It all started with a Stitch N Bitch book and a pair of size 8 and nine needles.
I made little things then like small cell phone cozies or pouches for my mom to keep her rosary in.I made a scarf for my boyfriend (which he still has and is so tattered now... ahh love) and a few other small knits but didn't truly explode until I found the knit blogs.
It was summer and I was searching the Internet trying to find the address of a LYS called Handknits. In my Google search however I came across a knitting blog - and what an opener to have to the blogisphere: good ol' Cara from January One. I remember thinking at the time at how cool this was and was shocked that they actually left each other comments. I vaguely remember what Cara posted that day but I know I just felt compelled to leave a comment not really thinking she was going to email me back... and she did!
I started a blog that August and oh the places it has taken me. I went through a huge "what do I want this blog to be about and why am I doing this" phase as we all do and still re-visit that often. I changed my name about a year ago to Tentenknits from Minor Obsessions as I just felt it sounded better. I've met some fabulous other knitters and bloggers am excited to continue to meet and know some truly amazing people! I know I've become a better and skilled knitter because of the experience.
Having a blog is such a new experience. I've always kept journals growing up but those were mostly stream of conscience writing where one sentence to the next had nothing to do with each other. I probably described my latest crush or what kind of food I felt like eating that night. Total and utter jibberish! Having a blog means you actually have an audience (albet it might be one or two) and you must try to make sense!
I consider myself a not to shabby writer with a passion to be a really great writer (and knitter, and photographer... we all want it all sometimes, no?) My whole formal education was surrounded around the idea that I wanted to be a journalist. However, it's pretty obvious at times that I am not a master of grammar. I had found one of my old standardized testing scores (9th grade) and while I was a kick ass reader (99th percentile!) I was terrible at the language arts (79! oops). It is a skill though which I feel like I am improving with each post. (sometimes with a little help of a bottle of red).
And my knitting - wow. It's amazing to look back and see the difference from one project to the next. It's a blur to me now the point at which I decided to go from knitting scarves to socks and lace. When my confidence to make myself a sweater came through in full swing and now I feel ready to tackle anything.
New project to help ween me back to the office hours.
I truly am so grateful for all the readers I have as I recognize there are thousands upon thousands of blogs out there to visit and you've decided to pop by mine! (WOO HOO!) I hope you get inspired by what you read and see as I've been inspired by so many of you! I too am humbled by your wonderful words and comments and I look forward to seeing what the next year of blogging and knitting and dreaming will bring.