Monthly Archives: August 2009

Audacity for Podcasting

I’m posting this for the folks in my podcasting class with Heather Ordover who were interested in using Audacity for sound recording.  Audacity is a free-ware program that you can download.

Please note that in order to convert or export your audacity project files or AUP’s into the MP3 format most used for podcasting you need to download and install a plug in. The instructions for downloading and installing are linked in the tutorial (last link listed) below.

To download visit the following link and find the link on the page that says “Download Audacity” and click it.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

There is another version in Beta; however, if you’re a newbie to using these devices I strongly suggest you download and use the earlier version.

Here is a link to the documentation on how to use Audacity (you can also access it from the page above by clicking the “Help” tab):

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/

Here is a tutorial on the Audacity wiki that walks through how to create a podcast:

http://wiki.audacityteam.org/index.php?title=Creating_a_simple_voice_and_music_Podcast_with_Audacity

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Square Needles and I think I might be burned out…

Day 3 from the Sock Summit and I’m feeling overwhelmed…  just kinda “socked” out. I’m seriously considering giving up my ticket to the Luminary Panel for tomorrow afternoon and ditching my class. I just re-read the description. What was I thinking????! Of course I’ll go.

I bought two pairs of Kollage Circular Square Needles at the Sock Summit: sizes 2 & 8. These needles are easier to hold. I also really like the dull copper finish as it makes them stand out. The size of the needles is carefully etched into the needle itself. This makes sense since you couldn’t really use a regular needle gauge tool to tell what size the needle was.

The needle cord for these circulars was pretty soft and supple. I didn’t have to worry about straightening kinks in the cable as I was knitting.  My swatch stitches and rows seemed very even, though I did practice the trick of purling backwards so I wouldn’t have to turn over the work to purl.  This technique may have also contributed to the evenness of the stitches. It does appear that they feel a bit easier on my hands as I knit; however, I’d have to use them for an extended period to time to make sure that they work the way I want them too without strain.  I tend to switch between different gauge and types of projects frequently to avoid developing repetitive stress syndrome.

My only complaint: my stitches were a bit tighter than usual.  I used worsted weight yarn on size US 8 needles.  I’m not too tight of a knitter. I think I might go up a size when I’m using these… at least that’s how I felt from my perspective.  I’m actually thinking of maybe getting a pair of 10.5 US in these needles. I’ve been knitting a lot of bulky weight yarn and it would be nice to have large needles that are a bit easier on the wrists.

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Sock Summit Finds

I’m done.

I came away from the Sock Summit with a respectable but not an extravagant haul. Some of my favorite finds were two skeins of yarn from “Creatively Dyed Yarns.”  I apologize for the graininess of the photos, I will try to take photos in daylight soon and post them here.  I’ve become a big fan of the speckled dye job. I was just imagining really pretty socks coming from both of these yarns, but there’s over 500 yards of fiber so either skein can become just about anything including a crocheted scarf.

Creatively Dyed Yarns in Luxury & Calypso

Creatively Dyed Yarns in Luxury & Calypso

Check out the character of the dye/coloring

Check out the "character" of the dye/coloring

Sorry he looks sort of sad here trapped in a plastic bag, but I found the most adorable pattern for a “bendy” bunny.  I actually did a better job photographing his monkey friend. The title of the pattern is actually called “Harry Rabbit.” He looked very alive in a muppet-like way… staring at me from inside the bad. Okay, that’s kindof creepy, but I couldn’t resist. The pattern comes fromCiD Hancom Designs with two pink eyes, bendable wires for arms and legs and a square of pink felt. I purchased this from the  “The Fold’s” booth.  I almost bought the monkey, but stopped myself when I realized I’d never have the time to make him.

I also purchased some tussah silk & dyed pre-drafted roving both for spinning, and two sets of circular square needles (no that’s not an Oxymoron. They’re from Kollage. I plan to knit with them and hopefully write a brief review soon.

Harry Rabbit

Harry Rabbit

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

I didn’t purchase these from the Sock Summit but instead at the Naked Sheep during their “Sock Summit” promotion. During the entire Sock Summit weekend if you mention the code word “Sock Summit” you get 15% your entire purchase. I was able to purchase the slate gray and plum colored colorways. Bob and Meghan kindly named the plum or mauve after me (blushing). I’d actually begged Meghan to make a mauvish color which has become one of my favorite shades. I’m sorry I’ve been Anglicised and I call it “Mohhhh-ve” instead of “Mahhhh-ve.” 🙂

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Darn it!@

I’m having such a good time at the Sock Summit! As someone said at the table where I ate lunch, “I’m just walking around with a silly smile on my face.” She explained how good it felt to be around other knitting enthusiasts. I had to admit I was walking around with the same darn smile. By the way the Ravelry discussion about Burgerville just brought them a lot of business today. I thought I’d see if I could get a burger basket for lunch, and the line to the counter stretched to the back of the restaurant… and I assume out the door.  Nuts. I just went and got some bento from Anzen instead.

Okay, I’ll have to admit I was worried that with all these crazy knitters around me it might turn out like a Knitter’s version of a Star Trek convention, but my fears were allayed. You see, I’m a closet introvert and a bit freaked out about meeting people and just talking to them without really knowing them. (You’re probably thinking… well, then you’d be at home at a Sci Fi convention). But I was wrong… I really don’t have a problem socializing when I get to talk with other knitters. Knitters are nice people. It was really nice just to talk about knitting with scads of people who were just as passionate about it as me.

I took two classes today: Favorite toe up bind-offs & Darn it!.  Darning is such a great skill to have. I know back in the day just about everyone knew how to darn. Merike Saarnit assured us that it’s okay if darning doesn’t look perfect. It’s usually on the bottom of a sock for pete’s sake.  Here’s my practice darning swatch:

My first darning

My first darning

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Gorgeous Sock Yarns from Datura Fibers

Yikes just when I thought my pocketbook was safe (I’m going to try to do my best not to over do it during the Sock Summit this week)… but Bob and Meghan of Datura Fibers have done it again. They’ve created a Kettle-dyed series of yarns that are to die for. The colors are perfect for the Fall, and they’ll be available during the Sock Summit over at the Naked Sheep Knitshop in No Po.

What’s even better about this yarn? It’s a bit overplied which increases the durability of the yarn in general. A good thing for fiber that’s worn on people’s feets and walked around in.

The deep indigo is my favorite color-way, but I noticed tonight at the shop that they have even more kettle dyed colors waiting to be skeined including rich teal, understated olive,  a mauvish plum, and a shale grey. It’s just too much… I’ll never be able to decide which color I want.

Indigo Blues

Indigo Blues

Medley of Colors - The Deep Orange is Stunning

Medley of Colors - The Deep Orange is Stunning

Chocolate Browns

Chocolate Browns

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Meaning of Life? Nah… Just a Reminder of What’s Truly Important.

We popped into see this film, $9.99 last night and I was quite charmed by the whole experience. The animation was wonderful, the shading and textures on the characters was a refreshing sight from all the clean lines we see here in America with all the MacAnimation we get from the big animation houses.  Plus there was a lot of knitting to oggle and wonder at. I really adored the story about the little boy who became attached to his piggy bank.  I have to admit, if you are the kind of person that likes explicit explantation or plot lines that are spelled out for you…  or if you think there must always be a point to a story…this isn’t the movie for you. This film may not be for those who crave the explicit or a traditional, clear moral ending, but even without lines clearly drawn, I walked away pleasantly surprised and feeling good.

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