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14 July 2004

One hundred

This is my 100th post to the blog. I don't think there would be a more fitting time to receive this:
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Thanks to the marvelous Katy!! I'll have to play around with the blog and my new button!!

And that's pretty much the knitting content today. I worked on A.C.Cromarty last night and finished another repeat. I'm not far from the saddle, and today I want to take a good look at that -- how many rows it will take to shape the saddle, how many complete patterns repeats, how I can best use the pattern on that stretch and make it look nice? I may end up fiddling with the length of the actual sleeve in order to get the saddle to turn out nicely. Sounds like more copying & pasting, huh?

I've mentioned before that I once worked as a typesetter. My first job in that arena was working for my dad on a weekly shopper that he published in a small town in WAY northern Wisconsin. We had antiquated equipment and remedial lessons on how to use it -- somehow we published a paper every week, anyway. Some time later, after he moved to Oregon and I to Superior (WI), my mom called to tell me that a shopper in NE Wisconsin (where she lived) was looking for a typesetter -- "Is that what you used to do for your dad?" My reply: "I dunno." I didn't know that there was an actual name for the job I did!! I called the shopper and talked to a very nice man who told me that it sure sounded like I was a typesetter. He invited me for an interview and I took a long bus ride to get there. He sat me down at a Compugraphic Mark IV (one of the best photo-typesetting machines ever!) -- this was not antiquated equipment, "Compu-" meant computer! Well, it was a blast and I picked up quick. Oh yeah, and they hired me. Well, it was computerized, but we still had to run the paper through a developer and then cut and paste as needed -- we used X-acto knives, scissors and rubber cement and pasted up ads, business cards, menus, raffle tickets (anything that was on its way to a printer). Further developments in typesetting computers lessened the need to cut and paste, and desktop publishing programs for PCs have all but wiped out typesetting. Oh, but I do still love to cut and paste, so playing with these charts, for me, is a BLAST!

The above is yet another example of sitting down to blog about something, and finding myself blogging about something completely different.

HollyhockAhollyhocksThese are for Sue. The white hollyhock is one of two blooming in my garden. Another stalk has appeared and I'm anxious to see what color it is. I'm always surprised. I love these single, old-fashioned varieties. The other pic is of A in 1992 standing in a grove of hollyhocks that grew on the south side of an old service station not far from our home. It was torn down a very short time later and is now used by a car dealership -- and they don't have any hollyhocks growing!

MallowYarrowKdaisyAstilbeAnd, because there are no knitting pics, some flowers. At left is some white yarrow against a pink mallow backdrop, followed by K's pic of her Gebera daisy, and with astilbe bringing up the rear. Pretty, pretty.

Comments

Congrats on your 100th post! And I am glad you like the button. I am not too good at it...Love all of the flowers. I have a soft spot for the Gerbera. Happy 100th post--I look forward to 100 more. :)

Happy centenarian day. Here's to many more blogging days and entries.

What beautiful pictures! Old fashioned hollyhocks are my favorites as well. My grandmother always grew them...collected the seeds...and planted them in likely spots on their after-church Sunday drives. Southern Arizona is speckled with hollyhocks in the most surprising places. What a legacy.

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