So I’ve moved on from the dishcloth, and worked up a basic placemat pattern. I’m calling it my “Dummy Pattern” partly because it’s so ridiculously easy, and partly because you can drop any design into the middle. I worked it up to match one of the dishcloths I made—everyone is going to hate me come Christmas, I just know it.
Standard placemats are 13 x 18 inches (33 x 46 cm), which is what this worked out to be. I used some mystery yarn I had, a sort of bulky worsted. This mat has a 3” border around a stockinette rectangle, in which you can work a design if you choose.
Dummy Placemat Pattern
Needles: US Size 8
Yarn: 160 yds worsted
Gauge: 16 sts and 23 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Cast on 71 sts (this is an odd number because the design I was working had an odd number of sts; CO 72 sts if your design has an even number of sts)
Rows 1-14: Knit across
Row 15 (and all odd rows through Row 69): k12, p47 (or p48 if you CO 72 sts), k12
Row 16 (and all even rows): Knit across
Rows 70-83: Knit across
Bind off loosely; weave in ends and block finished mat
Note: This gives you 14 rows of garter border at top and bottom with 56 rows stockinette (47 or 48 stitches wide) in which to work the pattern of your choosing. Simply center the design part and insert its given directions into the Dummy Pattern above.
Dumping Explorer, Embracing Firefox
So it occurred to me that maybe the problem was that the iMac doesn't like Explorer. (Not that I like it either, but I've been too lazy to change it.)
I download free Firefox, which takes but a few seconds, click back over to Blogger, and now everything is all fine and dandy. I even have the Blogger toolbar (you know the one, the "edit html" mode: bold/ital/insert a link/insert a pic)--which I could never get before on the Mac. I couldn't even get the "preview" mode.
Stupid Microsoft. Stupid Explorer. Stupid Bill Gates. Stupid obscenely rich people. Stupid Blogger. Stupid PMS. Grrrrr.
And Firefox is FREE! I'll let you know how it goes. So far it seems faster, and it looks way nicer.
Humph. Geeez, it's only 6:30 and I'm already ranting. This does not bode well, does it?