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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!

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236 Responses

  1. Ilona

    I guess their are 3645 yards in the scraptabular ball.

  2. ikkinlala

    Happy blogiversary! I’ll guess 3172 yards.

  3. knitmomma

    That yarn ball looks so pretty! I love that idea…the blanket idea is fun, too though.

    Crazy guess: 1598 yards

  4. stephanie

    I love the scrap ball of yarn. I did a similar project out of all the scraps of sock yarn I have/had. I don’t know if this link will work but you can se eit here on my Ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/NocturnalKnitter/square-target-2 I did my blanket in crochet – the easiest thing ever but so comforting and fun to watch the colors change.

  5. shannon

    Awesome. I’m going to say 2750.
    I really need to start one of these, and I love the idea of a project that radiates out from a center point. I’m sure it will be surprisingly beautiful!

  6. HeatherLouise

    Happy 5th! I first learned of your blog through Simply Knitting Magazine (right on!). It’s always a joy to see what you’ll post next.
    I’m going to argue time lost for switching scraps: 773.5 yards.

  7. Kari

    Congrats on 5 yrs! I’m relatively new to your blog… thanks for your inspirational creativity.

    My guess is 786 yards

  8. Callie

    I love your blog, Lolly! I’ve been reading for about two years now, and I always learn something new! Congrats on your 5th Blogiversary! I would have to say that there is 3,788.5 yards :) Congrats!

  9. Tiffany

    You have always been a knitting inspiration to me and I remember reading your blog when I first began to knit thinking “I hope I can knit that well one day.” I’m working on it. =)
    My guess is 4,230 yards.

    Happy Blogaversary!

  10. Karen

    Happy Blogaversary! My guess – 1103 yards

  11. Amy

    Congrats on 5 years, Lolly! While I haven’t been here since the beginning, I’ve enjoyed the reading the journey since I stumbled on your blog several years ago.

    Hmm…I’m going with 1873 yards for the scraptacular ball.

    I’ve been gathering all of my sock yarn “bits” & have found a couple of fun afghan options on Ravelry – one of these days I’ll get started on that long term project.

  12. Julia

    I’ll guess 2244 yards, and allow me to add 2244 congratulations on your five years of blogging! I’ve really enjoyed reading–I find your take on the world very calming and your yoga practice inspiring! thank you so much.

  13. Jenny

    Congrats on your anniversary! I’m a longtime reader, having discovered knitting after my wedding 5 years ago (I was bored after the wedding projects ended!). Your blog was one of the first I stumbled upon in the fall of 2004. Thanks for all that you do, your blog is truly an inspiration to many of us out here! My guess…1218 yards.

  14. Toot Sweet

    Congrats on FIVE years.
    My guess is 2,222 yards.

  15. KimW

    Happy Blogiversary! I’m not certain if I have been reading your blog since Day One, but it does seem like I have “known” you forever. Your lovely writing style, amazing photography and creative blend of knitting, yoga and reading are just the right combination for me, and a highlight of my day. Here’s my guess for the yarn ball — 934 yards.

  16. Julie Beezley

    Congrats! Thanks for the website. I enjoy reading about what you are knitting or cooking. Love the photography.

    My guess for the yarn ball – 2855 yards

  17. Rphilbeck

    Happy Blog Anniversary!! I think I have been one of those readers since you started. Awesome. On the yarn ball I guess……..2444 yds.

  18. TripletMom

    Congrats on 5 yrs!!!!
    I will guess 3300 yds. fingers crossed ><

  19. nova

    I’ll not wager a guess, I just wanted to say Congrats on 5 years of blogging! Five is a pretty big deal!

  20. Nicole

    5 years, that’s amazing! Congratulations!!!

    I wouldn’t even begin to know how many yards the scraptacular ball has (and as a Canadian, I only speak “metres” anyhow) but that’s ok, because I’ve had a lot of give-away luck lately, and I’d rather let someone else have a turn.

    But I could not pass up a chance to say thank you for your lovely presence in blogland. I truly enjoy what you do and who you are.

  21. Rebekah

    Congrats on 5 years! Thats amazing! My guess is 3,750

  22. KnitterellaPurl

    Five years! Congrats to you. I am guessing 3,752 yards.

  23. Whitney

    Happy anniversary!!!! My guess is 2600 yards but I am ususally off so can’t wait to see the “real” answer :)

  24. Beatriz

    Happy Anniversary, Lolly! I love reading about your knitting, photography, yoga and weight loss journey. Your writing style is captivating, descriptive and just draws the reader in. Here’s to another wonderful Lolly Knitting Around year!

    My yardage guess is 3233.

  25. tiennie

    Happy Blogiversary! I’m so glad that I stumbled across your blog!

  26. emy

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I would guess 4278 yards.

  27. Erica

    Happy Blogiversary! I don’t comment often, but I love reading along, and seeing your beautiful photos. Here’s to 5 more years!

  28. Linda

    Happy blofi birthday Lolly. I think that I have been reading you for about 4 years? I think that there are 1100 metres in that big ball!

  29. Diana Troldahl

    I keep coming back to look at that beautiful big colorful ball of yarn. What an afghan that is going to make!

  30. Dan

    I know I’m way late in getting to the contest, but I just wanted to wish you a happy (and scraptacular) blogiversary. It’s been fun following you (or at least the parts that you share via the web), and I look forward to what you’ve got to share this next year.

  31. Nadia

    Congrads with your 5th anniversary!!!It’s been fun,you are amazing person!

  32. Lil Sarah

    you, my sister, are just too cute. I love how photogenic you are.

  33. Erin

    2800 yards? Congrats!

  34. Nonnahs

    Yay! Happy Blogiversary, Lolly! xo-S.

  35. Kathy

    I came too late to your give away but 1) I think it was funny and 2) I love the idea of a computer fast. I think I need to do that. To practice non-attachment and rediscover other pleasures in life. Happy Blogiversary.

  36. vickie b

    i say there are 1350 yards. congratulations on five years that’s awesome!!!

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