Last fall, we both bought DAS Keyboard Ultimate keyboards with Cherry MX Blue switches. While Fred seems to be a fairly light typist, I can make a lot of noise with my keyboard. It turns out that I am bottoming out (hitting the bottom of the keyboard) on each stroke, which is loud. Seriously, loud. It also feels hard on my hands, because your finger travels a bit further and then abruptly stopped.
To combat this, we both ordered o-ring dampeners and installed them.
Ever since I saw this keyboard on Lifehacker many years ago, I wanted it. There was something about having blank keys that appealed to me as a typist – after all, if I didn’t need to look at the keys, then why bother having any labels?
Every Sunday morning, we drive over to Barkaby to do our weekly grocery shopping. Fred has started a playlist for this drive (we’re huge Spotify listeners) and he’s nice enough to not play death metal while I’m still waking up. 🙂 Last Sunday, a song caught my attention and it turned out to be The Sound of Silence by Disturbed. I was fascinated and have spent most of the week listening to it.
I found this on Facebook, no credit given. What a neat insight into how stitches are formed! Continue reading How a sewing machine creates stitches
Last fall (as in, October 2014), I became fascinated with the idea of a cape. It might be because of my complete failure to sew up a proper coat – I can sew, but getting stuff to fit my hips, bust and larger arms is a challenge. Enter a cape – this should be easy, right?
When I first moved in, we discussed (argued?) for months about what kind of pillows we wanted on the couch. I wanted pillows, I think Fred might have been ambivalent. But these were too busy, those were too boring, these were too bright, those were… I don’t even remember anymore.
I love toe-up socks, but I have trouble getting the final join in the bind-off to look good. I usually just end up taking the yarn up and over and under around and… well, basically trying to make it look even. It turns out that there is a much easier way! Check out KnitFreedom’s really simple trick on how to do this in the video. Continue reading Tip for binding off in the round
I loved both of these patterns so much that I had to make more!
This project seems like it was doomed to failure from the beginning. How did I ever miss the signs? But yet – there is definitely a happy ending! Continue reading “Cake Patterns: Pavlova skirt”
While learning how to do a skill (picking up stitches for the button band for my black Hyss?) I found a new way of purling Continental style! I can’t find the original video that describes the original technique, but I’ve found another example to share.
The lady in the video wrapped the yarn around the needle by just lowering fingers on her left hand. No difficult twist or anything like that – just down and then back up. You can see a good example at 1:04 in the video: