Reduction to practice

Leigh Witchel did some investigating for his article in the most recent knit.1, looking for the first knitting blog. And what happened? Nobody owned up to having posted a knitting journal entry before me (March 19, 2001). Me! Surely that’s impossible (Leigh was specifically looking for knitting blogs/journals, not just knitting websites).

As he writes, I could have sworn that someone must have done this before me, but I couldn’t figure out who it was — all the suspects claimed to have started later. I even had a printout from Dangerous Chunky’s website (an entry in which she wrote about my site, and I thought that was so awesome I printed it out and I still have it) but apparently no joy was to be had from the links on that page, either.

But do I count, anyway? I blogged back then the way I blog now, which is to say quite infrequently, and in between my first post and my second, other people started up their online knitting journals and did a better job of it.

(I leave it to those of you with nothing better to do to dig up that post on the Way Back Machine. I’m not going to link it, because it was lame. About stashing too much. With a poll, I believe.)

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11 Responses to Reduction to practice

  1. Dr. Steph says:

    Funny, when I saw your post on my bloglines I though “she’s alive!”.

    Not to dismiss your new-found noteriety, but your blog might be the only one that wasn’t completely wiped from the internet. I believe the way back machine can’t archive things that didn’t exist before they started.

    No matter, someone has to be first.

  2. j. says:

    Sadly, the timeline, by the time it hits the 20th century, is focused only on literary publications rather than other media. A few events are mentioned (it includes the event of EZ’s birth, which frankly I think is unnecessary because she didn’t spring from the womb with a pair of knitting needles — she gets two other entries in the list) but most events are the publication of books and the launch of Internet sites and literature. Digital literary works are presented by the earliest archived Usenet post, the KnitList and Emily Way’s woolworks.org, and even KnitNet, but there is not a mention of a single podcast or other digital media format.

    There were some other omissions. The timeline ends with VK’s 25th anniversary in 2007, but doesn’t mention the first publication in 1982 (or the existence of Vogue Knitting, when it was published by Conde Nast in the first half of the 20th century). No mills or craft yarn manufacturers are mentioned (the introduction of fun fur, anybody? I’m guessing it would have happened sometime after nylon was invented?)

    And just in case anyone does want to know — there is no entry for the first recorded use of the phrase “stitch and bitch”, although the publication of Deb Stoller’s first book is mentioned.

  3. Brenda says:

    In a conversation six months ago with Marie Irshad, of Knitcast, she told me that you were the first person ever to blog about knitting. I thought it was common knowledge, and that *I* was the last to know!

    I don’t have the magazine, but am wondering if Marie is in that timeline, as the first knitting podcast?

  4. --Deb says:

    Well, SOMEBODY had to be first. How nifty that it’s you!

  5. j. says:

    Just checked — other people from fall 2001 were mentioned, but not Sarah, dang.

  6. j. says:

    Sure, but there was nothing quality about that inaugural post!

  7. Wannietta says:

    WTG Jenna – blogging before blogging was cool! And don’t be too hard on yourself; there’s a lot to be said for quality over quantity. This is definitely NOT to say/imply/infer that those who post frequently necessarily lack quality.

  8. M-H says:

    Sarah Bradberry at http://www.knitting-and.com has blog archives going back to October 2001, so not quite as old as you. I think hers is the oldest in Australia.

  9. Carol says:

    Dangerous Chunky… sigh. Whatever happened to Dangerous Chunky? That was the first blog I read. along with you and Marilyn…

  10. claudia says:

    Excellent. That would be very fitting.

  11. caroline says:

    Well, you may be rare, but as Marilyn (knitting curmudgeon) says, you damn well are handy…Congratulations on being first or at least first among equals!