Thanks to the two of you who tagged me as a thinking blogger.¬† The only problem is that I certainly don’t post enough, do I?¬† (That’d be for the same reasons resulting in a serious curtailment in knitting quality time.)¬†
I’m glad that some people like to think about knitting and intellectual property at the same time… well, at least once in a while.¬† I have to get other people to do it, because it’s not the sort of thing that can form the basis of a thriving legal practice.
Now, like Carol, I need to reserve the right to add to my list of bloggers who make me think:
- Kim always writes analytically about knitting, and causes useful information about knitting to be preserved for posterity.
- We made the decision to homeschool (this is probably the most personal thing I’ve ever posted in this blog; you can only infer that I have children based on my writing), but I’m not the one who’s doing the work or participating in homeschooling communities.¬† But I bookmark and think about Jo’s posts on education.
In the meantime, something to save brainpower, and something to ponder.
First, please play with this yarn count converter and tell me if I’ve messed up anything.¬† It’s a converter/calculator that translates your yarn count (such as 2/3.4 Nm) into a knitter-friendly put-up (metres/yards per 50g/1.75 oz), estimates the gauge, and computes the length of yarn from the mass.¬†
There’s already a handy conversion tool out there for switching between Tex, worsted count, and so forth, but it doesn’t have the most knitter-friendly output.¬† So, after I finished up my cashmere-mill-end-buying-binge, I realized I wanted to have a more convenient conversion tool.¬† And there you go. (The other function I wrote up is an adding machine, which adds up two or more yarn counts and estimates your gauge when you knit with them held together.¬† I need to finish that part and upload it.)
Secondly, something I discovered while I was searching about for DK yarn in just the right shade of red.¬†
You know this:
This is, of course, the online database run by Yarnmarket, a U.S. retailer.¬† They have a U.S. registered trademark for YARNDEX for use in association with “[p]romoting the goods and services of others by means of operating an on-line shopping mall with links to the retail services of others and providing an on-line computer database featuring trade information in the field of yarn, thread, and floss”.¬†
Now look at this:
The business behind this second link is woolneedlework.com, a Canadian-based retailer that ships to the U.S.¬† How long has this site actually been running?¬† The domain name was registered in August 2005, about six months after Yarndex was launched.¬†
(The woolneedlework.com and yarndexforyarn.com domains were registered through a provider called Corbimite Web Solutions, hence the title of this post.¬† It’s not because I don’t know how to spell the names of fictional materials in the Star Trek universe.)
In the end, I went with cheap.¬† KnitPicks Merino Style in Maple Leaf.