Thursday, August 18, 2011

Knitting the Computer = AAAAHHH!!!

In my mind's eye, this is what knitting is meant to be.
However, I have been at (chained) to my computer
with a knitting project for the past couple of weeks.
I told you recently about by newest sheep design, "Pinky."
One of my goals for that project was to have the
design available for sale at my Etsy site and Ravelry
as a PDF pattern.

Shouldn't be too difficult to do that, right?
Right, unless you have a computer like mine!
For some reason, I only have "Wordpad," not "Word"
on my desktop and it does not let me save work
in PDF (portable document format)
which would easily let people, who want to buy
the pattern download it to their computer.

You can't keep a good woman down because of small
technicalities like that.
I went to an Etsy forum and asked what to do?
I got some excellent advise to download free software from
Open Office.
It worked GREAT.
I LOVE it.


...the next time I opened "Overdrive Media Console"
which is the software  my local library uses to  deliver

audio books, which I cannot live without...
Seems the Open Office software
wanted to convert the books I wanted to download
into text format.

Long story short,
after removing Open Office and tracking down it was the problem
with the book downloads,
I had to reinstall it to get the knitting pattern in  PDF format.
I decided to do the whole series of eight since I wouldn't be
keeping the software on my computer.
So, I've been at the computer for days
getting the patterns in PDF format,
uploading them to

and my Etsy site.
Then off with the Open Office software and
reinstall of the audio book software.
There was probably a much simpler way to
accomplish all this but I know only
enough about my computer
to get myself in trouble.

I am happy to say, the project is done and
harmony has been restored!

(All images from Google)


Cass @ That Old House said...

First off...those knitting images are SO charming! Yes, knitting SHOULD be like that, but like sewing and other time-honored arts, it has gotten cyber-ized.

I laughed at your computer woes -- sorry! I am like you... I know just enough about how to use a computer to get myself into wads of trouble.

This is a constant source of amusement to my daughters, so I guess it has some value!

Fun post, thanks!

The Sewing Loft said...

Oh I hear you on this! I bought a new computer with Windows 7 64-bit. There are several things that won't work with 64 bit. Every time I go to FB, I have to sign in again and "identify" my computer. It is a real pain. But, knitting helps soothe that. Isn't Ravelry great?!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Bless your heart, Susan!! I struggle with my computer, too!! But, what on earth would we do without them? Congratulations on your perseverance! Yea! blessings ~ tanna

Auntie Bliss said...

I feel that frustration! I think the hammer was the right way to go.
I have similar feelings to a sewing machine at times.

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