A Bit o’ the Wave
May 15th, 2006 | View Comments
Here’s the first two pattern repeats of the Print o’ the Wave Stole, pinned out:
It’s starting to look like laaace! *does a happy dance*
The first repeat of it was…not fun. I hadn’t started to get a sense of the pattern yet and the sticky, sticky mohair was (still is) a pain to work with. And then after I’d knit about six rows, I found a slipped stitch on row #2.
Despite the “I frog” button, I am decidedly anti-frogging, particularly when it comes to mohair. So I dropped the offending stitch, practically tearing at the mohair to get it to come apart, and then painstakingly knit it back up again. It took about an hour to do so, but I didn’t have to frog! Whee!
The second repeat went more smoothly. I’m starting to get a read on the pattern, how the decreases and yarnovers stack up when I’m doing it right, and now I can see the pretty wave pattern it’s making, which makes me happy.
And now for something completely different.
I have had no requests for more buttons. Sad! No seriously, if you want a button, let me know. I will be happy to make one for you.
Also, I’m currently revamping my web design site. I’m planning on turning it into a quarterly ezine, with web design tutorials and free blog templates. I’m hoping to target it at the “tweaker” blogger, the person who is familar with the process of blogging, but who may not feel comfortable customizing the default templates or adding functionality to their site.
The first issue is designed to teach some code basics to help people make more sense of what they’re looking at, with practical tips for writing code, and more importantly, strategies for debugging.
I’m planning on a June 5th launch. However, I’m looking for a few people to look over the articles and tutorials before that to make sure I’m targeting them at the right level for my intended audience. If you’d like to be one of those people, please let me know! Or if you have suggestions for something you’d like to see in the ezine, please let me know as well.
I feel kind of strongly about this because I see so many people, particularly women, who are incredibly uncomfortable messing around with things like computer code, and I think it’s unfortunate that society hasn’t really made up much ground on this front. Even as someone who has a computer science degree, I feel a sort of social uncomfortableness about the whole thing.
Computer science’s decided ambivalence about welcoming a female to the club was enough to make me switch to an area where I felt more appreciated. I wound up having to program for my job anyways, and I live with a dull fear that people evaluate my programming skills more critically because I’m a female. And frankly, math (I have a math degree too) is much the same way.
And some women also react weirdly to a woman who likes to program. Sometimes I start feeling like a three-headed alien if I’m talking to a woman about computers and programming and I just get stares back. And it’s not just disinterest on their part or overusing the jargon on my part, which I know I tend to do.
I think on some level it’s almost a fear of the subject, a fear that if this line of discussion continues, you’ll slowly morph from a confident, competent woman into one of those stereotypes where all you can do is twirl your hair, snap your gum and go, “Huh?”
So please, please please. If there’s something that you wish you could change on your blog, but you don’t know how, or if there’s some piece of technobabble that you can’t quite decipher, tell me. I want to try and teach the things you want to know. I think the world would be much happier if the whole “women + computers = cool stuff happening” equation was better known to more people.
Although not a lot of people are commenting, I know a fair amount are reading since traffic to my domain has doubled since I launched my knitblog, and Knitter’s Review, where I post (“nerissa” = me), has been the #1 referrer to my site for two months running. If you’re going to comment on anything, please comment on this. Thank you.
Alright, I’m off the soapbox. The next entry will be straight knitting goodness, I promise.