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December 2007

Advice needed on photo printer

A new hobby has entered my life! As my kids get older, I have realized that time is running by way too fast for me to remember everything. There are memories that I want to keep forever and my handy camera is helping me achieve that now. I have a gazillion pictures in my computer but now I would like to print them. I took a trip to WallyWorld and had a few printed but I would like the convenience of doing this from home.

Do you have a recommendation for a photo printer? I would like to be able to print size ranges from 4x6 to 7x5 inches.

Please...if you have one or know of one drop me a comment.

Update: I have been researching and I have found 2 that are good options. Do you own one of these? What do you think of them?

HP Photosmart A626

Hp

Canon Pixma Mini320

Pixma

The Canon prints at 9600 x 2400 dpi. The HP 4800 x 1200 dpi. The HP seems to have tons of options to add borders, text and other stuff, but some of the reviews say that the colors look a bit too saturated, not true. The Canon is fast and according to specs prints more dpis.  What do you think?


The booklet is out and being delivered!

Learn to Knit Cables on a Loom arrived at DA on Wednesday and it started shipping out the moment the box was opened.

Learntoknitcablesonlooms

Hubby brought me a copy home and I was extremelly impressed by the photography. Nice clear, detail oriented pictures. Some of you may be receiving your copy today or in the coming days. Here is a little sneak peek into some of what's inside. My pictures are not as good as the booklet.

Cionearflaphat_2 This is the earflap hat. It comes into sizes for children and adults. I have a small head and the child size fits me (19").

There is also a baby sweater with a braid cable down the center. Babysweater2_3

It looks a lot cuter on the beautiful little model on the booklet.

What else...hmm, there are also some slipper socks (they are thick, thus the name).

Classiccablesscarf_2 A scarf with 2 cables next to each other, here is Lolita modeling it for us.

It is a relief to finally show you some of the items that I have knitted over the year. All of them at once, lol.

Oh, and if you are looking for the next issue of LKC. Swing by the website around noon today and you will find the Winter issue up and running. I have a pattern in there for a baby blanket that missed the box going to the publisher, but it is okay as now you are able to see it and (possibly) begin knitting it.

Babyblanket5


Growth

The best way to learn something is when you have to teach the "something" to someone else or when you are put on the spot and you don't have other choice than to buckle down and do it. The latest chance I had to learn lead me to the path of obtaining a few new books for my knitting library. So far, my library contains most sock books out there--I love knitting socks. They are fast and easy. I also own the set of Treasury Books and they are the most used books in my home. Recently, I acquired a few more books that have become indispensable and that will get read better than any textbook I read back in college.

These are the titles I got:

Books

Sweater Design (recommended to me by Kathy Norris..thanks Kathy!)

Designing Knitwear

Sweater Design in Plain English

Teach Yourself Visually Sweater Design

My goal is to learn a bit on the construction of sweaters and tops. So far, I have learned a bit on the shapes of the body and the type of tops that flatter each type of body. The books are packed with information that will keep me occupied for the next few months. 

In addition to the books above, I am patiently watching the eBay posts for The Principles of Knitting, although I could buy the book with the excuse that I have purchased more expensive textbooks, I am waiting patiently for a good priced one on eBay. However, I have heard rumors that the publisher is planning to release the book again in June of 2008. I may wait...but if I see it cheap (enough) I will probably succumb.

What are some knitting books that you can't live without, not so much pattern books but reference books.

Nyahturns3_2Lastly, a picture of NyNy and her birthday cake. She takes her cake seriously...if it is in front of her and it is her birthday, she wants it all! No need to push her face into the cake, she does it herself :).

Have you heard? Noro Kureyon is now available in sock yarn weight! Squee!!! I have been good...hopefully Santa has been keeping track of the dishes I have done this year and puts a skein or two or three in my stocking this year :).


What planet should I rule?

I am still working on the loom knitting book. I am exhausted, physically, mentally, and emotionally. My kiddos are driving me bananas and the never ending mountains of dirty laundry are getting to me. I wish I knew someone to come clean my house...someone whom I wouldn't feel guilty for seeing my mess and the terrible housewife that I have become the past few days. After the book stuff, I have to work on the LKC magazine, quick and fun. It should be up by Friday or Saturday the latest, but I am shooting for Friday.

On an upside note: I am so looking forward to my Mom's arrival. I am hoping that she can help me potty train little NyNy. Crossing fingers she has more patience than I do, hehehe.

Also: career-wise (if you call what I do a career): I have been asked by one of my publishers to come to the KnitOut in February! I am excited to go and share a bit on loom knitting. If you are near, come see me, I'll be the one with the looms :).

And now, the little fun quiz on what planet I should rule:

You Should Rule Mercury
Close to sun, Mercury has very long days - and is rarely visible to the rest of the solar system.

You are perfect to rule Mercury, because you live for the present - and can truly enjoy a day that goes on forever.
Like Mercury, you are quick and elusive. Your wit is outstanding, and you can win any verbal sparring match.

Some people see you as superficial, but in truth, you just play many roles and have many interests.
A great manipulator, you usually get what you want from people. And they're happy to give it to you.

Getting to Know Me-Christmas Edition

A fun Christmas meme....Thank you Zarah for the idea :)

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?  Wrapping paper. I love wrapping. I have toyed with the idea of getting a job at the mall wrapping presents...I love it!

2. Real or fake tree?  I like fake ones. They are good enough for me :).

3. When do you put up the tree?  When I have a chance to do it. This year, it just barely got done yesterday (Dec. 9th). I am not too strict about it, as long as I have it up for Christmas day, it is good for me.

4. When do you take the tree down? January 3rd or 4th.

5. Do you like eggnog?  Yeah...especially Rompepe, but I don't drink alcoholic drinks anymore so it is out...but it is sure yummy.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?  There are only two Christmas days that I remember as a child. On one of them I got a doll. On the other one, my sisters and I got a little set that included a little mop, a broom, and a bucket. I loved it! I remember helping my Mom "clean" the house. She had water all over her floor from the little mops. I guess what I loved about this memory is my sisters and I together.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?  I don't *yet*. I have hinted at hubby to get me one that I saw at Sam's club.
   
8. Hardest person to buy for?  My husband

9. Easiest person to buy for?  My daugther. 

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever got?  hmmm, can't recall one. I usually liked them all.   

11. Mail or email Christmas cards?  None. I don't really like them. They seem empty. However, I do like to receive a letter that tells me what you have been up to for the past year.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?  It's a Beautiful Life

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?  Around Dec 5th...do it all through Amazon.com ;). Hate the crowds so I just get stuff online.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?  Nope. 

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?  Tamales 

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?  Clear

17. Favorite Christmas song?  Holy Night

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?  I like to stay home. However, if it gets me to NY, I will travel ;).

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers? No.

20. Angel or a star on the tree top?  Neither. We have a little temple.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?  Christmas Eve--strongly believe in it.

22. Where are your favorite places to shop?  Amazon.com

23. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The Christmas songs that come on the radio starting November. By the time Christmas comes, I am so sick of them that I don't want to hear them ever again. 

24. What I love most about Christmas?  It is a chance that my Mom may come to visit and that my kids can spend some time with her.