Want an elusive, exclusive Ravelry invite? Jealous of all those knitters who while away hour after hour (after day after week) at THE knitting site of the year?
Me? I'm going to upstate New York on business for the rest of the week. Will there be knitting? Blogging? Stay tuned.
Today's time sink is courtesy of Ravelry. Don't yet have a Ravelry account? Thank your lucky stars that you have an excuse *not* to browse through its treasure trove of interesting bits. I am not so fortunate.
The folks at Ravelry recently enabled a Groups feature whereby knitters can connect with knitters who share other similarities besides the knitting (This to an outsider might seem similar enough, but believe me, when you're on the inside of this here vast fibery world, there is a need to connect with your people.) I myself belong to three groups. First, my Spiders have a group, then we have the NYC Knitters group (not to be confused with the the NYC S-n-B Group, totally different), and I just joined the Sox Knitters group. I hope they don't kick me out when they realize there's a New Yorker in their midst. So really, if you have any interest other than knitting (and frankly, if you don't I'm kinda worried about you) then there is a group for you in Ravelry.
Of course you have the usual groups arranged by geography, technique, occupation, patterns, yarns, designers, and FOs. While browsing the groups this week I realized that some Ravelers have taken this to an extreme that I hadn't anticipated. The following is my personal list of favorite niche groups. Please consider this a good-natured review. I'm not really poking fun at or being critical of anyone except myself. I'm just highlighting a few groups whose premise gave me a chuckle.
First, we have Limenviolet. Apparently, I cannot be a member of this group, because I don't even know who or what Limonviolet is! (Note to self: get out more.) This just highlights how out of it I truly am.
Then, we have a group that I could really get into: Not the Erins. If you're name isn't Erin you can join too! I don't know what kind of beef the group's founders have against the Erins of this world, but I've known many who have been fine, fine people.
Like strawberries? Then feel free to munch on those springtime delights while posting to Merrily Strawberrily, THE group for knitting strawberry fans.
Like rats? Me neither! But you can find a whole group of people who do at Rat Lovers!
And finally, are you totally pissed that you can't join Not the Erins because your name is, indeed, Erin? You have every right to be. Feel free to bitch (and stitch) at The Erin's [sic]!
I mean no ill will to any of these groups. In fact, I applaud the initiative to collect knitters with these similarities. If anyone has a big problem with what I've written, please email me directly. Don't start a Hate Subway Knitter group.
After the Main Index template disaster (MITD) things are back up and running at subwayknitter.com, thanks to some help from Gleek. After taking a look under the blogging hood, so to speak, she correctly guessed that the problem stemmed from the display setting.
I had MT set to display the last seven days of posts. Of course, by last Friday night, all the sample posts which I had thrown up there were older than seven days. Their disappearance had nothing to do with the changes I made to my sidebar. Whew!
Never again will I change my templates without first making a backup copy. It's very easy to copy and past an unadulterated copy of a template into a text file. This is exactly what I did. Now, I can tinker with abandon, and if I make a horrible mistake, the backup copy is there.
Meanwhile, my fingerless gloves are working up quickly.
At this rate, I might have a pair by next weekend. I finished the pinky. For a touch of color, I bound off with the same green that I used on the cuff.
The frustration level over at subwayknitter.com is very, very high.
I'll tell you that have little to no experience with Movable Type. This, of course, didn't stop me. I eagerly began to learn the basics, change things here and there, and prepare to move my little internet self over to my very own domain. There were snags here and there, things that I would fix later, but all in all, I felt pretty good.
That was the case until it came time to add my links. While it's easy to add your own links--Movable Type has an article all about doing just that--I had to get cocky. Instead of one huge list of blogs, I wanted one clean and simple link on the main page that would generate my Newsgator blogroll.
Easy peasy, according to Newsgator. Indeed, I got the script copied and pasted into my Main Index template. And that, my friends, is where things started to go horribly, miserably wrong.
I republished my site (if that is even the right term for what I did) and instantly noticed that the few test entries I published would no longer display. What the...
I decided that it must have been the script that I added. I took it and everything else which I added earler out of the template, and republished it. Nope, no dice.
Apparently I have done something so devastatingly wrong to my Main Index template that I can't undo it. The entries won't display. I don't know what to do, where to look, or how to even begin to know what went wrong.
I feel doomed.