Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

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Lazy Weekend?

Filed under: Blog Admin,Knitting,Rats!,Reviews,Video Clips — folkcat at 4:54 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Yes, and no. Gryphon spent a lot of time getting much needed sleep.

My time was spent about 50/50 between so lazy I didn’t even craft (much), and working very hard.

When I was working, it was on the new blog, Shopping Jen. There is now a proper About page, and even the raw beginnings of a F.A.Q. (If you have any questions about Shopping Jen that you’d like to see answered in the FAQ, just leave a comment on the FAQ page.)

The largest part of the job, though, involved this blog, Crafting Jen. Over the two and almost-a-half years that I’ve been writing, I’ve created over 860 posts – 46 of which contain reviews of one type or another. It’s my plan to extract those reviews and re-post them to the new blog as a means of seeding it with content.

It took time to locate them all, though, many hours scrolling through my archives and looking at every single post I’ve ever written. As part of another future project, I also identified every recipe I’ve ever posted – it’s my plan to someday list them under that mysterious “Link 3” at the top of this blog.

So far, the only reviews that have been copied over to Shopping Jen are the three I did a couple of weeks ago. One of the edits I made was to include a list of related links at the bottom of each post. So now, for example, the review for Romantic Hand Knits includes not only the publisher’s link, and one to buy the book at Amazon, but links to both Annie Modesitt’s blog and website.

The weekend was not completely craftless, however, even though long stretches when I wasn’t working on the blogs were spent doing nothing but watching TV. And I mean, really nothing.

I did, eventually, do some work on the entre-lac bag, mostly on Monday night. I’m currently on Tier 5 (of, I think, 14 or so). The more I do these, the faster they get.

WIP - Bags and Books

I love the colors in this one – quiet blues, purples, and greens. It might be hard to give it away come Christmas time!

You may have noticed that the bag is posing with a stack of books. That’s a teaser for upcoming reviews! All five of these titles will be evaluated over the next week or two, and I’ll tell you what I think of them over at Shopping Jen. And here, too – craft book reviews will always be cross-posted to Crafting Jen.

Other reviews are coming up which will only be posted to Shopping Jen. Gryphon and I went to Panera this weekend, and tried a few of their new menu items. Shopping Jen readers can look forward to hearing about the new Chipotle Chicken Sandwich, the Orchard Harvest Salad, and the Pecan Braid. And I’ve got some newly released snack items from the grocery store to check out.

Rattie at Work

It was not a lazy weekend for Lola, who went into Fiber Inspector mode again. She has to make sure that entre-lac bag is top quality, after all!

Sadly, she still doesn’t quite grasp that the knitting, while available to her for inspection and to cuddle with, is not hers to take home.

I’m sure we’ll get the hang of the concept eventually. Meanwhile, I’ll just stay vigilant while both knitting and Lola are around!


Comment by Carol

September 4, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

I dunno, my fibre inspector still doesn’t get it…and it’s been a few years? Maybe your fibre inpector is smarter than mine….

Comment by Carrie K

September 4, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

What? You don’t let her keep it? That’s just cruel.

Nice titles! Lots of future projects.

Comment by Sara Fail

September 5, 2007 @ 4:31 am

She’s so CUTE!!! Persistent little thing, too! She’s got spunk!

Comment by Sarah

September 6, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

Maybe she just wants to learn how to knit too.

Comment by Elinoire

September 11, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

She’s such a cutie. And persistent!

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