Comments are now closed for the giveaway – thank you to everyone who participated!  I will be pulling winners for the five prizes over the weekend and posting the winners on Monday, February 22.  Have  a great weekend and good luck!  ~jess

Five Years

725 Posts

An uncountable number of friends.

Thank you.

I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share my fiber life with you all for five years – it doesn’t seem that long since time flies when you’re having fun – but when I started this blog

I was a new knitter

I had never spun anything, ever, and had no intention to do so (thanks, Carole, for the arm twisting, btw.)

Dobby was a Freshman in High School

R and I had just started talking about getting married…someday.

I only had one dog…and I think we had a hamster?

I thought the only place I could buy yarn was Joanns and Michaels (I know!)

I hadn’t had even one thought that anyone would ever want to buy anything that I made.

I took horrific pictures.  Truly terrible ones.  It’s a wonder some of you kept coming back!


I’ve been knitting for over five years, spinning for four, Dobby has graduated High School and moved on to her own apartment (good thing because I needed the room for my stash *cough*), R and I are engaged and getting married in the fall, we have two dogs (no hamster) and I now know that I can get really awesome yarn from really awesome people and a boatload of really awesome people have purchased something I made with my own two hands (and a really cool sewing machine).  Also, thanks be to bob, I am a little better at taking pictures.

Thank you so much for making this journey with me.  I wouldn’t have kept blogging if it weren’t for you guys who take the time to leave comments (because, in case you hadn’t already guessed, I’m a bit of a comment whore *ahem*)  I’m so glad that I have made it to this milestone that I am going to be giving away not one, not two, not three or four but FIVE prizes in this little contest I have cooked up.  It’s REALLY simple:

Comment here, you get a chance to win.

Send people here, you get another chance to win.  One for every person who said you sent them, in fact.

Tweet about my contest, with a link, you get yet another chance to win. (you can tweet up to three SIX!! times throughout today and tomorrow, just not more than once per hour.  You’ll get a chance for each tweet – please tag with #sbjl or mention me (@jessalu) so I can see them!)

Link in FaceBook for another chance!

There you go!  Want to know what you’re playing for?  Two of the prizes are Gift Certificates to my shop for your choice of one bag.

New Prints for February

For the third prize, my friend Scout has let me offer up a skein of exclusive Scouts Swag club yarn:

The fourth prize will be a pair of socks I knit for you on my CSM.  I will provide the yarn and the CSM, you provide an idea of your favorite colors and your shoe size.

The fifth prize will be a $25 gift certificate to the Loopy Ewe!

Contest closes at Midnight on Friday night (so those of you who want to post on their blogs but see this late on Thursday, have another day to get a post up), I will pull winners over the weekend and post them on Monday.  ETA: I wanted to mention that these are five separate prizes so you have five different chances to win – sorry for any confusion!

There you have it, I hope you find one of those prizes worth a comment!  ;o)

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271 thoughts on “Five…

  1. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!

    I am so glad we found each other. Life is so much more fun with you in it. (Even more now that I know what you sound like. :D) Just think where you’ll be in another 5 years.

    (Now I’m going to be wondering what happened to that hamster all day. :p)

    .-= Cookie´s last blog post …Slightly Socky =-.

  2. Barbara M. says:

    5 years is really an accomplishment. Congratulations! (By the way, Margene sent me, but I would have gotten here myself, just not as quickly!)

  3. Ann says:

    Greetings from a one time lurker on Cookie’s blog. :-)

    I have been here before in ‘lurk mode’ but thought I’d appear as me and say…..
    Congrats and Well Done! on your fifth blogversary.

    Heres to the next five.

  4. Barb Reeves says:

    Good Job Jess!! :) So glad we re-connected in the grocery line oh so many years ago. I look forward to reading your blog every day before going off to work at you-know-where! Thanks for the fun pix and good read!

  5. Brenda says:

    You’ve come a long way in 5 years (haven’t we all!). Congrats. I read about on Margene’s and Carole’s blogs, so I don’t really know who sent me.

  6. What would my knitting life be without my camping Jessalu bag? I’m so glad we’ve become virtual friends…I hope we can meet up someday soon:)

    MY 5 year is in March….

    And I am sending peeps your way!
    .-= Kate´s last blog post …South Beachers! =-.

  7. Cyndi says:

    Okay so Margene sent me over…..This is the first time I have visited your blog but it won’t be the last. The photography is beautiful!!! Congrats on five years! I will be back.

  8. Five years! Who knew how far any of would come in five years. How many friends we have made and met face to face, how many miles traveled and knit and how many posts we have created that keep us all here. It’s phenomenal to be here with you, Jess! Congrats.
    .-= margene´s last blog post …Blue-tifully Blue =-.

  9. Cathy says:

    Congrats!!! I orginally found your blog by way of Zeneedle a year ago; and have since purchased 3 of your bags. Keep up the good work. I love my bag and so did the recipients, especially my granddaughter.

  10. 5 years! Congrats! Whoever wins the bags will be very happy. Mine has become kind of a security blanket. As long as I have it with me, and yarn in it of course, I’m content. :)

    And I suppose I (grudgingly) have to give Tina another chance(to beat me out) at winning cause I came here from her link on facebook. :)
    .-= Chris´s last blog post …Cat and Rabbit, Oh My =-.

  11. Hey, congratulations on your 5th anniversary! I’m within days of my 3rd. Isn’t it wonderful the friends you find through your blog that you’d never have found otherwise? Congrats!

  12. Hey, congratulations on your 5th anniversary! I’m within days of my 3rd. Isn’t it wonderful the friends you find through your blog that you’d never have found otherwise? Congrats! BTW, Cookie sent me.

  13. Julia in St. Paul says:

    Margene sent me to wish you a hearty congratulations on your first 5 years. Here’s to many more!

  14. Manise says:

    Congratulations Jessalu and Happy Blogiversary! You have accomplished a lot! Raising my glass to you and wishing you much happiness and success over the next 5 years.

  15. Congrats on 5 years – it’s quite an accomplishment! I’m glad you are thanking me about the spinning and not blaming me. Ahem. (get it? a hem?)
    Anyway, great prizes, great contest, great job on your blog!
    .-= Carole´s last blog post …Valentine Sugar Cookies =-.

  16. Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary! I’m so happy to have met you at Cynthia’s (And yes, I actually met you in PERSON before reading your blog. How often does that happen?) Okay – I have to go now and Tweet and Facebook about you!!! Good luck for the next 5 years – hope your talent and joy keeps growing!
    .-= Tamara´s last blog post …Is the Cheering for Me???? =-.

  17. Melynda says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I truly appreciate all of the bloggers who have become my virtual knitting group. BTW, I arrived here via Carole’s blog today.

  18. Margene sent me, but I read your blog anyway, so I was coming by. I don’t comment much. Mostly because of spinning envy. You are amazing. Happy 5th! Is that the wood anniversary? Tin??
    .-= CindyCindy´s last blog post …I miss…….. =-.

  19. Laura says:

    Congratulations!! I love blogs that frequently have knitting on them so i’m eager to be hooked on another. I was reading Carole’s blog this morning and she said to check out yours and say Carole sent me!

  20. Jessi,
    Congats on 5 years!..That’s quite a story and milestone!
    I’m happy to say I’m the owner of one of your special are several of my knitting friends..We’re sort of the “monkey crew”
    oh..and Margene sent me here..but I’d have found you on FB..Again..Congrats and good luck with your upcoming wedding and your ongoing business.

  21. Maria says:

    Congrats on five years! Tina Martinez sent me to your blog. And one of these days I WILL dig out the dragonfly fabric to send to you to make me a bag!
    Congrats again. Hope I’ll see you at WOOL again this year!

  22. Congratulations!!! Five years just boggles the mind, doesn’t it? I’m on the cusp of six — and I’m still not over it. (I must also mention Margene.)
    ; )
    .-= Vicki´s last blog post …A day off =-.

  23. Congratulations! Five years and so much change!
    I read about your event over on Margene’s blog (Zeneedle), so please give her the credit.

  24. Lise says:

    Margene sent me here to wish you a Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for your generosity, and Happy Knitting (and Spinning) too.

  25. elaine says:

    isn’t it amazing what can happen in five years? life is WILD!

    congrats on your first five…here’s to many more!

  26. Robby says:

    First things first, Carole of Carole Knits sent me. I don’t make it here often, but I swing by your shop now and again to drool. Congratulations on 5 years, that’s like forever in blog-years.

  27. Margene sent me…..luv your blog, just added it to my reader……I’m getting married in the Fall too (October) Congrats!….I reeeaaaalllly luv the Harlem Renaissance yarn……Happy Blogiversary!
    .-= Chante´s last blog post …Dirty Little Secrets =-.

  28. Gerri says:

    Congrats! Impressive list of accomplishments for only five years!

    Norma sent me. She didn’t say so, but I’m sure if she wins she’d really like me to have the prize. ;-)

  29. Linda S says:

    Congratulations on five years! Cookie and Margene both sent me here this morning. I love reading your blog.

  30. Cynthia says:

    Oh, good heavens. If I knew more than a handful of bloggers anymore, I’d send over as many as I could. Those are some sweet prizes.

    My real point though, is that I’m so glad you’re blogging, so glad I met you, and so glad you’re still blogging at a time when most *cough* me *cough* have abandoned it. Congratulations and MUAH! And I hope to see you at the spring festivals this year.

  31. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations!! Your pictures are beautiful and it makes me want to start spinning EVEN more.

    (I was informed to say Norma sent me).

  32. Jenny Bennett says:

    Yeah for 5 yrs!!!!!:) A little birdie named Carole sent me. I love finding (new to me) blogs about knitting/spinning!! I have my list that I visit every day, and I just added you to it. I’m so excited!! PS.-I LOVE your sewn bags! Cute!!

  33. Yours has always been one of my very favorite blogs to read! I love seeing your creations and reading about your doings. Best of all has been meeting you IRL!

    Happy blogiversary! xxxx
    .-= Beverly´s last blog post …Answers 17/28 =-.

  34. Melissa says:

    Congrats on 5! I’m new to your blog and I love your creativity! I’ve got one of your bags on my wish list!

  35. I just found your site, as suggested by Norma. 5 years of knitting, spinning & blogging is quite the accomplishment! I look forward to getting to know you through your blog. Cheers to you!

  36. Jason says:

    Hi! Your work is beautiful! I would love the chance to win something you made. :D Chris from Stumbling Over Chaos sent me.


  37. linda-kay says:

    Hi – congratulations! Your blog is great. I stopped by because Margene at Zeneedle mentioned you but I’ll be back. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  38. Sunnyknitter says:

    Norma sent me over to wish you happy blogiversary! (And apparently remind me to check out your bags again.) Hope you have another wonderful year ahead of you! Now I’m off to Facebook and Tweet.

  39. Great blog and your bags look so nice! Saw this mentioned on Caroleknits blog! Congrats on keeping up with your blog. I haven’t updated mine in ages! :-)

  40. I’ve already won one of your gorgeous bags (it sits beside my computer at home where it makes me happy every time I see it), so don’t enter me in the contest.

    But I did want to tell you happy anniversary and that I truly enjoy your blog.
    .-= Sarah R´s last blog post …The Finishing Touch =-.

  41. sassyspins says:

    Heard about you from StumblingOverChaos. A belated welcome to the wonderful world of knitting and spinning.

  42. Janice in Camas says:

    Five years! Yay! Norma, Margene, Cookie, and Carole all sent me here, but they didn’t really need to since I’m here all the time anyway — even though I don’t comment that much, sorry. And I’m so happy to be one of the lucky/smart ones who’s bought something you made — LOVE my box bag! Looking forward to the next five.

  43. Five Years, Congratulations! What a milestone. I have visited many times, but Margene did send me today. I love your bags. Happy Blogiversary!!!

  44. Susan says:

    Congratulations! It has certainly been a great five years for you: so much learned, so much accomplished, and loving relationships, too. Margene/Zeneedle sent me to your blog. I hope I have a chance to win! Good luck for the next 5 yrs.

  45. Beth says:

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging, and also on all the progress you’ve made as a knitter and spinner! I’m impressed, and it gives me hope that I’ll be to that point someday.

  46. Congratulations!!! Norma sent me via Facebook and her blog. Does that mean she gets two more chances?
    I hope to get my blog up this year. I’m a terrible procrastinator. Actually, I’m a terrific procrastinator.

  47. congratulations on the 5 years – I saw a reference to the blog over on Stumbling Over Chaos (though I would have come around for a visit anyway, I might not have made it in time).
    .-= CatieP´s last blog post …Blocking =-.

  48. Jessica says:

    Congratulations! I was sent by both Cookie and Margene… it’s amazing how much your life can change in small increments.. that become big when you look back on them.

  49. Paulette says:

    Just found your blog through Carole. Congrats on 5 years!! That’s quite an accomplishment! Love the bags you create! Your yarn is beautiful! I’ll be back more often now~

  50. Joan in Reno says:

    Hi, I got the retweet from “Norma and 4 others” so I thought I would enter. Congrats on 5 years. I think I bought on of your bags a while back, too. It is lovely.

  51. Carol says:

    I saw the link to your blog on Norma’s blog. Lovely bags and very nice blog! Congrats on the 5 years – and I wish you another 5 great ones!

  52. One Sheep says:

    Congrats on five years blogging, from a five time loser. I just can’t seem to get started, so I am totally in awe of your accomplishments.

    Please enter me in your giveaway (Wow, those are beautiful prizes!). I came here from Kitten With A Whiplash’s blog.

  53. Kristy says:

    Your blog is lovely! Congratulations on five years of fiber fun, and thank you for sharing. Margene sent me here!

  54. Karyn says:

    Congratulations on 5 fulfilling years. I love your bags – I have three but I covet more daily. Keep up the good work. K :)

  55. Michelle says:

    Happy blogiversary! Five years is forever in blog terms! Carole sent me, but only because she’s right before you on the feed ;)

  56. Trista says:

    I love hearing about how your life has changed over the 5 years of blogging. It sounds like you have many blessings! I’m here because I saw your blog link on Margene’s Zen Needle blog, so I want to give her another chance to win something great! Nice prizes by the way. I would be thrilled to win one, but I will also enjoy joining your readers list.

  57. Pat says:

    Carole sent me…but I would have come anyway. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. I always enjoy your posts.

  58. Susan J says:

    I think that any of the prizes is worth a comment – especially love thos bags! Congratulations on your 5 years. (Gale Z. sent me – I’m addicting to knitting blogs and am glad to have found yours!)

  59. Doris says:

    Congratulations on all those accomplishments! And I am one of your happy “bag ladies”. I already visit here, but Norma made me come here right now.

  60. Jodi S. says:

    I haven’t known you that long, but I enjoy talking with you about your craft(s)/lifestyle, etc., and I have gotten so much valuable info from you as well…not to mention the delicious Jessalu bag!! And I very much enjoy reading your blog!

  61. (Wow, this is a lot of contest entries!)

    Congrats on the blogiversary! I think I’ll go tweet it too, and I’m supposed to mention that Chris of Stumbling over Chaos sent me…
    .-= Nicole´s last blog post …Olympic Goals =-.

  62. yvonne says:

    What a milestone – takes mucho commitment to keep posts going for 5 years! My luck is zero when it comes to these contests but I’m full of admiration for you committed bloggers – looking forward to more!

  63. Happy blogiversary, Jess! I can’t believe it’s been five years already. (And can’t believe I’ve been blogging a month longer than you. Thank God, my photos have improved, too.)

    And yes, tweeted about your contest!

  64. Wendy says:

    Congrats Jess. Harriet sent me over here from Facebook. I am really glad that I have met you and get to read all of interesting topics on your blog. Keep Going!!!

  65. Diane H K says:

    I’m a newer reader. I bought a robot-themed bag at the fiber event in Brattleboro late last year. LOVE the bag! Congratulations on your bloggish milestone.

  66. Wow, 188 comments! Yes, Carole sent me. She will win everything, but maybe it will distract her from her pee-noo-menia. Happy blogiversary! It’s been a great time for sure.

  67. Debby says:

    Congratulations! I’m a new reader, but I’m looking forward to the next five years of your posts and projects.

  68. Katie Faulk says:

    Amy Darcie sent me and those are the cutest knitting bags. Course, I am a sucker for anything pink or covered in hearts and/ or Chocolate.

  69. Congratulations on your 5th blogiversary. 5 years of bloging. time sure flys by when you are having fun and I am sure you will have many more. She shoots sheep shots sent me Jean

  70. Rorra says:

    Happy 5th! I love your blog and really look forward to your posts. I hadn’t read your blog from the beginning so I just thought that you were always this fabulous! ;)

  71. The Amazing Margene sent me over…I am an occasional reader and for that matter an occasional blogger and I understand that five years is to be admired and celebrated! So CELEBRATE!
    .-= Betsy´s last blog post …Mittens Finished! =-.

  72. Debshepknits says:

    Congratulations! Your work is amazing! As for who sent me? Carol Knits, ZeNeedle, Norma, Cookie. Here’s to another five years!

  73. regina says:

    Congrats! Five years is a long time to be blogging, especially in the age of Ravelry when so many folks have stopped. Happy knitting and spinning! PS: Margene sent me.

  74. Helen says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! To be fair I read about your contest first on Norma’s blog. Then Carole and finally Cookie.

  75. Congrats on 5 years! Carole sent me, but she said she wants me to have all her prizes if you pick her name…(hehe, just kidding. Don’t tell her I said that.)

    And your tweets from last night were HYSTERICAL! I wish I were watching while reading your comments. I went to bed at 9pm though. Funny to wake up to this morning. :)

  76. Barbara S says:

    Hi..congrats on 5 years of blogging…I can’t even imagine that, not having ventured into blogland myself. Your box bags are very cute. I came over here from Zeneedle.

  77. Brit says:

    Margene sent me, and I’m so glad she did. Congratulations on FIVE years of blogging! You’re an inspiration to those of us still in the ‘maybe someday….’ phase.

  78. Stephanie says:

    Congrats on the blogging milestone! Margene directed me here (though I’m sure she doesn’t know it), and I like the blog! You’re being added to my feed. :)

  79. JJ says:

    Congrats! May you have many more years of happy fibering and blogging….from @gender_rebel, sent by @shakay13z, @LauraMFernandez

  80. colleen says:

    Hi Jessalu. Margene from Zeneedle sent me. Congratulations on your anniversary. I have one of your bags and I love it! Best of luck. Colleen

  81. Fracksmom says:

    WOW a blogger and knitter for 5 years

    The indigomouse sent me here, I will go and retweet, you have awesome prizes

    Congrats again, and many more years of knitting success

  82. Dear one, I want to congratulate you on your blog anniversary! I know it can be challenging to keep a blog but you do so with great creativity! Thanks for having the contest, how generous of you! I just crawled out of bed to sign up and place you on my facebook, fibersofgrace.
    find me on under halalsilks and see my
    videos at
    I have my spin/knit blog at
    Your photos by the way are So clear, and it is EXTREMELY Generous of you to offer the contest.
    have a sweet and blessed day,
    grace in VT
    .-= grace in VT´s last blog post …Knitting, Crochet Help the Brain!! CBS News =-.

  83. Congratulations on your blogeversary! If you were to wander over to my blog, you would realize how much I honor and revere someone who blogs for this long and with so many posts! I must be a stealth blogger – most of my posts are either still in my head or in my camera!

    All the best – and keep on blogging, not to mention knitting and sewing and spinning and…!
    .-= Karen Lauterwasser´s last blog post …So you don’t miss the tandem… =-.

  84. Maureen says:

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary – what a wonderful accomplishment! Wishing you many more happy knitting years!
    Margene sent me – I just found your blog and enjoy it very much…thanks for sharing!

  85. Barbara says:

    congratulations on the anniversary, I heard about you from Zeneedle’s blog. May you have a wonderful wedding and many more blog years.

  86. Diane S. says:

    Congratulations on everything! You know I think you are amazing and deserve all the best life has to offer!
    I’m just so grateful I can call you my friend!

  87. kathleen says:

    Got here from Margene’s blog. I don’t care whether I win or not–I was just thinking today that I would like a new sock project bag–and here you have so many beautiful ones to choose from.


  88. CaroleP (ohio says:

    Hi – Margene, Carole, Norma,I know there is someone else……sent me. I have read your blog but not regularly – you’re on my list now. Congrats on your 725 posts. That’s dedication.
    I’ll be back!

  89. Joyce in NH says:

    Margene (Zeneedle) sent me your way, and I’m really impressed! Congratulations on so many posts, and so much growth! You are an inspiration!

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