The Great Green Giveaway Winner

Sweetie asked me this morning about this contest, and I realized I never shard the results with you. So sorry!

Thank you to everyone who entered.  I truly enjoyed reading all of your thoughts about the green things you love; there were a lot of descriptions of newly sprouted spring flowers, bright green leaves, and avocados.  It made me want to sit out in the shade of a big tree eating chips and guacamole!

Over the weekend I used random.org to choose a winner.  It was commenter #4, Jenni who said ” Tree Frogs! LOL Also really love the huge oak tree in my back yard and your new green sweater!”. Congratulations! Please email me back with your mailing information so I can get your prizes out to you asap.

 

The Great Green Giveaway

Happy Forest colorway, worsted weight, 250 yards

Thank you for all the positive feedback on the Climbing Vines Pullover!  I think overall it was a successful knit, due in large part to the gorgeous yarn it was knit in.  To me, the vibrant, verdant greens in the Happy Forest colorway speak of spring and all the new growth that it brings.  Those tones and thoughts really kept me knitting through the dark winter days and challenging moments of the project!

Good news– I have an entire luscious skein of Dream in Color Classy leftover. In the interest of sharing the green goodness and having a little interactive fun, I propose we have a giveaway. The winner shall receive this yarn, plus a couple of surprise goodies.

How to win? Simple: just leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite green thing(s).  It could be a place, a yarn, food, color, scent, anything! Leave your comment by midnight PST on Friday March 4th, and I will randomly choose a winner over the weekend.

Peaceful Knitter Almanac

I can hardly believe it’s already been three years since I started this blog.  That’s three years of knitting, writing about knitting, photographing my knitting, attending knitting-related events, meeting fellow knitters, and buying yarn for more knitting.  Wow.

This is more than a hobby or craft to me.  In a very real sense, this blog (and knitting specifically), have been a creative lifeline for me over these past few years.  Life inevitably throws us plenty of adventures and challenges, and through it all I have had the constant companion of yarn and needles.  Chaotic, confusing times just beg to be tamed with the order of a soothing new project.  Vacations love to be commemorated with a skein of souvenir yarn.  New babies, birthdays, and holidays are all great reasons to roll around in your yarn stash and come out with something beautiful to knit for those you love.

Writing this blog has touched my life in a profound way.  I am so thankful to have had the inspiration and courage to write that first blog post, and to keep knitting through all the ups and downs of the past three years.  You have been so supportive and encouraging of my writing and knitting projects, and while I keep this space mainly for myself, I have to admit that has been deeply meaningful.  Thank you; I hope you’ll stick around and see what happens in Peaceful Knitter-land in the future.

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To celebrate three years in the blogging business and to thank you for your support, I have collected some goodies to share:

Knit Picks Options needle set, Mini Mochi yarn, ceramic shawl pin, project bag

Enter to win this great giveaway by sharing why you knit, write about knitting, or read knitting blogs.

Leave your comment on this post by midnight, November 14th for a chance to win.

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Thank you so much for taking time out of your life to share in my knitting adventures.  If you’d like to follow me down memory lane, check out my very first blog post here.

Wednesday Catch Up

Thank you for all your kind and encouraging comments on my last post.  We all have those days where things just prickle a bit, and usually by the next day it’s smoothed over.  Such was the case with Halloween 2010!  Peaceful Baby ended up with a cute costume (which, coincidentally, a friend in Indiana also got for her daughter!) and we had fun taking her to our town’s festivities over the weekend.  In the end, it was no big deal and certainly wasn’t worth fretting over like I did.

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My knitting needles have been working overtime, churning out little gifty things that I can’t show you just yet.  Trust me when I say there is something satisfying about starting and completing a project in a matter of hours instead of weeks or months.  I’ve been swatching and plotting a sweater project for myself, but these quick knits are addictive, and I’m fully enjoying the thrill.  Last night I tried to knit on the mystery socks I tossed onto the back burner, but only got a few rows into the heel gusset before the need to cast on something small and fast won out.  After all, it’s getting colder every day, and Peaceful Baby needs a new hat…

This month marks the 3rd anniversary of Peaceful Knitter!  I can hardly believe that; in some ways it feels as if I’ve always been blogging, and in others like I have only just begun.  I want to celebrate this achievement and show my appreciation for my readers in a major way.  There are some prizes finding their way to me, and soon I will be announcing a contest or giveaway to share some of the love.  In the meantime, what little things have you knit that were satisfying and fast?  I would love to hear what your go-to patterns are.

 

A Winner and a Diagnosis

I used random.org to choose a winner from your comments, and that person is Gauss who said:

Once in a while I get the destashing urge and I try to find the yarn (or other stuff) that has a very very small chance of actually being knitted. I’ve sold things on eBay before, usually for a very low price, and I have a bag of random skeins ready to be listed when I’m back from vacation…

I’ve been buying and selling things on eBay for years, but have never really looking into the yarn market there.  Thanks for the idea!

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Thank you for your comments and concerns regarding Peaceful Baby.  She is feeling much better, and her appointment went well.  She has a condition called Vesicoureteral reflux, in which urine backflows from the bladder into the kidneys, potentially causing infection and damage to the kidneys.  The good news is most children outgrow this by the age of 3 as the urethra grows and elongates.  We still need to meet with a pediatric urologist for a more detailed treatment plan, which will likely be a long-term, low dose of antibiotics.  I am thankful to have a diagnosis, especially one that is not severe enough to indicate an immediate surgical intervention.  Now, we move forward with summer and with life!

Culling the Herd

This move to Oregon is going to be a very good thing.  Once we’re actually there.  Until then, I am struggling to stay positive amid the stress of keeping our home in show condition for a sale, packing, and purging, all while trying to maintain a family routine and have a fun summer.  Whew!  I’m tired just saying all of that.  The good news is, we’re almost finished with our house projects and soon will be able to spend more time on summer fun and less time painting, cleaning, moving dirt, and rearranging furniture.

The impending move has me mentally going through my yarn and knitting book stash, contemplating only keeping those items I truly love.  Over the 4 years I have been knitting, plenty of yarn has found its way into my possession.  Some of the yarn I purchased thoughtfully, others more spontaneously.  Then there is the gift yarn, yarn I accepted in destashes or swaps, and the leftovers from almost all my projects.  That is a lot of yarn.  I know it’s light and doesn’t take up much space, but I am trying to apply the same rule to my craft supplies as I am for the rest of our possessions: cut down by 50%.  It’s expensive to move, especially when you’re talking about moving some 3,000 miles coast to coast.  So we’re getting a shipping container and only taking what will fit into its 16′ x 8′ confines.  This is a bold and slightly scary strategy, but one that will leave us moving only the best of what we own and love.

I think this is a good challenge.  We seem to expand and contract our things to fit into however much square footage we are living in.  That means that when we moved into a larger home, we went out and bought 2 new sofas for the family and living rooms.  That leaves us with 3 sofas and a futon.  Way too many!  My yarn stash also increased when I was able to have a dedicated craft room. I guess all of this is to say that we will be having a family moving sale this summer, and I will be having a yarn and knitting book destash sale.  If you’re interested, please visit my Sale/Trade page on Ravelry and make an offer.

Also, it’s time for another giveaway!

Leave a comment on this post by the end of Monday, June 28th to be entered to win. Tell me about how you stash, de-stash, organize, or declutter.   I will draw a winner at random who will receive the following:

Classic Knits at Home by Erika Knight

Inspired

Lately there have been days where I haven’t knit at all.   Life happens so fast, and I can sometimes get so caught up in the To-Do list that I forget about the Want-To-Do list.  Other days, I binge knit, working those needles until my hands ache.  And then there are the days where I enjoy reading craft blogs, gaining inspiration and recharging my creative ambitions through other crafters’ stories.  I’ve run across a couple of blog posts out there recently that were just what I needed the day I found them.  I thought I’d share some tidbits about knitting (and life) you might also find inspirational.  At the end, a drawing!

Laundered clothes get dirty. Full bellies become hungry. Swept floors gather dust and hair and a thousand tiny pieces of paper from busy scissors.

But a stitch is a stitch and it stays that way.

Tangible.

Permanent.

Reassuring.

(Read original post here)

Quality not quantity

Knitting fun not knitting work

Make things that will make your life more beautiful

Stash is an amazing resource, not a burden to be shifted

(Read original post here)

I would go without food for yarn or fabric or something to stitch. If I didn’t have my sewing machine, I’d slip away. I’d slip away if there wasn’t that new dream to build, even if it is usually just a pipe dream, a total mirage.  A total mirage that does not sway or break until whatever it is that I’m building is complete.

(Read original post here)

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What does your craft or creative life mean to you?

Please leave a comment on this post by Sunday June 13th and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Made From Scratch, Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich.

The Kindness of Knitters

It all started about a week and a half ago when I joined the group Yarncycle on Ravelry. This is a group based on the principles of Freecycle, in which people offer and give away items for free, nothing required in return. This is a fantastic idea for knitters, since we so often end up with yarn leftover from a project, or an impulse buy that just refuses to cooperate with any project you try.

I decided to ask the group for Malabrigo leftovers. I always seem to buy the same 3 colors of yarn: shades of green, blue, and purple, and I thought this would be an interesting way to compliment my stash with some new colors that I could then do some colorwork with. So, I posted a request on the site for the unwanted scraps of Malabrigo, and was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of people offered to send me things. For free! I was expecting a few yards loose in an envelope. Instead, I found my mailbox filled to the brim with generous amounts of yarn.

This is the first package:














The second package:














Then, at knitting group on Sunday, Pixisis was destashing, and I (foolishly) brought home 4 skeins of yarn.

Basically, I’m rolling in free yarn this week, and it is a lot of fun! But I feel like I have to keep the good karma flowing, so I have been offering up some freebies of my own. I have given away all my leftover sock yarn to a knitter working on a sock yarn blanket. Then I gave away 3 skeins of Knit Picks yarn to a knitter who was looking to try different KP yarns. Why not pass on perfectly good yarn that you’re no longer in love with to someone who could use it? It feels liberating to let go of some of these things and make room for new yarn and ideas.

And, since this is my 100th post, I have decided to continue with the theme of generosity and give something away to one of my lucky readers! I will be doing a random drawing from all the comments made on this post. You have until August 6th to enter (that’s one week!). A winner will be chosen at random, but just for kicks, why don’t you share what the most interesting free thing you’ve given or received has been. It can be knitting related or not, just have fun with it!

You want to know what the prize is? I suppose that’s not too much to ask. How about a copy of the Yarn Harlot’s latest book, Things I Learned from Knitting…Ooh, let’s go ahead and give away something else. I have a knitting T-shirt that is a ladies size small. It doesn’t quite fit over my girls, and as such has never been worn. It’s turquoise and says “Knit Wit” in red.

2 prizes, leave a comment to enter, I will draw 2 winners at random.

Pay it forward with someone in your life today. Random acts of kindness, no matter how small, are powerful and meaningful to us all.

Sock Knitting & A Contest!

Well, the Sock Marathon didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped. Wednesday was a pretty busy day, and not very knitting friendly. I did knit while waiting for lunch at a Mexican restaurant, which was a first for me. I’d knit a row, then take a chips and salsa break, knit a row, etc. I’m not convinced that knitting on the go is all that productive for me. I need to get into a rhythm in order to really enjoy my knitting.

So I knit during lunch, tending to my obligations, then spent a couple of hours watching episodes of Oprah that my TiVo had recorded earlier in the week. This is great to knit to because you don’t really need to look at the screen continuously to understand what’s going on!

Anyway, after 2 straight hours of knitting on size 2 needles, my hands were wrecked. The finger joints were aching, and my big thumb joints were particularly inflamed. So I put the sock down for the evening, thinking that after I had some time to rest my hands I would pick it back up again. I never did.

I measured the sock this morning, and found that I had knit 4 inches in approximately 3 hours Wednesday. Since the recipient has size 10 feet, I have at least 4 more inches, or 3 hours of knitting, to go!

All in all, I view April’s Spring Cleaning mission a success. Here are my stats:

Starting Yardage: 12,252
Sold or gave away: 1,205
Knit up: 665
Purchased: 1,826
Ending Yardage: 12,208

For a total decrease of: 44 yards!!! That’s pretty good considering how much I bought at Webs last week!

To celebrate, I’m going to hold my first ever Giveaway/Contest on this blog! I am looking for inspiration and ideas for using up more of my stash.

  • To enter, all you have to do is tell me what your favorite knitting project is. This should be something you’ve knit at least once before and enjoyed. I would particularly be interested in your favorite sock patterns, or patterns done using sock yarn. Be sure to include the pattern name and source, and even a photo of your finished item if you like!
  • Leave a comment on this blog post or send me an email at sugarbysonia@gmail.com with your suggestion.
  • I will use a random number generator to pick a winner from all entries received by May 16th. That’s 2 weeks from today, so get your ideas ready!

The winner will receive 1 skein of Knit Picks Shimmer in Turquoise Splendor!

Even if you’re not interested in the prize, please submit your suggestions. I’m sure we could all use some new ideas and inspiration!