Friday, October 26, 2007

QUICKtip on conditioning knitting needles.

If your needles are being grabby, run them through your hair (along the scalp) once or twice. The "preening oil" naturally on your scalp will help the needles slide through the wool more smoothly. Conversely, if your needles are getting too slippery, put on clean rubber dishwashing gloves and massage the needles a little, then drag each needle between your pinched thumb and forefinger--no water, just drag the needles between the pinched, dry glove. This will clear oils, and restore a better "tooth." For a very slippery needle which does not respond to this treatment, a drag through a barely dampened, doubled over "Mr. Clean Eraser" will certainly restore tooth--the "eraser" is actually nothing more than micro-scale sandpaper. Be really careful before you go this route, however. Although some needles (like bamboo) respond splendidly to this treatment, other needles (like Addi lace needles) have a coating, and the "eraser" could ruin it.



Blogger Amy said...

Thanks for your tip! I actually have been sanding some of my rougher needles with 2000 grain sandpaper, and I'll have to try the Mr. Cleans! This also explains why I once took paint off of a wall using them. I thought that was curious for a chemical clean.

October 26, 2007 at 3:30 AM  
Anonymous Jan said...

I think the TM is rather cute. There's something very suitably "techy" about it!

October 26, 2007 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger Sue J. said...

I think you are being smart in trademarking your blog name. No apologies necessary. You did all the work, you deserve all the credit. Thanks for the tips on the needles. Who thought my greasy head would come in handy?

October 26, 2007 at 5:00 AM  
Blogger CathyCate said...

It may be glaring to you, but due to our modern world, I didn't even notice! As a musician's wife, I am very sensitive to intellectual property rights, and I totally endorse your protecting your hard work from potential copycats/thieves. We are appreciative of all the hard work you generously share with us!

October 26, 2007 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

The eraser is also really dangerous to your skin so wear gloves!

love your site, by the way.

October 26, 2007 at 7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trademarking is just sensible. And what about trademarking TECHknitter too. If you hadn't mentioned it, I wouldn't have noticed.

October 26, 2007 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger pacalaga said...

I have read that there is a potentially caustic chemical in the Mr Clean Magic Erasers (and other similar products).
Oh yeah, and definitely keep the trademark.

October 26, 2007 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous martha in mobile said...

Frankly, I like the (TM). Your work is remarkably well-expressed and your illustrations are fabulous; it would be a knitting-needle-to-the-eye-transgression if someone grabbed it and presented it as their own. Your themeline also deserves a (SM) (Service Mark) to protect it, though (SM)s aren't used as frequently.

October 26, 2007 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger loopykd said...

Well for me, there is only ONE TECHknitting. I think we are all loyal to just the ONE!

October 26, 2007 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Andy's Crafts said...

You actually have to trademark your trademark and file the copyright ,otherwise is fair game, and you will have to proof that you have been using this name in court, very costly to both parties. I am telling you this because I think your Blog is fantastic. It will cost you, but is the only way to actually protect that name. Putting a trademark sign without the legal filings is not good enough these days. I did not see that yousaid that you trademarked your trademarked anywhere. To make a long story short, a friend of mine had a website with the name of a Crochet Magazine that came after the fact, they trademarked the name he had to give up the site.

October 26, 2007 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Misha Day said...

I find the ™ intrusive and misleading. It implies that you have filed the legal documents necessary for registering your trademark. When in fact, everything you create is already protected as an unregistered trademark.

I read Redshirt's post this morning before seeing anything in Ravelry, and found it very informative on what alternative methods of copyright and trademark protections might be available to the everyday blogger.

October 26, 2007 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Andy, Hi Misha Day--I'm in the process of getting legal advice. Thanks for writing.


October 26, 2007 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger catsmum said...

as has been thoroughly hashed out on Ravelry by several legal people, the TM is quite correct. If papers have been filed then the appropriate mark is an R [ for registered ] inside a circle - beyond my meager HTML skills I'm afraid.
Copyright / trademarking etc is an area where people THINK they know the law but there's a lot of misinformation out there, probably unless they're in the field ... and INTERNATIONAL standards can be quite quite different from US ones which is an interesting dilemma as the web is global.
I have been following that thread quite closely and wasn't at all surprised to see the sad little TM there this morning.
You have to do what you have to do.

October 26, 2007 at 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might want to register the domain name, too.

October 27, 2007 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Thanks, anonymous, for your tip! Fortunately, that is one thing which I did do--smartness by accident, I guess.

October 27, 2007 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Are you familiar with the Creative Commons movement? They are an alternative to copyright. You can use them for free (although they are going through their annual fund drive and worth supporting) At the website, you can download a badge for the type of license you want to use. It specifies exactly what people may do with the content of your site. All the licenses require the person using your material to give attribution by linking back to the source. From there you choose the specifics, such a people may share it but not make any changes, all the way through people may change it substantially as long as they site back to you.

This licensing is more for your content than your logo so keep using your TM. And if you want to make it look more subtle, click on the "Edit HTML" tab when composing your post and insert this code:

™ (or ™ in older browsers)

and that should give you the little superscript TM symbol that is a bit more subtle and looks very official.

Oh! I wonder if the code I type in will actually create the symbol rather than remaining code. If it does, please look here for the code itself.

October 27, 2007 at 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

Thanks for the tip about slippery needles. I knew the one about ones that have lost their slip, but not the other. I'll have to give this a try as some needles I'm using were my grandmothers and are so slippery that I find I'm getting sore hands from having to grip them so as to not lose the yarn.

October 28, 2007 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger cranberry said...

You do what you need to do. Your work, your creativity needs to be protected. I hope you've registered the domain name and all that. Your knowledge is a goldmine.

December 19, 2007 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Patricia A. said...

An alternative to extremely fine sandpaper is 4/0 or finer steel wool. When I was working as a baker, I'd use it to put a shine back on the aluminum baking sheets I used. As always "Your mileage may vary" so be careful if you decide to try this. It also works nicely with wood as my weaving loom can testify. The front and back beams are glass smooth where I went the extra step and finished them with the finest grade of steel wool I could get my hands on. Hope this helps.

December 15, 2008 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Trista said...

Thank you so much for the tip about running the needles through your hair to have them be more slippery, it totally works!! Great blog as well!

January 14, 2014 at 4:37 PM  

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