Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Falling off the yarn diet wagon

And here is more evidence that Karen is failing at the "I don't plan to buy more yarn" resolution.

This is slated to become Tums, for Jensen's daughter Alyssa.

"Why Karen, with those little buttons there, it's like you bought a kit of some sort." Why, what a fantastic observation you've made! Indeed, that is correct - I bought a kit to make the EZ Baby Surprise Jacket. In order to do that, I had to buy this though.
My first EZ book (^_^) I haven't read any of it yet, but I plan to. Oh, and the size 0 dpns aren't actually necessary, but I thought I'd give these a try for sock knitting in the future. You know, just in case I was wrong about swearing off size 0's.

Lastly, I thought I'd show one of the reasons why I've been so terrible with updating and knitting lately (though this is really only a small reason).
I am now the proud owner of a shiny new MacBook. So, I've been busy over the last month moving stuff over from the old computer to this one. The one laptop will be pressed into my mother's service. Greg and I both felt it was high time that Mom learned how to get use one of these suckers, and with her own, she won't have to worry about messing anything up for someone else. If all else fails, we can wipe the whole thing and start all over. The transition to Mac has been pretty painless, and while I'm not totally sure what the hype is all about, I am very happy with it. Installing peripherals is much easier than on PC, but there are some pieces of software that I used to use a lot that I've had a little trouble finding Mac analogs for. With the help of some friends, I did manage to get all the functionality of the old laptop onto the new one, but it did take a little help hunting the web for software.


Adrienne said...

Yay, yarn! Yay, new laptop! So if I decide to make The Switch in the future (my current Melvin is 5.5 years old, and I'm afraid that he's going to keel over and die someday soon, especially since I need to lug him back and forth to and from the lab EVERY DAY (which sucks a lot, to say the least)), I'll have someone to ask questions of, yes? =) Are you doing the running-Windows-on-the-Mac thing, or no? Mostly I'm sort of scared of the idea of Vista, since I know of nobody who actually likes it.

I haven't knit a BSJ yet, but I have some lovely Koigu all wound up for just that purpose. I thought about knitting one using the Sophie's Toes Magic Ball, but decided it would look better as the scarf. Someday soon....

You are a much less selfish knitter than I. One of my coworkers is about to have a baby (like, next week) and I can't even bring myself to knit a pair of booties or anything. I guess I have more issues regarding knitting-for-others. =)

Karen said...

I'm not running Windows on my Mac, and have gotten used to OSX already. It's really not all that different. I was kinda scared about Vista too, so I'm glad I didn't have to deal with that. And feel free to ask questions - I may not know the answer, but can probably Google an answer for you : )

Adrienne said...

Pas de Windows? The only reason I am concerned about Windows vs OSX is the fact that I use my laptop for work and I wouldn't want to deal with programs that only run on PCs versus Macs and all the annoying hassle that entails.

Not that other people don't have Macs, I know plenty who do. And they do all manage to function just fine. I guess I'll just cross the what-computer-to-get-next bridge when I come to it. =)

Karen said...

For me, the biggest thing was to get Microsoft Office, and Photoshop for the Mac. It's compatible with the PC version of MS Office and Photoshop, so that was probably the main thing. I have some very good friends who were able to hook me up with all the software I needed, and I'm sure my friends would have no objections to me helping you get set up if you needed to (but you didn't hear that from me *wink wink, nudge nudge*)

For me, the transition has been fairly seamless. I just need to seriously organize my iTunes! Haha!