My, what big ears you have

Friday, March 27th, 2009
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This isn’t knitting-related but I thought you guys would totally like this.

School assignment to reinterpret the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. Inspired by Röyksopp’s Remind me.

Slagsm̴lsklubben РSponsored by destiny from Tomas Nilsson on Vimeo. Via the ever-brilliant [BB-Blog].

A boon for knitting photographers

Saturday, December 30th, 2006
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On The Shores of Kathleen LakeFlickr has come up with a neat new revenue stream: camera manufacturers can advertise with them on a brand new Camera Finder! Brilliant!

Here’s my camera, the PowerShot SD110. This upcoming summer or the summer after that, I plan to convince the beau to join me on a cross-country train trip to the Yukon, and I’d be embarrassed to come back with photos from a crappy little point and shoot. I’ve been wanting to buy a DSLR for a while, so this could be a help in deciding which one to get. I’ve already got $200 saved up from collecting twoonies and loonies for an unspecified future gadget, which I believe will soon become a specified gadget. The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT is a very popular camera, but I like the look of the Nikon D50 / D70. There’s also the hope that I may be able to buy a Minolta and put my macro lens to good use, except that I don’t think Minolta has much of a digital reputation. I’ve got a year to figure it out; maybe I can pay for some of the camera by panning for Yukon gold!

Every logo tells a story

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
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Knitting Christmas Kangaroos

Holiday Kangaroos are knitting at Google! It looks like they’re trying to develop a whole series with these guys. I heartily approve of story lines involving cute things, so this gets my official fluffy white baby seal of approval.

Can’t find what you want on eBay?

Saturday, October 21st, 2006
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DDR to the max!

I’ve been using eBay for a few years now, and it’s really great for finding things like yarn, antiques, patterns, etc. Lately I’ve been looking for a Playstation 2 (I’m addicted to [[Dance Dance Revolution]] and I can’t just go over to my friend’s house every day and steal her TV for an hour), and sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s worth it to watch all these auctions because they all top out at $110, and at that price I might as well buy it new. But I’ve found a trick, and I want to share it.

Misspelled Auctions and Fat Fingers are both websites that search for common misspellings of words on eBay. For example, using these sites I’ve discovered that lots of people apparently think it’s spelled “Playstaion.” Because less people are going to find those auctions (because unlike Google, eBay only finds the exact word you’re searching for) those auctions are less popular and tend to go for a lower price. And I get a “Playstaion 2″ for $80! Now, whenever I want to buy something I search on eBay and then back that up with a misspelling search. I’ve also got misspellings for “Herc’s Adventures” running as a favourite search, so whenever a correct or misspelling is posted, I’m notified immediately via email.

Here’s another tip I found while searching for eBay hacks: Lastminute Auction is a search engine for cheap, last minute deals. It confines your search to auctions ending within the hour, and under a buck. I’ve seen some really neat knitting patterns show up on this site.

Shipping to Canada

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
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I’m keeping this as a list for myself and I figured some other Canadian folks could use this list, too. Here is a list of online knitting retailers that ship to Canada (as well as their Canadian shipping prices in US dollars).

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The Knitting That Likes To Say Yes.

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Advertising Slogans!

Out of the Strong Came Forth Knitting
Knitting Born and Bred.
You’ve Always Got Time For Knitting.
It’s the Bright One, it’s the Right One, that’s Knitting.
Sometimes You Feel Like a Knitting, Sometimes You Don’t.
I Saw Knitting and I Thought of You.

Check Your Boobies!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
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My other blog is frequented predominantly by boys, so I’ve decided to post about boobies on this one. Check Your Boobies is a great site about breast exams and has a nifty little email reminder that lets you know when you’re due for your next exam based on your cycle. Sign up and stay healthy! Yay cancer avoidance!


Monday, June 26th, 2006

Demographics predictionI came across Microsoft’s adCenter Labs today in a routine search for cool Web 2.0 things. They’ve got an automatic demographics predictor that judges someone’s gender and age based on their search queries and the websites they visit.

If you type in knitting: 78% chance you’re female, and you’re most likely between 35 and 49 years old.
If you visit my site: 53% chance you’re female, and you’re most likely under 18. I’m slightly horrified by the age judgement (do I use OMG that often?), but let’s move on.

Assuming there’s no question that the average knitter is female, is the average knitter really between 35 and 49? I suppose my experience is coloured by the fact that the people I’ve met are mostly through blogs and such and therefore most of the knitters I know are younger, mid-to-late twenties folks. But those same people who are publishing knitting blogs are also the ones who are doing the most on the web, dontcha think? Shouldn’t the age demo be skewed lower? Now that I think of it, maybe the people I’m connecting with are actually in their thirties and I’m just assuming they’re younger because they have such youthful vigour. What do you think? How old is the average knitter?

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Needle Freaks

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

I can’t resist blogging about a new Google Tool without discovering its applications to knitting. I did a Google Trends comparison between knitting and crochet and came across some really interesting things.

Knitting vs. Crochet

First of all, check out the sinusoidal activity. (That means “waves,” for lay-knitters.) There’s a much higher search volume in the winter than the summer, and it’s a lot more pronounced for knitting than it is for crochet. That’s probably because crochet has more year-round applications, whereas knitting tends to see a decrease in the summer months. More people need to knit with cotton! And maybe a little nylon to make it stretch. (This means you, Bernat!) There might also be an increase in interest for knitting because everyone’s cooped up inside for the winter and you can only watch The Notebook so many times.

The biggest news boom looks like it was in the beginning of 2005, when the papers suddenly discovered that ovaries aren’t required for the needle arts. The most interested regions are commonwealth countries (aside from the United States, Germany and Ireland, which left in 1949). The country most interested in crochet (aside from the US) is France. The UK has little interest in crochet because, of course, they don’t like the French.

Conclusions: the best time for blogging is during the Winter, in English, about knitting. Logically, the best time to post knitting or crochet patterns is during the last half of the year, when people are planning their upcoming winter projects.

I wish we could see more into the past and check out the rise in knitting/crochet popularity over the past few years.