Thursday, June 2, 2011

You say it's your Blogiversary!

And another year of Learner’s Per-knit has gone by. It has now been an incredible 4 years since I started this blog, which is just astounding.

But before I start the wistful rambling about the year-that-was in knitting, let’s hand out some prizes, shall we?

I want to note that while in the past I have promoted my blog contests heavily in various groups on Ravelry, I didn’t do that this time. I wanted to make sure these prizes went to regular readers and internet friends, not random crafters cruising for freebies (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, that just wasn’t my target audience this time.)

So, the 3 winners chosen at random are nwheatley (Norah Gaughan pattern book), clumsyknitter (DIC Smooshy) and mindingmyownstitches (Knitting Notions laceweight skeins)! If your blogger profile contains some contact info, I’ll try to get in touch with you that way, or if you’re so overwhelmed with prize-winning joy that you must contact me immediately (or you know I’ll never be able to locate you through Google or Ravelry), you can email me at kristen dot jancuk @ gmail dot com.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way, more rambling! Erm, what should I talk about?

Oh, I know! Knitting! Specifically, finishing my knitting! Since my last blogiversary, I’ve managed to complete what I think is a fairly impressive 34 projects. Of course, some of them were ultimately epic disasters (that means you, Mina’s Tuxedo Vest), but many of them I think on quite fondly (Damask Shawl, Vine Yoke Cardigan, Puff-sleeved Feminine Cardigan). I look forward to churning out many more before my next blogiversary. (I also look forward to swatches not lying to me. Devious little bastards.)

I also managed my first design, the Dungarees cowl, which I hope will lead me on to bigger and better things. (Gloves are currently stewing in my brain, just need to find the time to puzzle them out. I have the yarn. It’s lovely. Look for it in an upcoming blog post about fighting ninjas in a heroic battle for control over Our Nation’s Capital. Or about a Memorial Day Weekend shopping trip. One or the other, they’re so easy to confuse.)

No, I haven’t tried steeking yet, and fair isle is still pretty hit or miss. I don’t magic loop, and I can’t crochet more than a simple chain (and even that’s a generous interpretation of “chain”), but overall, I truly feel like I’m celebrating this blogiversary.

Yes we're going to a party, party
Yes we're going to a party, party
I would like you to dance
Take a ch-ch-ch-chance!
Unintelligible screaming
Thanks for celebrating with me!


Clumsy Knitter said...

No way! I NEVER win anything! Woohoo!!!

I was just looking at my calendar and apparently my blogiversary is June 13, 2007 so we both started at about the same time. Too bad I couldn't keep it up and dropped it about a year ago. I'm thinking about picking it back up but I'm not sure if I would have any readers any more. LOL

nwheatley said...

So exciting! Thanks. Four years and still going. You are an inspiration!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Thanks so much! This is so generous of you! And the yarn is all so lovely.

Now, what to knit, what to knit ...
Hey! This gives me an excuse to spend the rest of the day mooning over patterns in the Ravelry database.