It’s Dead Jim

Yes, that is a Trek reference. It’s been a little interesting attempting to write posts for the blog the past couple of months.  My lovely ergonomic split keyboard was finally on it’s last legs. Somedays it refused to allow me to type anything, so I pronounced it dead and ordered a new one.

I actually type very fast. Last time I was tested I was at 120wpm. Whether I’m still that fast remains to be seen. But I have made the computer lag in the past. Lovely thing about newer computers is they seem to process fast enough to keep up with my flying fingers.

Generally I only type that fast when writing rough drafts. Pattern writing and editing is naturally a slower process. But anyway it goes, having the keyboard being wonky is frustrating. No matter my typing speed, I really have to take care of my hands, and having a well designed ergonomic keyboard to work at is key.

Keyboard at desk

My new keyboard came a few weeks ago and I’ve been playing catch-up.  I am really thrilled with it. This new one is split, but it is also a reverse slant. The mouse is interesting as well, it’s taller and sort of sideways, which allows a more comfortable position for my hand and wrist. Some of these changes took me a bit of getting used to. I’ve noticed after nearly a week that I’m able to type faster and more comfortably than before.

Position of Hand on Mouse

If you are like me and spend a great deal of time working at a the computer you might want to check into this keyboard from Microsoft. It’s called the “Natural Ergonomic 7000 Desktop”. You can position the keyboard a number of different ways as it has a removable lift for creating the reverse slant and pop-up legs for a more traditional position.

My favorite change from my old keyboard is that the wireless hook-up is a small USB device about the size of most thumb drives. My previous keyboard had cables that needed to be connected to the computer with a large ovoid shaped transmitter that seemed to be constantly in the way on my desk.

Of course, now I am dreaming of saving up the funds to purchase a new laptop. Something lighter weight and powerful enough to run video editing software on.

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Summer Crochet Designs

Lately I’ve been swatching like a crazy person.  Crocheting peacefully in my favorite spot is a great antidote for all the snow days we have had the past month.

I am attempting to get lots of new proposals created, as well as working out more designs for some self-publishing projects. Unfortunately, I can’t really show you what I’ve been working on. It’s the super secret aspect of this designing journey.  So strange, I’ve got loads of crochet stuff happening, but rarely can share about that on my blog…which is supposed to be primarily about crochet design.

I can share with all my lovely readers about my latest new designs that are in the June 2013 issue of Crochet World.

Photo courtesy of Crochet World / Annie's Publishing
Photo courtesy of Crochet World / Annie’s Publishing

The Butterfly Days Baby Set, which is a snuggly blanket and cardigan for your favorite little one. This is an easy stitch pattern worked with a lively yarn to create a very cushiony but breathable fabric to keep the chill of air-conditioning off baby.

Photo courtesy of Crochet World / Annie's Publishing
Photo courtesy of Crochet World / Annie’s Publishing

And the Sea & Sand Necklace, a fun simple-to-make beaded crochet project that will look great with summer necklines. I designed this using Paton’s Silk Bamboo blend thread. I like silk and silk blends for jewelry as it is a very strong fiber and tends to hold up better to wear. Plus there is the gleam of the fiber and the way it holds color.

This issue of Crochet World is available in electronic version already and will be on newsstands very soon.