Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Blogiversary Extravaganza!

This has been a really incredible year. At this time last year we were living in Southern California and had no plans to move. My parents were in the process of packing up their home just 15 minutes away from us so that they could move to Branson, Missouri. Who in the world would choose to leave San Diego for Branson?! I was convinced that they were absolutely nuts, but showed my support by helping them pack and letting them play with their grandson a lot before they left.

The blog was birthed out of the realization that my family really was moving, and the people that I worked with every day and spent time with even on the weekends because they are so stinking fun to be around... well, they weren't going to be a 15 minute drive away anymore. I was going to be a stay at home Mom with childless friends who worked full time. I was going to need a new hobby. (I learned quickly that counted cross-stitch is not a toddler-friendly hobby.)

Right about that time, I was reunited via the internet to my dear friend, Jen, who had been a great friend in High School and who had learned how to knit. After seeing her blog and remembering my failed attempts at knitting, I decided that I would try one more time to knit. I had my crocheting, but I needed a challenge though I never thought that knitting would ever be much more than an occasional thing for me. Convinced that the problems with my other failed attempts were the sole fault of the kit I was trying to learn from, I threw away the tainted kit and I bought a new kit at Michaels and opened it as soon as I got home. This was my Everest.

One year later, I'm living in Missouri and sometimes I really do think that I'm just as crazy as I thought my parents were for moving here. (Did you know that they have humidity and tornadoes here? What the heck was I thinking? Give me earthquakes any day.) I'm working at a job that I absolutely love (and not just because they let me knit at my desk when the phones are slow) and Owen is flourishing at his daycare. Bryan is back working in Customer Service, which is what he did several years ago, but there's a sales component to it and let me just say this: My husband kicks butt at this. Bryan, Owen and I have formed a much more cohesive little family and though I never thought I'd say it, maybe it's a good thing that I'm not 15 minutes away from my family and now live 40 minutes away. I have become completely obsessed with knitting and haven't picked up a crochet hook since March. I love that my family understands my knitting and that I now have a fellow knitter in my Mom.

To celebrate my 1 year anniversary I have put together 3 special prizes to give to my wonderful knitblog friends! All you have to do is enter with a comment on this post and I will use a random number generator to choose the winners. The prizes that you see will also include some of my handmade stitchmarkers and other tasty little goodies.

Prize #1

2 Skeins of Peace Fleece DK in Sea Moss.

Prize #2

1 Skein of Cascade Quattro in Peachy Pink and 1 Skein Auracania Atacama in Blue Beige.

Prize #3

2 Skeins of KnitPicks Sock Garden in Hydrangea and a Yarntainer to hold them.

The winners will be chosen on Monday at 11:00am Central time and a post will be made announcing them shortly after. Happy commenting and good luck!


PBnJ said...

I know how it is to live away from family. I was born and raised and lived in the same area (small town) until I got married. Then I moved about 1800 miles away. I've moved a couple times since and still live far away. :( I guess that makes the times I do get to see them even more special....

Good for you that you took up knitting. It is such a fun pasttime.

Best wishes!

Jen:) said...

I am so glad that we "found" each other again! And even more glad that I was able to lure you back to try knitting again and that it has worked out much better for you this time around :)
Hopefully we can work out a time soon to get together and infect Erin with knitting as well ;)

Happy Blogiversary! I really enjoy your adventures in knitting - and keeping up with how you are doing since we are all so busy lately!

Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bri. It's ''Yo Mama.''
Up until now I have been a silent blog reader but now that you mentioned prizes I say hey count me in. I love you Bri and I'm so proud of you and the wonderful family that you and Bryan are creating. And for the record, thanks for the knitting obsession. I guess that pays me back for introducing you to chocolate.

Emma said...

Congrats on making it one year. The prizes look fantastic!

beverly said...

Happy Blogaversary!

Lana said...

Happy Blogversary neighbor! It was so much fun to be your secret pal and welcome you to this neck of the woods. Hopefully we can get together and knit us up some good stuff! Many happy years of knitting and blogging no matter where you call home:D

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Michelle said...

Congratulations on the blogiversary. It's amazing how much can happen in a year isn't it?

Zarah said...

Happy blogiversary! I for one am very happy you moved to tornado country! (and I hope I win a prize!)

Dipsy said...

Happy Blogiversary! Wow, what a lovely story - it sure shows that life has its incredibly unexpected turns at times, and, as it seems in your case, sometimes they're for the better! You sound so happy and content with your way of living now, and how nice is it having your Mom closeby as a fellow knitter! Yay for many more years of blogging and knitting!

Melissa said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

Laura said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm glad to have found you in the knitblog neighborhood!

And I have to say, I totally love your mom's comment about the chocolate. Before I read it, it never really occurred to me that I could blame my own mom for my chocolate addiction. LOL!

sunny said...

Hello and Happy Blogiversary! My husband found your blog (he was probably searching for knitters in the area, because I've been wanting to meet some lately), and he sent me here. I'm glad he did! My name's Sarah.