Craft, Crochet, Knitting, sewing, Tatting

WIPS Whipped

I’ve had a particularly productive few of weeks here. I’ve managed to finished 4 projects!

There’s not one but two hats for my brand new niece. A Yoda hat and a viking hat.

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As well as a cowl, which is yet to be photographed and my first ever pair of socks.


So what do you do when you’ve finished a project? Cast on another of course! I’ve cast on another cowl – both cowls will get sent to their intended victims recipients at the same time. I’ve also wound the yarn for a carnaby skirt but so far have resisted casting it on. And I’ve decided on a pattern for my next pair of socks, again resisting the urge to cast on just yet (have to choose the yarn anyway).

This leaves me with 4 and a half current fibre WIPs (the half has been on hold for over 2 years and I’m debating whether or not to frog or to try to salvage by combining what I’ve done so far with another pattern…) I mentioned this fact on twitter today and was promptly labelled a lightweight. I didn’t mention the two sewing WIPs, I don’t think that would have improved my standing! Apparently the grown up knitters have oodles of WIPs, which I find stressful just thinking about although it must be said that one of the grown up knitters I know is craft-monogamous.

I started out being craft-monogamous myself, only allowing one WIP per craft. I found that it helped me to get things finished as I was hitting the boredom slump and the other patterns started to call my name. Eventually I relented, I think it was when I realised that the can’t start until I’ve finished was sapping some of the fun as I doggedly avoided the project-from hell yet couldn’t start the next one. Boy was that a slippery slope! Still I try to stem the tide by searching for the next pattern, that tends to kill an hour or so of cast-on itch.

So how about you? Are you craft-monogamous or WIP happy? How many WIPs do you have on the go? Any chance you’ll ever finish them?


The Tale of the Foursquare Stalker

Most people who know me know that I love social media – I’m generally one of the first to jump on and try things out. Facebook, buzz, foursquare, twitter, hotspots – you name it. Today I came across this article from a like-minded soul in the US, Shea was Foursquare stalked. It’s something I’ve wondered about, there’s an inherent danger in letting the whole world know where you are and something entirely creepy and horrible about being stalked. It doesn’t make you feel good – it makes you feel vulnerable and that’s a ghastly feeling.

Read the full story here and then read on for a few tips to protect yourself from Foursquare stalkers.

  • Don’t tell the whole story. You don’t need to tell everyone exactly where you are at any minute of the day, you can leave out some venues.
  • Save up and post later – unless you’re there specifically to meet strangers or it’s a venue even your mum would have a hard time spotting you in, check in to it just as you’re leaving or, even better as you reach the next venue, or once you get home.
  • If you’re stalked, get the guy’s details – get his phone number and then call the police!
  • Never ever ever give out your own phone number, address or that of your friends/family to an online place. Ever.
  • If you want to check in at home, as many do, set up your home so that it’s either in a big block of flats, or somewhere not actually your own home – have the map point to the middle of the river, or the shopping centre or some other such place, never have the pointer showing the world where home actually is.
  • Live a virtual life – check in in wild and exatic places that you’ve no way of getting to, make it your fantasy life – the net result is that you’ll be polluting your lifestream with erroneous information, making it harder to stalk you.
  • Above all, remember that everything you say and do online is public.

Twitter frustration

I have to admit that I love twitter. It’s just like a giant blended RSS feed. My only problem is the clients. While I’ve found the perfect client for on my iPod, it’s the desktop clients that I find wanting. What I can’t understand is why Twitterific, my iPod client of choice, chooses to have such a pathetic desktop version. Meanwhile, tweetdeck is consistent but just so woefully laid out that it just irritates me every time I use it. What I’d really love is a blend of the two – tweetdeck’s side-by-side view of all accounts (including facebook and linkedin) with quick buttons to send a tweet to one or all accounts, or even to retweet from another account coupled with twitterific’s inline colour coding of messages and the way that it’ll stay where it is in the feed as new tweets come in, ensuring that you don’t miss anything.

Until that happens, I’m on the hunt for a new client. What’s your favourite twitter client and what’s so good about it?


My Tweet Week

  • RT @LHCbExperiment Both proton beams made a full turn of LHC; a new period of great measurements with LHCb starts again #
  • Finally got started with my oil painting today #
  • RT @smashingmag Host Your Own URL Shortener: 10 PHP Apps Reviewed – #
  • OMG that's frightening RT @vaughano RT @daveking: I don't really think i've seen anything geekier than this. ever. #
  • Time for the daily "what do I want for lunch" question – you'd think I'd have some sort of clue, but no #
  • RT @bbchealth soups sold in high street cafes & supermarkets may not offer the healthy option customers are seeking,.. #
  • RT @BBC_News_World Science maths 'need shake-up': Experts calling for a shake-up in the teaching and examination of… #
  • RT @BBC_News_World BBC Business News: Saving women: How microfinance is helping some of the world's poor #
  • RT @BBC_News_World EU plans extended maternity leave: Draft legislation is passed by a committee of the European P… #
  • When u want to spy on me can I suggest u don't choose twitter name similar to your own & then follow just me but noone else? Pathetic #
  • Quite keen to find out what tomorrow morning will bring… I have my ideas, wonder how they'll pan out #
  • Quote of the day "I never penetrated his inner circle" @stephenfry #
  • @captaintastees1 But – are there chicken flavour??? #
  • RT @ClipperGreenTea: 2/3 men told study they invent bogus reasons not 2 make hot drinks. 1/4 sneak off make 4 selves #
  • RT @smashingmag An Adobe Flash developer on why the iPad can’t use Flash – #
  • RT @bbchealth A daytime nap improves the brain's ability to absorb new information, claim US scientists. #
  • RT @physorg_com LHC Ready for Duty Again #

Twitter Clean Up

If you’ve received a link to this post in a twitter message it’s because you’re following me and I’m making some changes you should be aware of.

I love twitter, it’s a fabulous and useful tool. However, it’s still quite rudimentary in that it’s an all or nothing tool. In order to ensure that I don’t spam my friends I’ve created more than one twitter account, a fairly common practice.

Over the years that I’ve been on twitter I’ve been quite open with my accounts, however, I’m finding that while this principle is good I am getting quite a bit more spam of late. So I’ve decided to lock things down a bit.

kersti – this is my private account. It’s for family and close friends only. If you’re being kicked off this one I’m apologising now however 99% of the tweets here will also be posted to one of the following accounts so no need to miss out.

kanear – this is my public account. At the moment it’s open for anyone to follow. I’ve been using this account primarily to follow various feeds and retweet articles etc that I find interesting. I’m going to be adding more personal tweets here.

intatterscraft – another open account, this time dedicated to tatting and craft. Follow this one if you want to see new threads on the website, new additions to the Knots Tatting Links blog or tweets from around the world that are tatting or craft realted (minus the tattooing!)

Hope that clears up any confusion!


A little birdy told me…

I come across a fair number of interesting links and tidbits online, especially on Twitter. Here’s a few that I’ve come across lately…

In the News
– Two escape as car falls through ice (via @the_irish_times)

– Twitter’s Growth Slows Dramatically – (via @dministry)

Handy to Know
– Pack a Gun to Protect Valuables from Airline Theft or Loss (via @Lifehacker)

– 16 Useful Mac Cheat Sheets – (via @smashingmag)

– Reading Devices: Scrolling vs. Pagination – (via @smashingmag)

The World of Design
– Outstanding: Redesigning Boarding Passes – (via @smashingmag)

– 40 Inspiring Single Page Websites – (via @smashingmag)

– How cool is this clock? (via @DesignerDepot)