three years

August 9, 2012

***comments are closed, bitches! the winner has been picked and notified. thanks for playing!***

so i got this little notification yesterday,
that today is my blogiversary.
my third, to be exact.

i recall starting my blog roughly around the time i first moved to pittburgh in 2009. i’d left a vibrant group of friends, a burgeoning knitting group, and the best paying job i’ve ever had to pursue my academic career and live with my best friend. i don’t remember why i began blogging, per se, by which i mean, i don’t rememeber the specifics. i do know that all i wanted was to stay connected to the knitterverse, and try to be part of the conversation, as it were.

whatever the reasons, i never imagined what this blog would become. i never thought people would actually read and comment (i love every comment, especially from the regulars) i never thought total strangers would stop me to tell me they read the blog (the first couple times terrified me!) even though it was my goal, i didn’t think my blog would ‘succeed’ and, frankly, i’m surprised i’ve stuck with it this long.

of course,
the only reason i have
is because of you, bitches.
if people weren’t reading,
i’d’ve quit ages ago.

and since it seems like the industry standard
(and because it’s been ages since i’ve had one)
i’m doing a giveaway in honor of my third blogiversary.

the bitches get stitches third blogiversary giveaway!

the rules:

1. spread the word – you can do that anyway you see fit; reblog, tweet, e-mail, ravelry, phone call, whatever. just let another knitter know about the giveaway. it’s completely on the honor system. i trust ya.

2. leave a comment – it’s the easiest way to assign someone a random number for the all-knowing random number generator to pick a winner. make sure to comment on this post. you’d think i wouldn’t need to specify that but >shakes head from experience< and for the sake of fairness and my personal sanity, please leave only one comment.

3. this one’s most important – you only have the 24 hours from the time i posted to ‘spread the word’ and ‘leave a comment’. the winner will be announced tomorrow, august 10th.

the prize:

i’ve given this a lot of thought. well, as much thought as i could in less than a day. because it needed to extra special, and because it’s my favorite yarn company, i decided to give away a $100.00 e-gift certificate to blue moon fiber arts.

sound good?
thanks for sticking with me, bitches!

138 Responses to “three years”

  1. Congratulations Steven with a V!

  2. bossyfemme Says:

    Wow! Happy three years.

  3. Kelli Says:

    Happy blogiversary! Hope we keep reading your tidbits for a long time to come. Miss you!

  4. Camilla Says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I don’t comment often, but i read every single word and laugh (or cry) along with you.
    Mo looks fab in sparkles, and i think I’ll request that sort of cake for my next birthday.

  5. Liz Says:

    happy blogiversary Steven–it’s always great to read your thoughts and humor on knitting! i love having a male voice on knitting in my google reader–here’s to another 3 years and more, i hope!

    ravelry ID: lizsto

  6. Nicole Says:

    Yay, happy blogiversary! I aspire to your greatness. You have such a wonderful, poetic writing style – I love it when you post, and I hope you continue for a very long time. Cheers!

  7. V. Says:

    Gasp @ the aforementioned candle! Perfect styling, as always. Happy blogiversary from your favorite ex-model.

  8. Elisha Says:

    Happy blogiversary. I cannot decide what I like best about that photo, it is spectacular for the details and the whole. It brought a much needed smile to my face. Congratulations on your successes!

  9. Linda Says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Congrats and carry on.
    P.S. Nice cake.

  10. Bonnie Says:

    Whoo hoo! I’m so happy that you blog. I love seeing a new post from you show up on my reader. Happy blogiversary! (And your giveaway=fab. Thanks.)

  11. Nikki Jones Says:

    I posted on my FB page! I love your blog! I always look forward to seeing you at Port Ludlow.

  12. Nancy Paris Says:

    Dear Steven,
    Nicole is right. on.
    When I first scrolled down I saw the beginning of Mo’s head I thought- Oh my gosh, is he giving away MO?? God, I am weird.
    I am so happy that you did make the decision to start a blog, you have enriched my life, I know that.
    I hope you never leave blogging. I hope your next school year goes smoothly. And I hope you solve your gauge problems on the Rhinebeck sweater.
    Nancy P

  13. Rachel S. Says:

    I want to be almost just like you when I grow up. Except I don’t want to grow up. Keep knitting on!

  14. nickoleen Says:

    I don’t think my last post made it….hmmm. I said that I had left a post on my FB page and that I always look forward to seeing you at Port Ludlow. Phew. I hope this isn’t going to post like a hundred times now.

  15. Jessica from Asheville Says:

    Congrats on 3 years! I heard about your blog from a friend, love it and have now passed it on myself.

  16. emilyWools Says:

    what a lovely prize!!! congrats on your blogiversary!

  17. sarahvv Says:

    Steven! Woooo blogiversary! Congratulations šŸ˜€ I love your blog, no lie. Your knits are inspirational/aspirational, your writing is a pleasure to read, your Mo is ADORABLE. Also I have found that drawing of Mo wearing a cowl with the speech bubble saying “Work, bitch” to be a good motivator in grad school pursuits šŸ™‚

  18. jana Says:

    happy happy anniversary! love your doggie too.

  19. rose Says:

    Happy Bogiversary, if Mo ever needs a new home he can come live with me lol
    Well done on the 3 years, great blog!!!

  20. Suparna Says:

    Congratulations!! I just emailed my friend about your blog and the contest.

    Hope I win. I’m Loves2Dance on Ravelry.

  21. cara Says:

    The colorful square blanket you were making is just amazing, its inspired me:)
    Well done on the 3 years.

  22. Rachel Says:

    Cool, and happy blogoversary.

  23. Steven, I am a very committed lurker. I have your blog update emailed to me & I follow on twitter so I don’t miss a post, but so that you aren’t worried by my (very harmless, I assure you) stalkishness, I have refrained from actually contacting you. I’m excitable & friendly so this is always my policy for people I don’t actually know. So here we go-the ice is broken. Remember you asked for this.
    And thank you for keeping this blog going. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy it! Happy Blogiversary!!

  24. punkmik Says:

    congrats! love that your frenchie is all dressed for the occassion! too cute and what a generous award! you are such a generous person!!!

  25. Raylene Says:

    Congrats on your 3rd blogiversary! I love reading your blog and am looking forward to hanging around for another 3 years. Or longer. I’m flexible. šŸ™‚

  26. Tamara Says:

    Happy blogiversary Steven! I don’t comment much, but I read every single post and it often brings a smile to my face. And for that, I thank you. Your wit would be missed so keep blogging! (p.s. I’m also leaving a good paying job for an academic life, in my late twenties yet, so I can identify!)
    (p.p.s. Your connection to your family is beautiful, I meant to write that on an applicable post but then I didn’t because I’m shy. Your mom seems amazing!)

  27. Elysa Says:

    Happy Anniversary.

  28. mscara Says:

    Your blog has always cheered me up, you have an amazing talent Stephen and I really do think your blog will still be here in another 3 years. Well done!

  29. Adrienne Says:

    Dude. I totally thought you were giving Mo away. Then I wondered how you would pack him. Then I read the rest. Oy. Brain.

  30. Kerry Says:

    Happy blogiversary!!! I so enjoy reading your blog and wish you many more wonderful years here!

  31. Stirling Says:

    Your blog is always enjoyable to read! Thanks. (twittered)

  32. Keep up the good work. Happy 3rd blogiversary.

  33. Anj Says:

    Congrats! and here is many more happy yrs on the blogsphere!

  34. Connie Kline Says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog!

  35. Andrea Says:

    Happy blogiversary! If that isn’t the cutest blogiversary photo I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is.

  36. Marg Says:

    Happy anniversary!

  37. Aimee Says:

    Congrats on three years! I’m glad you’re here. You make me belly laugh. Like the time you got the ball sack…HA!!! You’re funny!

  38. Sally at Rivendale Farms Says:

    Love the cake*, love Mo and his bling, and yup, love you, too. Happy Blogiversary!! August seems to be a good month for things to be born.

    *Gotta say, though, the combo of fire, wax and yarn caused a little heart palpitation.

  39. Cinnamon Says:

    Man, Mo is so freakn’ cute! Hope that three years is just the beginning!

  40. Kate Says:

    I love when I read about a blogiversary because then I spend the next 15 minutes (at work of course) trying to figure out what I was doing at that exact time. And in this case I was smack dab in the middle of my own return to academia, writing a masters thesis and doing as much avoidance knitting as possible.

    Glad to spread the word, glad you keep writing, glad to keep reading!

  41. Erin Says:

    Hiya! My friend Sarah up in post 17 just let our rav group know about your lovely blog. You’re bookmarked now!

  42. Allison Says:

    Happy, happy anniversary! I adore to anniversary cake , and model!

  43. Hope Says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I enjoy your blog immensely. Here’s to many more years!!

  44. Yarnyoldkim Says:

    Happy blogiversary! Sweet photo of Mo

  45. Happy Blogaversary… I’ve shared on Twitter. Thanks for the chance to win!

  46. Kathy Says:

    Love the blog cuz I love your writing style and your wit. Your posts have a way of affecting me on an emotional level. Happy blogiversity to you!

  47. happy blogoversary steven!!!!! xoxo

  48. Penny Says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! Love that cake!!

  49. cguard(on rav) Says:

    just found your blog in time to celebrate your versy with you. What a refreshing change. I emailed my best knitting friend and am crossing my fingers as times are tight here on the farm where at the moment a calf is bellowing for his mom…

  50. Jami Gensler Says:

    Happy Blogaversary! Here’s to 3 more and beyond.

  51. Hope Says:

    Happy Blogaversary! Love the candle on the cake!

  52. Jessica Says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog and your style. That picture is amazing!

  53. Linda Cannon Says:

    Hugs and Kisses and Happy Blogiversary!!! Whoa i must have started reading you in the beginning and I still love reading you because I love how you have grown and become even more of a special peerson. it is fun to read about you developing patterns and trying out new things. Oh the traveling you have done and all the things you have yet to do, and I can follow your course. XOXOXO to you.

  54. Dawn Says:

    Happy Blogiversary. Have to admit some fibre envy on my part…you have produced some beautiful pieces. Squishy kisses to Mo.

  55. Shannon B. Says:

    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging, I know if i tried I would only last a week hehe. I definately had to share your giveaway by email with just a few close knitting friends of mine šŸ™‚

  56. zabbersays Says:

    Wow, congratulations!

  57. Brenda Says:

    Happy 3rd Blogiversary!!!! I am so glad that someone shared your blog with me!! Keep up the great work šŸ™‚

  58. Bob Says:

    Happy three year blogiversary. I found your blog a few months ago, but have read the all of your posts.

    I totally have a crush on you too, btw. šŸ˜‰

  59. Jim Ball Says:

    Happy 3rd Steven, and thanks for keeping the Mrs. in stitches! I’m guessing I could find someone to create a pair of socks for me from this marvelous Blue Moon yarn. Your namesake just keeps getting better every day. Cheers! (the other Rivendale)

  60. HissyStitch Says:

    Happy Blogiversary! What a generous gift to share!

  61. Frankie Says:

    Congratulations on your Blogaversary! I love your blog and am so glad I found it — I make sure to tell all my yarny friends about you so they can follow as well. šŸ˜€

  62. jessicac Says:

    First time I have been here, but I will be back! Happy Blogiversary!!

  63. Sylvie Says:

    Oh my!!!! What a wonderful giveaway!!! And you have a great blog! I don’t know if Canadians are accepted but I take a chance!

  64. Anna Says:

    Mo is not the prize?

  65. Heather Says:

    Most of my “followers” are on Deviantart, so I shared your blog with them!

  66. cauchy09 Says:

    congrats on your blog anniversary, you awesome dude! you are an inspiration to bitches everywhere.

  67. Happy Anniversary!!! I spread the word Through KNotty Knitter group on Ravelry.

  68. tami Says:

    congrats on your anniversary!!
    love the blog
    I’m squiggi on ravelry

  69. Lacey Says:

    I’ve never visited your blog before, but just from this post I can tell I will be back šŸ™‚ Happy Blogiversary!

  70. Izabelle Says:

    Totally tweeted this shit. I don’t always comment but I do read every post. Kisses to Mo, that last picture is presh.

  71. Kate Says:

    Happy Birthday Steve A. I found you when SPM catapulted you to (in)fam(e/y) with the Big Lace Debate of 2011. I’ll be three in October!

  72. Lyn (coppertoptoo) Says:

    Shared and Congrats!!! šŸ˜€

  73. Mya Says:

    Happy blogiversary to you!

  74. Happy Blogiversary!!! You are in my list of blogs that I check every day. I never have figured out the whole RSS feed thing, and to think I work on aircraft computers. HAHAHA!!!

  75. colleen Says:

    Mo and a birthday yarncake šŸ™‚ congrats! I love seeing this blog update in my reader.

  76. ohdessaknits Says:

    Happy blogaversary. I started reading because I liked your title, and stuck around because you are pretty funny.

  77. Anonymous, too Says:

    happy birthday to your blog!

    I’ve enjoyed this blog for so many reasons. Your writing style, your sense of humor, the wondrous things you knit and weave, your Chief Cuteness Officer (love the epaulet, Mo!), and so much more.

    Since you served up a birthday yarncake, I propose we all raise a glass of wool wash and toast to many, many more blog entries to come!

  78. angie s. Says:

    Congratulations! That yarn cake looks almost good enough to eat–or knit. I love the puppy too!

  79. Erin Says:

    Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary, dear heart! And thank you for bringing me smiles, out loud laughs and inspiration for 3 years…May there be as many more as you wish!
    PS: Mo, watch the bling…it look flammable šŸ™‚

  80. Chris B Says:

    live long and blog on!!

  81. Susan Ipavec Says:

    Happy 3 year blogiversary! Here’s to making the next 3 just as wonderful!! Shared on Facebook as well…

    Suzieknittingmama on Rav

  82. daune Says:

    Love your blog. I look for it everyday to make sure i dont miss anything. Love you and Moe.

  83. I would love to win!
    i’ve been following your blog for a while, and I love your style of writing

  84. DebKnits2 Says:

    Happy 3rd bogiversary!

  85. Monique G Says:

    Happy blogiversary!!! and OMG I love Frenchies!!! Well almost as much as I love BMFA !!!!

    aka Dutchgirl63 on Rav

  86. Cathy Stephens Says:

    Congratulations! czsknits on ravelry

  87. Stephanie H Says:

    Happy anniversary! šŸ˜€

  88. Heidi Says:

    Damn that pup is cute!
    Love the blog. PS I have a crush on Freshy too.

  89. Veronica Says:

    I really enjoy your blog! Thanks for the giveaway, that’s awesome!

  90. Angie Says:

    Nice give away!

  91. Katie Clady Says:

    Congratulations and happy blog birthday!!

  92. Stormy Says:

    Happy Blogiversary!!! What an awesome, generous prize for the best fiber company around!

  93. Wendy Says:

    Happy blogaversary!

  94. willsavenine Says:

    Spreading the word like it is nutella on toast.

  95. Josie Says:

    Congrats on the big 3! may you have many more blogiversaries ahead!

  96. Michaela Says:

    Happy 3rd anniversary!! I love the cake. I’d take it over an ice cream cake any day šŸ™‚

  97. thorhammer24 Says:

    I only hope I’m still blogging long enough to celebrate three years! Nice work šŸ™‚

  98. mari Says:

    Were you afraid of the wax dripping on the yarn? Or that the fire would magically jump to the yarn and it would catch on fire? I would have been. Blue Moon Fiber Arts is awesome! What a great prize!

  99. Noirin Says:

    Happy 3rd anniversary Steven!!! Hope all’s well with you x

  100. Melissa (aka Witchknit) Says:

    I check your blog every few days. You always give me something to think about. Hopefully I’ll get to meet you at Rhinebeck one of these days. Thanks for the giveaway. Here’s wishing you many more blog anniversaries to come!

  101. Wendy ( Says:

    Happy anniversary. It is always fun to find a new blog to read

  102. Sarah Says:

    Can’t believe it’s already been three years! Remember the good old days at the shop? Anyway, keep doing what you do! And tell Mo he looks smashing with that ribbon on!

  103. Jennifer R Says:

    Are you kiddind DUDE, i love your blog.

  104. Pam Says:

    Happy anniversary!!

  105. Crystal Says:

    I adore you and your damn blog. šŸ˜‰

  106. Meredith Pearson Says:

    I don’t know how the bloggers around the world do it! I know it is time consuming, requires introspection, and certainly requires wisdom about what to share and what not to share. Keep up the good work!

  107. Lynn Says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Love your dog!

  108. Cathy Says:

    Hi! I loved your post! Happy 3rd anniversary! Here’s to many more years!
    Cathy in Ontario, Canada

  109. shecrochets Says:

    I’ve only just found you and I ADORE you already!! What a generous giveaway. I wish you many more happy years of blogging. Can’t wait to see what the future brings!

  110. Austin Val Says:

    Happy anniversary, and hope to see you again at Port Ludlow.

  111. Chels Says:

    Happy 3rd blog anniversary! Your dog looks a bit mournful. I enjoyed your cake. A little apprehensive about the candle though! Ha!

  112. Mildred Says:


  113. Medora Says:

    Congratulations, both on the success of your blog, and on adapting to a new environment while maintaining a real connection with the old. This is always tough to pull off, and you have done it with style. I should add that I love Blue Moon Fiber Arts!

  114. Kelly Says:

    Happy Blogiversary with many more to come!

  115. Rose Says:

    Happy Blogiversary and many, many more to come!!

  116. Debbie H Says:

    Love your blog. thanks for the giveaway!

  117. Catherine Says:

    Congratulations! Please, oh please, keep blogging for years!

  118. gussek Says:

    I emailed my knitting sister about your blog!

  119. lilith anne Says:

    That doggie face! :swoon:

  120. Deborah Says:

    Happy blogiversary and omg that Freanchie is so cute

  121. Christie Says:

    Happy blog anniversary! Yay, RT’d!

  122. MichelleK Says:

    happy blogaversary!!!!

    I’ll pass it on!! Promise

    Mickerr on RAVE

  123. Janis Moser Says:

    Congrats on three years blogging…it’s amazing who you come in contact with…

  124. freshy Says:

    So glad you kept with it! You’re definitely an inspiration for me šŸ™‚

  125. Jennifer A Says:

    Just discovered your blog! Love your vibe! Knit and blog ON!

  126. kaj15 Says:

    congratulation! Awesome giveaway!
    Kenyetta on Ravelry

  127. Candace Davis Says:

    Wonderful! I have passed it on to some of my knitting pals!

  128. Olea Says:

    I’m one of your newer bitches by just a couple weeks, but congrats! I hope there are a few more years to come (at least)!

  129. Jessie M. Says:

    I told all of my friends on Rav. about this šŸ™‚

    wickedsharp on Rav

  130. Kately Says:

    congrats on 3 years!

  131. Grats on your 3 year anniversary! I love your blog ^^

  132. cnuland Says:

    I probably am getting in just under the 24 hr mark. I tweeted (

  133. Grats on three years Steven! I remember when a friend of mine met you a couple years ago and she was so excited about it that I had to start reading your blog. ^_^

  134. Sherry D. Says:

    Read about this last night and told my knitting group!
    Only I forgot to enter till now! Barely under the wire.
    Happy Blogversary by the way! Now, off to read the rest of your writings.

  135. Zilliah Says:

    Happy birthday!

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