Yay! Contests are so fun and there are so many wonderfully fun and nice people in the knitting blog community - you all made me feel like I was receiving a comment party. heh
First things first: The winner of the 1000th Comment Push is Kelly of Celtic Cast On! If it weren't for Margene's craziness, however, I'm not sure if we'd be there yet (she left a total of 22 comments between my last two posts!). So they'll both be getting a little something in the mail. Like Susie said, Margene deserves a prize for persistence! But according to Margene her persistence isn't for prizes, it's just because she likes me - awwww. Thank You to all of my fun friends that participated in the comment push.
Next there's the contest within a contest - the "Guess what sock I'm knitting" contest! Marina got it right out of the chutes but the contest was open to ANYONE guessing, including anyone who jumped on the "It's the Canada sock!" train without really knowing. Copying isn't cheating in this contest and was encouraged. heh So this is how the drawing went...
Mommy: Hey Emeline, we're going to do another drawing for a contest prize this morning!
Emeline: Hmm. Can I help squish up the papers with you mama? Is it okay if I do it while I'm watching Mary Poppins?
Emeline: I've changed my mind - I don't want to help any more. I want to read books. ::starts hauling book bag over to the middle of the carpet and grunting and straining under its weight::
Mommy: Okay, yes, you can read books but can you just please pull one name out of this bowl so we can have a contest winner? No, not all of them... just one... just one honey. No, can you take a break from the book for just a second and help Mommy? UGH.... NO Emeline, don't do that... just please draw one name and put the bowl down..... please? (all the while Mommy is trying to orchestrate this deal with her face behind a camera)
Emeline: Mama, I really don't know what the big deal is about. What do you want me to do with the paper once I pull it out? Show it to you? I don't have any idea what you're talking about. Hmm..... this trick worked last time....
Mommy: GAH! Don't do THAT again! Let me see that thing.....
The winner is Patty, who appears to be blogless! Patty, if you have a blog please let me know so I can link you. Otherwise, you've been contacted by email and will be receiving a little present in the mail if you'll send me your mailing address. :)
So for the sock. Yes, it was the Canada sock from Nancy Bush's very popular Knitting on the Road pattern book. Back at the beginning of Sockapaloooza I saw a Canada sock that someone had started but I didn't go back to see the final results or whether she sent them to her pal. The ones I found in my searching last week were by Rachel of Have You Any Wool - these are the same ones I saw at the start of S'poooza! I just realized I left her a comment complimenting the pretty colors on March 1st (she's changed her blog wallpaper now so I didn't recognize that it was the same blog)! In my comments a few people also reported seeing the Canada socks knit by Beth of Hermione. Both Rachel and Beth used a different main color for their Canada socks than shown in the pattern example. Even though I liked the colors I used for my swatch, the stranded section was too tight to fit over my heel. SOOOO.... I frogged it.
But don't despair... I restarted it using a bigger needle for the stranded sections and here are the results. I also decided to change my main color and I'm completely in love with it. The main color I'm using now is simply undyed yarn. The Red Rover and Pecan colors show up so nicely on it, I'm very pleased. These will be either a Christmas or Birthday gift for my daughter Katie (yes, she has big feet like I do so I knew the green one would be too snug for her heel too).
I hit another level of Knitting Maturity last night. I realized that I had switched around a few of the purl stitches on the "clock" pattern section so I let the stitch go, laddered it down about 12 rows to where the mistake was and re-knit the stitch back up putting the knits and purls right where they belonged. Not once, but twice - and it worked out perfectly for both stitches!! You can't even tell where it was. I'm so proud. Doing one of those new Knitting Maturity challenges always makes me stop breathing for a while.... but when you realize that the world isn't going to stop turning just because you are dropping a stitch, breathing becomes natural again. heh In the old days I definitely would have frogged the entire project if the mistake was bad enough. Or just let it go. I seriously considered leaving it the way it was, but I thought.... No - this is a gift for Katie - it needs to be as perfect as possible. I have heard people say you can do this kind of repair - I've read the process described more than once. If everyone else can do it, I can. And I did. And I'm glad. Phew. I wonder how many more stages there are in the Knitting Maturity Self-Challenge?
The Latvian Twist caston has been done correctly this time around as well. It does look better twisted the right way.
We survived the weekend without incident - no injuries - no accidents - and none that we know of regarding our family or friends. Jeff worked at the office on Saturday and Sunday, but Monday stayed home. We cut a low branch hanging over the driveway. We went to the nursery to buy a few plants and seeds. Jeff mowed the grass - the back yard now resembles a yard rather than a field. I worked in my little garden spot. I've always dreamed of having a free form style garden area with flowers and vegetables and herbs mixed in together - but I've never had the time/money/energy/place for it. I have a spot like that now that I'm developing - picture another day. Yesterday I planted the garlic I showed on my last post, one eggplant, two cherry tomatoes, cosmos, foxglove, more sunflowers, leaf lettuce (yes, I know it's probably too late for it to do well) and yellow straight neck squash. I think that's all. I haven't moved my rosemary or oregano into the garden yet - waiting for them to get just a little bigger.
Then yesterday afternoon we took the girls over to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house for burgers and chatting with grownups and playing among little cousins. Their kids adore the babies and Emeline had fun seeing someone else's toys and other children. Lila is just plain fun and easy going - she's very roly poly now and coos and smiles all the time.
Everybody have a great week - I'm deciding how to divide up the leftover yarn I have from this sock pattern to offer as kits. If anyone is interested please let me know in comments or an email (does not commit you to purchase). I won't be putting them in my etsy shop - there will only be a limited number available on my blog. Main color options will be Dill Weed, Red Rover, or natural undyed. Give me an idea what combination you might like.