Monthly Archives: March 2005

News from grandma’s house

Internet business: As I’ve mentioned to some of you, the great thing about Blogger is that there’s practically no thinking; the bad thing about Blogger is that thousands of blogs all reside on the same server, so if things go screwy (as they often do), everyone suffers. I am pretty paralyzed right with respect to internet stuff because I’m incredibly busy at work, but come July, I hope to get my act together and move to my own domain. I’ve admired Diana’s site in the past, and her webhost sounds like the kind of folks I want to deal with, even though I’d have to once have to deal with MT. I definitely need to be able to shove regular .html pages on there, and I’d like at least two separate blogs (not just two categories), and I’m just so picky! I hate myself for that. For now, even though many of you send me regular e-mails about how much Blogger sucks, I can’t do much about it, sorry, because school really does come first.

Strickfingerhut: Some angel named Sue (thank you, Sue!) left me a comment about using an INOX Strickfingerhut for stranded knitting, and I’ve been pretty much obsessed with finding one since then. Anyone know where I can buy one online? I have had zero luck finding an online retailer. The only LYS in the Boston area that I know carries INOX accessories is Newbury yarns, but my instincts tell me that a shop that small won’t have an obscure little whatchamacallit… Strickfingerhut.

Warning: very self-centered talk follows:

From today, a picture of me and my grandma; she’s wearing the socks I knit for her in October, my very first pair ever

As I mentioned, I dug through my baby albums and found some classic grumpy pictures to share with you:

Grumpiness can be acquired later on in life, but some of us are just born that way

Grandma is trying to reason with me, but it’s just not happening

Eh, eh, get me out of here! I want mommy!

I could have used this one for my banner, I think

Not happy, even though I was just given some candies by this better-than-average-looking Mrs. Claus. I think it’s all the tinsel everywhere.

I guess celebrating Soviet holidays didn’t alleviate my grumpy mood

This is what I look like in school pictures (too bad the photo is b/w and bad quality because I’m wearing a gorgeous dress that my mom sewed and embroidered herself)


Grumpy toddlers grow into grumpy school children (I’m on the left in both), grow into grumpy teenagers, grow into grumpy adults…

VPC progress: this is pretty much solely for Tara’s sake.

I finished knitting all three pieces to the armhole. I very roughly basted them together, and used safety pins instead of buttons. I put the whole thing on, and here’s what I’ve got:

I think everything is going according to plan. The sweater seems to have the amount of ease I like (very little), it seems to be long enough (I added an inch to what the pattern specifies), and there is some hope that it will close over my bust without… busting open. I started the armhole shaping tonight, and if I get a significant amount of knitting done in the next few days, I might post an update; currently, I do more blogging than knitting :).

The story of the wall-hanging

Remember this monster?

It’s the square I knit for a patch wall hanging my Sunday Stitch ‘n Bitch decided to put together and give to the owners of the coffee shop where we meet. On Saturday we met to sew everyone’s squares into a wall hanging (also complete with a potluck and yarn swap). Betsy and Omar took some pictures and allowed me to steal them from their fab (and recently-updated) website. Here’s our beauty!

Can you find my square?

And here are some of the contributors holding up the (nearly finished, still needs a crocheted border) wall hanging:

Erin, Julie, me (sometimes I grin like a stupid idiot), Betsy and Omar.

And I couldn’t resist posting this picture of me, your favorite Grumperina, weaving in ends:

More pictures are on Betsy and Omar’s website; make sure to click “Continue reading “Wall hanging”.

You guys are way too sweet!

I got four separate e-mails letting me know that my blog is down – thank you so much, and I know! I noticed this last night, and it was bothering me so much that I woke up at 4 a.m. (not on purpose or anything), and half-asleep booted my computer to see if it was back up! Blogger has been terrible in the past two weeks. I also kept getting that blank page when I’d load the url, and I wasn’t able to load “dashboard”, the interface where I can add posts, change the look of the blog, etc. But now it seems back on track. For how long, I don’t know.

Which brings me to point #2: it’s time for me to get my own domain. I’ve been keeping all my pictures, videos, and knitting webpages on Harvard’s domain, and really I would rather have it elsewhere. And Blogger is a serious pain in the butt. Can anyone recommend user-friendly blogger (using the term generically) software? Movable Type, in its raw form, is a bit too much for me. I can (and have) figure it out, but I want something a bit more simple, with a user-friendly interface. Any suggestions?

Edit: Thank you for all your suggestions. I’m not looking for a Blogger-type website (Blogger, Typepad, Blogcity, etc.). I will buy my own domain for two purposes – I’ll have a blog on there, and also regular html-coded pages for life and knitting stuff. So, I just need some software to help me with the blog part. Movable Type in its raw form worked fine for that (I had my blog on Harvard’s domain for a while), but it was very awkward for me to code. So, something like Movable Type, or a software that is based on Movable Type, but is easier to use would be the winning ticket :).