Archive for July, 2006

30
Jul
06

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I’m all done with BlogHer ’06 and it was really fun!

I met lots of people, like Jessica, Laurie, Susan, and many others.

Oh, you were interested in the “star” sightings of yesterday? Well, I did actually meet Mandy Moore:

She was really nice! We had a knitbloggers meetup of sorts and I also met Cheeky Attitude — she’s also a Bay Area Librarian! I was really surprised at how few knitbloggers were at the conference since obviously we’re interested in blogging, and many of us live close by.

I also met Marnie MacLean, who was also very nice. She was in a panel that I was recording about commoditizing your blog — “Is the next Martha Stewart a Blogger?”

Although I didn’t meet any more celebrities (that I recognized – there were *tons* of mombloggers), I did record the business blogging session which was really interesting. I’d love to do a blog for some business (hint, hint …) and got some tips during the meeting.

I also sat in the groups/community session where Mandy Moore was speaking. It was interesting, but after peppering the discussion with knitblogging questions (the podcast should be out on the BlogHer website in a few months after post production, I decided to walk around a bit more.

All in all, I got some new contacts and I hope friends, and really enjoyed myself. I hope I can make it to the next conference, which I think is going to be in New York in March. By then I should have graduated and will be actively looking for a job, so I’ll need it!

More knitting content tomorrow, I was knitting a lot, but I’ve got work to do now!

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28
Jul
06

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I had so much fun today! I was at the first official day of BlogHer ’06 and learned so much! I don’t think there were too many knitbloggers because I started a “birds of a feather” session for tomorrow on knitting, and only 4 other people signed up. Oh well. Also, Mandy Moore and I were the only ones KIPing that I saw.

Did I tell you I had a few Mandy Moore sightings?! I forgot my camera, so I will introduce myself tomorrow. I’m going to be recording the panel she’s on so I’ll get to see her. She’s really tall! It was neat to see one of three bloggers that I recognized today.

Most exciting for me was Susie Bright! I really have to find my copy of one of her books so I can get an autograph!

I also saw in the flesh, Heather Armstrong of Dooce. Such fun!

Today I did the recordings for the future podcast of the Luncheon meeting of two of the bigwigs at Flickr and Blogger, Digital photography with Heather Champ of Flickr, Podcasting with Susan Kitchens, Design/Style/Customization, and Vlogging. I even got to use the sound mixer – I felt like a d.j. again.

I did bring some sock knitting, and got some done:

Also this week I started Noelle’s Fleur de Lys washcloth. She said it would take about 4 hours but unfortunately I haven’t had 4 hours to dedicate to it so I’m only on row 12.

I’m at the handle of my French Market Bag:

I really hope it works out for my Sock Kit partner!

27
Jul
06

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Quick update (x-posted): I did my training session for BlogHer ’06 tonight. I’ll be helping on the audio recording on the lunch keynote speech, digital photography, design and style, and video presentations tomorrow (I’ll learn a lot!) and on Saturday I get to work on the (ooh, ooh …) craft blogs discussion, business blogs discussion (Susie Bright is in the next room, darn!) and “Next Level Naked” (I don’t even know how to explain that one!).

The meeting so far has been fun, I met a lookalike and made some contacts. I can’t wait for tomorrow! I need to find some portable knitting …

P.S. Here is the lookalike I mentioned. I even got called “Susan” once.

24
Jul
06

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So has everyone seen the latest Daily Knitter patterns? (Scroll to the bottom.)

In other news, I got my Dye-o-rama prize today from Gina, isn’t it gorgeous?!

And why do I insist on knitting off of a cone?

this is supposed to be my Knit Sock Kit Swap bag.

23
Jul
06

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Am I the last to know that Amazon is now selling yarn? Okay, it’s just Lion Brand, but still! I want to get my collection of Lion Brand dpns going, so it’s great for me. Not to mention they have a link for selling items on the site, so if you have any Lion Brand items listed you can sell them through Amazon? I’m not a huge Amazon fan because of the hype (you know, when people mention buying pretty much anything but mostly books online they automatically refer you to Amazon, even though there are other places that might be cheaper?) but they are in connection with my 2nd favorite craft store, JoAnn’s! (They’re only 2nd to A.C. Moore!)

23
Jul
06

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Yet another swap questionnaire! (I just can’t help myself …)

Favorite Color Swap Questionnaire

1. What are your top three favorite colors? red, black and cream

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? knitting, I’d love to get into sewing but haven’t done so yet.

3. What products do you really covet? music, yarn, patterns, supplies

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? walking and listening to music

5. Is there anything you collect? covers of popular music, Chococat stuff (from Hello Kitty), yarn

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? Aries

7.What are your favorite…

…scents/smells? cinnamon, coffee, rose (pretty much any flower, actually), lemon

…types of music and/or bands? I love covers, but when I’m not listening to them of any type of music, I like indie rock and polka.

…authors?

Roald Dahl and Daniel Pinkwater

…animals?

cats

…places to shop?

yarn stores, candy stores, bakeries (!), all-purpose kind of places like department stores or Target

…season?

Spring

…yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies?

alpaca, silk, soft wool

…candies or goodies?

chocolate (anything but hazelnut), caramels, peppermint or cinnamon flavored stuff

8. Do you have any wish lists?

Amazon

9. Are you allergic to anything?

no

10. Do you have any pets? What are they?

no — my husband is allergic to cats 😦

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy.

I can play MP3s or regular CDs or whatever, so if you wanted to put together a CD I’d love it!

22
Jul
06

I’m a little bit country …

Uhhh … no.

You Are Austin

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.
You’re totally weird and very proud of it.
Artistic and freaky, you still seem to fit in… in your own strange way.
Famous Austin residents: Lance Armstrong, Sandra Bullock, Andy Roddick

What American City Are You?

Now that’s more like it:

Your Musical Tastes Match: Weird Al


See his whole playlist here (iTunes required)

What Celebrity Matches Your Taste in Music?




Elspeth

is a knitter, librarian and pop culture enthusiast in the San Francisco Peninsula. Email me at emmckee@rocketmail

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