Heheheh, the "constant comments" could lead to a "constant craving"! ; ) While the prize is still yet-to-be-determined, there is a winner! And how fortunate that I just happen to be stopping by Iris with Katie tonight? I shall be sending a parcel to France for Yvette! Yay!! Yvette and I have been corresponding for quite a while now -- made a swap, had similar experiences with Locks of Love, made similar sweaters -- she has been amongst the biggest and most supportive of supporters for the quit right from the start and sent a sweet little reward at the one-year mark, for which I no doubt still owe thanks. So yay, Yvette! It was great to hear from so many people -- many new to me (and maybe you) -- and that's the very best part of having a contest of any kind:
Alisha -- Tales from a Self-Taught Knitter
Ann-Marie -- ChicksWithSticks
LuLu -- LuLu's Petals
Mea -- EweHoo (she, too, saw the Harlot in Eau Claire!)
Rhonda -- KnitObsession
Dorothy -- (not) Just Another Blog
Janet -- My Knitting Haven
Christine -- Things I Do: SpinWeaveKnitandCake
Chery -- Chery Knits: Have Needle... Will Travel
Jess -- MikKnit (mother of a very famous baby)
Was that tacky to say the number yesterday? I didn't even think about it. Well, it just goes to show that on this here knitting blog, I received 38 comments a couple of days ago on the post about my most recently finished sweater (with which I am quite pleased, thanks) and, at last count, 48 on a contest post for which no one (incuding me) even knows the prize! It could be a bag of Red Heart from a rummage sale last week. ; ) I received a boat-load of comments earlier this year that, while they still make me want to fall to my knees in gratitude for all the love and support, and I don't know what I'd have done without them, I'd have glady done without. There was St. Brigid, the quitting smoking, the Knitting Olympics, a rant or two -- and I've been somewhat involved. If you want a reaction, you've got to act -- I haven't been as active in the blogs these past several months as I once was, nor have I hosted any Knit-Alongs or been much of a champion for a cause, I'm not designing patterns, selling yarn or writing books (you know, I sometimes wonder just what it is that I am doing and writing about here) -- but even something as simple as leaving a comment on another blog makes a difference, I guess.
So, anyway, on to other things and more links! I wrote to Gale the other day and she sent me the files for the fantastic poster she designed for the Red Scarf Project which is championed by Norma (oh, send good computer vibes). I happen to have a pretty good color laser printer because of other things I do in my real life, and it turned out wonderfully printed on a really good paper! Katie has already hung one at the Starbucks where she works and I'll take one to the aforementioned LYS tonight, plus I have the big Midwest Masters Seminar weekend coming up at Yarns by Design in just over a week (oooh, was that a tingle?).
There's more. In case you haven't heard, it's Carole's birthday today -- Happy Birthday, Carole!!! I know what one of her presents is, too. ; ) I can't wait to meet her next month. Her husband Dale is the guest blogger today and it's definitely worth a click.
On the homefront: 1) The pergola has stalled a bit -- other things taking precedence at the moment. All that remains, really, are the benches. I didn't get a Saturday sky in last weekend, so here's Wednesday evening through the pergola "roof." 2) Katie (above) helped me make this Eggplant Parmesan recipe the other day and it was excellent! 3) A dozen more rows done on Shirley Shrugs last night -- I am less than a repeat away from that second short-row shoulder. Once I'm past that point, it's going to be a long, boring trip to the other side and I'm sorry (in advance) that I'll be dragging you along.
Fortitude to us all. ; )