Wednesday, November 10, 2010

So much to celebrate!

Three months ago today, I took the plunge and decided to start blogging. Imagine my surprise when I logged back in to find that someone I didn't know had actually read it.  And made a comment.  And decided to follow it (Hi, Beth!).  Beth had way more faith than I did at that point, but it was fun, so I kept coming back.

Let's take a quick look back at the last 90 days...

344 different folks have stopped by,
from 18 different countries,
in 1,129 visits.
They left 138 comments (Yay!).
20 of them even liked it enough to delare their follower-ship (-ness?)!

Really, I'm overwhelmed by all of it.  Thanks, guys!  You've made this journey really fun so far and I'm excited about carrying on and ramping up over the next few months.  I've learned more about my family in the last 3 months than in the last 30 years.  Tons about knitting, too.  Who knew?

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for...  (drum roll, please)... Avast is all knitted up.  And seamed.  And end-woven.  And gently soaking in a warm bath as we speak (we should all be so lucky!).  I'm still waiting for the zipper to arrive, since I needed a custom length.  Did you know that zipperstop will sell you any of their zippers in exactly the length you want for just $1 extra?  How awesome is that?  We put Mr. Right into his sweater and measured it that way, per Grumperina's very sensible instructions, and determined that a 27" zipper would be perfect.  It should be here early next week, in time to participate in FO Friday.

With all this free time, I was able to pick up my lovely lace vest again to find that I'd made some sort of epic mistake in the lace pattern.  I frogged it back to the ribbing and started over, and things are going much more swimmingly this time.  Here's what it looks like now:

And here's an even closer close up...

Not much, I admit, but the size 10.5 needles combined with no sleeves should make it go pretty quickly.  I hope.  Famous last words, right?

In honor of my 3-month-blog-iversary, and the fact that I've FINALLY finished knitting on Avast (!!), I'm proud to announce KnitandSeek's very first giveaway.  What might I be giving away, you ask?  Yarn, of course!  I have 2 skeins of soft and squishy, terra cotta-colored Pingoin Ligne Noir Angora, which is apparently discontinued.  It's lovely stuff and the color is awesome.  It's been carefully stored in my stash and is in pretty perfect shape.

Yarn - mohair

Just leave a comment on this entry and one week from today I'll randomly pick a winner next Wednesday at WIPW v.15.  Easy peasy, right?  So go comment your little fingers off, and I'll happily ship this yummy yarn off, anywhere in the world, at the end of next week.

Anyway, hop over to Tami's blog and check out all of the other really amazing yarn art that's happening over there, and I'll see y'all on Friday.



  1. Happy 3 month blog annivesary. I'm glad you decided to blog! I wouldn't have met you otherwise! :)

    OOoo, OOOooo, OOOoo!!! Count me in on the giveaway! That's beautiful yarn!

    I CAN'T wait to see Mr. Right's Avast! I was actually telling MY Mr. Right about it just this past weekend! He was jealous and can't wait until I can make him something so cool.

    So, is frogging in knitting as hard/time consuming as it seems or do I not know a secret?

  2. Yay!! On finishing your Avast. Looking forward to seeing your FO picture. Lovely vest.

    Congrats on your 3 month anniversary.

  3. Happy anniversary. My girls would love for me to win the yarn and make them something with angora.

  4. Can't wait to see the sweater. I am a little intimidated by the idea of putting a zipper in something i knit. Realize that makes no sense as I have no problem cutting up and re-sewing a sweater or lining bags.

  5. Congrats on finishing Avast! That's quite an achievement to finish a man-size sweater. I hope my hubby doesn't request one anytime soon. The vest is looking great, lovely lace. And Happy 3 month blog-iversary (and I'm not just saying that to win the gorgeous yarn!)

  6. Congratulations on your quarter of blogging!

  7. Well done on your achievements. You have grown really quickly! Well done on finishing Avast. I can't wait to see it in it's zippered glory!

  8. Congratulations on your 3 month blogiversary Paula. That must mean mine is coming up too! Looking forward to seeing Mr Rights Avast in all is finished glory :-) ♥

    P.S. The yarn looks yummy!

  9. Happy 3 monthsary!
    It sure looks like a great yarn. The color is gorgeous!

  10. Congratulations on your bloggy success!

  11. Happy 3-month blogaversary! I love the color you chose for your vest, can't wait to see pics of the FO!

  12. Congratulations! I hope I'm still blogging in three years :D

  13. Your Avast looks lovely. Congrats on three months. Thanks for the giveaway.

    knitterofhats on Rav

  14. Congrats on three years! Isn't blogging just so much fun?!

  15. Happy Blogiversary :) Great looking angora yarn too...

  16. Happy Anniversary!!! I've enjoyed the read.

  17. Happy blogiversary! the Angora lokks really yummy! Thanks for the contest. Debbie in Alaska

  18. happy 3 month anniversary:) i've been out of the loop...need to take a peek and see your finished avast! the color of your giveaway yarn is Very Nice:)