Nine years, y’all.

Today marks my 9 year blogiversary! It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing it this long, yet the time has also passed so swiftly that I’m shocked by that as well. I started this blog around the time I began my master’s degree in the fall of 2006. At first the posts were erratic, and often not even related to knitting. I mean, c’mon. My second blog post was about a trip to Chicago and I didn’t even visit a yarn store on that trip. That’s kid stuff. These days I’m sniffing out the yarn stores and reading reviews for them as soon as I plan to leave. Take a look at my first stash post. There are many days when I wish it was that cute and manageable, but I cherish the yarns that I’ve kept over the years, so much so that I can hardly let myself knit them because they feel too special. stash1If you look closely you can tell that some of the Koigu (front and center) in this stash circa 2013 is also present in my very first stash picture circa 2006 (shown on left below). stashI can attest that most of it is still there. Perhaps I should just knit it already. I keep thinking I’m going to make a sock yarn blanket and I should hoard all of the Koigu. The sock yarn stash is always growing and shrinking, but it’s always been my favorite as that’s the area where I have the wildest colorways and some of the softest buttery merino and cashmere yarns.

Around January 2010 I made my first design, Bibbity Bobbity. I quickly made a second one the following month, with Zooey. If you’re a frequent reader you’ll likely notice that’s also the name of my first daughter. In February 2010 I got my first SLR camera, and while the pictures were still pretty rough, that’s when I began to be more serious about trying to take decent pictures of my knitted loves.

In August 2011 I got lucky and this post was featured on the WordPress Freshly Pressed page and I got a bunch of new readers all at once. I also published Wasabi Cowl, a free pattern that became very popular for awhile. That kept me motivated to keep focusing on my blog and to try to make it better. Following this I began to try to post about twice a week or more. Sometimes I make that happen, but sometimes I blink my eyes and 1/3 of the month has gone by without a post.

As time keeps flowing on very swiftly I plan to keep this blog alive, even if just to have a part of my life that I’ve documented consistently in some way, even when it can seem like a quite narcissistic endeavor. I’ve never been successful at keeping a diary, but perhaps blogging lets my extroverted side enjoy the interaction enough to keep me going as I meet new knitters through blogging and Ravelry interactions. I’ve blogged through a divorce, two degrees, a new marriage, and new parenting. Knitting and documenting it can keep me moored when my life is a sea of chaos and constant movement. I love to look back over the evolution of my crafting life, and I want to keep creating, always.

Thanks for reading.

28 thoughts on “Nine years, y’all.

  1. Lovely post. Great snippets of past blogs – i remember seeing the Wasabi cowl on Ravelry, and I love the stash 1 pic too! You may have inspired me to put a little pic of part of my stash on my blog soon ,…… I say part because I am way too embarassed to show anyone how much yarn I have – and actually it almost scares me .

  2. Thank you for continuing this blog, in spite of how busy you must be these days! It is one of the first knitting blogs I found, and continues to be one of my favorites. You always inspire me with your knits, and I have enjoyed seeing your family grow. I look forward to following your posts for a long while yet ( I hope?)

  3. Happy Blogiversary – very inspiring words, especially for those of us on the early path of blogging and still getting to know what it’s all about! And the stash piccies are amazing – such beautiful yarn! I know what you mean about keeping some for best… I’ve got several lovelies that I don’t know what to do with because they are so beautiful as they are! Here’s to many more years of your lovely blog🙂

  4. happy blogoversary! It’s such an amazing journey, and thanks for sharing a look back. to many more years of blogging to come!

  5. Happy blogiversary🙂 Thank you for sharing this slice of life with us, it’s always a pleasure to read your blog! I wish you all the success you deserve in the next year, both in the craft world and outside of it🙂

  6. Congrats on the milestone, Cassy! I’ve totally fallen off the blogging bandwaggon myself, and I was just thinking recently about how much I miss it – as a way of expressing myself, as a way of recording little bits of my life, and as a way of connecting with others, of course. Though I don’t comment as much as I used to, I am still a very faithful follower! Here’s to 9 more years!🙂

  7. Congratulations! I have had a great time living vicariously through all your sweaters, seeing your sock designs evolve, and of course, cooing over the pictures of your sweet little girls! Thank you for sharing your knitting life.

  8. Congratulations on your blogiversary. That is quite an achievement. And thanks for the cowl pattern. I have a granddaughter who loves to spin “wild” batts but we were stumped for patterns for the resultant yarn. The wasabi cowl will be perfect

  9. Happy blogiversary. I always love to look back at blogs and see how much they’ve changed and grown through the years. Keep up the blogging, and start that sock yarn blanket!🙂

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