What ho, Jan! How did we let our 3rd bloggiversary slip by without a contest? I intend to correct that by the end of this post.
I took a look back over what we’ve done over the last 3 years. When we got started, you were knitting socks, I was knitting hats, and there were one or two frogging instances right off the bat. We were already relying on our pets, some sadly departed now, to give us relief when knitting bit us in the behind.
A year later, you were knitting more socks (among many other things), but from Colorado instead of Virginia. We had the first sighting of that bear. And I was in Cleveland shopping for wedding dresses with Karen while madly knitting on my first Bohus sweater. Marie had gotten married to Heidi, Jenny was home from a year in Korea, lots of living in that year!
Last September, I was starting another Bohus (ahem, no finishing of that one yet), you were still knitting socks, usually from the air as you travelled the globe to defend our country, and you had bought property in Pennsylvania after yet another move had brought you back to the east coast. Ruby approved heartily. And this year brought us the contributions of that reknowned fiber expert, Dr. Yarn.
And this year, you continue to travel the globe, a sock for every country and little baby caps along the way, me staying put but staying busy with work and knitting, both of us watching our adult children with such delight. We’ve both made strides in our designs, getting a few patterns onto Ravelry and even submitting items to some other contests.
I’m finally knitting something out of my handspun. It seems I had to accumulate enough to feel I could start to use it up. I’m knitting Saroyan by Liz Abinante out of my Lorna’s Laces handpaint, worsted spun. I did not put enough twist in the ply, nor is the yarn very even, but I am absolutely satisfied with how it is working up.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how important some of the connections we’ve made through the blog are to me. I just received a new bag I’d ordered from Sallee, so she can be my example of the many wonderful bloggers and readers with whom we’ve connected. The bag, by the way, is one of Sallee’s new designs available at her NanaSadieRose site. It ties to your belt or belt loops for portable knitting. As always, impeccable construction and fabulous color.
Now, what everyone has been waiting for – some celebrating – with prizes! Here’s the deal – leave a comment with one of your favorite moments from our blog since its inception and your name will go in the hat for one of three prizes, one for each year.
It was a thrill to be selected for publication in 1,000 Fabulous Knit Hats, so one copy of that is in the prize pile. I’ll sign my pattern in the book if the winner wishes. Bohus continues to be a major theme of my knitting, so one copy of the hard-to-come-by Wendy J. Johnson/Susanna Hansson booklet, Bohus Stickning – Radiant Knits: An Enchanting Obsession is also in the mix. And we’ll round out the offering with a copy of Jenn Wilder’s Fiber Art Almanac 2011, a great place to take knitting notes and enjoy a wide variety of fiber trivia and stories.
Contest deadline: Saturday October 23rd, 11:59 pm central time, or until I am able to select a winner via random number generator, whichever comes latest.
P.S. Speaking of contests, I won another one recently! The 1,000 Fabulous Knit Hat contest led me to investigate the designs of Woolly Wormhead. She just celebrated her 5th bloggiversary; I was a lucky winner of a set of her e-books. Check this designer out – both classic and edgy stuff, very clever construction. You will see some of her designs showing up in my knitting soon.