For my non-knitting-blogger readers, I’m talking about a finished object, a.k.a. FO, or in my upper midwestern white-girl interpretation of gansta speak – Eff to the Oh. Trust me, it sounded much funnier last night while I was thinking up this post as I tried to get Sophie back to sleep. But I do indeed have a finished object to show off, and it is so cute and fun I can’t believe it took me over a month to get around to finishing what amounted to only about five hours of work total.
I am pretty happy with these little mittens that I knit up with the left over Malabrigo from Julie’s tiger hat. I knit them on size three dpns, using my own pattern that I then felted. My friends who warned me about how well Malabrigo felts weren’t kidding. Usually, felting takes forever in my washer, but they felted nicely after one run-through.
Julie was just a little excited to put them on. She’s wearing them still wet from the washer, and didn’t want to take them off. And of course she’s still wearing the purple tutu.
“Show me how you roar like a tiger!”
A note on the technique I used here. It’s sort of a hybrid between intarsia and fair isle. It’s done in the round, with no duplicate stitching, and involves slipping stitches and knitting back backwards on the rows with patterning where the yarn is on the wrong edge of the motif. I’ve seen this technique referred to as “motif knitting” and “festive knitting”. I have a sock pattern in print that explains it all, and I’m thinking about whether I should type this one up or not.
Moving on, here’s what came in the mail the other day. I’m so excited. I’ve been meaning to order some Socks that Rock for ever, and while I had my credit card out the other day ordering some Vesper yarn, I went ahead and did it. For some reason, the checkout on their website didn’t work properly, so the nice lady at Blue Moon called me the next day to clear it up. Very nice lady, I can’t remember her name. Anyway, while I was chatting with her I asked if they had a colorway with some brown and pink in it, and it turns out they do – it’s new enough that it’s not on their website, though. I said “Send me some!” So she did. Yum!
I don’t know exactly when I will be knitting this, but it will be socks for me, so I ordered the medium weight because I like thick socks in the winter. I was pleasantly surprised with how yummy this yarn feels, as well as with the extra bonus bumper sticker and postcard included in the package. Luckily, I drive an old beater car, and I have no qualms about putting stickers on the bumper at this point. As soon as it warms up a bit out there, I’ll be cleaning off my bumper and adding a little more decoration. Maybe I’ll take a picture and show you the other two stickers I have on already.
Watch out, here come some kid pictures. We haven’t had enough kid pictures lately. I haven’t caught it on camera yet, but Sophie has learned to climb the stairs, and she is thisclose to walking. She loves nothing better than Joe or me grabbing her hands and helping her walk around the room. She also loves putting things in containers and taking them out. Here, she’s putting some blocks in the bag and taking them back out.
Joe and Julie yesterday playing with a laptop toy she got for Christmas.
Julie and me goofing around with the camera. She loves it when I take her picture, then show her the screen. To a fault. It’s difficult to get a normal picture of her, and using the video camera is nigh on impossible.
I spent most of last night and this evening so far preparing prize package stuff. I started printing out note cards using one method, then decided I didn’t like it at all and printed out the rest another way. Everyone who gets note cards will get three of each kind and can give me feedback on which way is better.
I also took some time to wind some yarn that will be two of the prizes for the main contest. In the foreground, some of the self-striping sock yarn I dyed several months ago. It’s brown, blue, green and white stripes. In the background, a skein of the Knitpicks blanks that I’ve rewound and pre-measured for some lucky person who wants to dye their own sock yarn. The winding part really is the least fun of the whole process.
I’ve also got the chocolates ready, and I think I’m about ready to distribute some prizes.
I’m changing the way I’m awarding the prizes just a bit, so let’s review what the available prizes are first.
One skein of Euroflax linen in cream color – perfect for wash cloths if your hands can handle knitting with it.
The two sock yarns pictured above – each is a separate prize.
Five balls of Fantasi by Marks & Kattens – I described this in the post about the second contest, but none of the winners wanted it because they don’t like knitting with bumpy yarn either. It’s still super-cute yarn, once you get it knit up.
There are also three sets of note cards left – only six per set, I’m afraid. There is some chocolate as well, but I’m not going to say much about the chocolate this post. It’s sort of a fun surprise that I will mention after the prize packages have been sent out.
I’m going to start off with four winners announced tonight. E-mail me with your address at shelly at shellykang dot com and your first, second and third choices of prize – if you don’t see some yarn in the prizes that you want, say so and I’ll send you note cards. I don’t want to send you something you won’t use. That’s a waste of good yarn and postage too. I can always find a good home for yarn! First to respond gets first choice. If after this round the yarn is not all gone, I’ll open the prizes up to all who responded to the original Contest post. Comments are closed there now, so no cheating!
And the winners are – oh, this is strange. I was going to give a prize to the person who referred me to my favorite of the new blogs, but when I went to look her up, she is one of the winners from the other contest. Jen – if you fancy one of the yarns listed above, e-mail me and it’s yours! I absolutely adore your suggestion of Somewhere on the Masthead. It’s not a knitting blog at all, but I love the way this guy writes, the way he tells stories, and best of all the way he calls his wife Her Lovely Self. Thanks for sharing.
The rest I’m drawing at random – Melanie, Gretchen, and Flan.
Okay, I think that’s it. Running one of these contests is more work than I imagined. Fun, but it takes a little organizational skill. I hope I haven’t messed things up.
From the comments, Debi asked why I don’t use the “embiggen” function to do my pictures. Well, because I’m a big dork and I don’t. I do use blogger for writing my posts, but we host our own server – it’s sitting about 20 feet away from me in Joe’s office – and I find it easier to resize the photos in Photoshop, FTP them to the server, then hard code the links while I’m typing in Blogger. All the photos are hosted on the same server as the blog. We got tired of dealing with the crappy hosting provider we had, and a year or two ago Joe set up an old machine we had sitting around to serve as a Linux box. It works, unless someone like Stephanie links to me, and then we’re screwed. I can set it up so that clicking on a photo will lead you to a bigger version of the photo, but it takes a bit more effort and it uses up a bit more hard drive space. For the most part, I imagine most people are happy with the lower-res photos. In the cases where people have asked for higher-res photos (it’s only happened once so far) I’ve obliged.
Country Mouse wanted to know how the egg slicer works with mushrooms. We had beef stroganoff for dinner tonight, and I was all excited to try it out. For about the first three mushrooms, it worked great. Then, it sucked. Little bits of mushroom got all smooshed in there and caught in the wires. Chopping with a knife was much quicker and neater. But I have pretty good knife skills. Well, for a very-amateur home cook.
By the way, thanks everyone for the awesome birthday wishes! It really made my day to watch the comments from y’all trickling in. My readers rock!
Now it’s late and I have to go get some sleep.