Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy Blog Anniversary, Steph! (A Give-away...for the Knitters)

Stephanie Pearl McPhee -- The Yarn Harlot

One of my Very Favourite People  celebrated a Blog Anniversary yesterday -- 11 years since she "cast on" in "Fibre Space" (with apologies to arlee)...

In the above photo, she's knitting on the ribbing of a sock I made for my daughter's friend P -- a Christmas 2014 commission.  The location?  The Hilton Doubletree Edmonton (formerly the Mayfield Inn).  The event? "Comedy Night" -- the Friday night opener of the "Stix in the City" weekend event back in October 2014, sponsored by River City Yarns.  

It was a "bucket list" moment for me...and one in a million  several thousand for Steph, I'm sure.  (grin)

But without that first connection...
  • I'd have missed all the glorious books about knitting and knitters;
  • I'd never have laughed so long and so well;
  • I'd not found someone who so deeply understands what it is to be
    • Canadian; and (simultaneously)
    • A knitter... 
Happy Blog Anniversary, Steph -- and many more!

P.S. Thanks to Joe and 'The Girls' for enabling you to enable us all these years... ;-)

P.P.S. What would a knitting blog anniversary be without some YARN?

I have three (count 'em) lace weight yarn prizes to give away on a random basis:

  • One skein of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Lace - 100% Baby Alpaca - 800 m..847 yards in colour #21 (Lavender Blue);

  • One skein of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Lace - 100% Baby Alpaca - 800 m..847 yards in colour #03 (green mix); 

  • And two skeins of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud lace weight yarn:
    • One 440 yards in CA07 - pearl grey; and
    • One 440 yards in C740 - green mix.

So...If you are a knitter -- or you know a knitter that would like to have any one of these three lacy prizes...Please post a comment on the blog saying so, sometime between NOW (i.e. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at almost noon Mountain Standard Time) and midnight wherever you are on Saturday, January 31, 2015.  Three winners will be chosen by a random number drawing process when I get up on Sunday, February 1.

Happy knitting!


Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

I am also a huge fan of the Yarn Harlot and she has brought me to tears of laughter so, so many times! I am a fair weather knitter, or perhaps a practical charts or grids for me most projects, but I do enjoy it nonetheless. What a generous giveaway you are offering!

Anna Maria Junus said...

Thanks for introducing me to famous knitters. Looking forward to reading more books.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Gorgeous yarns. I am on my third pair of socks this winter. I find knitting such a relaxing hobby.

Anonymous said...

I "met" Steph aka The Yarn Harlot through an audio version of one of her books. That 8 hours of driving just slipped by as I laughed along.
Now, with my morning coffee, I look to see if she gifted us a new post.

What a great give-away you are offering. Let me think of a wonderful project to make.


Kate said...

Some years ago, I was pretty much bed ridden with all of my life on hold. A ball of self striping sock wool entered my life, and I discovered the meditative nature of knitting.
I discovered Stephanie's books, not long after. Her "Knitting Rules" is one of my go to books for knitting information. Her blog postings remind me take we all need to take ourselves less seriously.

Regina said...

Yarn Harlot is a riot all by herself!
This winter I am knitting fancy turtlenecks (just glorified dickies, not whole sweaters) for myself, preferably seated near the wood stove.

Christina Vandervlist, Spiritbead said...

Wow - what lovely yarns! I'm always so happy to find those working with their hands who proudly (and rightly) proclaim their work is art. And I know the perfect artist to enjoy creating with these yarns.....