Peaceful Knitter Almanac

I can hardly believe it’s already been three years since I started this blog.  That’s three years of knitting, writing about knitting, photographing my knitting, attending knitting-related events, meeting fellow knitters, and buying yarn for more knitting.  Wow.

This is more than a hobby or craft to me.  In a very real sense, this blog (and knitting specifically), have been a creative lifeline for me over these past few years.  Life inevitably throws us plenty of adventures and challenges, and through it all I have had the constant companion of yarn and needles.  Chaotic, confusing times just beg to be tamed with the order of a soothing new project.  Vacations love to be commemorated with a skein of souvenir yarn.  New babies, birthdays, and holidays are all great reasons to roll around in your yarn stash and come out with something beautiful to knit for those you love.

Writing this blog has touched my life in a profound way.  I am so thankful to have had the inspiration and courage to write that first blog post, and to keep knitting through all the ups and downs of the past three years.  You have been so supportive and encouraging of my writing and knitting projects, and while I keep this space mainly for myself, I have to admit that has been deeply meaningful.  Thank you; I hope you’ll stick around and see what happens in Peaceful Knitter-land in the future.

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To celebrate three years in the blogging business and to thank you for your support, I have collected some goodies to share:

Knit Picks Options needle set, Mini Mochi yarn, ceramic shawl pin, project bag

Enter to win this great giveaway by sharing why you knit, write about knitting, or read knitting blogs.

Leave your comment on this post by midnight, November 14th for a chance to win.

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Thank you so much for taking time out of your life to share in my knitting adventures.  If you’d like to follow me down memory lane, check out my very first blog post here.

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37 thoughts on “Peaceful Knitter Almanac

  1. What a wonderful group of goodies! I started reading knitting blogs about a year and a half ago. I had just started using twitter and in reading profiles of various peeps I would find their blogs. I also found some while doing google searches for yarns and patterns. Before I knew it I was hooked and following blogs from knitters in Australia (Bells) as well as finding out what a rich resource there is right here in Oregon.
    I started writing my own blog last March, partly as a way to deal with some personal frustration, and partly to see if anybody out there was interested in what I had to say.
    There is such a loving community out there will to share life and knitting. It is WONDERFUL!

  2. Knitting for me is partly for sanity, partly for my creative side and partly an excuse for spinning; if you knit, then you need yarn.
    I also love knowing that I made the items that my family are wearing; well at least the boys and I are wearing. DH wears larger sizes so I haven’t tackled a jersey for him yet.
    I love reading knitting blogs for inspiration, I belong to Ravelry for the same reason; the international knitting community is friendly which is great.
    I blog myself, about a mix of knitting and family stuff.

  3. I learned to knit at a young age, but from the first pregnancy 6 years ago already, I’am kniting for my little baby. In those moments at home internet search and found a community of weavers who gathered for coffee and knitting. Since then I have not stopped, I opened my blog inspired by a good friend (4 years) and how great it was to discover Raverly. Not to mention the amount of blogs I follow and I use Google Reader to see updates. It really is my passion and love will continue to deliver on every point I’m kniting through this life.
    Greetings and hugs from Chile.

  4. Congrats on three years of blogging!

    I love discovering new knitting blogs…and checking out the blog rolls on my favourite blogs is a great way to discover new ones 😀 It’s a great way to find like minded people who are always willing to recommend patterns, yarns, needles etc and share their finished projects!

  5. Love all the goodies! I started my own knitting blog a few months ago after reading several other blogs. Most day I write about knitting and the ups and downs associated with sticks and string. Sometimes it’s just random thoughts.
    I love all the help others bloggers are willing to give. I get inspiration every day!

  6. For the last little while, knitting has become my life. It creates a sense of normality, and keeps me busy when everything else seems to be confusing. Everynight and now, every luchtime, I am knitting. I have also joined a knitting circle, which has really enthused me to improve.
    I read knitting blogs now very regularly – looking for new ideas, new patterns, and the different yarns that are available. But also, more and more I want to read to find out what is happening in their lives, and how their knitting affects them each day.
    My plan is to get writing my own knitting blog, but at the moment that is taking away from my knittting time!!
    Congratulations on your 3 yr anniversary of your blog!! And keep crafting, your pieces are an inspiration to me – there will soon be lots of babies in Scotland dressed like pb!!
    xx

  7. three years! Great milestone. I loved going back to your first post. ‘they let you talk about knitting as much you want.’ So true. Blogging for me came out of our local SnB. I met people there with ‘cool websites’ as a recall saying back then. Then I wanted to join in. It’s truly become a form of expression for me and I enjoy it so much. And like you, the knitting, the writing, the distraction has proved therapeutic in difficult times. A world away from the sadness or difficulty, i get to just focus on the good stuff.

    I’ve really loved getting to know you through the blog. thanks for sharing!

    ps cute baby. 🙂

  8. i knit to relax and make homemade treats for my loved ones. i love that when you knit in public your fingers’ busy work sparks interesting conversation.

    thank you for sharing your knitting progress…it is great to see others’ projects…and i love seeing photos of adorable pb as she grows…

    i hope you are enjoying your new home as you grow new roots.

    happy knitting!
    L.

  9. Why do I knit? I randomly purchased my first set of knitting needles on September 8, 2001 (yes I remember the day). Everyone around me was crocheting, but I wanted to try something different. I started knitting and I realized that it was something that I did well. I had tried many other crafts, but knitting just clicked. Now I find the process of finishing a project therepeutic. I know that I knitted scarf or shawl can bring comfort, and a knitted gift can bring joy. Then of course there are the projects that I knit for myself that I jsut love.

    Why do I read blogs? I started reading them to learn, then I used them for inspiration, now I consider some of the bloggers friends.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences, your projects, and your family with us through the years.

  10. Congrats on three years! I’m just past two myself. : ) I like blogging because I like to keep a chronicle of my crafts. My Rav notebook is great, but it’s just knitting and crochet, and I do a lot more crafts than that. As for why I knit? So I don’t kill people? More realistically, it’s because I like hats and sweaters and I like keeping my hands busy. Without knitting, I’d just be doodling, and with knitting, I get socks at the end instead of a page of scribbles. : )

  11. I knit because it makes me feel whole inside. Giving people gifts ive put so much work and love into is such a wonderful felling! When i knit it really calms my spirit! I love reading other peoples blogs and following them through their knit-journey!

  12. Congratulations on three years, Sonia. I read a few blogs for inspiration and I knit because it makes me feel productive, gives me peace (or antagonizes me, depending on how the project is going!) and because it is a labor of love. Needlework is like breathing to me. It is a necessity in my life, balance for all the stuff I have to do (and there is far too much of that.) I have sewn, quilted, done counted cross stitch, and knitted for as far back as I can remember. As they say “Just the other side of boredom lies creativity.” I guess I was a pretty bored kid!

  13. I knit to keep my sanity, to keep others warm and wrapped in love, to make a little extra money here and there. I write about knitting because I was inspired by so many other bloggers. I read knitting blogs for that amazing inspiration of so many more experienced, more creative, just “more” than me people. I am constantly challenged to be the best I can be by reading from others like you. Thanks for blogging. 🙂

  14. Congrats on the anniversary.

    I picked up knitting shortly after I moved to Ohio after grad school for my first *real* job. Being able to just come home and do whatever I wanted was a bit of a shock after all those years of school. Plus, without a lof of friends in the new town (at the time) I really needed something to do. Now I knit because it’s a great creative outlet for someone who’s not particularly creative.

    I’m a sporadic knit blogger, but I love reading other knitters blogs because it’s simply the best source of inspiration. Without the online knitting community, I certainly would have never actually learned how to knit or found Ravelry and its endless supply of pattern and yarn combinations. I’m so glad I’ve found this world.

  15. I enjoy using my hands to create. When I was 18, (about 30 years ago!) I was the victim of a drunk driver. My left arm was totally paralyzed. I worked many long and difficult hours to regain movement in my arm and especially my hand. One of my therapy preferences was crocheting. I later taught myself to knit. It’s still therapy for me; not only physical but emotional. There’s something about creating something and seeing someone else enjoy it well enough to wear it! It’s a great feeling. I’ll be knitting as long as I have needles and yarn. 🙂 I read blogs because I like to see others’ creativity. I sometimes get ideas and inspiration from other knitters/crocheters to try something different. I enjoy seeing new and pretty yarns and tools. And reading about the joy that others get from knitting and gifting.
    Congratulations on three years of blogging! The giveaway to celebrate is such a kind gesture. I enjoy your blog and love the name of it. That’s what drew me to first start reading it. 🙂

  16. Happy anniversary!

    I knit because it makes me happy. I’ve been knitting for a long time, but it wasn’t until I started blogging about it that I became obsessed with it. Perhaps because the blog requires new knitting adventures to write about? I really love the community that exists through knitting blogs, and it’s especially wonderful when we get to meet in real life, too.

    Knit on!

  17. I knit because it has such tangible results. I’m always learning by knitting. Also, I haz teh crazee. Knitting takes the edge off. (See also: my dog, wine, buproprion). The day I realized I could knit without looking and thus watch subtitled movies while knitting was RED LETTER!

    I read so many knitting blogs, that knitting blogs have their own folder in my bookmarks. I love how so many knitters who’ve been at it a lot longer than I have make the same dumb mistakes I make. It is interesting how much room for difference there is in the directions our knittng passions stretch. Sock people! Lace people! Dishcloth people! Naturally, I rely on the really dedicated stashers to illustrate to my husband how much more yarn I could have.

  18. Congratulations, Sonia!

    I got back into knitting to deal with my grief over losing my MIL to pancreatic cancer, though it was mostly loom knitting (Knifty Knitter) at that point. I made hat after hat on my knitting loom and it helped out a lot.

    I didn’t get into blogging until I joined our (New Haven) SnB. It seems like all the cool kids were doing it, so what the heck?! I’m glad I stuck with it because it’s brought me closer to my knitting friends, both in real life and through my blog.

    I do have to admit, though, that if I somehow win your contest, I will be donating the needle set to someone in the RAK group on Ravelry since I already have that set. 🙂

  19. Who would not what to get there hands on one of those gifts?;)

    I started to crochet and knit when my sister got her first baby, my first niece, and I wanted to give her something nice and personal. After that I was hooked! Its relaxing, creative, challenging and can be sooo beautiful, I’m a sucker for beautiful thinks:P Knit-blogging is the perfect way to get inspiration for new projects, get help with tricky patterns and show the world what all the hard work have resulted in;)

    Its good for all of us that you kept on blogging!:) I found your blog just a few months ago but its one of my favorites, a good mix of personal posts and beautiful knitting! Congratulations and keep up the good work!

  20. Congratulations on three years of blogging! I think I have read most of the last three years.
    I knit because, like you, it gets me through everything that life throws at me, My needles are a constant in my ever changing life, they’ve seen me through big moves, marriage, personal challenges, motherhood and back again. Unfortunately writing about knitting dried up around the time that motherhood happened, funny that.
    I love reading blogs still, that notion that I’m not alone with my knitting, ever. Not to mention some fab people I’ve ‘met’ accross oceans and timezones, knitting really does enrich my life.
    Congratulations again! Looking forward to ‘sharing’ the next few years of motherhood and knitting with you.

  21. Can’t dance, can’t sing, can hammer a nail in – crooked, can’t cook, can’t (won’t) keep house, can touch a plant and watch it instantly wither, can’t draw/paint/sketch/doodle but can make “artistic” stains on my favorite clothes. And I can knit, and design the garments I knit, and dye yarn, and I’m going to master drop spindling someday. I need this outlet. Everything in your prize package is lovely, thanks for the giveaway. Congrats on three years blogging, it really changes your life, doesn’t it?

  22. For me, knitting is like a project-here and there, little bits and pieces come together over time and produce something wonderful.

  23. Oh wow, what an amazing and generous giveaway!

    I knit for several reasons. First of all, I love that I can take what is essentially a ball of string and make it into something beautiful. I also love that by knitting, I can essentially have whatever garment/etc I want. For example, if I find a sweater that I love the look of in the store, maybe the sleeves are too short, the torso is too long, it doesn’t come in a color I want, or it’s made of a material I don’t like. If I find a sweater pattern that I love, I can find yarn in the color and materials that I want, and make the sweater exactly the way that I want it- with the sleeves the length I want, the torso the length I want, etc. Last but not least, I hate sitting still and unproductive- knitting allows me to keep my hands busy and thus I’m less fidgety.

    I blog/write about knitting because I like to keep a record of my knitting, and to share it with others.

    I read knitting blogs because I love seeing what other people make, reading about their difficulties/solutions/triumphs/etc, and I get to see so many great projects that I want to make, too! It’s fun reading about people that like the same stuff I do!

  24. Three years, wow! That is awesome! I haven’t even made it to the three month mark, and with our coming move (flying on Dec. 2) the posts in month three are probably going to be pretty sparse.

    I read your first post and the need to connect with other knitters is part of why I started blogging too. It’s amazing how we can have dear friends who listen to us divulge our passion for knitting, yet it never rubs off on them. LOL.

    Also, I really enjoy my forays into designing and want to connect with other knitters to share those endeavors. All in all, I never thought I would blog, but I do enjoy it.

    Your blog is one of my favorites, so keep on blogging (and knitting)!

  25. I can hardly believe it has been 3 years…Congratulations!!!! I love reading your blog and all the comments. It’s nice for me that I have gotten to meet a few of your knitting friends, that helps me feel even more connected to you. I am so very proud of you and all your accomplishments. Keep up the good works. XOXOX

  26. I started knitting when I was pregnant with my son two years ago, I think it might have been a nesting instinct. I am kind of crazy about it now. There is something so satisfying about using primitive tools to transform string into a piece of art, that is more than something to hang on the wall and admire, but something that will keep your loved one warm and is stylish to boot.

    I read knitting related blogs because I am obsessed. If I could own sheep I would.

  27. I knit because I love to create things – it is amazing what you can create out of what is basically two pointy sticks! I am also a bit obsessive-compulsive and knitting has opened a whole knew world for me to get obsessive about! My stash is ever growing – as even though I have more than enough yarn, I always buy more for my next project!

    I enjoy reading knitting blogs as I love to find out what other people are making, things they have learned and their inspirations – so I can share in that new knowledge and find some inspiration myself. I love how your blog is not just about finished projects – you always add new finds, write about your beautiful daughter and life in general – interspersed with knitting of course 🙂 I “met” you on ravelry in one of the forums (well sort of) and started to read your blog since we were going through the same things and it was really helpful for me to realise there was a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

    So keep blogging, so I can keep reading! Congrats on reaching three years, that is pretty amazing in today’s world!

  28. I love to knit, and I love reading your blog! It always inspires me, and we both have young daughters; it’s fun watching PB growing up!

    I knit because I like making things. I make architecture (because it’s my job) and I make knitted things (because it’s my meditation) and I make food (because I love for food to taste good, even though like a lot of people, there are foods I can’t eat). I write about making all these things, because somehow, if only in my own mind, they’re all connected. I write about my daughter because she’s in the process of making herself, and it’s so much fun watching her grow up. Also she’s the recipient of so much of the food and the knitting.

    Congratulations on three years! Looking forward to many more!

  29. I knit to relax and to challenge myself (sometimes I can meet both these goals with the same project, but other times I need to have more than one on the go).

  30. I love reading all the different blogs on knitting. I live in a small country town in south Australia. I have to get all my inspiration and supplies from the internet because there in no craft shops here. I have just got my first order from Knit picks in America , I had to get my pen friend to send it on to me because they don’t send out of country. I have lots of time to knit because i have 5 prolapsed disc in my back from my job nursing disabled children and young adults . I now have to depend on my husband to care for me, I am lucky he is wonderful . I see your blog has been going three years i started my blog last month and have been supprized by how many people have visited it in just a month

  31. I”ve been crocheting and knitting since childhood, and I think the yarn is as big an attraction as the knitting itself, because of all the fabulous colors it brings into my house. Even a small stash can be like a work of art, one that is constantly evoloving as the skeins move in and out. I think if I didn’t have this I’d have to paintthe walls, or get new cushions and drapes every few weeks.

  32. Wow – the goodies! It is my blogiversary on Sunday and I’m totally going to have to up my game 🙂

    Congratulations on your blogiversary. It is always a pleasure to read your blog – thank you!

  33. Happy Anniversary and to many many more! I started blogging several years after I started knitting (though I was reading blogs – I remember reading the Yarn Harlot specifically) and then it seemed like a good idea to keep track of my projects. Over the years it has proven to be a great reference for me – for yarns, for projects, for life events, and now for the Lorax. I love the blogging community – there is so much inspiration out there!

  34. I love reading other people’s knitting blogs. It’s fun to see the different yarn and pattern combinations out there. I love blogs that aren’t just about the knitting because it lets you take a peek into someone else’s life for a moment.

    Plus, I have no babies to knit for but baby knits are the cutest things in the world.

  35. Congratulations!! Three years is a huge milestone 🙂

    I discovered knitting blogs during Blogtoberfest last year! I hadn’t realised the wealth of conversation and discussion about real-life knitting that was out there before that. Now it seems completely obvious that OF COURSE there’s lots of knitter-bloggers out there, and they often have really interesting things to say!

    I read knitting blogs because I love finding out about new (to me) patterns that I might try, to be inspired by some of the amazing things that people make, to be challenged to move out of my knitterly comfort zone. I also really enjoy process posts because they help me learn. I enjoy FO posts, too, but the process posts are often educational. They’ve also opened my eyes to the possibilities of yarn (and subsequently my excitement about knitting). Mainstream yarn in Australia is quite homogenous – mainly DK with some fingering weight, though the colour options in fingering weight are often limited to traditional pastel baby colours. Bleurgh. I’ve loved learning about other yarn weights, and really enjoyed discovering the world of hand dyed yarn! Thankfully the number of good hand dyers is increasing in Oz, especially if you know where to look. And postage from the US is manageable at the moment!!

    I blog about knitting (among other things) because I’m fascinated by the process, and the discovery of new techniques. Like you, most of my friends aren’t as interested in it as me, so talking too much about it might bore them to death! I also find that I get useful tips from commenters if I’m doing something particularly daft or overcomplicating things 😉 Knit-blogland is a lovely community to be part of!

  36. Awesome giveaway! I enjoy knitting because it is great way to relax and create beautiful things. I have found my blog is a great way to keep track of my various crafting projects and day to day activities, exploring the world of knitting blogs has provided me with endless inspiration. Perhaps, sometimes too much inspiration!

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