In which Eve puts Search Engine Sunday into hibernation (for now).

Monday, August 28th, 2006
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For the past few weeks, there hasn’t been a new Search Engine Sunday because I haven’t had a lot of original search strings to work with. It’s all been “World Cup Soccer Ball” and “tea cozy” and “cast on,” and little else. Until Google indexes me for anything but those and the surprisingly consistent “uruguay porn,” I’m going to have to put SES on hold.

I was going to title this post “In which Eve kills Search Engine Sunday,” but I really like the idea and I’d like to keep doing it in the future. I may even compile a list of tea cozy patterns for next Sunday, as a final send-off. But after that, I will nuzzle it one last time and then guide it gently into its den for a deep winter sleep. Farewell, my furry statistical friend. Farewell.

Search Engine Sunday: Casting On and Binding Off

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
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In this series, I post the most popular search strings for my blog (minus the ones looking for “uruguay porn”) and answer the questions people seem to have when they get to my blog. Just my way of giving back to Google, and all you folks at home. You can read the whole series on this page, or subscribe to the RSS feed. Last time I talked about stitch markers and amigurumi, among other things.

There have been quite a few people getting to my site via questions about casting on and off, so that’s what I’ll be featuring this week. It’s incredible how much more professional a piece looks when it uses an appropriate cast-on; when I was knitting the Snowdrift Mittens for my aunt a few months ago, I was amazed by how a tubular cast-on transformed them. Compared to them, the other mittens I knitted looked painfully amateur; it was like my snowdrift mittens had been taken to a higher plane of mitten existence.

Before we get to the Search Questions, I want to start by offering links to tutorials for my very favourite cast-ons: The picot edge and the tubular cast-on. I guarantee you will not be disappointed by them. They’re actually incredibly easy to do, and such an ego boost when you try them for the first time and see what they’ve done to your finished product! I love adding little embellishments to patterns, and picot edging is perfect for top-down socks and shirt sleeves. Picot-edged garments are so cute, they could even be classified as “kawaii.”

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Search Engine Sunday: Episode One

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
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The blog stats program I use has a useful little feature that tells me which search engines people are coming from and which search strings they use to find me. For example, in the past month my top five search strings have been:

I don’t think I can (or want to) help people looking for world cup nipples, but I might be able to help people looking for knitted amigurumi. So in the spirit of “you scratch my blog, I’ll scratch yours,” I’ve decided to start a series where I answer the questions people seem to be having when they reach my site.

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