Friday, July 06, 2007

Craziness And A Little Contest

Hang in until the end of the post...something good awaits you!

Well, I am really afraid that I am going to run out of yarn for the Fluted Banister socks. I'm not done the first one yet...still have a few inches to go before I even start to decrease for the toe, and I'm looking at the ball of yarn and to me it doesn't look like there will be enough for the second sock.
I cast on for a different pair with different yarn (Paton's Kroy). I only started this last night after I felt like I was going crazy and might start hyperventilating or something (not really, but I was getting a little freaked out). I'm about to start the leg of this pattern, which is one from Sensational Knitted Socks.
I really don't know what to do. I waited for some time after ordering yarn for my pal's socks for said yarn to arrive...only to find out after choosing the pattern that I'd need 3 skeins of this particular yarn (Panda Wool). So, I choose some yarn (the Louet Gems) and a different pattern because said pal requested cuff down socks (which is how I typically make socks anyway) so starting a pair toe-up was out of the question. And now I'm worried about not having enough yarn for this. That's why the new pair. I've used this yarn for a pair of socks for myself before and have always had some left over (my foot length is 9", my pal's is 10") so I know there should be enough left over for an extra inch of the pattern. However, I don't know if the new pattern will use up a lot of the yarn and thus cause me not to have enough for the foot. As well, I don't know if I should just do the pattern on the leg and keep the foot plain stocking stitch, or continue the pattern on the top of the foot as well.

What also worries me is that I won't get these socks done in time to send out to my pal on August 2nd. I'm sure if I explained everything that has gone wrong and ask if she mind if they are a little late, that she wouldn't be too upset (so long as she gets them). However, it hasn't come to that yet. I've put the baby sweater I was working on at work to the back burner, and the socks are in top priority. I'll work on them during breaks at work as well as at home. I am determined to get them done on time...that is providing everything works out for me! Who would have thought that joining a fun swap would be so stressful - all I can say is I'd better not be getting any grey hair from this; I have enough of that already!

So, on to a little contest. I've made a couple sets of stitch markers and thought I'd give those as prizes. First up is a colourful set of 5 stitch markers. All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me what the provincial flower of New Brunswick is.

Next up is a shiny set of 5 stitch markers. All you need to do is leave a comment telling me the name of the actor I have a crush on. I'll give you a little clue...he's really hot! 'Nuff said.
I will draw for each set of stitch markers from the list of names - or if someone tells me where I can access one of those random number generators online, I'll use that. You can enter one or both of the draws, the choice is yours; however, you can only enter once for each. If you don't know the answers to the questions, just take a guess and you'll be entered into the draw.
And, here's an even sweeter deal! Tell your friends, post about it on your blogs and let them know that they should also include the name of the person/blog who sent them here. If they tell me, and that person wins, you as the referrer will win a surprise set of stitch markers (yet to be made, hence the surprise part of it), one for each draw. So for example, if Jane leaves a comment and says that Billy Sue from Billy Sue Knits sent her, then Jane wins a set of stitch markers and Billy Sue would win the bonus stitch markers.

Now, you know what to do....oh, and contest closes Friday July 13, 2007!


Knitting Mama said...

NB's provincial flower is the purple violet. How convenient it's your fave color!! I'll have to figure out who your fave actor is and come back :)

jessica said...

Hey what fun! I love contests! The provincial flower of New Brunswick is the Purple Violet!

So sorry your having sock swap issues, I hope it all works out in the end!

susan said...

The flower is purple violet, not that I know where New Brunswick is! (I had to Google) And as for your favorite actor, I've no idea, but Orlando Bloom is a fave between my daughter and I. :)

monica said...

The purple violet for the flower. And I am going to say Daniel Radcliffe, I have no clue. But HP is being released that week so that is my guess

Annie said...

I am glad you will go to South Korea as an ESL teacher for one year.That will be a very good experience for you.I can't wait to see you wiriting something about living in South Korea.

Heddy said...

Hmmm ... hot actor? Hmmm - I dunno who your favorite is, but I am guessing Johnny Depp (he is pretty hot, and I find him quite Yummy and easy on the eyes!)

I'll be posting your link on my blog later tonight!

HDW said...

Shelley you Rock and I have an award for you over on my blog!!! Come check it out!!

Kristi said...

The provincial flower is the Purple Violet :) I enjoy your blog and found you through Monica Knits' blog.

Kristi in Ohio :)

Charity said...

Hey Shelley, don't stress! Keep knitting, and breathing, and it will all get done, right? :0)

BTW, the flower for NB is, of course, the purple violet.

Janice said...

Sorry about running out of yarn for your sock. That's a bummer! I almost have my pair done.. am liking that pattern.

I'm curious to know what actor you have a crush on ;-)!!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Purple Violet

My favorite actor is Johnny Depp but your's might be Gabe Hogan ... now even I think he's yummy.

Tina in Wonderland said...

The flower is the Purple Violet, or so the Yahoo search I did told me!

Hey, I can personally attest to how BEAUTIFUL the shiny purple stitch markers for "Crush" contest are! I was lucky enough to win a set of those - along with some pretty yarn and delicious chocolate - last winter in Shelley's Knittin' Mitten monthly draw. These are really nice purple glass beads and I LOVE mine! Thanks again, Shelley!

Lisa said...

Hmmm...purple violets and I'm gonna guess Shane West cuz I know he is HOTT!!!!!!

Rachel said...

If you run out of yarn, you can always knit the toes in a coordinating color (say, a nice purple violet???).

I don't know that I can begin to guess who you might have a crush on. But just to be in the game, I'll guess Edward Norton...just because I have a crush on him. :)

lexa said...

New Brunswick's flower is the purple violet (thanks Wikipedia! didn't browse the comments...).

I have no clue on the actor, so I say Brad Pitt cuz I love him and can't see why anyone wouldn't! Hunka, hunka, hunka!

Tammy said...

Hi Shelley,
My guess for the hot actor is Matthew McConaughey, why, he's my favorite, hehe.

Michele said...

New Brunswick's flower is the Purple violet. But I cheated, I googled it...gotta love google.

As for your fav actor I'm going to go with my fav, matthew McConaughey. Love all those shirtless photos in the mags!

btw, heddy from ewe gotta knit sent me here:)

Megynn said...

I'm a bit of a cheater, too, but the flower is a purple violet. I'm going to guess Brad Pitt, because I think he's a hottie, and he'd be my choice. :)

PS - I found your contest through Heddy's blog.

Paula said...

I have to say it is the purple violet and that is the same flower of our state!

For the Hottie you have a crush on I would have to guess and name my two favorites Jonny Depp and Daniel Craig.
Then there is the classic hall of fame hottie Shaun Connery but then he is everyones favorite and has been around forever so I listed the ones from my age group.

P.S. I like the knitting you are doing and hang in there with your sock. I hope it gets better.

Alisha said...

Love your stitch markers. I have an addiction to making stitch markers...I am now always on the look out for cool beads!!