i love the new firefox. the changes are pretty subtle, but it has something i really needed—a spellchecker while i write my blog (i’m a great speller, but a BAD typist). i can’t seem to find one in the tools that come with wordpress. but the new firefox does it, or supports it . . . nice. i also like the way it navigates newsgator now. and other links. it opens a new tab instead of a new window—nice and neat.
one thing i want to mention before i start with the knitting. Big Dave got his social security! (for those of you who are wondering “who the heck is Big Dave??”, click here)
yeah, finally. whew—what a fight. and i hate this but . . . it all ended up successfully ONLY due to the intervention of some wonderful friends of my cousin-the-lawyer (yes, we’re italian—the good half—as my aunts might say) who work at high levels at the social security administration. and even then, with LOTS of perseverance on their part.
unfortunately getting his SSI doesn’t reverse the fact that he’s got to stay in hospice, but at least he’s not destitute now.
thank you to everyone who has been keeping him in their thoughts, making helpful suggestions, and cheerleading this process—it has not been easy and i wish no one ever had to go through it.
please—and i tell you this with only the BEST of intentions—if you don’t have a birth certificate, get one. THIS week. anyone born at home (even recently), or who doesn’t have theirs in their possession for any reason should make sure they at least have one on record, and can get their hands on it quickly when needed. you just never know.
on the bright side, the process of determining Big Dave’s one, true DOB brought us in touch with a lot of david’s relatives that i didn’t know. he has two great, or great-great aunts that are over 97 years old (THEY have birth certificates), and who helped us by writing letters vouching for their nephew’s date of birth.
plus, we’ve talked to david’s uncles and aunts (including Bad Boy; i love that!) at length and hopefully will get to meet them all soon. that part was good.
two more really quick things.
more than ANYTHING, i appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm for my patterns and the fact that you talk about them on your blogs—for a small business, this is truly a help in getting the word out.
i would ask though, that if you are going to use a photo from my blog, or have the desire to insert portions of pattern instructions into your posts, please, please, please, be aware that asking permission is also appreciated greatly, and required under copyright law. i almost always say yes to photos. but i am very careful about posting instructional content, especially out of context. and, i want to have a chance to monitor where my content is landing, and how.
and secondly (but really third), i didn’t mean to imply yesterday that i think of myself as a lazy knitter—i don’t! i knit way too MUCH maybe, but the laziness comment was only about picture-taking, and i am rectifying that below (i KNOW you are wondering where the heck the pictures are today . . .)
so, anyway, about the falling hard. you might know that sock hop yarn recently became available for the first time in about 6 months, maybe longer. i was on a waiting list, not really comprehending the scarcity of this yarn. i’m not one to chase after scarce yarn generally, or sit at the computer to make a mad dash (can you do that?) to buy something. i was just naive, and then i forgot about it.
then i got an email saying that the colors on my list would be available. so i was there bright and early, and i got some.
i know i can spin this myself, and i do, but it’s nice to have something handmade by someone you know. and i thought that one of these colors would make a nice prize in the drawing coming up, since it is so hard to get.
i got another nice package today from my friend kim—just a few lil things she found in mexico
we don’t have ocean in ohio of course—it’s one of the things about NYC that we both miss greatly—and as i took the shells out of the box, a fresh smell of the sea came with them, and sand . . . thanks kim. i placed them in this large beautiful glass that beckie gave me for christmas and i can see them all. it’s a friendship cup, truly.
and look what else she got there—this is so cool
i guess you can have these made on the spot from a street vendor—anything you want on a friendship bracelet. (better than the knitspot charge card, right debbie?)
ok, now, yesteday i promised and orchid scarf surprise, and today you shall have one.
remember the last few orchid scarf photos? let me jog your memory
what a sad sack of a scarf, eh? and then this one, where i was knitting at the speed of molasses.
and then yesterday i was too lazy to photograph the progress.
not close enough? (sorry, the wheels want in on the photo shoot)
let’s pull in tight for some closeups
the orchid lace panel—i am really taken with the center of the motif
an now we’ll pull back a bit and look at the combination of borders and panels.
and then one last lo-o-o-ong shot for debbieKnitter
transformed, yes? i can never get enough of that.