Blogging.  What seems like a simple, innocent, web-journal to some is a huge (dare i say MONUMENTAL) influencing machine to others. As a communication major in college I am constantly thinking and evaluating the phenomenon that it is. It certainly could take up a whole semester’s worth of classes and discussions.  But for now I will share a few thoughts on this.  First of all the obvious: Blogging is a new form of communication and it bigger than any of us can imagine.

What is so amazing about this new style of communication is that it influential, universal,  personal and yet So Very Very Public.

It can make or break a business with one sheer quick post. It can ignite a trend or fuel a conflict. This power of open opinion is being harnessed from every industry whether it be arts, sports, education, political, even religion.

This form of communication way back before the Internets was known as Word of Mouth.  Now, with cable connections and DSL that speed has become alarmingly and obliterating fast.  One post. BOOM. You are global.  The turtle movement of: you call two friends, and so on and so on is so. impossibly. slow.  Your rave (or criticism) is there for all to see.  For the owner of that shop or maker of that product.  You’re not just telling the people in your little get together. You’re telling the World. 

Imagine hitting that mic and hearing the feed back much like the NY Lotto guy… that’s you there.. That’s me right now. Oh, hello, World, let me tell you about what I think about Blogging. (also noting that this topic has probably been discussed numerous times over…)

Obviously, my audience is few. I do not have a lot of traffic. But this page is out there to Google now. To be  Cached in someway. To be saved in a lifetime of saved web pages.  It can be looked at over and over again. It is recorded.

My arena is (for now) knitting.  I do not casually give praise or criticism to a product or store. For who am I to pass judgment on a yarn, store, or pattern? I’m a moderate knitter who’s just looking for a spark of inspiration whether it take the form or a yarn, FO, or another blog post.  It’s amazing how the bandwagon can go, though, when someone is Raving or Dissing – people read, react and act.

Every  word can be interpreted in every way. It reminds me of that Seinfield episode when Jerry asks Elaine how his friend actually said the phrase "Oh, Jerry isn’t here." Did he say "Oh, Jerry isn’t here?" or say "Oh, Jerry isn’t here?" I often misread tones all time time!  I am always the one who can’t get the joke via email.  Different personalities are laid out there for whatever reaction there is.  It’s just like any other form of communication – All reactions should be expected.

Blogging. It just amazes me. It’s ever evolving and so dynamic. 

Phew, where did that come from? Sorry readers, hope I didn’t put you to sleep.  It’s my DD iced coffee talking this morning.  This was also sparked by my viewing of Eunny’s mitts. (Beautiful!)  Being in the midst of my first color work project it just had perfect timing.  But with that post I want to buy more yarn and needles, and well… see the influencing power… it is amazing.

New Bag o’ Tricks

I love learning something new!

Today it was the Magic Loop.  Now I know there are many many techniques out there to knit things in the round and I certainly have No Problems with Double Pointed but sometimes there’s just things that seem to work out so much easier (and help the poor knitter) out a bit when you can use one large ass needle for multiple projects.

My wonderful shopowner and friend Patricia put me on to this technique.  I was a skeptic at first but realize it’s Just Like using two circulars – so if i liked that = this would be a piece of cake.  and it is! Of course you must knit the way you feel most comfortable or what’s the point! But for my 2 circ peeps out there, this isn’t half bad and I whole heartly support you checking it out.

I’m working on a sample for her store.  Of course it’s the Jaywalker pattern in tekking xxl which is a fabulous sock yarn. It makes me think of the Sock Hop yarn that I see on the blogs where each ply is a different color but then the whole thing changes color.

Tomorrow I’m heading into the city for the NYC Stitch Out! Should be a good time just hanging out with other NYC area knitters and hopefully getting to meet a few famous people too!

Oh and lastly, this pattern is strong with the force and I may need to make one in time for the 31st.

Did I say downhill?

I meant plateau.

I don’t know what it is.  I thought starting out with 299 stitches and ending with 3 would make the process seem so much faster.  That I would be a breezin’ my way to the bind off.  Perhaps it’s because I have this distinct fear that this final 3rd ball just isn’t enough. Or perhaps it’s just not finishing fast enough for me.  The other thing could be that I just haven’t been knitting a lot lately.   Or I have and just feel like I’m not getting anywhere…. dude, I need a sign I’m almost done… these 10 decreases per pattern repeat aren’t doing it for me!

Despite all my whining it is coming out beautiful, more beautiful than I could have imagined.  And to top that off I gave it the Teenager Test.  I went on a trip with a group of high school girls this weekend to North Carolina.  We traveled together in a nice luxury liner bus for 9 hours. (yes, that’s 18 hrs. total with a group of 15 to 17 year olds… yes I am OK.) There was plenty of time to knit and so I whipped lovely Birch out.  No more than 2 seconds in the public view was there a girl yelling out from the back of the bus, "Yo, Ms. P, what’s that in your hands?"  I proudly showed them my "plateau" Birch and instead of giving me that teenage indifference or laugh the girls actually were impressed and "oohed and ahhhed" when I gave them a preview. 

I am triumphant!!  I am 25 years old and work at an all-girls catholic HS.  There’s a short time before I will be seen as "totally un-cool" and not a hip Twenty Something – so I was pretty happy at the fact that they’re still considering me on the very Cool side with my beautiful knitting.  But let’s be honest – I got some style **cough**, I would never be caught knitting with Fun Fur. Ewe.  Sorry I am such a yarn snob in that respect.  I am still eager to finish birch and with just a few more repeats I’m sure the rest will be cake… I’m just in a stalemate right now.

As far as my other "obsessions"… just received some sewing books and have to schedule time with my mom to get her to teach me how to make the Singer purr.  I’m all about log cabins and am eager to grab some fabric at Purl Patchwork once I get the chance.  I am thinking a pillow as a first project… Nice and SIMPLE.

Beyond that I am a week away from saying Bye-Bye to my job for a month and a half.  Vacaciones here I come!


I saw ths around and thought I’d give it a whirl

10 Random Things about Me…

  1. I used to be the captain of my HS Basketball team (Pos: Point Guard)
  2. I have ADD once I start watching a movie that I like.
  3. I used to have really short hair when I was younger – up until 6th grade.
  4. I like twitching my leg sometimes before I go to sleep.
  5. I still sleep with my Teddy Bear
  6. I have been dating my boyfriend since my senior year in HS.
  7. I once saw Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey at a club in NY. (tear)
  8. I went to Belize and Honduras on Immersion Trips.
  9. I was a religion teacher for one year. I taught World  Religions, Christian Lifestyles and the Search for Meaning – I also do not consider myself very religious, but very spiritual.
  10. I am 25 years old and have SO MUCH ahead of me.

9 Places I’ve Been….

  1. London
  2. Las Vegas
  3. El Progresso, Honduras
  4. Paris
  5. Miami
  6. San Fransisco
  7. Boston
  8. Punta Gorda, Belize
  9. Walt Disney World

8 Ways to Win My Heart….

  1. Being patient with me
  2. Lipsync to songs with me
  3. Hug Me
  4. Cook me dinner
  5. Play with my hair
  6. Hold me
  7. Listen to me
  8. Look at me that way

7 Things To Do Before I Die….

  1. See more of Europe
  2. Live on the West Coast
  3. Get married
  4. Showcase my photography
  5. Go to grad school
  6. See where my family is from (Puerto Rico)
  7. Be a mom.

6 Things I’m Afraid of….

  1. Clowns
  2. Global warming
  3. Heights
  4. Not being able to do the above list of things.
  5. Showing people my photography
  6. Moving away from my parents

5 Things I don’t like….

  1. People who steal cabs
  2. Radio Phone taps
  3. Poverty
  4. Being helpless
  5. Being alone

4 Ways to Turn Me Off….

  1. Not being genuine
  2. Assuming things
  3. Making fun of people
  4. Being disrespectful.

3 Things I Do Everyday….

  1. Email my friends
  2. Laugh.
  3. Tell someone I love them.

2 Things That Make Me Happy….

  1. Mi Familia
  2. JH

1 Thing On My Mind, RIGHT NOW….

  • I should probably be doing work right now