Sunday, November 14, 2010

Paused the Goal

For the last several years one of my goals has been to work a new swatch every day and add its picture to the KnittingFool web site. There have been times when I fell off the goal, like last year when my Dad died. And this week when my daughter asked me to make a sweater for her; a particular sweater she saw at Knitter's Midwest last August. She remembered that it was announced during the runway fashion show that the pattern would be in the Knitter's 100th issue. So when that issue came recently she found the pattern for the Celebrate Tunic and wanted me to make it.

I ordered the yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash, from on Saturday 11/13/2010. They had almost all of the 11 rainbow colors; we found close substitutes for a couple colors. The yarn arrived the following Monday. I wasn't expecting it that fast. I worked my guage swatch Monday evening and started the front of the sweater that evening. It is now the following Sunday and I just finished the second sleeve -- all the knitting is done. I'm going to take a break for a couple days before I block and finish the sweater.

My daughter should have made the sweater because the pattern is so simple -- all garter stitch and simple shaping. But the yarn was a bit more expensive than what she is accustomed to working with, and she does not have a good completion record, so she was intimidated by it.

I understand how that is. I made my first sweater at about her age. I made it out of Red Heart wool in a varigated shade of olive greens. I had to use the varigated yarn because my Mom would not front the money to buy all the yarn at one time -- varigated yarn reduced the risk of having a mixed dye lot. My weekly allowance was enough to buy two skeins. It took about six weeks to get all the yarn, two skeins at a time. It was a great sweater, a pattern from a woman's magazine (McCall's or Good Housekeeping), long cardigan, simple 7 stitch cables all over (with the purl stitch down the middle) and set in pockets. Fairly challenging for a first time sweater but I was so determined to show my Mom that I was not a bad bet. She was a little easier about financing my early projects after that.

So for a week I have not added any swatch pictures to KnittingFool. I will try to catch it up a bit over the Thanksgiving weekend. Hope you understand.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Knitting the Lorenz Manifold

A few years ago I came across a pattern to crochet the Lorenz Manifold. The crochet pattern was not like any others I had seen, perhaps because it was created by someone who had their mind way into math. Just a sample:

"rnd 4: 60 dtr 0 3 4 7 8 11 12 15 16 19 20 23 24 27 28 31 32 35 36 39 (gd 12.75)"

The short intrepretation: You will end round 3 with 60 dtr (double triple) crochets on the round. you will achieve this be working two dtr in each stitch of the previous row shown in the list. That means that starting with the 0 stitch (the first stitch to a non-mathematician) you will work two dtr in the first stitch, one dtr in each of the 2nd and 3rd stitches, two dtr in each of the 4th and 5th stitches (on the list as 3 and 4) and so on. The gd 12.75 is a measurement of geodesic distance. According to the pattern the gd is given for "orientation and motivation" -- yeah, right, motivation.

One other little note: dtr is double triple crochet. But the pattern is from the UK where double triple crochet means the same as triple crochet in the US.

It took me a while to convert this into a knit pattern. And what I have is still a draft. I am working through it for the second time. The first time I used knitting worsted. I did all the increases as "work two stitches in one stitch." Because of the bulk of the knitting worsted the result was heavy and difficult to mount on a frame. This time I am working all the increases as yarn overs and I am using lace weight yarn

K = knit a stitch
YO=yarn over
K2 = knit the next two stitches
Kn = knit the next n stitches
M= make one; knit into the front and back of the stitch. This is an increase of one stitch.
D=decrease one stitch
DM=knit two stitches together and before removing the loops from the needle, K1-b in the same two stitches.
Work even the same as knit around.

Cast on 5 stitches. Join into a ring being careful not to twist the stitches.

Row 1. M in each stitch. (total of 10 stitches)
Row 2. M in each stitch. (total of 20 stitches)
Row 3 work even
Row 4. M in each stitch. (total of 40 stitches)
Row 5 work even
Row 6 work even
Row 7. YO, k1, [K2, (YO, k1) twice] 9 times, K2, YO, k1. (total of 60 stitches)
Row 8 work even
Row 9 work even
Row 10 YO, k1, [K4, (YO, k1) twice] 9 times, K4, YO, k1. (total of 80 stitches
Row 11 work even
Row 12 work even
Row 13. K3, [(YO, k1) twice, K6] 9 times, (YO, k1) twice, K3. (total of 100 stitches)
Row 14 work even
Row 15 work even
Row 16. YO, k1, [K8, (YO, k1) twice] 9 times, K8, YO, k1. (total of 120 stitches)
Row 17 work even
Row 18 work even
Row 19. K111, YO, K5, YO, K4. (total of 122 stitches)
Row 20 work even
Row 21 work even
Row 22. YO, K3, YO, K5, YO, K3, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K5, YO, k1, [K6, YO, K5, YO, k1] 6 times, K2, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K5, YO, K3, (YO, k1) twice, K12, YO, k1. (total of 148 stitches)
Row 23 work even
Row 24 work even
Row 25. K7, (YO, k1) twice, K21, [(YO, k1) twice, K12] 5 times, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K15, (YO, k1) twice, K10, YO, K3, (YO, k1) 4times, K2, YO, k4. (total of 171 stitches)
Row 26 work even
Row 27 work even
Row 28. K3, YO, K3, YO, K19, [(YO, k1) twice, K14] 6 times, YO, K16, YO, K5, YO, K3, YO, k26. (total of 189 stitches)
Row 29 work even
Row 30. K13, YO, K3, YO, k2 132, YO, k40. (total of 192 stitches)
Row 31 work even
Row 32. YO, K25, YO, K3, YO, K5, YO, K3, YO, K10, YO, K5, YO, K67, YO, K5, YO, K10, YO, K3, YO, K5, YO, K3, YO, K23, YO, k2, (YO, k1) twice, K, YO, K3, (YO, k1) twice, K8, YO, K4, YO, k2, YO, k1 (total of 214 stitches).
Row 33 work even
Row 34. K3, YO, k45, YO, K13, (YO, K7, YO, K3, YO, K5, YO, K3) 3 times, YO, K7, YO, K13, YO, K64, (YO, k1) twice, K5, YO, k8. (total of 234 stitches)
Row 35 work even
Row 36. K23, (YO, k1) twice, K152, (YO, k1) twice, K14, YO, K11, YO, K9, YO, k2, YO, K7, YO, k12. (total of 243 stitches)
Row 37 work even
Row 38 K47, (YO, k1) twice, K20, (YO, k1) twice, K64, (YO, k1) twice, K20, (YO, k1) twice, K40, YO, K5, YO, K9, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K6, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, k3. (total of 261 stitches)
Row 39 work even
Row 40 K7, (YO, k1) twice, K86, (YO, k1) twice, K20, (YO, k1) twice, K97, (YO, k1) twice, K43. (total of 269 stitches)
Row 41 work even
Row 42 YO, k2, YO, k196, (YO, K4) twice, (YO, k1) twice, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K13, YO, K5, YO, k2, (YO, k1) twice, K16, YO, K13, YO, k1 (total of 283 stitches)
Row 43 work even
Row 44 K16, (YO, k1) twice, K3, YO, K4, YO, K7, YO, K17, YO, K7, YO, K113, YO, K7, YO, K17, YO, K23, YO, K9, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K5, YO, K3, YO, K9, YO, K12, (YO, k1) twice, K9, YO, k2, YO, K5, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, k3. (total of 307 stitches)
Row 45 work even
Row 46 K2, YO, K5, (YO, k1) twice, K71, (YO, K7, YO, K17) 3 times, YO, K7, YO, k1, K108, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, k2, YO, K5, YO, K6, YO, K5, YO, k17. (total of 325 stitches)
Row 47 work even
Row 48 K7, YO, K9, YO, K28, YO, k1, K155, YO, K9, YO, K16, YO, K10, YO, K16, YO, K10, (YO, k1) twice, K4, YO, K16, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K10, (YO, k1) twice, K, YO, K14, YO, k11 (total of 343 stitches)
Row 49 work even
Row 50 YO, K6, YO, K24, YO, K26, (YO, K17, YO, K9) 5 times, YO, K23, YO, K25, YO, K9, (YO, K3) times, YO, K11, YO, K4, (YO, k1) twice, K13, (YO, k1) 3 times, K28, YO, K18, (YO, k1) three times, K6, (YO, k1) twice, K3, YO, k1 (total of 375 stitches)
Row 51 work even
Row 52 K54, (YO, k1) twice, K209, YO, K7, YO, K42, YO, K27, YO, k34 (total of 381 stitches)
Row 53 work even
Row 54 K5, YO, k1, YO, k78, (YO, k1) twice, [K26, (YO, k1) twice] 4 times, K26, YO, K8, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K13, YO, K15, YO, K3, (YO, k1) three times, K2, YO, K3, YO, K22, YO, K9, YO, K17, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K15, YO, K26, YO, k3. (total of 411 stitches)
Row 55 work even
Row 56 K2, YO, K21, (YO, k1) twice, K8, YO, K11, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K250, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, k2, YO, K5, YO, K25, YO, K5, YO, K7, (YO, K3) twice, YO, K39, YO, K3, YO, K5, (YO, k1) twice, K4. (total of 432 stitches)
Row 57 work even
Row 58 K4, (YO, k1) twice, K12, YO, K54, YO, k150, YO, K15, YO, K39, YO, K37, YO, K16, YO, K26, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K, YO, K3, YO, K4, (YO, k1) twice, K2, (YO, k1) twice, K27, YO, k27 (total of 451 stitches)
Row 59 work even
Row 60 YO, K16, YO, K8, YO, K11, YO, K48, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K15, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K15, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K15, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K15, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K23, (YO, k1) twice, K35, YO, K4, YO, K13, YO, K7, YO, K32, YO, K16, YO, K17, YO, K3, YO, K13, YO, K4, YO, K3, YO, K36, YO, K16, (YO, k1) twice, K13, YO, k1 (total of 491 stitches)
Row 61 work even
Row 62 K13, YO, K38, YO, k1, K237, YO, K11, YO, K14, YO, K18, YO, K8, YO, K21, (YO, k1) twice, K40, (YO, k1) twice, K8, YO, K3, (YO, k1) twice, K2, (YO, k1) twice, (K14, YO) twice, K19, YO, K12, YO, k10 (total of 511 stitches)
Row 63 work even
Row 64 K2, YO, K15, YO, K5, YO, K3, (YO, k1) twice, K21, (YO, k1) twice, K10, YO, K9, YO, K9, YO, k1, K194, YO, K9, YO, K57, YO, K9, YO, K12, YO, K15, YO, K10, YO, K42, YO, K5, (YO, k1) twice, K21, YO, K20, YO, K22, YO, k1, K14 (total of 534 stitches)
Row 65 work even
Row 66 K5, YO, K5, YO, K3, YO, K3, (YO, k1) twice, K4, YO, K24, YO, K67, YO, K136, YO, K9, YO, K81, (YO, K3) 3 times, YO, K7, (YO, k1) 4 times, K10, YO, K3, YO, K43, YO, K24, (YO, k1) twice, K5, YO, K8, YO, K4, YO, K34, YO, K37, YO, k2, YO, k4 (total of 563 stitches)
Row 67 work even
Row 68 YO, K4, YO, K6, YO, K3, YO, K16, YO, K18, (YO, k1) twice, K55, YO, K26, YO, K25, YO, K68, YO, K9, YO, K45, YO, K7, YO, K25, YO, K23, YO, K27, YO, K8, (YO, k1) twice, K12, YO, K2, YO, K31, YO, K11, YO, K41, YO, K5, (YO, k1) 3 times, K14, YO, K76 (total of 591 stitches)
Row 69 work even
Row 70 K9, (YO, k1) twice, K7, YO, K27, YO, K41, YO, K33, YO, K29, YO, K7, YO, K19, YO, K9, YO, K7, YO, K9, YO, K9, YO, K9, YO, K7, YO, K29, YO, K7, YO, K65, YO, K35, YO, K2, (YO, k1) twice, K7, YO, K6, YO, K28, YO, K9, YO, K25, YO, K31, YO, K17, (YO, k1) twice, K3, YO, K9, YO, K3, YO, K3, (YO, k1) 3 times, K2, (YO, k1) 3 times, K8, YO, K12, YO, K41, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K3, YO, K3, YO, K4, YO, K2 (total of 637 stitches)
Row 71 work even
Row 72 K2, YO, K11, YO, K1, K75, YO, K305, YO, K26, YO, K5, YO, K6, YO, K3, YO, K72, YO, K3, YO, K11, YO, K3, YO, K10, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K26, YO, K10, YO, K24, YO, K41 (total of 655 stitches)
Row 73 work even
Row 74 K5, YO, K64, YO, K46, YO, K207, YO, K61, YO, K5, YO, K20, YO, K15, YO, K3, YO, K10, YO, K14, YO, K63, YO, K25, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K114 (total of 670 stitches)
Row 75 work even
Row 76 K4, YO, K6, YO, K17, YO, K92, YO, K16, YO, K189, YO, K56, YO, K18, YO, K18, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K3, YO, K1, K106, YO, K5, (YO, k1) twice, K3, YO, K3, YO, K6, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K7, YO, K10, YO, K71, YO, K12, YO, K9, YO, K4 (total of 695 stitches)
Row 77 work even
Row 78 YO, K8, YO, K13, YO, K17, YO, K100, YO, K23, YO, K17, YO, K97, YO, K17, YO, K21, (YO, k1) twice, K30, YO, K25, YO, K10, YO, K58, YO, K3, YO, K88, YO, K11, (YO, k1) twice, K10, YO, K14, YO, K23, YO, K2, (YO, k1) twice, K87, YO, K16 (total of 720 stitches)
Row 79 work even
Row 80 K12, YO, K10, YO, K28, YO, K61, YO, K57, YO, K15, YO, K23, (YO, k1) twice, K14, (YO, k1) twice, K20, (YO, k1) twice, K14, (YO, k1) twice, K22, YO, K15, YO, K52, YO, K24, (YO, k1) twice, K, YO, K57, YO, K15, (YO, k1) twice, K12, YO, K50, DM, K47, YO, K5, YO, K14, YO, K20, (YO, k1) twice, K4, YO, K11, YO, K41, DM, K5, DM, K, DM, K29, YO, K13, YO, K5, YO, K2 (total of 754 stitches)
Row 81 work even
Row 82 K11, YO, K5, YO, K17, YO, K9, YO, K51, YO, K2, (YO, k1) twice, K23, YO, K270, YO, K18, YO, K45, YO, K10, (YO, k1) twice, K, YO, K18, YO, K5, (YO, k1) twice, K3, YO, K8, YO, K21, DM, K7, DM, K, D, K5, DM, K14, DM, K43, YO, K2, YO, K11, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K3, YO, K7, YO, K8, YO, K62, DM, K8, DM, K26, YO, K6, YO, K7 (total of 782 stitches)
Row 83 work even
Row 84 K2, YO, K2, YO, K4, YO, K13, YO, K8, YO, K2, YO, K33, YO, K3, YO, K5, YO, K21, YO, K12, YO, K1, K273, YO, K7, YO, K48, YO, K24, YO, K14, YO, K6, YO, K19, YO, K3, YO, K63, D, K42, (YO, k1) twice, K4, (YO, k1) twice, K12, YO, K21, YO, K4, YO, K21, YO, K34, D, K, D, K8, D, K11, D, K48 (total of 804 stitches)
Row 85 work even
Row 86 K4, YO, K3, YO, K15, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K19, YO, K2, (YO, k1) twice, K79, YO, K3, YO, K45, YO, K1, K167, YO, K5, YO, K33, YO, K13, YO, K12, YO, K16, YO, K10, YO, K13, YO, K19, YO, K9, YO, K6, YO, K9, YO, K23, YO, K15, YO, K5, YO, K26, DM, K7, D, K3, D, K5, DM, K3, DM, K5, D, K47, YO, K6, YO, K8, YO, K12, (YO, k1) twice, K15, YO, K4, YO, K14, YO, K5, YO, K7, YO, K1, K, YO, K1, K, YO, K12, DM, K21, DM, K48, YO, K4 (total of 840 stitches)
Row 87 work even
Row88 YO, K11, YO, K10, YO, K12, YO, K7, YO, K3, YO, K26, YO, K16, YO, K15, YO, K45, (YO, k1) twice, K20, (YO, k1) twice, K23, YO, K18, YO, K19, YO, K5, YO, K37, YO, K5, YO, K37, YO, K5, YO, K18, (YO, k1) twice, K42, (YO, k1) twice, K17, YO, K60, YO, K22, YO, K42, YO, K8, YO, K6, YO, K7, YO, K10, YO, K1, K90, YO, K8, YO, K13, YO, K15, YO, K8, (YO, k1) twice, K4, (YO, k1) twice, K22, YO, K15, YO, K5, (YO, k1) twice, K11, YO, K19, DM, K56, YO, K12 (total of 887 stitches)
Row 89 work even
Row 90 K11, YO, K5, YO, K18, K34, YO, K13, YO, K5, YO, K25, YO, K8, YO, K12, YO, K23, YO, K24, YO, K3, YO, K38, (YO, k1) twice, K22, YO, K43, (YO, k1) twice, K42, (YO, k1) twice, K66, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K40, YO, K97, YO, K8, YO, K16, YO, K9, YO, K5, YO, K8, YO, K38, D, K9, D, K20, D, K8, D, K41, YO, K16, YO, K7, YO, K12, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K19, YO, K9, (YO, k1) twice, K19, YO, K64, D, K32, YO, K2 (total of 921 stitches)
Row 91 work even
Row 92 K2, YO, K35, YO, K24, YO, K5, YO, K10, YO, K8, YO, K122, YO, K17, YO, K31, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K31, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K31, YO, K7, (YO, k1) twice, K6, YO, K31, YO, K41, YO, K76, YO, K50, YO, K29, (YO, k1) twice, K23, YO, K70, DM, K57, YO, K6, YO, K2, (YO, k1) twice, K10, YO, K16, (YO, k1) twice, K14, YO, K45, YO, K29, YO, K35, YO, K11, (YO, k1) twice, K6 (total of 958 stitches)
Row 93 work even
Row 94 K5, YO, K4, YO, K11, YO, K3, YO, K2, YO, K19, YO, K10, YO, K5, YO, K23, YO, K10, (YO, k1) twice, K41, YO, K54, YO, K15, YO, K23, YO, K200, YO, K12, YO, K89, YO, K23, YO, K10, YO, K43, (YO, k1) twice, K1, YO, K20, YO, K4, (YO, k1) twice, K64, YO, K43, YO, K47, YO, K3, (YO, k1) 4 times, K9, YO, K2, YO, K39, YO, K6, YO, K21, DM, K42, DM, K8, D, K32 (total of 994 stitches)
Row 95 work even
Row 96 K4, YO, K3, YO, K2, YO, K10, YO, K6, YO, K8, YO, K15, YO, K65, YO, K117, YO, K24, YO, K165, YO, K12, YO, K80, YO, K25, YO, K7, YO, K35, YO, K4, YO, K2, YO, K5, YO, K33, YO, K23, YO, K2, YO, K12, YO, K70, D, K9, D, K37, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K8, YO, K12, YO, K8, YO, K3, YO, K15, (YO, k1) twice, K2, YO, K30, YO, K96, D, K34 (total of 1025 stitches)
Row 97 work even
Row 98 YO, K10, YO, K5, YO, K18, YO, K84, YO, K10, YO, K18, YO, K135, YO, K12, YO, K11, YO, K12, YO, K15, YO, K12, YO, K11, YO, K12, YO, K15, YO, K12, YO, K11, YO, K12, YO, K132, YO, K33, (YO, k1) twice, K9, YO, K19, YO, K27, YO, K12, YO, K13, YO, K6, YO, K7, YO, K11, YO, K17, D, K, DM, K4, DM, K2, DM, K53, YO, K9, YO, K34, YO, K27, YO, K5, (YO, k1) 8 times, K2, (YO, k1) twice, K4, YO, K12, YO, K13, YO, K136, YO, K4 (total of 1072 stitches)
Row 99 work even
Row 100 K31, YO, K63, YO, K4, YO, K6, YO, K13, YO, K19, (YO, k1) twice, K39, YO, K358, YO, K73, YO, K45, (YO, k1) twice, K3, YO, K10, YO, K21, YO, K2, YO, K8, YO, K5, (YO, k1) twice, K33, DM, K20, YO, K16, YO, K9, D, K41, YO, K13, YO, K29, YO, K23, (YO, k1) twice, K10, YO, K23, YO, K5, YO, K10, YO, K64, YO, K9, YO, K5, YO, K51 (total of 1104 stitches)
Row 101 work even.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Not Knitting - Just an Economic Screech

There are two ways to get rich. You can either acquire a lot of money or not spend a lot of money. The first method is the most difficult, either through the degree of effort it takes to work hard enough to get a lot of compensation; or by the risk via either luck (I won the lottery) or via less ethical means (I robbed a bank) to acquire a large amount of wealth.

That takes us to the second method, ordinary or extraordinary frugality. My Uncle Paul is a living example of this. He is the millionaire-next-door. Any superficial examination of his condition would lead you to believe he is all but a pauper. He does own some farm land, but most of what he farms is rented land. The small-holding of land he owns is his only visible asset.

He drives a 20 year old car. It is no longer possible to determine the original color of the car. The surface is worn and rusted away. He probably has dropped a different engine in it somewhere along the line. From the sound of it, that engine may have come from a derelict lawnmower. Paul's house has the look of an unfinished hovel. The floors are unfinished plywood. In many places the wall treatment is not finished drywall; it's insulation that has been stapled to the wall. Paul spends money only when either his life or the risk of spending more money depends on it.

He has no modern farm equipment. He uses old combines that don't even have a cab over the driver's seat. I don't think that style has been made for the last 40 years; farmers don't want to sit out in the elements anymore. Long ago Paul bought up a lot of old junk farm equipment, for cheap, to use for spare parts. And he is real crafty about machining his own spare parts when he can't find what he needs on one of the old wrecks.

Many years ago, a coal mining company came through our neck of the woods and bought mineral right for coal from most of the farmers. Actually, all the farmers excepts Paul. He did not want any sinks on his land because it would affect the value of his land. The man from the coal company fairly pleaded with him to sell the rights. The coal company representative even came to talk with my mother about her brother. It was pretty funny because the coal-guy assumed Paul was poor as Joe's turkey and was in desperate need of money. He could not comprehend why Paul would not jump at the opportunity. When my mother told him that Paul did not need any money because he already had more money in the bank than most of the other farmers in the area, the coal-guy was incredulous. Then Mom let him in on the two ways to get rich and how Paul was so into the not-spending habit that he fooled everyone. From the look on the guy's face, I don't think he quite understood.

Right now, we could use a more of Uncle Paul's type of thinking in our government spending. The over-spending that is currently going on will result in true poverty for many. The two methods of getting rich can also be applied as two methods of getting out of debt. The government has only a few ways to make money:
(1) taxes that reduce the wealth of the taxed that in turns reduces their ability to produce anything that can be taxed in the future, (2) borrowing that increases the debt that you were trying to reduce, and (3) inflation that is actually a tax on everyone, especially a tax on the poor. Just like in getting rich, the ways available for government to acquire money to pay off debt have a lot of problems.

That leads us to the alternative, to not spend the tax money in the first place. Government is ripe with opportunity for cutting spending. Cutting the government work force is the most obvious. Government employees do not add to the net wealth of a nation. Most of them could be in the private sector producing something that someone actually wants. Instead they are in the government sector churning regulations that rarely are efficient at yielding any benefit. They even have to have unions to convince themselves that they are indispensable. There was a time when unions were needed. Unions probably still make sense in some parts of the world where the government has not co-opted the purposes of the union. But in the United States, unions have little valid purpose unless we close down OSHA, EEOC and a few other dubious government functions. In this country today, if you need a union to protect your job, there is a strong possibility that you are overpaid, under worked or your job is just unnecessary.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

PDF version of Simple Set-in Sleeve Cardigan fixed

In another post comment, Marilee noted that, on the member-site, there was no PDF version of the Simple, Set-in Sleeve Calculated by the Percentage Method.

I can take a hint. So I worked on it this evening. Earlier, variables were added for calculating the placement of buttonholes. But I had not correctly managed those variables on the PDF version. Then I forgot about the incomplete work. That deficiency has now been corrected.

Thanks Marilee, I needed the reminder about the unfinished work.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Moving the blog

My ISP host ( sent an email about a week ago advising me of changes in their relationship with the blog host site. Bottom line, I have to move my (much neglected) blog. The export/import tool that was recommended to me did not work as advertised. Rather than spend a lot of time complaining to I have elected to just move it manually. That is the advantage of having a much neglected blog -- there isn't that much to move.