5 Long Years

Hard to believe, but five years ago today I started this blog.

On one hand it seems like I’ve been working and slaving over this foolish thing for so long, that it should be more than just five meager years.

On the other hand I can’t believe it was five years ago. I also can’t believe all the things that have happened in those five years.  I was about 2 1/2 years into my fiber adventure, and I had just embarked on my final two semesters of college. The following spring I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and then I had a couple of meaningless jobs, got engaged a year later, married in the fall of 2009, bought a house the next summer, got another rubbishy job, quit that in February of this year and now we’re here. Oh, but there was so much in between!

So, on this day, my 5-Year Blogiversary, take a look at some old posts. Check out the archives. Try randomly selecting a month and see what I was up to. Find anything interesting?

the beat goes on

How does anyone find the time for… well, anything?  Luckily I have one hour for lunch at the bank and it’s the only time I have for knitting these days.  I’ve been able to get several pairs of mittens done in the past few weeks.  Like these:

autumn mitts

I know it’s already been a few weeks, but I finally have some photos from our anniversary weekend.  Which was not celebrated at Rhinebeck.  Instead we went up to Niagara Falls, NY.  We haven’t made it back to NY Sheep and Wool in two years, but Rich has suggested I make reservations for 2011 now, so I’m quite certain we’ll be there next year.  Anyway, here are  a few highlights from our trip to Niagara, which I had never been been to before.

rich and gwen at niagara
Standing in front of the falls. Do you see the rainbow?
the falls
The American Falls
observation deck
Snazzy Observation Deck
maid of the mist raincoat
Gwen wearing the very trendy "Maid of the Mist" poncho. One size fits all.
on the deck of the boat
Taken while standing on the deck of the Maid of the Mist boat. Heading towards Horseshoe Falls.


stuff for you!

Due to this being my 200th post (which, in television series, is a celebrated event), and my 4 year anniversary of learning to knit being in February, in addition to the enjoyment I had from my previous giveaway, I am conducting a second Blog Give-Away! Wee!

The Requirements.

For this giveaway, You, the reader, are required to answer some questions and post them in the blog comments. Then, if you are the winner, you must use your prize and email a photo of it to me within 4 weeks of receiving it in the mail! Also, not required, but greatly appreciated: please tell a friend about this giveaway. Thank you for reading and enjoy.

The Questions.

1. What is your favorite type of yarn to knit with?
What is your favorite thing to knit?
What is your own favorite finished project (include photo link)?
What is the craziest thing you ever seen knitted?
What is something you would never try knitting?

(If you are a crocheter, please insert “crochet” where you see “knit”)

The Prize.

raspberry truffle

140 yards of handspun/handdyed Columbia wool yarn
More photos.

And the winner is…

Thanks to all of you who entered my One Year Blogiversary Giveaway. It was so much fun to read your posts and get to know you a little better. I hope for those of you who were new visitors to my blog, you’ll come back again. Also, I would love to do another giveaway in the future, so come back soon (my birthday is in December, maybe I’ll do one then). Anyone who has stepped into my house knows it wouldn’t hurt to let some fiber go.

Because this is my first giveaway, I decided to award the first place winner with a selection of various goodies, but I’ll also be sending a small package to the second and third place winners.

Congratulations to:

1st Place = Mary Kay from Pennsylvania

2nd Place = Cathy-Cate from Wisconsin

3rd Place = Valerina from Virginia

one year anniversary!

I wasn’t paying attention and almost missed my Blog’s One Year Anniversary! That would have been a sad day indeed. Let us revisit my first post dated September 6, 2007:

Some time ago I made an attempt to create a “fiber specific” blog. Unfortunately I was again disappointed with the lack of interest. This is probably because I am not intriguing and at the same time I hunger for attention and approval. Yes, it’s dumb, I know. So, we’ll give it a second go.  

Hm. Well, I must say that this second attempt has been vastly more successful than the first. Between that first fiber blog, which began and fizzled in early 2006, and this one, I realized that it requires quite a bit of effort on my part to make this something substantial. In order to attract readers, it is necessary to comment in other blogs and become a presence online. Being a member of Ravelry, Flickr, Facebook, Livejournal, Etsy, webrings, and other groups has made me much more visible to the public. 

I would like to thank my regular commenters/readers, occasional visitors, lurking secret readers, spontaneous arrivals, and all those blogs who have linked to me. I really appreciate your interest in my quirky little life and what I am doing with it. Having the opportunity to network and make new friends has been great. Sometimes I get very discouraged working alone in my house feeling small and unimportant, but knowing that there are people out there who are following my story really inspires me! Thank you!

Love, Gwen

Anniversary Giveaway!

Answer the following questions and leave as a comment in this post. I will randomly select one response and that person will receive a package of goodies from me. Winner will be selected September 13, 2008.

  1. Name:
  2. Location:
  3. Years knitting/spinning:
  4. Personal project you are most proud of:
  5. How you found this blog:
  6. Visit my Warm and Woolly collection on Flickr, find your favorite project and say what you like about it: