The 21st Century Called; I Finally Picked Up

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Luddite that I am, I've finally succumbed to the pressure and made my first knitting video.  Many thanks, Gentle Readers, to those who have suggested that I do this.  I'm sorry it took me three years to come around.  Of course, the longer one postpones these things, the steeper the learning curve becomes.  My day:

7:30 - 9:00 AM:    Employ various household items to act as stands under the tripod holding my iphone (settle on upturned flowerpot); adjust lighting (change bulb in dining room chandelier); wait for dishwasher to finish running (ample ambient noise provided by scottish terriers slurping water loudly off-camera).

9:00 - 9:30 AM:    Video takes 1-5 recorded.  Hate them all.  Start over.

9:30 - 11:30 AM:   Import video.  Learn that Windows platform will in no way recognize iphone clips.  Download programs 1-3 for file conversion.  All fail.  Download program 4 and successfully upload video.  Realize it's 11:30 and I have 25 knitting kits to mail before the post office gets busy.

11:45 AM:            Remember that it's Christmas, and the post office is never not busy.

1:30 PM:              Begin teaching myself how to edit video

1:35 PM:              Retreat to kitchen for a snack.  Realize that learning to edit video is about as far from knitting as my avocation has ever taken me.  Remind myself that when your job is to play with string all day, there have to be some trade-offs in the fun department.

1:45 - 6:45 PM     Finally start to feel like I'm getting the hang of the video thing when Phillip announces that dinner is ready (thanks for throwing yourself on that grenade, Dear).

7:00 PM              Ask Lindsay what she's been doing up in her room.  "Making and trading videos online with my friends."  "Oh, really?  Videos?  Like, with a camera and everything?  When did you learn to do that?" I ask. "Oh, fourth grade, I think."

7:01 PM              Resolve to hire a 13-year-old Producer.

Ironic cruelties of the Universe notwithstanding, I did manage to get the thing online.  For those who are knitting the Wild Hare mittens, and for the merely curious, I present:  Knitting A Bobbled Cast On.  Enjoy!

Oh, and in case you're wondering, the Wild Hare knitters have raised over $700.00 for Judith Mackenzie's studio rebuilding effort.  Thank you all, sincerely.