Saturday, February 11, 2012

Butterfly, Flutter By

Wow! It feels like a long time since I’ve written here. Last weekend was a rather busy one. We had company for dinner on Saturday and most of the day was spent cleaning and cooking. We had a wonderful evening with great company! It’s not something we do often, but I’m so glad we did. At the end of the evening, I even asked John who our next victims should be!

Sunday was, of course, Super Bowl Sunday. We watched the game at a friend’s house. Again, it was a fun time with good company. All in all, though, there wasn’t a lot of time for blogging or knitting.

This week, however, has been a little different. I haven’t done a lot of knitting, but I did work on the Flutter scarf. I’ve finished the first half of the scarf and have successfully picked up the stitches for the second half.

If you remember, the scarf is started with a provisional cast on and worked from the center to the ends. Using a smaller needle than the size required for the knitting (3.0 mm) made it easier to pick up the stitches from the cast on. Even so, there were a couple of stubborn stitches and a couple of dropped stitches, but very little swearing. In the end, though, I’m proud to say you really can’t tell where the provisional cast on was.

Now, it’s back to the four-row repeat that I can almost do in my sleep. For the first half, I was keeping track of repeats on my iPod, using the excellent app, “1,2,3, Knit!”. For the second half, at least for now, I’m having to keep track the old way… pen and paper.

My iPod has been sick. I don’t think I blogged about that, did I? Well, all of a sudden, the letter “r” on the little keyboard wouldn’t work. In the game, Bookworm, one complete column of letters (corresponding with the location of the “r”) was being stubborn. I took my iPod in to our local Apple seller (not an official Apple Store) and, after examining it, was told by the young man working there (and confirmed by the other two employees) that I should contact Apple directly.

I did. I was sent a box, complete with instructions on how to package my iPod for shipping and, last Monday, dropped it off at my local UPS store. All week, I’ve been tracking my iPod. The upshot? On Monday, I should be receiving a replacement iPod. I’m really happy with Apple’s customer service but I can hardly wait to get my iPod back!

I’ll have to reinstall all my apps, music and photos, but that shouldn’t be too difficult. It also gives me the opportunity to delete some of the apps I really didn’t like or use. I have to tell you, though, I’m surprised at just how much I’ve missed my little iPod. I now realize just how much I use it and depend on it. From getting up in the morning, using my iPod as my alarm clock, to counting the repeats in my knitting, to timing my eggs, to using the calculator and more, I use my iPod a lot!

Technology… love it or hate it, we certainly have come to depend on it, haven’t we?


  1. Can't wait to see that shawl when it's done. Lovely colour. Son #3 lost his iPod yesterday and I really feel for him!


  2. I am sorry to hear about your iPod, because I know how much you use and depend on it. Hopefully you will have it returned to you safely and you will be up and running soon.

    The scarf looks interesting. I do like the color, very much. It should look lovely on you too. :)

  3. My iPod Touch is my constant companion too. Can't imagine how I'd miss it if anything happened! That's certainly good service though. Hope there's no more trouble with your new one.

  4. I have a tiny clip-on IPod that I use to listen to audio books - I love it. And my buddy Steve gave me his old IPod Gen1 when he got a new Gen4. Not as happy with it but I do have a Mabel Ross spinning demo on it!! LOL