Tuesday, March 27, 2012

First Contest of 2012!

To celebrate returning to blogging (and I've noticed that I'm not the only one that has been absent from the inter webs...) I'm going to announce my first contest of the year!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, saying what project you are looking forward to this spring.  I will select a random comment to win a set of my handcrafted "Inspiration" stitch markers (image on the left) as well as a small sized (perfect for socks and other small accessories) project bag.

Personally, I have two tops that I'm looking forward to working on, and several pairs of socks!  Comment away and good luck!  The winner will be drawn using a random number generator, and will be selected Sunday night, to be announced Monday morning.  Please include your email address, Ravelry name, or Twitter handle!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Back to blog posts!

Yippee!  I love my new pretty!  I may or may not be walking around hugging it, patting it, and saying "The precioussssss" :)

In any event, I have taken the time to change a few things!  A new banner both on the Etsy shop as well as here.  After two years of having the same images, it was time.  I know that a lot of people change them on a seasonal basis, but I think that brand image is something that should remain fairly consistent.

After changing some of that around, I went ahead and updated a TON of Ravelry projects, as well as some of the books I've acquired since the last go 'round.  It's at least ten...

This is just a quickie post, and I have plans to sit and write for several hours... right after I finish this sweater...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Missing in Action... and new technology

While my involvement in the inter webs hasn't gone away in terms of Twitter and Facebook, I have been absent since December from this, my beloved little blog.  Prior to yesterday, I had been using a little Compaq that I have had for nearly six years, or my iPhone.  Writing blog posts via phone is challenging to say the least.  And the computer?  Well, it's battery life was about 12 minutes if it wasn't plugged in.  It made writing difficult, and working at a coffee shop (for peace and quiet) nearly impossible.

Thanks to our fabulous tax return (the husband only claims himself on his pay stuff, so while we get less on each paycheck, it allows us to splurge once a year), we went out and purchased a bright, shiny new MacBook Pro and a new iPad.  This will be so beneficial for all of us, including the kids, as the schools have always been huge proponents of Macs.

Hopefully, this will allow me greater freedom to write in the car, to go to a cafe for an hour and not have to worry about battery life, or losing files, etc.  While it is going to take a little bit to relearn how to use this particular system (and chances are you can expect a series of posts about learning how to unlearn computer stuff), I am excited... it is so pretty :)