Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Looking forward, Looking back (or, Blogiversary and a contest)

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Well, 1 year ago today, I began this blog. I quickly thought up a few names and found one that wasn't taken, and started my Blogger existence. I started with a humble entry and found I had lots to say - especially at the beginning, when I wanted to review a bunch of knitting I'd been doing while I didn't have a blog but read knitting blogs.

It's been a fun year - meeting more people through blogs (because now I have an address on the Internet), and sharing my blog with friends and family. I've met Rhonda, Kadiddly, and Inky in person, people I'd never run into casually. I've learned to take pretty good pictures with my camera, started a Flickr account, printed MOO cards to use as blog calling cards, and become the one in the family most versed in Internet community technology.

Looking forward, I'm happy to feel back in the swing of blogging again. In fact, I was a little sad my blogiversary came up so soon after the holidays, because I have so many blogging ideas in my head (which I'm sure will be gone tomorrow....) I'm looking forward to knitting more in 2008, especially baby items, and maybe even getting an early start on Christmas presents. However, I'm not going to push myself by joining any KALs or anything - just taking things as they come.

Thank you, all of you who read my blog, offering support and enthusiasm! It's so nice to get to know you through your comments and by looking at your blogs!

Now on to the contest! A while ago, I won a contest over at Brenda's blog, her pre-blogiversary contest, where I suggested what her real blogiversary contest would be. I like that idea so much, that I'm going to repeat it here.

What is your favorite FO of 2007? You can leave a link in the comments ON THIS POST to your blog write-up of it, or your Ravelry project page (blog write-up is better, because some people are still not on Ravelry), or create a new blog write-up of it. If you do not have a blog, write about it in the comments and link to a photo if you have one online, or consider starting a blog!

I'll give a prize to an entry chosen at random, and maybe other prizes as I see fit. The contest ends Sunday night, January 13, midnight PDT.

Note: Blogger has updated its software so that it permits people using other blogger software to include links to their blogs, so in most cases I will be able to contact you through your blog. If you do not have a blog, or do not think you have left a link to your blog, please check back to see if you've won. If you're not sure, you can drop me an email - click on "View my complete profile" to get it.


trek said...

Congrats, Kim!!

I have to say that my favorite knit of 2007 is my JIT Hat. Not because it is the item I use most or anything like that but because The Daily Knitter showcased the link as their Pattern of the Day yesterday. I'm tickled pink.

Chris said...

Happy blogiversary!!!

And how timely - I was just reviewing my FOs for 2007 and thinking about what my favorite project was. It's a tie, I think, between the Monsoon Elegance Socks I knit for my SIL for Christmas (which she loves very, very much) and the refined raglan for me.

Birdsong said...

Happy Blogiversary! I am glad you have gotten so much out of blogging and you have learned how to link within a comment, something I am not sure of... My favorite FO for 2007 is probably Seraphim: http://burrobird.typepad.com/burrobird/2007/09/finishitis.html

Theresa said...

Here's to many more!

My favorite is the Denim Aran. Definitely.

Jodi said...

Happy blogiversary! My favorite FO of 2007? A quick & easy owl hat:


Paul has been wearing it proudly.

Just A Knit Wit said...

Happy blogiversary!

I'd say that my favorite project of 2007 is The Black Knight that I knit for my sweety. I made up the pattern on my own and am still amazed at how it turned out.

teabird said...

Happy happy!
My favorite knit of 2007: my first-ever socks. I was so thrilled!

teabird / ravelry

Lucette said...

Hi Kim, I am glad to see your blog coming along so well and that your blog anniversary has arrived. You were one of my first visitors on my flegling blog, and helped so much the the codes. My favourite knit of 2007 has to be the Cobblestone--I actually finished it and have been using it quite a lot this winter. here is the link:http://visualisepeace.blogspot.com/

best wishes Lucette

Olga said...

I think mine were these hats I did, hats and socks seem to be my fav things to knit. Hey! Happy blog year to you! May you have many more to come.

allergicmom said...

I think my favourite knit of 2007 was my pomatomus socks, which fit so well.

Thanks for the contest!

Clare said...

Congratulations on your first blogiversary! My favourite FO must be my Monkey socks - they were the perfect blend of great pattern, delicious yarn, and very wearable. Perfect! Great idea for a contest - I'm going to keep checking the comments for pattern ideas!

Heide said...

My favorite FO for 2007 was the Luna Moth Shawl. http://heideho.wordpress.com/2007/09/25/mid-week-catch-up/
It was a spur of the moment knit that just happened to turn out way better than I'd hoped.
Happy Bloggiversary!

Cheryl S. said...

Oh - so hard to decide! But probably my Latvian-style mittens because they were my first color-work project and they turned out so cute.

What a great idea for a blog contest!

Lauren said...

This is great! My favorite knit this year (the first full year I've been a knitter) was my Poppy. I'm sorry I don't have a better picture, at least one of me wearing it, because the best thing is that it fits! And is beautiful! And interesting construction, and new techniques, and on and on.

Anonymous said...

Happy blog birthday! May another year of great blogging lie ahead of you!

My favorite FO of 2007 was the Wonderful Wallaby sweater I knit for my two-year-old daughter. I knit the whole thing while on vacation in Vermont (one of my favorite places), used Rowan All-Seasons Cotton (a lovely yarn to work with), and followed a well-written pattern. And the best part is that my daughter loved it and wore it as soon as it was off the needles! Yippee!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Oooo, that's easy ... my little felt-tea farm tea cozy.
slide show here ...
with some explaining on "how to" here ...
Actually I blogged about it for the whole month of March, LOL.

Miss T said...

Happy Blogiversary!

No question, my favorite FO in 2007 was my Hypoteneuse scarf. Sorry, I have to give you a Ravelry link because I can't find the story on my blog--it's somewhere!


Kim said...

Miss T (and any non-Ravelers who want to see), there is a blocking photo
and a (better pictured) progress photo

KnitNana said...

Congratulations! My favorite FO of 2007 is this

My Big Sis's Feather & Fan socks!

Kenyetta said...

Happy Blogiversary and congrats on that win! I remember that contest.
My favorite FO of 2007 was Stargazer for my daughter. That thing took forever!!!

Turtle said...

Hi there and happy blogiversary! I am still learning the joy of blogging, but i'm getting there.
Hmm...i think my fav fo for 2007 would be the piggy tail turtlenech hat. I even just got a note from the girl i knit it for saying her fiance has no problem finding her on the ski slopes with her hat & that she loves it. Kudos!


Rooie said...

Happy blogiversary! I still have nine months or so to go until my one year date!

My favorite item this year: Saartje's Baby Booties. So cute, so quick, so impressive to non-knitters when they were done. Can't wait to see them on the baby.

catsmum said...

hmmmmmmmmm tough question but I think the one that makes me happiest is also something incredibly simple - my tea-shirt. I still get a kick out of that pun :]
oh and happy blogiversary too

catsmum said...

oops sorry forgot the link :

Catherine said...

My most prized knit for 2007 is definetely these turkish pattern mittens (http://caflygrl.blogspot.com/2007/02/spread-yarn-love.html) I made for my friend! (You have to scroll down halfway.) They were my first real colorwork and first mittens. I can't beleive I gave them away!! I'd steal them back but they were a tad snug on me so I guess they have a rightful owner.

Kathy said...

Oh, At first I thought I was supposed to tell you which of YOUR fO's was my favorite. You mean, which one of my own is my favorite. Hmmmmm. Anything log cabin. Log cabins hypnotize me.

Happy Blogaversary

Jen C said...

Happy Blogiversary!

My favorite FO for 2007 is my Sunrise Circle Jacket using Silk Garden. I don't have a blog so here's my ravelry page.


Risa said...

Happy Blogiversary!
My favorite FO of 2007 was Salina.

RobinH said...

Happy Blogiversary!

My favorite FO is the Lattice Log Cabin Baby Blanket (first one in my FO post). It reminded me how much I love knitting (after a longish period of being seduced away by other crafts), because I designed it more or less on the fly and it worked, and last but not least, it got 9 skeins of ultrafine pastel baby yarn that I disliked out of my stash (yes, a yarn I disliked and I still love the finished project- miraculous!).

Debra said...


My favorite project of 2007 was Lizard Ridge. It's on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/cashmeredreams/lizard-ridge

and a post is here:http://kitchencotton.blogspot.com/2007/08/minnesota-state-fair.html

It's the largest object that I've ever knit! :)

ikkinlala said...

I have neither a blog nor an online photo of any of my projects, so I'm not sure if this will count, but I think my favourite FO of 2007 is one of my several pairs of Thuja socks - the one that's all different shades of blue. They are cozy and warm and it makes me happy to look at them too.

Happy blogiversary!

Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary!! I'm glad to hear your enjoying blogging and that your getting so much from it. Its amazing how many "blogging" friends we all have!
Because I'm a nerdy Mom, this is my favorite FO of 2007 our little Kailey bean
my fav knitted FO, thats a hard one, I'm really proud of this jacket. Kailey gets so many comments when she wears it. And these socks, I still love how these socks came out!
Here's to many more blogiveraries!