Inside out sock....and a contest!!

Inside out sock, you say? Well, yeah. All I am saying is you know that you might have been having a rough morning when you get home from work, take your shoes off and realize one of your socks has been on inside out all day. It was not a handknit sock, it was a Napoleon Dynamite sock, but still. Crazy day, I tell ya. :)

(And for those of you who don't want to read my blog, just want to find out about the contest, the info is at the bottom of this post. But, hey, while you're here, why not read the blog. . . . .)

Anyway, I hope everyone had a nice Christmas or holiday or whatever. Mine was pretty good. On Monday afternoon I went to my parents house, went to visit the grandparents with my dad and then hung out with Alex family. Tuesday there was much gift exchanging and eating going on. Overall, it was good! Pretty stress free, which I like. And, I got some good stuff too. My parents bought me a kitchen scale for yarn dyeing purposes, and my sister got me some Addi Turbos from The Loopy Ewe so I can knit my socks on two circulars! She also got me this:

It's a hoodie that says Knitting Like Crazy with my etsy site! I love it. I am now a walking billboard for my yarn. Good times.

Also, I signed up for a Indie Dyer Swap on Ravelry, and I got good stuff from my swap partner, Ruth:It's some hand dyed yarn in colors she thought I would like (Like? Um, I love them) and a project bag. I have been eyeing those little project bags for awhile, so I am quite excited to have one. Thanks, Ruth! (Btw, Ruth has an Etsy site with lots of good stuff....just sayin').

Between all the squeeling from all the good yarny gifts, there has been some knitting. First, I have completed one sock with the Panda Wool yarn from my Ravelry Secret Santa:
The cable, or I should I say 'faux cable' I took from a stitch dictionary, modified it a tad, and put it on my sock. I really love the way it came out. I was already to knit the second one, but then I got distracted. By this:

It's a Bears sock! I don't know why, on Sunday I felt the urge to knit a Bears sock. So, I got out some of my Superbowl Shuffle yarn and started a-knittin'. A-knittin' the Bears right into a victory, I think! I have noticed when I am knitting Bears-related socks, the Bears do well. I mean, I don't want to say it's all my fault for the bad season, but, well, it might be entirely my fault. I wasn't knitting any Bears socks until Sunday. Sorry!

Finally, I had been seeing the Bird in Hand mittens popping up more and more in blog/Ravelry-land, so I decided I need to knit some:

This is my first real attempt at Fair Isle. It's going well, I think. I only have a tiny bit of mitten, but I am loving it so far. This is likely what I will be knitting on this evening. I think this mitten might be addicting! :)

Well, that's all I have for knitting, but now, a contest!

Ok, so my dear friend, Mel (the one that I am teaching to knit), is going one of those Polar Bear Plunges in February. I think she is nuts, but it is for a good cause. It's for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Mel is such a good egg and does all kinds of stuff to help people with disabilities, and I thought it would be nice to try to help her. So, here is what I am going to do. It's all on the honor system here, but I figure knitters are pretty honest. You can donate to Mel's Polar Plunge here. Once you donate to her, send me an email (jenATknittinglikecrazyDOTcom) or a message on Ravelry (I'm knitlikecrazy) and tell me your name and that you donated. It doesn't matter if you donate $5 or $500, your name is going to be entered into a random drawing for some fabulous prizes.

The prizes?

Prize number one will be two skeins of custom dyed Knitting Like Crazy yarn. You can tell me the weight of yarn you want and the colors you want and I will dye it up for you. I typically dye with 100% Superwash wool or a Superwash Wool/Nylon blend.

Prize number two will be one skein of yarn from my etsy site. That's right, baby! Once I have emailed you to say you won, you can go to my etsy site, pick one of the available yarns and it's yours...for free!

The contest starts now and will end on January 26 at midnight, central time. The winners will be notified on January 27.

So, let the donating begin!

Hope everyone has a good weekend! Happy knitting! :)

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