Happy anniversary, Yarn Harlot!

by Shannon on January 24, 2015

Stephanie put out a call on the Twitter-Bat Phone this morning about the “Class of 2004″ knitbloggers on the occasion of her anniversary.

*raises hand*

According to the Internet Archive, they first archived knitgrrl.com in August 2004, thought I know it was online before then, as a sub-site of my old personal website. In fact, I remember moving over those posts from the old blog to the Knitgrrl domain… hang on, let’s see what the earliest post is.

*runs off to look*

27 June 2002! In which we learn where and why I learned to knit, and I make an off-color joke. So, 12+ years later, I guess not much has changed… EXCEPT FOR EVERYTHING. This website gave me my purpose. It took me where  I needed to be. It brought me from a failed relationship that more or less razed my then-life to the ground (I sold my house. I left my job. I moved 500 miles away with my boyfriend, and THEN we broke up…) to doing what I love, namely writing and editing and designing and publishing and COMMUNICATING like crazy in a zillion different ways with all of you.

Not bad, internet. Not bad at all. And cheaper than therapy, all things considered. So thank you!

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Obviously I’m biased and think you should buy all your books and patterns directly from me and/or Cooperative Press. (Hey look! shiny new website — that happened a few months ago, so you can understand why I’ve been distracted and not needing One More Tech Problem).

But how about some other ideas? Here are two biggies to kick things off.

1. Craftsy classes.

I love Craftsy. Alasdair, Kate and Caro, three CP-people, have classes there, but also many of my other friends such as Amy Singer, Mercedes Tarasovich Clark and Marly Bird. Flip through 100 classes I picked out specifically for you all. Here’s the best part: there are links so you can post them to Facebook, Pinterest, etc and DROP GIANT HINTS to your family and friends before December.

2. Amazon.

Look, I get it. Shipping costs are the worst. Take advantage of your Amazon Prime membership and order my books or Cooperative Press books on Amazon through this link. Click here to open in a new window.

3. Modcloth for party dresses.

Cute stuff and plenty of plus-size. Scroll down to the party style link after you click the below.

4. Heifer International

Everyone likes sheep. Everyone likes goats. Llamas are good. Best of all? What about a Knitter's Gift Basket?

5. For the nail polish fan who also knits

Soakboxes. Matching yarn AND nail polish!

Nail wraps in knit-print pattern.

MESSY MANSION MM40 Nail Art Stamping Plate - Knitting Theme


Hopefully this will give you some new ideas for knitterly gifts!


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Just a little something fun…

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  Feel free to steal this banner and link it back to this Goodreads list for voting! Work continues like crazy on my first book in forever, Frozen: Aurora Borealis Mittens, which is up for preorder at Ravelry and will be on the Cooperative Press site soon. It’s all mittens inspired by Icelandic textile designs […]

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New book… by ME!

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