4 year anniversary + giveaway!

knit baby blanket pattern

September 1st marks 4 years for me blogging here at Painting Lilies. I started this blog as a side project when I wasn’t feeling challenged at work. I learned some basic coding, WordPress and other skills to get my start. I didn’t have a plan and didn’t expect anyone other than my friends to read this blog.

And at first, that’s what happened.¬†Friends and family read my posts. I took photos and knit blankets and cooked. Little by little I learned how to blog. I had fun working on my tiny space in the internet and blogging world.

Eventually, more people started finding my posts. Google started picking up my popular ones. I started an email list. And sites like Pinterest, Ravelry, StumbleUpon, Craftsy and Craftgawker sent many of you my way.

Now there are many more “strangers” who read than friends and acquaintances. I’m so glad that I’ve been able to provide patterns that you’ve used to make hand knit gifts for your friends and family. I love receiving pictures of what you’re working on. I still read and reply to all my emails and blog comments. And it’s still really exciting to get blog comments 4 years later.

So let’s celebrate my 4th year of blogging with a giveaway! (You might notice that I also designed a new logo and changed the look and feel of the site recently…it’s fun to do a make over every now and then. Plus I’m much better at this than I was 4 years ago.)

The Prize

4 of you will win all 4 of my paid knitting / crochet patterns (Tunisian Tweed Baby Blanket, Linear Cowl, Knobby Cowl¬†and Sand Cable Blanket) I’m working on a new project right now. When that’s done, you’ll get that pattern for free, too. 5 free patterns!

How to Enter

  1. Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you’re most excited about this fall.
  2. Pin this post on Pinterest and leave a comment with the link to your pin.
  3. Do both #1 and 2 for 2 entries.

You have until the end of the day on Monday, September 2nd to enter. I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Good luck and happy Labor Day Weekend to everyone!

 

17 Responses to 4 year anniversary + giveaway!

  1. Hi! I just found your fantastic blog, and I love it! Here in Australia winter is just finishing. The thing I was most excited about in autumn (fall) this year was finally learning to knit! For next year’s autumn/fall I am already excited about applying my new skills to make loads of cosy things for my family!

  2. I love cowls for fall as well. I tend to get bored with larger projects. Also looking for bookmark patterns for Christmas stocking stuffers. Enjoy the pictures of your patterns.

  3. I love making fingerless mitts and cowl. I love fall weather and all the wonderful knot & crochet lovelies that come with the colder weather.

  4. I love all your patterns. My first granddaughter received a twin leaf blanket, as well as an owl pillow. This fall I am looking forward to knitting for first grandson.

  5. I originally came here for the basket weave baby blanket, which I have just started and am looking forward to seeing how it turns out. It’s my first foray back into knitting after a very long break. I am enjoying exploring different stitches and patterns and looking forward to making something other than scarves!

  6. I just found out this month that my youngest daughter is having her first baby after losing 2 to ectopic pregnancies. This time it is not ectopic and the baby is where supposed to be and growing healthily. I will be making some blankets for her and that is exciting to me. This is my eighth grandchild.
    I’m also looking forward to doing some other knit and crochet projects when the weather here cools down.

  7. I am finished up an aqua version of the twin leaf baby blanket, and have thoroughly enjoyed working on it. So pretty! Since I moved from the Chicago area to southwest Florida in 2004, I have abandoned heavier knitting projects in favor of lightweight shawls, wraps and baby blankets for friends’ new grandbabies. Keep the beautiful patterns coming!

  8. I am finishing an aqua version of the twin leaf baby blanket, and have thoroughly enjoyed working on it. So pretty! Since I moved from the Chicago area to southwest Florida in 2004, I have abandoned heavier knitting projects in favor of lightweight shawls, wraps and baby blankets for friends’ new grandbabies. Keep the beautiful patterns coming!

  9. After a summer full of lots of yard work, I’m looking forward to the crisp, cool days this fall to knit, bake and enjoy the beautiful colors of the leaves as they change.

  10. Was traveling between Minnesota and Georgia, so did not see this in time! But I’ll tell you what I’m most excited about this fall – moving back to Minnesota after 20 years in the Georgia heat! Interviewed for a job in the area I want to live in & hopefully will be up there by mid-October!

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