A lazy day

Yesterday I finished crocheting my entry for the Project Linus Conference 2013 blanket challenge.

All of the pieces were made, all of the joinings were done; ends were woven in and trimmed, but one crucial element had not yet been completed:

I had not written the directions for a pattern.

I had made copious notes on brightly colored index cards and random pages of whatever spiral notebook was at hand, but I did not have all of the information compiled in one place, and I didn’t even know if the directions (assuming I could find them all) would allow me to write a complete pattern.

So while I very much wanted to sit out on the deck and enjoy the weather as this squirrel and another squirrel friend were doing:

squirrel on my back deck enjoys the afternoon sun
A squirrel sunning itself on the back deck

Instead (at my husband’s behest) I accepted this Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine as a gift/tool to be used to help me write patterns for my crochet designs:

evernote moleskine notebook for writing crochet patterns
My Evernote Moleskine notebook

I then sat down with the finished project and all of the note cards and notebook pages I had accumulated over the 12 days it took me to make the blanket, and I used them to make drawings and write notes that I can use to write a complete and coherent pattern.

Unfortunately, writing in a notebook, even an awesome Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine, does not make for the most interesting of photos.

Fortunately, having gotten all elements of the pattern written down (if not polished), I rewarded myself with a bit of time surfing the internet, where I can across an article about this photo:

pinterest photo perfection
Paula Deen achieves Pinterest perfection

According to the article this photo has been repinned over 300,000 times and “liked” in excess of 8,000 times.

Curalate, a company based in Philadelphia, has been looking at and collecting data on photos at Pinterest in an effort to understand what makes for a repinnable image.

Curalate CEO and cofounder, Apu Gupta, sites these four factors as contributing to the image’s popularity:

No Human Faces
Multiple Colors
Moderate Light
Vertical Orientation

but I have no doubt that the real reason this bowl of salad has been repinned so often has more to do with the coordinating doily on which the bowl of salad rests.

And so tomorrow, I will once again ply my hook in an effort to crochet something so Pinterest-genic that it must be repinned.