Yesterday was the deadline to enter my 375th post contest, and announcing the winners is my first task at my new Blog-Home... you will observe that most things are still in boxes, waiting to be unpacked, the place is still a mess and needs furniture. I have a cold that has moved rapidly from my head through my throat and though I am coughing a lot, I at least can sit at the computer without having to grab tissues every few seconds (that was Thursday). I thought it would be a good time to conduct my random number drawings, and to work on the new place.
If you are reading this, you found me, which is GOOD! Would you please bookmark or Blogline my new address (whatever you do to keep track) so that we can stay in touch? I promise things will get comfier around here quickly.
Now, for the winners:
I randomly assigned numbers to everyone who was kind enough to enter, and then pulled two groups of numbers. The first was for those who entered, period, and then the second was a select group who left me valuable tips.
In the random drawing, Dorothy was the first prize winner, receiving a skein of Merino fingering personally dyed with cochineal by myself, and a bar of Blessed Juno soap and a keyring featuring a miniature, hand-knitted sweater (not made by me). Second prize, of a decorative sheep plate and sheep ornament goes to Jane, and third prize of a Humbug bag and a bee measuring tape goes to Carla (Carla, I bet you have a blog, but I couldn't find the address, so please enter it in the comments so we can all visit).
Jennifer (Craftylilly) was the winner in the valuable tips drawing and will receive an abalone shell shawl pin that I found at Great Basin Fiber Fair, along with a bar of Blessed Juno soap. Second place in this drawing went to Debbie, who will receive the lovely DP needle case from Nana Sadie Rose. Thanks for all the support everyone gave to upgrading my blogging lifestyle.
I am still trying to figure out how and what to move, most of the buttons will be coming, a banner featuring burros and mountains, and a button will be forthcoming as well. I mostly wanted to be able to use the Typepad feature that lets me quickly answer your comments! I have been swamped with learning two new jobs, planning for a 2-day strategic planning retreat that our clinic board held Friday and Saturday (that is why this lovely photo is on my old blog), and assisting in writing a large, federal grant due in two weeks (and I am only at that job 20 hours a week).
I have been knitting, though; Beadlizard asked what --- these are the front and back pieces for a cute bag, about 10 by 17 inches, that I need to seam and then attach the circular, plastic handles (which get covered by the mauvey yarn at top). I fell for a Lion Brand kit in their latest catalog, then realized that the cable pattern instructions were wrong when I started it last Sunday; even still, I am almost done, and will pick up some fabric to line it with, adding durability. There's a longer story behind this, part of a saga about gauge appearing shortly, and also featuring in a product review that I will sadly have to modify.
Suffice it for now to say that the fabric was designed to be very dense, and the Lion Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, a wool-acyrlic blend, was ok, but Lambs Pride Bulky would probably pill and fuss less over time.
This lace blob is my second Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl, Susan's most excellent pattern, in Misti Alpaca laceweight. It is actually much nicer in person, and would make a great holiday gift for her new Lonesome Skein KAL.
Last, but far from least, I pulled out the pieces that need just a little bit of finishing, for this top for DD; I promised she would get to wear it THIS season, since I didn't finish in time for last year's warm season. This is a Bouton d' Or pattern, and there are lots of designer details and instructions that make them work but are trying to follow (hey, I'm a simple mountain grrl, remember!), but I am ready to pick up and knit the last few rows of ribbing trim, and do the final seaming... I think... let me read that one more time....