Numerical Knitting

November 6, 2007

The Phone, The Phone is Ringing

Filed under: General,Knitting — by bethc @ 2:40 pm
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I have been debating the title for this post all morning… the other choice is “On The Shoulders of Giants.”

Last night I had an amazing success. I have wanted to have the song from the show Wonder Pets as my ringtone ever since I heard it. Just read the lyrics, they’re perfect.

(Linny:) The phone, the phone is ringing.
(Ming-Ming:) The phone, we’ll be right there!
(Tuck:) The phone, the phone is ringing!
(Ming-Ming:)This must be serious
(Linny:) There’s an animal in trouble…
(Ming-Ming:)There’s an animal in trouble!
(Tuck:) There’s an animal in trouble, somewhere.

Through advanced googleing I found that this guy had made it a ringtone for his iPhone, so all I needed was an iPhone. Since that didn’t seem to be an option I went about figuring out if I could use his file on my phone. Turns out his is an MPEG-4 audio file and my phone (Treo 700p) will only play WAV or MIDI. Ok, now I needed to convert the file. At home, B showed me how to convert from the MPEG-4 to a WAV using iTunes. Then I had the file, in the correct format, but it was on my computer, not my phone. Back to the internet and by pawing though the posts here I had my answer! And now, if you call me, I will hear “The phone, the phone is ringing” and I’ll smile!

So, many thanks to B and the nameless people on the variety of sites that gave me the information I needed.

All this got me thinking about the way I learn. In college I took Abstract Algebra and boy was it abstract. But I did ok because all of the tests were open book and as soon as we got the test I would head to the library and sit on the floor in the abstract algebra section (who would have thought there was and abstract algebra section) and start looking through books. Little by little I would piece together what I needed to understand to answer each of the problems on the test.

Since that time I find that when faced with a challenge the way I get through it and figure out what I need to know is research. I do find it a bit ironic that when I worked as a researcher I hated it, but that’s another post…

My knitting has been this way recently as well. I wanted to learn Norwegian purl so with instructions and advice from here, here, and here I was successful. I have been making teeny, tiny socks (to become ornaments) and have been working on my increases and short rows also with the help of the internet!

So all this learning from experts has got me thinking… thinking about knitting camp… talk about learning from giants…


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  2. That sweater, and that baby: gorgeous!!

    And, oh did I laugh when I read your amazing ring tone idea! I have the most generic ring tone, but my kids love the Wonderpets and they would think that ring tone was the Best. Thing. EVER!!!

    Congrats on your knitting successes. I started knitting little hats for the new babies at the hospital. After that, it’s stash busting, with maybe some Christmas gifts getting made in the process. At least, that’s my plan. I’m even getting back to my knitting nights with my buddies: fun, without fear of poking my children with dpns!

    Comment by mamasutra — November 7, 2007 @ 2:41 am |Reply

  3. Yay, Yay, for BSJ! Fricklet LOVES his. The garter stitch is genius, because it’s stretchy so will fit longer and it’s not hard to get on. Every time we go for a walk on these chilly days, he wears his, and I know he’s toasty because it’s WOOL. Now you have to make a Hello Yarn top-down bonnet to match, because THAT is the perfect baby hat (covers the ears).

    Comment by JulieFrick — November 9, 2007 @ 11:08 am |Reply

  4. I think that it’s awesome you have that wonder pets song as your ring tone πŸ™‚ I was just googling things to see if I could download the song, I’m trying to get it but my phone won’t connect to my laptop so I’m having my cousin retrieve it from hers.

    Comment by Joane — April 3, 2008 @ 4:10 am |Reply

  5. The Wonder Pets! Theme song and lyrics can be found at:

    Comment by Larc — July 13, 2008 @ 10:20 am |Reply

  6. This is absolutely adorable!!

    I’m stationed in Afghanistan right now and one day I got that song stuck in my head. My oldest sisters (both adults as well) played it for me over the holidays last year and I thought it was the funniest thing ever!

    I came across this blog while looking for the lyrics πŸ™‚

    Cute sweater too! I can barely tie my own shoes.

    It was really cool what you wrote about the way you learn stuff too. Ok bye πŸ˜›

    Comment by Matt — October 10, 2009 @ 11:36 am |Reply

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