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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A blogiversary, fuzzy photos -- and a contest!

I kinda can't believe it -- on Friday, this little blog turns one! In honor of that, I thought I'd post a blurry, unflattering photo of my half-finished forecast that I took in my streaky bathroom mirror, just like the old days. Sigh.

But to show how far I've come, I'm also posting a crisp, clear photo of the buttons I purchase for said forecast at Purl Soho. (Do yourself a favor and stear clear of that place on weekends. It was completely packed, and I couldn't reach the Cascade Quattro, which is for the best since they are charging way too much for it. Anyway, buttons.)

So back to my blogiversary. It took me a bit by surprise because my blogiversary coincides with my year anniversary in my present position at work, where I write about rather upsetting, depressing stuff. That's kinda why I started the blog. I would get home late at night, and it was just me and Conan O'Brien and my racing mind. Now I come home and write about yarn -- pleasant, uplifting and fuzzy. Ah, now that's better.

Meeting so many talented and bright and interesting knitters -- especially my dear spiders -- was just a pleasant surprise along the way.

Now here's the sappy part. Since my knitblog has given so much to me, why not give a little back to my readers? Enter the contest. Your mission is to guess the first item I ever knit, way back in the summer of 2002. Pick the type of item and the color -- like chartreuse legwarmers or a blue baby bonnet -- and leave your response in the comments. The person who guesses the correct item or closest to it will win FREE YARN! (Gosh, I hope this makes sense. I just worked 11 hours and it's 3 a.m. And my stuffed animals are bad proofreaders.)

What kind of yarn, you ask? A skein of superwash sock yarn from fellow Spider Brooklyn Handspun, or $20 toward another yarn from her store. (She's sold out right now, miss popularity that she is, but will have more yarn at the end of next week.)

So surprise me. What do you think it was?


Blogger Wendy said...

Blue Scarf? Congrats on your Blogiversary! It is good that you have an outlet from a job like that.

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

Aww I was going to say blue scarf. I say brown scarf. Forecast s looking great!

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Can't wait to see those lovely buttons on Forecast!

I say it was a red scarf.....

8:43 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Happy Blogiversary!I really like how forecast is turning out. The buttons you picked are perfect.

My guess for your first project would be a blue muppet-y type scarf.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

Everyone has taken my scarf theory.... so I'll say a hat. Black.

9:30 AM  
Blogger CareBear said...

Nah...not a scarf. Or a hat....

A shawl in green

9:37 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

happy blogiversary!

i say a garter stitch scarf of course. isn't that everyone's first project?

10:10 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

This is a hard one. I was going to say a blue scarf but it seems that someone beat me to it. I'll guess a pink scarf.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Happy blogiversary!

I'll go with a green washcloth since scarves in all hues have already been guessed.

Your Forecast is coming along great!

10:15 AM  
Anonymous kaitlyn said...

hey, we are bathroom twins! People of the green and black tile unite, haha.

congrats on a year of blogging :) Can't wait to see that finished sweater--i love the color.

10:16 AM  
Blogger marie in florida said...

a big blue blankie? i know what you mean about the newzzzzz....the local news in jax has been pretty grim lately, murder rate has gone sky high. it breaks my heart. we are a beautiful city but gosh, why so angry? sad sad sad.
happy knitting and here's to tiny bathrooms...LOL>..

11:58 AM  
Blogger lowercasecarmen said...

This is so easy Carrie. Judging by the things you've made since then, your zodiac sign, and the alignment of the moon, I'm gonna say a neon green and electric 80's fuschia polka dot giraffe...duh?

12:08 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Wow, everyone thought "blue scarf." That was my guess too. But now I'm going with a garter stitch shawl in a varigated yarn. I'm still going with mostly blues though.

Happy blogiversary! I'm glad your blog has done its job and put a little more warm and fuzzy into what sound like some rather upsetting days. It is so fun to meet other knitter this way.
Forcast is looking very cool by the way! :)

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joyeux blogiversaire! Maman
(I know the answer for the contest, so I may not guess.)

1:32 PM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

I have no idea what you made. My guess is that you jumped right in, and made something more challenging, like a bag or pouch. A green one. I haven't read the comments to see if anyone else said that.

I love forecast! It looks like you're wearing the whole sweater in this picture!

And happy blog-i-versary!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Those are gorgeous buttons for your Forecast! Reading your blog always makes me want something you're making.

First project guess... this one's hard. I'm going with the Jumping Right In kind of project. Summer of 2002 - a green tank top in Simply Soft. I can't imagine that you'd ever make something as simple as a garter stitch scarf with the stuff you make now!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Purple scarf. I'm totally off, but what the hey! Congrats on the blogiversary!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm going to guess that it wasn't a scarf. Too obvious? Maybe a white shawl?

Forecast is fabulous! Beautiful spring green!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Sachi said...

Glad you're feeling better!

Dammit! My first choice is taken. I say green hat.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

happy bloggie b-day! you've come along way from that umm. . . purple fun fur poncho you first knit up way back when. Right, right?? (admit it!) ;)

forcast is looking just fab. it's going to be soooo pretty.

it was good seeing you on sunday. even though i only got to speak to you for two nano seconds or so. we must catch up more next time. :)

4:16 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Forecast looks amazing!

5:02 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Happy blogiversary!!

Forecast is looking amazing!! I really can't wait to see it all finished!

I have no clue what your first knit was but I'm sure it was wonderful!! :)

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Green fuzzy, maybe fun fur scarf!

6:00 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

dang, dig that crazy bobble action!

i likes it! looks like a winner to me :) and love the button choices.

i have no guesses for your first knitted item (i acquire enough yarn on my own, hee), but happy blogiversary anyway! and many mooooooooooore...!!! woot!

7:09 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Happy Blogiversary!! Here's to many, many more! Your Forecast is looking amazing! I love the color and the buttons you chose are perfect. Hmmm... your first project? I'm going to go with a green cotton baby blanket. It's wrong, I'm sure, but I'd settle just for something green, even. ;-) Take care, Carrie! :-)

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Sophia said...

a blue potholder/washcloth like thing

7:44 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

happy blogiversary!

Forecast and buttons are totally rockin out...even the fuzzy pic.

My (evil) guess would be a black poncho. Weren't they cool in 2002? Or was that 2003? I can't remember...

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Brooklyn All Hands 10-75 said...

It was purple, and something to do with technology, like a cell phone pouch or something. If not, could you knit purl knit me a Purple PDA Pouch?

10:26 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

happy blogiversary! forcast is looking good, i'm sure it's going to turn out great.

funny you should say that about purl on the weekends. i was hesitant on going down there on a sunday - and the place was empty! now it was about 3:30 on a sunday afternoon, but i was shocked!

hmm, first item you ever guess is a green scarf

10:49 PM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

I'm gonna guess without looking at other comments, so I'm hoping I'm repeating what someone else guessed...purple hat?

Congrats on your blogiversary. :-)

11:45 PM  
Blogger Wednesday's Child said...

Happy Blogday!

My guess would be...a hat. With a stripe. A blue hat. I can't decide what color the stripe is, yet, though.

8:09 AM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Happy Blogiversary to you! I love how your Forecast is turning out and you picked out some very pretty buttons to go on it.

8:26 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Forecast is looking MAHVELOUS. I think I've been inspired to make one for myself.

My guess is a purplely blue garter stitch scarf.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Sluggo said...

I'm going to guess that my favoite reporter's first knitted a purple typewriter cozy.

12:13 PM  
Blogger legally intoxicated said...

damn. i remember the first thing you sewed, and i've still got that baby blue crochet triangle. but knitting? i think it was a scarf, w/ mottled pink and peach and orange-y tones. no?

happy happy! i echo maman in saying: bon blogoversarie! or po-russky: s nyom blogovareniya!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

Happy blogiversary!

8:52 PM  
Anonymous shannon said...

I have a crush on your buttons. So cute. Congrats on a year of great reads. Your blog always sounds just like you - funny, quirky and sweet. I guess you made a cellphone cozy in a pink/punch color.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Sophia said...

Ooo, cute buttons!
Happy blogiversary!
I'm going to guess a purple ipod case

12:53 AM  

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