Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A 1,000 Posts! And It's My Birthday, Too!

And Best of All for you, dear reader—a Blog Give Away!

I started this blog with good intentions—and hoped one day to have a reader or two. I have been blessed with hundreds of readers. So its only fitting as I reach this milestone, I reward my readers, new and old.

I've always thought of myself as a writer, and have written technical manuals, and short columns for small magazines, but this blog is the most consistent, longest running work I have done. I not only think of myself as a writer, I AM a WRITER.

1000 posts in 6 years averages about one post every 3 days for the past 6 years—but in reality, at first, my post were inconsistent, and there were gaps of weeks and days between postings.  

This past year, (actually the last eighteen months or so) I have tried especially diligently to post 5 times a week—most often Monday to Friday; occasionally when I miss a weekday post, I'll  fill in on the weekend. Daily or near daily posts, month in and month out. It's work, (not that I get paid for it) but it's work I like.

I like reading blogs, too—and the blogs I like best are the ones that are most frequently updated. I hope that you like my effort. (I am guessing you do!)

This past month, I have worked hard to make these two days (my birthday and my 1000 post) coincide. It's a birthday present to myself to reach this milestone.  (It's also somewhat of a milestone of birthdays—I am Year of the Dragon in the Asian astrology—so it could be I am 12—or 24, or 36. Or another  multiple of 12—could it be I am turning 72, or 84, or 96.. I'm not saying, but it's a big deal of day.)

And my present to you dear readers-- Well, it's not with out work on your part.
  1. Post a link to this blog -TODAY-on your blog or your favorite knitting forum or networking site and mention this give away. (NOT on the big 6 of Ravelry though).
  1. Post a comment on this blog and mention where you've posted your link.
  1. Wish me a happy birthday, too, when you post.
First Prize
Your reward? You'll be entered in a raffle to one of 4 great prizes.  You'll have 1 extra day to post--and to wish belated birthday greetings. 

And then its done!  A fast contest--just 2 days to post a link and make a comment. And be sure to check back when I post winners later this week--so you can claim your prize.

Second Prize
First: A deluxe project bag, complete with needles, sock yarn, a matching  notions bag—filled with notions, like a tape measure, a folding scissor, and other notions and bonuses.

Second: A project bag, with needles, and sock yarn, and some notions.

Third: A book in a box (Wendy Johnson's Socks from the Toe Up), sock yarn and needles.

Third Prize 
Fourth: A hank of white sock yarn, a small plastic pan for a dye pot, and 2 sets of food coloring for dye matter, so you can make your own hand painted sock color way.
I always have fun dyeing my own sock yarn (I'll tuck in a pair of disposable non latex gloves, too) 

Well that's how I think of them, but the first place winner gets first choice, and second place winner get to pick from remaining choices, and so on (The fourth place gets what ever hasn't been chosen.) 

Fourth Prize 

The first place winner also gets first choice of the sock yarns (Deborah Norville's (50% merino, 25 Bamboo, 25% nylon), or Paton's Kroy, or Lion Brand Sock Ease) and the needles  (2 Inox circs, or 3 Susan Bates circ's, or a set of Clover DPN's)  that they would like in their kit. The 3rd place winner gets what ever hasn't been chosen.

Each prize is, I think, first quality. And there are lots of patterns for sock and small shawl made from sock yarn, that even the non sock knitters will be happy.

It's a 2 day only contest—so get started!


Judy said...

Well, Happy Birthday Helen! And wow, a thousand posts! Congratulations!

I wish whomever enters the contest the best of luck!

ania65 on Ravelry said...

Happy Birthday Helen! 36, huh? That is a big birthday! And congrats on your 1000th blog!
Posted link on Twitter.

Fleur said...

Hi Helen,

Happy birthday! I think 1000 blog posts is quite something. And what a wonderful giveaway are you hosting, the stuff looks lovely!

On RAV I invited my friends of our group/forum to take part in it. Of course I wish them the best, but I would like it better if not all of them take part: more chances for me to win these goodies ;-)

You can find my notification about it here: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/wish-upon-a-star/1980734/226-250#242.

Have a nice day all! Ciao, Fleur (Fleurtje-Eliza on Ravelry)

mlb said...

Happy birthday, and best wishes for a wonderful, happy, healthy year!

I posted a note about this generous giveaway on Rav in the Wool-Aid group. The folks there knit heavy warm sweaters, vests, socks, mittens, etc. to send to needy children in the coldest parts of the world, and I thought they might like the chance to win a treat for themselves.

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Helen! I'm not a frequent commenter, but I read all your blog posts. :)

Anonymous said...

(that is, "A Very Happy Birthday with love from Pooh" (or Kangath, as the case may be)). I linked to your post at Knitted Bliss.
Rav ID: kangath

Unknown said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, hope you have a GREAT day!!

I posted on FB for my stitching friends.

LizzieK8 said...

Happy Birthday, Helen! Hope you have a fibery great day!

P.S. FB and Pinterst

twistedsistah said...

Happy Birthday! (you should be getting presents, not giving them away...lol) I enjoy reading your blog posts.

I posted about your contest on Knitters Paradise (http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-78335-1.html#1445243)

Anonymous said...

Orinskye: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love the one labeled third place, I am always on the lookout for books

Barb said...

Happy Birthday and 1000 postings are great. First time I'm visiting your blog.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday and congrats on the 1000 posts!

Your blog has long been an inspiration for me in both productivity and creativity.


Margo said...

1000 Happy Birthday wishes. I retweeted Marijo's tweet. http://bit.ly/K4mFpy

zippiknits.....sometimes said...

Happy Birthday to the Birthday Grrrl!

This is a lovely post and I will have to come back to read it. Ceramics day!

Wishing you Wonderful Birthday and no one deserves that wish more!

Kabira said...

Happy Birthday 2-Yew! I am a Dragonista also - and also don't need to mention what multiple of 12 I'm marking in a few days. Have a wondrous celebration!

Linked to you blog on Ravelry - portland metro area ravelers group

Kabira said...

well, I guess name/url sign in is more or less anonymous - I thought they'd ask me for an e-mail address

I'll try Google

Femmy said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Have a good one

Posted about it here: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/this-is-what-a-feminist-knits-like

Soyun Park said...


Happy birthday to you!!
I am dragon, too! :)

How awesome that you have 1000th posting. I really admire you. I've just renewed my blog and it's been never easy to keep giving lots of love and care to it.

I hope you enjoy writing even more and have lots of fun out of it.


Connie K. said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Linked to your blog on Ravelry group ----- Contestants - Enter Here. Thanks for the giveaway!

greyowl60 at yahoo dot com

RedEmma said...

Happy birthday! You don't know it, but you taught me how to double-knit! (I learned by reading your posts.) I hope you have a very merry day.

ctbab said...

Happy Birthday, and Congratulations! 1000 posts is a notable accomplishment. I just discovered your blog. (Posted on FB.)

Knitmish on Ravelry said...

Hi, congratulations and happy birthday!! I have invited people on FB to come and check out your blog and giveaway. I have posted it so the public could see it, so if I did it right, you should be able to see the post here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002547984847

Hope you had a great day, and many thanks for this wonderful giveaway :)

florapie said...

Happy Birthday Helen! I couldn't believe nobody had been here from the Knittyboard yet, so I pointed them in this direction. Thanks for your blog-I love your blog for the sheer volume of knowledge it contains-I know that means you're older than 12 :)

Atomic Hottie said...

Happy Birthday and wishing you many more blog posts in the future! Posted a birthday wish for you on my blog at: http://projectthong.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday!!

Posted a link on my Facebook page

zippiknits.....sometimes said...

I came back to read the post in full, and found you're lovely prizes. I've linked to your post on my blog this morning. Thank you for all you've done to keep me knitting! A KAL starts today, and my rekindled mojo plus all the stuff goes with me to my sister's so I can knit there.

I'm not sure what Year is mine on the Calendar, maybe the Horse? I'll go check. Such fun!

amchart said...

Happy Birthday, Helen! What a treat to find your blog. I posted in the Giveaways Everywhere Ravelry group. amchart on Rav

Kenyetta said...

Happy Birthday!!

LGesin said...

Happy birthday! So impressed that you've been blogging for so long. I tweeted the giveaway and started a thread on in my podcast's group on ravelry here.

jwgh said...

Happy birthday! I posted about this on my knitting group's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/17629716707/

I heard about your blog and the giveaway from lgesin of Blog Like It's The End Of The World!

Beth W. said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it was a wonderful one.

Thanks for the fun. I posted a link on Facebook!

PJ said...

I just came over from ZippiKnits and thought it apropos for Golden Oasis to wish Golden Apples a very happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

I tweeted (https://twitter.com/#!/cmouse01/status/197762337220997121) and will post later to my blog (but I don't have a link yet).

Anonymous said...

Ack! I forgot to wish you a wonderful, Happy Birthday!

knitterlydesigns said...

Congrats & Happy Birthday! What lovely prize packages too.

knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

jarofmayo said...

Happy birthday Helen! Hope you had a wonderful day =D

And I posted your blog on my google plus! =D I don't have a facebook.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

Happy Birthday! Congratulations on your 1000th post.

Dori R. Blacker said...

Happy Birthday. What a lovely gesture. I posted a link to your blog on my facebook

Jjlrdomom said...

Happy belated birthday to you!!!!! It was also my parents' 47th anniversary...a day of celebrating!

You can view a post about it on my blog at Heart of a Handmaiden (http://handmaidensheart.blogspot.com/2012/05/i-was-reading-about-knitting-giveaway.html)

danielle said...

Happy happy birthday! and happy 1000th post! I am going to post a link onto facebook - hopefully you will get a lot of birthday wishes!

K said...

Have a very, merry birthday!

Posted on FB

Knitandgo said...

Hi, I'm PJ
Happy Birthday Helen!!I posted a link to your blog on my sidebar blog:

Lisaknits said...

I posted my link on FB Rav Id lasknit2

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I you are a needle work person here is a chance to win. http://golden-apples.blogspot.com/2012/05/1000-posts-and-its-my-birthday-too.html

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Lisaknits said...

Oh ....Have a super Happy Days after Birthday

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! what a wonderful way to celebrate with all of us.

kittycatheart on rav.