Archive for September, 2009

Soggy Morning Breakdown

If you are looking for the contest see the post below this one.

It’s raining.  It’s been raining here for long enough that I have almost forgotten what it’s like when it doesn’t rain everyday.  It’s rained soooo much that the ground and the storm drains and the creeks can’t take any more and there are floods every where.  Roads are closed, bridges are out.  When it does stop, it doesn’t really go away, it just lurks, ready to suddenly drench anyone who thinks now might be a good time to dash to the store.

Thursday I did just that- walked to the store.  Since I’m not really stupid, I took my umbrella.  By the time I had finished my business the skies had opened up and another great deluge was upon us.  I waited to see if it would let up enough for my umbrella to actually offer some protection.  Heaven responded  with harder faster rain.  I ultimately got tired of waiting and since I was not finding my fantasies of spending the night in the store very satisfying- I went for it.

At one intersection the only place I could cross was thru 8 inches of swirling water.  I said “Oh, well, I’m on my way home (Yay!).  I have towels, my feet will dry.”  When I stepped into that water it felt just like it did when I was 5.  When I loved to find puddles deep enough to watch the water roll over the top of my rain boots and  fill up to the top.  My shoes were gloriously squishy wet and it was O.K.


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On September 8, 2008 I officially moved my blog from Live Journal to WordPress and re-christened  it  “Tangletale”.

and thereby hangs a tale.  I know, I know, heard it all before, can we just get on with it?

In honor of that event…

SNOOOOOZZZZZ….  come on, just spit it out already.

I am having a contest.

A little late, aren’t you?

After much deliberation and much spinning about of my poor little head while I tried  to come up with something unique and clever,  I settled on something really basic but there are 3 ways to win prizes.

1. Post a comment here.  I will have a random drawing for the following prize:

A tote bag in Amy Butler fabric, handmade by me.  3 balls of Lily Chin “Gramercy”  Superwash merino wool, sport weight, 127 yds, color 4103, medium gray.  In the interests of full disclosure:  1 ball has been wound into a cake.  Because, well, it was going to be something and then it wasn’t. Also included is a set of 5 stitch markers made from some lovely blue beads.

The bag is reversible and has pockets inside and out. The needles are not included- they’re to show off the pocket.

2. Post a comment here and tell me which post of mine is your favorite. This I hope will favor my regular readers because they deserve it.  There will be a second drawing of  this group for these:

A project bag also handmade by me in some lovely Asian inspired cotton plus 1 skein, 250 yds, 90% Alpaca, 10% silk, hand painted, sport wt yarn from A Star Alpaca– a small producer in Grass Valley, Ca. This is the same yarn I made the Stork’s Nest Scarf from and it’s lovely and soft.

This bag is also reversible

and it has a very clever way to close itself  by inserting the long handle thru the short one.  Which lets one loop it over one’s arm and feed yarn out thru the side, thus freeing up the hands to knit.

Also included are some stitch markers made from tiny milleflore beads.

3. Post a comment here and a link on your blog to the contest and I will put your name in a hat for these:

The contest ends midnight, Eastern Daylight Savings time, September 25, 2009.  Everyone who posts will be entered in drawing number one.  Only those who meet the criteria will be entered in the other 2 drawings.  In the interest of fairness and impartiality I  am asking my 9 year old non knitting granddaughter to pick the winners out of a hat.

Good Luck to All!

You will note that the project bag in Fall Colors has rabbits on it and alpaca in it.  The stitch markers for #3 have a rose like  design in the glass.  What these things have in common is that they are all prizes in my contest.  In case you were wondering.

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Prelude to a Contest

So, is this it?

Not yet.

Isn’t  it ready yet?


What gives?  I can’t believe it’s taking sooooo long.

Stop poking me.  I have a couple more things to do before I can post the contest OK.  Like photograph the prizes and wait for Flickr to load them on dial up.

What???? What??? Show me, show me, I wanna see.

That would give it away.  Stop that.  Go back to your knitting, I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

A hint, need  a hint.

Ok.  If I do will you leave me alone and let me finish?

Yes, oh yes, oh yes.

What do rabbits and Fall colors have to do with alpaca and roses?  What do any of them have to do with my blog contest?

Stay tuned.  I’m almost there, really I am.

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Watch this Space

My blogaversary is coming up Sept 8.  Stay tuned because there will be contest for what I think will be some great prizes and more than one way to win.  I hope to announce this and have pictures on the day. or maybe a day or so later because , really, I can’t be in 2 places at once.  I know this because I’ve tried.

Meanwhile, I am on retreat in the mountains this weekend.  Watching my inner space and letting the clouds roll by.

No, there is no yarn involved.  Auuuuuummmmmm…..

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Where have all the bloggers gone,

Long time passing?

Where have all the bloggers gone,

Long time ago?

Where have all the bloggers gone?

Gone to Facebook everyone.

Oh, when will they ever learn,

Oh when will they ever learn?

Where have all the Facebookers gone,

Long time passing?

Where have all the Facebookers gone,

Long time ago?

Where have all the Facebookers gone?

Gone to Twitter everyone.

Oh when will they ever learn?

My lastest technological challenge is:  I want to upgrade to Snow Leopard.  This is easy and inexpensive if your Mac is already running Leopard.  Mine  is currently running OSX 10.4.11, i.e., some other big cat.   I need OSX 10.6 or later to upgrade using the cheap version.  Otherwise it will cost $170.  Won’t be doing that anytime soon.

I cast on for Good Luck Cowl just before I left Sacramento and finished it last night.  Here it is blocked out:

Very quick and easy.  The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca in the Woodland Mix colorway.

Next I am either going to finally cast on for the Cable Rangoli hat- that yarn- a periwinkle Cascade 220- has been begging me to pick it up for months now.  Only, well, there’s this really nice Merlot  Knitting Notions sport weight from SAFF 2007 that I finally found a project worthy of …. decisions, decisions…..

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