How do I do the chain loops and the trebles into them? More precisely, how do I move from one chain loop to another? Please help me! This is from Burda Crochet Lace N.227. The picture is clickable.

ETA: With the help of experienced and helpful neighbours at Crochetville, the problem has been successfully solved! What looks like two rows are in fact worked as one (very clever and a technique I’ve never applied before, in this manner, at least) and hey presto, you have the magical “hanging in the air” impression.

There was another minor (potentially major) hiccup when I ran out of thread, and this morning’s expedition to the local craft store only led to a paler shade. Another expedition in the afternoon to another craft store yielded what the husband assures me is the same shade, only packaged in 20gm balls rather than 50gm. We shall now resume our scheduled crocheting.

Another remarkable thing is that facing the prospect of having to redo the entire doily in a colour I had more of, I wasn’t daunted. There are very few patterns I ever redo, so that says something about this one, I think. How about you? Do you usually redo patterns, or never?

Also, WordPress now has an Advanced toolbar in its editor. I must explore it sometime, and see if I can post tables, for example.

Where am I?

We are pleased to report that the reports of the Router’s death were greatly exaggerated. (And Lucy, it was not funny!) The Router indeed lives, and it were the power adaptor that were dead, it were. (And not actually dead, merely some of its innards had got disconnected, but they have now been re-soldered).

I cannot tell you how relieved I am to be once again venturing abroad in cyber space from my trusted iBook. Whew! That MS Windows is really something!

And now I must go catch up with my mails and blogs. Maybe even do a teeny tiny bit of work!


This is the first time I’m living with censorship (I was too young to appreciate it properly the earlier time) and I’m not liking it much. Technologically challenged people in the government have decided that all of the blogs at and are to be blocked. I cannot also access any site. Either that or the ISPs here do not have the wherewithal (brains) to ban subdomains rather than entire domains. Luddites. What next, the printing press? How about cellphones? The radio. No, that is controlled anyway. Bah.

On a happy note, I can use to access any blogs on, but not the others. Also, I cannot comment on those blogs.

There isn’t a word to express how I feel. 😡

Does anyone know how I can read blogs? Google’s cache is usually a couple of days old. isn’t current either.