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A simple contest

This week has found me with new challenges. The final tornado repairs on our house are in full swing. Our house has been overtaken by plaster and paint, which means we are spending our days out and about. It’s a nice break in a way,¬† a vacation in our own city, but not going about our usual routine puts a bit of a stress on everyone. Math Boy has been with his grandparents for a week having some big boy time. Knittykid and Spinner have been bumming around with me all week, heading out to the Children’s Museum, Hyland Park Reserve and whatever other outdoor spaces we’ve found ourselves enjoying. I’ve realized how blessed we are with our amazing parks here in the Twin Cities. We have huge wildlife reserves, state parks, county parks, city parks…..many right in the metro area. I’ve heard it often said that Minneapolis is the greenest city in America and I believe it. Now if only I could remember my camera when I leave the house…..

I’ve been trying to knit this week, but making little progress. I have an idea in my head for a vest I’d love to knit for Spinner, but I also want to write the pattern down. Of course this involves a chart, which involves trying to learn how to chart using the computer, which isn’t going very well. I can’t figure out how to chart cables. I might just go old school, draw it by hand and scan it in. I have little to show for now other than a wrinkly little swatch. We’ll see where it goes.

Since our house is in a uproar right now I have nothing really new to show you, but I did come up with a fun idea for a contest a few days ago when hanging laundry.

My Simple project involves not only simplifying for the kids, but for the Skeptic and myself as well.

Any guesses what this might be?


I’ll give you a hint. If you have anyone of the male gender in your house, you have a bunch of them. The older the male, the more you certainly have.

Figure it out?

Yup, it’s the classic grungy t-shirt, full of holes. And the Skeptic has heaps.


The contest? Guess how many he has. After the plaster work and painting is finished I’ll be cleaning out his collection (I’ve warned him!) and thinning them out. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the shirt collection:

  • It fills up one and a half dresser drawers, along with a pile on top of the dresser that I can’t fit inside when all the laundry is clean.
  • He’s in the audio business, which means he brings home a lot of free t-shirts after his gigs. He keeps them all, even when they are bands he hates.
  • He’s a hard working guy and therefore feels the need to have t-shirts for greasy work, grungy work, sweaty work, painting work, shop work, show work, everyday, and for good.
  • He has t-shirts that he got in high school. And he’s now 36.

That should get you started!! The contest rules are simple:

  • Guess of the number of t-shirts my dear husband has; leave your guess in the comments. Be sure to leave an e-mail address. If you’d like, give me an idea of what I should do with all those shirts. I have a few thoughts¬† in mind, but maybe you’ll think of something I haven’t!
  • If you’d like a second entry, place a link to the contest on your own blog and let me know about it in your comment. Then leave a second guess.
  • I’ll leave the contest open until August 30th.
  • The prize….I’m not totally sure about it yet but it will be something yummy and something crafty.

My goal is that he should be able to fit them all in one dresser drawer, easily. Now to convince him to let that many go…..



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And the winner is…

Rachel O!!! The random number generator was your friend tonight! Thanks everyone who played along and for sharing your opinions on so many books.

Rachel, e-mail me at knittymama AT yahoo DOT com and we’ll figure out what prize you’d like.


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Twelve Years

Sixteen years ago this fall, I was just getting to know a shy, goofy boy of 19, who played the bass and tuba and hated studying for music history. Twelve years ago today I married him, and what a blessing those twelve years have been. Last night the Skeptic noted, “it’s nearly half our lives already, isn’t it?” Wonderful to think we could be so very, very lucky.

Our anniversary marks your last chance to get your book review in. I’ve really enjoyed reading those that have entered and have already added a bunch of requests on my library list because of it. Hope to read a bunch more tonight! Remember, I’ll pick one lucky random winner to choose either a handmade needle roll or project bag, your choice of colors. You don’t need a huge review, short and sweet is fine. Old or new books, knitting or sewing, ti doesn’t matter. Be sure to post here when you’re through.

I wish I had some Halloween photos to share from last night, but to be honest the day was one big whirlwind and I barely managed to snap one blurry shot before chasing a vampire, Spiderman and dinosaur our the door and down the street. There were jack-o-lanterns, giant handmade spiders, and treats galore. Today we woke up extra early (@#$% daylight savings) and were already eating candy at 5:08 in the morning. I’m trying a new approach this year. Instead of the careful rationing I’m letting them eat it all. I figure it will already be gone by the end of the day, and out of my life!

So I’ll share the Miss Babs, all plied up for you visual folks. I’m in love it with, my best handspun yet, I think!



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Fun in the workroom

For some reason I never blogged about it, but somehow a Cricket loom magically appeared for my birthday last spring.

Weaving is the one fiber art that Little Man has had some real interest in, so the first project has been his and my collaboration.


This was actually fun for about five minutes. Then Knittykid began to start stealing my yarn and Spinner started taking my spinning wheel apart. I then realized than any hope of getting something done with all three of them in there was pretty much a dream and I jumped ship. But hey, five minutes was fun! Gotta take your bliss in bits and pieces sometimes….


I’ve enjoyed reading your book reviews for the contest. You’ve got just five days left , November 1st us the deadline. Hope you are enjoying reading the reviews so far. There is a lot of great stuff in the comments and I know I’ve been made aware of some books that I might not have though of.

Be sure to check out Ellen’s review of 2-at-a-Time Socks: Revealed Inside. . . The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle Works for any Sock Pattern!

And let me know when you’ve got a review up on your blog so we can read them all. I’ll link them up here. Remember, short and sweet is great! In the meantime, I’ve got a few books I’ll be picking up at the library tomorrow to share with you this week.


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The winner is….

Ellen, over at Lazy Daisy Knits!!!! The Randomizer chose #44, so Ellen gets the prize! Ellen, drop me an e-mail and let me know which prize you’d like!

Thanks so much to everyone who played and wished us all a happy birthday. You all left me such excellent links and I’ve really enjoyed checking them all out, as well as visiting the blogs of so many new visitors. I’ll be needing to update my Bloglines now!

Speaking of contests, I was lucky enough to win one last week as well. Amy over at Knit Think held a fun one and I was the winner. So not only do I get to send out a fun prize, I’ll be getting one as well:-) Thanks Amy!!


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  • Thanks for all the kind words about the baby! We are pretty thrilled around here, and it’s fun to finally get to share the news with all of you. Baby knits update to start soon. Anyone got a favorite?
  • Knittybaby is hereby promoted to Knittykid. You all had such great suggestions; I really loved them all. I was tempted a lot by Knittytot, but I figured Knittykid would last longer. And who knows what other version may reappear with our little Three?
  • I hosted my first ever kid birthday party today for Little Man. (His real birthday is not for a few more days). I kept it seriously low key, a few friends, a few games, cake and just hanging out. All in all it was a fun morning and it wasn’t as crazy as I thought it would be. A few moments: “No, this is a party…you can’t kick most of your friends out of the room. I think you can all build legos together…”But otherwise it was all good. And this cake? Seriously, wow, wow, wow….
  • My Qiviuk Webs Tam (not made in qiviuk) made the pattern page on Ravelry (third one down). I feel like such a knitter.
  • I’m obsessing over all the blankets at January One. Specifically how on earth anyone can afford to make that many blankets in STR. I looked up how much it would cost me and decided I should probably plan on sending my kids to college instead. At least the first semester, since that’s what one blanket would cost me. (Yeah, I know, I’m delusional about tuition).
  • This sweater looks innocent enough:

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It’s not:
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Great contest entries so far, keep ’em coming! Remember, you get to pick the fabric, and I’ve got a lot to choose from! Link is on the sidebar…


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Birthday Contest Time!!

Thanks so much for all the excellent nickname ideas and birthday wishes for my little guy. I’m still pondering which is my favorite, but I should have Knittybaby’s new big boy name for you all very soon.

It’s finally time to get the birthday month contest going. All four of us have birthdays in a four week period, so it’s time to celebrate!

This contest will be a pretty simple one, but I think fun for everyone. This winter hasn’t given me much time for keeping up with my own blog, let alone everyone’s great blogs and all the wonderful knitting sites out there. I haven’t even been back over to Ravelry in a month, eeek! I’m feeling a bit out of the loop right now.

Here’s where you come in. All you have to do is give me the link to the best knitting, spinning, or sewing thing you’ve seen online so far this year. It can be a pattern, article, great new blog, just link me up with something fabulous!

The basic rules:

1. Post your entry in the comment section for this contest post.

2. Be sure to include the link to whatever great site, pattern, or article you’ve found so far in 2008.

3. Get your entry in by April 15th. I’ll use the random number generator to pick a winner.
The prizes now, of course!!!

You will have your choice of either a mini project bag (perfect for socks) or needle roll, custom made with your favorite colors. I’ve got a couple of examples below for you to see, but you’ll get to pick your favorite colors and style.

little bags
Needle roll open

That’s it!! Pretty simple, huh? I hope you all enjoy seeing all the great links, I know I will!


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Happy Birthday Knittybaby!!

Are you all ready for this? My baby turns two, yes TWO today!!!

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I’m constantly amazed lately that this tiny little boy is now really, truly a little boy. A little boy who can climb, jump, wrestle, dance, talk, sing, color, and even sass his mama or give his big brother a smack. He is an amazing blessing, and is truly the most joyful, happy little person to be around.

Messed Up Wheel

I love this age, despite the “It’s mine!” and the “I want that!” that I hear twenty times a day, there is something very special about this transition to two. It’s that absolute cuteness in everything they say, or try to say; that realization that they can really communicate with you, even when you can’t always figure out what they are saying. (“Cresens, cresens, I want cresens!!!!” Lord, I wish I knew what that meant.) The things they say are so, so funny and so incredibly sweet. I wish I could hold on to these first sentences forever.

This birthday of course, this little baby turning into a little boy right before my eyes, brings into question the longevity of his nickname. When he was born he was this tiny little guy who would of course, be a baby forever, right? If I was Knittymama, well, he should be Knittybaby, it just fit. But now I’m wondering how much longer until it’s time to move him up to a more “big boy” nickname, but I just can’t think of one that seems to fit him perfectly. Any ideas?

This birthday also opens up contest time here at Knittymama. We’ve got four birthdays coming up in the next four weeks, so it’s time to celebrate!!! I’ll announce the contest on Monday sometime. I’ll also have another big surprise coming midweek.

For everyone that is celebrating Easter this weekend, I hope it is a blessed and happy one for you and that it truly feels like spring. Personally, I’m just hoping that we’re not going to an Easter egg hunt on Saturday in 6 inches of snow. Keep your fingers crossed for us!


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My Brain is Full

Apparently I can only remember important things at two in the morning. Things like making dentist appointments, setting up schools tours for kindergarten, renewing library books, ordering special Christmas presents and thanking people for wonderful gifts are tasks that slip from my mind as soon as I get going in the morning. They stay gone until some small person kicks me in their sleep and I wake up and proceed to lay in bed worrying about all the things I keep forgetting to do.

So here I am, finally remembering and embarrassed at how late I am with this post!

I was lucky enough to win a contest this fall over at Tales from a Self Taught Knitter. Alisha sent me some absolutely wonderful stitch markers. I put them up high because Little Man had his eye on them and was ready to claim them as his, and then I kept forgetting to take the picture since they were out of eyesight. I even spaced out when I first won and messed up my e-mail with my address…you know, when you type up an e-mail and then hit something other than “send?” Yeah, my brain is really that full. Or maybe it’s really just because I never get to finish anything up because I’m interrupted with someone eating crayons or chasing the cat or…..well, you know.

Anyway, I now get to show off these adorable little creatures, destined for my next project. I love the kitties and I love how smooth the rings are. No catching here! Alisha, these are so awesome and I am totally hanging my head for taking two weeks to post this. Thank you so very much, you are an absolute sweetheart!!

Now off to bed I go. What will I remember at 2am tonight?


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The randomizer says:

15, 9, 17

which means our winners are, going in order of entry…..

Graymama!!! Choose between the Spunky Eclectic or the Fleece Artist!

Nuttnbunny!!! Lovely Cherry Tree Hill for you!

Octopus Knits  Beautiful handspun from Jess!!

Please e-mail me at knittymama AT yahoo DOT com with your snail mail and Jess and I will send out the prizes. Many thanks again to Jess as well. Not only did she donate yarn, but she donated to the fund as well, so head over to her blog and give her a big cyberhug.

All in all, we had 19 entries and raised $285!!! You guys all rock. Thank you for your generosity and your big hearts. I wish I had yarn to give all of you!!!


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