Tuesday, November 20, 2007

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    When you fall into a river, you're no longer a fisherman;
    you're a swimmer.
    -Gene Hill

    We've been talking about it all month, dancing around it, having contests, giving out yarn, and joining in the general fun of November NaBloPoMo and NaSweKniMo. Today is the day we've been awaiting. My blogiversary.

    It's actually my second blogiversary. Last year I think I was on call in the CCU, or something, because it totally slipped my mind. This year I've embraced it. There are a couple of reasons for this. Mostly, I have a pretty good schedule this month, and my husband is away. (That explains, by the way, the knitting productivity several of you have noticed.) I've been focusing on several fun knits, amazed, again, at how fast a project can go with some dedicated attention. And I've been blogging every day, reminding me all over again about how much I enjoy blogging. This is fun. You guys are fun. Inspiring. And it makes me a much better, much more engaged knitter. Thank you.

    To celebrate, let's have another contest. I'm in the groove with my Ladybug Sweater, thrilled with my first steek. What's your favorite project at the moment, and why? Comments will close on Friday November 23rd at midnight PST.

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    Blogger Karen said...

    Happy Blogiversary to you!!! And many more happy blogging years to come!!

    My Project De Jour is the Perfect Pie Shawl from Weekend Knitting. I started it in August 2006, and probably haven't touched it since fall 2006!! I took it out because I'm working on finishing up everything I've got on the needles. And it's been so much fun - I remember having problems knitting it, but over a year later it is downright easy. It reminds me that my skills are improving.

    11/20/2007 7:45 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Blogiversary! You're one of my favorite reads, and I've been enjoying the daily doses lately.

    My favorite project at the moment is my Cobblestone pullover. It's the perfect soothing amount of stockinette with just a big of purling thrown in to break it up, and the yarn is so nice (Prime Alpaca, in a relaxing sage green).

    I'm loving your ladybug sweater - so cute!

    11/20/2007 8:22 AM  
    Blogger Pumpkinmama said...

    Happy Blog-Day to you! My favorite project right now is my Mad Weave socks, which I have yet to actually blog about (but they're on Ravelry) - gorgeous autumnal yarn that as soon as I saw I knew had to be this pattern. That and any spinning are my favs right now!

    11/20/2007 8:44 AM  
    Blogger margene said...

    Happy Blogiversary! This community is such a wonderful place...thank you for being a part of 'my world'.

    11/20/2007 8:46 AM  
    Blogger carla said...

    Happy Blogiversary!

    Favorite project at the moment: It's a toss up between the EZ fair isle yoke sweater I just swatched for (new project lust) and Aino's Gloves from Folk Knitting in Estonia (one done, one to go, love the process, love the product).

    11/20/2007 8:51 AM  
    Blogger Lori said...

    Happy blogiversary to you! It's been really wonderful to get to know you in the past year or so I've been reading...

    Right now my favorite project is the one I get to start when I'm finally finished with the dag-gum last pair of mind-numbing socks I'm working on! And my dear precioussss Autumn Rose sweater that is waiting for me to finish my christmas knitting.

    11/20/2007 9:05 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Blogiversary!

    Favorite project is a Hanne Falkenberg design - Studio Long. It's very slow knitting done in fingering weight, but I love how it looks.

    11/20/2007 9:34 AM  
    Blogger Jessica said...

    Happy blogiversary.
    I don't have a favorite project right now. I'm suffering from a bit of knitter's ennui and can't seem to find a project that really turns my crank. :(

    11/20/2007 9:39 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Blogiversary!

    My favorite project right now is Fibertrends Landscape Shawl. I'm making it as a healing/prayer shawl for my Mom. When I started a few weeks ago her progniosis was bleak but has now improved so it's therapeutic for me (and it's clearly working) but it is a pretty easy knit and the yarn is soft and lovely.

    11/20/2007 9:54 AM  
    Blogger Kim said...

    I don't have a favorite knit right now, since I'm just picking up knitting again. I think my next project will be a garterlac dishcloth (languishing since August) and then the Cal scarf, but I think soon I will be working on a Trellis sweater or booties (depending on time constraints) for a relative's baby.

    11/20/2007 10:05 AM  
    Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

    Happy Blogiversary!!! My favorite project right now is Anne Hanson's Hypoteneuse. It's knitting up pretty quickly and it's a fun pattern to watch develop. Alas, I have holiday knitting to attend too, so I can't spend all my time on it...

    11/20/2007 10:13 AM  
    Blogger Unknown said...

    Congrats on the anniversary. I'm not sure what is my favorite project at the moment - but I am enjoying the Irish Hiking Scarf I'm doing for my Dad. It's easy enough to keep working on while other things are going on around me, I love the yarn (Serendipity Tweed), and I can really see my Dad enjoying it too.

    11/20/2007 10:19 AM  
    Blogger Sarah said...

    Happy Blogiversary! Hmm, how can I pick just one favorite? I guess the one I love the most right now is the gansey I'm knitting for my dad, because it is actually coming out the way I want it to, and I think he'll really love it!

    11/20/2007 10:34 AM  
    Blogger Angelika said...

    I join in and say "Happy Blrogiversary to you". I understand why you love the stranded work. I'm drawn to it to and right now I'm also sucked in by a lace shawl. I can't quite put my finger on which one I like more. :)

    11/20/2007 10:39 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy blogiversary! I am trying to think of how long I have been visiting your blog - more than a year, I guess. Thank you for sharing.

    My favorite project right now is one that is still in the planning. I have the yarn. I have the design in my head, and am in the process of pulling it out. I am anxious to see this project come to life.

    11/20/2007 10:44 AM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    My favorite project is my Anemoi mitten - loving the colorwork down here in Texas too! Unfortunately, it is not a Christmas present, so it's a bit of a back burner project, but I love it just the same.

    Happy Blogiversary!

    11/20/2007 10:47 AM  
    Blogger The Digger said...

    Happy blogiversary. I like having more reading material every day. ;)

    My current favorite project is my giant doily blanket. It's like Brooklyn Tweed's Hemlock blanket, but with a different vintage doily as the base. I need to get a picture of it up on the blog, but it's grown too big to spread out on the 40" circs, so it will be a brown lump picture.

    11/20/2007 11:13 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yippee Blogiversary! I guess my favorite project right now is the most recently started one which is the Austrian Alpine Treasure stocking.

    11/20/2007 11:17 AM  
    Blogger Joan said...

    Happy Blogiversary as well! My favorite project is always the one I am just about to start. I have a short attention span, and I LOVE that feeling of anticipation you get when you are assembling just the right yarn for your pattern and thinking about how quick and easy a knit is going to be, and how fabulous it will look when finished... One lives in hope!

    11/20/2007 11:24 AM  
    Blogger Jen C said...

    Happy Blogiversayr!! My favorite project at the moment is a top-down raglan. I took a basic recipe and I've customized to fit my own body.

    11/20/2007 11:37 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Blogiversary -

    I'm knitting a sweater using Silk Garden of my own design that I love - the colors are beautiful and it's coming out just as I envisioned it.

    11/20/2007 11:48 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Blogiversary!

    My favorite project right now is the pair of Irish Hiking Wrist Warmers I'm making for my best friend. They are quick and easy and a totally mindless knit, and I really need that right now. Plus, she's going to love tham and that makes me feel good while I'm knitting.


    11/20/2007 12:19 PM  
    Blogger Liz said...

    My favorite project right now is a narrower version of Lady Eleanor, done in 100% alpaca (due to recipient allergy to wool) from Elann, in two different colors. I can't stop thinking about it. It's my favorite for a whole host of reasons:
    (1) I haven't started it yet; it's next in the queue, once I get done weaving in the kajillion ends on the blanket I'm currently knitting;
    (2) I've never done entrelac before and I am excited to do something new;
    (3) It's the last in a series of gifts, one for each member of a family with whom my family has become close -- the youngest child of which is medically fragile and unlikely to live to age 10, so these shawls and blankets are all along the lines of prayer shawls; and
    (4) Did I mention that I haven't started it yet, even though I am dying to do so? In my imagination, therefore, it is just challenging enough to be fun, but easy enough not to drive me crazy, and never boring.

    11/20/2007 12:19 PM  
    Blogger Pat K said...

    Happy Blogiversary! And my favorite project on the needles right now are the mystery socks for Abigail's swap -- I forgot how much fun it is to knit a surprise for someone who will really appreciate it.

    11/20/2007 12:33 PM  
    Blogger Kazen @ Always Doing said...

    I've been doing a lot of complicated, "I gotta sit down with the chart and grok this" knits lately, so my current favorite project is my toe-up knee socks in Knit Picks Felici. Plain Jane stockinette's meditative qualities are not to be overlooked. ^_^

    11/20/2007 2:30 PM  
    Blogger Elizabeth said...

    Wow - 2 years of blogging! And how many pair of socks? I'm enjoying your daily blogging, and also noticed that you picked quite a few wool sweaters for your Ravelry queue - what's up with that?

    My favorite project is my Nordic Christmas stocking. I've never done colorwork before, and am amazed that it actually looks like it's supposed to. I love watching the pattern develop.

    11/20/2007 2:39 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Blogiversary, Theresa!

    My favorite project at the moment may be the little neckwarmer I just started. I've got sweaters on the needles, but for some reason I'm all about the small projects right now.

    11/20/2007 3:17 PM  
    Blogger OzKnitter said...

    Happy Blogiversary!

    Love that ladybug jumper you're knitting, it's gorgeous!

    At the moment I'm loving my Elizabeth Zimmermann Norwegian mittens. It's the first time I've tried stranded knitting and I'm loving the pattern, the yarn and the colours.

    11/20/2007 4:21 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy blogiversary! Great job on the steeking!

    11/20/2007 5:36 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Blogiversary! I'm so glad you're having fun with the NaBloPoMo. It's neat to watch your progress everyday. I'm loving the colors in the Ladybug sweater.

    I've enjoyed a couple of good process knits this month but what I'm really loving currently is the Manon Cardigan from Norah Gaughan Vol. 1
    Mmm... Cables...
    I can't stop working on it!

    11/20/2007 6:50 PM  
    Blogger K8 said...

    Happy blogiversary! Steeking is amazing :)

    Right now, my favorite project is the Chevron Scarf - it's great what beautiful yarn and a simple pattern can become.

    11/20/2007 8:46 PM  
    Blogger Anneliese Kelly said...

    Somehow I think it would be weird for me to wish you a happy "blogiversary," as if that were how I knew you.

    But I will let you know that my current favorite project is the baby blanket because: 1) it's for my future niece and I never knit for a baby that I had a real relationship with before, 2) I like knitting for babies, 3) it's the prettiest pale pink, 4) it's cashmere, 5) I've ripped and reworked it so many times, it's going to be perfect, dammit, 6) due to all this ripping, etc, I'm actually getting rather adept at crochet, as I've done the border twice now and not found it to my satisfaction. I'm hoping third time's the charm.

    Hope Thanksgiving is happy and wonderful for you and J. Give me a call if you're free. We'll be home in the dirty Yard till 5 or so when we're heading up to Jersey, so cell will be better after then.

    11/20/2007 9:00 PM  
    Blogger hopalong682003 said...

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I'd say that my favorite project right now is doing edgework on afghans that are going to people that lost homes in the San Diego firestorms. So many people have put in a lot of time knitting squares, and it's the first time that I've ever done a group knit.

    For my personal knitting, I'm really enjoying working on Leda's Dream stole.

    11/21/2007 2:16 AM  
    Blogger Susanne said...

    Happy Blogiversary!! Can't believe I have been reading you for almost all of those 2years!
    My favourite project at the moment and one I intend to wear for Christmas day is the Dayflower Daydream circular shawl (Eugen Beugler)from Knitter's Best of Shawls and Scarves. I am knitting it in a rose colour with drifts of melted milk chocolate subtly entering the yarn here and there. I am less likely to get a certain number of rows done daily as they lengthen but I am loving every minute of it! I also have other UFO's, like the Katherine Hepburn cardigan from Lace Style which needs about 3 hours on sleeve island and the finishing but the shawl calls every evening as I settle into the chair, the "precious one" and I get comfy and we knit away. I could spend a bit more time on sleeve island as I have a Garn studio cardi that needs some attention i nthe sleeve department as well.
    Happy Turkey day to you and all other Americans

    11/21/2007 5:47 AM  
    Blogger Karen said...

    Hi! Happy Blogiversary to you, happy Blogiversary to you... (you have to imagine the singing part).

    My favorite project right now is the Rock Lobster Bag from one of the patterns found at Knitspot. I chose colors that would have the lobsters looking like bluish live lobsters. It was easy enough for knitting in public, and I can't wait to see what it looks like once felted!

    I would link to you on my blog but I don't know how! I suppose I could just put the URL in the text, couldn't I? If I have a chance I will do that, since this is a really fun contest!

    11/21/2007 6:07 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My favorite project is a scarf I'm knitting for my mother for the holidays so she can be wrapped in love.

    ps I'm not either of the Jessicas who entered earlier - I'm just Jess.

    11/21/2007 6:13 AM  
    Blogger Disentangled said...

    I have to say that my current favorite project is my hourglass and I have to give all credit to the yarn on this one. The pattern is nice and simple, but the yarn is AMAZING!

    11/21/2007 11:42 AM  
    Blogger Vicki said...

    My favorite project right now is probably the Mystery Shawl 3. Of course, it's currently hiding under my bed. I'm obviously quite behind on it. It's hard to find time for lace and charts right now, but I sure do love it.

    11/21/2007 11:54 AM  
    Blogger Kat said...

    Squares for Oliver's blanket and Elizabeth Zimmerman's bootees for Epsilon. They are both instant gratification projects that do not require brain power I am lacking.

    11/21/2007 2:15 PM  
    Blogger Meg said...

    Hippy happy bloggity blog day to you! I'm in Christmas knitting mode so all my attention has been focussed on one Icarus shawl for now which can't be said to be a favourite apart from all the good thoughts I'm putting into it. The 'real' favourite is, as some people have already said, the project that's tantalisingly waiting in the wings!

    11/21/2007 3:00 PM  
    Blogger ikkinlala said...

    Happy blogiversary!

    My favourite project right now is mittens (very basic ones, with heavy wool), because the weather recently got a lot colder here.

    11/21/2007 3:08 PM  
    Blogger Nikki said...

    It's kind of pitiful, but my favourite project is a very simple 2x2 ribbed scarf I'm knitting, possibly for my Mom. Why? My arthritis is acting up and I can't really knit at all right now, but this scarf (which is about 4" long at present) is the softest thing ever (silk/merino/microfibre) and I enjoy petting it while I wait for my hands to feel better. :)

    11/21/2007 5:56 PM  
    Blogger Nikki said...

    Oh, and I almost forgot: happy happy blogiversary!! I so enjoy reading your blog. :)

    11/21/2007 5:58 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Blogiversary, Theresa!

    11/21/2007 7:23 PM  
    Blogger Elaine said...

    Well, I'll give your contest another try. Maybe I'll be lucky again!

    My favorite project is a sweater I'm making combining lots of different yarns I've gotten in trades. We'll see but I think I'm loving it.

    11/22/2007 2:32 PM  
    Blogger purple-power said...

    Happy Blogiversary.

    My favorite project is my first pair of socks - I'm loving it. Nothing fancy - a straightforward toe up.

    11/22/2007 2:41 PM  
    Blogger jennie said...

    I was gonna say the fairisle mittens I've been making my mom for Christmas, but yesterday I started and completed my first Dashing fingerless mitt in Malabrigo and I'm in love. So soft, so comfortable, can't stand that I have to give it away! :)

    Happy blogiversary! I look forward to many more.

    11/23/2007 9:50 AM  
    Blogger Rachel said...

    Happy Blogiversary! And good luck with finishing up your xmas knitting!

    I've been doing a bit of that myself and currently my favorite knit has been a couple pairs of lace-up fingerless gloves that I've made for friends birthdays...they are quick, cute, and functional...and my friends loved them. Who could ask for a better knit? :)

    11/23/2007 1:56 PM  

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