A fitting day for it

Happy Friday world, and Happy Birthday America. I’m gearing up for a busy weekend here (The Rocky Horror Fundraiser at the Fox Theatre is tomorrow night at midnight – is anybody coming? I have to rest up if I’m going to pull off anything fun at that hour) so today I’ve got some knitting planned. I’ve been so tired this week, and a good go at knitting will be just the thing to set me to rights.  I have so many projects right now, many of them really close to finished, and yesterday I found myself longingly eying the stash and thinking up big plans.  I remember this feeling from last July, It’s such a ridiculously busy month, and all I hold onto is the idea that I am going to knit the hell out of August. For today though, I’d be happy to finish a pair of socks.

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These ones are pretty – but holy cats am I sick to death of them being on my needles. I don’t know what’s wrong with them that they’re taking so long, but man, do they ever have hang time. If I can’t finish them today, I’m putting them in time-out for being boring.

In the meantime, you know what’s not boring? PRESENTS.  Hang on kids, because here’s today’s round.

Hey, what’s this? A beautiful skein of Helen’s Lace, that’s what, courtesy of Beth at Lorna’s Laces. (Good people, them.)

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It will be making it’s merry way to live with Leianne S!

On a totally unrelated note, how about these two skeins of yarn from Mrs Crosby?

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Nice, right?  Ruth Ann F will be giving  two skeins of  Satchel, in the rather gorgeous colourway “Toucan” a great new home.

My friend Kate Atherley (who is good at a great many things, but is an exceptional tech editor) has digital copies of her books to give away.

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Knit Accessories (I love this book) is going out to Bev W.

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and Beyond Knit and Purl (which is great for knitters of all stages) is off to Kate K, and I don’t have to wonder at all if they’ll enjoy them.

Next up, the lovely Karen S has a little stash that needs a new home.  These two skeins of Alpaca With a Twist will be going to live with Ginger J,

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and these two beauties (Valley Yarn’s Berkshire) will make their merry way to Melissa K!

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Shannon Okey, over at Cooperative Press has a great gift to share.  Ingrid L will be choosing any three Cooperative Press books (good luck choosing) and also recieves a year long subscription to Knit Edge magazine!

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The enchanting knitter Randi has a great gift from her stash,  12 (Yup! TWELVE) skeins of Patons Classic DK superwash to go to Teresa F.

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That, not surprisingly is one of my favourite colours.  I’m a little jealous of the sweater that could come of it.

Melissa has another sweater quantity, this one’s a rather fabulous lot of 12 skeins of Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK (Yum) in a solid black. Winter is coming, and in the name of all alpacas,  Colleen H will be warm.

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More! Look at this, it’s a pretty JulepB kit, donated by Helle.  It’s a pattern for Cora, yarn to do it with, and a pretty bag to carry the whole thing in.  Cheers Hannah M, it’s for you!

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Kara wrote me about this pretty Shibui sock yarn that she’s letting go of.

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I think it looks just like stargazer lilies, and I hope that Marcie R loves it, because it’s on it’s way to her needles.

Julia has $7 burning a hole in her pocket, and a very sweet idea.  She’s donating any ravelry pattern that Michelle K would like. Michelle chooses a pattern for $7 or less, and Julia picks up the tab.  Thanks Julia!

One last one? You bet.  Kat owns The Thankful Ewe yarn shop in Minster, Ohio, and also runs Paper and Yarn, and etsy shop that has some very pretty yarn…

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and some very funny stitch markers.

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Kat’s donating a $25 gift certificate to her etsy shop, and I really hope that Katie V gets those markers.

There! Fourteen gifts, and a happy Independence day to my American friends.

Thank you so very much to everyone who’s helping with this cause.  Knitters are amazing.

35 thoughts on “A fitting day for it

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  2. Thanks for the Happy B-day, America wishes! I’m celebrating by drinking hard cider and knitting. 🙂 I can only wish that I could be at the RHPS viewing, but I’ll send virtual toast-for-flinging to the participants.

  3. Thanks so much, Stephanie and Kat! Awesome treat–and , yes, I need some expletive stitch counters! Good thought, Stephanie. Good luck with your exhilaratingly taxing bike ride–and for the worthy cause!! Thanks again for your wonderful generosity!
    Katie V in NC

  4. Thank you for the Happy Birthday. Good week for North America. I’ve got a bunch of stuff on the needles. Nothing close to done. Better crank it up a notch. Soccer is very hard to knit through.

  5. I would love a removable stitch marker with OOPS on it, to hold a dropped stitch when necessary! Yeah, I still drop stitches sometimes. 🙂 Beautiful gifts! I love your socks. I have some of that yarn waiting for me.

  6. Not sure if I am the Teresa F mentioned above or not, but if I am I am soooo thrilled because I need DK weight yarn to knit all Anna Zilboorg’s newly available patterns! Thanks if it is me and if not, whoever gets this yarn should check out the new Anna patterns on Ravelry!

  7. I may have mentioned, but, I have had a sock and a half like that done for over ten years now. Yours are gorgeous enough to make me actually want to go finish them–thank you!

    Love all the goodies and all the happy anticipation out there!

  8. Thank you for the link in the last post – the brothers singing the wonderful song ‘In Canada” and wonderful video…i teared up. Also, I’m getting great yarn purchase ideas for the giftees…love some of those!

  9. Great gifts. In addition to making two donations, I would love to send you a special skein of lace yarn for a give away. and two other regular sock/fingering skeins. it is from a well known, much sought after company. I have tried to email you about this but did not get a response. I am sure that if you posted these skeins and encouraged that everyone who donated before a certain date would be eligbile, you would get another flood of entries. Its my last offer for this gift. Seriously, I am rather sick with my ‘crohn’s disease and am getting rid of quite a bit of my stash. At the rate I am going I am definitely going to run out of time to knit all the yarn.

    • Sending prayers and healing. Crohn’s is a miserable disease and needs a lot more research than it is getting. So many theories, so few facts. Blessings to you. I don’t have it, but it is in the extended family and possibly in my kids’ genes. Keep on knitting and keep your chin up!

    • *hugs* and love to you. I don’t have Crohn’s but I sympathize on sucky diseases killing your knitting.

      • Like Strong Cat said there are many theories about Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases, but if you haven’t heard of it yet, there is a book that outlines a diet that has helped many with these problems. It’s called The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune… by Sarah Ballantyne. Doctors either don’t know about this dietary approach or as my doctor told me, they think it’s “too hard” to go gluten-free, but they don’t know how much desperate people are willing to do to feel better. I have no connection to this person or book but it is very thorough and has helped me and some of my friends. Basically, read anything you can about Paleo and Gluten-free diets, but this book is a great place to start. Sending love and healing wishes your way.

  10. Haha! Putting your sock knitting on a time out for being boring; I love it! I just finished a pair & was so sick of knitting them that I didn’t even want to marvel at being finished with them. Now, I’m desperately crocheting a lacey shawl in the middle of a muggy summer to get over the trauma of those socks that took forever! I really admire your stamina, Steph! 🙂

  11. Omigosh I can’t believe it! I’ve been drooling over the offerings from Cooperative Press for a while now and I’m super excited for this amazing gift they’ve generously donated. Thanks to you and your group for undertaking this amazing ride in the first place. The fact that you donate so much free time and energy and sweat and comfort and heck, sanity to making this ride happen, and then feel the need to give more to us crazy knitters? It boggles the mind.

  12. I love your blog. I feel just like you right now and knitting will help. Thanks for all the pretty things to look at.

  13. Thank you for your nod to America, and a belated Happy Canada Day to you eh? The yarns are absolutely stunning! Especially the Lorna’s Laces and Mrs. Crosby, wow, making me drool! I’ve never heard of Mrs. Crosby, will have to look that up on Rav. Those stitch markers are hysterical.

  14. What a way to start the day! Thank you, Mrs. Crosby for making the gift of the skeins of “Toucan” available. The colors just make me smile. Stephanie, may you and your team hit no potholes, gravel, or small animals in your ride. Your group inspires me. May the force be with you.

  15. I had the same problem when I made socks from that yarn! My problem was that it was so busy it creating an anxiousness every raiment picked up the needles. Hope you had a lovely Canada Day.

  16. ….I said all those things today (what those stitch markers said) Someone was reading my mind….again!! Was it you Steph?

    Barb R.
    Shelton CT

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