… but now it was understood that something quite exceptional was being planned for that autumn. Bilbo was going to be eleventy-one, 111, a rather curious number, and a very respectable age…

This is my eleventy-first blog post. In the grand tradition of hobbits everywhere, I think this curious number is quite special, and deserving of a bit of a party, don’t you?

Well then, as everyone knows, at a real hobbit party it’s the guests that get the gifts! While I can’t provide something for each and every one that visits here (and I know there are a fair number of you!), I think I can find a present or two around here somewhere…

Unless my stats page is lying to me, I have a much larger readership than commenters. Let’s say that the more comments I get, the more yarn I’ll give away… maybe increase at ten, 25, 50, and so on?

I’m betting that just as hobbits are drawn to a party with the promise of good food and ale, so are knit-bloggers drawn to a blog contest with the chance of free yarn! So come sit under the party tree, and leave me a comment with a link to your favorite blog post (best story, most amazing photos, funniest tale, deepest thoughts, whatever, from wherever!) for a chance to win some sock yarn or other such fiber-treat!

* * * * * *

In other news, I’ve been having a blast over at the Purple Purl! Jennifer and Miko are doing an amazing job establishing exactly what their tagline says: “Cafe…Yarn… Friends”

Purple Purl
The Purple Purl (photo taken last week).

While the cafe’s not fully-functional yet, their tea selection is awesome and I have heard exciting rumours of an exclusive cupcake designer! There is yarn, oh so much yarn! Yarn in all shapes, fibres, sizes, and colours… and spinning fibre too! And there are friends, both old and new. It’s such a friendly place, and even though it’s only been open a few weeks, people are coming out in droves — last night there were almost 40 knitters at one point! And Miko just bought a beautiful old Saxony-style spinning wheel that I happily played on last night, keeping me up well past my bedtime. There are a few other exciting developments regarding me and the Purl, but I’ll leave it at that for now… All in all, I am loving my new LYS (it’s just straight down the street… if I take a streetcar, that is!) and am looking forward to many more happy knitnights!



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44 responses to “Eleventy-One

  1. Aven

    I don’t know what I’d do with yarn right now, since I haven’t had time to knit in months, but I can’t resist the opportunity to point you to a completely non-knitting related blog post that made me snort with laughter:


  2. http://riverrim.blogspot.com/2007/11/staying-on-task.html

    This is the one I thought of when you asked….

    Congratulations on the eleventy-first post!

  3. Well, of course contests bring out commenters – isn’t that the point of them? ;) Unfortunately I’m a lurker without a favorite weblog post to enter a contest in. There are tons of posts out there, impossible to pick one. However, I thought I might as well wave by. Congratulations on the eleventy-first post, and thanks for making me want to reread LotR! ;)

  4. My favorite post changes, based on what I can remember at any given moment. ;) I was quite amused by this.

  5. 111! Hurray! That calls for second breakfasts. I think my favorite blog post is this one: yarn a go go. It is just such an amazing story and it has such a happy ending.

  6. Kim

    No question about it…this one inspired me to face the reality of my really-bad-job situation and start looking for an inspired-on-a-daily-basis type job: https://aemmeleia.wordpress.com/2007/06/15/friends-and-strangers/

    And now I’m at one!

    You just never know where the little push is going to come from.

  7. Locri

    I spotted this on BlogTO… you might be interested to check it out if you haven’t heard of it yet:

    City of Craft:

  8. Lady O

    Happy eleventy-eleventh!

    I had just read your post yesterday and was trying to think of what my favourite post was, then I went over to the Yarn Harlot and found this: http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2007/11/28/in_which_i_disappoint_even_myself.html#comments

    It wins.

    What is the address of the Purple Purl?!

  9. chanknits

    Well! Hobbits, a contest, photos of a perfect yarn shop… I think that makes YOUR post to which I am replying my current favorite.

    Have fun dragging folks out into the sunlight! ;)

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  11. LOL – Lady O and I picked the same post! But I have another one today

  12. mommieofdrew2002

    My favorite blog is this one…this among the rest of Cassidy’s other posts…..

  13. http://lovincomfortknits.blogspot.com/2007/09/my-own-anniversary-contest.html my own contest blogpost garnered the most comments , 33 so that is one of my favorites!!

  14. I can’t think of a blog post but here is one of the stores I like on etsy that sells amazing fibers, very pretty and nice to spin. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=110802

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  16. Congratulations on the eleventy-first post!
    I don’t really have a favourite blog post. Even though I’ve never had a cat or a dog I think that this post is funny.

  17. http://blackbird17.blogspot.com/2007/11/in-which-theory-that-i-like-idea-of.html
    I stumbled onto this blog and can’t get enough of her wit. I liked alot of her posts but I’ll choose this one for today! I love the idea for your contest, sooooo clever.

  18. What a great idea for a contest–I wish I’d thought of it (I’ve already passed my eleventy-first post, alas). I love hobbits. And hobbits love food, so they’ll enjoy this very funny post: http://ourfounder.typepad.com/leblog/2007/10/jimmy-wales-gro.html

  19. My favoritest post would be the Harlots from July 6, 07 http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2007_07.html (You’ll have to scroll down to see it). Makes me laugh every time.

  20. Congrats on the ‘versary.
    My favorite post is the one that I seem to go back to the most… instructions on knitty for how to kitchener stitch… I need to print this out in case I ever have an internet access meltdown!

  21. deb

    Love the yummy sock yarn! And love that yarn store, too! Purple Purl—what a great name.

    In reading your profile, I noticed you live with “The Horribles.” I live with “The Minions”….do you think they may be related?

    Since I can tell you like a good tale, and I can’t think of any other blog posts right now, here’s a link to a sad little story I wrote earlier this year…


  22. deb

    PS–Thanks for inviting us to the party! :)

  23. I’m not following instructions exactly, but here is one of my favourite blogs to just browse. I LOVE the pictures. What he’s writing about? Who cares when it’s so wonderfully illustrated? ;-)


  24. Eve

    My favourite post right now I think is Birgitte’s post on the Bubble Pullover.


    Isn’t it gorgeous? This is the next sweater I’m knitting for sure.

  25. What a difficult question!

    I guess my favorite blog resource is the 2 on 1 magic loop sock cast on tutorial here: http://files.blog-city.com/files/aa/3830/b/2on1n.html

    The sockbug blog also has a lot of free patterns. :)

  26. This post from No More Sweaters….

    I think about it alllll the time. I love it!


  27. I’m going to cheat a little bit because my favourite blog post is Yarnival#1, which is a compilation of great blog posts. (http://needles.guzzlingcakes.com/2006/09/05/yarnival-volume-1-issue-1/)

    Actually, all the Yarnivals have been fabulous!

  28. http://shutupimcounting.wordpress.com/

    I love reading this blog (no particular entry over another), her sense of humor, etc. I just wish she lived right down the road!
    The purple cafe looks like a dream!

  29. Congrats on your blog post anniversary!

    i much prefer one eleven to eleventy one but that’s only because it’s my house number too. (they both work)

    so my own personal favorite blog post has got to be hands down this one.


  30. Happy eleventy-first post! When my dear friend turned 30 last year and was a bit despondent about it, I insisted on calling it eleventy-one instead, which cheered her up (strangely enough).

    Favorite blog post:
    When Alicia finally finished up that gorgeous ripple afghan. The colors! The cashmerino! The cute kitties!

  31. I came over from Stumbling over Chaos


    PennyKarma is my favorite bloggist. She makes me laugh, cry, and relate.
    Happy Eleventy First!

  32. I really feel as though I should point out some new and funny blog…and in fact Ackery (http://www.ackery.com/) is usually pretty amusing and is one of my favorite blogs.

    But for sheer this-blogger-makes-me-laugh-the-most, it would have to be the Yarn Harlot. In particular (recently), her post from June 27th, which had me in tears from laughing so hard.

    And of course there was Crazy Aunt Purl’s eulogy to Roy – http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/archives/2007/07/the_story_of_ro_1.php
    which also had me in tears at my deak at work…but for entirely different reasons.

  33. Janey

    Happy eleventy-first!
    Even if it will be the eleventy-second when you answer this.

    Funniest blog entry is October 20, 2007, “Susan and the Turkey (or how I came to knit socks)” and generally funny blog overall, is at http://knittinghere.blogspot.com/

    When I just want cheering and down-to-earth good naturedness, I go to A Little Bit of Happy, http://www.bitsofhappy.blogspot.com/.


  34. I would have posted sooner… but I couldn’t think of a particular post I loved. I’d say any of Anne’s Sunday Bloglines because it gives me something to do on Sunday.

    Also, when Cass is in a particularly amusing mood, it just brightens my day to know I’m not the only one who has bitchy moments.

    Congrats on 111. I’ll have to figure out my 300th soon. I’ve never done my own blog-contest!

  35. There are so many memorable blog posts out there. It’s hard to choose just one!

    But I’ll pick this one: http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2007/08/02/i_was_kinnearing.html. I recently read something that reminded me of those post–and of how much I laughed out loud while reading it.

  36. My favourite is about knitting, go figure, and it’s not even the Harlot. This, I believe, is about an item of wonderful beauty: http://yarnloopie.blogspot.com/2007/09/braided-shawlflechtmustertuch-done.html

  37. Elaine

    Happy 111!

    I love reading the blog maplecorners.blogspot.com

    It is written by a woman running a farm by herself and also taking care of her mother with Altzheimers. Either would be overwhelming for most of us, but the 2 together is, well staggering. She does things with such grace and charm and obvious warmth. It is difficult to decide on a favorite post from her blog, but I think I’ll go with this one which was her contest. It involved her mother’s invented vocabulary, and asked that we make her laugh by using some of those “words” in a post. Check some of them out and send her a kind word too. She has lovely photos and many charming stories about her mother.


  38. I like Sheepish Annie. She is always funny. Love today’s post on trimming the tree…



  39. purple

    I’m also a big fan of maplecorners.blogspot.com (to be honest, Elaine sent me both there and here).

    Her post was particularly appropriate for this contest because it also involved invented words, but I’ve selected another one that grabbed my heart.

    For background, her mother has Altzheimer’s Disease (AD). Here is the post I’ve selected – it reminded me of when my mother-in-law was declining into oblivion and she could recall details of the oddest things, but not remember who her children/grandchildren were. Some of the things were very funny at time, unless you thought too hard about it. This falls into that category. She does use one of her mother’s invented words in the post.


  40. Congrats on your eleventy-one post!

    this post (the one from November 1st) made me laugh out loud. The baby is adorable and the costume is fantastic!

  41. Nicole

    I’m really bad at choosing favourites… but you didn’t say it had to be the one I think is the best ever, so I can just post the link to the one that’s my favourite at the moment, right? Even if it might change by tomorrow?

    If so, I’m going to have to choose one that I’m finding very useful right now: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/01/jogless-stripes.html

    Congratulations on your 111st post!

  42. EJ

    I came across this one at work and laughed so hard I had to run to the bathroom. I met one of my friends there and dragged her back and she laughed so hard she had to run back again. Even the geeky men engineers thought this was a riot.


  43. Always a sucker for a contest :)
    I first found your blog in my tag surfing from this post :
    I was in search of a wheel as well. I was thrilled you were so graciously loaned the wheel and was really warmed at the generosity of others. You always appear in my tag surfer and I am very addicted to reading although Ive not commented yet :)

  44. Congrats on all those posts! :)

    Hmmm, it is so hard to pick a favorite blog post, so I’m going to pick a series of blog posts I suppose!

    I love this series of posts http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/floral_felted_bag/

    by Eunny on her old blog outlining all the steps she took to make her Floral Felted Bag. I love seeing how her mind wraps around the whole design process, and how she can change a pattern to make it one million times better than the original!

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