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Happy Blogaversary!

Hello blogging friends! Today my blog is 10 years old! Yep! 10 years ago today I started this little blog to document my cross stitch, knittng, crocheting and whatever else I have been up to. I have really enjoyed it and have met so many wonderful people from all over the world. Yesterday I spent a lot of time looking at my older blog posts and reading the most wonderful, loving, supportive, encouraging and sweet comments. I thank each and every one of you who has visited my blog. I also thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. I read each and everyone and love hearing about what you have been up to, also. I look forward to many more years of blog posts and sharing my love of crafting with you ❤

So, what have I been up to? The past couple of months have been a rollercoaster of emotions and I have immersed myself into crafting and cleaning and more crafting. I won’t bore you with the details, but in the coming days I will share with you what I have been crafting. Today I will start with what I am knitting.

First up, the Liva cardigan. Yes, I am still working on it and I can happily say that I am into the final stretch with this garment!


This chaos is the reason I have been slowed down on this project. Double Pointed Needles! They are not my friends. This is sleeve one, and I did get through it. With many starts. FYI: When the pattern says to end the yarn after stitching up the side, but not to cut the yarn…cut the yarn. I tried several times to get the sleeve going on the DPN’s and every time I ended back at the beginning of the round, I had a long length of yarn between the stitches. Now I have knitted with DPN’s many times and I just couldn’t figure out what in the heck was going on. After about the 7th try, I cut the yarn and started with a new length and what a miracle! I had no problems. So I won’t be doing that again. But I made it through and then knitted the right side. And then it was time for sleeve 2.

sleeve number 2

Sleeve 2 went much easier and much quicker, but I am still not a fan of Double Pointed needles. I will be learning magic loop before I have to deal with them again.

Garter stitch

I have added the hem and am now knitting the collar and front bands. I have about 1 1/2″ done. About another 4 1/2″ of mindless, soothing knitting in between the sections of the Fairy Correspondence Mystery Knit Along from Softyarn Designs that I have started.

A Mystery Knitalong
Yummy Yarns

I have chosen these yarns for my mystery shawl. The purples are Bonjour and Tour de France from Jilly & Kiddles and the pink is Ishtar from AJHC Wools. I am loving these colors! The Knitalong started this past Monday, but you can still join if you want to get in on the fun. You can find it on Ravelry and if decide to knit this, don’t forget to join the group on Ravelry and get in on the chat. With this knitalong, we could sign up to write an actual letter to someone else that has signed up. Lena matched people up and our first correspondence is due in the mail today. Mine went out yesterday and I can’t wait to hear back from my “knitting pen pal”. So here is my start on the mystery shawl.

Fairy Correspondence shawl start

I am loving my color choices with this first section of the shawl. My little pink flowers look a little wonky, so I am calling them Fairy Dust. Maybe they will look better once it is washed and blocked. Section 2 comes out later today and I can’t wait to get back to knitting on this.

So that is what I have been knitting on. What are you working on today?

19 thoughts on “Happy Blogaversary!

  1. Congrats on 10 years! Happy Blogaversary!
    Your shawls are so very pretty with gorgeous yarns.
    I am stitching a piece by With Thy Needle & Thread, & loving it!


    1. Thank you, Marilyn, for the blogaversary wishes and the sweet comments about my shawls and yarn choices. I do enjoy knitting a good shawl 😉

      I am not sure I know of any patterns by With Thy Needle & Thread. I will have to look them up.


  2. Happy blogaversary! I really love those colors in you’re using for your cardigan and can’t wait to see it finished. Great color choice for your shawl too! I’m still working on my handspun shawl, maybe I will get it finished soon 😊


    1. Thank you, Tina. Hopefully the universe will allow us both to finish our projects. I am so anxious to get my cardigan done. I am worried that my calculations are wrong and it won’t fit the way I had planned. Fingers crossed it will fit right.

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      1. I have a soft spot for anything purple/lilac ^^ Also forgot to congratulate you on knitting sleeves with DPNs. As you know, I’ve begun socks, and felt really awkward with my DPNs to start with, but I’m feeling quite comfortable with them now. It’s all about getting used to something different, really.

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  3. Happy blogaversary, Ginny! The cardigan looks so soft and yummy! I too find magic loop much easier than DPNs, but I think the fabric turns out more uniform with DPNs. (I’ll still stick to magic loop though.) Your color choices are awesome–both for the cardigan and the shawl.


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