Happy 1st Blogiversary fitknitchick! Cake and a giveaway too!

One year ago today, I nervously sat down at my computer, wrote a short essay about fitness, nutrition (and knitting; see if you can find the reference) at holiday time (it’s still relevant; Christmas is only 5 weeks away!) and hit ‘Publish’ for the first time.

As some of you know, WordPress rewards each new post with a cheerful announcement telling you how many words you just wrote and how many posts in total you’ve written. Groovy!

They also give you some ideas for your next post (which, incidentally, I’ve never used because they’re never topics that appeal to me, although yesterday’s first topic might be fun…).

Today, I wrote my 120th post. (I’m flabbergasted. Who knew I had so much to say?). And like every single time I hit ‘Publish’, for a moment I felt butterflies in my stomach. Worried about whether I’d got the wording right. Concerns that nobody would read it. Wondering why on earth I kept putting myself out there, exposed for all to see. (If you blog, are you nodding your head in agreement?)

I began this blog as a way of reaching out to my clients and class participants on the days they weren’t training or exercising with me. A way to coach them ‘virtually’ between sessions and classes. A place to celebrate their victories. A platform for education. A point of entry to the online health and fitness community. A peek at how I balance a busy life with family, clients, exercise and time for myself (that’s where knitting comes in).

Somewhere along the way, it became more than that. I made new friends and discovered many wonderful blogs. I rediscovered my love of writing.

Your comments and positive responses to my posts have made me realize that we share many of the same health and fitness concerns. That my challenges are not very different from your challenges. That the things I struggle with, you struggle with too. That many committed exercisers are also accomplished knitters (see comments to this post, which was, incidentally Freshly Pressed!).


To celebrate, I thought we’d have cake and presents. The cake, alas, is only virtual, but the presents are real, to you, from me! Shall we open them together?

A skein of my favorite luxury, hand-dyed yarn from Saffron Dyeworks (the yarn base is Enya, a lovely 2 ply merino sock yarn; makes beautiful shawls too; the color, Garden of Ireland);

A copy (gifted to me by Kara Thom and Laurie Kocanda; thanks!) of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom;

Having never done a giveaway before, I did what any conscientious blogger would do; scour the blogosphere for other giveaway posts to see what my options were.

Many giveaways require the winner to ‘subscribe to’ or ‘follow’ the blog. Since many of you already do and some of you might be inclined to based on content alone (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), I rejected this format. (Incidentally, if you haven’t already and do want to subscribe and receive email notification every time I write a new post, scroll down and enter your email in the ‘Subscribe’ box in the sidebar :).)

Others make ‘liking’ them on Facebook or ‘following’ them on Twitter the price of admission. This feels slightly coercive to me. Sure, ‘like’ (fitknitchick) or ‘follow’ (@ fitknitchick_1) me because you really like me and find what I have to say interesting, not because you want a chance to win a (great!) book or a skein of (fabulous!) yarn.

In the end, I decided that all you need to do to be entered in my blogiversary giveaway is to leave a comment at the end of this post. Let me know what you like (or dislike) about this blog and indicate which gift, the book or the yarn (or either, if you enjoy both exercise and knitting!) you’d like to receive.

I’ll leave comments open until the morning (my morning that is; I tend to wake up and check in around 6:30 am, PST) of Wednesday, November 23rd, at which time I’ll draw two names at random. Winners will be announced on the blog later that day. Best of luck!

My goals for year 2?

To increase discussion over each and every post. Of course, that requires my readers to not just read, but comment too! I’ll do my part and reply to anything you have to say (as long as it’s friendly and inclusive and family-friendly!). 

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  1. Congrats on your 1st anniversary! Cheers to a great 2nd year!

  2. Congratulations on your first year of blogging! I am so glad I found you! I always find you have something inspirational or thought provoking for me and I always feel happy when I see something from your blog in my inbox! Keep up the the great work.. I know you have inspired me to go after my dreams a great deal! Thank you!:)

  3. Congrats on a year, Tamara! That’s quite an accomplishment! I’m going to subscribe and Iook forward to the next year of conversation. My preference? The yarn! 🙂

  4. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Good work! The yarn is beautiful – I’d love to knit it up.

  5. Congratulations on your first anniversary!
    (I already love that yarn, but really should find inspiration to exercise more – so either is fine with me)

  6. Congrats! You’re blog is always interesting, inspiring and motivating – just what I need when I can’t be at the gym with you. Keep it up, I’m always happy to see one of your posts arrive in my inbox, you’re doing a great job blogging! Here’s to your second year and more!

  7. Congratulations on a fabulous first year! Nothing beats celebrating knitting and fitness.

  8. You go girl….keep up the good work:)

  9. QBabe aka Tonia says:

    Congrats on your blogiversary!!! I’m LOVING the chance to win some Enya “Garden of Ireland”, since I missed that one – tee, hee!

    Pick me, pick me, pick me!!!

  10. I like both knitting and fitness, a mix I haven’t found very much. You content is wise and relates to my life somewhat altho I’m past the children at home phase. So, I do like the yarn best should I get to be one of the lucky ones.

    I met you briefly at Sock Summit when you took a photo of everyone knitting during yarn harlot’s talk. Everyone knitting through a meeting with no one being upset by it was one of the highlights of SS for me. Then I found your photo on line and there I was, front and center!

    I started reading your blog and haven’t stopped. I’ve blogged some for graphics classes I’ve taught but want to start a less class-like one. Yours is a good example. When I went for more of a discussion, I had to add forum capabilities to my “blogger” blog. It got complicated but was useable. I want to switch to WordPress for a solution to that. Keep up the good writing.

  11. Congratulations on your anniversary! I have the same feeling every time I click the “Publish” button, too. I’d love the cake…oops, I mean, yarn. =)

  12. Kathy Radic says:

    Tamara, YAY! ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY ! This is so great! We’re so proud of you at SDW’s. Kathy

  13. I can’t remember how I found your blog — probably thru Ravelry. I like reading about people who have the same beliefs. I too believe in the importance of exercise, good clean eating and knitting. I do have a lot of knitting friends who take their health for granted, and prefer only to knit to stay happy. On the other hand my active friends find it really weird that I take my knitting hiking, biking walking…… lets just say I don’t leave the house without it!

    Anyway Happy Happy Anniversary – keep on blogging, I find it therapeutic myself (I’m just a beginner blogger)

    I LOVE the YARN!

  14. Congrats on your first year! I love the blog for all the tips, especially fitness and food (I haven’t knit anything for years, maybe one day I’ll get back at it). Looking forward to reading many more posts!

  15. Thanks for the awesome cardio crunch class today 🙂

  16. Well done! My life has been influenced by you, your advice and enthusiasm for living well. Thanks!

  17. Nora Brown says:

    I must say, I enjoy reading your blog and it has got me moving again after a year of doing very little. I even attended an event to help kick my butt into gear. Thank you so much for your blog. It is a regular push for me to workout.

  18. Hi, I’m Pj
    Congrats on your blogiversary, i found now your blog, and the fitness post are very interesting for me, especially because I’m a bit lazy:) and i do more fitness
    My preference is the yarn

  19. Congratulations on a year of blogging! I like that your blog combines two of my interests that I don’t see in combination all that often. I’d love a chance to win the yarn, please (since I am not a mom).

  20. Congratulations Tamara! So glad you took the leap of faith into blogging,,,, I have loved checking out all your good advise….Keep up the great work, looking forward to the years ahead 😉

  21. Congratulations Tamara!! So glad you took the leap of faith into the Blogging world…. I have loved checking it out, Keep up the great words,… Looking forward to the year ahead.

  22. lol…no its my lack of skill on the laptop…I would like to will though 😉

  23. that is ” win ” by the way… see hopeless! I could never be a blogger

  24. Cathy Hyska says:

    Thanks for all you’ve put into your blogging Tamara … so many have arrived at just the right time! The year has certainly flown by!

  25. Congrats on your 1 year blog anniversary! That is fantastic! Keep up the great work! (:

  26. Love your blog, can relate to so much of what you post! Especially can relate to the mindful eating, so hard at his time of year. You are certainly an inspiration, an amazing wife, mother and fitness guru! You should be proud!

  27. Love your page!! Congratulations on one year of sharing your health!! 🙂

  28. Congratulations on having a whole year of things to say. You learn so much about yourself when you put yourself out there for others to comment. A blog without open comments is not a blog.