Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A CONTEST TO STIMULATE THE BLOGCONOMY!

Having been AWOL from my blog for (shamefully!) over one month now, I'll try to regain re-entry into the good graces of you, Gentle Knitter, by offering up this contest to coincide with my much anticipated Sunday pilgrimage to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!

The Contest:

Guess how much money is in this bowl!

The 2 folks who come the closest to guessing the exact amount ($.cc) without going over will be declared the winners!

Just post your guess in "comments" by Sunday, May 4, 2008, 6 pm. I'll announce the winners on Tuesday, May 6 th.

I raided our piggy banks to supplement my yarn expenses and will be cashing in these coins today. At this point, I don't even know how much money I have here!

The Prizes:

I have 2 pristine Debbie Macomber paperbacks, brandy new, bindings not even cracked, which I purchased at a recent American Assoc. of University Women charity book drive. Be one of the lucky 2 best guessers and I'll send one to you!

Good Luck to you all!

Now, onto the knitting....

I was just so pleased with my food coloring lace weight yarn dying experiment that I blew the dust off my brand new Addi lace circs and cast on for the "Comfort Shawl. "

I'm at row 31 now, and liking both the colorplay of the yarn and the smooth knitting of these #4 needles. The pattern begins at the top and just keeps expanding outward and downward.

I'm determined to complete this Noro Kureyon buttoned wrap in time to wear it on Sunday! Yes, I am totally deluded. But, immensely happy in my delusion!

So happy you asked...

No, it's not been neglected. The sleeves to Mike's Christmas/Birthday sweater continue to move along at a snail's pace, it seems, but I do see progress. I have actually surpassed the bend of the elbow at this point. But, still a ways to go! Can we say "Father's Day?" I'm renaming this the "Holiday Sweater" as one never knows just which holiday is going to coincide with it's completion!


Say it loud, I'm cheap and I'm proud!

A lovely link to "whiskers" was posted in a recent Monthly Dishcloth yahoo group digest. Since I have oodles of scrap balls of PVC/SNC cotton to play with, this was the perfect mindless project to use up some of that stash. I had people randomly select the next color to be used and this was the end result. Oh, I wasn't able to stop at dishcloth length, so addicting tying just another color ball on became, so I just kept going until I ran through all the colors in my basket. It's my summertime table runner, folks! I will need to trim down the tails but I love it! Next I will do some cloths! If I can control myself! A nice way to "tie one on" without the morning hangover!

Winter hibernation is over....

These socks ( Sockotta) were started sometime last year -end of summer perhaps? I decided to try an afterthought heel in order to continue in my mindless 2 Toe Up one long circ needle knitting mode. They'll travel to Maryland with me.

A new 3 Amigas Knitalong...

In the past Jeanie, Nan and I have attempted once to knit the same project. We chose knitting an entralac bag,each with a different yarn choice, but the sizzle fizzled! We discovered this pattern at the 2007 Stitches East at the Woolplay booth. The (bait)display model of the jacket was gorgeous, albeit rather ambitious. So naturally, we were hooked. Note my meager progress. Have test knit several squares over in order to get gauge. Each square is 2 3/4 inches, knit in Koigu. Finally, motivation to dig into that multicolored Koigu stash I've been accumulating over the past 10 years!

Charity baby knitting rediscovered.....

Inspired from my membership in the Baby Sweater Knitting Yahoo group a while back, I've been playing around with a pattern from the Leisure Arts Precious Layettes leaflet. This is the Precious Lamb Pattern, with a few adaptations.

I've only profiled a few of the many knitting demands on my time. I'm convinced that the only way I'll ever finish Mike's sweater is if I lock myself in a empty cell, devoid of all other knitting stimuli. Rather drastic.

Any suggestions?

32 comments:

Katie O said...

I think:
$26.72

Hope you have fun... I'm so jealous!!

Firefly Nights said...

Oh, I'd say about $36.95.

amy said...

$54.20

KSee said...

My oh my you have been burning up the needles. Love the color of you handpainted yarn. I'm going to guess 41.44

hakucho said...

I'm not good at guessing...but I'll give it a try $49.53 :)

I can so understand how your table runner could become addictive ;)

carole said...

it's about time your back to blogging!
Not being able to determine the size of the bowl from the picture this is a complete WAG (wild ass guess) $37.54

I wish I was going, but alas, ain't happening again this year... I have company coming May 30 and a house to destash!

alittleknottie said...

I'm guessing $23.72.

Anita said...

Love the table runner.

I am going to guess $87.65

Thanks.

Anita

DawnK said...

I'm guessing $30.52. I love how the egg-dyed yarn is turning out, with your shawl. Very pretty. The other projects are pretty, too. You are a busy knitter!

Prairie Chicken said...

What a wonderful site. Have fun at your festival. Can't see how deep your bowl is but I will saw $37.73. God's blessings

Jil Pulley

Cindy said...

I love the colors of the shawl. I am guessing $11.59.

Cindy from Dallas

crochetgirl said...

Hi! My guess is $33.21 Thanks from Christine G. at
http://gardenyarns.blogspot.com/ or just_get_real@yahoo.com
Take care.

krazy4katz said...

Loved your yarn dyeing pictorial - great colors!

I'll say.....$34.38.

Valerie K

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing $68.78 thanks Rose

Breien in Lansingerland said...

I think $29.14 Have a good time though at the Wool Festival

smariek said...

You've been productive. I think not blogging is the trick to getting more knitting done, I know I have less time for knitting when I'm sitting in front of the computer.

In your table runner, did you just tie the ends together, or are you going to have to weave them all in? I hate to think of how long that would take. It's a great way to use up scraps, and we all have them.

Hey, we can have a "slow" race. I think you'll finish the sweater before I finish the vest for my Mom. lol.

I'm not very good at guessing, but... I'll try $48.73.

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now, where was I said...

37.25 I am gathering my summer reading and this will slide right in. have a wonderful time at teh festival!!

ozlynda said...

OH! lovely shiny coins!
I love something shiny so I just HAD to enter.
Have fun at the festival and I guess $57-75.

Turtle said...

Hmmm, you've been busy! 63.29 is my guess!I can never tell and am always suprised when we turn in our change jug. The last time my mom turend her jug in (her boyfriend and her each have their own jug and it is almost a competition for them) mom paid for her cruise and her boyfriend bought a used truck! have fun at the festival!

tripletsmom said...

I'll guess $45.39. Have great fun spending it!

Anonymous said...

$23.00 thats my guess!
dani
boots713@hotmail.com

Kristen said...

I'll guess $26.12. Have fun at the festival!

Heddy said...

I think I am low, but I am thinking that it looks like $14.25

Anonymous said...

Hi there!

Umm... $33.45 ?? LOL

Have a great trip!
MaryBeth
greenlady at gra.midco.net

Darcy knotty Knitter said...

I want to say $29

Mairi said...

14.53 is my guess - love your dying tutorial!!

charmarie said...

my guess $38.79

stitchin' girl said...

$56.27 is my guess. I love your blog!! I especially like the yarn you dyed - and how it is knitting up.

knittinggranny54 said...

im going to say 34.33 sure hope you enjoy yourself and cant wait to hear how it was. you do such nice work
grandma steph

Anonymous said...

$33.64 is my guess.
Pam

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Around my house Uncounted Coins in any container have two properties: They always total more than I thought, but less than I hoped for. I THINK you have $41.08, I HOPE you have at least 3 skeins of great yarn. Also hope you are enjoying the festival.

DawnK said...

Wow, you've been busy! The table runner is pretty and will make a nice summer addition to your table. Everything else is looking nice, too! Great job.