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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD for some A-Z Blogs


What fun! This blog has not received an award in quite some time.
I'd like to thank MB from Pleasing 2 the Eye for giving me this award!
Awards are like BOOTY to the pirate blogs!!!

Here are my instructions upon getting this award:
• In a post on your blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
• In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
• In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
• In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
• In the same post, include this set of rules.
• Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

7 Random things about me:

1. I'm an over-60 pirate and retired attorney (which some people will think is the same as a pirate).
2. I have three blogs: "A Pirate Looks Past Sixty", "Pirate Knitting" and "Quig Land".
3. I have very bravely placed all in the A-Z Challenge starting April 2012.
4. My favorite things are knitting, reading, trying to write and playing the piano.
5. I have also enjoyed sailing in my life (hence the pirate themes) and look forward to do it again this summer.
6. I enjoy looking at the bizarre side of life
7. I have three wonderful grandchildren and two wonderful children, now adults.

And now for the 15 people. I have found these worthy blogs from the large list of people signed up for the 2012 A-Z Challenge coming up this April. Please give them a look and consider signing your blog up for this fun challenge.

1. Empty Nest
2. Writing in the Crosshairs
3. Whatever Floats Your Canoe
4. Mama Diaries
5. mainewords
6. TheWriteGame
7. A Coffee Driven and Adventure Bound Life
8. Inky the Hamster Mom
9. I Refuse to Go Quietly
10. Blog Wobble
11. Haiku Corner
12. Tales of a Knitter
13. Pull Up a Toadstool
14. The Gilded Quill
15. Unloading My Brain to Fill It Again


TO POST ON YOUR BLOG: Save the award picture. Go to dashboard. click on your blog, go to layout. add gadget. scroll down until you find one that says "picture", Then just upload the picture, write a title and caption (maybe thanking who gave you the award) Voila!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ARRGH! HERE'S WHAT IS UPSETTING ABOUT KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS




For GBE2 week 38, I bring in my other blog "Pirate Knitting"

A great question is "how can the average person read knitting instructions without going insane?" For my non-knitting GBE readers, let me explain a bit. There are two basic stitches in the world of knitting, the Knit stitch (K) and the Purl stitch (P) and all knitting patterns no matter how easy or complex are written on a variation of these two stitches. So, you say, how hard can it be to come up with uniform, easy to understand instructions for the many, many patterns in the knitting world, especially for the beginner? It appears that the answer to that question is: IMPOSSIBLE. Almost any knitter: beginner, intermediate or expert, will tell you that reading the average (not advanced) knitting pattern takes extreme patience and the skill of a CIA code breaker.

This topic came to mind even before the GBE prompt "upset" was announced as I was trying to decode an "easy" pattern that I have been working on for a baby sweater. I finally had to pull out my old college highlighters, as I did in law school reading statutes, and mark all over the pattern and even make notes to myself as to where the "*" ends and the next row starts up. Do remember that this is notated as an "easy" pattern!!! I have come to discover that an "easy" pattern refers to the knitter's ability to perform the basic stitches, but (unfortunately for beginners) does not refer to the ease of interpreting the foreign language that the pattern is appears to be written in. My baby sweater pattern is basic in the skill required to perform the instructions, if; in fact, one has a clue as to what the instructions are saying.


Again for you non-knitters, here is an example (for you knitters, this is made up by me): a pattern will start out simply by saying "cast on 30 stitches" or it might say "CO 30 stitches" or some really bad ones might just say "starting with 30 stitches" assuming that all knitters know that you have to cast on to start. Beginners need this to be reinforced and other knitters might just want it to be clear. Then a simple pattern for a rib stitch may say "K1, P1 across these stitches" or "do a rib stitch in K1, P1" or (one of my all time favorites) "K1, *P1, K1, repeat from * to the end of the row". Can you see how this just might be a little confusing, especially to the beginner and take note, this example is really clear compared to many instructions.

I will end this rant by saying that knitting is enjoyable and anyone can learn how to do it. However, I would just like to shout out to those who write the instructions: *GIVE US A BREAK!!! Read that from the "*" forward.

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