06 July 2012

I almost forgot!

I'm blaming sleep deprivation on this one - stupid people with fireworks.  Anywho, shall I tell you what I forgot yesterday?  Okay, sit tight...

IT WAS MY 2ND BLOGGIVERSARY!

It's true and it passed without fanfare because I fell asleep at different points throughout the day and finally gave up the ghost when I woke up in my chair, having missed Act Three of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" that I had gotten off of Netflix.  It was just after 10 p.m. so the post never got written.  It was going to be a good one too - full of reflection and introspection.  I know that a lot of bloggers will write their posts ahead of time, and there have been times when I do too, but 98% of the time my posts are real time - some are pre-coffee time and that's always scary.

So what was I going to do for my second anniversary post, besides look back... I was going to have a fabulous giveaway.  Awww shucks, right... no worries - we'll still do it!  The beautiful Ruth from Rock + Purl and the gorgeous Carrie from Irish Girlie Knits are supplying the presents this year too.  Aren't they fabulous?  If you've not wandered over there in all this time you've known me, wander now.  I've linked up their blogs to make it easier.

I love these two designers - they are both heroes of mine because of their creative genius.  One lives in the city of my dreams and creates the most ethereal pieces.  She gives me courage to always follow my heart and reminds me that the journey is just as rewarding as the end result. One is a kindred spirit who brings me comfort and reassures my faith in the beauty of simplicity and family.  These two women may not know it but collectively, they gave me the courage to even attempt to design knitwear.  I am nowhere near as talented as Ruth or Carrie but they inspire me daily to always try something new... and I know they will inspire you too.

Radiant Ruth is giving away a copy of her pattern "Glacial" and a copy of her pattern "After Five Sweater".  Aren't they gorgeous!  In order to give some love back to her, be sure to "like" her Facebook page and tell her hello from both of us because I know she'd love to hear from you.  Don't forget to tell me in the comments - what is your favorite design from Ruth?  She has 26 spectacular items in her Ravelry store to choose from so take a gander and share you findings.

Captivating Carrie is donating two patterns as well - but the winner of each will get to chose!  She has 29 delicious items to decide from in her Ravelry store so take a gander and do the impossible - tell me your favorite in the comments.  I have such a hard time narrowing it down to just one and they change daily.  Today though, I'm crushing on her "Raindrops on Roses" and "Comfort Food" - how about you?

So there you go - my gift to you on my 2nd bloggiversary.  791 posts later and still going strong!  I'll leave this giveaway running until 12 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 13th so we can bring a little luck to the day.  I'll announce the winner that morning in my weekly "Weekend Wonderment" post.  I can't wait to see what patterns from these two extraordinary women y'all fall in love with - because I know it's impossible to pick just one!

Good luck everyone!

31 comments:

  1. Congrats! I have not been here from the beginning but I have so enjoyed 'meeting' you!
    Lets see, from Ruths list I really like Chambourcin....and from Carrie's I initially fell for Lilliana, but them was quite taken by Summer Wind!

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    1. See, it is hard to chose just one, isn't it... lol.

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  2. So hard to chose! From Carrie I love Sweet Baby Kate and from Ruth I love Anchored

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  3. Happy Bloggiversary! What a special way to celebrate - and to let us celebrate with you!
    My favorites are the 'Paseo' from Ruth - love the details! and I'm seriously in love with 'Dancette' by Carrie - I have a baby blanket to make and I'm trying to figure out if I could somehow make that into a square because that would be perfect.
    lindaran (on Rav)

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  4. From Ruth, I love the pattern "Moore." And from Carrie I think "Comfort Food" is adorable. Happy 2nd Bloggiversary!

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  5. Hurrah for two years! I am getting close to one now, which is exciting.

    I will vote for Capitola and Anchored.

    Molly : )

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  6. My favs are Ricardo and Merrily. thanks!

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  7. I like Vitamin C from Ruth and Holbrook from Carrie.
    Congratulations on your 2nd blogiversary!!!!

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  8. 2 years and you blog regularly and everything. I can never figure out what to talk about ^^ Love your blog.

    My favorites are Sinuous by Ruth, I've had these queued forever and Blackberry Bramble by Carrie, which I just found today and fell in love with.

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  9. Congrats on your BLOGGIVERSARY!

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    1. You didn't choose... come on, I know you can whittle it down to one or two... please. You can't win if you don't chose.

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  10. I didn't know about your blog, but now I have to spend some days to catch up.
    Did you know that Carrie has a pattern called Honey Badger? That's so cool!

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    1. I'm so glad to have you here - by the way, you can't win if I don't know who you are. I'm guessing you're one of my Honey cete mates though ;o)

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  11. Happy Anniversary!
    It's tough to choose - they both have fun patterns! From Rock & Purl, I really like the After Five Sweater and Anchored, and from Irish Girlie Knits, I like Lilianna!

    p.s. In case you know multiple Heather's, I should tell you it's Heather78!

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  12. Happy blogiversary! Your enthusiasm for design sure is infectious :)

    Irish Girlie Knits' "Burst" pattern has a gorgeous original lace design that makes me want to knit another pair of socks. I've also faved her "Honeybadger" sock pattern.

    Rock and Purl's "Chambourcin" is divine! I love that it comes in a range of sizes, and it'd be an ideal layering piece that's warm but not too warm - perfect for mild Texas winters.

    Thank you for the heads up on these awesome designers.

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  13. I came over from Ravelry. I love Ruth's pattern Caramel. I agree the Raindrops on Roses is adorable.
    lotsofhermies on Rav

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  14. Congrats! Now I have a new blog to add to my reader :)

    Ok favs...Rocio from Rock & Purl and Holbrook from Irish Girlie...and of course Honey Badger because that's us!

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  15. Happy blogiversary!

    I had fun browsing both designers' patterns. My favorites would be Glacial and from Carrie the Honey Badger Socks (of course!).

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  16. Funny, I didn't know we were choosing, but I chose Anchored and Dancette. Now carefully tagged in my favorites for elise, just in case I don't win!

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  17. My favorite of Ruth's patterns is the Heartstring scarf. My favorite of Carrie's is Dancette.

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  18. Awww...such a sweet post, thank you for the compliment! Congratulations on your 2 years of blogging and here's to many more! Big hugs!!

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  19. I said hello to Ruth from 'us' and love her Invierno blanket. From Carrie I like Holbrook and Fine Fella.

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  20. A very happy BLOGGIVERSARY to you! I love Ruth's Heartstrings and Carrie's Honey Bunches is super cute!

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  21. Hi! Thanks for inviting the Simply Notable Ravelry group to your blog! And congrats on your bloggiversary! What amazing designers you've profiled in your post--they are both new to me. After drooling over their pattern listings, I've narrowed my favorites down to Ruth's Chambourcin and Carrie's Dear Baby Francis. Continued blissful blogging!

    Tutorgal

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  22. Congratulations on your bloggiversary! I'm a regular reader at Irish Girlie Knits, and I stop by here when she links to you. Thanks for doing this contest - both women have wonderful designing talent. From Ruth's collection, I would say the Campana scarf is my favorite. I love all of Carrie's shawls and cowls, but for purposes of this contest, I'll pick the Merrily cowl as my favorite. I'm suelknits on Ravelry (in case I win!)

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  23. I love honey bunches and dotty from Carrie and after five and anchored from Ruth. Happy blog birthday!

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  24. I love Ruth's Caramel pattern and Carrie's Raindrops on Roses Shawlette. Although you are correct - it's hard to choose

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  25. Yay! Congratulations on your 2nd Bloggiversary!!! I just love Ruth's Chambourcin and just adore Carrie's Comfort Food patterns. It was soooo hard to choose one. LOL!

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  26. Have several of Carrie's patterns that I adore in my knitting cue. Congrats on the Bloggiversary,

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  27. I have several of Carrie's patterns that I adore in my cue. Happy bloggiversary.

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  28. Congrats. Love Carrie's patterns

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