Monthly Archives: November 2011

Dear Knitting Designers,

Dear Knitting Designers,

Sometimes, after a pattern has been released to the public,
you discover a little mistake, true?
Then, responsible pattern designer that you are,
you release an updated version, with corrections.

I get an email alerting me to the new version, and download it.
So far, so good, right?

A few months later, I sort out my work room and discover
two apparently identical patterns for, let’s call the pattern
“Spring in Kansas” because Ravelry has no such pattern,
so no one should take it personally.

I examine the two versions, which have the same copyright date,
the same file name, the same number of pages, etc.
In desparation I send a dumb email to the designer asking for
clues to identify the newer version – maybe it’s the one with
a K3 in the 24th line of the pattern repeat on page 15?

So, por favor, if it wouldn’t mess up your system,
I’d really appreciate it if the newer version had a catchy name

maybe “Spring in Kansas Updated”.
Pretty please?

Photos from South Carolina

I have limited typing access this weekend . . . but I have taken some pictures.

Knitting Books!!

I have logged all my knitting books onto Library Thing where I’m signed in as “Angel Baby” if you’d like to link up or whatever.
My present count of written materials about knitting includes:

One hundred eighty five (185!) books
The entire run of the British magizine, The Knitter from the first issue.
Four or five years of Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knitting, Wild Fibers, Verena, KnitScene, and Knitter’s Magazine.
Ten looseleaf binders of patterns stored in plastic sheets and organized by type.
Several magizine holder file things full of one-off pattern collections.
Knitting books I inherited from my mother.

I know, crazy, right? Anyway, I was thinking it might be nice to review some of the books, since I’m in such a good position to compare and contrast, what with having, just for one example, about fifteen books on knitting socks, which is probably what helped me knit the one pair of socks I’ve actually finished.

Whatcha think?

The Economy Explained

There are, according to the last census, 308,745,538 people in the United States and we come in all varieties, racially, economically, socially, spiritually, gender-ly, etc. etc. Plus there are scad-zillion businesses, organizations, groups, churches, schools, and other outfits to consider. All of which tends to make “the National Economy” seem impossibly complicated. Throw in a little jargon (think: hedge fund derivatives, unsecured debentures) and we’re just as happy to leave it to the experts, since who could possible understand the problem, much less the solution.


I’ve decided that the issues troubling our economy are essentially the same as those of an imaginary large family, writ large. So:

Let’s say your family has fallen on hard times and is going deeper into debt. You’ve already cut out all the obvious luxuries – you don’t eat out, have cable TV, go on vacations, or buy new clothes. You cut each other’s hair, grow your own vegetables, and reuse plastic bags, but it isn’t enough savings. Now you’ve started skimping on significant things – the driveway is impassible and Grandpa needs to see a doctor.

What do you do?

Suppose there are ten people in your family. Three are too old, too young, or too sick to work, so they don’t contribute any money. Four work at lower or middle class jobs and chip in what they can, but it isn’t enough to keep the family afloat. Two make lots of money at professional jobs, but have resisted paying more than the family members employed at jobs like parking lot attendant or kindergarten teacher. One has millions in savings, but doesn’t think he should pay anything, because he isn’t presently working.

See where I’m going with this?


In honor of NaNoWriMo, I hereby resolve to post at least once a day during November.
Short posts are okay,
but this one doesn’t count!

More later …