The Cat’s Pyjamas

The problem with knitting so many things that you eventually give away, is that you wind up not blogging about things until months have gone by and you’ve finally tracked down the person you’re gifting it to. I never want to spoil the surprise.  I’m thinking I’m going to take a leaf from the Yarn…

The Cat’s Pyjamas was originally published on Stringchronicity

A change is as good as a rest

A few years back, I woke up one day to find that my blog was…gone.  My blog and some rather extensive genealogy work. I decided at that time that I would be more careful, do more backups, etc.  And then I got complacent. I re-imported a bunch of things from my old livejournal blog (which I was using as a backup) and just continued on.

I don’t update my blog regularly. I get caught up in the minutiae of trying to decide what I can say and what I should say. I’ve recognized this in myself and I am not always comfortable with how much I self-edit.

A week or so ago, I posted a blog entry on Movember, and I noticed that my blog software (WordPress, of course) needed updating. I tried to update….and it wouldn’t connect to the ftp server. My host has since discovered that the hard drive is about to fail and is in the process of backing everything up.

So I’ve been on the cusp of making decisions for awhile, and I think I know what I’m going to do. I’m going to try using the online version of WordPress instead of the custom installation, at least for a while. I haven’t played around with site design or severe customization for years, so it’s not like I’m missing out on anything by switching platforms. I’m not even changing products, really. I’ve been using WordPress for years, just the version you install yourself. I think I’ve been transitioning to Jetpack plugins rather than 3rd party.

We will see how this goes, and if all is well, I may see about having my domains point here, or at least change and to point the blog here.


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Movember is coming (well, actually it’s here…)

I originally wrote this blog post on October 27th at / As my usual site is currently down for maintenance, I am reposting it here – backdated to the correct date.


Untitled Movember is just around the bend, and just like last year, I’ve signed up as a Mo Sister. When it comes to getting out there and asking for donations, I’m not exactly the most outgoing, but I try to do what I can.

I haven’t done any designing recently, but I do have a couple of offerings for those who donate.

Starting November 1st, when you make a donation at my Movember page, you will automatically receive an email with two coupon codes for Ravelry. One of those codes is to download my Magnum Mittens & Handwarmers pattern for no charge.  I will also include a code for 50% off any other pattern purchase from my store on Ravelry (yes, that includes Warmer on the Inside, for those who were wondering…). These are one-time-use-per-customer codes, so make your purchases count! ;)

It’s a win/win…you get patterns and a good cause gets some much-needed funds!

I donate time and money to Movember because I love the men in my life and I want to keep them happy and healthy for a long time to come.  Movember hopes to bring awareness to men’s physical and mental health. While one part is prostate and testicular cancer treatment and care, the other major concern is that men often do not seek or receive professional mental health treatment. The men in my life have been directly impacted by cancer and mental health issues, and are stronger for the help they have received.  I want to make sure that the care is there for anyone who needs it.

** As an aside, while I would like to encourage folks to donate to my team (my co-workers), the email with the codes will not be triggered if you do. It’s probably safer, therefore, to donate via my page only if you want the codes.  Also, there should be an option to leave a message when you donate. I encourage you to do so, and leave your Ravelry name just in case you need me to troubleshoot a code for you. It makes verification that much easier :)

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