25 February 2013

Science, repairs, and spindles

I've been so busy lately that I've fallen behind on many of my hobbies, including blogging.  I'm touched by those of you who were concerned for me, such a wonderful community to be a part of!  I'll be catching up with other bloggers very soon!

I've pretty much finished up spinning and plying this fluffy BFL.  I'm definitely planning on dyeing it and I'm going to have such a hard time deciding what colorway it should be!

I have to warn you iPhone owners that the following image is scary:

Oh no!  It was pretty silly of me, I tripped and it flew out of my pocket.  I looked around and Apple charges $200 for screen repair, not to mention that I have to go phoneless for days, other companies weren't much better.

Then I found resources for doing it yourself, which is much cheaper at ~$20 for the new screen component.  This is a bit of a gamble, because although the phone is pretty simple inside:

...you can still break off your itty bitty signal antenna.  Also, keep in mind that by opening the phone yourself you void all Apple warranty.

I won't lie, this was not the easiest thing I've ever done, and there were times that I was positive I was going to have to buy a new phone.  I ended up stripping the head of a really important screw located right above the motherboard...it wasn't that the repair was difficult, I just wasn't paying enough attention.

I'll leave you with this amazing science video featuring some of my personal heros (Brian Cox's job is to tinker with the large hadron collider!). I'm so fascinated by the world we can't see!

This one is also excellent and it has Carl Sagan (who was so adorable!).


  1. The yarn is lovely! Kudos for the phone-fix! I watched my dad disassemble my Zune to replace the battery. It was terrifying! And it didn't work, so he had to send it away. I was shocked to hear that it wasn't something he had done, but that the new battery was bad. Go Dad! :)

    Sorry things are so busy! We miss you! School's sort of eating me too, though, so I totally sympathize. :)

  2. I had been thinking about you today. I'm so happy to hear you are doing just fine.

    That BFL looks great. Do you know what kind of project it might grow up to be?

  3. glad to see you are back (-:

  4. Welcome back. I'm glad the phone is fixed ;) Also, that BFL looks lovely, I can't wait to see how you dye it. You always choose such amazing fibers and colors.

  5. Yay, you're back! :) Don't worry, we all know what life is like... sometimes it gets too busy to keep up with the blog community. I'm glad you were able to fix your phone (with a little help...). The scariest thing I ever did to my phone was cut my old sim card smaller to fit into the micro sim holder in my cell phone. I was paranoid it might get stuck or something but it all worked out fine and saved me a couple dollars :)
    I'm in a purple phase right now so I'd suggest that. Or turquoise for the summer. Or brown? I'm no help when it comes to color decisions, sorry! ;)

  6. Glad that you were able to fix your phone.

    Loved the video. Have you seen the documentary, "What the #$*! Do We Know?" It's along the same lines as the video you posted. Interesting and thought-provoking stuff.

  7. I had hope you were just inundated with school work and nothing was serious. I'd like to think I've got a good case (though not an otterbox) on my phone. It already has water damage to it. But not in the "oh $hit, I've dropped in the sink sense of water damage" think more along the lines of a toddler sucking on the end of the phone. Now it doesn't turn off unless it is plugged in. Welcome back!

  8. Your BFL looks DELICIOUS! I just dyed some yarn with kool aid last weekend and was very pleased with how that jived. Picking a color is totally going to be the hardest part. The natural cream is lovely.

  9. Nice song! Carl Sagan's Cosmos is my ultimate favorite! Unless they manage to produce something more fascinating this time with Cosmos 2013 :D.

    I feel you about the repair! I have also had my share of broken Apple screens.

  10. Oh that yarn is glorious! I don't think I would take the chance of trying to fix my phone myself, even though I'm rather tech-savvy! That warranty thing is just too scary for me.

  11. your yarn looks lovely! i always love hand spun in a natural colour.

    too bad for your iphone! :(

  12. I missed you! Eep about your phone, glad you got it sorted! Your spinning looks gorgeous!

  13. Yay! you've surfaced. Wow - look at that BFL, it's gorgeous!! Oh dear about the phone - I don't dare get one of those things...

  14. Fascinating to read about how you repaired your iPhone Didn't know these options were available. Your yarn looks lovely and I will be interested to see what color you use with it.

  15. Your spinning is beautiful.
    What will you use this bfl for since there is nothing like nylon for strength?
    Love how white it it, Ivy.

  16. You have been spinning hard. I have to test out my spindle but I know that it takes a lot to get that much yarn spun. You go girl! Big ouchie for your phone.


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