Saturday, July 26, 2008

Socks, yarn and a contest

I guess I will go through my topics in the order suggested in the title. First, I finished another pair of socks this week:

Pattern: Eleanor, (sorry this is a Ravelry link. Not sure where else the pattern is available) Yarn: Woolarina BFL Wool, Colorway: Forest Turquoise

This was one of my favorite knitting projects ever. I love the yarn and the pattern. Together they are even better.

I bought the yarn at Twisted in Portland. However, when I looked it up on Ravelry, I couldn't find this particular yarn. So, I sent a message to Woolarina asking her if it was listed on Ravelry. She said no, it was something she was trying out and had decided not to go with. The only place you can (or could) get it was Twisted. Too bad because it is fantastic. The BFL makes the turquoise glow. The pictures do not do it justice.

For those keeping track, this is pair #5 for Summer of Socks. I have 3 more pairs on the needles, so hopefully one of them will end up finished some time soon.

On the topic of yarn, today I went to a yard sale advertised on the local Stitch and Bitch message board. It was in SE Portland and had only yarn and knitting/crochet magazines. You never know how these things will be, so I did not have high hopes. I was pleasantly surprised. The owner had LOTS of yarn and not one bit of acrylic, as far as I saw anyway. Most of her prices were pretty good too.

I bought a couple of things. First, some Tiny Toes from Interlacements. I think the colorway is "Crocus", at least that's what it looks like it says on the label.

Second, something labeled "Fluffo". Not sure what it is...actually it might have some acrylic now that I look at it closer. It doesn't matter because I am absolutely in love with the color! I plan to make a special Christmas gift with it, if I get enough time after SOS.

Finally, I bought this gorgeous sock yarn. The label says the brand is Lydia's and it is wool. The woman selling it said it was from Australia, I think. I could not find it on Ravelry or Google.

Isn't the color crazy? I love it! It consists of 4 strands of very thin yarn that are not plied together. Here's what it looks like wound into a ball.

I haven't been too excited about trying Yarnia yarn because I did not like the "unplied" idea. Well, I guess I'm giving it a try anyway. I'm telling you, the colors are the motivation. Here's what it looks like when it is the beginning of a sock. Did I mentioned I bought this today? I'm predicting these are going to be done fairly soon...

So, if you have read this far, you must be looking for the contest. When looking through my archives, I noticed that not only is my blogiversary coming up next week (July 30), but I am also very near my 100th post! I cannot believe it has been a year already. Amazing!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I would like to have a little contest. For those who don't know, I am a bit obsessive when it comes to tracking my stash and my finished objects. I only post part of my completed objects here on the blog or on my Ravelry page. However, I do track every single one in an excel spreadsheet...because I'm obsessive like that.

The contest is to guess how many knitting projects I have completed since starting this blog. I will give you a hint in that I seem to like to knit lots of little, quick things and a pair of socks counts as one project. I will plan to announce the total, with a breakdown by type, at the end of the day July 31. Add your guess as a comment on this post before then to be entered. The winner will be the person whose guess is closest. Oh, and I'm still thinking about the prize, so more on that later.

ETA: I decided to add a second contest. As I was looking over my spreadsheet of completed objects, I thought it would be fun to have you also guess which type of project I knit the most of. For example, you might guess I knit more adult sweaters this past year than anything else. By the way, you will be wrong if you guess that!

So, there are two ways to win which means there will be two prizes.

Good luck!

20 comments:

Lavendersheep said...

I'm going to go with 55 projects and that you mostly knit socks!

Happy soon-to-be blogiversary!

evergreenknits said...

I just wanted to let you know that I posted about your contest on WiKnit, my knitting contest blog. Good luck with your contest, and happy blogiversary!

Hanna

Breien in Lansingerland said...

Hmmm.... I think in a year time you could have created 45 different projects.

Happy Blog-anniversary though.

allergicmom said...

I'm going to guess 48 projects because you said that they were little ones. And I'll bet that most of them were socks!

Bean said...

Well I have to guess in the last year 83-ish. And most common knit... SOCKS. It has to be socks.

Jen C said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I'm going to guess you've completed 47 projects and that socks were the most numerous.

Knitmomma said...

58 projects, most of them dishcloths.

amy said...

i'll guess 54 projects and most of them are socks.

Kristen said...

I will guess 60 projects and most are socks.

Turtle said...

Hi, your about 3 hours south of me and i have so been wanting to get into twisted! soon!! I am guessing 108 projects with socks being the majority! i think you keep very busy and have numerous projects going at once.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

First I'd like to say it's unfair to hold back on us by not posting all your finished objects. Not because it makes guessing harder, but because if they are as lovely as the ones you do post, we'd all love to see them. I'm going to guess 88 and go out on a limb with hats taking a slight lead over socks. I found your contest via Evergreenknits' WiKnit blog.

Kate said...

I'm guess 42 and socks!

5elementknitr said...

I'm guessing 18 and mostly sock pairs!

Katie O said...

I'm going to guess 49 and socks is the most! Happy blogiversary!

ikkinlala said...

I'm going to guess 71 and mostly socks. Congratulations on the milestones!

Knitted Bookworm said...

A very happy blogiversary, to you, too! I'll say that you mostly knit socks (they are MY favorite!), and that you have completed 63 projects this year. You really are a busy person!

Debbie said...

Hi - I'm guessing 50 and mostly socks. Thanks for the contest. Debbie

Sharon said...

41 projects, mostly socks, is my final answer. Hooray, I found your blog and got my contest entry in just under the wire! Happy blogiversary!

meaner said...

Hi, My guess for projects is 95 and for the most kind is dishcloths

Marilyn said...

Love your socks, so I'm going with socks and a total of 32 projects.