Friday, March 12, 2010

A Real Blogger (and a Giveaway!)

I have become a real blogger. Yesterday, I had my first guest blogging debut on two sites. The first is Blogivation. Blogivation is a blog (duh) that looks at the stories behind the bloggers. Bloggers explain what motivated them to blog, what inspires them, and what keeps them going. The site has only been up for a few days but has already had a good number of hits. So if you're interested in blog reading (which I'm assuming you are since you're reading this) then check it out. Maybe you could be on Blogivation too!















The second blog is Akron Dog Stuff. Do you have a dog? Do you know people who do? This local site is chock full of dog related info. And not just the depressing "obese pets die" stuff. There is a lot of fun content on this blog. Teddy's Mom has reviewed many local dog parks, toys (even ones made locally!), and events. Perhaps you've heard of my friend Margaret of JaNicki Photography? I was lucky enough to get a shoot scheduled with her so I could get some new pictures of my pups. All that is reviewed here.

In knitting related news, I have recorded a yarn story for Alana of Never Not Knitting. My story will be aired on her podcast this season so be sure to check it out when it becomes available. Update: Podcast #32 is now available to listen to! I also have some guest blogging on another site coming up around the beginning of April.

I guess this is my fifteen minutes of fame. Or, as my brother said, at least five minutes worth. So in honor of that and to thank all my readers for sticking it out with my new blog this year, I'm offering a giveaway!

The winner of this giveaway will receive:
100 grams (two braids) of Merino Silver, hand-dyed 100% wool roving.

Here's how to enter:
You can receive 1 entry by (1)commenting on this post, or (2)posting about this giveaway on your blog. Make sure you leave a second comment linking to your blog.


You can receive 3 entries by becoming a follower of this blog. Make sure you post just one comment saying that you have become a follower (or already are) and I will count it as three.

In any comment you leave, make sure there is contact information such as email or Ravelry id.


In the event that I gain 20 new followers, there will be a second prize awarded. What? A second prize? Yes, a second prize!

2 skeins of Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet. Thats a total of 384 yards of fingering weight in a fun purple color.

This giveaway will last through Friday, March 19th. On Saturday, I will use the Random Number Generator to choose the winner(s). Good luck and keep on blogging! 

93 comments:

  1. And I'm following your blog. E-mail is through my profile.

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  2. What a great blog, and congrats on guest blogging and winning yarn and stuff and finishing Ravelympics projects!

    (InJuneau on Rav)

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  3. Oh, how fun...q new blog to follow...

    So, I am following!!!

    nhsarab on ravelry

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  4. Both the roving and yarn are great - although I have to say I really like the yarn - since I don't spin...(so, I hope you get 20 new followers!)

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  5. Ooh, that roving is pretty (though, in the event that I don't win the giveaway, I also accept gifts of puppies).

    (This is shawn4equality from Rav! ~_~)

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  6. lurk42 here. haven't seen you around--it's good to see you.

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  7. Congratulations! And that "5 minutes worth" from your brother? It's exactly the kind of thing MY brother would say! ;)

    quinn on rav

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  8. congrats on the fame!!

    gorgeous puppies.........

    -oonaghfibersmyth on ravelry

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  9. Wow it sounds like you have a great job! I love doggies too :) And the roving looks like it would spin up beautifully. Thanks :)
    knitmit on ravelry

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  10. I'm also following your blog now! knitmit on rav

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  11. Oooh I love the yarn - hey - everyone become followers!

    SO here is my comment

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  12. Hi There...
    I love Never Not Knitting and would love to hear your story.. She is so talented.
    Your roving is beautiful.. I'm not a spinner yet but I have friends who would love me to give them a gift... :)
    The fingering is georgeous !!!and I can almost feel them on my footsies!! :)

    Pennyknits in ravelry

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  13. I was so excited I forgot to say that I'm bloglessinnj on Rav

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  14. P.S.
    I have also become a follower... Hope you get a bunch more!!!!

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  15. Very generous. Thank you! I wish I had some dogs and snow.
    monkalicious on Ravelry

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  16. Oh but you already know I'm a follower! I check your site everyday! Love the yarn - soooo springy!
    Emptyknitster on ravelry

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  17. I'd love to be entered to win!

    RebekahJoy on Ravelry

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  18. Entery 1: MamaMay on ravelry... thanks for the contest!

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  19. Following: 3 entries

    MamaMay on Ravelry!

    Thanks again and lovely blog!

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  20. Oh oh! I am a follower! I'll mention it on my blog after tomorrow's amigurumi swap. See you in the morning!

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  21. Oh do I NEED that purple yarn. I really mean NEED! It even has my name on it!

    I'm purple on Rav (see what I mean)

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  22. I'm now a follower too (it came up as purple power, but it's me!)

    And I'm still purple on Rav

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  23. Ok, so I got around to blogging! 1 more entery!

    MamaMay on Ravelry!

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  24. Hurrah for our newest Super Star! So much nicer than so many of the folks attracting media attnetion nowadays.

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  25. I've posted to my blog at http://kitten-with-a-whiplash.blogspot.com/2010/03/so-so-day-at-thrift-shops.html

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  26. And I've become a follower! Got to get that purple yarn in to play!

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  27. Pick me, pick me!

    rav id = rachel-o

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  28. savedbygrace92 on Rav. I am now following you with my Twitter account. :)

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  30. Congrats on being on two blogs. Oops on the previous post. I was accidently logged in as my teen.

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  31. I am now following your blog.:) Great colors in the roving, too.
    twistedCT on Ravelry

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  32. I'd love to win the purple yarn.

    Rav id = carla-o

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  33. Congrats on becoming a REAL blogger! And thanks for your generous giveaway.

    I'm tomknit on Rav and I'd love to win.

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  34. And I'm your newest follower (hoping you'll add the purple yarn prize)

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  35. I'm assuming you'll share the podcast with us on KYS? Looking forward to it!

    beautyredefined

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  36. I also added your RSS feed to my reader. :)

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  37. Pretty pretty roving! what a nice giveaway - I'm imagining how it would spin up...

    Already following along! Love your blog.

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  38. Aww- the pups are so cute. And the roving is a beautiful color.

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  39. I love the purple yarn so I'm going to run over and try to become a follower - back in a jiff


    lainyj on Rav

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  40. I'm a follower - now off to blog

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  41. And I blogged about it here:

    http://elaine-knitting.blogspot.com/2010/02/peachy-contest.html

    for another chance to win. Wow do I love the yarn!

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  42. Congrats on becoming a "real" blogger, dear! :D

    LadyDanio @ Ravelry

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  43. Both the roving and the yarn is so beautiful!
    Great giveaway.

    I'm a follower

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  44. I wrote about you on my blog!

    http://emptyknitstersneverendingknitting.blogspot.com/

    Emptyknitster!

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  45. Congratulations on your new blog. It is interesting to read. Enjoy your 5 minutes of fame.

    Knittingdancer on Ravelry

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  46. that happy feet would make some beautiful purple socks...if only i could finish a second one... great blog! thanks!
    atthebreakofnoon on ravelry

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  47. I've also subscribed to your blog
    atthebreakofnoon

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  48. You've got me beat by 15 minutes! Both the fiber and yarn is gorgeous even though I don't spin.


    sylvia410 on Ravelry

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  49. Fun reading your blog. Also fun entering your contest. Thanks for the chance to win (yarn I hope). It's is gorgeous.

    foolforknit on Rav

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  50. I saw the roving and though ooooohhh I need be be able to spin better!

    I'm alaskafriend on Rav!

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  51. What kinds of dogs are those? They sure do look happy out in the snow though! Love the roving too. Thanks,
    I'm Vickyknits on Ravelry

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  52. Just found your blog, and happy I did! Beautiful roving.

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  53. The roving is beautiful, but I LOVE the yarn.

    jerseyjessie on Rav

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  54. I'm looking forward to being able to use my drop spindle again as the weather permits me to shed some layers of sweaters. I love the feeling of the fiber sliding over my arm. I'd certainly love it if it were these beautiful rovings.

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  55. I've joined as a follower! Several of my Our Team (waves hello) buddies are as anxious as I that the purple yarn be added in. Good luck all.

    And Thank You to our hostess for a wonderful giveaway. I caught your Blogivation guestspot before I even knew about the contest.

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  56. I love your blog and staying connected! The roving colors are great!

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  57. I love finding interesting knitting blogs. I'm a new follower!

    phoenixfire @ ravelry

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  58. I'm looking forward to hearing your yarn story!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  59. Puppies!! Yah, love them. I'm celticoma on Rav. Subscribed too so I can follow your yarn and roving (and puppies I hope)stories.

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  60. I would like t enter the contest. I'm a brand new blogger also, having a giveaway, and I know it's always fun to have a comment left. I look forward to reading your blog, I found out about it through the nevernotknitting group, where Alana purchased you had a story. I live in OH, about 3 hours from you!

    Hishandmaid on ravelry

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  61. Hi Andrea!

    Well, this my first post to say, "I'm here, I'm Here!" The roving looks scrumptious!

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  62. And a second post to say that your blog will be featured tomorrow afternoon on my blog, http://purplegoddessdesign.com I can't believe I had not already done a post on your blog! What is wrong with me!

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  63. And a Third and final post to say, I've been a follower for a little while now...and will be for a long while to come!! I do hope my blog brings you a couple more followers and congrats on all your wonderful kudos, you deserve it!

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  64. Congratulations on your first guest blogging debut.That's wonderful! You're very kind to offer your blog readers a fabulous yarn giveaway :) I want to win! Pick me! *haha*

    Eliana
    Chandler, AZ

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  65. I am now following your blog :) yay!

    Thanks again for this thoughtful giveaway :)

    Eliana B
    Chandler, AZ
    (Iknitcupcakes- Ravelry name)

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  66. I've just become a follower. It's great to find a new blog - thanks!

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  67. I just became a follower - I reached here by a link from Never Not Knitting's recent PodCast. Great Giveaway!

    Krista
    kbulleri@gmail.com
    Ravelry ID: SewSunburst

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  68. I love the purple yarn too.

    yarninmama on ravelry

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  69. I added you to my google reader list so I'm a folllower too.

    yarninmama on ravelry

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  70. I published your giveaway on my blog:

    YarninCozy

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  71. Yay!! I'm a new follower!!! I found your blog from the Never Not Knitting podcast!! Thanks!!

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  72. Loved your story on Never Not Knitting.

    Melissa
    melissabear on Ravelry
    www.knittingababy.blogspot.com

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  73. I posted about your giveaway on my blog: http://knittingababy.blogspot.com/2010/03/celebrating-with-giveaway.html

    I'm having a giveaway right now too!

    Check it out!

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  74. Contests rule! I've been a follower for awhile!

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  75. I also posted about it on my blog!

    http://sparkeespud.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/knitting-block/

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  76. I am following your blog on Google Reader

    My ravelry name is Nupur (forgot to mention that in my earlier comment). Thanks so much!

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  77. I love your blog, love the homemade pledge and you now have a new follower :0)
    great giveaway, Love Mel
    womaninashoe on rav

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  78. Love the happy feet. Its my color. sparky136 on Ralvery

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  79. Crochet4Life on RavelryMarch 19, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Love the Puppies and the Happy Feet. My daughters favorite color of the moment (she's four) is purple!

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  80. I follow, posted about this on my blog.
    Ravelry Id: syeda
    Blog: www.syedaiffat.blogspot.com

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  81. Found you by searching amigurumi...I made my first last weekend! Stuffed in daughter's birthday box so haven't yet blogged how I've taken up with hookers... Don't spin but the yarn sure is pretty :)

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  82. Great Giveaway!! I'd love to win.
    StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

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  83. Spring colors! Very pretty roving and yarn. LOVE the photography idea of your dogs. They are very handsome pups! I'm RobinsNest on Ravelry.

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  84. Very spring-like colors for the roving and the yarn. Love the idea of a canine photo shoot. I'm RobinsNest on Ravelry.

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