I read a lot of knitting blogs and often see apologies, excuses, or at least explanations of the chosen topic or time frame. Although I generally prefer to just launch into the subject, letting the reader speculate, if she wishes, as to motive, logic or connection, I will list the events that led to this post. But first, I'll start with a photo and explain it simply: Google Reader, Ravelry and other feeds show an image of the latest post in their link to blogs. I like to have a nice photo front and center.
This is the view from the first rest stop on my morning bike ride these days. For me, bike path + bench = stop. Although I have lost weight and become more fit, I'm not a maniac. I'm doing it in moderation.
Moderation is not the word for my pursuit of knitting, however. To list the progression:
1. Seven years ago, a chain of events worked to revive my lifelong interest in yarn and needlework.
2. Five years ago, I began this blog. I was reminded of this quinquennial this past weekend when I was attending the local raft festival, often a topic for my blog posts.
Below is a shot of one of this year's downriver contestants. The downriver race is not overly exciting, but it is scenic.
3. Two years ago, I published Burning Stripes, my first commercial pattern.
4. This month, I bought back two print versions of that pattern from one of the shops that stock it. It had run its course there and I wanted my sample back. The sample pair looks pretty good, considering it has hung in a yarn shop for two years.
5. Today, to celebrate this succession of events, which all seemed to happen in the late spring, I am giving away those two print patterns. To enter to win a copy, leave a comment by midnight, Monday, June 25, 2012. One lucky winner will also receive the yarn to knit the pattern, assuming we can work out the logistics of agreeing upon and delivering said yarn. If you win, you will have to let me know your address, but don't include that in the comment, just your e-mail, or a link to it so that I can contact you if you win. Also, please include some feedback on blog topics. Besides knitting, what do you enjoy reading in a knitting blog: points of view, personal details, travel photos, or...?
Ending with a another photo, again from my bicycling route, but this one is more knitting-related. You can spin yarn from the undercoat of these cattle!