24 June 2010

That's 35 in dog years you know

I can't believe my blog is five years old this month. Who knew I could crap on about knitting and children and goats for that long (ok, don't answer that)?

I first came across blogs by googling 'knitted flowers', as I wanted to decorate a little woolly hat I'd made for a friend's baby, and Google led me to these funny things called blogs! Interesting, I thought. And jumped right in. A nanosecond later I had one of my own.

I've just spent a happy few minutes reading my June 2005 archives, which are a bit cringeworthy and still-finding-my-voice (but they do contain a pea soup recipe to appease the poor bemused people who arrive here courtesy of their own Google search), so I moved on to my July 2005 archives which aren't much better but oh it was lovely looking back at pictures of the [now deceased] cat, and the littlest crouton aged six (six! aargh!) and shots of our old house. My, how things have changed in five years.

Anyway, to celebrate five years of waffling on here at Pea Soup, I am giving away a book on knitted flowers. Yep, how's that for serendipity?

Nicky Epstein's 'Knitted Flowers'

Nicky Epstein is kind of a knitting hero of mine. She can take fancy coloured bits of string and two sticks and fashion the most amazing embellishments, decorations and borders. This particularly lovely book is all about how to knit or felt flowers, obviously, which is also entirely appropriate for an anniversary.

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If you think you'd like this rather beautiful and clever book*, leave a comment below. You don't have to answer any tricky quizzes or tell me a funny story about your left shoe in 25 words or less**, just make sure you include an email address or make sure your profile is active so I can contact you. I'll even post overseas because let's face it, today is a historic happy-making day. Not only is this blog now school-aged, but for the first time in Australian history, a female Governor-General swore in a female Prime Minister today. And although this time yesterday none of us knew it was even on the cards, it's kind of special to see the x chromosomes getting a guernsey around here. Go Julia.

*if you have not the faintest interest in knitting a flower, just comment anyway and if you win I'll think of another prize. Or just go back to that July archives link and enjoy my dead cat and pictures of my children when they were teeny.
**although if you would like to, please don't let me put you off.

70 comments:

Susan said...

Happy 5th! Agreed - go Julia!

peskypixies said...

Happy anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ecoMILF said...

Happy blogversary- what a big one!! Don't enter me in the draw because i have enough crafty books right now that i need to get to. but wishing you all the best and a happy 5! xo m.

Clare B said...

Happy blog-versary. ox

Mary said...

Knitting flowers and me would not go together.

Suse's blog and me on the other hand go very well together!

xxx

Rose Red said...

Happy blogthday! Have enjoyed reading and admiring all your knitting!

I wish I could remember how exactly I found knitting blogs - I must have googled something to do with knitting, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.

willywagtail said...

Congratulations! 5 years is incredible. Cherrie

Melanie said...

I do not especially wish to knit flowers (though it does indeed look very clever), but just wanted to pop in and say Hi, and Go You! Five years of much more interesting commentary than my also recently five year old blog! (An occasion which I marked by continuing to completely ignore said blog. Oops!)
Congrats. Many Happy Returns. And all that :-)

mrsfife said...

Congratulations!

*cough* I came home once from nursery school wearing two left shoes, having been presumably unshod for nap time. The situation was remedied the next day.

I don't think I'd knit flowers, though.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

I love it that you think of your children as croutons.

(Also, give the book to someone who could do it justice.)

gis said...

happy blog anniversary!

Jan said...

Happy blogaversary, to add yet another spelling. Knitted flowers go well on sorts of things.

herhimnbryn said...

Congratulations Soup Lady!

What a day for Australia, what a day...

herhimnbryn said...

PS no book for me. I'm still mastering basic knitting!

Stomper Girl said...

Happy 5th birthday! I recently was looking at my first 2 months of blogging and was cringing too! You had a 6 and a 9 year old in those days and that's what I have now.

(Don't put me in the draw, I've already won a lovely prize this month. I'm just stopping by for congrats. xx)

Tania said...

Given I appear to have the makings of a bunion emerging on my left foot caused by a problematic shoe, I'll spare you the graphically detailed 25 words. I believe yours was the first blog I ever stumbled upon (and I wasn't Googling pea soup recipes), so I hold you personally accountable for the signing up on the bloggy dotted line. Happiest blogiversary excellent lady.

peppermintpatcher said...

Your commitment is to be commended! Five years is a long time.

Elizabeth said...

Happy Blogiversary!
No book for me, I have knitted felted flowers languishing in a zipped bag somewhere in my closet... perhaps I should give them away? I let my 5 year milestone go uncelebrated.
Oops, was that 25 useless words after all?

Victoria said...

Happy 5th!

I'm ashamed to admit that it is my first time commenting, although I have been lurking here for a little while. Always nice to see some other Aussie knitters!

egwugwu@gmail.com

Mousy Brown said...

Yours was one of the first blogs I read - I can't remember how I found it - not by searching for pea soup though I'm sure! Congratulations on five years and your new Prime Minister - lets hope she is a better advert for women than the only one we ever had here!

innercitygarden said...

I'm tossing up whether I can tell you about my missing left ugg boot in under 25 words. You'd probably be more interested in my knitting (Sublime baby gear for new cousin, it's very weird to be knitting cotton in this weather).

It's been a big day of watching the ABC website. And wondering why Rhys Muldoon, a Playschool presenter, was tweeting about the spill before channel ten journos started reporting.

Can I win knitted flowers with a crafty confession? I bought fabric. Lots of fabric. Local organic hand printed Ink & Spindle fabric. It came in the mail yesterday and when I got home the Bloke was excitedly holding the package out to me to open. I wasn't even allowed to go to the loo first, and I kept saying "It's fabric, it's the fabric I ordered" thinking then I wouldn't have to open it immediately (because although I was very excited I also really wanted to go to the loo) and he said "I know, it's really exciting, open it".

I told you he was odd.

The List Writer said...

The news this morning said that Australia had a new Prime Minister, who was Welsh. Confused me no end - but turned out you have a new PM who has parents who were once Welsh.

I like knitting socks best, I think, but am up for trying flowers too. I sew a great many flowers alreday, so why not knit some too?


I do enjoy your blog - happy 5th anniversary!
Nancy. x

Liz said...

Venturing out of the shadows to wish your blog a happy birthday. Here's to the next 5 years.

(P.S. I think knitting flowers may be a tad beyond my capabilities).

Janet said...

Happy fifth blog birthday!!! Gosh what an awesome day to have your blog birthday on. Happy, happy, happy.

Eleanor said...

Well, my dear friend, virtual and real, I'm standing proudly in this commentbox and stretching my arms out to give you a big hug on your 5th anniversary. May we celebrate many more together.

And I shall not say no to the flower knitting book. Firstly, because you just never know. Secondly, it's so beautiful to just look at.

Hang on....I've decided....as God is my witness...should I win said book...I promise to take up knitting so as to make a flower. And the first flower I knit will be yours. How's that for commitment?!

E xxxx

Charlene said...

I am a new comer to your beautiful blog and just love that I can go back and look at those old entries. Such fun!! Thanks for writing .

Z said...

35 years in dog years hey?!
congrats then... pretty neat blog you have here!

This Brokedown Life said...

I'm thinking knitted flowers would be great gifts for friends and a super use of stash yarn. But what I really wanted to say was how much I enjoy your blog. Happy 5, keep it coming. I live in a mudbrick house, too, (in New Mexico, USA) only we call it "adobe."

pinry said...

congratulations on 5 years of splendid blogging, not to mention all the inspiring knitting, photography and domestic arts. i always enjoy my visits chez soup. and julia - wow! i had NO idea that was going to happen. nice that life is always full of surprises.

Aine said...

Congratulations, and count me in! :)

LemonyRenee' said...

Ooh, I'm in, I'm in! I have wanted that particular book for ages, though . . . if I do win it, it might spend a little time under my bed, though, because it intimidates me. ;)

Congrats on your 5 years, and lucky us to have found you!

Pearly Queen said...

Wow - what a lot of comments. I'd just like to win this book!

Martina said...

Hey there from Earthquaked and tornadoed Southern Ontario, Canada! Mild occurances both but what excitement. But I want to tell you about my left shoe......
Happy 5th year of blogging. You are still a read I look forward to! BTW...the squirrel is finished and ready for mailing any day now!

Morgan said...

Congrats to 5 years! I adore Nicky Epstein too!

Samantha said...

Congrats your blogiversary!

Frogdancer said...

"Look at my dead cat".... sounds appealing!

The book looks interesting, but you'd better give it to someone who would really use it.

Emma said...

Happy bloggy birthday! Your blog has been such an inspiration to me over the past years. Thanks to you I discovered knitting, and I have more socks and shawls than I can poke a stick at!

I was happy for Julia too. It's exciting to even be offered a female alternative at the next election.

Claire said...

Happy Anniversary! I can't believe it's five years already. I forget when I started reading your blog but it was certainly before you moved out to the mountains. Thanks for all the words, I've enjoyed each and every one.

blackbird said...

It's the perfect evening to trawl your archives...I don't need a prize - you are prize enough.

Lynn said...

Happy blogiversary, you knitting, mothering, goat-keeping waffler you! And don't you dare enter me in the sweepstakes, me with my slow and awkward garter stitch. It would be humiliating.

Hope you crap on for at least another five years...

Jolie said...

happy blog birthday! (and thanks - I've haven't listened to the news today since before australia awoke for the day so I've missed all the news - off to find out more!)

Anne said...

Wow five years...
I often wonder how long I will blog for its been over 2 years now...:)

Happy Blogiversary....:)

Jack and Alison said...

Happy Anniversary! I love reading your thoughts and antics and I love your knitting. You inspired me to try my first shawl (working away on it now) and encouraged my first pair of Fetching gloves (which I've now knit two pair of...with plans for a third as a gift...they truly are fantastic!! And you make me laugh. I laughed so hard I cried when I read the post about the goats in trees and then almost peed when I did, in fact, google them myself. Thanks for sharing, thanks for writing, and thanks for taking the time for this!! Alison (in Seattle)

Not sure if my email will be included so here it is:
alison.handlin@bastyr.edu

kgirl said...

happy blog-birthday, lady! congratulations on a milestone - I've enjoyed reading you musings immensely these past few years :)

Jo Windmill said...

Happy anniversary- and my left shoe is slightly more worn as my left foot is actually longer!

Kate said...

How funny, my first and your fifith are in the same month! Huge and happy bloggy birthday to you. I've only come by yours recently but I am loving it enough for five years worth. No knitting book for me thanks because although I really should learn to knit something more than a washer I think flowers are well and truely beyond me. Have a wonderful and warm weekend.

Anonymous said...

Never mind the cat, I want the pattern for that blanket it's sitting on!
Well done on five years, you make me laugh.

hillsyde said...

I didn't mean to be anonymous i just pushed the wrong button!

Suse said...

Hey hillsyde, which blanket do you mean? The knitted thing she's sitting on, on the chair on the verandah? If so, it's a knitted cushion that the middle child made for her. Thick stripes of garter stitch in super chunky wool, stuffed with wool fleece stuffing.

I actually only threw it out a couple of weeks ago. After five years of being outside and lain on by an elderly, moulting cat, it was disgusting.

(Quite lovely when it was new though).

RW said...

happy anniversary
to you.
5 years is a long time - my children would have been 10 - that seems ages ago.

Marin said...

Happy blogiversary! I don't comment often, but I always enjoy your wonderful photos and unique perspective.

The Coffee Lady said...

I'd like to knit a flower. But mainly I'd just like to say Go You.

Five years.

Shammickite said...

Congratulations on the new lady boss, we had one for a while here in Canada, now, what was her name..? Oh yes, I remember, Kim Campbell.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Campbell
She didn't last long so I hope your's has more staying power!
And I'd adore winning that lovely book.

Little Miss S. said...

Congratulations. The flowers look great.

Candlepick said...

It's a pleasure reading you, and an even great pleasure seeing your knits.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Congratulations on becoming a Blogging Elder !
No , not elderly .... ELDER .

Apple Tree Dream said...

Congratulations and happy blogging about knitting, children and goats for another 5 years (at least)

Catherine said...

congratulations! I've been blogging for little more than 5 weeks, and am impressed! I'm definitely keen on the book - I think my first discovery of blogs was through googling a knitting question too!

Lyn said...

Happy anniversary! From memory I think I found you through clementinesshoes - ages ago. I am filled with admiration for those who can organize themselves to keep up a blog. I just read, not write! Well done.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- FIVE YEARS. That's awsome Ms. Pea Soup. And what a wonderful prize. I Luuvvv the new Nicky Epstein buttons that I'm finding here in the states. How would a knight in shining armor go with a lovely red knitted flower???

dillpickle said...

Five years!?! Wow, that's huge! Hopefully there's at least another 5 years of blogging about knitting and magpies and things where that came from!

PS. She was a lovely cat.

kt said...

Happy Blogaversary! You are a wonderful writer and I love living vicariously thru your blog.

The cat-who-has-ceased-to-be is tres charmant.

I have just purchased wonderful garden shoes at Target for very few dollaroons, and having returned the ones that are too big, find that the ones that fit perfectly make flawless fart-sounds as they adhere to and peel away from the tops of my feet as I perambulate. It's a funny BOTH feet story, cause I loves ya!

Kimberley said...

Congratulations! Found your blog through Jane Brocket and I love your words and pictures. Kimberley

froginthepond said...

I second innercitygarden's comment on her own Bloke: he is odd. But nice too. Plus I want to know what she's making with all that fabric.

Anyway, big congrats on the blogiversary and all your crafty and non-crafty adventures. The shawl I made using your hand-dyed yarn is my most favourite and most admired by others.

Thankyou for reminding that our wonderful Julia was sworn-in by a female G-G: I've hardly seen any images of the big day what with being overseaas. I skyped my family, reminded my daughter that Julia's picture is in the Australian edition of 'The Daring Book for Girls' and she quickly ran to get it and show it to me again. Yay for the X chromosome!

Lesley said...

Congratulations.
Blogs come and go, but the Soup is still one of my all-time faves!
(Oh, and if pigs fly and I win, could I please have a ball of wool instead of that book? I'm useless at fancy stuff!)

stngls said...

Just found your blog. Must be my lucky day. Happy Birthday to you!!!

L said...

The next best thing to real flowers is knitting some.

Maureen said...

Hello from New Zealand's South Island. I have just found your lovely blog. I will return.
I already have the Nicky Epstein book, have used it over and over. It's surprising what you can stick a little knitted flower on!!!

Tracee said...

Happy anniversary!!! Your blog is my favorite for other-side- of-the-world happenings( its sooo humid here in Vermont I can't imagine winter in June!) your blog is always full of beautiful images and thoughts, its in my top 5!

victoria said...

Yee-ha! Congratulations on your 5 year blog anniversary. xxoo