If life gives you lemons…
I’m ready for the lemonade part of the old adage after spending a couple of months of dealing with lemons. Up to now, it has just been sloth and too many commitments that have disrupted my blogging, but starting in midwinter, my Mac began to act strangely. I noticed that it would not restart (warm boot for you Windows fans), and then it wouldn’t awaken from sleep. I began my many treks to the Apple Store, where the various Geniuses got it to run again. But a few weeks to a few days later, after the fixes and replacement in the inner guts, the problems would arise again. On the next-to-last visit, the techs erased everything and installed the new (Mountain Lion) operating system. This too did not cure the problem, which had extended from not awakening from sleep to having the screen go black after a few hours of work. I did not lose any of my work files, but I found that I was very lax in backing up my browser bookmarks, my iTunes library, some emails, and many photos. Eventually, the folks at Apple honored my service agreement by giving me a new machine:
I’m now the proud owner of the new retina display 27-inch Mac:
It is almost as thin as a credit card:
So although this is “dandy,” it left me very far behind in my work. I’m finally caught up and now at the point where I can reinstall my bookmarks (I did have the sense at one point to print them out) and then burn my CDs back to iTunes and rebuild my library. (This is not a total disaster because most of my library is classical music, and iTunes needs to be coaxed to categorize it correctly. I really don’t want 150 “songs” called allegro moderato.) And now I’m back to blogging.
During this time, I have been knitting away. My self-designed jacket, which has no name, lacks the top of one sleeve cap and the completion of the front.
One reason this has been sitting around is that I couldn’t read my notes, and the cap for Sleeve #2 does not match the cap for Sleeve #1. At this point, it would be nice to complain about the sloppiness of the designer or the poorly written instructions, but since there’s no one to blame but myself, I’ll just spend the next quiet hour I have counting the decreases on the first sleeve and seeing where things went awry. I also can no longer procrastinate as to what kind of collar I want or buy the wood buttons I found on etsy that seem as if they’ll do nicely for this project.
Another project that is in the works is the Canyonlands shawl by verybusymonkey. This was intended as a knit-in-public project, but I’m done with the easy part and on to attaching the border. This has to be done at home in relative quiet.
And then there’s Mara. This is definitely not a knitting-in-public project. Sleeve #1 is a few rows from completion (before the ribbing), and I have to devote some time this weekend to picking up the stitches around the other armhole and getting it started. Time is fleeting for this project because I know I won’t want all that wool on my lap in a few weeks. But our spring has been cool, and there is a small window of time to get this rolling again.
There should be no more excuses for long gaps in blog posts, and I certainly have a lot to say with all these projects on the needles, plans for warm-weather lace, purchases of new books, and my efforts to categorize my stash (the sock yarn is now on Ravelry!). And having been without a reliable computer for so long, I'm now resuming my travels in cyberspace--I especially missed visits to my favorite knit bloggers.