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Twelve

Wow. Twelve years of blogging (or, of owning jessaluknits.com, since I’ve lapsed the past few years). I’m so grateful for all of the friends I have made through blogging, knitting, spinning and sewing. Thank you all for sticking with me for so long! (I’m also super happy to have a record of my daughter’s awkward teen years to hold over her head…it’s how I show my love ;op )

So let’s celebrate! I like to celebrate blog anniversaries and birthdays like the Hobbits do – don’t give me a gift, I give the gifts!

Comment on this post and you’ll earn a chance to win a bag (or $26 off a larger bag) from my shop! If you tweet/Instagram/facebook/blog and let your friends know, and they mention you in their comment here, you get another chance to win! (and who knows, I might go all crazy and give a prize to the person with the most name mention entries just because ;) ) Let’s use the hashtag #JessaLu12Years to keep things organized – if you have a private IG/twitter/fb account and I don’t follow you, keep in mind I won’t be able to see your posts, so come back here to let me know you’ve posted!

Also, I’ll be adding prizes when we hit comment milestones – the first one is 50 – once we get to 50 comments, I’ll add a Gale’s Art sock blank to the prize pile!

Also, let’s keep the twitter stuff to a dull roar, ok? spread them out and 3x/day minimum – this contest will be open until Monday night to give everyone at Stitches and Spa a chance to enter when they get back to checking online ;)

Good luck!

ETA: Contest is now closed! Thanks for  playing! I’ll be drawing a winner and posting it later this week!



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Ten.

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!



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Winners!

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!



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