The Giveaway Llama is really excited, because it’s Friday, Giveaway Day–her favourite day of the week.
This time, there were an even 100 comments (!!) on Monday’s post. I love how so many of you wrote reasons why you wanted the Eunny Jang Fair Isle DVD, that made my week, thank you…because you KNOW how much personal
begging testimony influences the random number generator. (grin)
Ready for this week’s winners? Me, too.
Drumroll, please, while I let the random number generator do its thing…
Congratulations, Commenter #7! It’s WOOLIZARD! WooHOOO! She wins this:
Woolizard, you will be getting an email shortly asking you to send me your postal address so I can send you the Fair Isle DVD.
But wait…what is this?
Where did THAT come from? It’s a SECOND COPY of the Eunny Jang DVD! I cannot imagine how that happened, but you know what that means…that means I have to send the second person on the list the second copy of the DVD. And the second person is….HEATHER! Woooo! Heather, congratulations, and you’ll be getting a little email from me in a bit as well.
And then there were THREE
Hold on just a second…there’s also a Thing From Sandi’s Stash that wants to be a prize, remember? That means I have to look and see who the third number on the random list is…and it’s BARBARA A.! Barbara, it says in your comments that you are a sock knitter, which I think is a Very Good Thing, given that your prize is this:
Lovely, soft sock yarn. Two skeins. Brand new, never been frogged; really pretty shades of gold, pumpkin, olive, brown, and cream. (Email to you will be on its way shortly.) Congratulations!
Next week the Fairy and the Llama have more goodies up their sleeves for Deep Winter January, so stay tuned.
Making More Kindness Happen
Someone (and I can’t find your note, sorry!) asked me somewhere if they could donate a goodie to the giveaway. I thought about that one for a bit, you know, asking myself if things were Getting Out of Hand. Then I realized that the Deep Winter Kindness Fairy would very much enjoy it if Kindness got out of hand this year! (How can that be a bad thing?)
Thus: If you feel moved to donate a goodie, email me (wiseheart AT gmail DOT com) and I will post the goodie on the blog, and then match up a giver-of-goodies with a random number winner, and then you two can take it from there as far as addresses and mailing stuff goes. Sound good? Does to me.
Garter Stitch Potato Chip
I kid you not. That’s what this, this…thing…I knit looks like:
The cast-on edge is along the top; the bind-of is the thin dark blue line along the bottom. Inbetween are increases and decreases and bind-offs and pick-ups and all kinds of mischief.
So what is it? Hm. What if I take these two corners along the cast-on edge, and match them up?
What would happen then?
Well, now. Will you look at that? It looks like…a sleeve. And those little holes down the purple band look almost like…buttonholes. Let’s fold the same two points on the other side till they match and see what happens next.
It’s another sleeve! How about if we flip the right and left bits underneath?
Looks almost like a kimono, doesn’t it? And now, it’s pretty clear that this is the back of a cute little baby jacket.
What does the front look like?
Dusty says he thoroughly approves.
This is, of course, the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann. It’s MAGIC. I had never knit one before, never even seen one in-person, so I wasn’t quite sure how the thing worked. All I had was EZ’s hand-drawn diagram and instructions in The Opinionated Knitter to go by.
This meant that I really didn’t have a clear idea of where the stripes ought to go. I guessed. Totally and utterly guessed, except for the thin green stripe around the cuffs (the instructions said “cuffs” so I was pretty sure that I was making a little border for the ends of the sleeves there), and the purple/green/blue buttonband at the front (because of the buttonholes).
I’m spacially challenged, in that I’m not the sort of person who can take that potato-chip sketch in EZ’s book and Just Figure It Out. I have to have the object in my hands, and play with it, before my brain kicks in and goes OH I GET IT.
Thus, what the jacket was going to look like really WAS a surprise to me. It was as if EZ had planned a clever knitter’s game for all of us, and as I folded the sweater up for the first time, I felt her laughing just behind my shoulder. (Thanks, Elizabeth. Brilliant fun.)
The stripe that confused me and surprised me most was the thin green one near the hem of the sweater. I’m not sure what I thought when I put it in; I think I thought it was going to go all the way around the base of the cardigan. By the time I realized it was only part-way across the width of the sweater, I was too near the end to rip back and “fix” it…and now I’m glad, because it makes for a really interesting visual element there.
The purple band was totally a last-minute fix for every knitter’s nightmare: I ran out of the main yarn. I knew I had about 13 rows, maybe 15, left to do, and I only had about 4-5 yards of the blue left. I needed some for the sewing up…and so that meant another stash-diving session, with me bobbing up for air and saying “How about this one?” to Nicholas every few minutes. We decided on the purple, because after all, the sweater is meant to go to the same baby as this:
All in all, I think the entire set is quite charming. I do think the Baby Surprise Jacket is aptly named; I am extremely surprised at how well it turned out given all the spur-of-the-moment colour changes and how little planning went into it.
I already want to do a another one, this time in handspun. Good thing I have another friend who just had a baby…
My Potato Chip, Origami Life
I’m finding that I’m missing the every day blogging. The character of my posts changes a lot when it’s not daily; they become, I don’t know…much more difficult to write, and a bit more surface, a bit less thinky. But really…who would want to read a daily blog post? Especially the length I write. This is puzzling the heck out of me. I want to write more often than MWF, but I have to find a way to make it workable.
Plus, I have to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I’m doing the usual freelancer patchwork of jobs: writing, editing, teaching, speaking, making, designing. But I feel as though my work lacks what I call a “passionate focus.” It’s as though all the things I am doing now are that bit of garter-stitch wonderment above: A big floppy potato-chip of potential. Fold it one way, and it almost could be something. Fold another way, and it’s almost something else. But fold it here, and there, and sew it along that side, and here…and magic happens.
That’s how I feel just now. As though all the stitches of my life are here at my fingertips, bound off and ready for the magic, ready to be origami…but origami WHAT? What do all the pieces fold into?
Of course, the trick in origami is to learn to see things connected in unexpected ways, connected by surprising dotted lines that fold and bend and go this way and that, until they form…A Something.
Today’s Random Goods
To go with today’s giveaway theme: An online knitting chart maker for colourwork. Test out colour combinations and patterns for your next stranded knitting project!
Neil Gaiman’s Personal Library...the downstairs one, anyway. (I’m moving in.)