Sunday, January 14, 2007

Blogiversary - and a giveaway

So it was a year ago tonight that I first started doing this blog thing (I know my archives go back to August 2005, but that was because I went back and added in posts and FOs to try to sort of track my knitting obsession from the beginning). I date the beginning of my knitting obsession with my discovering of the online knitting world, and knitting blogs were certainly a part of it. Since starting my own blog, my interest has expanded into other craft blogs as well (especially sewing blogs, but also general craftiness and kid-focused crafts as well). I love the online craft community, and have gained so much knowledge and inspiration from my visits to the many wonderful blogs out there.

I started this blog partly because I wanted to be a part of that amazing community, and partly because I wanted to track my own projects, dreams, wonderings, and learnings in someplace other than the jumbled space that is my mind. It has been such a great experience for me to be able to go back and read old posts, look at pics of old FOs and get both a sense of accomplishment at what I have done and a sense of my own growth as a knitter, a seamstress, a mother, a person. Greater still has been to get encouragement, advice, and general wittiness from those of you who are kind enough to visit my blog. I treasure every comment that has been left.

Now's my turn to give something back, humble though it may be. Just a small little something.


MmmmmMalabrigo
1 skein
#195, Black

This sweet little bundle is looking for a home. I bought this with a specific project in mind and then went a different direction (both in terms of color and yarn). I'm certain I could find a use for it someday [1 skein is the perfect amount for any number of quick projects: a hat, a scarf, some wristwarmers, some thick bedroom socks, or even as the upper color in some felted clogs], but I'm also trying to be disciplined with myself about stash management right now. I thought Malabrigo would make a nice little giveaway for one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. On Thursday, January 18th (because 18 is my favorite number), I'll draw a name at random [hey, given my normal amount of blog traffic, you have roughly a 25% chance of winning!]. If I pick your name, the skein is yours. [fair warning: Rachel has a real talent for winning this kind of random name-drawing competition. Exhibit A. Exhibit B. edited to add: Dude, seriously, it's uncanny. She did it again. Exhibit C.] Check back sometime late Thursday or early Friday for the results of the drawing.

Thank you, blogland, for everything you've given me. Mwah!


42 comments:

Tamsyn said...

Congratulations on your first year. You should make a list of everything you have accomplished - projects, techniques etc - and a to do list for your second year.

Meredith said...

And thank you! I'm sure a contest will bring out lots of new commenters, especially for that yummy yarn!

Melinda said...

Congratulations on a year of blogging. I love seeing how the boys have changed.

Maria said...

I'm really not commenting just for the yarn… I'm making an(other) effort to revitalize my blog. Congratulations on a full year of yours!

Rachel said...

Apparently I DO have a talent for this - check out my most recent win here!

So don't pick me for this contest (though I have long wanted to knit with Malabrigo...). I just want you to have a happy blogiversary! I hope your blog has given you all the things you described as your reasons for starting it. I've enjoyed reading it!

Janelle said...

Happy blogiversary! I just started mine (er, like 2 days ago), but have been reading yours and others for several months. I'm not sure which is the worse obsession, knitting or reading knitting blogs! I adore both. Congrats to you!

Janelle said...

Oops, sorry for the double post, but I can't seem to get my (non-Blogger) blog link to show up in my profile, Grr:
www.janellefine.com/bioengiknitter

Beth said...

Congrats on one year!

Dave said...

Happy bloggy-versary! It's certainly been an amazing year.

(Hmmm. I'll have to check when mine is ... must be coming up soon.)

ae said...

happy blogiversary! i love reading your blog - you always have a great take on things. and your 2006 knitty review has inspired me to refocus on my cozy, which has been lingering. thanks!

knitqueen said...

Congratulations Stacey on your first year!! LOVE the yarn - can't wait to see who wins! ;)

Julie said...

Happy blogaversary Stacey! If *I* win the Malabrigo I already know what I'll be making....a soaker for a baby boy who's going to be born this week. Unless he's really a girl, in which case I'll be back to the drawing board. (lol)

madametj said...

Happy blogiversary! (haha, i think that is now officially mmy favorite word)

schrodinger said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! I can't believe it's only been a year. Isn't blogging just great? It's like having a bunch of really great friends to visit in our own living room.

staceyk said...

Congrats on one year! It has been fun watching! It is fun watching another Mom experiencing 2 small boys. Although mine are not twins, they are close enough in age to be confused as twins once and a while!

Melissa said...

Hi. Congratulations on your first year! I just found you from your post on knitting help.
A whole year is really exciting. I just started a blog yesterday and hope I make it past a year.

Lia said...

Congratulations! I love your blog. Your photos are always so nice.

Lia H

Kanda said...

Happy Blogiversary!! (I've not had the chance to try the magic Malabrigo, so here's hopin)

dickie said...

Love your blog and your photos! Congrats on a first year.

Krystal said...

Aww, Happy Blogavirsary! I am just getting my blog started. Still editing my current FO's to get ready for posting, but it'll be up here> http://www.foolish-wings.net/idyll < in a day or 3!

Knitstress Tygher said...

Congrats on year one! I'm getting close to that myself .. my journey all started with a stash flash ... which is frightening all by itself, especially considering what it grew into.

Femmy said...

Happy blogiversary! I like to post photos of my progress and stuff too. I guess I should figure out how long I have been blogging and have a blogiversary too. Congrats and throw my name in the hat for that lovely malasbrigo

Louann said...

Happy Blog Day!!! I am glad that you stuck to with it !!! Watching you not only grow as a knitter but as well as a mother is indeed something wonderful to follow. Not to mention your sucess with the 7 things Project...=) My hat is off to you , as well, on that one. I wish you another good year of growing, learning and nuturing as well as hours of peaceful knitting.

lauren said...

Congratulations! This is HamaLee from over on KH. I love reading and discovering knitting blogs.

that's some mmmmmmmmmMalabrigo!
I just started my first ever project with it. Scrumptious.

unstable knitter said...

Congratulations on a great year! :) (It's Becky, under a new name. I have a knitblog now too. ;) )

Knitting-Nelly said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

Knit-Wit said...

Happy Blogiversary. Creative way to get people over to your blog. ;-) BTW...I'm in Michigan too, south of Grand Rapids. I'm not really sure where that is in relation to Ann Arbor though.

cara said...

Great Blog! gorgeous FO's. I just love checking out other peoples knitting!

beautiful little bundle of yarn too! hehe!

Emeraldcutie said...

Happy First Year :)

Aimee said...

Congratulations on your first year in blog land:)...and many moreeeeee hehehe

Ellen said...

Congrats on your first year - I first came to your site because of the Seven Saturday project - but I also enjoy hearing about the boys and your knitting. Keep up the good work. As for the yarn, I gave one of my daughters two skeins of Mal. and a hat pattern for Christmas. So far, not piquing her interest in the least . . . oh, please, don't torment me so!

Anna said...

Hi Stacey! Yet another KH:er (this time it's the cat owned one) who found her way over here after having read your thread about a Malabrigo drawing. :) Couldn't resist!

I'll come back and read some more here later on!

Lieke said...

1 year! woohoo! My blog isn't nearly as old as yours is. Congratulations on your blog. I don't have a blogger-blog, but please, come and visit my blog some time: http://breisels.web-log.nl

Greets of Lieke from KH

Lieke said...

Oops, I forgot to add, I don't need to be in your contest, since I'm allergic to animal fibers. Good luck for the rest who commented here

Mully said...

Nice going a whole year =D I wish I posted on my blog as much as I should do - Your blog is wonderful I pop by irregularly to read =D

- Mulene

Lyndsey said...

Congrats on your first year!

Nuuriell said...

Congratulations! You've done quite a nice job. ^_^

psammeadred said...

Congratulations! May your next year's worth of posts be lots of happy ones.

Mandy said...

Yea for MMMMMalabrigio. If I win, it would be my first skein, though I have seen it at my lys.

ikkinlala said...

Congratulations on blogging for a year - I hope you stick around for at least another!

Knittymama said...

Yay! I always enjoy your blog.cecil29

tar said...

Can I still participate in the giveaway? Happy bloggiversary! (my blog is knittingthrough.blogspot.com )