Friday, October 24, 2008


Sabbatical-- Any extended period of leave from one's customary work, esp. for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc. 

Hi All-I'm still here, but not a lot of blogging is happening (obviously).  The next topic is to be garment shaping, but it's such a large topic that it's hard to tell where to begin.  There have been several false starts, but no approach has yet proved satisfactory.  

In the meanwhile, however, it has been fun working on projects. There's been a knitting drought for several years at ChezTECH as the blog has been all-consuming.  Now it is as if a dam had burst, and I am churning out projects.  It is fun knitting with yarn again, rather than pixels.  

Evidently, TECHknitting is now officially on a sort of a sabbatical break--a substantial period of time off while my thoughts get reorganized and fresh energy is generated to post further.  Sorry to have been incommunicado for so long, but TECHkntting will be back--eventually--and I really hope to tackle garment shaping at that time. 

Thanks for your continued patience, and we'll hopefully meet again in the not-too-distant future.



Blogger Cindy said...

I'm relatively new to knitting, so I'm still busy going through all your past articles. I'll be ready when you return, and have fun knitting!

October 24, 2008 at 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will continue to await anxiously. I know it will be worth the wait. Sally

October 24, 2008 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Violinknitter said...

If you hadn't been posting regularly on Ravelry, I would have been seriously worried about you. So glad you're getting some actual knitting done! Enjoy the knitting, and I'll continue to enjoy your Ravelry contributions until you get your blog mojo back :-)

October 24, 2008 at 11:19 AM  
OpenID knitthehellout said...

I'm looking forward to it!

October 24, 2008 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Sometimes a break is all we need to refocus and renew our energy. All the best to you!

October 24, 2008 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Congé sabbatique" in French.
I am not sure the "acquire new skills or training" can apply to you about knitting though ;-)

But I am sure this will help you to find the best way to explain your skills to us, as usual.

--Chantal, really impatient to read you again.

October 24, 2008 at 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update; glad to hear you're enjoying your return to knitting. I really appreciate your wonderful blog, and all the wisdom you've shared with us. All the Best!

October 24, 2008 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Gina J said...

Enjoy KNITTING! You've helped me do it!

October 24, 2008 at 6:38 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

A break is better than an end, for sure. Have fun and see you later.

October 24, 2008 at 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Janet said...

I'm just glad you're ok!

October 24, 2008 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger ponka said...

We'll be waiting for your return, but in the meantime, enjoy your knitting!

October 24, 2008 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Arun kumar said...

Hi! You have a Great blog!!
How about exchanging Links?!
Visit my Blog & if u like it,pls add it to your Blogroll and I too will put a Link for your Site on my Blog!!

October 25, 2008 at 3:38 AM  
Blogger Susan Fox said...

From an English language techie with knitting aspirations to a knitting techie with English language aspirations - Sabbatical has to modify something to be an adjective as it says in your definition. Sabatical leave would be an adjective usage. Taking a sabbatical is noun usage. Just saying. Whatever, enjoy. You have changed my knitting life in more ways than I can name or modify. Thanks, and stay well, S.

October 25, 2008 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Oh.. wish Mum could also go on Sabbatical. We will wait for your return!

October 26, 2008 at 8:26 AM  
OpenID wildwoodflwr said...

I've only been knitting since January so I'm having tons of fun going through your archives and making use of your articles! I used the instructions for a flat top in a ribbed hat and it worked like a charm. Thanks so much for putting so much time and effort into this blog.

October 27, 2008 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

Knit on and prosper!

October 27, 2008 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger gayle said...

Add me to the list of folk anxiously awaiting your return. In the meantime, enjoy the sabbatical!
We'll try to keep busy while we're waiting...

October 28, 2008 at 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the best to you. No matter how this turns out, you have helped so many. Enjoy your life.

October 28, 2008 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger LizzieHelen said...

Whew! I hate it when prolific bloggers disappear without a word. So worrisome. Readers begin to imagine all sorts of disasters, you know? Thanks for reassuring all of us. Looking forward to whatever you decide to post for all of us (your drawings are so clear!), whenever you decide to post. Hope you at least give us readers a heads-up occasionally.


October 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

Show us your projects, please!

October 31, 2008 at 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all of your fantastic tutorials - I use them all the time. I appreciate the time you've put into this site!

November 2, 2008 at 8:23 AM  
OpenID halfasheep said...

Boy, you can say that again....for me! There's only so many hours in the day....and I'd rather knit! :)
See you when you're in the mood for a break!
Knit on!

November 3, 2008 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger geeky Heather said...

Enjoy your break!

I gave you a blog award on my blog, if you care about such frivolous things. =)

November 7, 2008 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger artfulabilities said...

I hope you enjoy your much desired break. Although new to your blog I appreciated your thoughtfulness on your comment on the jogless jog on my blog

I tend to undervalue my abilities as a knitter even though I sell my work. I had my newest Christmas Stocking, which was to be a gift, at a Stitch and Bitch meeting the other night. Although some of the girls there who have tremendous knitting that I stand in awe of had made the stocking I was "altering" to make it more mind than the original pattern. The girls kept commenting on my stripes and the jogless jog.

I felt so capable for a change and it is because of you my skills continue to improve. So enjoy my new found mentor your knitting time and time away from the computer. Enjoy, refresh, and renew...and I for one shall look forward to your return.


November 8, 2008 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Jesse Mendez said...

Hi there how are you? I was looking through your blog and found it interesting and wanted to leave you a comment.

I have an ivitation for you to come and visit my art blog here in San Diego, and comment if you will.

I think that you may enjoy the various labels and music videos I design for my art blog, hope to see you here soon and take care :)

November 8, 2008 at 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Pam said...

And, from me, a word, also, of thanks for your smarts! I haven't even read all your info goodies. I always come to look when in a bind with my knitting.

I will leave you a question which has me confused and it's about machine knitting. My husband got me a Bond America knitting machine. (I think he feels knitting is to slow to really make money!) My question is: Which way does the words, pictures, etc come out of knitting? Where would I start the color work? (My left and right has always been a bit cockeyed!) My brain is telling me that your brain can see this even if you've never touched a knitting machine! Any thoughts from anyone would be a pleasure to receive! Bond America googles up easily but there is very little information on intarsia. I cannot get my mind around this for nothing. Anyway thanks!

November 11, 2008 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Pam. Sadly, I cannot tell you anything about the Bond machine--hand knitting is really my thing. Sorry not to be able to help you.


December 6, 2008 at 9:08 PM  

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