This blog is currently hosted on wordpress.com, though I’ve got my own URL on top of it so you don’t see that part. Sometime in the next few weeks I’ll be moving the whole thing to Dreamhost so I have more control over the backend (for good or ill).
If you have an email or RSS subscription, or if you use the WordPress reader, I don’t know what’s going to change; I need to look into that. I’ll post about how to get new blog post notifications when I know more, but before I move the blog.
If you visit this blog from links starting with gannetdesigns.com (for instance, if you follow my twitter account or come here from Stitch-Maps.com), nothing should change for you because I’ll be moving the URL to the new blog as well as the posts.
Either way, I’ve enjoyed the last dozen years of blogging, and am looking forward to what’s next!
I need to cut back on blogging for a few weeks. I’m going to keep doing my regular Patreon word posts about every ten days, but my other weekly blog posts are going to pause for the moment. I need a break.
I am sometimes asked how to see the words in my stitches. The answer is that they aren’t directly visible, because of how my design process works. My goal is not to make something that looks like the original word; rather, it is to make a stitch pattern I enjoy looking at.
Right, I think it’s time to admit that I’m at a loss for ideas for what to blog about outside of my monthly Patreon stitch and one or maybe two other stitch patterns a month. I can’t do more free stitch patterns than that or it cuts into the work I’m trying to get done to sell. The frustrating thing is that I like blogging weekly; it usually helps me keep moving.
This week I’m going to open up the floor for questions – what would you like to see me blog about? (No guarantees that I will…) Are there any of my blog posts I should expand upon or explain further?
…I need to finish up the secret code rewrite, I know.
The other day, WordPress reminded me that I’ve been using their blog service for six years now, and so I decided that I’d look back and take a rough inventory of what I’ve done here. While I’ve been doing casual yarn-and-art related blogging since then, I’ve really only been blogging on a regular basis for four and a half years, and most of that time has been spent on knit-blogging.
I have published sixteen patterns in those six years, most of which still make me happy. I’ve usually written at least one blog post in a week since 2013; more than fifty of those are about knitting and design techniques, some of which I’ve come up with on my own (though I’m sure other knitters have come up with at least some of them independently). I’ve talked a lot about my secret code methods, and I’ve posted more than 120 original stitch patterns. That’s… kind of a lot.
I started a Patreon three years ago, and it’s been growing slowly but surely—thank you! I’ve also added a tip jar, and am more grateful than I can say that people have used it. I didn’t know what to expect in that regard, really, but it seemed worth trying.
My blog readership has grown a lot. I never thought I’d see this many visitors in a year! I’m really gratified by how many people are interested in my work these days, and it encourages me to keep going.
There are some interesting things in the works around here, and I hope they’ll make you as happy as they do me.
Thank you for a good six years, and I hope to see you around here for many more!