Remember last week’s blog contest, where I asked what distracts you from work? (Or knitting?) Many of us are distracted by the same things, and many of those things have to do with the computer. I think that I need to put the computer off limits in the evenings, with just a quick final check of emails before I go to bed. I get a lot of knitting done when I actually sit down and do it, but the trouble is that in the evenings, I’m frequently clicking around online, checking out blogs, yarn, and patterns. (Lest you think I won’t be able to stay on top of important things if I give up this trolling time, rest assured that I also do this during the day at work, since it’s part of my job!) I can only imagine how much more knitting I would get done. And right now, just before the holidays? It’s time to ramp it up and get moving on the gift knitting. Otherwise, no one is going to be getting any handknits from me this year.
One way I’m going to keep myself on track with my knitting focus, is to have that top photo as my desktop background for awhile. It’s a picture of Claudia’s Wollmeise shop in Germany. Knitting Daughter and I spent a lot of time here when we visited her, and this particular picture was taken the day we got to hang out for the whole time it was open, just knitting, chatting and drinking coffee on the orange couches. It was the best day! It’s a good reminder of why I love to knit, and I think it will be fun to have on my desktop for the next month. (Last month, I had this second photo as my wallpaper – a shot of the Cascade 220 wall here at Loopy. Equally knit-worthy and inspiring!)
So, what’s on your desktop, being used as the wallpaper? Does it make you smile? (Note – I used to keep my favorite photo of Web Guy and Knitting Daughter as my wallpaper, but it made me miss them even more. Every time I booted up the computer in the morning and saw their smiling faces looking out at me, I had a sad moment. Not that I don’t have eleventy billion other photos of them around my desk anyways. But somehow seeing them on my computer was an extra sad jolt in the morning ….)
I have webshots on my computer, so my image changes every day. A lot of them are nature scenes. Today’s is a big wave. A lot of the others are from the digital art of Linda Bergkvist (http://www.furiae.com/popup.php?image=glimpseofsummer is a great example of her lighter work).
My desktop has a picture of a rabbit with a pancake on his head. My son put the photo there. No explanation.
My desktop has a piture of my daughter in her Halloween costume getting ready to go out trick or treating for the first time. SHe is blow ing the camera a kiss. I smile every time I see it.
i use a background picture of rocks that came embedded on the mac. kinda lame, I guess.
Well, my desktop isn’t yarn, but it’s the next best thing…it’s a great picture I took at the Chihuly exhibit in Grand Rapids, MI at the Meijer Gardens. His wonderful outdoor/garden glass creations are fantastic and inspiring…like beautiful hand dyed yarn!!
Presently (and for the next five months) I have an ultrasound picture of my first grandchild who will arrive in April. My daughter and son-in-law live far, far away which makes me sad, but the picture makes me happy.
My desktop is a photo from our honeymoon last year – a picture of the Acropolis! We went to Greece so I could meet my husband’s extended family for the first time, and I love ancient archaeology. I’m always happy when I see it 🙂
oh, you shouldn’t have asked!
my desktop shows the maiden launch of Space Shuttle Discovery in April 1984. Discovery is my favorite orbiter and my desktop photo is usually a view of her – the glass cockpit, flying around the International Space Station, being mated to the rest of the stack in the Vehicle Assembly Building, launch, landing. the images are almost endless and I have a bunch of them.
I know non-NASA geeks will think this is dumb but Discovery is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen (yes, I actually got to see her once!!! they were rolling her out from the VAB to the launch pad while we were on vacation!! she was 300 feet in front of me!!!). I adore her and I can’t believe we’re going to put Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour in museums just because… well, just because.
if you can get to the Space Coast at the right time to see and feel the sight and thunder of one of the (hopefully three) remaining launches, do it. you’ll never regret it and maybe you’ll love them like I do.
I custom made a desktop because of all the holiday knitting I have to get done. I put a two month calendar view on the right side that shows November & December w/ Christmas circled in red. On the right side of the screen I put the list of things I need to make and underneath that I put a picture of yarn just for some inspiration. Hopefully this can keep me on task!
My desktop wallpaper is a picture of my 2 year old grandson at the park with the sun setting behind him. I love to see his smiling face every morning. 🙂
My main laptop wallpaper is a photo I took of Squam Lake in NH, looking over one of the docks of Rockywald-Deephaven camp. It’s about one of my favorite places in the entire world.
My other laptop’s wallpaper is an XKCD cartoon – this one here http://xkcd.com/137/ – that reminds me that there is more to life than my job I don’t love and endlessly pushing refresh on the Internet. The language at the end is a little rough, but I’m okay with that, personally.
my desktop is a plethora of wollmeise. I don’t remember where I got it as it has been awhile. But its colorfulness makes me smile 🙂
I like to use the wallpapers that ScoutJ puts up on her blog each month! This month I’m using the flowers at work, and when I get around to updating the home computer, may use the railroad pic.
That flowers pick is all the pretty colors that brighten my day, even though I only get to look at the wallpaper first and last thing. The rest of the time, something is open on the screen!
So yes, it makes me smile at least twice a day!
Like others on here, after seeing your photo of Cascade yarn, it is now on my desktop. Had a picture of a beautiful azalea and other flowers in my yard, but was tired of it. Now I have YARN INSPIRATION! Thanks.