Blogged about the retreat on my Knitphisticate site today. Even if you think you don't care about knitting, you might want to check out the pictures. :)
Edited to add: Thank you for your kind comments! I did design it, the whole thing. The photo is of a scarf I made for my cousin last year and never posted, I think. The cover font is the free "Alex Brush" font, which is what my website designer and I settled on last year when we made the Knitphisticate website. The beachglass blur effect behind the title is inspired by iOS 7, although I have yet to use the effect in any of my own apps. ;) (The blurring in the photo outside of the title bar is just from using a short depth of field when the photo was taken.)
We gave Alex a bath today, first bath in this house, and he always runs around like crazy after he's shaken off a few times. Ridiculously funny on a giant expanse of smooth linoleum!
Shmoogie is desperate to go outside our room in the morning. I keep having to chase her away from the door while I'm trying to pack things up. Finally, I have a realization, "Are you hoping to talk to the people we met last night?" Shmoogie pouts, "Yes." I promise her that very soon we will start meeting people that we will see more than once.
Pancakes have been requested for breakfast (actually, they were requested last night for dinner) and we are about to head out to find a restaurant. Shmoogie is upset, "I don't want to eat in a restaurant!" I agree, to be honest, but we don't have any other option. "I want to eat at someone's house!" Shmoogie announces. But we don't know anyone here. "But we could ask them their name!" Shmoogie's solution for everything.
Between visiting friends and family at the beginning of the trip and then staying at a bed and breakfast in Montana, I think she's a little confused.
Driving past cherry orchards on the banks of Swan Lake, bright red cherries heavy on the branches.
Daddy is buying a souvenir shirt, not so much for the souvenir but because he has run out of clean ones. Shmoogie is crying because she wants to "buy something!" and "It's not fair!" that she doesn't get to when "Daddy's getting something!"
My brain has switched from thinking "going West" to "going to the ocean". This unfortunately means I am terribly confused because in my world the ocean is always East. I realize this is a problem after I question Mr. Right's decision to get back on the highway going West and he looks at me like I'm totally daft.
Shmoogie's cardigan is nearly done, but there's a mistake I have to decide what to do about.
Went with a partial fix. Should be sufficient.
Mr. P has been listening almost silently to hours of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but now interrupts to tell us, "I think it's getting close to the end! I think they're going to meet Voldemort soon." Moments later he wants us to know, "I think Ginny's alive." Astute.
We realize we've gained our final time zone hour. Trip winding down.
"Mommy," says Shmoogie, "I stuck again." She's gotten herself into the create-new-player screen of a math practice game on the iPad and doesn't know what to do. I tell her the game isn't good for her and she needs to try something else.
"But there's homeworks!" she wails, "I want to do the homeworks!"
I'd forgotten - she likes to pull up the "scratch pad", where she traces the problem and adds extensive decorations in the white space.
We seem to be leaving the impressive scenery behind.
Spokane goes on for MILES. It's AMAZING. We haven't seen a town anything near this big in ages!
Missed our turn. Distracted by listening to Harry Potter.
A yarn store. And I'm too tired.
Shambling into the last hotel. Can you feel the steam being lost?
I miss the wind of the prairie.
Wise words from Mr. P today. Wisdom born of experience.
Yes, it was a terrible mess.
Yes, I laughed really really hard. Later. Our of earshot.
Update on the new mittens on the Knitphisticate blog.
Homework woes (mine).
My sore throat needs ice cream.
Hello! I'd like to sell you something!
I've had a small ad for Knittrick on Ravelry for a few weeks now and I must say, for all my business squeamishness, it's very exciting to have a real ad on a real site with real statistics and clicks and actual selling of stuff! Fun fun.
Anyway, I've got a bigger ad placement coming up on the first of March and have been stalling on what the "creative" (that's the picture, the thing you see, the thing most people just call "the ad"; I guess if you're in the know, you realize that "the ad" is all kinds of other stuff, like the link it goes to and the dates it runs and whatever) should look like.
I've finally come up with three and I see no reason I shouldn't share them here. :)
(And, heh heh, clicking on them will take you to the App Store, so if you've been meaning to buy Knittrick, maybe now's your time!)
The math scribbles is what honestly happens to me when I sit down with a paper and calculator to do some basic gauge conversion. I get confused every time. Maybe you do, too. Maybe you'd like Knittrick to make it all much more clear and comfortable. :)
Ah, and here's a link to the Knitphisticate blog for those wanting to check up on it. :)
Knitters and friends of knitters, Knittrick is now available in the App Store!
I'm hoping to be back here later today with a regular (non-knitting!) post, we'll see how that goes. :)
My app is still waiting for approval (as expected, hopefully sometime next week it will be ready), but I've got my website up and running!!!! (It might be a few hours or 24 hours before the domain mapping gets all the way around the world, but go ahead and try it.)
Knitphisticate, * Knitting apps for 'appy knitters
A non-negligible amount of my energy has been going into getting this site and the app ready for the past few months, thus the somewhat slower pace of posting here. And I know most of you aren't knitters and probably won't be too interested in following Knitphisticate, but check it out because it's pretty (I hired a designer! she did the logo and the app icon, too).
* pronounced Knit-PHIS-ti-kit. not excellent that a pronunciation guide is necessary... oh, well. :)
These are laughably large if you call them mittens, but I tell myself they are perfectly respectable as overmitts. I used up most of the leftovers from that saved-from-gauge-disaster hat a few years ago. (I know it says in the follow-up post that I didn't have any more of the yarn and I wasn't going to buy any more, but the knitting store later talked me into considering a pom pom and so I bought another ball. Never did make the pom pom.) I'm really happy with the yarn set against dark purple, even more thrilling than it was on its own.