Friday, June 27, 2008

Sharing the Love

Knitters are, in general, a pretty generous bunch. Think of it: we're there for each other in a pinch to help with patterns or emergency stash misshaps. We spend fortunes on yarn even though the finished object is rarely for ourselves. We knit for charity (and sometimes even for fictional characters). We participate in all kinds of swaps just for the fun of giving to others and sharing our passion. We'll gladly undertake a monster project for someone if it looks like it'd be a fun knit. Really, we're quite generous.

In keeping with that generosity, I've decided to have a contest for my birthday (which is today! I'm 32). Up for grabs are 2 skeins of Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop yarn in the Good Vibrations colourway. For those of you who've heard of this yarn, you'll know it's pretty hard to get your hands on (I stalked them for weeks, but in the end I think this one was an impulse purchase - so unlike me, I know).

But there's more! I've decided to further share the love by making a 20$ donation to Knitters Without Borders on behalf of the winner.

How can we enter this glorious contest, you may be asking? It's pretty simple. Leave a comment before 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 29th, and you're entered to win. I'll do a random number generator thingie and reveal the winner next post (I'm thinking that'll be Monday, I've got a brutal weekend ahead of me).

OK, on to knitting content!

I finished my Socks for Seeley! Here are the legs, see how nicely they match up? All together now: Ooooooh, Aaaaaaaaah

You like that? Here's a close-up of the toes

Yeah, not so matchy anymore. I ran out of yarn about halfway down the foot of the second sock, and had to dive into the stash for my other ball of the same yarn. Unfortunately, it wasn't the same dye lot, so the stripe sequence wasn't the same at all. But you know what? I don't give a rat's arse at this point. I'll invent some schtick about it being a design element, something along the lines of putting your best foot forwards, yadayadayada...

OK, I'll wrap up this post with the Secret Pal 12 Question of the Week.

What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?

Hmmmm, that's a tough one. Well, I'd have to say that the prefect amount of stash would be not too little that you can't continually find inspiration in it or locate an appropriate skein for that "I must cast on IMMEDIATELY" project, yet not too much that storage becomes an issue.

Huh. Is that even possible???

OK, that's it for today. Don't forget to leave a comment if you want to be entered in my "Share the Love" contest. As I mentioned, I probably won't be posting until next Monday. I've got 3 concerts in 3 days, so I'm gonna be a busy-bee!

Happy Knitting Everyone!


Caroline said...

Ooooh contest! Happy birthday!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Dear Knits.
and much applause for the socks. I hope Seely (eventually) is suitably grateful.
(now what do you cast on?? - not to rush you or anything :) )

Hoping the day (and weekend) are birthday special despite the rushy-ness.

cheers to you - KTE

birana said...

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you... you know the rest of the song ;-)
Your socks are very nice. You have quite a nice day for you birthday. Have nice weekend busy WE :)

Jennifer Lori said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Contests rock. I totally love the colors of the Seely socks, and you MUST let us know what happens when/if you send them!

Mrhide said...

hin hin 3:> What socks?!

Maggie said...

Don't enter me in the contest...I've spun my own Sock Hop yarn (It's My Party!) so I don't want to take someone else's chance to get their hands on some. But I still wanted to comment. :)

I know you wanted the socks to be matchy, but they look great anyhow! And happy birthday!

My stash is stupid. I don't mean like, it's stupid big! I mean it's quite stupid. I stashed too much stuff before I had an appropriate appreciation of what I liked to knit with. So I will probably be donating quite a bit of yarn. I have some other stash that has elevated itself to priceless legendary status in my mind and now I'm loathe to knit with it. That's pretty stupid!

Sereknitty said...

Happy Birthday, Tara! Hope you have an enjoyable day, singing your heart out. Loved the Seeley socks ... so colourful!

AliP said...

Happy Birthday sweetheart!! I think the Seeley Socks look amazing.
The husband is bellowing at kids so i have to go.

Lindsey said...

happy birthday! i think that since the top of the sock matches is really all that matters since the foot part will be in your shoes! haha! see it all works out!

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Bah, I missed your contest, but congrats to Jenn for winning!

I find the stash question very funny!

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Oh, and I love your socks for Seely. Let's hope that he wears them on the show!! Hee hee!