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A rag rug and a technologically challenging time

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

I know you think I’ve just been skiving off, hanging around, watching tv and doing not very much of anything at all. But you’d be wrong….

Actually I’ve had things to show you for a week or two, but I’ve just survived that nightmare scenario – the death of the laptop, which I can assure you IS worse than losing your handbag.

I had already had an inkling that death might be nigh and had bought myself a new laptop at the beginning of January, but then all those ominous and incomprehensible things like file transfers and setting up things so that my laptop and phone would synch (note newly acquired tech speak!) all seemed just a little too much to contemplate. When I eventually girded my loins and was brave enough to take a stab at things, of course, you’ve guessed it, it  didn’t work at all. I finally contacted apple support because I realised I was way out of my depth….and had to book a phone call a week in advance. The phone call came and as I started to discuss the problem with the very helpful (but fast German talking) apple support lady not only did the old laptop succumb to the black screen of death, but the house phone died too….

Reader I was left on my own.

I then decided that all this stuff couldn’t be ALL that difficult, could it? So employing a combination of female logic and trial and error I have sorted it all out. I dragged documents back from the time capsule, I found things on my phone and copied the set-up, I read websites and looked at youtube.

And reader it works (although I still haven’t retrieved my old emails).

I had to sit down at this point and I’m still actually in shock that I managed everything.

All of which proves that you can in fact teach an old dog new tricks – but only if she is an old lady dog. I do not believe that my husband could have done this (but I’m saying that very quietly so he can’t hear me – three years on, he still doesn’t have email on his computer at home….).

So here I am, back in action again.

And this is what I’ve been up to…

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A rag rug made of the ugliest fabrics I could find, for eldest daughter to take away with her when she moves out in three weeks time. Beauty out of ugliness. This truly is a weekend of miracles, if I say so myself! (OK, I realise that the photo resizing may still need a little tweaking – but I’m getting there!)

On that happy note I shall leave you and return to my weaving.

More soon,

Helen

11 Responses to “A rag rug and a technologically challenging time”

  1. Lush Says:

    You are so good at these rugs! They really are perfect, especially on the edges.
    Well done you on the laptop. Mine went to the shop & I still have not made a decision on what to do. We wont mention that it was a considerable time ago :/
    Lovely to see some of your finishes.
    Cheers
    Lush

  2. CarlaHR Says:

    Congratulations are definitely in order. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when you solve a problem on your own. The rug looks lovely and I am sure your daughter will treasure it.

  3. Nancy Says:

    I love to see others making twined rugs. I have one on the frame that’s been there for months and really should get busy on it again. I usually twine from each end (that’s the way my mother taught me) and meet somewhere near the middle. May I ask how you finish your rugs since you are obviously going to be near the nails?

  4. Leanne Says:

    Good for you with the technology! I love the rug too.

  5. Edith Says:

    Impressive rug! Looks quite large as well. Do you use old fabrics or new?

  6. Swissrose Says:

    Ooooh, aren’t you good?! 🙂 Clever, too – I am crossing my fingers that my own laptop isn’t heading the same way (I’ve had it as long as I had the one before…) but then I have tech on my side in the form of hubby lol (even though he supposedly knows nothing about apples!). But I do not have the gift of weaving such a great rug – brilliant silver lining to those ugly fabrics <3
    Breath – all will be well…!

  7. Thimbleanna Says:

    Ahhh, Congratulations on scaling the technology mountain — isn’t the internet a wonderous thing? It’s helped me with many tech questions — I always marvel that people actually take the time to type up solutions to these problems so that us mere mortals can access them.

    And that rug! It’s beautiful! I can’t possibly imagine that there are any ugly fabrics in there — the colors all look wonderful!

  8. Katy Says:

    Ahh, as we in the tech world say, if all else fails, google it 😉 (after you’ve turned it off and turned it back on again, obviously!) Glad you got it sorted!

  9. Indianna Says:

    The rug looks fabulous and a good use for ugly fabric!

  10. jan - isisjem Says:

    That rug looks amazing. Who’d have though you’d used up ugly fabrics for it. It must have felt great to conquer the technology.

  11. Diane stanley Says:

    That rug is really gorgeous and I’m glad you got all the technical computer stuff figured out.