Friday, May 29, 2009

Cat Box Screen

I posted these videos on Crafterdays, but I thought someone who is visiting this site may also be interested in designing a movable screen for a cat box. I'm not finished with it yet, but I have started to post some video footage of the one I'm in the process of creating. Check it out here:

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Other Blog

I've had another blog, my first, for a while now. It was titled Craft Write. I've now decided to change the name of that blog to Crafterdays to match my website of the same name. I hope this is not too confusing, but it has been more about crafting than writing for a while now and I felt that the new name would reflect this better. Sometimes change is good. Please visit me on the other site:

Name Change

I've decided to consolidate: my podcast, my blog, my website. I have too many names (aliases) that I use and it's overwhelming. I think I wouldn't feel so disjointed if all were under one name. I like the name Crafterdays better than Craft Write. Although I'm still writing, my writing has more to do with fiction than crafts. I'd like this blog to be about mainly crafting. Sorry if this throws some of you off, but hopefully, if you like the blog, you'll have bookmarked it anyway. If not, I hope we find each other again.

Loom Knitting for Pets

Loom knitting has become very popular in the last few years. One of the most widely available looms is from Knifty Knitter by Provo Craft. When I first became interested in knitting, I bought several of their looms. I still pick one up from time to time, especially if I'm in a hurry to make a project such as a pet blanket. My knitting students at school usually start with a loom, then branch off to use knitting needles. I'm posting three videos I placed on You Tube that show how to cast on, knit with and then bind off a small blanket using the purple rectangular knitting loom. I've used Red Heart yarn which is inexpensive and washable, two pluses when it comes to pets. I use two strands at once which makes a soft, spongy blanket. Please feel free to leave feedback or questions.

Step 1: Casting on the first row:

Step 2: Casting on the second row:

Step 3: Knitting the blanket and binding off:

Monday, May 18, 2009

Room Screen Video

I've been working on this room/cat screen off and on for a while and decided that to give myself a small kick in the pants to get it going, I should go ahead and edit the footage I had so far. I'm posting the first part. I'll be free for the summer soon (Woohoo!) and should finish this within the next few weeks.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

More to come...

Friday, May 15, 2009

No sound!

Sorry, but I can't get the sound to play when I upload the slide show. It may be because some of the pictures were part of a video. I converted the sound to .wav like I was instructed and it doesn't move from slide to slide. The mpeg-3 doesn't upload. It works fine on my computer until I upload it. I haven't given up, however.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Delores Fletcher Book Trailer

I decided to do a book trailer to pitch my finished novel, Delores Fletcher, Cobweb Catcher. Hope you like it.

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by kathrynjacoby

Monday, May 11, 2009

Ice Cream Social & Pet Parade

This just in. If you're in the Wayne County, NC area on June 16, come by with your pet, join in the parade and have some free ice cream. Sounds like fun. Don't forget to bring proof of rabies and parvo vaccines.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Getting Past Mother's Day

Okay, that's an odd title for a holiday that most people look on as happy, nostalgic, warm and fuzzy with lots of stuff bought or glued together for our Mom's. I personally have a wonderful mother who has always been there for me and has become one of my best friends over my adult life. As I approach my fifty-fourth birthday, which by the way this year again falls on Mother's Day, I realized last night that I was okay with this. This hasn't always been the case.
During the last nineteen years, I have viewed the approach of Mother's Day with a mixture of feelings that were not in the pleasant spectrum of the warm and fuzzies. No, I don't have a problem with honoring one's mother on this day. In fact, I think mother's should be honored more throughout the year. Let me explain.
My husband and I married later in life: I was thirty-three and he was thirty-five when we were married. We tried for a number of years to have children. My one pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. We had just moved to a new state; I hardly knew anyone, and my family was five hundred miles away. If you've never experienced losing a pregnancy, it's hard to imagine the pain that is there. For a number of years, the thought of Mother's Day approaching filled me with sadness. Every time I'd turn on the TV, there was the perfect mom with the perfect kids, all smiling and laughing and ogling the large diamonds that the mother was receiving for Mother's Day. I couldn't go shopping without some idiot twenty-something cashier wishing me "Happy Mother's Day!" They didn't realize with the sounds of money clinking in their registers an echoing in their brains that not everyone who is born with female parts and is over the age of sixteen is necessarily a mother.
I was sitting on the couch last night, happily knitting a baby blanket for a fellow teacher at my school. I just found out she was expecting yesterday and is not returning to school, so the time is limited to get this to her. She is a very sweet person and I am thrilled for her. I'm also awaiting a package of special fiber to spin and knit for my only niece who is now expecting her first-born this fall. I realized that I was completely happy about both upcoming births.
It takes a while to recover from losing a child, even those who are never born
. I have come to terms with mine over the years. It's something you never "get over," but it has become for me more of a numbing or a fuzzy memory tucked away in a trunk in an attic which I visit more and more infrequently. Part of it is the distance just naturally growing further and further away, like noisy gulls growing quieter as they head out over the water. Part of it is knowing how exhausted I feel when my last group of students finally leave my class at the end of the day and wondering where their mothers find their energy. Sometimes age can be a blessing.

I guess what I'm asking here in this posting is more awareness on the part of my fellow humans. There's a desire on the part of a lot of us to include others in our celebrations, to reach out with our long arms and pull everyone within earshot into our lives, but not taking the time to know if the person wants to be included. Between bloggers (like me), twittering and CNN, it's hard to not know everything that's going on everywhere and with everyone. I personally have an aversion to local news just because it's too close to where I live. I feel too much like a voyeur and judge of others that I could possibly know. At some point, I feel the need to pull back and make a choice of what I wish to feel or think about or even know about without being dictated to.

When you wish someone a "Happy Mother's Day!," make sure it comes from your heart and the person you're wishing it to is glad to hear this. I plan on saying this to my friends that I know have kids and are glad of it. I also plan to say this to my sister and my mother, both of whom deserve to hear it. It's not my job to spread this message to every woman over twenty even if the card companies want me to. They may not wish to listen. And if I've bummed you out by this posting, that was not my intent. At least you have the choice of x-ing me out.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rectangular Loom Knitting: Binding Off

For the last video, I'll show you how to remove the blanket from the loom, or "bind off." You'll need a standard crochet hook, any size that will work well with the size yarn you're using. You can make smaller pieces with this loom as well by not using all the pegs. There is also a device out now which will attach to the loom so make it easier to weave narrower pieces.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Using a Rectangular Knitting Loom

I'm posting a series of video clips to show how to knit using the Knifty Knitter purple rectangular loom by Provo Craft. In this first video, I'll show how to start the yarn onto the loom and to wind it on for the first row. You'll need the loom, yarn, scissors, and the loom hook that comes with the loom.

In the second video, we continue for a second row and start into a third. You can take it from here. Each row is knitted the same after this until you reach the desired length. For this blanket, which will be donated to our local animal adoption and education center, I wanted it nice and cushiony. I used two strands of Red Heart worsted weight yarn. I wanted an inexpensive yarn that could be thrown into the washing machine if needed. If you use a chunky yarn, you'd only need one strand.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Podcasting Class

Okay, so I've been podcasting, but I could use a few more technology renewal credits for my teaching license, so what better way to get these than to take a class on podcasting. Well, I've taken two now, one through school which is over and one I'm in the middle of right now. It's through and it's called Easy Classroom Podcasting. We're learning to do enhanced podcasts using Power Point presentations and audio podcasts using Yodio. Look to the right if you want an example of how a podcast through this service sounds. I'm not thrilled with the quality compared to my mike or the laptop's mike, but it's free, just uses a telephone and I think next year, I'll find a lot of uses in my classroom for our school website. For someone just starting into podcasting who doesn't really want to spend extra money, Yodio is a good option. It works with a number of servers and posts very rapidly. You can sign up at