A Piece that was lost – a big piece

I hosted my ZenKnit blog for about 2 years on my knitting website at ZenKnit. But then my blog was banned on my server because that version of WordPress or some internal pointers were making their system crash. Banned isn’t the right word, what they did was move it to a different folder so that nobody could access it, and I wasn’t able to rename the folder either (I tried that *grin*).

I ended up starting over here because I could:

  • still use WordPress, which I was very familiar with by then
  • get all the wonderful yet horrid program upgrades without having to do them myself
  • hoped like heck that a wordpress to wordpress export would some day come about

I bet you know where this is going. A week or so ago I was just clicking around in my WordPress blog admin and I noticed that that export/import function was now available. All I needed was to get my old blog up and running and pray pray pray that I could get it upgraded and exported before my hosting service brought it down again.

Many days later I had succeeded in restoring, upgrading and exporting and then importing to this blog, only to find that the ALL the links to my photos were either there and incorrect, or not there at all. I am sure if I noodled around in the now upgraded old blog I could have fixed it somehow and exported again, but I decided to just bite the bullet and manually type in all those image links.

And now I am finished! It feels like a very large piece of me has been restored. Now I have better documentation so that I can go play around in Ravelry and get more of my projects inserted. This blog now goes back to when I first started my ZenKnit blog, waaaaaaaay back to June 2004. Woohoo!

I got my Ravelry invite the day before my birthday this year, isn’t that sweet? I am spending some serious time there just noodling around. I have loaded in most of my afghans and some of my socks. Now I may do the shawls and other projects. Maybe not, I will see.

And I am almost done with my 2nd "A Little Bit Crazy" sock.


A Little Bit Crazy

Back when I was actually knitting – waaaaaaaaay back before all the crocheted ripple afghans I knit this sock:

one red sock

Now that my traveling crochet is at an end, I decided to pick up the bag that still held this one sock, all my sock needles, the ball of yarn and thankfully, my notebook that has all my sock notes in it to the Crazy Aunt Purl booksigning event at B&N at MOA.

It was a very good thing that I still had those notes but even with it I was making so many mistakes on the 2nd red sock. Now these socks will forever be known to me as, "a little bit crazy".

Laurie is just a little bit of a thing. Short and and oh so cute and very, very funny. There was a good sized group at the Barnes & Noble at Mall of America. I guess the group was one of the biggest for a book signing because the guy that sets these up told us. He also told us a too long personal story of the power of knitting. Gah. But Laurie was finally on and all was well.

To back up a bit, there were too many people for the seats but I still had space next to me so I motioned for Annie Modesit and her daughter Hannah to sit next to me. Annie is such a nice person (great teacher too) and Hannah is a delightful, smart girl.

Someone came along to give us sticky notes so we could write our desired inscription on them. I told Annie that I just couldn’t come up with someone so she said write, "I want you" on it and then I just couldn’t get that out of my mind. Dang. Then she told me stories about what she writes on copies of her books that she signs for others. Things like, "I like you best" or "You’re the best knitter" and about how when mother and daughter couples come to book signings she writes, " I like you better than your mother" and "I like you better than your daughter". Funny! So I wrote on mine for Laurie to sign: "I like you better than Annie". Which is a crack-up because they are good friends. Then in the end I just couldn’t do it, so I wrote, "Nervous talkers unite!"


One more down

Here is a another completed afghan for my Christmas 2007 project.

crocheted ripple afghan for my brother

This is the Golden Harvest design from the Leisure Arts pamplet, Rippling Effects. 4 colors of Red Heart Super Saver and a size I hook. I modified the pattern for a narrower width, and less rows in each dark brown section. It is a nice stitch, alternating rows of crocheted v’s and then a row of single crochet. It is nice and lacy, but still substantial.

I am down to really needing to order yarns to complete another brother’s afghan, and then get back to the squares for my sister’s. Since sister’s afghan is too fiddly to do while I am with other people talking and such, I plan to take my completed afghans out for a spin – to stitch in ends and show them off.

I am also planning another afghan for myself – a chakra colored one (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) done up using the new Vanna White yarn. The colors are nice – not clownish and the yarn is really soft. I am going to use it in my Reiki healing work. After that, who knows?


The Name Game

The Name Game

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car),
Sunny Saturn

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie),
Mint Chip Gingersnap

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name),
S. Agu

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal),
Raspberry Dog

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born),
Helene St. Paul

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first),

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink),
Blue Tea

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers),
Tony Joe

9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy),
Shalimar Mint (junior mints are my current fav)

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ),
Jean None, or Jean NA or Jean Blank (my father doesn’t have a middle name)

And a few more…
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter),
Goelzer Galveston

12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower).
Autumn Pansy

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” Orange Jammies
Apple Jammies

14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree),
Bagel Maple

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”),
The Knitting Storm Tour