It is too much. There is just so much to report on I don’t even know where to begin. I mean I have a contest winner & twist (read further for announcement), Estes Park purchases, mini-break to Estes Park/Denver, new project started, and an overdue tribute to one of my all time favorite guys.
Where to begin…
Okay, okay let’s start with the contest. First off, thanks to those who emailed and left comments for my little contest. It was so fun to read about your projects and what accomplishments you are proud of. Knitters are amazing. Like Holly (who I hope will send me a link to her blog soon) who is learning to spin on a spindle…she made herself! Or blogless Christine whose first pair of socks gave her the confidence to knit more complicated projects. Bunchkin Knits took two patterns she liked and molded them together. Look at how cute Ann’s baby jacket and mini-clapotis is. That’s right…a mini-clap! Stefanie (who is cool if only because she lives in France) deciphered a French pattern of an adorable baby bonnet and booties. Thanks to everyone for visiting my blog, entering, and sharing your projects with me. I have added you all to my bloglines so I can keep up with you.
So I had the hardest time deciding on a method for choosing the winner. Random number generator? Pick out of a hat? So I decided to do both. I picked all the names randomly and lined them up as I drew them. Then I used the random number generator to choose from there. Why so complicated you ask? Well, because I am a bit of a dork.
Thus, it is determined that Kim at Chef Messy is the winner! Kim is one of the first people I “met” when I started blogging. She is truly a domestic goddess. The project she choose for the contest is this duck she made for her son because he “loves it so much he has squished all the stuffing out of it”. How cute is that? Congrats Kim. Here is the grand prize:
The yarn is a Brooks Farm Limited Edition. It is 60% Superwash Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Viscose and has 420 yards–enough for a pair of socks. This picture makes it look a little darker then it is but I loved the heathered look to the green, blue, brown, and purple of the yarn.
But wait…I love a good reality show twist. So for the rest of you, the contest is not over. I HAVE A SECOND PRIZE! This prize I will send to one lucky commenter. I have just generated a random number from 1 to 10. Leave me a comment and your number will be determined by the order of the comments. If you are the correct number then I will send you the second prize. Simple as that. Anyone can comment whether you entered before or not. For those who think this is a shameless attempt at comments…well, that is one way you could look at it. Or you could see it this way…I just love a good game.
Here is the prize up for grabs:
That is Plain and Fancy Wool in the colorway Avocado. There are 400 yards and it is single ply sport yarn. There is enough for a pair of socks or a hat I would dare say. I loved the slight variation of the greens.
Now on to Estes. There is no way I can do this trip any justice right now. Let’s just say. AMAZING. I had the best time. Everything was perfect. I will go into more detail tomorrow or the next day but I will give you this picture of me in my hotel after the yarn shopping gluttony was over. (There is a matching picture on Kara’s blog too.)
Oh Estes…can we always be friends?
I started a new project over the weekend. Hedera Socks baby…more details soon.
Finally, I know Father’s Day is past but I just couldn’t get my act together yesterday to send all my love and Happy Father’s Day wishes to my Dad. My Dad lives far away. I don’t get to see him often but that distance does not diminish his presence in my life. My Dad is an important man to many people. He is strong and wise and a true leader. He is amazing for many reasons. The one I care about most though is the plain and simple fact that he loves me without condition. He is always there to listen to and to support me. I love how in my adult years we have grown closer and how he has a unique connection with each of his children. My Dad loves being with his family and I feel that when we are together. He is funny and sharp and smart and kind. I can’t wait to see him soon (only 12 more sleeps!) I love you Dad.
The following 17 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
well i missed the last contest so i’ll make an attempt at this one 🙂
glad your package arrived safely. looks like you had a great time at estes too!
Eeeeh… a comment? Just anyone? Well, I can tell you that I don’t know at al where I’m going with my Rambling rose, and I hope you will finish yours soon to give me some guidance! 🙂
You look so happy with all that yarn. And cute. So cute.
And I am guessing #6! Unless that’s not part of the random comment thing. But just so’s you know, I pick 6 because it’s June and my birthday is on Friday and my party starts at 6! ooh, three 6s…there’s a fourth just so we don’t have the devil take over your blog. 😉
i am positively *green with jealousy looking at your stash enhancement! i am thinking my next vacation will be a year-long world trip where i visit every.single.craft fair/show/market in every.single.country and buy exobitant amounts of yarn. care to join me anyone? :0)
Wow! Can’t wait to read all about Estes! Sounds like you had a great time! (Gee, I’d link you to my blog, but I don’t know how to get there myself, LOL! I’m just a newbie – I only posted once to try it out. I just haven’t had time to mess with it! 🙂 So I’m pretty much blogless too)
Lucky Chef Messy! It’s too bad you never got to meet her in person when she was here and coming to S’nB–you grrls would have been bff. That is one beautiful hank of yarn. I didn’t get any BF because the line was ridiculously long but I’m glad to see you managed it. I don’t know how you can part with it, though–ab fab colors and all.
Your photos are darling–where’s the one I took? You two looked adorable in that one, too.
Bring your haul tomorrow to S’nB so we can have show ‘n tell. I’m dying to see it all.
Great stash enhancement! You have that “I just bought yarn” grin on your face. Don’t you love that feeling?
Here’s to hoping this is the winner. I feel kinda famous getting a shout out on the blog about my socks! I’m jealous – looks like you had a great time.
That green yarn is GORGEOUS! So here’s my comment in an attempt to win it!
I’m comment #10, so someone has probably already won it, but what the hell, eh? So did you end up getting 2 skeins of Brooks Farm then? Or are you giving away your only skein?
darn, I guess I’m out of the running. Still, fun to see what you ended up with. Man, Brooks Farms was dangerous for the three of us, wasn’t it? 😉
Blast. I’m past comment number 10. Blast! I have serious yarn jealousy after reading your post. Oh if we could get some sort of yarn extravaganza here in Phoenix they would sell out…I would max out my credit card, overdraw my bank accounts and end up a divorcee…..:)
Glad you had a good time!
contest winner envy,
green with envy of the yummy green yarn envy.
do they have these yarn fairs everywhere?
how do i find out?
It was great meet you, however briefly at Estes! I picked up that same Avacado Plain and Fancy yarn 🙂 I haven’t decided what I’ll do with it just yet…
Bah – I’m too late for the second contest, but thank you for the honorable mention!
OhmyGoodness!! Looks like you guys had fun! Can’t wait to see the yarn that you bought in closer detail ; )
Well, I am commenting a day too late but I just had to tell you that your yellow top is ADORABLE! And well, the yarn is great too 🙂