Wow. I mean, WOW. I can’t believe the response we’ve gotten so far on our Inishmore Challenge Raffle. You guys are beyond awesome.
I’m keeping track of the total donated over in the sidebar, on the right. I plan to update at least daily, so check back often to see how generous y’all are.
And don’t forget to print out the receipt that Paypal sends you so you have a record of your contribution when tax time next rolls around.
I will post the list of contributors, with our thanks, at the end of the challenge but here is an interim thanks: THANK YOU!
Now, I noticed that L-B is shameless in campaigning for your votes. She even had her cat, Lucky, post a plea for votes in my comments. Da noive!
Well, we’ll just see who is laughing when the challenge is done.
mbd asked in the comments:
One other question about the Wendy – L-B contest: is it just about who finishes Inishmore first or about who knits it fastest? In other words: do you both keep real, close track of hours knitted? Or is it just who has the most knitting time, whether time is due to insomnia or other reasons?
It would be really cool if we could keep track of actual knitting time, but that is beyond my mathematical ability. (I can’t speak for L-B.)
So it’s really about who finishes first. But I think we are pretty evenly matched on how much spare time we have. We both have full-time jobs. L-B has a bit more freedom about coming and going and lunch hours than I do, I think, but I have commuter knitting on the train, which she doesn’t.
I briefly considered taking the second half of May off from work, but abandoned that idea. It shows poor sportswomanship and, more to the point, I’m sure my boss wouldn’t approve it. But I am taking Friday May 27 off from work, and so is L-B.
See how scrupulously fair we are?
And as L-B said: “May the best insomniac win.”
Some of you may not have noticed that the lovely Kristine donated a third prize: a $25 gift certificate to her Nirvana for Knitters: Knit Happens. I updated yesterday’s blog entry to reflect that, but wanted to point it out in case you missed it.
Speaking of Knit Happens, I plan to be there on Wednesday evening, May 18th, working feverishly on Inishmore. If you are in the area and voting for me, stop by to cheer me on. If you are in the area and voting for L-B, stop by to try to distract me. (Hint: Valrhona dark chocolate is a very big distraction.)
Are You Sick of Hearing About MDS&W Yet?
I finally got around to photographing my purchases. Here’s what I got:
1000 yards of approximately fingering weight handspun mohair in lime green. This I could not resist. I’m thinking a Kermit the Frog shawl.
1100 yards of a wool/mohair/silk blend from Firesong Fibers — worsted weight. Is this not cool yarn? Lolly was with me when I picked it out and she said “This might be your best purchase of the day!” I have to agree with her. I’m itching to swatch! I think it’s going to make a fabulous knitted fabric. I’m thinking a pullover of some sort.
1000 yards of a wool/mohair blend from Tintagel Farm. Thinking shawl here.
Approximately 12 ounces of wool/mohair roving, also from Tintagel Farm. How could I resist this colorway?
And the Cormo. My god, the Cormo!
This is almost 1500 yards of laceweight natural Cormo. Destined to become something lacy.
This is 270 yards of handpainted handspun Cormo. Scarf or hat, perhaps?
And this is 510 yards of Cormo/silk blend. YUM.
There was one other pile of yarn that I sent off as a gift for a friend, and I’ve already forgotten what it was.
Today was my lunchtime knitting group, and we sat outside because the weather was so pretty. I got a bit more done on the Mahi-Mahi tank.
I really need to suck it up and just finish it already.
The Great Communicator
I loved reading the comments in yesterday’s entry about Lucy’s communication attempts with the positioning of her toys. When I came home today I saw this:
Isn’t she clever? It did surprise me, because she usually does not touch my yarn.