Yay for 2.8!

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Well, today is a big day at Trish Knits.com. It’s my first full day using WordPress Version 2.8. I can attest that the upgrade has been relatively painless. And the photo uploader that has had an incompatibility with my version of Flash seems to be fixed. This alone was worth the upgrade, because I had been using the backup uploader for a long time, which is a lot slower.

Other than that, I haven’t found too much new around here that impacts my usage in either a good or bad way. If I find anything exciting enough to report, I will, but this seems a little less like a full version upgrade than I was expecting. There’s probably a lot more on the back end that a mostly casual user such as myself could never understand.

But wouldn’t you know it, I can now upload and manage my photos a lot easier, and I broke my USB hub? So I can’t connect my card reader to the computer until I get a new one. That kinda sucks, but the new one will be here on Monday. So, until then, I will be photoless.

In the meantime, I bought some card-making supplies today. Mod Podge, colorful papers, some cutting tools, etc. I think I need some more stuff, like those little die cutters that make fun shapes and stuff. Last week I bought some confetti, and some card stock that will go through my printer, that has a feathered edge. I really want to pretty up the knitted note cards I’ve been making. I think this could get really addictive.

Pssst… have you heard? Knit Picks is having a yarn sale. Oh yeah, I ordered. Don’t tell anyone, K?

Tomorrow is Worldwide Knit in Public Day. I’ll be at the Bowie Borders with my peeps at 2 p.m. If you’re in the neighborhood, come on by and knit a spell! We’d love to have you.

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How Long?

I’ve been concerned for a while now about how long it takes my blog to load. I’ve heard that several things can affect this, including the number of data calls, the plugins I use, and even the hosting service I use, which might be to blame.

I’ve disabled a couple of what I think are the most time-hogging plugins, and have asked a few others to display less information. I’m hoping this will improve things around here a little. There are a couple of plugins that I can’t do without though, especially my Ravelry progress bars.

So, how long does it take for my blog to load for YOU? Thanks for letting me know…

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‘Nother Test

I think I did it! I wanted to create a blog page on a white background, and thanks to some contributors to the Mandigo Wiki, the answer was right there. So, instead of having a blog that looked like a page of something on a colored background, I got rid of the “page” look and turned the background white. Then I turned the background for my posts a shade of purple (of course!), because too much white is well, too much.

Which of course then meant I needed to update my image script, because I like drop shadows, and a drop shadow image has to match the color it’s sitting on. Thusly:

sample photo of Kauni yarn

sample photo of Kauni yarn

So now, let’s see if this works correctly. Feedback welcome! Does everything look right? Let me know!

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This Is a Test

Just playing with my blog settings a bit and I need to test my photo script. Bear with me.

Kauni Yarn

Kauni Yarn

So… how does it look in your browser? Is everything staying nicely put? I have a pet peeve about people who don’t resize their images properly so they break the blog layout. I tweaked my layout a bit so that I should be able to get larger photos without breaking things. I guess we’ll see if I did… let me know if it looks weird in your browser. K?

Thanks!

Hopefully a regularly scheduled blog post will appear in this space tomorrow.

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