Monday, June 25, 2007

Winding a tangled web

I'm in the middle of winding countless skeins of yarn. Ok. I have counted. I have 240 skeins of yarn to wind before Saturday. 180 of them need to be done by Wednesday - they're going to The Loopy Ewe. I had better get busy! Very, very busy.

While I've been winding (There are so many things to think about while watching your power winder spin around and around and around...) I've been thinking of ways to improve the content of the blog. A way to offer you some morsels of interesting, entertaining and useful information about yarn, knitting and life in general. So I'm going to be making more of a concentrated effort to bring you tips and news from the knitting and yarn world. I always like it when I stumble upon fun things on blogs and podcasts, and I want to "pay it forward" so to speak. (I've never seen the movie, btw.)

But before I get to the interesting tid bits, I have a question. Please help me! When I insert a picture, Blogger feels it's necessary to add carriage returns into the post. The more pictures, the more carriage returns. When I delete them manually, it dorks with the spacing of the text. Any tips or clues on how to stop that from happening? It usually feels free to not make the entire spacing of the post uniform and it's starting to drive me batty. I'm thinking of moving the blog to WordPress, but we'll see as that will be a significant amount of work.

Fun for you - a great new knitting community site that is coming online. It's more than a forum, and more than a blog. It's a wonderful conglomeration of flicker, forum and blog. They're adding people slowly, so if you haven't heard about this amazing site, jump on their wait list! - I heard about this site on a non-knitting podcast. (Oh the horror! Don't tell my knitting friends....oh wait, you are my knitting friends.) This is a rating system for websites. You tell it your interests, and use the toolbar to rate the sites you've been to. StumbleUpon keeps track of your interests and tailors it's suggestions based on your ratings. It's like the rating features of Amazon or Netflix for the internet. You know you want to. Think of all the knitting sites you could Stumble Upon!

Nicholas Nickleby - this movie was released in 2002 and is based on Dicken's book of the same title. I loved it. Of course, I love both the new and the old Pride and Prejudice. I highly recommend it if you're into that sort of movie. Even my lovely DH enjoyed the film. Dickens' characters are so great and interesting.... I found it via a Netflix rec.


Jacki said...

Should I start peer-pressuring you to join WordPress? Because WordPress rocks. And I'm in the midst of the long Loopy Ewe skeining slog as well... Too much skeining makes my brain collapse in on itself like a dying star.

Katie, a dyer at Yarn Love said...

oh, I totally understand. I save tons of podcasts for the reskeining days, and by the end of each day I can hardly stand to listen to them because the twirling has gone on too long. It's so tedious! Right now I have two cubbies packed full of yarn and I still have half a huge box waiting. Next time, I'll just need to remember to wind while I dye.

sarah said...

I'm with Jacki- I love WordPress too! Come over to the dark side ;o)

Katie, a dyer at Yarn Love said...

We're making some significant updates to the website this month and guess what's going up? WordPress blog integrated with our main site! woo hoo! now I just have to figure out how to use WordPress. I hear the help section over there is pretty good.

Does it make me a total geek if I'm excited about installing WordPress?