Archives for July 18, 2012

Commenting on Comments

Last week I wrote the post On Limits and Promises and it made me think about something I’ve struggled with ever since I started blogging. Comments and the proper etiquette when it comes to them. For years now, I’ve asked myself questions on the proper way to handle them because I always feel like I’m letting someone down by not doing it all.

Do you respond to each and every one of them?

Do you comment on the person’s blog that comments, even if you have nothing worth saying?

Do you leave your link in the comment or do you omit it?

Do you comment on the commenter’s blog, even if you have very little  in common?

Is there a certain amount of time that you’re expected to respond in before your response becomes irrelevant?

There’s no rule book here. Nothing that tells me to do this, this, and this by x date. So that tells me that it’s up to every blogger to decide how their blog will work. How the comments they receive will affect them. How the comments they leave will be received by others. It’s up to every single person with a blog to decide what’s right for them, their blog, and their time/effort.

So here are my “rules” that I’ve set for myself, in a way that works for my life right now.

Know that I read every comment, but I can’t always respond to them (especially in a timely fashion.) Every comment comes into my inbox and I love seeing what you have to say, I promise. But sometimes time is short when I’m running two blogs, a shop, two networking sites and going to school on top of trying to maintain an active role in my personal life. And when I can’t figure out much more to say than “I agree” or “thank you,” I’m just hoping you’ll know that I do appreciate you taking the time to say a few words here and will do my best to stop by your blog.

Know that me leaving my URL isn’t trying to spam your blog, and instead is my way of making it easy for you to find me. I’ve had my share of times where I’ve tried to get to a person’s blog but the comment box for the URL didn’t work, or it wasn’t included in the way the commenter logged in. By having a URL in the signature of the comment, I was able to find them and return the comment. This is my way of doing that for you if you wish to visit my little corner of the Internet, nothing more.

Know that I won’t say anything if I can’t figure out a decent comment, and it’s not because I’m not reading or dislike your blog. I do my best to leave worthwhile comments on blogs and if I can’t do that, sometimes I just don’t say anything at all. I may agree with your point or entire post, but if I can’t add much beyond that, I usually don’t even say a word. Good or bad, that’s how I’ve always been.

what works for you? how do you decide how you respond to comments?

A Simple Crochet Pattern

For all you ladies who love to crochet, I’ve got a super simple pattern to share with you today!  This pattern is perfect for an afghan or blanket.  It’s so simple, and can be easily altered to any size you want.  I’ll be describing a simple swatch of the pattern, but once you’ve got it down, you can start with a chain of your desired length and build from there.

Crochet Pattern:  works on multiple of 11+8+2; use the appropriate hook for the desired yarn.

1.  Start with a chain (ch) of 19 stitches, the ch 2 more.  Double crochet (dc) into the 4th chain from the hook.  (The last 3 ch’s count as your first dc in the next row.)

2.  Dc in the next 6 stitches.  You should now have 7 dc’s, plus your turning chain from the previous row.

3.  Ch 1, and skip the next stitch.  Dc 3x in the next ch stitch, ch 2.  Then dc 3x more into the same ch stitch (this makes the ‘pyramid’ shape in the middle of the pattern).

4.  Ch 1, and skip the next stitch.  Dc into each of the remaining 8 stitches.  You should now have 8 dc’s flanking the ‘pyramid’.

5.  Ch 3, and turn the swatch to begin the next row.  The 3 ch’s count as your first dc, so dc into the next 7 stitches.

6.  Ch 1, then dc 3x into the space made from the 2 ch’s from the previous row (the tip of the ‘pyramid’). Ch 2, then dc 3x more in the same space.  This makes the new ‘pyramid’ for the second row.

7.  Ch 1, then dc into each of the 8 dc’s from the previous row.

8.  Repeat steps 5-7 to continue in pattern.

That’s it!  Simple right?  I’d recommend making a small swatch of the pattern with about 3 or 4 rows just so you get the pattern down.  Then you can jump in and make something gorgeous!

The way I’ve described this pattern, the multiple of 11 stitches includes the first 8 dc’s and the ‘pyramid’.  So if you want to make something large like a blanket, start off with a multiple of 11, then add 8 more for the last section of 8 dc’s.  And don’t forget to chain an additional 2 for the turning chain on the first row.  So really, the starting chain is any multiple of 11, plus 8, plus 2.

I hope you all enjoy this simple pattern, and get a chance to make something wonderful from it!  I’m currently working on a baby afghan, and it’s going wonderfully!