, right. I spent two hours gettting half of one sleeve sewn in. I haven't touched it since. I'm not being lazy, dear readers. I'm being Busy. But a four-day weekend is on the horizon. I have high hopes for how I'm going to use that stretch of time.
You're all waiting for Good News #2. I don't have any. Being so busy, I've only squeezed in a little bit of mindless stuff.
Mindless Stuff #1
An unusual scarf caught my eye at the Sweaterkits booth at Stitches. It's sold as a kit, which I purchased. 9 stitch ribbing...this is really mindless. Except when I knit instead of purl. Or purl instead of knit. You all know what I mean.
Mindless Stuff #2
An unusual hobo bag caught my eye at the Habu Textiles booth at Stitches. It's sold as a kit, which I purchased. 2 strands, one of paper linen, and one of silk are producing a fascinating texture. It's like brillo on the wrong side, but it's smooth and soft on the right side. If you click on the photo, you'll see that it's dark in color. Very dark. Not quite black. Not quite brown. Not quite grey. Not exactly my usual choice for color, is it? All I can say is that I fell in love with the finished product, and I was willing to endure this solid dark color in order to get it.
Let's move on to the bad news, and get it over with already. I thought I had plugged the hotlink hole draining away my bandwidth. I was partly right. The hole did get plugged, but it hasn't solved anything. My bandwidth is being chewed up at ever alarming rates. Today is day one of a new month, and I'm already 11% used up. Do the math. By the end of the month I'll be a baglady begging for bandwidth handouts.
I posted a plea on the Typepad Users bulletin board for any wisdom, and a kind soul took a look over here, and pointed out that the sheer size of my front page was easily responsible for the bandwidth blues. He said I needed to do 3 things.
Cut down on the number of posts I keep on this page. I've been keeping 10 posts active. I cut that down to 4 today.
Downsize my images. I do trim them considerably in Paintshop before I post, but now I am using Typepad's mechanism to post thumbnails instead. So readers, you will have to exercise your mouse finger to do more clicking in order to see full sized photos. I'm also going to post fewer photos, at least for a while, until I get this under control. I'm a firm believer in the importance of pictures on a blog, but perhaps I've gone a little overboard.
Use extended posts more often. Eeeeeuuuuwwwww. I don't like to use these. But you'll probably see them a bit more frequently...at least until I get this under control. (Am I repeating myself a lot today? Yes. I'm into patterns. And parallel construction.)
For the record, I'm averaging around 400 hits on most days. Those of you who see similar traffic, what is your bandwidth usage like? I see lots of other picture-heavy blogs like mine...are you encountering problems too? I guess this is a good problem to have....too many hits....rather than having bandwidth bandits making merry with my blog. But I thought bandwidth wasn't much of an issue unless you were one of the bloggers getting thousands of hits every day. I thought I had to post photos of highly questionable taste in order to get usage enough to worry about. (Do you suppose showing my pink kaleidoscope was a mistake?)
You're all waiting for Bad News #2. There isn't any. And that's Good News.