The first problem I encountered is the fact I'm not a graphic artist. It's very frustrating to have a clear vision in my head of what I would like my header to look like, but not be able to translate that vision into reality. My lack of skills means I have to rely on what I can come up with using PicMonkey. I worked for over an hour on something, popping it into my blog, not liking it, tweaking it a bit, still not liking it, drinking tea, trying again, still not being happy with it, needing something stronger than tea, and, well, you get the picture. If any of you stopped by my blog in the midst of this process you would have witnessed the mess I had made of things. My apologies.
I ended up completely ditching the header I had by then spent almost two hours on. I started from scratch and came up with something I thought I could live with. If you stopped by my blog between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning this is what you would have seen.
Perhaps I'm just a little bit crazy, but I actually lost sleep over this blog header Sunday night. The thing that was bothering me was the saying I put at the bottom. "All you need is tea and warm socks." Truer words have never been spoken, but that didn't mean they were grammatically correct.
From the moment I put the expression in the header it didn't seem quite right. But here's the thing. I got the expression from a mug I had just gifted a friend. It says those exact words. In black. And they sell it in stores. In fact, if you Google the expression you can see it's widely used. So I emailed my grammar expert friend Hilary, who said she would run it by her even more expert daughter Rachel. The bottom line? That niggling feeling I had was for a reason. The expression should say "All you need are tea and warm socks." Bugger. (I can say that because I'm Canadian. It isn't a bad word here.) Actually double bugger, because the friend I had just given the mug to was my grammar expert friend Hilary.
In non-grammar news I can now show you two pairs of gift socks I've recently knit, as they have found their way to their recipients. Here are the socks I knit for my daughter Alexandra's birthday.
|Biscotte & Cie yarn, Tang fish colourway|
These are the Christmas socks I knit for my grammar expert friend Hilary. Hopefully they make up for that mug.
|Opal yarn of unknown colourway|
Our recent cold snap has transformed the docks down at the lake into works of art. I took these pictures on my walk yesterday. This dock has been strung with Christmas lights, and with the addition of the ice it must be very stunning to see at night. I must remember to go down in the evening and have a look.
This was my favourite ice formation. You would have to be very brave to sit on that bench right now!
If you are in need of some editing help I highly recommend Hilary's daughter Rachel. She has a unique editing business. She will proofread and edit your document up to 1000 words for just $5. I hadn't heard of the fivvr.com site before Rachel started her business. I wonder if they have a category for knitters.
And finally, today is Karsten's birthday. He is 33, which seems rather hard to believe. I'm quite sure it was just a year or two ago that I was that age myself.