Thursday, June 15, 2006

Milestones and Musings

Dear lovies,

On behalf of all of us here at Drunken Monkey Knits, I'd like to announce the 100th post!

I've been knitting for just over four years now, and it doesn't look like things will be slowing down anytime soon. The last year has proven to be quite eventful on the knitting front. I've had two patterns published, I've been teaching at a yarn store, I've met many knitting authors and designers, I've taught a number of friends to knit, and I've kept this blog. That sure seems like a lot of work for "just a hobby"!

I have also attended two fiber events (can I say that and not be ingenuous, Brenda?) in the past month, and I was totally awed by both experiences. I had seen the signs for the Great Lakes Fiber Fest at the Wayne County fairgrounds in the past, but hadn't attended. I'm glad now that I waited, even though it wasn't intentional. I've learned so much in four years of knitting, but I know there remains a great deal that I have yet to accomplish. I'm still eager to try new things (sometimes to the detriment of previously begun projects), but I think it's my desire to constantly learn and experiment and create new things that helps me be successful.

If I had to pick a favorite yarn or a favorite pattern or a favorite project or a favorite technique, I don't think I could do it. I love many of the materials I've worked with, but I know there are hundreds more out there waiting to be sampled. There are many projects I have truly enjoyed making (or starting), but there are so many more to be dreamt of, discovered, and created.

To sum up, I can't wait to learn more, teach more, create more, share more, read more, and I'm so glad I have you along for the ride.

And so, beloved readers, random passerby, and contest stalkers (you know who you are), I've decided we need a contest to mark the passing of this, the 100th entry. It will be a completely subjective contest, as I am ruler of this blog and I deem it so.

The spoils:
One ball of Trekking, colorway #102, shades of gray. It's been rewound because I had started a sock that I later deemed.... unfinishable. I guarantee the entire skein is there.

(BLAST! Blogger isn't letting me upload pictures today. The picture below was uploaded yesterday, and even changing the code is of no use. I'll post a picture of the prize yarn as soon as I can!)

The contest:
Write a short story, real or fictional, about why you deserve to win this yarn. Or, it could be about why you NEEEEEEED this yarn. If you don't already know this, I'm a sucker for creativity. And poems. Just a thought. I'll choose my favorite story and award the prize. There are no limits on how many times you can enter. Leave your stories in comments or email me at brooketyler2002 AT yahoo DOT com.

A winner will be chosen on Friday, June 23. All stories must be entered by 11:59pm on June 22. Best of luck!


Lastly, a brief glimpse into the home life of the Drunken Monkey...

What can I say? We were meant to be together.


trek said...

Though I won't be entering, I think it is a wonderful way to celebrate your 100th post.

aija said...

Happy 100th post!!

Joy said...

Scott is monotone
Trekking socks make perfect bribe
Joy can go to show

Leone said...

hmmm.... due by Friday eh? I'm up for the challenge! (plus I want the yarn). Let the drafts begin!

Oi I love the kitty.