I’ve been working my way mechanically through my skein of sportweight grey yarn, making gloves for various yet-to-be-named folk. However, instead of just moving randomly along to the next project in the beginners knitting book, I’m going to be taking a gift request and making a scarf (and a hat, actually, if I don’t pussyfoot around about it), for my Grandmother-in-law.
Being the sort of person that amasses patterns like a shelf collects dust, it was a good thing that I’d organized most of them– by type– earlier this year. Choosing between the various patterns that had caught my fancy was slightly limited by the types of yarn available to me on short notice, but it was still kind of a trial. It was a fun trial, at least. I settled on an octagon motif pattern that had a matching hat, although I have the perfect yarn for a chain-style scarf I think I’ll make after that (More garter-stitch practice, yay!).
On a similarly geeky, but so late in coming I feel stupid, revelation track, I realized I could take the .pdf files (or create .pdf files from the other files I have) and load them on my Documents2 app on my iPod Touch and have the patterns I’m currently using or shopping for at my fingertips in a wee-small package. I’d mostly been using that for notes and scanned books/comics and emergency writing, but now I’m all thrilled with this ‘new’ idea. In case you’re new, I am rather deeply in love with that little gadget. Far too in love, probably. The things you can do for free, though, are outrageously fantastic.
Not at all free, is the new laptop that my husband got for his birthday/Christmas, but it was pretty cheap, especially when I split with my parents. That leaves his all-but-useless old one to me to play with. The screen is shot, but I’m hoping to use it as a partial media center. Yes, yes, my experiments in this with other ‘found’ items have been so far a failure, but… this isn’t stopping me from trying again. Our still-new-to-us TV is just so shiny that I can’t not try again. It’s a dream I’ve had for years (okay, year, it’s a dream I’ve had for year). So, next week, along with putting up the Christmas Tree and trying to think of other ways to decorate, I’ll be playing mad sciencist (not real science, so not mad scientist) with that little piece of fun… and getting the corner of the living room set back where there is now an old CRT monitor on an end table dragged in to save what usefullness was left of the old laptop.
It’s a win all around, and the conclusions (if any) have been lost in a quick debate with my husband over dinner. Solution: Mexican. I am still thinking about starting a ‘trivial decisions’ blog– about the really trivial choices we make every day…