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Today, @Holly, who is wonderful in all things, spent her afternoon configuring the newly uninstalled/reinstalled theme for our community. The theme dictates how the forums look. We've had the same theme in place since we launched a year and a half ago, and it was a good theme.

But as you know, when there was a major upgrade to the forum system a couple of weeks ago, the theme designer made a major upgrade to the theme. He added all kinds of colour-related bells and whistles and, though he's obviously really great at designing a theme that's easy on the eyes and easy to use, this colour situation was out of control, absolutely nuts, and impossible to use.

This afternoon, after she got things totally sorted, I clicked one button and undid Holly's entire afternoon of work, with no way to get it back.

You guys, I ripped up that theme and stomped on it while shouting profanities and I promise you that if we didn't have terrible air quality from the wildfires I would have taken it outside and set it on fire.

(Obviously I could do none of these things because the theme is not tangible. But I wanted to.)

I have installed a new theme. It is not terribly different from the old theme. But it is different, and I ask you to give it a couple weeks before you tell me how much you hate it. Change is never easy, but we simply can't make the other theme work anymore. 😞 

There are still a few things to iron out with the new theme. For example, I am writing this to you in a very dark text box with white text. I hate this, but I can't find the place to change it, so I'm living with it for now. Hopefully soon I will be able to figure it out. Done is better than perfect, is what I keep telling myself about this two-week adventure in frustration.

The absolutely wonderful news is that the site is working just fine, and just as always. Please let me know if you discover any bugs.

And there's a really great feature of this new theme, and that's that it has a dark mode. There are a couple of places on the site where you'll find the option to switch from light mode to dark mode and vice versa: Up above the main forum section, and at the very top of the site near where you manage your profile but closer to the middle of the page rather than the edge. Just click where it says "change mode."

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... A stranded colourwork toque.

This is not a technique I usually do or even think about. But the mental load of following the chart is just heavy enough to require me to tune other stuff out (including Anxiety About The News) but light enough that it's not taxing.

What have you been making in quarantine times that you wouldn't have expected to be drawn to?
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Last week, we had an amazing discussion about the issues of race in light of the Black Lives Matter protests and learning going on lately. I said that I would start a thread to discuss this in the forums, so here it is. As usual, be gentle and good to one another, this topic hits many folks in a tender place. 

These are some prompts to get us thinking and discussing. You can answer these questions directly or just say what’s on your mind. 

Has the Black Lives Matter movement (wrong word, but can’t think of a better one right now) influenced or changed the way you think about crafting, making, and things creative?

And second: Are there things we as a community could address in light of what we have learned and seen these past months?

As the actual protests wind down, how can we, individually or as a community, learn, grow, and respond as a community (beyond the statements Kim has already made)?

I’ll post my own responses separately. But feel free to just jump in. 
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I hadn't done any sewing for a long time before I got the machine out to make masks. I was doing that thing where I felt like I couldn't sew anything else until I got this old project I'd stalled out on finished. After the masks were done, I remembered I'd been wanting to make something to replace those disposable cotton rounds (like these). At one point I had gotten as far as digging up fabric for it, a knit shirt that never did fit properly and some flannelette, but then I never actually started.

Once the machine was out for something else, I figured I might as well have a go at it. I cut apart the shirt, layered a chunk of it with the flannelette and cut it into strips, then cut the strips into smaller rectangles and zig-zagged the edges. I tried using a microtex needle at first, figuring the flannelette would make the t-shirt material act right, but I was getting a lot of skipped stitches. I switched to a jersey needle and flipped them over so the knit was on top while sewing, and things went much better after that. I made just six to start with a while back in case I hated them, then made a bunch more last weekend.

I love these things. They're nicer than cotton rounds and don't leave bits of lint on my face - woo! They're not pretty, the edges are a bit wonky, but they're very usable. I have a little plastic container that I drop the used ones into, and I wash the lot of them when I'm starting to run out.
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