Friday, September 24, 2010

Reading stuff

The brown shawl pattern is from a British magazine, August 2010 issue of Yarn Forward, and the name of the shawl is Willow. I am using yarn that was given to me by a nice lady, who had spun it herself.

The lonely sock pattern is a combination of patterns, from basic sock to ribbed sock, using 64 stitches and 2.5 mm needles. The other pair is at the same point, but not with me when I took the picture. The yarn is Kroy Sock FX yarn, which I like very much for warm socks.

The Cable socks I started in Finland with Novita Wool yarn (discontinued - can't understand why, it's a nice yarn). I finished them a few weeks ago. The pattern was in one of Novita's booklets (from a few years ago).

Lastly in the knitting section:
I finished hubby's cardigan, one day before his birthday. The zipper is not on in this picture. I need to take another with the zipper on.

Now I will get to my present reality check.

I must admit, I might have flipped completely.
My impulse motor is very strong, and will not stop when started until at least one
of the plugs is out.

Short story long: I was summoned to sit in a jury pool for five days. There was a lady who had
a small device on her hand and she was staring at it immensely. I was getting curious, and asked her what the heck was that. She smiled and told me it's an e-reader. What is that I asked, and she explained that she has books in it, instead of the paper books. Then she went on and told
how it really worked. I was very interested and was staring at my blackberry and wondered if
I could use that for reading books. The screen is not larger than 2" x 2", that does not give too much reading area, IMHO.

Every time I saw this lady using her e-reader, I swore that I will not get one, since I don't read
that many books anyway. Mind you, I had two paper books with me at the court house.

First two days I spent knitting, but on the third day one of the clerks, sitting behind the desk, doing nothing, came to our little corner (three of us knitting) and told us that we have to be careful, because we are not supposed to bring any sharp objects with us. (I am thinking of the thin, size 1.75 mm needles and 1.75 steel crochet hooks and scissors in my bag, bag that was scanned by security, same kind of machine that they have at the airports, and nobody said anything).
The nice and very understanding clerk advised us that don't bring knitting tomorrow. OK, we continued knitting and about half an hour later another clerk came and told us sternly that we can't knit. Put them away. We tried to explain that we were told to be careful. She insisted that we put everything away. Well, after some exchange of useless arguments, in a polite manner from the three of us, the clerk just shrugged (many times) and could not explain to us why all of a sudden this was prohibited, when one of the security guards had seen one set of long knitting needles with one of the ladies and
told her to have a nice day. Nothing said about not bring them in.

I started crocheting and a little redhead clerk stared at me and then came to tell me to put it away. I said this is crocheting not knitting and showed her my size 5mm bamboo hook. Pencils are sharper than that. She insisted that I can't do that. I obeyed and felt sorry for her. She must be a sad woman. I did finish a pair of colorful socks for someone in my family. Who is the lucky girl, I don't know yet.

Oh, back to my reader thoughts. I was playing with my BB for the rest of the day, and the next day, too. Getting very itchy for this miraculous e-reader. I even checked the web sites. I was surprised on the low price, and that gave me more interest on the device.

A lady, in one of the yahoo groups I am in, was telling about Kindle e-reader, and that there is a free Kindle for PC. Guess what, when I got home that day and downloaded the free one in my PC. I even got my first free book "The Ghost Pirates" wow, I never thought that I would be interested in a book that was written eons ago, with strange "accent". However, I am reading a little bit every day, and have already done 60% of the book. That book is free in the web, even if you don't have any type of a reader, other than your eyes.

On my visit to Purple Purl on Sunday, I noticed a lady using yet another reader. This time it was not a text that she was following, it was a chart for a knitting pattern. I want one of those, I said, and I said it aloud too. One other lady started telling me about this one, and one that she had, Sony reader. But I was more interested in this jazzy little whitish device with a nice little blue blob in the corner.

Went home, checked Chapters Indigo on-line store and sure enough there was Kobo, and it was on sale. I clicked on the buy key and there, the impulse motor kept running and didn't stop until I finished the order. What have I done?

I started waiting and when my Kobo came, I was surprisingly less happy than I was when waiting for it. I knew that I made a mistake, at least a small mistake. Now I must start reading again. Just like I did when I was much younger.

The sad part now, is that i want Kindle reader. I was counting my money in my mind, when I was coming to work this morning. I could use this credit card or that one, or maybe I just see how this Kobo works. That would be the smart thing to do, and logical. But, you see, I lack talent in the logic department. It would be logical, in my humble opinion, to get Kindle now, but since I am smarted that logical, I will not get it, until I have become totally dissatisfied with Kobo.

While I wait for my impulse department to settle down, I will crochet a little pouch for my new friend Kobolita. (I hope that is not a real word somewhere and means something nasty). I had some nice leather pouches from Argentina, but both of them need a lining, since the leather inside leaves some little thingies on my toy and I don't want any of them get inside the reader and start messing up my pages.

Drawing? I made a zentangle drawing on the fourth day of my jury pool day. Unfortunately, the sketch book is not with me, so you just have to wait for the picture.

That is my story for today. I will return again one day, when the Saturn is bright.

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