Monthly Archives:May 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 2 10.1 (Wi-Fi) 16GB

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (Wi-Fi) 16GB This is the tablet I picked up Sunday (the day it came out). I took it home & charged it up fully, like I always do for any new electronic I get. Surprisingly, Nook downloaded to it without a glitch. In fact everything (apps, pics, etc.) went on the tablet without a hitch. *pro #1* Except for my books. *I buy most ebooks from Barnes & Noble, but I do buy eBooks from other sellers also.* So I knew that my Nook books would not be a problem. I was afraid that the other books would give me a problem. I was right, spent most of the first day converting my pdf books to e-pubs *con #1* & then side-loading them into the Nook interface on the talet. Calibre ( my e-book manager *highly recommend & free* still won’t talk to the tablet. *con #2* So the only way I get my books to the tablet is to copy & paste the e-pubs to the Nook folders on the tablet. *con #3* I spent last night with it seeing if I enjoyed reading on the 10.1″ *pro #2* *con #4* screen the tablet has. Hmm…didn’t work out. Both my Nook & the tablet have the same books on it. I ended up reading the book on my Nook without thinking about it. I am afraid that the 10.1″ is too big to comfortably read with it. But I am going to continue to try with it.

Today I plug in the tablet to the computer planning on working on my pdfs *patterns & tutorials I carry with me* on to the MicroSD card. So I just finished moving my pdfs & magazines to the MicroSD & the tablet is reading them just fine. *pro #3* One big issue for me. With my Nook, I can pin my books, pdfs, etc to one of the three home screens. The tablet has no way of doing that. *con #5* Also with my Nook I have the ability to sort my books (in the library) by author while on the tablet I have to sort it by recent first & that just messes me up while trying to remember where I was in my library for the next book to read. I am trying to catch up on my e-book library & have been trying to read the books from author to author.

With my Nook I have beautiful access to a special store *recommends for me based on my library* that lists out different authors & books that I may be interested in. Plus I can find the Nook Daily Finds *cheap books*. On the tablet I don’t get that special store or the automatic daily finds. *con #6* To the best of my opinion I can not read the book *in store* like I can with my Nook. *con #7* Will try it out just to make sure Friday when I go back to B&N.

I have to admit I really do like this tablet. One major plus is that I can download any app from the Android market *minecraft* *pro #4*, though I have found that I can get Hidden Objects games from the Nook tablet & those help me get my mind off things that I need it off of. So, I don’t think that is a *huge* pro anymore.

I have also just realized that my father’s Nook books will not read on my tablet. *con #8* This is not good. We share reading tastes & I normally will copy his books onto my reading device instead of having to re-buy the books I want.

If you haven’t guessed yet this is my way of trying to determine the pros & cons of this tablet. So in list view:

Tablet Pros

  1. All apps that I have chosen have downloaded & ran without a problem.
  2. Has a 10.1″ screen size compared to the 7″ my Nook has.
  3. Tablet is reading my pdfs & magazines without a problem.
  4. More apps straight from the Android Market *Minecraft*.

Tablet Cons

  1. Having to convert my books to e-pubs.
  2. Calibre will not “talk” to the tablet.
  3. Have to side-load all books to the tablet.
  4. The 10.1″ screen is too big & a little awkward to read from & use in the car.
  5. Can not pin my working files *patterns* or my books I am currently reading to my home screen.
  6. No special book store from Nook.
  7. Am unable to read the book in store like on my Nook.
  8. Unable to use Dad’s books.

Nook Tablet Pros

  1. Perfect screen size for reading & using in the car.
  2. Ease of access to the Nook Store.
  3. Nook will read e-books as pdfs or epubs.
  4. Nook will read my father’s account or my account books.
  5. Calibre will “talk” to my Nook so I know exactly what is on my Nook & what isn’t.
  6. Have the “special store” from the Nook.
  7. Have the charger for the car if I need to re-charge.
  8. Very comfortable to use in bed *I read a lot at night*.

Nook Tablet Cons

  1. No 10.1″ screen size.
  2. No Android Market.

I would like to know your opinions & ideas. If you have any fixes to the cons that I have listed then please let me know. I am not planning on making a permanent decision until Friday May 25, 2012 *Best Buy has a 30-day return policy*.

Yarn Porn *shudders*

Ok, I went to Kansas City, MO this last weekend. I had a blast at the zoo & the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum *yes, I know childish & nerdy* As normal I got two more stuffed animals to add to my collection. I picked up a African Wild Dog & a Ty® Elephant (the googly eyed one). Got to spend about 30 minutes drooling at the tiger pen watching the tigers pace back & forth. Then spent another 20 minutes watching the polar bear do tricks in the water. I actually lucked into getting to watch the river otters for another 20 minutes before being crowded out by kids, lol. Oh, you didn’t want to hear about the zoo? Oh, so you are here for the yarn porn. Ok, I can do that, lol.


Yarn Porn

That do you? No, oh you want to see the other half & all the yarn. Ok, I have made you wait long enough, lol.


This is Dream Smooshy sock yarn in the Evening Flame #512 colorway. This yarn is made with 70 superwash merino wool, 20% cashmere *happy*, & 10% nylon. I loved the color & think I will make a shawl with the 800 yards I have of it.
If I do this one, I should have enough left over to make a pair of socks, lol.

Dream Smooshy Sock - Evening Flame 512 Spring Flowers Shawl by Beyenburgerin Brigitte

This is the main yarn I went after. I love my Prima Cotton by Cascade & so I figured that the other couldn’t be bad, lol. So I picked up a plain dark brown for my father. I have to say this yarn feels wonderful.

Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock - color 5609 Lot 5527

This is Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace (I know, I am crazy). I found it on clearance & have wanted to use lace yarn but not wanting to spend a fortune on it. This let me try it.

Dream Smooshy Sock - Evening Flame 512 Flit 'n Float by Birdy Evans

This a complete impulse buy. I saw it, had to have it. It is Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints Sock made from 85% Merino Superwash Wool & 15% Mulberry Silk *heavenly*. I am planning on socks, but may make a scarf instead.

Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints Sock - color 9942 Lot 9803

Ok, all those yarns came from The Studio Yarn Shop. The ones below came from Yarn & More yarn shop. I have no control when it comes to the following. I saw, made me happy, bought.

This crazy color is actually for socks. I don’t know why, but when I saw it, it made me happy. So I got it. Dad shakes his head & says I am crazy for getting it. Anyhoo, this is Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope in the Toucan colorway. It is made from superwash merino sock yarn. Yep, this is going to be socks.

Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope in the Toucan

This set of colors is a little more in the normal colors I choose for myself. Anyhoo, this is Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope in the Persian Princess colorway. It is made from superwash merino sock yarn. Yep, this is going to be socks.

Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope in Persian Princess

I have wanted to try this yarn brand for a while but no where near me has it. So I got it in KC. It is Malabrigo Sock yarn in the colorway #474 Caribeno. It is made from superwash merino sock yarn. Yep, this is going to be socks.

Malabrigo Sock yarn in the colorway #474 Caribeno

I even picked up some hand spun yarn even. Again in a crazy color, but I liked it. Nice mix.
This is Spinning Joy Singe ply sport Merino Tencil Sunshine Yarns colorway Tulips. I have approx. 220 yards so socks it will become, lol.

Spinning Joy Singe ply sport Merino Tencil Sunshine Yarns colorway Tulips

I found this yarn on clearance & since I am discovering a love for the gray color I snagged it all. I am hoping to make a robot & a gargoyle with this. It is Mira Sol in the color way #402 lot #26713. I have 4 hanks o make a total of 360 yards. I know the gargoyle needs 110 yards & the robot needs about 300 yards. But I can use Caron Yarn for the robot, so I know I will make the gargoyle with this.

Mira Sol in the color way #402 lot #26713

This yarn will go for the top of the robots had or into a hat. Just liked the colors & it was on clearance. I know, I am hopeless, lol. It is Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5.

Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5

Last one, I promise.

I did have a breakdown & bought two more hanks of lace weight yarn. I have a project for it, I swear. It is another Malabrigo in the colorway #247 Whales Road. It is 100% baby merino wool lace weight I have approx. 940 yards of it. I think I am in love with this yarn, lol.

Dream Smooshy Sock - Evening Flame 512

Ok, I am finished now. No more yarn porn. Hopefully that gave you enough for a little bit. All in all I spent over $270 just in yarn. But no where near me sells these brands or weight. I don’t want to special order yarn until I know I like it. Both shops are willing to send me any & all yarn I want. My next yarn explosion will probably happen in October when we go to St. Louis & visit those shops. *hangs her head in shame though extremely happy* I have no control over myself when surrounded by yarn or books. So my father is going a little crazy trying to figure out how I am going to use all this stash. But I will.