Monday, March 17, 2008

GPS for knitters

I've been having issues with my new GPS unit this past week. No matter where I went I couldn't get a signal. At first I thought it was just some glitch because of the time change and it screwed it up somehow. I stopped at Radio Shack by my house on Sunday afternoon to see if they knew what was going on or if there was something I did to it to make it not work. The woman I talked to said to come back and speak with the manager on Monday. I called the help number when I got home and the tech told me to charge it as it may be because of a low battery. So I plugged it in and left it charging overnight and this morning when I turned it on, the same thing, no signal. It wasn't even locating any of the 10 or so different satelites it uses. So I dropped by the Radio Shack this morning and I told the manager what was going on and he looked at it and asked if I had bought it at Radio Shack, and I said I had. He said "hang on just a minute"... he came out of the stock room with a new unit and just swapped them out giving me the new unit. It worked as soon as I got to the car and turned it on. Yay! I was a little stunned and surprised that he just swapped them out without hardly any questions. This is the kind of service that will buy my customer loyalty for a LONG time. Too bad more companies aren't aware of this practice. Customer service means nothing. Customer loyalty means everything.

This whole GPS thang had us talking at the Friday Night Knit group. There should be a GPS system for knitters. *ding* "you are approaching a yarnover"... *ding* "after 2 stiches, make an SSK decrease"... *ding* "at the end of the row, turn and purl back" At least we got a good snort and giggle out of it.

I have finished my dad's socks but I haven't taken any new pictures yet. I hope they aren't too tight for him. I'm just a little worried they may be. I did file down the broken dp on Sunday at Knitch (on Lou's emery board) and it's made a full recovery. It's already on another sock project. I'm starting the Jaywalker socks with sock yarn I bought at SAFF last year. White Oak Studio tvyarn - Nightmare after Christmas colorway. I frogged the pair of plain tow up socks I had started with it last fall.

I think the Jaywalker pattern will be a lot more fun and show off the colors even better. (I also realized after seeing this photo again that my dad's socks were the second pair to be knit on the walnut DPs before the stress induced carnage. I had pulled them out of this sock to work on the other socks.)

I did sign up for a Knit-a-long. The Mystic Light Shawl KAL. They are still taking new people and will close signups on the 25th of March if you are interested in joining too. The last one they did was so gorgeous and I plan to go back and knit this one too when the current KAL is over. (Mystic Waters Lace Shawl) It's also in the database in Ravelry if you would like to see more photos of the finished shawl.

The cable sweater I've been working on, and now ripped back 3 times for errors... which has been irritating, but I like knitting cables, so I don't stay miffed for too long.

I'll be ready to wear it by SAFF next year I'm sure. It will probably already be too hot to wear by the time I get it finished. Maybe I'll have time for a second sweater and a possible costume change for SAFF. I wouldn't dare be seen in the same sweater 2 days in a row!! Don't be hatin' on me cause I'm an OCD knitter.