Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Problems Still!

I just wanted to let you all know that I am still here! I am still having some computer issues and that is why I have not posted in a while.

The computer works great for everything but my work! (I work as a medical transcriptionist from my home.) I just can't get the one program I need to work up and running! I have been working on an loaner from Total Computer Support (thanks, guys!) At least I can work, but man is the thing slow with a Capital "S!" So, I can't load pictures, I can't print, and it is really hard to log onto the net! Sure, I could go downstairs and work on the good computer, but that requires going downstairs! And I'm just too lazy to do that!

On the knitting front, I am just cruising along on my Branching Out now. I have finally gotten the hang of following the pattern. I am almost done. I just have to find some quite time to sit down and finish the last few repeats. Doing a lace pattern with three monkeys running around is just not an option!

I also started on a sweater for Matthew. This is the first time that I have attempted to make a sweater. Well, there was the little tiny one that I made for the Preemie Project, but that was so small I don't think it counts! I picked up some Dream Baby yarn in a shade of blue that really makes his eyes pop. I am about halfway through the back. Maybe one day I will be able to upload pictures again and I can show you!

Other than that, I am still working on my first toe up socks. I am just to turning the heel and have kind of stalled. I'm a little confused as to the process and have put it aside. I have been afraid to pick them back up for fear of having to frog them again. I will get them finished, but right now I really want to finish my Branching Out and get that blocked to see the finished product. I would also like to finish the sweater for Matthew so that he can wear it this winter. I don't have to have to keep it for my first grandchild!

I also want to start on a scarf for my sister with the Detroit Red Wings logo on it. She is a complete Red Wings nut! I think it would be a great Christmas present for her. I have to see if I can find a pattern for this. If any of you have a source, I would love to hear about it!

Okay, that's it for now. Hopefully I will be able to get some pics up soon!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

$300 later...

I finally got a working computer again! $300 later! My motherboard and hard drive fried! Went to turn it on and nothing. So, I took it to the repair shop not knowing what else to do. ( I work as a medical transcriptionist and work online. I have to have a computer or I can't work. )

Anyway the guys over at Total Computer Support dropped everything when I came in to diagnose the problem. They discovered that the motherboard was bad. When I told them that everything in the world was on my hard drive, they backed it up for me right away.

Long story short, we decided that it was too much money to fix my old computer and it would be better to fix the other computer we had (one my husband spent many long hours and tons of money building that had been sitting in the basement in non-working order for about 9 months.) It took four days and $300 to get it up and running, but I finally got it back and we are off and running!

Anyway, I did get quite a bit of knitting done this past week without having the computer here. I did at least 10 repeats on my Branching Out scarf. I had a real hard time getting started with it knitting and then ripping, knitting and ripping, but I think I have finally got the hang of it. It really gives me an appreciation for you ladies that knit the beautiful lace shawls and such. What a lot of hard work and time go into them! Makes me look at them with an awe and awareness that I didn't have before.

I also worked on my Color Blox Socks from the Six Sox KAL. But then I had to rip some back because I didn't have my computer and couldn't check how to do the heel on the website! I didn't realize that I needed my computer to knit!

Well, I will post some pics as soon as I get the software reloaded for my camera and can upload.