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.
2 Skeins of Peace Fleece DK in Sea Moss.
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!