Friday, February 17, 2006
Tomorrow marks this blog's one year anniversary. I can't believe I've been blogging for a year. When I started this blog, we had just moved into our new home, my youngest had just turned 6 months, and I was getting sleep and into the swing of things. I was beginning to feel a bit more like myself. As I came out of the haze of my youngest's early infancy, and had waded through the last of the real estate stuff, it began to sink in that I was now a SAHM. I had left my teaching position at the end of the previous school year, but between 3rd trimester pregnancy, selling and buying a house, and no sleep due to round the clock feedings, I hadn't really given much thought to it. Now I began to think about it. Some things that I realized that I needed were a sense of community, and something that would get my thoughts down on paper. Anyone who knows me, knows that I always like having things to do. I'm not a good idle person, although lately I'm beginning to see the charm of a lazy afternoon. Knitting really helped with this as it gave me a relaxing task to do when I had a moment. Knitting at home gave me the something to do, but didn't give me the community aspect. I had been reading blogs for some time and enjoying them. The thought occured to me that I could blog too, and thus maybe be a small part of a larger community that I enjoyed. I could participate in the conversation as it were. So I signed up for a blogger account and started writing. A year later I've made some friends, and expanded my blog reading. I enjoy updating my blog and adding to the sidebar. I join (too many) KAL's and swaps. I really feel like I craft and create along with all of you. Now my off line life has gotten significantly busier due to my children's school commitments. I can only imagine that life will continue to be busy. In a few years I plan to return to the classroom as well. I feel at home in front of a classroom of teenagers. Strange but true, I know. But I think I will always carry this experience of blogging, both writing and reading, as a charmed part of my life, even if I decide one day to stop blogging and write in a journal instead or join a local knitting group. Well enough about my musings on my last blogging year, onto the contest!! In celebration of this blog's first year anniversary, I thought we'd brainstorm a little about good music to listen to while knitting. Now I have very eclectic musical tastes. I can and will listen to all genres from folk to reggae, country to heavy metal, rap to alternative. What I listen to often changes with my mood, or what I'm doing. I can listen to Metallica when I go out running, but Bach is better when I'm trying to relax with a glass of wine. So what 3 songs do you think would be perfect to knit to? Send your three song nominations for "the best songs to knit to" to craftylilly AT hotmail DOT com by next Friday, February 24th 7PM PST. I will pick a winner randomly. The winner will receive 2 skeins (400 yds total) of Treasure Island Cotton Handpaint by White Lies Designs (87% cotton, 10% nylon, 3% rayon) in a lovely tropical color mix. I will also compile all the responses and make a posting of all the songs suggested. Dig into those music collections!