My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Miscellany

Lots of odds and ends today.

Hotlinking

Several of you mentioned that you don’t know what hotlinking is. Here’s a webpage that gives a very good explanation of it: http://www.webweaver.nu/html-tips/hotlinking.shtml

I no longer have problems with people hotlinking photos on the wendyknits.net domain because my service provider has a hotlinking switch in the control panel for the site. If you turn it off, when people hotlink to an image on your site, it will not display on their site. (Though, actually, I’m considering moving my photos to Flickr so you can click on them and get a larger one in a new window without using up Wendyknits bandwidth. I just need to sign up for a Flickr paid account, as I know I’d blow through the bandwidth limits on the free account very quickly.)

This is not the same as linking to a site. You can always put a link on your site to this site, or a particular page on this site. When a person clicks on that link, it takes them to the specified page on this site.

There was a question about how I know when people have downloaded my photos without permission and posted them on their sites or in a Flickr set. Mostly, it’s because I stumble across them.

How can you tell if someone is hotlinking to your site? It’ll show up in your site statistics. Look to see if your images are getting a lot more hits than your pages are.

For example, on my wendyjohnson.net domain, I just ran a report for the month of May so far. I have a page with photos of Wallace & Gromit toys. That page got 423 hits so far this month. One of the images on that page got 629 hits so far this month, so I’m pretty sure that people are hotlinking to it.

One solution is to change the name of the image on your site so that people who hotlink to the image with the old name will just get an error.

My Comments

ETA: Comments were down completely last night (and I couldn’t log into MT at all) and after I finally got through to tech support for my web host this morning, they fixed the problem — permissions had mysteriously been set to deny access?? Arrrgggh. So the comments are “working” again — in the same half-*ssed way described below. They can’t figure out what the problem is there. Sigh.

Something is definitely kaflooey with the comments here. When you leave a comment and click on “post” the page takes forever to load, and then you get a blank page or a “page not found” error. But when this happens, the comment is posted. Highly annoying, and I’m afraid I do not know why this is happening. I have an idea it has something to do with the Movable Type spam filters, but can’t find any documentation on this. If any MovableType gurus out there have any idea, I’d be most grateful if you could contact me.

On a related note, my website host offers WordPress. I have from time to time toyed with the idea of moving my blog to WordPress but I tend to break out into a cold sweat thinking about it,considering the size of my blog archives. Have any of you successfully moved a Movable Type (mine is version 3.2) blog to WordPress (I have version 2.0.2 available to me)?

New Online Magazine

Have you checked out Spindle and Wheel yet? It focuses on spinning but plans to include other fiber arts as well. The site will feature tutorials and patterns and has an online forum as well.

Yarn Pr0n! Yarn Pr0n!

Lookie here!

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Last week I received an order from the new Lime & Violet Wool Pr0n shop as well as a Loopy Ewe order.

From top left, two sock yarns and some yummy roving from Lime & Violet.

Included was a subversive little note to Lucy — something about the revolution when animals take over the world. I didn’t get to look at it for more than half a second before Lucy snatched it out of my hands and hid it. Hmmmmmm.

And from The Loopy Ewe, more Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Raspberry, Stone Barn Fibers in Lamurple and Poison Ivy, and the Knittery’s wool/cashmere blend in Mist and Sea Breeze.

Yum!

And speaking of yarn pr0n:

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A giftie from L-B — Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silkmo in the Lucy colorway. I’m thinking it will become a Kiri (pdf link). I plan to make it this summer so I can wear it to Stitches East in October.

Sock Progress

I’m working on the mate to each of the completed socks I showed in yesterday’s blog entry. Here’s the Grasshopper.

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And here’s the Summerfield:

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Incidentally, for those of you who are interested in doing a sock toe-up with the gusset slipstitch heel, check out Widdershins, from Knitty. That pattern is constructed in this manner.

Book Giveaway

Something a little different this week. I have a set of all four Flip Knit books to give away. You can read about them here.

If you would like the set of four Flip Knits books, send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday May 20, and I will, as usual, use the random number generator to pick a recipient.

Lucy Sez

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Stop blogging and play with me!

Comments

  1. Oh, I audibly gasped when I saw the sock yarn. I love the Fleece Artist, I *think* I have that colourway.

    Hey, have a great weekend!

  2. Yeah! Comments are working again!!

  3. Yeah! Comments are working again!

  4. I love Lucy! (do you think someone already has the copywrite on that expression?) LOL

  5. Meribeth says:

    I want to roll around in that yarn.. And I am having an early morning craving for chocolate while I drool over the Raspberry. Not fair.

    Checked out the site you posted. Fantastic! The pics are priceless and it is chucked full of great info…and fun to read too!

    Yep, I know the Feline Look of Disdain. Cats do keep us in check….we are powerless.

  6. Meribeth says:

    I want to roll around in that yarn.. And I am having an early morning craving for chocolate while I drool over the Raspberry. Not fair.

    Checked out the site you posted. Fantastic! The pics are priceless and it is chucked full of great info…and fun to read too!

    Yep, I know the Feline Look of Disdain. Cats do keep us in check….we are powerless.

  7. Meribeth says:

    I want to roll around in that yarn.. And I am having an early morning craving for chocolate while I drool over the Raspberry. Not fair.

    Checked out the site you posted. Fantastic! The pics are priceless and it is chucked full of great info…and fun to read too!

    Yep, I know the Feline Look of Disdain. Cats do keep us in check….we are powerless.

  8. I just love buying yarn vicariously through others… What I’d like to know, though, is how you always seem to be ahead of the pack on where to find yarns – is it an innate skill, a built-in yarn radar? Or do you spend lots of time surfing and searching? Most of the time when I follow your yarn links, they’re already sold out… how do you do it??

  9. Well, I probably shouldn’t say this in writing (please don’t get me in trouble) but yours is one of the few blogs that I can still check out at work. They have blocked most of the blogging servers – blogger, typepad (I’m not sure about wordpress) – and they have also blocked Flickr. It really is not as much fun to be able to read a blog but then have these big blank spots where you can’t see the pictures. Imagination can only take you so far here. :) So my two cents is that I hope you stay with what you have but that is purely for selfish reasons!! :)

  10. I would be very excited to hear you switch to wordpress. I’ve been using it for a year or two, and love it quite a lot. There is an import feature from Moveable Type as well. However, I would be very concerned because your host doesn’t have the newest version of WordPress. The newest version (out today in fact) is 2.2, and I’m pretty sure there was an important security release between 2.0.2 and 2.2. Although, I don’t know how much access you have to your stuff on your server, but you could easily upgrade once they installed it. It’s just a matter of uploading all the new files, and clicking a link.

    I know you don’t really know me, but please feel free to e-mail me with any questions. I don’t mind helping a bit as I know quite a bit about WordPress.

  11. Love the Summerfield sock.

  12. Wendy, I switched over to WordPress from MT about six months ago and actually found the transferring of entries to be the easy part, thanks to the import/export tools available. One thing you might find to be a hassle is deciding how to handle links to individual entries, since your permalinks will break (because MT and WP use different naming conventions for individual entries. You can solve this by creating (or having someone create for you) a template in your MT installation for your pre-WP entries that will export a text file with rules for the server (as part of your .htaccess file) that essentially says “if the visitor requests an entry named like X, send the visitor to that entry named Y.” You could also do what I did; go through by hand and change all of the links to other entries to the new format (I use one of the rules I mentioned above to redirect visitors looking for the old name of one of my most popular entries, but no other help behind the scenes); I decided this was the path of least resistance, but it was the biggest/only issue I had. You’ll find more info here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Importing_from_Movable_Type_to_WordPress

    (there are lots of permalink handling suggestions toward the middle of the page…)

  13. Danielle says:

    A random cat-related comment:

    I once had a roommate who had a cat that looked very much like Lucy. He always said the cat was a Himmy, but you had commented that Lucy’s a Ragdoll. Yesterday I finally Googled the difference bewteen the two–lo and behold, that cat was definitely a Ragdoll and not a Himmy. I’m pretty sure I can’t connvince the former roommate that he was wrong. ;) Loved the cat, though–beautiful and sweet!

  14. Since you are the sock yarn expert, I thought I’d ask for your help :~) Is there a sock yarn that uses mohair instead of nylon for strength? I am combing up some Cheviot/mohair for sock yarn spinning, but have wondered if there is something commercially available. I have looked in my catalogs, and googled, and found nothing. Don’t think I’m against nylon-I have loads of regular sock yarn waiting in the stash. Just curious. Thanks!

  15. patricia says:

    Yarn prOn indeed! I’m with Dierdre- vicarious yarn buying. SUch beautiful colors. So touchable-looking, but not. sigh.

  16. you’re working so fast on those grasshopper socks. doesn’t that p2tog really bore the stuffing out of you (especially on the cuff)? i’m trying to work my way through the pattern, guess i’ve just got to get to working and stop procrastinating. i still find it amazing that you find so much time to knit with a full-time job. you’re amazing!

  17. Oooh…Lucy laceweight. *drool*

  18. Wendy- That Blue Moon Lucy will make a great Kiri.

    Lucy is looking especially divine.

  19. Meredith says:

    Wendy, reading your blog is an education in SOOOOO much more than knitting. Who ever knew all that sturff about hot links. Your yarn pr0n has sent me to all the sites with lust in my heart.

    Hello to Lucy from Elvis and Wilhemina.

  20. Beautiful yarns!

    Lucy looks very ready to play.

  21. Lucy is so beautiful. I read your blog half for the knitting and half for Lucy.

  22. Gorgeous yarn! Thanks for info on hotlinking, very informative:) I’ll keep it short since Lucy wants to play:)

  23. Gorgeous!
    I’ve seen people put up graphics in the place of their hotlinked item saying something along the lines of “this person STEALS bandwidth!”

    Also, I just stupidly sent a contest entry and didn’t include my info at all… but if you draw bluejena-at-gmail-dot-com as the winner, that’s me. :)

  24. Gorgeous!
    I’ve seen people put up graphics in the place of their hotlinked item saying something along the lines of “this person STEALS bandwidth!”

    Also, I just stupidly sent a contest entry and didn’t include my info at all… but if you draw bluejena-at-gmail-dot-com as the winner, that’s me. :)

  25. Gorgeous!
    I’ve seen people put up graphics in the place of their hotlinked item saying something along the lines of “this person STEALS bandwidth!”

    Also, I just stupidly sent a contest entry and didn’t include my info at all… but if you draw bluejena-at-gmail-dot-com as the winner, that’s me. :)

  26. Yah for the comments! I too am an old skool MT junkie, but have to agree, that WordPress does look tempting.

    (my kids are now rolling their eyes because I’m trying to pull off typing “skool”… they look so funny, it’s completely worth my public embarrassment!)

  27. Silly me — I just realized the Lucy colorway at Blue Moon is your Lucy. Duh. Although visiting the site made me realize I really want some Scottish Highlands . . . quick, hide my credit card!

    Lucy’s expression is priceless, also making me nervous. Tomorrow I find out if Mirrah the cat, she of the flourescent green eyes, comes home with me or a little girl and her family. My fingers are crossed . . .

  28. As one of your faithful lurking fans (experimenting with your new toe-up sock pattern as we speak :)), let me just say that I would LOVE to see you on Flickr!
    Cheers,
    j.

  29. As one of your faithful lurking fans (experimenting with your new toe-up sock pattern as we speak :)), let me just say that I would LOVE to see you on Flickr!
    Cheers,
    j.

  30. Gorgeous!
    I’ve seen people put up graphics in the place of their hotlinked item saying something along the lines of “this person STEALS bandwidth!”

    Also, I just stupidly sent a contest entry and didn’t include my info at all… but if you draw bluejena-at-gmail-dot-com as the winner, that’s me. :)

  31. Theresa in Italy says:

    I have nothing to add to the discussion of Flikr or hotlinking or the comments woes (although it is amusing to see how many times the same comment pops up), but I wanted to thank you for pointing me in the direction of the Widdershins pattern and its slip-stitch heel. And Lucy looks like a movie star from the 40s, I just can’t put my finger on which one. Have a good weekend!