Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Crochet Scarf of the Month

Happy 2009!!! I hope you all have a blessed New Year. I'm starting this year off with a crochet project. Every month I'm going to make a scarf. Some I will keep or use for gifts and some will be donated to charity. If you love to crochet then join me for this fun project.

The January project is is called Easy Lacy Shells and can be found here. It's a very pretty skinny scarf. The designer of this pattern is Sandi Marshall and she has some wonderful patterns whether you are a beginner or an experienced fiber artist.

I'm making mine from some yarn I have in my stash that is a mixture of earthy colors. I'll be posting my photo soon. Send me your photo and I'll post it here on my blog. Happy crocheting!


I finished my skinny scarf! (Modeled by my DD) It worked up really fast. I'm thinking of making another one since this one was (pardon the pun) scarfed up by my sister. hee hee

I think my next one will be another version of the Easy Lacy Shells listed above called, Easy Lacy Double Shells .

Now...where's my hook.
I finished my second scarf . This one is called Easy Lacy Double Shells which is basically the same as the first skinny scarf but doubled.
I've already picked out the scarf for February. Check back on the 1st for the new pattern.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Magnum Steno

I haven't posted much this week because I've been so busy. I've been studying my theory mostly. My goal is to type 50 pages a day of practice drills. Magnum Steno a.k.a. Steno Master is the theory I'm working on. I just need to build some speed to get through lesson 9.

After I reach my goal for the day I mess around a bit by listening to the radio and picking out any words or sentences I know.

Sometimes figure out some new words on my own based on what I know of the alphabet and vowel sounds.

Can you guess what this says?

It says: Kim's book reviews and more

It's a whole new and different language. I have to admit that I love learning to write steno. I love my lightspeed writer and I truly enjoy learning this craft.

I hope to begin lesson 10 soon.

If anyone would like their blog title or their name turned into steno just leave a comment and I'll make it for you. ;D

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Steno Keyboard & Mark Kislingbury

Here is what the keyboard of a steno machine looks like. Of course, the keys aren't marked with letters or numbers. They are just blank. If they put the letters and numbers on them it wouldn't help anyway. It's not like you can "hunt and peck" like on a QWERTY board.
To write a word or phrase in steno you first have to learn your steno theory. There are several theories out there and you have to decide which one is the best fit for you. I'm not here to put down anyone's theory. They all have their own merits.
I made my decision to learn the Magnum Steno theory. The Magnum Steno Theory is the brainchild of the National Speed Champion Mark Kislingbury. Mark's theory teaches you to write short which means it can be stroked (typed) faster with less key strokes. Someone who has won the speed championship as many times as he has, has to have something on the ball right? You bet! I began learning my theory on October 6th, 2008 and at this point I'm on chapter 8 of 33 chapters. I've learned a lot so far and still have a long way to go but I'm getting there with a lot of hard work and study time.
If you are considering going into the field of court reporting than I would highly recommend the Magnum Steno Theory. Here is the link to the website for more info:
My ultimate goal is to go into closed captioning and work from home. In order to be a captioner you have to be able to type very fast. 300+ wpm is the average. In order to do that you have to either be a very fast steno writer or learn a theory with short strokes, or write short. Magnum Steno fills that order for me. ;D

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Light Speed by Stenovations

Many of you already know that I am studying to be a court reporter. Recently I purchased a high quality writer called a Light Speed. Previous to this I was working on an old manual writer called a LaSalle. When I say old I'm not kidding. It was manufactured between 1927 & 1938. That machine worked great but to compare it to the steno writer would be hard to do. The LaSalle is like working on a manual typewriter. The steno writers that are available today are nice but
the keys need to be shimmed so you don't have to push them down too far thus avoiding strain on your hands and fingers. If you are working in a court room all day or writing depostions you will greatly appreciate keys that are shimmed. But now along comes the Light Speed. You barely touch the keys and this baby just takes off. You use a very light touch. When you are typing your hands barely move and you gently touch each key so there is no strain at all. The real beauty of this is that each key can be adjusted individually to suit your typing style. And there is no need to send your machine away at a considerable cost to get it shimmed. You can easily do this yourself via your computer!
If you are considering going into court reporting or are thinking of buying a Light Speed do yourself a favor and check it out. It's better and cheaper than the other writers.
I'd also like to say that I am not a salesman for the Light Speed or for Stenovations that manufacters it. I just love it a lot. ;D

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fiesta Doily

This one is called Fiesta Doily. It's about 32" or so around. I love how this one looks on my table. As with most of my doilies I used my favorite size 7 steel hook.

Do we have any crocheters out there?

Pineapple Upsidedown Daisy

Here is a doily I made called Pineapple Upsidedown Daisy. The butterfly's were made separately and added on before the last round was made. This one was really easy to make. It only looks hard. ;D