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A Day Late….

“A day late and a dollar short”, is what my folks have always said when someone misses a big opportunity or forgets to do something important.  Well, I may be a day late, but two of you certainly won’t be a dollar short :)  So sorry for the delay, but now that Knittymunchkin is working on crawling (not quite there yet, but he’s trying!) I am even more busy than I used to be.  Who would have thunk that would even be possible?  And yet it is.

Anyhoo, just a comment on all your comments before the big announcement.  R. Darling always reads your posts on my bloggy (so thank you to all of you who say or have said nice things about him; he is always so touched by this!) and he noticed a little trend amongst some of the ladies who wrote in.  Many of you said that the best thing you ever did for yourself was to leave a relationship.  I find that so interesting.  It makes me wonder if we women, as a whole, try just a little too hard to accommodate everyone else in our lives to the detriment of ourselves in the process.  Is it necessary to lose ourselves in order to be a good mother, wife, or friend?  Of course not, but how easily it happens sometimes.  Just a little food for thought!  And thank you so very much to all of you for sharing your triumphs and joys by answering my big deep question.  Your strength, courage, and ability to grab that brass ring of happiness for yourselves is so inspiring!  Keep up the good work :)

O.K. Enough of my nonsense.  On to the winners!  First, I’ll go with the easiest answer.  I used the random number generator (the R. Darling Automaton 4000 was unfortunately, out on loan to the county this morning) to pick a random winner from my commenters.  And the random winner was commenter #10: Debbi!  Congrats Debbi!  Debbi and I have probably known each other for most of the duration of my blogging “career”.  I think we met during The Knitting Gnome Swap?  My memory is a little fuzzy, but I know I sent her a little package with some purple sock yarn in it way back when.

And the second winner….  This was a toughie guys.  I mean, all your comments were heartfelt & touching and I was so inspired by each of you.  I wish I could give you all a prize!  So I deliberated for a really long time.  And I considered copping out and just choosing another random winner.  But I sucked it up and made a choice.  My winner for the comment I liked best is Andi of My Sister’s Knitter (BTW: you should totally check out her bloggy!  The pics of her yarns & projects are beautiful & inspiring :)  Andi gets my vote not just because of what she chose to do to find her personal happiness, but the way she explained her choice and its result.  Just a couple quotes (hope this is o.k. with you Andi!): “I learned that by giving everyone everything you have doesn’t do them or you any good” & “My time now has only one purpose-to replenish my soul so that I can be a better person to others not by what I can do for them, but what type of person I am”.  Well said!

So thanks so much everyone for reading the past four years & commenting & just being the best blog readers ever!  Congrats to my contest winners & I’ll be in touch via e-mail to find out which patterns from Ravelry you’ll choose.

Now, to get Little Mister ready for baby class today :)

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Brought To You By The Number Four

Yarnbombing Garland Outside My Favorite LYS


 
Dang.  As of today, I have been blogging for four entire years!  That’s a long ass time.  Granted, there have been some bursts of radio silence (most especially this year) but I am more than a little shocked that I have kept it up for this long.  I really never would have guessed that there would be that much I’d have to say and so much that I’d want to share with all of you.  There have been so many times when I’ve  been tempted to quit, but it’s because of all of you that I am still here and still blogging.  And I can never thank each and every one of you enough for all the wonderful comments, and generous kindness and support you have all shown me during these last four years. You’re fantastic!!  I most definitely would not be celebrating four years of blogging if it wasn’t for all of you amazing peeps that keep me in your thoughts and stop by to see how I’m doing!  I really and truly am so grateful for all of you :)
 
I feel like there is so much more I should say, on such a momentous day, but I’m so tired today I can hardly think straight.  So let’s just keep it short and sweet.  In honor of my 4th bloggyversary I am going to have a little contest!  Leave me a comment telling me what the best thing you have ever done for yourself (and only yourself) has been (or will be), your favorite weight of yarn to use, and your favorite color (just because I’d like to know!) by Midnight October 17th, 2010.  On the 18th I’ll pick two winners: one at random, and one whose answer I like best.  The winners will receive one pattern of their choice (up to $9) through Ravelry’s gifting feature.  Please keep in mind that, unfortunately, Twist patterns and certain others cannot be included in this feature at this time.  The pattern must be available to gift through Ravelry.  I can’t wait to hear all your answers!!
 
And since I’m holding the contest, I think I should play along :)  The best thing I have ever done for myself (and only myself) is a little boring, but has got to be refusing to have a roommate throughout grad school and my early working career.  Yes, I could have saved money, but having that time to be in my own space with my own thoughts and no need to consider anyone else’s, is a gift that I am so incredibly grateful for.  If you want a can of corn for dinner, or no dinner at all, you can do that.  If you want to come home and go to bed immediately, or if you want to wake up early and blast the music and dance in your underwear, you can do that.  No one will look at you funny and the chance to be so uninhibited in just living your life is so truly priceless.  I think everyone needs the gift of that freedom at some point in their life.  And my favorite yarn weight?  Probably worsted.  Not too hard on the hands, but works up quickly and satisfyingly into a lovely item.  Though fingering yarns far outweigh the worsteds in my stash.  Probably because I’m a sucker for sock yarn!  My favorite color?  Used to be pink, but changed to green over the last year/year and a half.  Yet lately, I find myself drawn to purples for the first time in my life.  How strange!
 
Thanks for all the joy, the laughs, shouldering my burdens with me when I needed it most, and most of all, for just being there and listening to all my nonsense.  You are all the best and I am so thankful for you each and every day.  Look forward to hearing all your answers and maybe (fingers crossed) spending another couple years with all of you fabulous bloggy peeps!

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Prize-tastic!

So today is the day!  With the help of this nifty random number generator, we have a winner for my bloggyversary contest!  It appears that I will be continuing the creepy trend towards double consonants again this time.  I swear it’s all on the up and up, but it’s freaking me out the tiniest bit that this keeps happening.

Anyhoo, RNG picked the number 12 (my fave, by the way!) and my 12th commenter was Betty C. of Binding Off!  She knits some great sweaters so stop by and check them out.  Congratulations Betty!!  I’ll be getting in touch with you to find out what your hand knit preferences are :)

Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by to comment & say “hello” on my bloggyversary!  It means so much to me to hear from all of you!  Hope your week is off to a great start :)

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Who Doesn’t Love Number Two?

My super knitty pal Troy dropped this birthday gifty by work for me today!
Thanks so much!!  I love love love it :)

 

Bloggyversary Number Two that is! 

I simply cannot fathom the fact that I’ve been blogging for 2 years straight as of today.  It’s astonishing to me that I actually had that much crap to talk about!  Seriously?  But most of all, I’m amazed, honored, and touched, by each and every one of you that takes the time to stop by and visit.  All your comments mean so much to me, more than you’ll probably ever know, and without all of you I wouldn’t be here celebrating two years of blogtasticness. 

So a huge thank you shout out goes to all of you supa bloggy peeps you!  And to celebrate you and all that you do for me, I’m going to have a little contest.  Leave me a comment telling me what you love about blogging and/or reading others’ blogs by midnight Pacific Time Sunday, October 19, 2008.  On or about October 20 I’ll choose one name and the prize will be a handknit gifty from me :)  Not that that’s anything so fantastic, but I promise it will be knit with much love!  Oh and if your name is Jen, Jenny, Jennifer, or some permutation of those letters, you had better enter because the winners of my last three (and only) contests have all been named Jen!  

So thank you again, to all of you, from the bottom of my heart!  I really and truly wouldn’t be here without you!  You are what makes my blog meaningful to me :)  

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Bloggyversary!

Today is my first bloggyversary! 

I cannot believe that I’ve been blogging for a year now.  Though today is my official bloggyversary, I’m not going to have a major celebration (contest!) until February because I consider February to be my true bloggyversary.  February of this year was when I really started to get serious about knitting and sharing, and finding my way in the world of KAL’s and groups out there in blogland.  But today deserves a post all its own :)

So, I have to thank all of you out there for your comments, your perspectives, your thoughts and camaraderie.  Without all of you I would have quit the “blog business” a long time ago (and I have considered doing this many times).  I appreciate each and every one of you that has taken the time to stop by.  Your comments and the fact that you’re even reading my random chit-chat means more to me than you’ll probably every know.  Because of you, I actually made it to my first bloggyversary and I can’t thank you enough. 

So here’s to you bloggy peeps!  Thanks so much for always being there.