2018 / 2019 – Week 5

Sorry, no quilt. *sigh* Oh, wait – hello my dears, how are you? As you can see, it’s socks again this week. I did manage to cut some more squares for the quilt but then the heatwave got the better of me, and I spent most of my time reading („The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society“ – I’m madly in love and cannot recommend it enough), and more or less unable to move a muscle. Fortunately, we had a fabulous thunderstorm over the weekend, and temperatures did cool down a bit. Not for long, though. Ah well, before we know it, winter will be here, and I’ll be complaining about the cold. Might as well enjoy the warmth and the sun while I can.

As for the socks, these are going to be a present for a very good friend, and I just hope they’ll fit. I don’t usually knit socks for anybody other than Steve and myself because I’m afraid I won’t get the size right, and honestly, why bother with all the work and effort if they don’t fit in the end? The friend these are for has almost the same size as I have, so if they end up being just a tad too big for me, they should be perfectly right for her. I hope she’ll like the colours. (Actually, I know she will. She’s one of the few people who are absolutely knitworthy, and she’ll be so happy and grateful to receive something handmade.)

Other than that, all I did this week was change the blog template and layout. I do like to work with WordPress because it’s easy and fast, and there’s a ton of free themes and plugins out there for practically every kind of website you want to design. Some of these themes and plugins come with a price, though – and I’m not talking about money. I found out that the theme I used made six (!!!) duplicates of every photo I uploaded, in just as many different sizes. And the plugin I used to make those lovely tiled galleries even added a few more duplicates in even more sizes. I found as many as fourteen (!!!) duplicates of one photo that I had used as a featured image as well as in a gallery. Maybe I’m weird but that was something I wasn’t prepared to live with. I self-host my blog and pay for my webspace, and all those duplicates were using up an awful lot of that webspace. So I went back from my fully responsive, retina ready, mobile friendly theme and fancy tiled galleries plugin to an older theme that is much more webspace friendly and still very adjustable, and a gallery plugin that allows me to add photos from URL and still open them in a separate lightbox window. It might not look as modern and en vogue as before but it’s much more me.

And then, there’s this:

Our very first self-raised bell pepper. It’s still pretty tiny but hey, it’s a start! We also have teeny tiny tomatoes on one of our plants, and snacked on the blackberries for the first time today. This is all so exciting! If I’m not careful, I might be turning into a good housewife with all the gardening and vegetable growing, and the ironing I did today …

14 comments to 2018 / 2019 – Week 5

  • Personally, I’m kind of looking forward to when I can complain about how cold it is. lol We are fickle creatures, aren’t we? That sock is gorgeous. Pretty colors in the yarn, and perfectly knit. I thought your blog looked a little different recently. But somehow the same. I was thinking it was only the header that had changed. I love how clean it looks here. But in the end, it’s your photos that make your blog most beautiful. For example, the picture of that little pepper makes me almost believe I could reach through the screen and pick it. 🙂

    • Ella

      Thank you so much, Becki, that’s so kind of you to say. I’m having so much fun taking photos of all the things around me, it’s so precious to hear they „speak“ to the people looking at them.

  • Your socks are looking great, I love the colours as well. I love the look of the new theme and newer isn’t always better when it comes to webspace. I agree with Becki, it’s your pictures that make the blog more beautiful.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Ruth. You’re right, sometimes the older themes are much better. I’ve worked with this theme for years and always loved the many options to adjust it to my preferences. I guess I’ll just stick with it forever.

  • I really like the colours on that sock, so cute! And well done on the bell pepper – I’ve pretty much given up on peppers, I never seem to get anywhere with them, so I’m suitably impressed!

  • Lucy Bowen

    Those socks are stunning I love the stripes. And your first pepper looks magnificent!

    • Ella

      Thank you, Lucy. I love how irregular the stripes have turned out to be, and how no two colour changes are alike. I wonder what the other colourways will look like.

  • The colours in that sock are really fun! Of course she’s going to love them!

    I have some peppers happening too! If I make preserves does that make me very “wfely”? LOL

    • Ella

      Thank you, dear. I have another ball of that sock yarn in a different colour, I think I’ll make an extra pair for her. I think we’ll just chop up that one pepper and eat it as is. Maybe more of them will be happening next year, and I can follow your example and make preserves. How does one make them, by the way? LOL

  • Congrats on the bell pepper – I finally have little green tomatoes on my tomato plants – so exciting and fulfilling to grow ones own food isn’t it?

    • Ella

      Thank you, Mary-Anne. Yes, its’s fulfilling and exciting, and I just love to stroll through the garden and have chat with my plants. I keep telling them how beautifully they do, and encourage them to keep up the good work. Plants have feelings too, don’t they?

  • Love the socks! And congratulations on the pepper!!!! I really hate the heat, but do love the garden veggies.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Toni. We have lots of chilis, and the habaneros and chiltepinos are starting to grow as well, and we also have some lovely cherry tomatoes, all green still, though. And those blackberries were so sweet! I know ours is a more casual approach to gardening but as long as the results are edible, who cares?

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