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20.1.14

72 New beginnings

A black and white photograph of a bunch of hellebores.

I'm not sure whether to frame this post as a Ta-dah! or an apology, because the new look knitsofacto doesn't have quite the look I'd originally planned ...
Dear Blogger, next time you develop "known issues" please could you make sure I know about them, preferably before I dismantle my blog. Not being able to put it back together again is proving a tad inconvenient!
I've finally found workarounds for most things, but at the expense of finding time for anything else this last week. Ditching the sidebar was intentional but I'd also planned to have finished the archive and blogroll* pages by now and I haven't, quite. So as I continue to negotiate the Blogger maze there may be a few more changes yet. Can you find everything? Do please let me know if something needs fixing! And what do you think of the pink? It was rather unexpected, but I tried it, I liked it, and it's stuck. (Edited to add that officially my 'pink' is a "pale red-orange", so a pale and pinkish terracotta if you will. My monitor is calibrated for digital photography but of course not everyone's is, which coupled with individual perceptions means that fascinatingly, if predictably, we're all seeing something slightly different.)

Hopefully now that the bulk of the work is done here I can start to catch up with everyone, and with my emails and such. You've all been so encouraging and complimentary, and so very patient, for which thank you lovely people, thank you!

A number of you asked about the title font I've chosen. It's called Eaglefeather** and is based on an alphabet designed in 1922 by Frank Lloyd Wright for architectural drawings for 'Eaglerock', a house that was never built. Wright designed project specific lettering for a number of his houses, and for the hand printed book The House Beautiful. I've also replaced the little heart divider I was using here with a glyph from one of his alphabets.

Update July 2014. I loved Eaglefeather, and its letter forms particularly suited knitsofacto, which with its k, f, and two o's is a particularly awkwardly shaped word, but Eaglefeather sadly didn't suit the shape of my name, and so as I'm now blogging as me, I have updated the title font to Always**. I've kept Frank Lloyd Wrights glyphs though, there's still something of his about the 'ol place.

Some of you asked why I've bothered to do this at all. It's a hard question to answer but though the blog's design hadn't changed significantly since knitsofacto's beginning I have. Or rather, the 'me' that I bring to these pages has changed as I've become more confident as a blogger. I spent the first year finding my feet, the second year finding my audience, and the third year finding myself ... is that true for all who travel this road I wonder? So, a month before the third anniversary of my first post a completely new look, and a determination to dare a little more, in my own quiet way.

But enough about me, because truly it's all about you. Would I write a word here if nobody came by? Honestly, I doubt it. That so many of you do is both a privilege and a joy. Thank you.


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* Courtesy of one of those 'known issues' the links to the most recently updated blogs are not rising to the top of the lists ... I'm working on it.

** I use Typekit, which for a small annual fee allows me to easily access fonts that aren't generally available to a 'Blogger' blogger. And also fonts.com for the new Always font. Both highly recommended if you're looking for a font host for your blog. Also for those using Chrome I'd recommend the free WhatFont tool ... click on any text online and identify the font used.

72 comments :

  1. Well I LIKE your new look Annie, and I think that if you want to have a fiddle with your blog and are clever enough and able enough (as you are!!!!!) then go for it. It is your space, we are lucky enough to come and visit, it isn't for us to say how it should look. However, having said that I really like your new font and your new glyph. I love Frank Lloyd Wright's work and buildings and design, so that may be why!! Hope that making these changes and updates hasn't been too stressful for you though. Loving it! xx

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  2. congratulations Annie!!!!!! It has been hard work, I suppose, but it was worth it!!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

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  3. Your blog looks very smart and streamlined dear Annie. I have been thinking of giving my blog a new look and moving in a new direction but haven't quite decided yet.
    xoxoxo ♡

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  4. Well done for your new look - very sleek and modern!
    As for posting on a blog without an audience, I did that for quite a long time. It was just part of my journey while I discovered what form I wanted things to take! Now I'm feeling fairly comfortable, but I know things will evolve and change a little on their own, without much intervention from me!
    I like your black and white photo.

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  5. I am liking your streamlined look Annie and admire how you seem to navigate all the technical jargon too. I have been having a bit of change and then stopped and other things are taking place but slowly as I have no clue what I am doing. But I understand the need for change. I have lost my blogging mojo, voice call it what you will and lost really the reason why I blog and who for. I have been hoping have a complete change will focus me a little more and if not well I have been at this lark for nearly five years. And maybe it will have to stop at some point.

    Hope you get round any of the blogger problems I am sure you will.

    P x

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  6. I like the colour - a light terracotta on my screen.
    By the way do you know the book 'simply imperfect' - revisiting the wabi-sabi house - (no caps employed) - by Robyn Griggs Lawrence?

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    1. I do, yes ... I have it here on the bookshelves :)

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  7. Welcome back Annie! And in such style! I can only imagine the work and thought which must have gone into this wonderful new look. Tah dah indeed!

    Stephanie

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  8. I admire your bravery, Annie! I'm too scared to try to give my blog a major overhaul. Instead, I've asked my daughter and son-in-law for a bit of help in that department. I hope that's not cheating!

    I love the look you've come up with - the colour scheme, the font, etc. However, I hope it's okay to confess that I miss the picture collage you had at the top of the old blog. I was very attached to it. :-)

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  9. Well, I don't know quite what to say!
    But, if you drop by my blog you'll see I've had a go at making alterations to my page and oops……..it's gone a bit astray!
    I like the colour of your blog, like Lucille I'm seeing it more as a light terracotta and agree with Sandra, sleek and modern.
    At least you have a title, yesterday for a few hours my blog had no name whatsoever. At least I've managed to rectify that!
    Good luck!

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  10. Welcome back new streamlined modern Annie. Love the font, reminds me of Charles Rennie Mackintosh for some reason. Julie x

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  11. It's all so beautifully elegant, Annie. I love your explanation of why you've done it. I'm past the three years bit and have changed a bit here and there but nothing radical as my skills don't stretch that far and also, it feels 'safe'. But on my Zentangle blog, I'm going to make some major changes and focus on the main thing.
    It's a bit like having a new and very different haircut - it takes a while to get used to it even when you know you really like it!
    Axxx

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  12. Yes, Charles Rennie Mackintosh here too! Very nice though of course.
    One glitch I've noticed Annie is that when you click on the number of comments at top right of your post it takes you right down to the bottom of the page rather than the comments. Enjoy your tinkering.

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    1. Thank you Sue ... thankfully I know how to fix that one :)

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  13. I love it, Annie. That terra cotta-like color is beautiful. I do see Mackintosh, and I've always loved him. I have some note cards with a "Mackintosh flowers" theme and was reminded of them. I love that you're using tabs for pages too. I would really like to do that but I'm not sure I have enough to say on individual pages yet. It's one change I'd like to make eventually, though. Your blog really looks terrific.

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  14. Love the new look -- so clean and fresh! And you wouldn't post if there was no one there to read? I sure would. I love that my blog has been a record of so many years -- I can't tell you how many times friends or family will question when something happened, so we go to the blog to find out. ;-D

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  15. It's a lovely clean look Annie. I like that you've decluttered and added more pages, I wonder if I can find a way to put archives on a separate page too.

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  16. It looks very nice indeed. I wish I had your nerve! Changing from Blogger to Wordpress was hard enough, and now I daren't make further changes in case something goes awry....

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  17. I like the clean minimal look. And as for the pink... it is a reddy brown on my screen!

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  18. Lovely! Simple and clean - just like Frank Lloyd Wright! Although I'm "new" to your blog - having only found it this past year, I've truely enjoyed it and been inspired by it. Your photos, your bits of history - all of it. Hope you will be here for a long time to come.

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  19. Hi Annie - it looks great. And your beautiful photography would look at home however you chose to present your blog (although I do like that title font).

    I love how you describe your first years as a blogger. I've just completed my first, and suspect I'll be following the same path as you - you're an inspiration!

    Sarah x

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  20. I like it Annie. Its non frilly and to the point, which I like and I hope you'll forgive me for saying is kind of how you come across (in the very best way of course - if your bedecked in frills as we speak and would dither about never quite getting around to telling me I am wrong and quite, quite rude in my assumption - well, clearly I am - wrong that is!).
    Anyways, I digress.
    Just one thing????? The pink?? I cant see pink? I can see sort of a sepia brown?

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    1. No frills ... blue jeans and an over sized and very warm fleecy top today :)

      I've added a note to the post about the colour variations folk are seeing.

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  21. Good job on the blog remodel, Annie, I know it's hard work & this looks like professional result ! I love how clean, clear & decluttered it looks. Perfect ! xoxo

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  22. I'm another who sees the colour as a light terracotta, which is fine by me. Pink can be very pale and lack of contrast makes things hard for me to read, even post-op. I love the elegant simplicity and the gorgeous font (very Charles Rennie Mackintosh) though like Kristie, I'm feeling a bit of nostalgia for your lovely header. ;-)

    A fine achievement. Annie. You're a brave woman to tinker behind the scenes, given Blogger's ability to go wrong.

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  23. How about warm grey? That could just be my eyesight. I do like the overall look of the re-vamp. Well done.

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    1. The main text is certainly warm grey, and the header text on the home page, but on post pages the header text is pink/pale terracotta, as is the link text on all the pages. Glad you like it :)

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  24. It's looking lovely! I admire your determination and your daring to get just what you want. Yes, I am familiar with the road you have traveled and like you, I have gone through many changes as a blogger. I have been wanting so much to change my place up, but I do know the amount of time it takes and have yet to find that pesky time bit. Well done Annie, it is beautiful!

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  25. Do you know, I've been popping in to check how you were getting on over the weekend and it's looking beautiful Annie. So sleek and stylish. I love the 'pink' although I must admit it's showing much more terracotta on my screen, or to my eyeballs! I've never calibrated my monitor, although funnily enough, I was just looking into how to do just that at the weekend as well. I've been having a slight shuffle around of things at my place too. Nothing too major on the style front, mostly updating and rearranging pages etc, although I have changed my header. God knows why after you mentioned you were having problems. Although I did a bit of testing and all (seems) fine with mine. No consolation to you of course. Anyway, looks like you're almost there, so I hope you haven't got too much more to do.

    S x

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  26. Well done you're doing well Its looking very smart and minimal. The font is very evocative of a bygone era x

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  27. A lovely new look!! Wishing you the sweetest of weeks! xo Heather

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  28. I do like your new template. It's simple, but beautiful!

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

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  29. Oh my sounds like a headache to me. Your new space looks lovely and fun. Good luck ironing out the bits left over from the dismantling.

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  30. I'm not really sure what is suppose to be pink or terra cotta. The background of your post on my computer is a very, very pale pink. However, the photo in the header is more black and white. However, that said, I like the design, very sleek and modern. Hugs, Sharon

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  31. I think it looks spectacular, well done!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  32. Beautifully clean and simple. Love the colour - and yes, to me, it looks like a soft terracota (but perhaps that's because I have quite a bit of little girl pink in my life just now - and I'd be more thna happy to shift away from it!).
    I did notice one slight hiccup with the way it looks on my monitor - some of the text is overlapping, specifically blog crush seems to be overextending and words in teh blog post that are linked or highlighted. Hope that's not too much of a headache for you. juliex

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    1. Thank you for the heads up ... can you tell me what hardware and operating system you're using please Julie?

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  33. Love the new look, elegant and simple at the same time. I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your lovely photography. Thank you for the font information, as I am an author of a blog as well. If you wouldn't mind popping over to take a look and let me know what you think, I would be very appreciative! Any constructive criticism would be welcome as well. Thank you.

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  34. I forgot to give you my blog address: knitterwoman.blogspot.com. Thanks!

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    1. If you let me have your email address please Shannon I'll take a look and get back to you.

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  35. I love your new look and the font is so easy to read too! Sarah x

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  36. Eh it's right nice lady! Well done you x

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  37. It's all looking lovely Annie, and the little smidge of colour ( dusky pink for me ) just sets it off a treat.
    Kate x

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  38. It's lovely Annie, clean and beautiful. I'm very impressed!

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  39. the new look is so sleek and classy. i adore it.

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  40. I love the new look! It's funny how attached we get to someone's banner. I miss your photos in the header but I adore this new font and now your photos will be more of a feature when they pop up at the top of a post too :-) I really love the tabs down the bottom with the patterns and I see the Downton now has a video tutorial - yippee! Mel x

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  41. Wow, Annie, it's a knockout! In a very understated way ... shibui is probably the best word to describe it. All your hard work has been worth it - I hope you feel the same.

    Lovely colours and types too. :)

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  42. I hope you get everything just exactly the way you want it before you get tired of tinkering with the details, Annie! As a person who still cannot manage to get a functional feedly subscription button on her own blog...well, I bow before your expertise!

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  43. I like the new look - and I am amazed how much hard work you've put in. Me, I'm a lazy kind of girl, so I don't change much. But perhaps I should!
    I confess that at first I thought "pink?! what pink? the writing looks black to me". But then I saw. And felt a little bit stupid.

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  44. Wow very impressive Annie, loving the new look and having had a good nosey around I am suitably impressed!! Well done you! xoxo

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  45. Beautifully clean fresh and crisp, Annie, and I do admire you! Two years I've been blogging and although I designed my blog it was so long ago I balk at the idea of dismantling it and starting over. Though I am pretty happy with what I have though I should update my blog-roll I guess. Yes, I'm seeing pale terracotta, and love your typeface. More power to your elbow, Annie! Lx

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  46. Love the new look
    Julie xxxxx

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  47. O Annie, I love it!! Congrats. I'm still tinkering away on mine too, tis never done and yours in one of my favourites in all it's many guises!! Here's to a wonderful blogging future honey. x

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  48. I absolutely LOVE it - great design and everything is easy to use. Bravo.

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  49. Fresh and simplistic, just right to set off your beautiful photos. Well done on all your hard work.

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  50. Lovely clean lines. I like it! I'm not big on pink, but this is more coral colour. Nice and warm and welcoming.

    Well done!

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  51. Love the clean simple look of your new blog Annie - sounds like a lot of thought and work has gone into it and it looks just perfect.Thanks also for sharing the info.

    Gill xx

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  52. Loving the new look Annie, and yes, your blogging 'journey' sounds familiar and rings true for me. I shall be making changes of my own hopefully in the next few months. xCathy

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  53. I've always thought your blog was so sleek already, but now it's ultra sleek and very crisp! I get a bit tired of my blog every so often, and think of deleting a lot of the distractions on the sidebar, but then I love showing off my photos (so vain), and decide to leave them there in the end. Decisions, decisions ... congratulations on making it through the transformation, the changes really do take so much time don't they. Wendy x

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  54. LOVING your new look blog Annie - but then I loved your old one too.
    I've been meaning to have a good old read of my blogging friends for about three months - but alas, life has been tooo busy. Mostly good things.
    We're off to Borneo in a couple of weeks but can we put our coffee date in for March? Need to get a move on - it's absolutely can't be an annual affair!! Hope you are all well,
    love fee xx

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  55. Your new look is beautiful Annie ... light, elegant and uncluttered ... and I'm seeing your pale pinkish terracotta here ... Bee xx

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  56. Annie, it's taken me a while to find time to have a good look at this beautiful and elegant page design you've now achieved. Bravo. It's lovely in its open space, fonts, colors and organization...and your uniquely splendid voice shines through.

    I quietly will say that seeing what you've done might just have added a bit of a 2014 resolution to that list that I've yet to tell anyone but a few NYC friends.

    Thank you! xo

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  57. I like the new pared down look. My computer skills are negligible, so I use one of the many themed layouts available from Typepad, which I occasionally change. Like you, my blog has changed over the years to reflect the changes in me!

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  58. A great new look. So glad you have the baby Mary Janes written up!

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  59. Hi Annie, Your writing looks a pale antique rose. I like it, very clean looking. I have been tinkering around with mine, and not getting along with all the technical stuff I do get stuck. I have been trying to put the picaso slide show that shows up on google+ on mine to show my work but it is not working. Any ideas?

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  60. You truly are the Font of all Knowledge when it comes to blogging. A visual treat.

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  61. 65 comments! How do you do it? I have been blogging for 3 years too and although get 400 or more hits a week this does not translate into comments. And how do you get blogger to do what you want? This is a rhetorical question as I don't expect you to answer but I have been trying to get my blog to look refreshed and more modern and although I have the header I like - if only it would fill the whole of the space, I can't get the rest to do the same - #musttryharder !!

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  62. Love it; clean & simples. Beautiful.

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  63. I love your new look, actually I've just done my own although it's not a patch on your glorious work. You are a computer wizard, I'm afraid I find navigating Blogger such a challenge. But I do like the pared down look very much .. and your pinkish terracotta is perfect. Have a lovely week Annie xx

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  64. Really admire you for understanding all the stuff needed to redesign Annie. I play about, but haven't dared to try the things I have in my head for fear of deleting what I do have. I get what you say about your blog evolving with you. It is most definitely a growing thing.
    Lisa X

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  65. Annie, it looks so gorgeous! Good job, you can tell that hours and hours of effort went into this - so many nice touches. I for one don't really mind what other folks' blogs look like but, as a fellow blogger, I totally understand the need to do it for yourself as much as for any other reason. x

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  66. Love your new look. Perfect fit, I'd say.

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