Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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Finally, a Good Start; and, New Toy!

Filed under: Blog Admin,Knitting,Rats!,Video Clips — folkcat at 3:43 pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Last night I made a fresh attempt at my latest socks – Socks for Folkcat, Pair Three, Sock One (SF:P3S1), and actually got somewhere!

SF:P3S1; Toe Done

The yarn is Fortissima Socka Mexiko Country Colors, #14 (Serengeti). I’m loving how this knits up! The background colors run long enough that even on my extra-wide foot, the stripes are wide enough to count. And I adore how the other blotches of color come into play, creating splashes and dashes here and there. I think there may be more yarn from this product line in my future.

New Toy!

We love the gadgets here, both me and Gryphon. Our cellphone carrier is Verizon Wireless, and every two years, they let you get a new phone (from a specified list) for free! Our two years were up recently, and here’s what I got:
Jen's enV
LG enV

From what I can gather, this is one of the cool phones from last year. (The iPhone, of course, has blown all other cool phones out of the water. Ask my brother!) It’s not just a phone with a qwerty keyboard, it’s also a 2-megapixel camera.

That’s as much power as the Olympus camera I bought myself about 9 years ago, for over $900. (It was a bargain at the time!) Okay, the Olympus still takes higher quality pictures, and will still be the go-to camera for most blog purposes. The phone, on the other hand, is more likely to be with me almost all the time, and it will let me do something the Olympus won’t – e-mail or message the pictures to flickr, direct to the blog, or to friends.

One of the coolest features about this phone – I can take videos with it, up to an hour long! The image quality isn’t the best, but it’s a chance to at least occasionally show you cute Ratties in motion! (I promise, I won’t abuse the opportunity by inundating the blog with rat videos!)

Here, then, is your first chance to see the new girl, Lola, in all her hyperactive glory:

Notice, at about the 1-minute to go mark, how I say “Go see Daddy!”, and Lola takes off like a shot to get back to Gryphon! Our girlies are smart!

As you can imagine, I’m having fun learning all the features of this new toy. Like browsing the web while we’re out doing errands, checking the weather, etc. I’ve only just scratched the surface of what the enV will be able to do for me, I’m sure.

Review Blog In The Works!

Yup – I finally had an “a-ha!” moment earlier today, and came up with a name for a review blog: Shopping Jen.

I know, I know – fairly obvious, isn’t it? Also, per my checks with multiple search engines, not already being used, and the .com domain was available. We snapped that up this afternoon.

Gryphon and I will be working together the next couple of weeks to get Shopping Jen up and running. Once that happens, any non-crafty product reviews will have a home – and they won’t be clogging up this blog. Don’t worry – reviews of knitting or other craft-related books and items will be cross-posted here. After all, they do fit the Crafting Jen theme!

In fact, be watching Thursday and/or Friday for my review of the two knitting books I mentioned yesterday, Romantic Hand Knits and The Yarn Girls Guide to Knits for All Seasons. And I think there will be a giveaway involved, too, so be sure to check in!

4 Comments

Comment by Carol

August 22, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

The Serengeti colourway is awesome! I can see why you want to make the socks in it! Even if it was kicking your ass temporarily….the new phone looks very cool. It tickles my gadget gene. ie New gadget! Want one! Then reality sets in. Notably, but how is the SOUND? Being that I wear hearing aids, that is of paramount importance. And it took me quite a while to narrow down the decision to the one I have. Moving on. Lola is definitely an active four-legger. How DO you keep up! And I love how she knows who her daddy is. Smart!

Comment by sarebear

August 22, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

Isn’t Lola what’s putting out the juice on a tiny rat wheel inside an energizer battery?

Hee hee. If only you could capture that energy!

She is a real firecracker, that Lola! When she stretched up to see what was on a higher surface, well, I didn’t know rats could stretch like that! And she’s bigger than I pictured, even though I knew in my head that most pet rats are the large kind.

(does that sound like I have pet rats in my head, most of which are large? lol)

I wouldn’t have minded the other reviews here, but definitely understand separating it out. (Says she of a couple different blogs, lol, not counting the KAL ones)

I influenced someone to buy a cassette tape drive for their computer (ie, you can put your old music tapes in it, and put them into digital formats on your computer, burn to CD if you have a CD burner, etc.). I wasn’t trying to influence (altho it’s cool I did, lol!), I just show things I think are nifty that I’ve found surfing, from time to time.

Looking forward to those crafty book reviews (and a giveaway, whoohoo is a bonus!).

Comment by Elspeth

August 23, 2007 @ 1:11 am

I am so jealous – I love that phone!

Comment by Claudia

August 23, 2007 @ 8:01 am

LOLA is a HOOT! She’s just too cute. And I LOVE the socks! What a great colorway, I’m going to have to look into that, not that I don’t have enough sock yarn already – LOL! And nce phone. We’ll be getting a new one too after we move. Don’t knoow which one though, we’ll have cingular.

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