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Mondo Mondo March 11, 2010

chic-knits-mondo-cable-vest-100311Our Mondo Cable class started up at Loopy Yarns this weekend and it was really fun to be part of something where a knitter discovers a great new technique. It’s one of those super-wow! moments that happen only once in awhile, right along the lines of riding a two-wheeler. Cables are my very favorite thing to do in knitting – I never get tired of the braiding of the stitches (sure wish I could make a Celtic Knot pattern with my bedhead this morning ;p)

Today, I was busy putting together some little online ads and got to giggle when both things collided: the cabling and the photos.

Now it’s also one of my favorite things to do when I get to play with pictures and fonts! I never get tired of looking through type faces and font collections searching for the combinations that make a conversational graphic point. I’ve collected a few books and made notebooks on my own — I have a whole book just filled with business cards I’ve collected over the years and another with ones I’ve designed.

A business card is a micro-environment that in the 21st can say a lot about a person and their agenda in a very small space. Like lots of things in business, gone are the days of the formal imprints and in with the days of designs that reflect the tone & character of the person/business that can have a sense of humor, be modern, or bold.

I especially love some that have a little WINK in the layout. A little fun and friskiness that’s an invitation to connect.

Of course, if you’re a judge or a cop or lawyer, you probably have a white card with a governmental seal or company name.

But for the rest of us, the world’s our playground!


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New is Good March 9, 2010

As a geek, I have to admit it is pretty hard to blow me away these days. We are already living in one of the most amazing eras in history, where technology meets form and function in a way that just keeps getting better and better. What more could really be uniquely exciting?

Like many in the 21st, I am wholeheartedly dedicated to multi-tasking. Until that villa on Lake Cuomo appears and I can be One of the Ladies Who Lunch, my days will be filled with commitments and events that require a lot of planning and attention to all come out well.

it-1-P1000754What’s really funny is the more you do, the more you want to do.

That has to be some kind of ludicrous adjunct to the ideas of “If you want something done, ask a busy person” and/or “An idle mind is the Devil’s Playground.” Hee.

For most people spinning in the fast lane like this, you most likely have a Smart Phone or like me, an iTouch, because we are enthralled by being efficient, by the quest for the ultimate in time management.

I hate waiting in traffic jams; I see my life pass before my eyes in a doctor’s office as the clock ticks and ticks and ticks (average wait in Chicago: add 45 min to your basic appointment time).

But this weekend something happened to change all that:

This weekend I discovered a couple of things that made me go AHHHH!


I found that Amazon was offering a Kindle version app for the iPhone that also works on the iTouch. (The app is free. Squeee!)

So off I went and then I found even more happiness…


Our friend from the early days of blogging circa 2002, Rachael Herron, (Yarn-a-Go-Go) has published her first novel: How to Knit a Love Song! Browsing the new books, there she was in all her glory! Congratulations Rachel for a great read — it combines a modern romance with the love of knitting in a fresh and entertaining read. Bonus: Rachael includes a cool pattern for a gansey in the book as well!

And I can read this on my kindled-itouch whenever and wherever I want!

How very cool it that!?

Just when I thought I couldn’t be bowled over again…

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