Saturday, 25 January 2014

Grow Your Blog

Hi, welcome here at my place!

Today I am taking part in the Grow Your Blog party hosted by Vicki from 2 Bags Full .
Over five hundred people have entered their blogs to take part in the fun, to make friends, to gain new readers and to find interesting blogs we love.

Expecting a few of these coming here I want to write a few words about me:
My name is Tina, I am 44 years old (for nearly another month), and I live in South West Germany, in a region called Pfalz (Palatinate), that is known for growing wine, fruit, vegetables,  and a rather mild climate. I am a vegetarian so I can eat a lot of local produce. I speak German, English, and French, and I am learning Spanish.
In my spare time after work and on the weekends I love to be outside, to spend time with our four dogs, go for walks and runs and bike rides, to work in the little garden behind the house in which we have flowers, fruit and veggies, and a lawn for the dogs to run around.
I also love to knit and crochet and sometimes cross stitch, and recently I found my love for photography again.
The pond close by
And that's about it what I share here.
I started blogging in 2005 (first blog post was on april 21 to be exact), as a log for my knitting in the first place. I had just found out about the SixSoxKnitalong where every two months a new sock pattern was released. I had read a few blogs first without having the urge to write one myself, but then it seemed a good way to show the pictures of my knitting.
I also had wanted to post some pictures of the dogs, and when I thought about what name to choose I came up with "hundgestrickt" that is explained above in my header.
In the beginning I only wrote in German, my native language, sometimes in English for international knitalong posts, or in French for a sweater knitalong with people in France. I also have tried to translate into both foreign languages, but that was just too time consuming, so I am sticking to international English. There is a translating tool button in the side bar for those not understanding English at all.
My gang

I hope you enjoy browsing my blog, seeing my dogs (all rescues from Spain/Greece/and local shelters for those that are no longer with us), discovering my surroundings and my garden, and having a look at my knitting and other crafts. You can choose from the labels in the side bar to get you to topics that you are interested in.
Little ol' me
I would be pleased if you'd leave a comment here and there, I promise I will answer each of them, and I hope you do want to come back soon. If you are set to "noreply" email please come back here to see my reply.

Have a good weekend, I will definitely spend part of mine visiting your blogs!
Thanks for coming over.
Tina

46 comments:

  1. I am visiting through grow your blog. Your mittens are beautiful! I have been toying with the idea of picking up knitting again as I haven't done it in years. I look forward to getting to know you.

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    1. Thanks, Kara! I'd say go and restart knitting. It is so soothing, relaxing... I do knit not only for the product but for the process, too. If you have any questions - I am here to help ;-)

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  2. I have followed you for some time, how nice to get to know you better.

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    1. ;-) Dear Kath, you are one of my most faithful readers and it got time for this!!!

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  3. Good Morning Tina :) I'm Karen, one of Vickie's helpers at GYB. I'm running around the internet this morning checking on participating blogs. Yours is awesome - I love that you made up your own word! :) Have a happy GYB party :) Karen Gass

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    1. Hi Karen, thank you!
      I guess you are quite busy this weekend. Still leaving a comment is nice of you.

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  4. How nice to meet a fellow knitter-explorer! Vicki's GYB has been a wonderful adventure this evening....am having so much fun! I'll be back to get acquainted! Sara

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    1. Hi Sara, nice to meet you. Will check out your place, too. It is aways fun to discover new blogs of people with the same interest. This GYB is such a great party.

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  5. Hi Tina, I've come over from the GYB party ... still working through the huge number of blogs! Loved reading about all your pups and seeing a bit of your knitting ... the mystery mittens are gorgeous. Will now be following along to see more ;) Wendy x

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    1. Hi Wendy, thank you. You have a new follower, too ;-) This party is fun, but it will take me a while to go through all the blogs, too.

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  6. I am a new happy follower! I look forward to reading more of your posts!

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    1. Hi Carol, thanks for coming - and you have a new follower, too, via bloglovin :-)

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  7. Hi Tina! So nice to meet you! I was born in 69, too, and just celebrated a birthday. Almost Happy Birthday to you!;) I'm your newest follower and would love it if you'd choose to follow me back. I have a fun giveaway so be sure to stop by and enter.:) Lori

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    1. Hi Lori, thank you for stopping by! Happy belated birthday to you. Nice to know we are the same age... off now to jump over to your blog...

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  8. I think this would be the perfect time to leave a comment and say how much I've enjoyed your blog. I've been visiting since the Sixsocksknitalong (I didn't remember how I got to your blog, but now that you mention that club I belonged to, I know that's where I found you), but I never leave comments. My sister has a very old Jack Russell, so I enjoy your pictures very much and love it when you also post in German because I hardly every practice that language and it does me good to read some. So, greetings from Canada, and keep up the good posts. I am slowly starting to get back into blogging and knittng (after a baby hiatus).

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    1. Salut Audrey, it is SO nice to hear from you! you have a new follower, too. It's great to know that still if times change and our life changes there is still something in common and I would love to have you comment regularly from now on, if you like what you see :-)
      Liebe Gruesse!

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  9. Your blog is wonderful--love the dogs, crafts, and pictures! We're visiting from the GYB event and boy we're slow getting through the list. Got your blog bookmarked so we can come back and spend more time.

    Deb and Kathy

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    1. Hi Deb and Kathy, thanks for coming and glad you like what you see :-) You have a new follower, too...

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  10. love the pond . . . love the gang . . . love the photo of you

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    1. Thanks Carol :-) Thanks for coming over!

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  11. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Great photos! I have to come back for a longer visit.

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    1. Hi Judy, thanks and feel welcome to come back any time ;-)

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  12. Hello Tina
    It's lovely to meet you here and thank you so much for visiting me and following my blog!
    You have such a clever blog name - I love it!
    WOW - your linguistic skills are amazing - apart from English I learnt French at school.
    Gardening is a great hobby - it's wonderful to nurture plants and watch them grow.

    Your little family of foxies are beautiful - my family in France have a gorgeous Jack Russell! I've always wanted a wire haired terrier!

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and following me.
    I'm now following you too Tina.

    Hugs
    Shane

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    1. Hi Shane, thanks for spending your time here. Your are welcome to come back at any time! I am pleased that you like it here.
      See you soon, here or over at your place!
      And thanks for the compliments.
      Tina

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  13. Your photography is gorgeous. I am going to have to follow you on instegram that photo of the hot air balloon is out of this world good! it has been lovely meeting you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. Hi Caroline, I neglected photography for a long time and am happy that I have gotten back into it! Getting compliments for what I create is just the cherry on the cake. your comment means a lot to me!
      Tina

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  14. Hello Tina - thank you for leaving a comment on Comptonia :)
    Your dogs are precious! And your knitting is impressive...I have never done colorwork. Yours looks perfect!

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    1. Hi Quinn, thanks you so much! Try colourwork, it is not that much more complicated! And the result is fun to look at!
      Tina

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  15. Hi, Tina! I've enjoyed reading your blog and am now following. We do have a lot in common (gardening, photography and DOGS!) I can't wait to catch your next post, your photography is fantastic!! Thanks for your visit! Zenda

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    1. Hi Zenda, thank you so much! It's great to find people with the same interests this way!
      Tina

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  16. I LOVE your dogs and your knitting is fabulous! I'm on the other side of the world, visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog.

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    1. Hi Sandra, nice to meat you her, and thanks for the compliments! Isn't it great to find new friends all around the world?
      Tina

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  17. Hi Tina! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comment.
    I like your gang ;) You have nice pictures as well! I'll be visiting you again.

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    1. Thanks, Sara, love to having you over, again!
      Tina

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  18. Hi Tina....ty for visiting my blog and for your kind words. Look forward to seeing more of your work! Nice to meet you.

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  19. Hi Tina - thanks for visiting my blog - I have enjoyed looking around your blog and meeting your 'family'!! beautiful dogs - I can see they all have their own little personalities - I am now a follower and look forward to seeing more of your posts!!

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  20. Hi, nice to meet you. I have had a great time visiting you blog - It has been so nice to meet you and your family if only for a short time. Perhaps we will meet again. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hope to meet you again , soon, and get to know each other better!
      Tina

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  21. Thanks for following my blog. I'm very glad you are writing in English. I speak average French but had a lot of difficulty when I tried to learn German.

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    1. Hi Una, for me it is "natural" to write in English, as I translate that as International...
      Thanks for visiting
      Tina

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  22. You take amazing photos. Thanks for popping by, so nice to meet new friends. Keep smiling and creating

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  23. Reviewing being a newbie blogger I missed some minor details like making comments... But Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party entries are 600 bloggers. My reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio 24 hours left to go now I just review at much as I can. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.

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    1. Hi Dawn, don't worry, the party doesn't stop today! You can visit the blogs from Vicki's list whenever you want! Her blogpost will stay on her site and the GYB picture on her sidebar will take everyone to the post with the list. That way I found great blogs that were on last year's list.
      Nice to meet you, thanks for visiting here and thanks for following. Feel free to come back any time, you will be welcome!
      Tina

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  24. Hi Tina - just sending a belated thank you for visiting my blog for the GYB party! How lucky are you to get to live in a such a lovely place! I'm looking at nearly 24 inches of snow outside my window right now. I will enjoying reading more about your interesting life there in "German Tuscany" - so far far way from me - and I am very glad I followed you here to your lovely blog. Cindy from TheCranesNest.com

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  25. Hello Tina,
    It is nice to meet you and learn about your interests. You live in a very beautiful place and I can tell by the picture it is a worth becoming an avid photographer. I also like very much to take photos and I'm a scrapbooker. I have to admit I am more of a collector of photographs now that they are digital. I've come to visit from GYB today, and I enjoyed reading about your part of the world and interests in it. These days I'm on the road RV-living and that means not often getting a connections or a good one. When I'm back home in Prince Edward Island I plan to get around to all the lovely new people I have met. But for today we are in North Carolina in the middle of a snow storm and it sounds like the ice rain has started, driving will not be the best and we are going to be delayed. Do take care

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  26. You are like my cousin in Germany, speaking many languages! I've tried learning German and still scold my Mother for not teaching me when I was growing up.

    Looking forward to seeing your pictures and crafting!

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