One thing that’s great about being a knitter is the online community and the wealth of friendly support out there. When I started knitting five years ago I constantly perused Craftster for tutorials, inspiration, and encouragement. That lead me to plenty of knit blogs (I subscribe to over 100 of them and read them daily!) and later, to Ravelry, where the online knitting community finally found its central rallying point. From these online sources, I have been inspired to participate in knitterly events such as Secret Pal or knitalongs, and I have “met” many wonderful knitters along the way.
Recently, Leslie of A Friend to Knit With hosted a blog contest. The prize was a copy of Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 5 Lace Knitting. I have the first two volumes of this beautiful and detailed series, so I left a comment, knowing I wouldn’t win. I couldn’t believe my luck when I checked my daily blogroll and saw on Leslie’s blog that I had won! If you haven’t checked out Leslie’s blog, please do so. It is full of beautiful photography showcasing crafty knits, delicious-looking foods, and its a great read.
One of the knitters I’ve met online and has become a great blog friend is Kim of Hand Eye Crafts. She and I were partnered in a Secret Pal round a few years back and we’ve kept in touch ever since. Kim’s blog is a great read full of fun knits and great stories about her beautiful family. If you haven’t checked it out now is the perfect time to do so; she’s gearing up for the annual Knitter’s Hunk contest! Kim is such a genuine person with a great spirit. I happened to mention once in a comment to her that I was going through some stress (finding and moving to a new apartment) as she was going through some stress of her own. And next thing I know, there’s a sweet encouraging card in the mail!
I am very lucky, indeed.