So I think that I have mentioned one or two times that Friday was the four year anniversary of my first blog post. It really is hard to believe that its been so long – and yet I feel like I’ve been doing this forever. Four years ago I had been knitting for two years, and I had just started a knitting group, bought a wheel and started down the very bad path of stashing yarn. Not much has changed since then – I still go to that knitting group, still have a spinning wheel and continue down the bad path of stashing more yarn than I knit. I think I knit better than I did four years ago – and I think I buy better yarn. Four years has brought a lot of change in my personal life though – I’ve changed jobs, kids have gone to college, we’ve gone on vacations, family has moved closer/away, I’ve lost family, friends and pets, lost (and gained) weight, started new things, and made new friends. And I have blogged most of it here. It is really nice to have a place to document my knitting and personal life with family, friends and readers. It gives me a place to vent, to share and sometimes the act of blogging makes me think things through a little better. I enjoy blogging – I don’t do it as frequently as I used to but I’ve learned to just enjoy that I’m doing it without feeling pressure to perform.
Beyond all that, (and I know it sounds very trite) but I do think that you readers and commenters are the best part of my blogging. I always like hearing feedback on my posts, and my projects. Some of you have been with me for a long time, and some are newer friends – and I enjoy all of you. I know that I was inspired to start this blog by reading other blogs – and I am inspired daily by the blogs I read now – inspired on both a personal and knitting level.
As you know, I promised a celebration of my blogiversary – and I’ve been thinking of it for a couple of weeks. I initially was going to do a contest that tied in with a charity – Friends of Pine Ridge. I became aware of Pine Ridge on Ravelry in January and was simply just shocked that something like this existed in my country. I was completely unaware, and since then I’ve been trying to do something every month for them. I am very fortunate to have the life I do, and reading about this made me feel really really bad – I take so much for granted. OK, sorry to digress – anyway, I thought of tying my blogiversary celebration to a donation drive for this charity, but then I thought I’d wait. I may do this down the road, but for now I’m going to just do a celebration contest (but of course if you want to donate something to the FOPR that would be awesome!). So I’m going to hold off on a Wollmeise contest for now – but can I ask you for feedback? If I did a donation drive for something for FOPR would that be something you’d be interested in if there was a really good prize? Or is that sort of pushy of me to ask you to donate something to a charity I’m interested in?
OK, let’s go back to a little lighter place….to celebrate my four years, I decided to share one of my favorite yarns with you (or at least with one of you!). I’ve been sharing pictures and projects of Wandering Cat Yarn with you recently and I thought it would be fun to let you try some! So I have a gift certificate to share with one of you – all you have to do is leave me a comment and say something. Pretty easy, eh? (Of course, if you do comment I would love to hear if you’d be interested in my donation drive!). I’ll leave this open until next Friday, March 19. And as a bonus – if you mention this on your blog, I’ll give you another entry.
And just in case you need an incentive to comment….
Top Cat in the Aurora colorway – when I saw it I had to have it – it’s just the perfect colorway for spring. And this yarn is amazing – so soft and squishy. I think I’m going to make a shawlette with it. Anyway, this is just an example of the very pretty yarn at Wandering Cat so go take a look, and then comment over here and you may have a chance to try it yourself for free.
I am on the edging of Citron and I hope to have it done today so hopefully my next post is a finished object post. The edging is 800 stitches and every row is an eternity. But I’m being very monogamous and only working on it – I can’t wait to be done!
Although I have to admit….there may have been some swatching going on yesterday….
How pretty is that? I don’t want to say what this is for, but I will tell you what the yarn is
Manos Del Uruguay Serena – gorgeous and amazing. An alpaca/cotton blend that will be perfect for a spring sweater. I bought it yesterday at Angelfire Studios at Justine’s recommendation and I just couldn’t be happier (thanks, Justine!). Yep, I haven’t made a sweater in a year and a half, but I think its time that I made one for me. I’m so excited about this project – and can’t wait to start it. I keep on touching the swatch – it’s going to be so hard to resist starting this but I do want to finish Citron (I know what happens when I start a new project without finishing something….Nefertiti anyone?).
OK, I’m off to knit – it’s a rainy weekend here – I wanted to get out and walk the dogs, but I guess they will have to be happy with playing inside fetch. And I’ll have to be happy with knitting.
OK, have a good weekend, and don’t forget – comment by next Friday!