I have a sock yarn problem: I have enough on hand to knit at least 15 pairs of socks, but somehow keep buying more skeins. I blame the gorgeous colours, so it really isn’t my fault. Case in point: even though I had vowed to not buy ANY more yarn (ha I almost wrote “wine”) until I’d knit down the stash, last Saturday found me at Romni Wool for a bit of après-bowling (which had been fueled by $4 caesars and beer) shopping. I came home with this:
I couldn’t help myself.
So now the new rule is, I must finish the one pair of socks I currently have on the go (it’s been at the heel of the second foot for about a month now), and knit at least one project from the stash yarn before I even think about casting on with the new yarn.
Like my sock yarn collection, my Ravelry queue is also out of control. I’ve had the Chevron Scarf saved there for at least four years. Using the leftover Fleece Artist sock yarn from the wrist warmers I made last autumn, and a ball of leftover yarn from socks knit so long ago that they’ve grown holes and have been discarded, the other night I cast on for this beauty:
The pattern knits up super quickly, and the colour progression keeps me motivated to do “just one more row”. As Im hoping this will get nice and long, Ive decided to block it in sections every few days or so instead of trying to find somewhere long enough to do it when finished.
If you want to follow along with the project progression, here’s its Ravelry page.
Side by side for comparison
The friendly FedEx man just dropped off my pole, there has to be a joke in there somewhere right? Hah.
So! I laid out the pole beside it’s match to make sure it was the same length, and I was really surprised to see how much bend there was in the other pole (the one that survived Mooseman) . I think I’ve used my tent six times since I bought it, so it’s a little crazy how much casual use bends the poles! Fixed and straightened pole on the left, second pole on the right.
Bring on camping season, I’m good to go!
Kelty’s Buttress 4 – my home away from home
If you’re looking to buy a new tent, I highly recommend anything by Kelty. Not only does the tent look great, but their customer service is fantastic. One of my tent poles snapped in half during a manic attempt to put my tent up in a monsoon on the first night of Mooseman, Ontario’s regional Burning Man festival; I spent the festival with my tent held together with duct tape, a broken pencil, and a lot of prayers.
After the festy I contacted Kelty, they sent me a repair form and said that the repair was free of charge, all I had to do was pay for shipping to them. They had the rest. I finally mailed out my pole about a month ago, and today their repair guy messaged me to make sure he was repairing the pole to proper specs as the tent had changed slightly over the years (and in fact, they don’t even make it anymore). An hour later he wrote back to say the pole was as good as new, and that he was FedExing it to me now. And I want to note, Kelty is in Colorado, there isn’t a Canadian division. That they are shipping it to me here at no extra charge kind of blows my mind a little.
This service alone pretty much guarantees me as a customer for life. They’re absolutely doing it right.
A couple of weeks ago I posted an article on Facebook about bars and cafes tracking you via the wifi receiver on your phone via a company called Turnstyle Solutions. This company and their product has been in the news a lot lately because most people seem to feel it’s more than a bit dodgy for a bar or cafe to track their patrons movements and behaviours without letting them know they’re being monitored. What’s worse, is that if an establishment has this device installed and someone walks past their doors — in other words, they aren’t even going inside — with wifi turned on in their phone or tablet, their phones are still broadcasting information to these Turnstyle devices.
How do you know if a business you patronize is tracking you? For now, there is no way. — The Globe and Mail
I think it’s balls that you aren’t given any notice whatsoever that just walking past a place that has that device installed is scraping information off of your phone or tablet without your permission, but at least I’ve now found a way you can opt-out. This technology should 100% be opt-in, but since there aren’t any laws in place to protect people, you have to take matters into your own hands.
How to opt-out
First, go to Turnstyle’s opt-out page, where you are going to add your device’s Media Access Control (aka MAC ) number. This number is specific to the network adaptor in WiFi devices, ie your phone or tablet. Here’s how to find your device’s MAC number, via the excellent instructions on Optimum Online: Android, iOS, Windows. Once you have the number, enter into the text box on the opt-out page, fill out the captcha, and you’re done! Easy-peasy.
Who’s using Turnstyle?
Other than Happy Child on Queen Street West, I don’t know. Unsurprisingly that information isn’t available. Oh the irony.
Alternatively, you can turn the WiFi off on your phone, but I find this to be a hassle as I use the network at home and at work and actually want my phone to automatically connect to these when I enter into their ranges.
I just had my first persimmon, wow! Where has this been all my life?