I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! A big thank you to everyone who Instagrammed, Tweeted, Facebooked and commented on my anniversary post – I read each and every one and they are wonderful!

Quite a few of you said you would like to see me blog more – and I will try. I worry about talking about the same thing too much, but I guess here I will add more commentary and more story to the quick pictures I post elsewhere. :o)

Speaking of pictures…I do have a couple that I haven’t shared anywhere else. R received a package in the mail the other day – this is rare, I’m usually the one to get fun packages (with YARN in them, get your minds out of the gutter ;op) and you can see how happy he is to get something that’s for him in this pic:

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Look! A dimple, even! What was in the package?


A nice warm slouchy hat knit for him by our Cookie! Love! It even matches his eyes ;o) He’s barely taken it off since – it’s kind of awesome :o)

So you guys probably aren’t here just for the hat…right? You want to know who won, too! Okay then!

I put all of the entries into a spreadsheet and did the random number thing – and here are the winners!

Winner #1:

and Winner #2:

Congrats to you both!! Emails will be going out to both of you in the morning!! (it’s 1am here…no email from me will make any sense right now.)

Also, speaking of the shop (each winner now can apply a $25 credit to a bag of their choice in my shop) – now that I’ve fixed what I broke on Friday (yeah. It was A Weekend.) there will be a shop update at 4pm Monday!

Here's a teaser of 2 new prints for my next update! I managed to break my shop yesterday while changing a bit of code and didn't find out until today...which means the shop update will be Monday! (I'll also be posting the prize winners from my blog contes

Thank you again for all of your comments, tweets, facebook posts and instagram reposts – you guys all helped make my 10th blogaversary awesome!



I’ve been staring at that title for ten minutes. Because I don’t really know what to say.

This week is my 10 year blog anniversary – 10 years since I posted this post that started it all. However, last year I only posted three times. 3. Can you say you’ve been blogging for 10 years when you only posted 3 times (and 2 were posts about your 9 year anniversary) during the past year? This is my conundrum.

I post so much on Instagram and Facebook (and Twitter gets my IG auto-posts) that posting here is an afterthought. I think about it and then I’m like…why bother? How many times do people really want to hear about my latest knitting project or cross stitch (I’m cross stitching again, by the way) or how many socks I cranked on a Sunday afternoon (since my boss finally gives me 1 day a week off). I don’t want to flood social media and make you all sick of me. So I don’t post here.

I know I should. Maybe I should post here when I finish a project and put all of the IG pics in one spot? At least then I’d have a record…oh wait, I have Ravelry for that.

Maybe I should post about my shows and getting ready for them etc. …but wait, do you guys really want to hear about how I was sewing for 14 hours a day and RR was ironing and cutting interfacing?

How much navel-gazing can one introverted, slightly shy girl do, anyway?

Sigh.

Here’s another reason I don’t update much – I began this post, my computer locked up, I had to scan it then install 25 (!) updates. I dug out my iPad keyboard, installed the WordPress app and…it wouldn’t let me log in. SO now I’m typing this on my iPad in the browser hoping nothing crashes before it saves my draft while my desktop is on update 7 of 25. I’m ready to smash something.

 

so ANYWAY….

 

Since it is an anniversary of me reserving jessaluknits.com and writing a post…I’m going to do my usual Hobbit birthday-esque don’t-give-me-a-gift-I’ll-give-you-one if you comment you have a chance to win something thing. ;o)  and if you tell your friends and they mention you in the comment, you get another chance. Tweets get 1 chance plus if you are mentioned, a second chance. Let’s keep the tweets to 3 per day though, ok? Spaced out nicely throughout the day, too, not all posted at once. ;o)

Up first! $25 towards the bag of your choice from my shop! If we get to 50 comments, I’ll add a second prize drawing! We went over the 50 mark so there will be 2 drawings for $25 towards the bag of your choice!

Currently making zipper pulls for this pile -these will be heading out to Minds Eye Yarns in Cambridge, MA today! #stitchedbyjessalu #projectbags #handmade

 

Comments are now closed! Thank you everyone! Winners posted  in my 2/23/2015 blog post – good luck!



I posted a photo on my Instagram and Facebook when I first got this tattoo at the end of July but didn’t really go into the thought behind my new tattoo – and I need to post to my blog more often since I don’t really feel like a blogger anymore because I seem to only post on my anniversary and holidays. I like blogging, but Instagram is just soooo easy!

Anyway, this post is about my new tattoo and not my laziness ;o)

This year marks 10 years that I have been a part of the fiber community so I decided to get a new tattoo that will remind me of my love of all things wooly – there are a few people who also have been wool marked so I wanted to put my own spin on things. I went with Woolmark ‘Gold':
10 years with wool in my life = marked by wool  #tattoo @leftylucille #hudsonrivertattoo

I chose the location so I can see this tattoo and my wrist bee while I’m knitting ;o) I had a bit of angst regarding this tat, but I finally came to the realization that the only ink that I have that will ever be truly individual is my SbJL bee since that was designed for me (by my friend Heather – check out her new yarn and designs while you’re over there!) and is my trademark so it can’t be copied.

Anyway, I love my new addition to my tattoo collection and yes, I’m already thinking about what I want next!



Thank you all for all of your wonderful comments on my blogiversary post! Quite a few were from old blogging friends and quite a few were from new ones which helped me remember why I began blogging in the first place! There aren’t any knitting groups near me (by ‘near’ I mean, within a 20 min drive) so when I began knitting, I reached out to the internet to create a virtual knitting group. I’m going to try to post and keep you in my loop – but please don’t hate me if I blog about show prep a LOT during the months of April, May, September and October. Deal? ;o)

So! Winners! We have two! I used my handy-dandy number thingy on my phone (yes that’s an official name, at least in my head), input how many comments were on the post (92!) and hit the go button:

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Comment #49 is:

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Cdnbull! Congrats!!

Now for winner #2:

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 oops it looks like I received email at the same time I took the screenshot! oh well, comment #8 is the winner:

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Sara! Congrats!!

Congratulations to both winners, I’ve sent them both emails to let them know that they’ve won!

Thanks again to everyone who left a comment, I have more knitting to share and a field trip coming up this weekend to SPA so I’ll be back soon!



Nine years ago, I jumped into the blogging world with this post. What followed has been an amazing journey of making new friends, learning new things and expanding my horizons to include a new craft-based business, better photography and being very picky about what kind of yarn and fiber I buy.

I wouldn’t have traded a second of it for anything.

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What I’d like to do is celebrate the past nine years with a giveaway – leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner from them early next week for either a skein of my handspun yarn or $25 off a shop purchase. Tell your friends because if I get enough comments, I’ll make that two (or more) winners!

ETA: Okay, we’ve hit 50 comments, there will be two prizes! Winners will choose between a skein of my handspun yarn or $25 off of a shop purchase!

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Brickless

What’s in the photos, you ask? This is my newly-off-the-needles Brickless shawl!

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I’ve wanted one for a while, I love the way it drapes! The pattern calls for worsted weight but I used DK and a slightly smaller needle

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I love it.

Details can be found on my Ravelry Project Page

Don’t forget to comment to be entered into the drawing – I’ll be closing the comments on Sunday night (Feb. 23) then drawing for a winner (or winners) on Monday!

ETA: Comments are closed! I’ll be drawing a winner today and posting tomorrow – thank you all for playing! :o)



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