Well, that was…interesting

My blog is definitely in the ‘what the hell is she doing, it’s dead but she doesn’t want to admit it’s dead’ stage, so I don’t really get a whole lot of emails with “jessalu knits” involved.

Except for Saturday. Saturday was an email shitstorm.

The first one was from my hosting company at about 2am – “we’ve had to shut you down.” I won’t quote the rest, there isn’t room enough in the whole internet.

What happened? This:

In less than an hour. To give you some perspective, my SbJL blog has seen 261 malicious login attempts in 8 years (see how dead my blog is? the high point in June is 6 hits. 6.) I’m not sure what someone wanted with my somewhat dead knitting blog, but now I’ve learned new things and have security plugins that will hopefully keep this from happening again. Thanks for eating up my Saturday, unknown bot.

In happier news, I’ve been sewing a few things ;o) The summer limited editions will be going up sometime this week – possibly even today, if I can get my act together!


I’ll announce the listings on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow me there for shop upates!


Well, we didn’t hit 50 comments so we only have one prize up for grabs, but it was lots of fun! Thank you all for all of your comments and shares, it’s good to know you all are happy to see me blogging! I’m going to try to do it more often (I know, I know, you’ve heard that before…)

So, without any further ado, we have a winner! I plugged all the comments, facebook posts, instagram shares and tweets into a spreadsheet then had my number-picker (that would be RR) pick a number between 1 and 48 and he chose…

Number 24!

comment number 24 is our winner! Congrats to Kerryb! I’ll be emailing you! Thanks again to everyone – you made my 12th blogiversary awesome!

New spring prints going up this weekend!

Up next – I’m working on a shop update that will go live tomorrow afternoon/evening. I’ll have some new spring prints along with a very limited Snoopy St. Patrick’s Day print! Why tomorrow evening? Because, in case you didn’t know, beginning tonight at sunset and continuing until tomorrow night at sunset, it is ‘National Day of Unplugging‘ which I was unaware was a thing until I heard about it in the news this morning. It sounds like a good idea, though, doesn’t it? I’ll be cutting back, myself, until tomorrow!


Wow. Twelve years of blogging (or, of owning jessaluknits.com, since I’ve lapsed the past few years). I’m so grateful for all of the friends I have made through blogging, knitting, spinning and sewing. Thank you all for sticking with me for so long! (I’m also super happy to have a record of my daughter’s awkward teen years to hold over her head…it’s how I show my love ;op )

So let’s celebrate! I like to celebrate blog anniversaries and birthdays like the Hobbits do – don’t give me a gift, I give the gifts!

Comment on this post and you’ll earn a chance to win a bag (or $26 off a larger bag) from my shop! If you tweet/Instagram/facebook/blog and let your friends know, and they mention you in their comment here, you get another chance to win! (and who knows, I might go all crazy and give a prize to the person with the most name mention entries just because ;) ) Let’s use the hashtag #JessaLu12Years to keep things organized – if you have a private IG/twitter/fb account and I don’t follow you, keep in mind I won’t be able to see your posts, so come back here to let me know you’ve posted!

Also, I’ll be adding prizes when we hit comment milestones – the first one is 50 – once we get to 50 comments, I’ll add a Gale’s Art sock blank to the prize pile!

Also, let’s keep the twitter stuff to a dull roar, ok? spread them out and 3x/day minimum – this contest will be open until Monday night to give everyone at Stitches and Spa a chance to enter when they get back to checking online ;)

Good luck!

ETA: Contest is now closed! Thanks for  playing! I’ll be drawing a winner and posting it later this week!

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