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Scraptacular Blogiversary!
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Scraptacular Blogiversary!

So, this one was a biggie - LollyKnitting Around turned FIVE years old a few weeks ago (7/24) – and I didn’t really do anything about it.  I took several computer “fasts” for a few days time to remind myself of the importance of non-attachment (hard!)  and just didn’t get around to posting about the momentous occasion. 

Huh… five years.  Time flies!

I am not sure how many of you have been around since the beginning, but that is no matter…  because I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart!  It is truly an honor to walk alongside you (virtually and in real life!)  on this journey.  I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet many of you, and I hope to meet many more of you in the future!  Thanks for reading and for being a part of my life!  *Much love and gratitude!*

As is the custom in this region of “Bloglandia”, I am planning to run a contest for my fifth blogiversary – but I wanted to put a little spin on it :)

Care to venture a guess?

I have been in organization/cleaning mode this past week, and I have come across hundreds of little yarn scraps – too much to throw away, but not enough to really do anything with.  Some are leftover balls from projects, some are yarn samples.  I have used these scraps in the past to make the Rapunzel scarves, but I can’t keep up with the supply…  So, I decided to start making a ball – a scraptacular ball – with plans to start a scraptacular project.  I am planning a big garishly colored blanket with these scraps… like only a blanket a knitter could love and appreciate.  The brilliant Chawne suggested a quilt that radiated out from the center, like Larissa’s Barn Raising quilt squares from her book Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together.  I love this idea, as it would be quite easy to add to with new scraps.   I may just have to come up with several ideas, as scraps are never going to be gone from my stash!

 How many yards / meters do you think are in this scraptacular ball??

Scraptacular Orb 

Care to venture a guess?

Hints:  It is packed tight and has a little weight to it, and it took me about 100 minutes to wind this ball up (aka watching this past week’s amazing episode of True Blood episode twice).  There are at least 75 individual yarn scraps in this ball at this point.

And for the winners – two winners who come closest to the final yardage – a choice between these two prizes:

Fleece Artist Goldilocks Fleece Artist Goldilocks Kit – in rich indigo purple.  540 yards of silk/mohair boucle for the Goldilocks shawl – a triangular garter stitch shawl – pattern on the label.  I bought this in Nova Scotia, the home of Fleece Artist, last year.



Hunt Valley Cashmere 

Hunt Valley Cashmere -a Maryland supplier of this pale pink 100% cashmere.  1.95 oz skein.   Perfect for a cowl or mitts.




Contest is open till Thursday (8/13) at 5:00pm EST. 

Even if you don’t care to be in the contest, I would still love to hear from you  :)   Once again, thank you, dear friends, for so many happy years!

236 Responses

  1. Hege

    Oh, lots of great colors in your scraptacular ball! And happy blogiversary!
    I’ve started to collect small balls of scraf yarns too, and I’m thinking of knitting up a blanket like this


    My guess will be 3256 meters ;)

  2. kris

    happy five, lolly! i am so happy i’ve gotten to know you and happy you are still keeping it up blogwise even after all these years :) i officially gave up yesterday …

  3. GinkgoKnits

    Wow, from some of these high numbers, it looks like I’m a much slower ball-winder than most.

    Happy Blog-versary! I’m going to guess 1380 yards. One question, how are you handling differences in yarn weight as knitting different weights tied together could be frustrating?

  4. Kerneknop

    Weheee, love to guess – even though this one is impossible… I’ll say 2626 yards – so much fun. And big congratulations – your blog is beautiful.

  5. Keri

    I’m going with 1776.
    Keep up the great bloggin’.

  6. Jill Schaefer

    My guess is 880 yards. Happy anniversary!

  7. mooncalf

    I’m guessing 42165m. That’d be a yarn marathon!

    Keep up the great blogging work Lolly – it is always fun to read your new posts :)

  8. Phoe

    Non-attachment has always been a kicker for me, I’m so attached!

    Congrats on 5 wonderful years!

  9. Mary

    Wonderful blog. Appreciate your talent and pursuit of creativity, optimism (even in the face of dire circumstances–like last year’s health scare), and a balanced life.

  10. Nadine

    Delurking to say happy 5th blogiversary!! That’s an achievement! I love visiting to see what you’re knitting next. You have inspired much of my ravelry queue. : )

    As for that ball – I am horrible at guessing these sorts of things, but I’ll say 1975 yards, but now I want to say even less. So tough!

  11. KnittySue

    Congrats on your 5th year…I’ve been a fan for about 3 of them.
    My guess …HMMMM…this is a tough one…..I’ll say 1957.5 yards.
    What a fun thing to do….you inspired me to put all my scraps together into a project.
    Thanks and good luck to all.

  12. amy lounsberry

    my guess – 2524 yards
    congrats on the anniversary!

  13. Betsy

    Happy 5th blogiversary! I am going to guess 3135 yards.

  14. maluaral

    Guauuuu congratulations on 5 years! I’m love you blog.

    I’ll say 3800 yards

  15. Knittingdancer

    That will be a lovely blanket. When I saw that ball, I thought about the mitered square sock blanket pattern. I know the yarn isn’t sock yarn but I think the pattern would be a good one to use. My guess is 1957 yards, the year I was born. Thank you for the fun contest.

    Knittingdancer on Ravelry

  16. Michelle

    Happy 5 yr blogiversary! I’ve been a reader for about 3 years now!! Love your blog!

    I’m going to venture a guess of 1700 yards.

  17. charissa

    Congratulations on your milestone : ) I was a little afraid at first that you were holding up a temari ball there — like how on EARTH did you find time to make all those too?!
    I think the blanket is fantastic idea; my guess is 2,367 yards.

  18. Jody

    Conrgrats!!! I’m a sorta new reader – and so glad I found you. Happy blogiversary1

    I’ll guess 877 yards.

  19. Margarita

    Congratulations Lolly. I love that picture of you with that special look (enjoying it all!) and the marvelous ball. Thank you for such a wonderful blog.

  20. javede

    Congratulations! I always like to read your blog(it is one of the few were I always read the post and not just look at the pretty photos ;-) ) though I don’t comment much.

  21. Miss T

    Happy Blogiversary! My guess is 1813 yards.

  22. Jilliknitting

    My guess is 2508… and thanks for the many moments of delight and inspiration

  23. turtle

    2103 yards! i like the look of the ball but you do miss so many of the other colors patterns wrapped inside. I love the idea of the blanket and have been toying with this as well. (will have to look at the barn raising pattern, i have quilted this pattern before) Small scraps we stick in a tree in a net bag for the birds to add to their nests, or some end up in the compost pile as extras to go in the garden. Happy 5th blogiversary!!!

  24. Crystalene

    Congratulations!! 2,713 yards!!

  25. Bonnie B

    Congratulations!! My guess is 1966.

  26. Yoga Witch

    Congratulations, Miss Lolly! I’ve only been reading your blog for…almost a year now, and have enjoyed every minute! Can’t wait to see what the next five years bring!

    My (very random) guess: 1322 yards.

  27. Annette

    Happy blogiversary! I’m going to guess 896.

  28. Ashley

    congrats lollygirl, on turning one whole hand! I started reading a few months ago and now I’m hooked!

    my guess: 2700

    I have no idea why, but that’s the guess :P

  29. Amie

    I am going to guess 3076. Happy blogiversary!

  30. Harpa J

    Happy 5th blogiversary!
    Well yards mean nothing to me, but there are these neat conversion things online to help. So I would say 2500 meters which calculates into 2734 yards.

  31. Leslie

    What a wonderful occasion to celebrate! Mazel tov! :) Thank you for the YEARS of inspiration. And I love your ball of leftovers — I think it should remain in a ball and serve as some sort of art installation in your home. :) As far as yards, I’m going to guess…5,180. :)

  32. Sheila

    Happy Anniversary!! I love your blog, check it often for recipes as well as your knitting.

    My guess is 3300 yards.


  33. Pawdua

    Happy anniversary, Congrats on 5 years. I’m going with2648 yds just to be different.

  34. Lucy

    Happy Anniversary! I’m thinking much lower than everyone else… I’m guessing 800 yards.

  35. courtney

    Love it…so unique! Happy five! How exciting…I haven’t been around since the beginning, but have loved all of my visits to your site. It’s a joy, so thank YOU for writing it!

    Let’s see…I’m going to guess 1,444 yards. :)

  36. maria

    happy blogiversay!!!

    gosh, if it’s been five years i must be five years older – yikes!

    umm, 999 yards :-)

  37. Katie B

    Congrats and Yea for a contest!!

    i would guess 1860 yds… excited to find out the answer!

  38. Lisa

    2750 yards. Happy Bloggiversary!

  39. Kristen

    I’ll guess 2130 yards. :)

  40. Elemmaciltur

    Congrats on five years of excellent blogging!!!!

  41. Jodi

    Happy Blogiversary! Love your site. Brightens my day! My guess is 3,888 yards of yarn.

  42. Lori

    Congrats! Five years is a long time. I’m going to venture a guess at 2715 yards.

  43. Rasa Chambers

    I’ve been reading your blog for some 4.5 years. Congrats! Your blog has been a good read and inspiring! My guess…hmmm….2317.

  44. amyjknits

    Happy Blogiversary, Lolly! I don’t comment very often, but your blog is a great source of inspiration to me. Thank you for all of the time & energy that you put into it!

    My guess is 2,625 yards.

  45. Starla

    Happy blogiversary Lolly. My guess is 2422 yards.

  46. LisaB

    What did we do before blogs were invented? I know I wasn’t as engergized (i.e. nutty) about crafting before all these craft blogs came to be. Yours is always a lovely one to visit, thank you.

    Random Guess: 4822 yards.

  47. jooney

    Congratulations! My guess would be… 2625 yards :o )

  48. Angela

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! My guess would be 2027.

  49. Marietta (rawyoginimari)

    Happy Blogiversary, Lolly!
    Thanks for 5 years of inspiration – in so many different ways!
    You’ve inspired so many to step up to the plate not only with knitting, but with health and yoga as well.
    You’re a rockstar!

  50. Kim

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I’ll pass on the contest(but it’s a very clever idea).

    I can say from experience that Barn Raising squares(or possibly one giant square) are great hockey knitting :)

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