Facebook Lexicon: Knitting Beats Crochet Once Again!

Friday, June 13th, 2008
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Facebook Lexicon

Facebook Lexicon is a lot like Google Trends in that it allows you to compare the use of two different words and consistently prove that Knitting is better than Crochet :D

See any orange? I sure don’t. More mentions must mean it’s better. (That’s sarcasm.) Take that, crochet!

Side Note: I’m very disappointed in the tone that this discussion has taken. There are some people who are making sober arguments in defense of crochet, but also some that are attacking me for this post. I’m deleting comments that are personal and unwarranted attacks on my intelligence and leaving up the ones that were in good spirit. If you have read my blog for a while, you would know that I crochet (not very well, but I’m trying) and that I have nothing against it. This joke was tongue in cheek, and I meant no offense by it. If my sarcasm wasn’t obvious enough, I apologize. I will attempt to be make my sarcasm clearer in the future. So please, if you can’t say nuthin’ nice or at least reasonable about this post, don’t say nuthin’ at all. And PLEASE, have a sense of humour when you go on the internet. Don’t assume you know everything about someone just by reading a single post on their blog. If I get another immature comment I will be shutting down the comments on this post, so please be considerate.

Can you paint with all the colours of the sock

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
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COLOURloversI got an email a few days ago from one Darius Monsef. If that name sounds familiar, you are probably a COLOURlover. COLOURlovers is a site for… well, people who love colour. It’s a great resource for folks who need colour scheme ideas or in my case, folks who are bored because their web design projects are finished and they’re waiting for a particular Lieutenant or Major to call them back (yay cushy civilian job for the military), so they just sit around rating palettes and playing with RGB values in photoshop.

I’ve been a member of this site for about 2 years now, but I must admit that I never made the connection between the benefits of such a site and how they could be applied to knitting. Fortunately, Darius made that connection for me, with a little bit of prodding from his knitter mother. If you’re a DIY dyer or a fair-isle freak, this site could be invaluable for coming up with new colour combinations.

Now what would be a really cool idea would be a little application that loads in palettes from COLOURlovers and finds matches to particular yarns. I’ll add that to the ever-increasing list of neat web-application ideas that I will never have time to write. For now, take a look at the site itself and bask in its time-sink possibilities. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Change Your Feed Links!

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
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I’m switching my RSS feed over to Feedburner, so if you’re a subscriber of mine you can point your RSS reader over to http://feeds.feedburner.com/NeedleExchange. Yay! Web 2.0!

Feedburner Logo

The main reason for the switch is so I can keep track of the number of people who are reading my blog. It also makes it easy to maintain compatibility between browsers, mobile phones, etc. Plus, when you navigate to my feed it looks pretty! As we all know, prettiness is the driving force of technological progress.

WIP Progress Bars Plugin has been shuttled off to beta testing!

Thursday, September 28th, 2006
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Plugin Preview

I’m so excited. I sent my WordPress plugin off to my beta testers yesterday, and I’m already getting feedback! I love how it turned out. There are still a few problems in the interface that I’d like to straighten out, but in general it’s a-okay.

I’ve implemented the plugin on my own blog, and you can see the dynamically updated progress bars now on my sidebar. Yes, there are quite a lot of 0%s, but (with the help of the little planning calendar I scripted yesterday) I’m only slated to work on four of them at a time and most of them are to be started at least a month from now. Maybe I should add a script that displays only progress bars presently being worked on, instead of displaying every unfinished project in the database. Something to think about.

I’m always willing to take on extra beta testers, so if you’d like to beta test, send me an email!

Administrative Update: I need testers!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
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Yarnival is ready for publication! I’m about to put it up but I wanted to mention one thing first that needs doing:

Over the weekend I was without the internet, so I had plenty of time to work on the WordPress plugin for my Work In Progress Bars. If you have a WordPress blog and you want to get this before everyone else does, drop me a line and you can be one of my beta testers! All you need is a WordPress blog and an adventurous spirit. It’s past the alpha stage, which means I’m fairly sure it has no chance of breaking your blog. All that needs to be sorted out is the interaction design (whether it’s easy to use) and compatibility (whether it works for different versions of WordPress and servers). So drop me a line! Radical!

Blog Watch

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
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Jen at pieKnits has a great blog post about saris and their crafty possibilities.

Over at Whip-Up, there’s a great exercise to try that’s aimed at quilters, but it could really apply to anyone:

At our annual Design Camp for quiltmakers last week, students were assigned a painting. Using our scrap bins, they were asked to assemble in one hour the palette that the painter used in the piece. The goal of this exercise was to have students analyze just how many colors and in what proportion they were used. We also hoped that students would be able to differentiate between liking a color on a bolt of fabric and appreciating a single color can add to a quilt, even if it doesn’t look so appealing on the bolt. You don’t need to want a dress out of it, you just need to realize how much 4” of it might add to a quilt.

This is a great idea, and I believe I’ll try it to improve my knitting colour choices and (hopefully) future dying experimentation, as well as my own web design skills. As a matter of fact, it would be a cool to create a little web tool that takes a JPEG and breaks it down into its colour scheme. I’m sure there’s something like that out there, but I might try to make one myself because I’ve never done any work with JPEGs before and it would be neat to know exactly how they work.

Your knitting patterns are del.icio.us

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
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A little while ago I had an idea for a knitting patterns database where knitters could link to their favourite patterns, assign ratings, share ideas and pictures and generally clown about. I was going to give up on the idea because it seemed like too much work, until I realized that a more simple solution was available: del.icio.us, the popular social bookmarking service. The power of del.icio.us is in its tagging functions, which allow you to index a giant set of links in as many different ways as you want.

Keeping a del.icio.us pattern database is simple. In the “title” field, put the name of the pattern. (I’m only specifying this because sites like MagKnits and Knitty don’t put pattern names into their titles, which can make things confusing when you have a lot of ambiguously titled links). Put any comments about the pattern into the “description” section. Then tag away, as follows:

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Work in Progress Bars

Sunday, June 18th, 2006
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UPDATE: there is a new WordPress plugin available that allows you to manage your projects and displays these progress bars in your sidebar.

8% Progress 32% Progress 65% Progress 100% Progress

All of the responses that I’ve gotten on my progress bars have been from blogspot bloggers, so for now I’ll be putting off making a WordPress plugin out of it and simply offering it as a bit of php code. If you don’t have a place to host the php file, you can get free hosting from Ning, which you may recognize as the site that hosts Cute Overload‘s voting system. (If you come across a cute little caramel bunny, vote for it above all others! It’s one of my submissions. Represent.)

Download the Progress Bars!
Download!

To use the bars:

  1. Download and unzip the progress.zip file.
  2. Upload the “progress” folder to wherever you’ll be hosting it.
  3. To display the image, use the following code:
    <img title="25% Progress" src="your_host.com/progress/progress.php?percent=25" />
    Replace the 25 with whichever number you wish and replace your_host.com with your host path.
  4. If you have any questions, just ask! I’d be delighted to help.

If you want to provide a link to this post below your bars so other folks can use them as well, I’d appreciate it. Just copy and paste this code:

<a href="http://needles.guzzlingcakes.com/progress-bars/" title="Get these progress bars!">Get these progress bars!</a>

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Friday, June 16th, 2006
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What’s this?

Knit Bloggers Frappr Map

I’ve just created a frappr map to locate the world’s knitbloggers! I’m curious to see where most of us are. I’m also hoping there are lots in Canada! I’m feelin’ kinda lonely up here :(

As many other knit bloggers have noticed, it seems like there’s been a lag in knitting and knit blogging recently. Many of us have fallen back on memes to keep our posting steady. Hopefully this can be another meme that people will take part in for the greater good. If this gets big, people can use this to organize get togethers (check out the map, find everyone nearby) or just to stalk.

If you’re reading this and you’re a knit blogger, add yourself to the map! And if you’re especially nice, you’ll post a link on your own blog to frappr.com/knitbloggers so that your readers can add themselves as well!
Let’s populate this map!

Uberknits

Saturday, June 10th, 2006
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A few days ago I was talking about a great WordPress plugin that automatically links abbreviations to their translations, and about how that had great applications to the knitting community. A few people expressed their interest in the plugin, and for them, I have Uberknits: an adaptation of the ubernyms plugin that includes knitting acronyms! I spoke to the guy who wrote it, and he told me I could republish it. Yay! Thank you, Joel.

– > Download Uberknits here! < -- To install: unzip the file, upload the ubernyms folder into wp-content/plugins and then activate the plugin. This version has translations for tons of knitting abbreviations (you can see them at the end of this post). If you think of any other abbreviations that should be added to the list, I'd greatly appreciate you dropping me an email: eve at guzzling cakes dot com. Enjoy! Read the rest »