WHERE'S THE TOOLBAR?
What's going on in TypepadLand? All the little icons that allow me to insert photos and links, and change type to bold or italics or strikethroughs....they seem to have vanished. Can't find them with Firefox, Netscape, or IE. Today I'm using Safari....most of them are showing up, although not all. And when I upload photos, they show up as html coding instead of wysiwyg. I have to cut and paste them into the right spot. What a pain! This rattles me when my cyberworld has these catyclysmic changes. Just one more thing I can't control.
THINGS I CAN CONTROL
Fortunately my knitting still follows my directions most of the time. Some of the time. Occasionally. Here's the finished photo of my Malabrigo yummy afghan, in its new natural environment.
It's not often folded up so neatly. Usually it's scrunched up with me under it.
And here's the outcome of my first session in Sarah Peasley's Aran Knitting class.
Wow, I can cable. There's a sweater in Melissa Leapman's Hot Knits that I will tackle as my second cable project. But for now, I am enjoying making this cool cable purse. I'm using Katmandu in a lovely tweedy heathery purple. The only problem is that the tweediness and heatheriness make the stitch definition a bit less.....definite. I'm hoping a good soak and block will help with that. And if it doesn't, it will still be a beautiful bag. It just won't show off my cables as clearly. Which may be a good thing if a few mistakes creep in. (You can call them design elements if you want, but mistakes they really are.)
You can see Kristi's version on her blog. Overachiever that she is, she completed the homework several days ago. I won't hold it against her though, because she thinks I'm cool. If Kristi thinks it, it must be so. Right?
WHAT I DID LAST WEEKEND AND THE LETTER F
I don't want to hear from hordes of sharp-eyed readers that I skipped the letter E. I know perfectly well I skipped E. It occurred to me that the E police were not going to knock on my door in the middle of the night and arrest me because I missed E. So just give it up....E will not make an appearance here anytime soon. Maybe never.
But I have such a great F that it just doesn't matter. Last weekend was a baby shower for my grandbump. Here's a four-generation photo.
That's my mom, my daughter, my daughter-in-law, and me. The little bump in my DIL is the baby, although it's such a tiny bump that I look more pregnant than she does. So F IS FOR FAMILY.
And here's another FUN FOTO. Part of my shower gift was a FEW knitted items....
AND WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT OF CUTE BABY GIFTS
I must show off the adorable items knitted by fellow guild members for the shower. They were a big hit.
SOMETHING I FINALLY GOT UNDER CONTROL
I've been having a lot of repetitive stress issues with my right hand and shoulder. Thanks to Irene and Tamsyn in particular for advice that has helped enormously. I’ve raised my seat, lowered my keyboard, raised the mousepad. That helped a little. I tried a trackball mouse, and that fixed the shoulder issue, but made my hand worse. This weekend I finally took Tamsyn’s solution and acquired a graphics tablet. That was the final step...my hand is much better. (Would changing my mouse have an effect on the way Typepad works in my brower? Could this be the source of the problem?)
Happy first day of spring, which in mid-Michigan means snow flurries and chilly winds. I long for balmy breezes. I am treating myself to a wonderful spring adventure however. Emily and I will say bon voyage in May, when we embark on a river cruise in Holland and Belgium. If I have any readers from that area, or who have been to that area, clue me in please to any yarn shops or fiber adventures that we should try to experience.
LATE BREAKING CONTROL NEWS
I am pleased to report that the Typepad bug was not a bug. For some inexplicable reason, my settings had changed. When I reset my settings, the problem was fixed. Now who has been tampering with my settings.....?