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.)
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
- Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you're most excited about this fall.
- Pin this post on Pinterest and leave a comment with the link to your pin.
- 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!