Tuesday, January 8, 2008

one year.

Today is my one-year blogiversary. It's been a great time -- keeping a knitting blog has been even more fulfilling and more edifying than I thought it would be: it's kept me connected to other great knit-bloggers, and often it lit a fire under me when my interest or energy was flagging to know that I hadn't posted in a while. To everyone who has commented or knit one of my patterns, thank you so much! It makes me feel so great to hear from you all, and to see your wonderful work!

This has also been a year of firsts:
first adult sweater
first set-in sleeves
first original adult design
first experience with having other people knit my patterns (and here, here, here, and here)
first kool-aid dying
first figure-eight cast-on
first successful experience with customizing sizes
first reversible cable
first lesson in the necessity of swatching (and here)
first friends' baby! (and here, here, here, here, and here).
first year of my graduate program!

And, as seems entirely fitting, I begin my second year of blogging with a post about the same sweater with which I began my first year: the sheep yoke baby cardigan. I've been working on iteration #3 of this same sweater, perfecting the pattern and knitting up the girl's version so that knitters can see what they both look like. With a charted fair-isle pattern instead of verbal instructions, this has been my most successful original pattern, both in terms of people's seeming to want to knit it, and in terms of nobody's discovering any errata. Unfortunately, the one pregnant person I know is having a boy, so this will be one for the choir auction.

Here's to new year of blogging! And here's a nice little blogiversary (well, actually Christmas, but close enough) gift to end the post: does my Aunt know how to pick presents, or what? Super-fine tipped pens in a great spectrum of colors. Perfect for sketching out fair isle patterns!


Jodi said...

Congrats on a wonderful year of firsts! The girl version of the sheep cardi is so sweet. I just ordered yarn for the boy version -- Elann's luxury superwash merino DK.

Stefaneener said...

You just rock. Really -- wonderful, wonderful work.

Glad to have you blogging.

Horse 'n' Round said...

Congratulatons! Hope I can keep mine up for a year. It's been great watching for all your new projects and posts!

Emilee said...

What a year! Happy blogaversary.

Nim said...

You've had quite a year! All that _and_ grad school? Wow. Extra points!

Carrie K said...

Happy Blogiversary!

That sheep sweater is darling.

Batty said...

Happy blogiversary!

That sheep sweater is incredibly cute. I think I'd wear it, and I'm nowhere near cute baby age!

artinreality said...

Congratulations on your bloggaversary! What an accomplishment! I look forward to see what you're up to in the coming year!

nicole said...

Hey, our blogs are almost the same "age". My blogiversary is today. Thank you for sharing your lovely knitting with the rest of us.

The sheep cardi is coming along so beautifully, can't wait to see it done.