Next month, it will be seven years since I started this blog.
Over those years, obviously, there have been lots of changes: moving house, losing my job, starting my business, and finding a new job. Volunteering for a cat shelter, doing charity rides, and now volunteering for animal political advocacy. We've lost two sweet cats, adopted three, and have one who is still going strong at fourteen years old.
Hard to believe that Lexy's been with us a whole year already!
The one constant throughout these years has been my knitting. I've knitted at bike races, while visiting in hospitals, and for charity. I've knit alone, at weekly knit nights, or with friends over coffee. It has been a tremendous pleasure for me; at least, it has been as long as I'm not ripping out rows. :)
Sadly, in my opinion, the knitting community has changed. When I first started my blog, I could hardly keep up with all the other knitbloggers, the fun contests like The Amazing Race, and the swaps. I looked forward every morning to reading about other knitters' projects, and hearing about new patterns. I couldn't wait to compare notes on the new issues of magazines or new yarns.
This community has all but disappeared. I know many knitters abandoned their blogs to Ravelry, and I understand their reasoning. Blogging is time-consuming, and posting projects not only on your own blog, but also on Ravelry, takes a lot of free time that you could spend on knitting itself. While I do have a Ravelry account, I've never felt the same bond there that we had through blogging. Additionally, a lot of knitters have switched their focus to sewing, embroidery, or cooking, and many have also gotten married and started families and have no more time to knit or craft.
For at least two years I've been debating about the future of my own blog, and I think it's finally time to close the door. I haven't posted in several months, between my new job and a gift project that is taking so much longer than I ever thought it would to complete. I see that Google reader is shutting down now too. So, though it pains me, I wanted to say goodbye to anyone who may still subscribe, and to let you know that you can find me occasionally on Ravelry, Twitter, Polyvore, and Pinterest as knitseashore, or at www.shorelinewriting.com if you are looking for writing and editing assistance. My business is Shoreline Writing Services on FB and ShorelineWrite on Twitter.
Elizabeth Zimmerman said, "Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises," and I have done that these past seven years, alone and with friends, through finished objects good and bad. I intend to keep doing that -- to knit through all joys too -- and I hope you will as well. Please keep in touch.