“Wheels of Glory” Goes Here

AAARRRRRGGHGHHHHH!!!!!

Ten minutes ago, I remembered I hadn’t yet published today’s post, Wheels of Glory, so I opened the WP app.

10:30 I read Wheels of Glory, decide it looks fine.

10:32 I click <Publish>

10:33 The sidebar says “PUBLISHED 15 DAYS AGO.” I click <Preview> and check the date. Sure enough, it proclaims, “Posted on 29 June, 2016.”

Years ago, I tried Tumblr, and looked into Blogger & whatever else was available at the time. WP is so superior to all of them. But this latest aggravation is enough to make me want to quit WP. Too bad it’s still the only game in town, as far as I know.

The most recent posts, in order, (not including the “__ Goes Here” ones) are:

Cable Swatch

Another Cable Swatch

Third Cable Swatch

Fourth Cable Swatch

That’s More Like It!

Unwrapping a Treasure

Wheels of Glory

To see more of my rant on this, see Curiouser and Curiouser and How Did That Happen?.

After this, I’ll be doing my posting in a different way, without saving any posts as drafts, so this shouldn’t happen again. If it does, then something very strange will be going on! OK, something very strange is already going on. But — “very more strangerer.” :-p

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How Did That Happen?

After my rants from yesterday (here and here) about WP messing up the order in which my posts appear, because they’ve been published with dates other than the dates on which I actually published them, I was prepared to fuss about today’s post, too.

But I published Unwrapping a Treasure today, and it was published with today’s date on it!

I know the order of these posts matters only to me. My posts are boring. When I wrote the tagline for this blog, “Plodding through the design process,” I knew what I was talking about — I knew how infrequently I knit, and how unlikely it is for me to stick to a regular blogging routine. I did hope that the posts wouldn’t be as pedantic and dry as they have turned out to be; somehow, my natural sense of humor doesn’t seem to come through my writing. And, so far, I’ve written a lot about nothing.

So, it isn’t because my writing is a great work of art that should be preserved in all its glory. It is because no matter how bad my blog is, it should be presented as I intend: The WordPress software shouldn’t be making changes that I am not authorizing.

What if the blog was meaningful? What if the order in which the posts were published mattered? If this is happening to me, then it can happen to other bloggers as well, and might really mess up somebody’s writing. This needs to be fixed.

It’s sad when you have to comment that something was done as it was supposed to be done. But it was, and I’m glad. I just wish that the others had been dated correctly too.

Unwrapping a Treasure

When preparing to wind one of the new skeins into a ball, I encountered something I’ve never seen before.

Manufacturers have various ways of tying the loops of skeined yarn together. Sometimes they use thread or fine yarn. Often they use the yarn ends from the skein itself. This does double duty, keeping the skein together and securing the ends.

But there is always a knot. Sometimes they’re nice enough to make a slip knot, but most just tie a generic knot tightly, which is very hard, sometimes impossible, to untie. I usually spend the effort to untie the knot, sometimes spending ten minutes prying it loose. But I have been defeated occasionally, and had to resort to cutting especially recalcitrant knots.

When I opened the skein of Quebecoise from Schoolhouse Press, I found this:

Unique skein-tying

Unique skein-tying

It is self-tied, using the ends of the yarn and not any added-on string, but THERE IS NO KNOT! It’s wrapped in an extremely clever way so that the loose end is held by the wrapping. It is every bit as secure as an ordinary wrap-with-knot. But all I had to do was find the end, work it loose, and pull. Genius! I wish they would all do this!

“That’s More Like It!” Goes Here

Today, July 12, 2016, I published That’s More Like It!, a post I wrote in May, and saved in draft form in June, but couldn’t publish because I needed to catch up on my postings of the various cable swatches I’ve been doing. As I’ve mentioned before, I am horribly behind in publishing my posts. Every chance I get, I try to catch up, but something always seems to happen to drop another roadblock in my path, like last week, when we lost our internet service for two days, then electric power for another two days.

I don’t knit every day, and even when I am knitting a lot, it often takes several days to finish one cable sampler. But if I posted in real time, I’d never get caught up, so I’ve been trying to publish one post a day. Those swatches have been popping out at a very impressive speed! — When I can keep up with the publishing schedule, that is.

Part of how I’ve been trying to keep up with the schedule is to pre-load some posts as drafts. I’ll spend an afternoon uploading the posts, attaching their photos and links, fixing their formatting, and so on. Then, on the appropriate day, I just hit the <Publish> button and off it goes.

That worked okay until I published the four Cable Swatch posts. Today, I decided I could finally post That’s More Like It!, then in the next few days I can publish two more posts which follow up on That’s More Like It!, and then finish posting the rest of the cable swatches. After that, I should be all caught up on the old posts, and can go back to my once-a-week-or-thereabouts publishing schedule.

But when I hit <Publish> today on That’s More Like It!, WordPress put it in dated June 27. Perhaps that was the day I uploaded & saved the draft, I don’t know. In any case, WP has screwed up the dates of several of my posts. First I had to stop using their Scheduling feature, and now I have to stop using their Drafts feature. Grrr.

So, That’s More Like It! goes here, after the four Cable Swatches. To see more of my tribulations with WordPress, see Curiouser and Curiouser; I wrote (and published!) it on June 28, and then added today’s rant at the bottom of it.

Fourth Cable Swatch

Another swatch of three slightly-more-complex cables. These too were from Lesley Stanfield’s The New Knitting Stitch Library. See previous post (Third Cable Swatch) for my notes on the link for this book.

159-104-101 Stanfield

Three more Stanfield cables

 

#159

#104

#101

Again, the picture is upside-down, with the cast-off toward the bottom of the picture instead of the top. I didn’t state that in the previous post, but it’s true for that one, too.  This works out for me when I’m designing a top-down garment, but could be strange for people who might want to see what something looks like from the bottom up. (Right-side-up, or the way the swatch was knitted.)

 

That middle cable, #104, was a strange one. When you look at the chart, you wonder how what you’re seeing will turn into any kind of a cable. Maybe it’s a misprint. But then you knit it, and it does work out. The wonders of knitting never cease.

 

 

 

Third Cable Swatch

Another swatch of three cables, a bit more complex than the previous two. These are from Lesley Stanfield’s The New Knitting Stitch Library (Lark Books, 1992).*

 

swatch of three cables - Stanfield

Swatch of three cables

 

#116

#105

#98

*It’s difficult to find a good link to this, since Lark Books was moved from Asheville, NC to NYC by its parent, Sterling Publishing Co., in 2014, effectively killing it.

Since Barnes & Noble is the umbrella owner of Sterling, I tried to find a link through them; but, just like Amazon’s link, it’s a brief description of the book and no copies are available. (FWIW, the picture of the book’s cover on the Amazon page – today, at least – is the one I have.)

The best link I found was to AbeBooks, where there are several used copies available from independent booksellers, at a variety of prices. I like shopping at Abe. YMMV.