Sunday, November 2, 2008

One Year

Today is my blogiversary! I've been posting about knitting, kids, life, and politics for one year now. I wasn't sure when I started this venture whether I would be able to keep it up, or if anyone would read it. Well, very few people read it, but those who do always brighten my day. In that year I've finished projects, started and abandoned projects, chronicled the life and times of one suburban family, and complained often about how I don't get to knit as much as I'd like to :) Readers have followed as I decided which political candidate to support. I'm sure some readers left because my views are sometimes pretty strong. Nonetheless, everyone is welcome here. I don't mind differing viewpoints -- in fact, I'd like to see some more -- as long as they're stated respectfully. Honest discussion is always enlightening, even if no minds get changed. In my real life, I often tone down my strong beliefs to avoid confrontation or offense, so I'm grateful to have a place where I can let loose.

I'm happy to have "met" some wonderful people through the comments. They bring me support, laugh with me, commiserate with me, and keep this blog going. I know there are people out there who read but don't comment. Consider this an open invitation to jump on in!

Back to the knitting. Yesterday's post showed you my Plum Lotus scarf pinned out and blocking. Today you get some free-form pictures, but no live modeling. Sorry. My little helpers are at a bike race, and I suck at taking pictures of myself in a mirror. (Blogger does NOT want to load photos today, but I'm patient.)

The moody backlit shot:

The long view:

And the closer-up view:

I don't know whether I'll get a chance to post again before Election Day, but you can count on one the day after, if I'm not too hung over ;)

Everyone get out and VOTE, and remember, no matter who we vote for or what the outcome of the election is, all of us want a better America.


kippi said...


The scarf is lovely. We need a modeling shot.

I'll be throwing on Tuesday because it will be OVER!! (hopefully).

Sharon said...

Happy Blogiversary from the other side of Arlington! Your blog is yet another enriching aspect of my life, so thank you and keep it going!

I love the scarf. Seeing it last week inspired me to finally get going this weekend on the Annette Peavy Arrows Shawl. I decided not to use the Jade Sapphire cashmere, and instead used some Malabrigo Lace that I bought at the beach this summer (in Swansboro, NC). I was afraid I wouldn't have enought of the cashmere, so I'll save that for something else special. I'm almost at the halfway mark. I'm impatient to block, though, so the lace will show the pattern in all its lacy glory. The shawl will be for a dear friend of mine who had a double mastectomy last week (doing well,though).

I'm on pins and needles about the election. I've tried to implement a "no more campaign news" policy at home, but every once in a while my husband will turn on cable news just to check in. Says it's a scab he can't help but keep picking at.

Again, lovely scarf. What's next?

Loren T said...

Thanks kippi and Sharon! This blog wouldn't exist without you two to keep me going.

How's the Malabrigo lace, Sharon? I'm so tempted by it, but I'm being good on my yarn diet. What color are you using?

I'm still working on the Simple Knitted Bodice, but after that, probably some more lace. Unless, of course, something else catches my eye first :)

I can't stay away from election coverage. I spend so much time over at that it's not funny. The site has great local coverage, as well as comprehensive statistics. I've learned so much more about the mechanics of the race from that site than from any mainstream news source. The comments are great, too. Mr. T is joking that I won't know what to do with my time when the election is over, and he's half right. I'm trying to keep my enthusiasm up and hoping that I won't be disappointed!

sharon said...

More power to you for being to track stuff on the fivethirtyeight site. It's all greek to me. I am not a numbers person at all!

The Malabrigo lace is lovely to work with, but this is my first time, so I'll be curious to see how it blocks. I finally have a real blocking board, courtesy of my friend Lia's handiwork, so I'm eager to use it. The color is a deep red with some white/pink runnning through it--I think the color is called "Little Lovely."

Happy voting tomorrow, and here's hoping Virginia is a blue state at the end of the day!



Jeanne said...

Happy Blogiversary! The scarf is so pretty!