Saturday, December 15, 2007

What I have been doing

It has been a while since I updated. There has been a lot going on. I have worked up a pile of hats that will go to a couple of different places here in my local area. Some of these were loom knitted, others have been done on the innovations machine.

I have been watching ebay and picking up a few more things for the knitting machines I have. I have now managed to purchase a brother knitting stand, some Mylar sheets (five of the Mylar and five paper sheets, it included an eraser and the special pencil), and the rings for holding those cards. I also bought three needle retainer bars. I have a couple of different machines the same retainer bar will fit.

I have been watching for a stand for quite a long time but they always get bid up higher then I am willing to pay for a used item. They all say they are in good working condition but I guess I am not very trusting. I do have access to someone who can weld parts if necessary (being metal stands this could be a solve for any problem one might have, and at no cost to me).

I am working on some Christmas items but they are not for me. A friend bought the yarn and is having me make a hat and scarf set for two granddaughters, and hats for four grandsons. For the most part these haven't taken long as she wanted hats on the innovations, but the scarves I am board knitting. I have one scarf completed, but the other I am going to frog today. It is just coming out too loose a weave for a child. Baya is not really little but she is not real grownup either.

Other then that it has been working and babysitting grands. Not a lot of the babysitting but it seems to happen just in time to put me back on something else that needs to get done.

Well, that is it for now. I have an ebay sell I am watching so I am headed back to the pages there.

A PS: I found a bunch of videos on youtube that are for knitting machines. I found a great interest in watching them and they have answered some of my questions about machines. Granted they are not for my machine but then I guess I cannot have everything.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Updating This Blog

Sorry I have been missing so long. Things have been bursting at the seams here and my time is very limited. I have barely managed to get into groups.

I wanted to let everyone know that I got another machine from Crafts Etc. I called and left a message, then I emailed and the very next morning got a reply. They were very sorry this happened and right away shipped me another machine. I have since checked it out and it works fine.

I have been deep into things for work, collections as I do statements and that is a very long process. So that is taking the majority of my time.

Then I have made many hats on the innovations machine that a group member sent me. She said she had three of them but uses another machine rather then the innovations. I was very hesitant on accepting the machine as that is a hard thing for me to do. I am very use to sending things to people but not having it done for me. Her theory is that I am using the machine to make charity hats and that is what she was donating to. It was really a shocker to find out that she was born right here in the town I have made my home for many years. This machine has been put to good use and I have made many hats on it and have learned a lot about using it.

My computer, this one I am on crashed. What I think happened but have no way to prove is that an update from microsoft was the problem. The computer was working fine, then I was notified of a security update. So I told it to download. I have my computer set to tell me the update is available but I decide what installs.

So it downloaded and when I was heading to be I shut down the computer with the install the update and then windows will shutdown for me. The next morning my computer went to the boot window, then to the windows is starting window, then back to the boot window. Oh no something glitched. So I let it continue to try to boot again, and again and again. I finally managed to find out that a file was either missing or corupt. A file called system.

Then it was on to my laptop to try to figure out how to fix the problem. I tried a restore, but that didn't work. I tried many different things and nothing worked. I looked at the folder that the file was missing from and sure enough the other files were there but not that one.

I then used several linux live cd's to check the status of my hd. Everything on the hd was working fine but it said my main partition for my windows was not right. Only a couple of the linux progams were even able to mount the hd c section and those were dirty mounts.

Through linux I was able to save my son and daughters stuff from their mydouments folders but I was never able to find my own. Even an exhaustive search of the hard drive with a floppy boot didn't find those files. At least I didn't loose much as some stuff was saved to my external hd and some to a DVD, but there were a few things that I did loose. Two files in particular I will not be able to recover. One I can rebuild, the other is just a loss. It's a shame I just got that file.

So I spent a lot of time trying to save what seems to not be there. I hate windows. I have yet to reinstall the windows program all over, but this time there will be a difference. I plan to set up two additional partitions and load two linux programs I have choosen. I will then experiment/play with them till I decide which I like the best and then that will become my os.

I know windows is needed for some things I do but there is another option to this. I have seen a couple of linux programs that are capable of allowing me to run some windows programs in linux. I will have to check them out a bit more, and trying them cannot hurt as everything is gone now. So this is a future idea. I will move from this virus program, a virus takes over your computer, does harmful things from time to time, doesn't let you do what you want when you want to, and causes crashes, so since the windows program does all these bad things from time to time, it stands to reason that it just could be a virus. Seems I always have to do more work to clean up a windows mess then I do any other virus I have gotten.

So while I have not had the time to start the massive work that goes with reinstalling windows, and all the programs I will need, I at least have spent a little off time viewing some videos at youtube. There are some really neat videos on machine knitting. I ran across them when looking for a couple that are for the innovations knitting machine. I have enjoyed watching them and have a desire to get out my machines and try again to use them. A couple of the machines have to have new retainer bars, but a couple are fine to use right now. I want to pull out the little folding machine and play on it.

So since I have several things coming up that will take my time, I will get those done then on to playing with the machines. I just need the freedom to not have other obligations first, then I can take the time to try to learn those machines.

So that has been my life lately. Just one little problem after another. Some times life throws you these little tests to see if you can still continue to function in a proper manner. I think I have done ok. At least the computer is still in one piece, and I haven't gone far off the deep end, at least I hope not.