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How to Occupy A Hyperactive Rat for (Almost) Four Minutes

Filed under: How To,Rats!,Ravelry — folkcat at 1:39 pm on Monday, August 6, 2007

Hello, everyone! I got my Ravelry invitation this morning, so I’m going to be exploring that site today. I’m still a little unsure what parts I’ll use, so I need to think this over some.

For instance, I have a flickr account, but I don’t really use it because I have more than sufficient capacity for uploaded photos at the server that hosts my blog. Connecting photos to my information at Ravelry will require a duplication of effort on my part – upload photo to blog, then also upload it to flickr so I can link it at Ravelry.

And no, I’m not going to start just uploading to flickr and putting the photos into my blog posts from there. I actually don’t like the way flickr photos present themselves in blog posts. If I want to click through to see the image larger, flickr loads way too slow for my taste.

Plus, there’s a good chance that, given the limitations on a free flickr account, I’ll have to upgrade to the pro level account ($24.95/year) if I do Ravelry right, too. I know that may not seem like a lot to many of you, but there are no savings to pull it from, and cash flow could keep it from happening for a long time.

So I’ve got some thinking to do, with regards to how I want to use Ravelry. Meanwhile, you can find me there as CraftingJen.

Being so occupied myself for now, let me distract you from the lack of other crafting content with a quick tutorial!

How to Occupy a Hyperactive Rat for (Almost) Four Minutes

The following took place between 8:48 p.m. and 8:51 p.m.

1. Allow rat to crawl into empty tissue box through opening on top.

Tissue Box with Rat Inside

2. Place tissue box on table, with opening on bottom.

Lola Escaping Box 1

3. Watch as rat escapes through an opening of their own creation.

Lola Escaping Box 2
Okay, a little off this edge down here…

Lola Escaping Box 3
Gonna have to clean up this top edge a bit…

Lola Escaping Box 4
Still a little too tight…

Lola Escaping Box 5
Ah! There we go!



Comment by Carol

August 6, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

I’ve been spacing out my uploading to Flickr so that my Ravelry stuff doesn’t go over the limit. You can actually link blog posts to projects, so you could load 1 pic of the project to flickr (maybe the begining or the ending shot?) and just link the posts to that project. if you arre looking for me I am Csquared….


Comment by Elinoire

August 6, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

That looks so familiar. Kleenex boxes were a big with my sister’s and my rats when we were growing up. It never occurred to us to knit them rugs or hang up hammocks for them… in retrospect, our rats were deprived, furniture-wise.

Have any of the Rattie sisters used the exercise wheel yet? I ask because none of ours ever did. They prefered to burn calories by ripping up newspaper all night. 😉


Comment by Valerie in San Diego

August 6, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

I agree with you on flickr; I’m using it, reluctantly, for a couple of things, but it’s not my preferred interface.

Lola is so darling! And energetic…


Comment by Elspeth

August 7, 2007 @ 1:26 am

I agree about Flickr. I hate the idea of duplicating my efforts, so I’ll probably just put my FOs on Ravelry. I like the idea of it, but it’s hard to see the use of having a blog and having Ravelry as well. But glad you got the invite at least.


Comment by Carrie K

August 7, 2007 @ 11:49 am

She’s so cute! Yay about Ravelry! Come be my friend, I’m listed as CarrieK.

Happy Birthday!


Comment by Sarah

August 7, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

You wont have to use flickr when it’s all up and going, that’s just what they have for now.

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