Monday, October 01, 2012

Lost my blog counter

A month or two ago, the counter on my blog quit working...and now the place that I got the counter from is saying that my counter account is going to be deleted because it hasnt counted anything for thirty days. I'm guessing the code or something might no longer be compatible with my blog....or something. Oh well.

I got that counter in April of 2006, and there's been 143,456 total page views since then, and 107,535 total visits. Not bad for a little over six years of counting visits to my blog.

I know that there are still people visiting my blog. I still get the occasional comment, and I've had people email me directly too.

I went digging around on the settings of my blog, and found the activity counter stuff that only I can see. Surprised me to see that there were actually over 100 page views of my blog today. I didnt know about this particular setting (blogspot/blogger changed a few things a few months ago, and I havent looked at it much lately because I've been busy with my mom being sick and myself being sick)

At least I can tell that people still wander in to look at my blog occasionally.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Here's a shawl I finished recently

Back in February I discovered the tv show "Sherlock". It's a modern telling of Sherlock Holmes.(stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, and Martin Freeman as John Watson.) The creators of the show took Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and set the show in modern times. (think the first season was filmed in 2010) I fell in love with the show (and both of the main actors) within the 8 minutes of the first episode. A friend of mine had suggested the show, so I'd downloaded the first episode off of iTunes and after the first 15 minutes of the first show, I'd gone back and downloaded the other two.

In one scene in the first episode, Sherlock is sitting in the back of an ambulance with an orange blanket over his shoulders, and he asks (Detective) Inspector Lestrade why he's got this blanket... Lestrade tells him "It's a shock blanket Sherlock, it's for shock.". Sherlock tells him he's not in shock...and I think that's all I'll say about the scene because I dont want to ruin it for anyone who hasnt watched it yet.

I joined a group of crocheters and knitters that like the show and anything Sherlock related. Everyone was talking about crocheting or knitting "shock blankets". So I finally decided what to do with a crochet pattern I had floating around as just an idea in my head last fall and wasnt sure what I wanted to do with it or if it would work. I ended up making a "Shock Blanket Shawl". It's basically a very long, extremely wide scarf...or a very long, very narrow afghan.

The yarn I used is Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn". I really like how this turned out, and the orange is actually kind of nice. It's becoming one of my favorite colors to crochet or knit with. (there may be a knitted scarf coming soon)

The pattern is fairly quick to do. I'd have been finished with it in just a few weeks if I hadnt had a bit of a vision problem earlier this spring that made me pretty much half blind. (better now) I had to put the shawl down for the better part of a month when it was a little more than half finished. Once I started it back up, I had the shawl finished within a week.

I'm kind of planning on posting the pattern once I write it up and hopefully have someone test it for me. I've already crocheted a scarf using the same stitch combination (scarf started out as a swatch and I decided to turn it into something useful)

Here's the rest of the pictures of the shawl.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hope my blog transferred ok

Was having problems getting the blog transferred over. Hope it worked. Someone please comment if you can and tell me if it's ok?

possible technical difficulties ahead.

Just to warn people, my blog might be about to disappear. Having problems getting it transferred to a new system. If you want to save the two patterns I have posted on here, do it now.