Saturday, May 5, 2007

Half a candle!

Little kids enjoy "half birthdays," and since my blog is still a little kid, today's that special day. TECHknitting is 6 months old!

Thank you readers

And, let me add: "Merci," "Danke," "Mange Tak," "Jolly good of you!" "Thanks, mate," "Gracias," "Dank u," "Grazie," "Obrigado."(For further messages in different languages, look at the bottom of this post.)

A recently commissioned survey found that you folks come from all over the world! Czech Republic, Singapore, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Japan, India, England, Brazil, Ireland, Holland, Chile, Turkey, Korea, Venezuela, Poland, Portugal, Belgium, South Africa, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, China, Italy, Hong-Kong, Scotland, Croatia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Israel, Sweden, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, Hungary, Ecuador, Romania, Norway, Honduras, Bermuda, Kazakhstan (I'm not kidding...) Iran, Mexico, Switzerland, Finland--more than 50 countries and counting...did I miss anyone?

And Canada (O Canada!) From Nova Scotia and St. John's to Vancouver, with many, many stops in between (hello Toronto, hello Montreal), and as far into the True North as the wilds of Alberta. Living in the "northern tier" in the state of Wisconsin, I never forget that Wisconsin is "down SOUTH" to you folks. Yowsa, you are tough.

Closer to home, hello to readers on both US coasts, from downeast in Maine, through Noo Yawk and Noo Joisey to islands off the coast of Washington state, and even Alaska, with many, many points in between--from thriving metropolises (metropoli?) to places I never heard of before. Surprising to me are the lots of readers from places I thought were too HOT for knitting (Georgia, Texas, Southern California, Alabama, Florida). Guess I don't know much...

Thanks to all of you guys for reading, and thanks also for all your lovely comments. When pounding Adobe Illustrator in the wee hours, I sometimes go back and read your comments to take heart.

I'll finish with big thanks for something else. Isela of Purling Sprite recently honored TECHknitting by nominating this blog for a "thinking blogger" award. In order to actually claim the award, I'd have to nominate another 5 blogs. I've tried to do it, I've made lists, I've gone back and read the archives of many blogs on the computer. However, in the weeks since Isela's lovely nomination, it's become apparent that it's impossible to parse it down to 5--there are too many great blogs. The finished garments, the lovely yarns, the inspirational stories, the countdown clocks, the jogging goals, the KAL's, the Dulaan knitters, the teaser pictures of "surprise" gifts on the needles, the goofy cat photos, the question boards, the heartbreak, the perseverance, the forums, the whole knitting's just too difficult. You guys rock.

Thanks to Isela, and thanks to you all.


GERMAN: Ein herzliches Willkommen wird den deutschen Lesern angeboten -- meine Mutter war in Berlin geboren, und bis jetzt, sprechen wir immer noch Deutsches im Haus. Wenn Sie sich interessieren, dieses blog auf Deutsch zu lesen, können Sie den Service entweder von “Google Translate” oder AltaVista "BabelFish” verwenden. Sie müssen das URL dieses blog ( in den korrekten Bereich einfach eintippen, und die Übersetzung wird schnell, (auch wenn nicht immer so genau) durchgeführt.

FRENCH: Bienvenue aux lecteurs français! Trois ans je suis allé à l'école dans la région française de la Suisse. Mon mari a étudié le français à l'université. Si nous voulons dire à des secrets ce que les enfants ne peuvent pas comprendre, nous parlons français (très mauvais). Si vous vous intéressez lire ce blog en français, vous pouvez employer le service de "GoogleTranslate" ou d' "AltaVista BabelFish." Vous devez saisir le URL de ce blog ( dans le secteur correct, et la traduction sera effectuée rapidement (bien que peut-être non 100% exactement).

SPANISH: Hola a los lectores españoles! Si usted desea leer este blog en español, usted puede emplear los servicios de "GoogleTranslate" o de "AltaVista BabelFish." Escriba en el área correcta, el URL de este blog ( y habrá una traducción (aunque quizás el no 100% exacto).

PORTUGESE: Boa vinda aos leitores de Portugese! Se você quiser ler este blog em Portugese, você pode empregar os serviços de "GoogleTranslate" ou de "AltaVista BabelFish." Escreva na área correta, o URL deste blog ( e haverá uma tradução (embora talvez não 100% exato).

DUTCH: Onthaal aan Nederlandse lezers! Als u dit blog in het Nederlands wilt lezen, kunt u de dienst "GoogleTranslate" tewerkstellen of "AltaVistsa BabelFish" u kan URL van dit blog ( in het correcte gebied schrijven, en blog zal snel vertaald worden (hoewel zeker niet nauwkeurige 100%).


Blogger Ilene said...

Cograts on reaching your 6 months. Just love your blog - and love using the "new to me" techniques you have shown us.

Ilene in the Okanagan, BC, Canada

May 5, 2007 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Vaedri said...

Happy Half Birthday! You definitely deserve an award for the stuff you post here - it's so well done and thoughtfully laid-out. We Canucks know a good thing when we find it!

Kirstie in Port Credit (Mississauga), Ontario

May 5, 2007 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger MaryjoO said...

Yep, I'm the one in Kz. Amazing though where everyone is. You help us more than you know -- I had printed up quite a few pages and found them yesterday -- astounding what techniques you cover! And truly ... 6month olds are a lot of fun!

May 5, 2007 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger willi said...

Another faithful reader from Canada...White Rock...30 km south of Vancouver on the US border...


May 5, 2007 at 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Sylvie said...

I'm one of your dutch readers :-)
Congratulations with this half year birthday! Hopefully we will be able to celebrate many more!

May 6, 2007 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger dorothee said...

Happy Half Birthday! Thank you for every post, it has been really interesting reading them.

Congratulations from Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

May 6, 2007 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Here it is- actual fan mail! Your posts and directions are so clear and simple- I am self-taught and have jerry-rigged my knitting for way too long, time to start getting it right for once. Thanks- I will refer here first from now on.

May 6, 2007 at 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really liked this linguistic posting, as I am fluent in a 2nd language and have touches of three more. I will mark the translation sites you linked or mentioned. Thanks.

May 6, 2007 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Didn't miss me, I am out here in Egypt. Love all the languages on your post. I am fluent in Spanish and English. Learning Arabic at the moment. I actually checked out your blog from Isela's Purling Sprite and I couldn't believe I was missing out. Happy 1/2 B-Day!!!

May 7, 2007 at 1:48 AM  
Anonymous polarbears said...

I raise my sticks to you! Happy 1/2 and thanks.

May 7, 2007 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger OfTroy said...

congrats on your semiversary, and on your 'thinking persons blog' award.

(i read only the best blog, your the second of the blogs i regularly read to get the award!)

May 7, 2007 at 2:55 PM  
Anonymous marjorie said...

Congratulations on the nomination! You certainly deserve it. I've been knitting for more years than I like to think about, and I always find something I didn't know when I read your posts. (And you know that we Noo Yawkah's aren't easily impressed.)

May 7, 2007 at 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I love your blog! I'm hoping to use your colour knitting techniques for when I learn to colour knit (you know, eventually... It's on the to-do list!)

Your Canada credits should read from St John's to VICTORIA... A little more west coast than Vancouver... And if you're reading just IP address, mine would show up as Richmond even though I live in Victoria, but that's another story. :)

Happy 1/2 birthday! :D

May 7, 2007 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Lorette said...

Happy half birthday! I look forward to every one of your posts!

May 8, 2007 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger noricum said...

Happy half birthday! (Hey! You forgot Winnipeg! ;) )

May 14, 2007 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

Six months already? All I have to say is that I am so happy you started this blog! Your instructions and illustrations are clear as a bell, while leaving out no detail too small. Your examples are presented clearly, and you write well, to boot! Congratulations, but you deserve a full candle!

May 17, 2007 at 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Silvia de Castillo said...

I'd like to add Guatemala to the list. Congratulations on this and future anniversaries, and thank you so very much for all the useful information. Definitely makes my knitting easier and fun!

November 17, 2007 at 9:33 PM  

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