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Entries from June 2010


June 29th, 2010 · 9 Comments

As I approach the end of my two year contract with AT&T, naturally I’m considering the next cellphone.  Do I get the new iPhone 4 or do I try something else?  While I love my iPhone and will keep this 3g around at the end of the contract and use it like a iPod Touch (handy for handing to a bored kid), I’m not sure if I want to replace it with the new iPhone.  I’m not that much of a fangirl that I HAVE to replace the old iPhone with a new one.  Yes it has been a fave tech toy since I bought it almost two years ago.

What am I considering?  The Motorola Droid X.


I read an excellent review of it here.  As a developer, this phone has two advantages for me over the iPhone:

  1. Apps are written in Java – which as a C# developer I pretty much already know as opposed to Objective-C which has some similarities but is far more different and is a far bigger learning curve.  While learning yet another language is not a bad thing, I could be up and developing Android apps far faster.
  2. The distribution of Droid apps is an open market – not closed like Apple.   I don’t believe I would have to pay $100 to even get the SDK let alone distribute any application I do happen to eventually turn out.
  3. Since the language is Java, I could develop apps either on my Macs or a PC, depending on how the mood was flowing and which computer I actually felt like carrying around.  With the iPhone, I was locked into a Mac.  Now this is not necessarily a bad thing as I do heart my Macs, but my netbook is far lighter to schlep carry than my MacBook.

That’s the short list.  I’m sure, given enough time, I can come up with a few more reasons.  On the other hand, I’ve invested a bunch in iPhone apps.  Fortunately, that won’t go to waste as I’m still holding onto the 3G and I’ve got the beloved iPad that can take advantage of all. 

Anyone have an android phone and can offer up advice either way?  I have some time to do further research as my contract ends in early August and the X ships finally in mid-July.  I don’t want to be paying early termination like I did when I made the jump from Sprint to AT&T (though it was worth it for the iPhone).  I wonder if I could get a temporary number from Verizon and then port the old number from AT&T when that contract ends… hmmmm. 

Oh and since the iOS4 update, my battery indicator is flaky.  Unless I reboot the phone, the indicator is pretty much stuck.  Awesome.  Hope that patch fix is soon.

Wait, what is that you’re saying?  This is a crafty blog?  Hmm.  I better show some crafty pictures then post haste!  Would a picture of two different crafts make up for the geektalk above? 


The sock is the Roundabout Socks (rav).  I finished the first one on Saturday and started the second yesterday during my morning commute.  The yarn is mmMalabrigo Sock in Stonechat colorway.

The spinning is ITW Merino-Silk in the Autumn in Burgundy colorway.  I’ve moved to the high speed whorl and bobbins on my Matchless.  I’m going to two ply this stuff and hopefully get enough yardage for a decent lace project.

Okay, that’s all for today.

Craft on!

Tags: Geek Stuff · Socks · Spinning

Can you hear me now?

June 28th, 2010 · 2 Comments

…{tap} {tap}.. is this thing on?

For someone unknown and unexplainable reason, I’m trying out Windows Live Writer to post.  I know.  Seriously crazy!  What with my undying devotion to my Apple products, not to mention my perfectly good admin interface in WordPress. 

But there it was, suggestion by a google search this morning on how to better paste code into a textbox on Sharepoint.  I installed it so i could format the script I need to run tomorrow evening changing a bunch of site urls for a customer to make it actually legible for the Operations group to either bless or deny my change request 😛

Who knew it worked with WordPress.  But then again, I haven’t a clue how well it works.  It seems to be pretty decent, but time will tell.

Since I can’t leave with another text only post, here’s a picture I took of the monkeys last week on the train heading towards Hoboken.







Thursday was my annual office company picnic.  This year it was held in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.  Rather than driving the kids to the picnic as I’ve done in years past, I took them on the train to the office (had a meeting that I had to attend anyway) .  We then left the office with my group and headed to the park via subway.  A long afternoon, followed by two subways and two NJ Transit trains, we made it home by 7:30.  An enjoyable day was had by all.

{I have to admit to being somewhat impressed by this software…but it is only the first post after all.  I reserve the right to hates it down the road.  :P}

Craft on!

Tags: Geek Stuff


June 23rd, 2010 · 9 Comments

We hit another one of those childhood development milestones.  On September 8, they started kindergarten:


This past Saturday, they graduated:


I blinked and the school year was over.. well maybe it was longer than a blink, I did manage to read a bit, knit a few things and write a bucketload of computer code.  But still, time moves seriously fast when there are kids involved!  I’m proud of their accomplishments this year.  They are now readers, can tell basic time, and do addition and subtraction.  I don’t remember doing those in KG!  I remember cutting and pasting, snacktime and naptime 🙂  Well done my monkeys.  I can’t wait to see what this next year brings… (and even better, they start public school! – no more tuition…yaaaaayyyy!).  I love you guys.

Craft on!

Tags: Family

Happy Father’s Day

June 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Happy dad’s day! I’m spending today with the family, poolside avec lace.

Craft on!

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By your command…

June 13th, 2010 · 8 Comments

There’s been a number of requests for more information regarding the newest wheel in the herd. It is a double treadle Merlin Tree Roadbug.  Here is another shot of her nestled in her bag:


The pocket on the front of the bag is her second treadle.  When Dave modified his little portable wheels from single to double treadle, he didn’t modify its overall footprint.  Instead, he designed a removable second treadle.


You can just see the “left” foot off to the side here in this picture.  Also included for scale is my Van Eaton production wheel in the background (with the endless bag of CVM fleece).  I love the green monstah wheel on the Bug.

Here she is with both her treadles and set to spin:


From this picture you can see how her left treadle attaches.    She makes for a pleasant (if a smidge noisy) little spinner that fits perfectly on the boat.  I also like how the flyer poses no danger to anyone wandering too close to the wheel (beyond them hitting my leg and making me get whacked with the flyer) which was a concern with the Sonata and how her flyer was out back.

On other fronts, I finished the latest pair of socks at SnB on Thursday.


I decided not to reknit the first sock as there is so little difference between the pair, beyond actual stitch count (52 v. 56) and needles used (both US1 – dpn v. circ). At this point, I can’t tell which is which.

Craft on!

Tags: Socks · Spinning

Things that make me smile

June 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on Things that make me smile

I think I’m going to start a new semi regular feature around here. Photos of things that make me smile. Today is a good day to start as I don’t have much knitting progress to show. I didn’t knit much during the commute but read. Last night I did work on the socks while watching the Sox and playing the Sims 🙂

For those that don’t know, NYC is a city of jaywalking. Very few cross in crosswalks or even wait for the light. So color me surprised when I went back to taking the PATH train a few weeks ago to the WTC and walking to my office near the Seaport.

There is no jaywalking near ground zero. These pedestrian safety officers block access with chains!

Craft on!

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Tags: Misc

Another Week

June 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

And so starts another week. It is Monday again. Is It me or does it always seem like it is Monday? Oh well. At least it was a quiet weekend.

I had a multiple spinner personality on Saturday wherein I spun three different fibers on three different wheels. First up was new fiber for the cpw. This fiber is the May-June SAL in the Starcrossed color way- Bfl iirc. I spun a little of it before inspiration hit that i should use the van eaton production wheel as a production wheel. For a while now I’ve been spinning a huge bag of processed cvm on the vermont wheel. I decided to give over the remaining several pounds to the VE. Sadly about half a bobbin in, my newly bum foot was complaining pretty loudly. I hope that this is a temporary unhappiness and not something more permanent.

The schacht has been empty for far too long so it was time to get spinning on that wheel as well. I went shopping in the stash and came up with this ITW merino blend roving.

Pretty isn’t it? I’m going to two ply this for a change.

So there you go, three wheels – three fibers in one day. Wait make that four. I finally got around to plying the two pounds of grey BL that I bought at Rhinebeck this year and spun on the VE. In the end I have 1280 yards of Aran weight that will become a Rhinebeck sweater of some design or another for this year 🙂

Yesterday was turned over to the needles. I did a little dead project frogging on Saturday and reclaimed a number of yarns including this lovely lace weight merino that I started knitting a shawl with last summer I think (could have been the previous summer – must check ravelry to be sure). I repurposed it to become the Whisper cardi. I cast on after breakfast and here is where I start this morning.

I like!

Craft on!

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A new phase

June 4th, 2010 · 11 Comments

My father picked the kids up from school yesterday and took the boy for a haircut while I was at work. Thursday is my SNB night at Panera, which I go to straight from the train. I got a surprise this morning…

We haz a Mohawk …

He’s happy. We now need gel time in the morning routine.

Graduation is in two weeks 😉

Craft on!

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Went to a festival…

June 3rd, 2010 · 5 Comments

…and a wheel followed me home.

This one is a double treadle Roadbug by Merlin Tree. Yes I was still looking for a perfect wheel for the boat. The Journey Wheel is good and small but a tad heavy. I wanted something small with two treadles (thanks to the now injured left foot a single treadle isn’t the happiest thing for me on a small wheel). My first stop after hitting the fairgrounds at Cummington was Dave’s booth where I tried out the DT version and was happily spinning along for a while. No surprise that I bought it. I did leave a wheel wit Dave though. I gave him that mismatched CPW that I got in February. That thing had a drive wheel too big for the table, a frankenwheel if you will. I gave it to him for parts. I’m glad to be rid of it.

Anyway, now I have a small light wheel for the boat and got to use it there this weekend. Worked out nicely even if I had to carry it from way across the marina parking lot. Wouldn’t have survived carrying the journey wheel that far. The yarn you see draped on the bag is the first skein off the bug. It is 4oz of BFL fro Spunky that I also got at the festival. It is approximately 310 yds. Not my finest of spinning but will do as sock yarn or maybe a hat for the kids. I should probably get a head start on that this year and not wait until October 🙂

Time to head to the train..

Craft on!

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getting figgy with it

June 2nd, 2010 · 5 Comments

I know it has been a while and I won’t begin to apologize. Work has been seriously kicking my butt for the last month. We had a service pack release that I was the lead developer (and for a while the only developer) on, as well as the build specialist compiling the package for deployment. I’ve put in a bulk of extra hours with little desire to spend additional tine with a computer. The beloved iPad has seen most usage as a book reader with bejeweled thrown in when the brain was totally fried 😉

While I haven’t been doing much else at night before collapsing into bed, there has been spinning while watching the Red Sox on Extra Innings. The pictured skein is from the monthly spin-a-long with Into The Whirled fiber. If I remember correctly, this fiber was the April-May offering of “Just Fig” color way in Falklands wool. If I’m wrong would someone comment with the corrected info please? I spun it three ply (like the last selection – return to warmth) on the new CPW that I bought at MDSW. Love that wheel, as well as Cris’ fibers. She does a beautiful job. Again, the day it was plied it was skeined up and washed. Two days after that – when I had finished the Pink Cadillac socks – the yarn met the needles.


I have a small problem though. I started the sock using my new Signature dpn needles. Love the needles but they are a tad too short so I’m going to return them for the 8″ set. Instead of waiting to finish the remaining 1/4 of the first sock like a sane person, I swapped in the knitpicks circular and went back to magic looping. When I tried on the finished sock I found that my gauge had changed with the needles. The circs was a tad looser and I have to admit that I like it better. Soooo this pair of socks will actually be three. I started the second sock (pictured) and am creeping up on the heel now. When I’m done, I’ll rip out the first one and re-knit it. Sigh.


That’s about it for now. Train is almost in Hoboken.

Craft on!

Tags: Socks · Spinning