Sunday, November 4, 2012

Baby, I'm a Winner!

I've been out of town for a few days, but now I am back...

So, a few weeks ago, Berroco had a contest in its weekly newsletter, KnitBits.  They were giving away copies of one of their new books - Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers. There are many cute patterns in it.  I entered, as I do many such contests.  While I was on vacay, I found out that I had won.

So, I came back from out of town, and my house sitter informed me that a package had come for me and she knew that it was probably yarn...because apparently, I have a reputation for buying yarn on-line.

"No," I told her.  "I recently entered a contest and won a knitting book."

She watched me open the package and, much to my surprise, the book was in there, but so was yarn!

Interestingly, I was just the other day lamenting the fact that I have so much yarn, but not the right yarn for a Christmas present I am planning to make. And look what happened!  The more I thought about it though, the more I started feeling that I really need to pay it forward; so, I have a little plan in mind.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks...

Then, last night, I read a post on Facebook. Iris Schreier, founder and designer of a yarn company with really yummy yarn (Artyarns) that I like, was giving away a pattern.  It is called Sandy's Fury.  All one had to do was to add the pattern to his/her Ravelry queue on yesterday and she would then pick a winner from the group of people who did so.

This morning, I woke up and had an email waiting in my inbox informing me that I had won the pattern!  I was so excited!!!

I guess I can no longer say, "I never win anything!"

Since I've been neglectful of my blog lately, I think I will show you the two additional pairs of socks that I did finish in October instead of waiting until Friday.  First, here's Tara.  This pair of socks has been OTN since April:

I knittied them with two 2.25mm circular needles and used Lucy Neatby's Celestial Merino in Hot Pink.  I really like how they turned out after all that.

The October Socks were also completed: 

I used Wullenstudio Superwash Sock Yarn in Monster Mash and two 2.0mm circular needles.  The pattern is Autumn Harvest Toe Up Socks.  I like the yarn and I like the pattern, but I don't think it was the best yarn to use to show off the pattern.  However, they were my official Socktober/Halloween socks and they served their purpose well. 

I finished the October socks before the April socks.  The pattern suggested using Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off; so, I did, and it was my first time.  I really like it.

I like it so much, that when the Tara instructions suggested to use that bind off, I did not hesitate.

Oh yeah, remember that big test that I took a couple of weeks ago?  I passed.

I think everyone should be caught up with my doings for the last little while now.  Let me hear from you.

MK out.


RubyC said...

Love the winnings - especially that pattern. It is in my queue. Beautiful socks. CONGRATS on the test. Now for life to catch up with now that you are back home.

Always Alice said...

And you said you never win anything.......well this HAUL will make up for that!
ps.....because of you I am getting the 'I need to knit socks' bugg...not sure yet if that is a good thing.

Bev said...

Love the October socks! Great winnings!!

Knitrageous said...

Whoa girl! Pack your bags and head to Vegas now! Congrats!!!

Love the socks too! Your work is always so nice.

Knitphomaniac said...

Seems you have the luck bug right now for winning....go buy a lottery ticket! Congrats! Love the yarn, book and the socks!

Annemieke said...

Love the socks, especially the pink ones. Congratulations on your winnings.