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July 17, 2006

On Screwing Up (Part 2)

It's time for another Audio Entry!

To listen to "On Screwing Up (Part 2)" click on this link (5 min. 51 sec.), or right click on that link and choose "Save Target As" to download the file to your computer.

The entire text of the Audio Entry is in the Extended Entry for those who prefer text and those who want a picture of the sweater that I talk about.

Let me say just a word about how Audio Entries work. Caveat: I don't have a Mac so the following relates to Windows on a PC. Your computer very likely has the capability to play this audio entry for you. All you need to do is click on the link above. You will see the file download for a minute or two and then whatever program you have loaded on your computer to play audio files (Quicktime, iTunes etc.) will pop up to play this file for you. Alternatively, if you RIGHT-CLICK the link a menu will pop up. If you choose "Save Target As" you can choose where on your computer to store this file, then press "Save". The file will download to your computer, and then you can listen to it whenever you want by going to where the file is saved, and double-clicking on it.

If you are on dial-up, then I wouldn't recommend trying to download this audio file: it would take a long time. But otherwise, I'd invite you to do so.


On Screwing Up (Part 2)

Previously on Screwing Up, I gave you my hypothesis that it takes knitting five crappy sweaters (or maybe more) before a typical knitter figures out what combination of style, yarn, pattern and technique it takes to make a nice garment that truly flatters.

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June 16, 2006

On Screwing Up (Part One)

We've got an honest-to-goodness knitting entry today, but first let's go to the prizes:

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The lovely Amber donated this skein of hand-dyed superwash merino/tencel sock yarn (4 oz./400 yds.) from Lucy at Minds Eye Yarns. Today's second prize shown in that picture is also unbelievably cool: Stretchy Circular sock needles. These are only 10 inches long, but are stretchy enough to knit a sock with. No, I haven't tried them but I'm really intrigued.

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And, going straight to the local hand-dyed yarn source, Lucy herself has generously donated this boucle skein of 78% mohair, 13% wool and 9% nylon (8 oz. 490 yds.) to the cause. Thanks Lucy and Amber!

Now for the meat of today's post. It is an Audio Entry (about five minutes long) entitled "Screwing Up, Part One". Since you all come here expecting a text blog, where possible all audio entries will include the text of the audio entry in the post for those folks that for whatever reason don't want to download or listen to the audio part.

Let me say just a word about how Audio Entries work. Caveat: I don't have a Mac so the following relates to Windows on a PC. Your computer very likely has the capability to play this audio entry for you. All you need to do is click on the link below. You will see the file download for a minute or two and then whatever program you have loaded on your computer to play audio files (Quicktime, iTunes etc.) will pop up to play this file for you. Alternatively, if you RIGHT-CLICK the link a menu will pop up. If you choose "Save Target As" you can choose where on your computer to store this file, then press "Save". The file will download to your computer, and then you can listen to it whenever you want by going to where the file is saved, and double-clicking on it.

If you are on dial-up, then I wouldn't recommend trying to download this audio file: it would take a long time. But otherwise, I'd invite you to do so. I'm always interested in your comments, but I would be especially interested in hearing from those of you experiencing difficulty with the audio entries (whether a technical issue, a "I'm-at-work-and-can't-let-them-know-I'm-surfing" issue, or a "gee, I just don't have the five minutes it would take to listen to this" issue).

So, without further ado here is today's Audio Entry:

Click here to listen or right click on that link and choose "Save Target As" to download the file to your computer.

On Screwing Up (Part One)

Recently, Bookish Wendy was talking about her evolution as a knitter and said something like it must be a rule of knitting that....

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May 29, 2006

The Sounds of Cummington

Surprise! Today's blog entry is not my standard text-and-pictures bonanza. People, we've got audio from my Saturday adventures at the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair.

Click here to listen to today's audio entry

Special audio-entry guests:

Diane at Sojourner Sheep (see her dyeing below).

Rick at Shepherd's Flock who makes my favorite slippers.

Lisa Merian at The Spinner's Hill Shop, 1377 County Road 17, Bainbridge, New York 13733 (607) 843-6267). Lisa is responsible for the dyeing of the fiber that became Butterfly and Ribby Cardi.

Audio brought to you by my new toy, the iRiver.

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Could they be plotting escape from Sheep Prison?

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So yarn begins.

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The colors of Sojourner Sheep