This is a special day y'all! This is my 400th post. And three years ago today I began writing this blog. This web log. This endeavor that has led me and followed me to places I never imagined.
When my blogiversary rolls around it usually makes me go back and re-read my first few posts.
Like many things in my life, the first post was begun very late at night. On January 11th. And wasn't complete until after midnight, making the official blogiversary date January 12th. And I've made 400 posts! Pretty cool that they came together on the same day like this.
I explain back in my first post what inspired me to begin blogging... and that I was quite inspired to pick up knitting again even though I didn't anticipate this truly being a "knitting blog" at the time. I was an equal opportunity needle arts enthusiast, and though I could knit, I did not have a tremendous amount of knitting experience. I had been haunting one blog in particular for several weeks through a family connection and caught the sock bug. I was absolutely fascinated by the idea of knitting socks. I was also obsessed with finding the perfect yarn to make a Clapotis, which still hasn't happened.
As I closed my first blog post (it was long and wordy.... imagine that...) I was getting ready to cast on for my first pair of socks - Right Then! That began the quest to not only knit socks, but learn to knit socks that fit. It took the better part of a year for that to finally happen for me. What a great accomplishment! And during that year I began making wonderful knitting friends. They're not just blog friends.... they're truly part of my real life - I've even met some of them. Blogging keeps us in touch, but so many of us are truly "real life" friends.
Reading through my first blog post I think over so many of the ways my life and knitting have changed. At the time of that first blog post I was working full time but nine days later was layed off from my job working at a law firm in Waco, Texas. Life is such a journey and it's just amazing how in a moment your path can go a new direction. I've been through many unexpected changes since leaving home at 17 and thankfully I decided early on to embrace change and look forward to what change brings with optimism, hope, and cheerful anticipation. The last three years have brought a wide spectrum of things from despair to elation and wow - you have been there with me all the way.
At the time of my first blog post I didn't think of myself as a knitter. I was intimidated but curious about learning to knit with double pointed needles. I couldn't knit a sock because my tension and gauge were all over the charts. But things came along soon enough.
In the past three years I have become a knitter. Have even begun teaching people to knit. I have tried new things. I've dyed yarn and wool, and even learned to spin - a long time dream of mine. Before I go on and on and on, I'll let you check out this video timeline of my last three years of blogging, knitting, dyeing, spinning, and even the faces of a few little ones. :)
I didn't realize until I begain creating that video that it really only covers the tip of the ice berg. There's more to a blog and the blogging experience and the knit blogging community than I could ever capture with pictures in a video slide show.
Thank you all for reading. And thank you every one for your comments. It's just not possible to express how much this blogging experience has meant to me. It's the people. Totally. Thank you so much. :)
Take care of every little thing and have a Wonderful Weekend!! XOXOXOXOX