Oh poor neglected blog. It’s about eighteen months since I last posted.
So a little catch-up: I’m still knitting, but not as much as I used to. I have an inprogress cowl from before Xmas that I haven’t picked up since then. What I am doing though, is reading. I’ve been taking part in the GoodReads yearly challenges for the last few years and last year read over 100 books. This year I’ve challenged myself to read 40 books. So far I’ve read 14 but whether I’ll reach my goal remains to be seen but since I read all of The Expanse series, most of which are over 500 pages long, perhaps I’ve actually read twice as much 😉
I got to spend Christmas and the New Year in New England in the USA. Eric’s from there and his parents invited me to stay for the holidays. The time flew by. I did buy some local yarn while I was there and many books. Oh and there were blueberry pancakes! 🙂
I can barely believe it but this blog is ten years old! Ten years ago I was obsessed with knitting. It was a relatively new obsession for me as I’d only picked up my first knitting magazine, the Fall 2002 issue of Interweave Knits, a few months earlier. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found out that there were knitting blogs as well. There weren’t a great deal around back then, I remember that Chic Knits was one of my regular haunts, and I could easily catch up on them every evening.
Before knitting came into my life I’d often pondered having a blog but I’d not been too sure what I would write about. I did buy my own domain name in 2000 and hadn’t really done a geat deal with it, so having a knitting blog seemed perfect. I could write about my craft and as a bonus I’d have a record of my work too.
I still have to fix my archives so I can’t link to that first entry just yet but I do still remember the nerves I had writing that first post. Would anyone read it? The knitting blog community was small and loyal and I fit right in. Comments didn’t exist at that point so we would email other if we liked a post and I made many friends within the group. I joined the Knitting bloggers webring and got to know my neighbours. Soon we were exchanging parcels via snail mail. The friendliness of the crafty bloggers has always been a delight.
Ten years on, I still love knitting but this is more of a crafting blog despite the majority of posts being tagged “knitting”. My other loves of jewellery making and sewing have pushed back in 😉 It’s also been a joy to see the rise of sewing blogs. When I was first sewing in 2000 there were very fewblogs with any sewing ontent. I was so pleased to find Sew Wrong, Mena of The Sew Weekly‘s first venture in sewing blogdom. In 2012 there are countless craft related blogs to read and to be honest I do feel rather guilty because I don’t keep up with my blog reading as much as I used to. I still hope that one day I’ll catch up but somehow I don’t believe it. 😉
Before I forget, something rather unexpected happened today, my gmail account was hacked. Someone got into it in the early hours of the morning and attempted to spam my address book with a link to some crappy t-shirt site. Fortunately Google’s security settings detected the hacking and stopped those emails being sent. It’s been a massive pain going and changing the passwords for all the sites I use but it’s also been a wake up call that I should have changed it more often.
But back to nicer things – to celebrate my 10th blogiversary I’ve decided to run a little competition 🙂 I’m giving away a copy of Norwegian Knitting Designs. This is the recent paperback version of Norsk Strikkedesign. I bought a hardcopy version some years ago. It’s full of amazing colour work knitting patterns and it could be yours!
You could win this!
In order to enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I’ll close the comments in a month’s time and then pick the winner using a random number generator. Good luck!