Some of my new reviews up on Freshfiction.com
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Some of my new reviews up on Freshfiction.com
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
One of the best things about Spring is that now Oscar and I can go walking again. He walks, I ride, and we both enjoy ourselves.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I have purposely started all of these auction below what similar items are going for. If one of my friends bids, and gets lucky, they can get quite a deal.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I've been a bit absent the past few days.
Oscar and I are fighting off a cold or something, multiple symptoms, but the worst for me is the sore throat and bone-deep ache. I feel a little better today, though. I plan to take naps whenever get I sleepy enough, to help fight this sucker off.
I am working on one knitted item due April 1st, and another without a definite due date that will finish up my old-pattern obligation to Knit Picks. I have submitted a swatch and sketch to a yarn company, arranged to submit a Tunisian crochet pattern to another company (when I get it worked out) and have submitted a request for Knit Picks yarn support for a cool idea my friend Absinthia sparked a month or so ago.
I have also spent some time this week getting used to having a business, and thinking about things like taxes (and tax deductions) establishing a better system of record keeping, and deciding how elaborately and minutely I want to track the spending for Otterwise. Its a lot more fun doing this for myself than it was when I held accounting positions in other companies. :-}
-Online classes and Guild membership (and Master's Level studies)
-Shipping (for sending out samples)
For my business model, traveling isn't really a part of it at all at this point, although I heard a rumor Sock Summit might be in Toronto next year, which isn't that far away..
Tracking income is also something I've been pondering.
So far there is:
-bread-and-butter downloads via my website and Ravelry,
-Monthly income from Knit Picks, Patternfish and the like
-Income from individual patterns to various magazine publications
-Direct sale of patterns without reversion of rights to me
-Sale of pattern directly to yarn companies with eventual reversion of rights to me.
-eventually, a book or seventeen perhaps :-}
Oscar's laptop has become more and more unreliable (blue screen of death, anyone?), and he came across a sale on minis. The desktop he is currently using for studying is slow as molasses and just about as useful.
My laptop has been a workhorse, but has everything on it; games and work and photos and writing, etc. and I have been toying with the idea of eventually (some time this year) having a business-only system. I have ADHD and extra distractions are NOT what I need when I am working. Plus my current laptop, relatively light though it is (about 4-5 pounds with the extra fan and lap desk) is still a strain on my abdomen when I try and lift it into place while taking my normal reclining work position.
The new minis weigh just over 2 pounds, and are on sale this week. Oscar had a brilliant idea. We get a mini (less than $300!) for me, transfer my work files and programs (for Otterwise and my writing) to it, then he can have my laptop. When I feel like playing games, I can still use the old laptop when Os isn't. The mini is tax deductible. Cool Beans.
So I have a Mini 10v on the way, loaded with Windows 7. Oscar is pretty happy about having Little Red, too, and doesn't even mind the moon and Yoda stickers (very much).
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Our mission is to provide the very neediest children with wool socks,sweaters, vests, mittens, and hats, as well as wool baby blankets for newborns.
We work with organizations that have a focus on helping children and that are not religion-based. These organizations distribute the warm woolen garments handcrafted by Wool-Aid volunteers to children who would otherwise suffer from extreme cold.
Wool-Aid is launching a new campaign – a Tribute to Warm Woolies and Kimberly Turnbow to knit warm and wooly socks that will be sent to Mittens for Akkol for their annual Sock Challenge. Mittens for Akkol serves children in orphanages in Kazakhstan, where it is often 40 degrees below zero in mid-winter.
Let’s show our appreciation for Warm Woolies’ mission and for all that it has done for children since it began in 2003. This is a great opportunity for you to knit the pattern for children’s socks designed by Kimberly for Warm Woolies and know that the socks will benefit children who really need them!
Guidelines for Sock Knitters for this campaign:
- Wool (at least 80% wool/animal fiber)
- Worsted weight yarn or worsted stranded with sock yarn or worsted weight doubled or bulky yarn
- Sock length at least 7 inches (heel to toe)
- Sock height at least 8 inches (top of cuff to base of heel) (or a minimum of 6 inches above the heel flap or equal to foot length — please meet any of these requirements).
- Children are ages 3 to 16, and the greatest need is for the older children, sizes 8 to adult.
- More socks are needed in a 9-inch length than any other size.
- Please tie socks of a pair together, with a bow at the top of the cuff, before sending.
You may use any pattern that you enjoy knitting, as long as the finished socks meet the guidelines above.
Campaign ends April 30th.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Two weeks ago we sent out a request for donations towards a $20,000 fundraising campaign. We outlined why [url=http://librivox.org/2010/02/24/librivox-needs-your-help/]on this post[/url] (with a number of questions answered in the comments thread). You responded with generosity, and we can now close down our campaign.
We got to our target so quickly it warms our hearts. Not only did people donate, but this campaign also allowed many many people to express their appreciation for all the hard and wonderful work done by LibriVox volunteers.
We won’t have to talk about money again for a few years. Instead, we’ll get back to working hard to fulfill our mission, which is:
"To make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. "
For those curious:
We raised $23,000 from 433 donors, in 13 days, averaging $1,769 in donations from 33 people every day. We had a couple of big donors, who gave a few thousand dollars each, and many more smaller donations which all add up to: everything we asked for. Thank you again.
This money will help support our efforts, which so far have resulted in the following:
* 3773: Total number of projects
* 3227: Number of completed projects
* 470: Number of completed non-English projects
* 31: Total number of languages
* 28: Number of languages with a completed work
* 1498: Number of completed solo projects
* 3549: Number of readers
* 3347: ...who have completed something
Total recorded time: 66472509 seconds, or 2 years, 38 days, 20 hours, 57 minutes, and 37 seconds. Total of 66978 sections.
Have I said thank you? Well: thank you again! Oh, and a very special thank you to our friends and supporters at the Internet Archive, especially Jacques and Brewster, who managed the donations for us so that we didn't have to worry about setting up paypal accounts and all the rest.
And now, back to making free, public domain audiobooks.
All the best,
Monday, March 08, 2010
Sunday, March 07, 2010
It would be attractive made with smaller needles and a single strand of the cotton linen blend, but when using the larger needles I liked the fabric best when double stranded. It creates a substantial shawl but is not too warm for spring and summer evenings.
It is soft right off the needles, but I have a feeling this fabric will become almost like velvet the more it is worn and washed.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
I DO enjoy a strong cup of tea, though, 'strong enough to revive a dead mouse' as some might say, so I will make that my new morning ritual. I hope after a few weeks of this my health will improve, if so, it will be worth the sacrifice.
I know, life could be worse, but it was a hard blow.
Friday, March 05, 2010
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
I am working on samples for my Farrow Rib Set from this same yarn, in Aegean.
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