Let me begin by pointing out the incongruity of that title. I NEVER win. Unlike KnittyBarb, I am not a winner. If there was a contest with only two entrants, and I was one of them, I would not win. Such is the way with me. We joke that if I had no bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.
I never, ever, ever win. Anything.
So imagine my surprise when I got a couple of notifications in my Rav mailbox directing me to the Unoficial Sockdown! August thread in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group.
Johanne (AuntieJo) told me that I won the grand prize in the group of people who knit more socks than she did for August. I knit 8 pairs, and she knit 7. But there were people who knit 10 and 12 pairs. So I think it was kind of a random drawing among the five or six of us who knit 7 or more pairs of socks in August. But I won!!!
And not only did I win the grand slam, I also won a pattern in the random sock drawing!
This is more rare than a blue moon (two full moons in a month-or at least I think that's what a blue moon is).
So I decided to wait until my happy package arrived from Johanne before posting.
Here it is! It's an incredible sock monkey project bag from GirlFace Creations on etsy, a skein of Wollmeise Pure in Skandal um Rosi, and a skein of Skein's BFL sock in Cafe Bleu.
[I just did a Google translate for the Skandal um Rosi -- it translates as Scandal by Rosi -- not terribly illuminating, I'm afraid. Perhaps it's a literary reference.]
Here's the bag stuffed with the goodies:
And that's not all. The grand prize also included a pattern of my choice by BellybuttonKnits (Adrienne Fong). I had a hard time choosing, because Adrienne has some really lovely patterns. It was so much fun deciding. I chose Stardust. This is the Rav picture by Adrienne:
So I am going to use the Skein yarn for the sock. it will be perfect, I think. I might even do the beads, now that I'm no longer a complete bead rookie.
So thanks again to Johanne for her incredible generosity. I don't think she's one of my 4 blog readers, but she is certainly generous to a fault. I have yet another new friend. (My computer is full of my friends). And Johanne is in Calgary, so she's almost local.
[That's a bit tongue in cheek. She's 3 time zones away. She's 6 or 7 hours by plane. But she's in Canada and everyone knows that up here we all know each other.]
The other pattern was a pattern by Carrie (Irishgirlieknits). I have some of her sock collections, but I was recently lusting after the San Mateo cowl. It's in my shopping cart on Rav. That's kind of my version of the queue. I know other people put things in their queue, but I use the shopping cart. Periodically I go through and purchase or delete. It works for me.
Anyway, it's gorgeous. Here's Carrie's San Mateo.
Leslie (pixiemic) also knit one fairly recently and it's just gorgeous. So I knew I had to have it.
It's a fingering weight shawl, and I do have a couple of skeins of fingering weight to choose from....
I started it last night. I'm using my Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in The Grouchy Ladybug. I keep refering to it as the Angry Ladybug, and I have to stop and look up the actual correct name. It feels so weird to be knitting on a 3.75 mm needle. I did the 260-stitch version, so it's going to take me a few days.
There's not a lot of other random chatter today. I did notice this when I was in Sobeys not too long ago. Seriously, who comes up with the names for these stupid cereals? And what's up with the $11price tag? It's like the Bowel Buddies. Shudder.
Personally I never want to eat a breakfast cereal called Holy Crap.
When Princess was out in Saskatchewan, she went to an Earl's restaurant. (I think Earl's started in Calgary -- I remember going when I was at U of C -- I even had an Earl's parrot in my apartment). They had roasted brussels sprouts, and she raved about them. So she's been making them since she returned. You cut the nasty bitter nubby ends off the brussels sprouts, cut them in half lengthwise, slather them in olive oil, garlic and (I think) salt and pepper and roast them in the oven at 425 degrees or something like that for about 15 minutes. They're exquisite. The only other thing which would add to them would be to sprinkle some freshly shaved parmesan or asiago on them. Yumarrific.
Well, folks, it's a short update today. I may have more fiber content (of the non-Holy Crap variety) next time.