On the day of the Oscars we finally got to see Juno. I hope it wins some, we really enjoyed it, it was funny and although it deals with the usual "what to do about an unexpected teenage pregnancy" dilemmas it does it in a fresh way I think.
I have been very impressed with a couple of magazines lately. The first is CRAFT: , the sister magazine of MAKE:. It's jampacked with fun little projects including some knitting and sewing ones. The more I look through it the more I find. The latest issue has cute Japanese juggling balls to sew filled with short grain rice, a chicken/egg toy to knit, sturdy cardboard chairs and a reversible wrap skirt to make amongst other things. I am making the chicken/egg toy and will post a pic as soon as I have finished it. Amy O'Neill Houck of The Hook and I has very kindly posted on their blog about my KnitChartMaker which is exciting.
The other magazine is a UK magazine that Carolinne has very kindly given me a subscription for for Christmas. It is Selvedge and is about all kinds of textiles. I just love the whole look and feel of this magazine - it's printed on nice thick paper - and it has ads but they are not as obtrusive as in some magazines. It doesn't have patterns, but it has lots of articles about designers and there is plenty to inspire there.
Gary bought me the KnitPicks Options Harmony Wood Interchangeable Needle Set for Valentine's Day and they arrived in the week.. They are so pretty and really lovely to use. The cords are much thinner than the Denise ones so the knitting doesn't stick on them and they are nice and pointy. Luckily the tiny keys are just there for leverage to tighten the join and any pin that will fit through the hole will do, when I have lost them both!
Speaking, as I was two paragraphs ago, about my chart maker, I am in the final throes of testing the new version and desperately trying to fight the urge to add more new features that break the existing code. It's difficult to know when to stop, but I know some Mac users are having problems with it and I hope the new version will address those. I am sorry if I haven't got back to you with an answer to your problem - the simple truth is that I don't have a Mac to test on so it is difficult to diagnose and fix. I will do my best to research the matter with Applets on Macs generally and see what I come up with.