Knit Wit Living

Reflections, Beading, Knitting, Life

The Purchase

I became old yesterday. Or maybe I just noticed it.

LD and I went to the mall together and looked at laptops as mine had finally died after giving me over six years of loyal service. The manufacturer would no longer sell me an extended warranty and I had no choice but to purchase a new computer.

I have to admit I am lost in the computer department.  It’s not that I’m incapable of learning. It’s that I am just not that interested in learning about computers, nor in the talk of how many RAMs or processors, etc.  DDSO was very much interested in all those details. For my last purchase, I allowed him to do the research and make recommendations. He enjoyed it, I had no interest in the fine details, letting him take over was a gift to both of us!

This time around though, no help from DDSO.  And the landscape has changed since my last purchase.  Laptop? Ultrabook? Tablet? No idea. (Well, yes an idea that I did not want a tablet – too small and maybe not enough disk space.)

We went to Best Buy and Chris helped us. After answering his questions so he could understand my needs, he took us over to the display and made some recommendations.  After listening to him, I asked the important question.  Would you recommend this to your mother?

He said yes.

Do you love your mother?

He said yes.

And he explained that his mother has everything in this brand because it’s what he recommends. Then he took me over to the latest model of the same brand and told me, “and this is what I’m going to get now that it’s available.”  He added, “this time I said I’m going to get it, not my mother.”

Even better.

So I got the same one.

“Is that what you would recommend to your mother?” Oh my! When did these people get so young?

Mah Jongg as Inspiration

How could I not think of patterns and colors each week during my Mah Jongg game? Especially when someone takes a long time for her turn, there is nothing to do but stare at the tiles.  But it’s not such a bad thing – keeps my mind whirring with design possibilities.

There are three suits – Craks (red), Bams (green) and Dots (circles).  Each number has its own unique design within each suit.

I love the 8 Dot tile.  It’s all black as opposed to the others like the 9 in the back. But look at the 1 dot. Pretty! I found it similar to the carpeting in a hotel, where I recently attended a meeting.

The flowers and the jokers are the most inspirational. The flower tiles in my set are really quite stylistic.

I use my grandmother’s set which I think was manufactured around the 1950’s but could be earlier.  I love playing with these tiles because she did too. Sometimes I can hear her fingernails clacking on the table as she considers the next move.

The 1 Bam is super stylized – almost Art Deco.  I could see this being a repetitive pattern or maybe 1 large design just on its own.

I couldn’t end without showing the Dragons.

Thank you, Oma.

16 3/4″ – or Sixteen Inches and counting…

It’s been the longest sixteen and three quarter inches I’ve encountered in a while – the length to knit in one color, on size 1 needles, for LD’s one piece cardigan, until I reach the design part of the pattern.

I’m working on the Drops Glitter cardigan in midnight blue with the accent in orange, her school colors.  I figure I have to finish it while she’s in school so at least she’ll wear it. Of course, my hope is that she’ll wear it so much it’ll become her favorite “just throw on a sweater” type sweater so that by the time she graduates and is off on her own, she’ll just pick it up and wear it without thinking.

Cardigan Components

When I first got back to knitting, I only knit, mostly tops,  for myself.  Then I knit the Diva Shawl for a friend and the Lacy Stole for my mother.  Last year I knit a lot of hats, for other people.  I fell in love with the Anemone hat and knit 4 of them, and gave them all away.  I didn’t knit one for myself because I couldn’t decide on the color! Finally, someone suggested that I knit them in different colors for myself.  Great idea! I loved it!  But then along came this Glitter cardigan and the vow to finish it before anything else…

And here I am….back at 16 and ¾ inches.  The last 1 inch seems to be the hardest…

The New York Times – Why I Like It!

Done Reading! The New York Times

I originally wanted to write a post about why and how much I like The New York Times.  Then I talked myself out of it when I thought about the reality.  I get the paper delivered to my home. At first only during the weekdays, but now that the kids are in college, the weekends too.  But that’s not really the story. I get the paper delivered and bring it to work to read, thinking I’ll read it in between calls, at lunch, when I’m waiting for my computer to boot up, or when I just need a little break.

It used to take forever for the computer to boot up. I could get through the whole front section in the old days.  However, those computer support people “did something!” and now it boots up very quickly. Bah!

What I end up doing is taking the newspaper into work, and it sits on my desk, taunting me all day.  If I’m lucky and have the bandwidth I can read (i.e. flip through) at least one section.

I’ll admit it.  The newspaper goes back and forth with me daily, the pile getting bigger as the week wears on.  I may read some at home during dinner but end up weeding through the sections and finally taking the ones I really like home with me on Friday afternoon.  The ones I like? My favorite sections are The Arts, Style, Dining, Obituaries, Dear Diary, Monday and maybe Tuesday Crosswords (I’m a wimp) and the like.  Obituaries? Yes. I’ll leave that conversation to another post.

I like The New York Times because the writers have an edge, a sense of humor. Did you read the review last November of Guy Fieri’s new restaurant in Times Square? I even posted on Facebook about it.  Talk about cutting – and I don’t mean the silverware they picked out.  I loved it!

Tonight I was catching up on this weekend’s paper (somehow I guess by now you are not surprised) and came across Jon Methven’s Opinion on Daydreaming.  First I have to say, Jon Methven, you have a new fan! You are smart and hilarious. Your piece reinforced my need to write about why I love The New York Times.

Daydreaming Article

I don’t want to have to run a spoiler alert, so go read the article and come back. Then you can read one of my favorite parts describing the rules of what to daydream about:

SEX By all means, have sexual fantasies. Sleep with better-looking people. Have intercourse in trees. But under no circumstances should you daydream about fornicating with nearby co-workers. Colleagues can tell when you’ve been daydreaming about having sex with them, and it’s an unprofessional way to spend company time. Some whiz kid is probably months away from inventing an app that can decipher whether you’re fantasizing about co-workers, or whether you’re just fantasizing about normal people who will never have sex with you.

I found this particularly amusing because I work with (young whiz kid) mobile app developers, and could just imagine THEM daydreaming at work about building such an app!

And, if you’ve read my About page then you already know how I spend (some of) my time at work!

Have you Kickstarter-ed yet?

Helping others achieve their dreams!

Not tax-deductible, but it’s still tremendously fulfilling to help people get their designs/projects/businesses out in the world through Kickstarter.

I’ve backed 28 projects!

Kickstarter is a site where people solicit funding for their projects or businesses. They post a video of their project, what it is and what will be achieved when they hit their target goal. Each project includes different contribution levels, with incentives/gifts for each level.  People make pledges at whatever incentive level they like. If the project does not garner the dollar amount of pledges in the allotted time, it is not funded. If it meets or surpasses the dollar goal, the pledges are fulfilled.

One’s contribution is not tax deductible. It’s a straight out offer of cash (via credit card) to help people create their dreams, achieve their goals, move them forward on their chosen / created paths.

Contributing to help people achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams is very rewarding.

The incentives are just icing on the cake!

Some of the kickstarter products I've supported.

Some of the kickstarter products I’ve supported.

It’s really quite a clever concept. You invest in someone’s dream. They meet their financial goal. You pay a token amount of money, and then get the “gift” in kind. It may be a handwritten thank you note, the product itself, or the product and other items.  If I invest at a level where I get a product, and I almost always do!, I become an instant promoter.  It’s like I’m an owner of the project owner’s success. It is awesome.

Kristy and Coulter at Quinn Popcorn are in continued contact with their Kickstarter backers. I love getting their emails and hearing how they’re doing, what they’re learning about the food industry, how their business is expanding.

Alexa sends periodic updates about the film festivals in which her movie, Oma and Bella, is showing.

I visit the websites of some of my other Kickstarter projects either to order more of their products (like Savor Sweets – you have got to try their products) or just to see how their business is doing.

If you haven’t supported a Kickstarter project yet, I strongly urge you to do so.

It’s an inexpensive, quick way to help others achieve their dreams. How often do you get a chance to do that?

Here are the projects I’ve backed, in order of my support:

  1. Quinn Popcorn, August 9, 2011
  2. Over Our Heads – Umbrellas for Happy People, August 16, 2011
  3. Savor Sweets, September 4, 2011
  4. Phin & Phebes – Help Us Make More Ice Cream (Funding Unsuccessful) September 6, 2011
  5. Brys & Edgewood Fondant Cake Kits – September 17, 2011
  6. Ai Means Love, September 30, 3011
  7. Spice Mixology – Bringing Unique Spices to the World – October 8, 2011
  8. Oma & Bella, October 23, 2011
  9. Wonder Threads – Clever Laptop and iPad Sleeves – March 5, 2012
  10. The Golden Moth Illumination Deck – March 10, 2012
  11. Smidgen Stick – The Smidgen Measurement System – March 11, 2012
  12. Gremolata & Cancellaresca Milanese – April 14, 2012
  13. Angel Food…Bakers From Hell – April 21, 2012
  14. Stu’s Bloody Mary Mix! (Funding Unsuccessful) – June 2, 2012
  15. Artisan Hand-Painted Yarn – Custom Dyed for You! – June 9, 2012
  16. Crowded Teeth Fancy Stamp Ring – June 13, 2012
  17. The Magnetic calendar – Project Suspended – October 5, 2012*
  18. 15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will LOVE!) CD – November 1, 2012
  19. Genki-Su: Japanese Drinking Vinegar – December 15, 2012
  20. SRSLY Chocolate – December 27, 2012
  21. Clotheshorse – Fashion (Funding Unsuccessful) – January 5, 2013
  22. Ring Bracelet (Funding Unsuccessful) – April 29, 2013
  23. Malvi: Redefining the Marshmallow Sandwich – May 15, 2013
  24. Dizmio Wallet: Slim, Small, Minimal – RFID Blocking Wallet – May 17, 2013
  25. Kreate-a-lope – The Fastest Envelope Maker on the Planet! – May 22, 2013
  26. One Screw Loose, Jellies and Jelly Rubs, Spread It On Thick –May 25, 2013
  27. Ian James New York – Uniquely Handcrafted Bags for All – June 15, 2013
  28. Kobe Red -100% Japanese Beer Fed Kobe Beef Jerky  – Project Suspended – June 13, 2013*

* A project may be suspended if it:

• Violates or acts inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Kickstarter Guidelines or Terms of Use.
• Materially changes the stated use of funds
• Makes unverifiable claims
• Exhibits actions that are more closely associated with fraudulent or high-risk activity

MultiTasking

It is impressive when multitasking can be performed when knitting.  I think I’ve found an easy solution!

Kelli, the owner and podcaster from Knit Picks, often talks about how she reads and knits simultaneously!

Today I discovered I can also do that.

It’s called….

Audiobooks!

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