Blog Contest – Final Day! New Prizes! YAY!

Y’all are so seriously awesome. I am so excited and amazed and grateful for all the donations we’ve received for the Athens-Clarke Literacy Council!
I am going to try my best to pick the prize winners and post them on Sunday, along with the results of the Bee!
**Also, we’ve added one more prize because you all have been so generous and because my friends are also so generous. EVERYONE FREAKING ROCKS. srsly.**

The fabulous Mai has offered to knit another pair of hand-knit socks for one lucky winner!

In order to entice you, we have NEW PRIZES! from the lovely and generous Carolyn.
They are:

11 balls Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK


ooh, so pretty. and tweedy.

Schoolhouse Press Baby Surprise Jacket Kit #1 (with your choice of one of the button sets pictured)
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Orange is lovely. and good for a boy or a girl!

Schoolhouse Press Baby Surprise Jacket Kit #2 (with your choice of one of the button sets pictured)
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o hai red!

So! this means you have multiple opportunities to win a prize! Here’s the total prize list one more time:
Prize #1: One pair of socks for YOU, handknit by me
Prize #2: From the lovely Wry Punster Elspeth: a cowl, knit for YOU, in Briar Rose Fiber
Prize #3: One skein of superwash merino sock yarn, dyed in a custom colorway (you pick the colors!!) by the fabulous Melanie of Lotus Yarns
Prize #4: 11 balls Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK
Prize #5: A Baby Surprise Jacket Kit from Schoolhouse Press in Orange and White, including buttons!
Prize #6: A Baby Surprise Jacket Kit from Schoolhouse Press in Red and White, including buttons!
Prize #7: A pair of hand knit socks, customized for YOU, knit by the fabulous Mai.
Every $5.00 donation will get your name in a drawing. At the end of the contest, I’ll randomly pick a name for each the prizes listed above. All the money donated will go directly to the Athens Clarke Literacy Council.
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Donation are now closed! THANK YOU SO MUCH.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! All of your emails and good thoughts are really appreciated, and so are your donations. GO TEAM TRIPLETS!

Blog, Interrupted. for a contest.

Hi there!
I’m interrupting this not-so-frequently-updated blog to announce a contest. a contest for hand-knit socks and other yarny prizes. FOR YOU.
You may remember last year, around this same time, I participated in a charity spelling bee, also known as The Spirited Spell-Off Spectacle, here in Athens. Well, I’m doing it again, with my same trusty teammates from before: my twin sister Cathy and my friend Chip. The three of us form The Triplets (har!) and we are super excited about this year’s bee.


Team Triplets raises the most money
Team Triplets!

The event is a fundraiser for the Athens Clarke Literacy Council. They promote and support adult literacy in Athens, Georgia, and they do good work.
At this team spelling bee, the six teams that raise the most money for the Athens Clarke Literacy Council are granted a mulligan, which means you can miss one word and still stay in the competition. So, we’ve been raising money to support our team. Any amount you can afford will help us, and it all goes to a great cause – promoting and supporting adult literacy.
Last year, with your help, our team raised the most money for the cause and earned our mulligan, which helped us finish second runner-up in the bee.
So this is where you come in! Every $5.00 donation will get your name in a drawing. At the end of the contest, I’ll randomly pick a name, and I’ll knit the winner a pair of socks in your favorite colors. All the money donated will go directly to the Athens Clarke Literacy Council.
UPDATE! We have additional raffle prizes! which means that more than one person can win! woooot!
-Prize #1: One pair of socks for YOU, handknit by me
-Prize #2: From the lovely Wry Punster Elspeth: a cowl, knit for YOU, in Briar Rose Fiber
-Prize #3: One skein of superwash merino sock yarn, dyed in a custom colorway (you pick the colors!!) by the fabulous Melanie of Lotus Yarns
Last year’s winner, emily, got a pair of Mingus socks knitted by me, especially for her!

Mingus Socks
A pair of socks in your favorite colors and pattern. Srsly.
and you don’t have to knit them! I will knit them for you!

Wouldn’t you love a pair of handknitted socks, made just your size, that you don’t even have to knit?
If so, just click the button below and buy yourself a ticket.



(The paypal link will say chip@athenstown.com – that’s us!) Once you’ve donated, please send an email at carrieokeknits@gmail.com and let me know your name, email address, and the amount of your donation. The raffle will be open until Friday, February 27, 2009 at noon EST.
Last year, we were foiled by the word ‘escutcheon’. Can we make it to the last round this year?? I THINK WE CAN. and thank you so much for letting me use my blog, once again, for shameless spelling bee fundraising.

Blue Skies

It is so nice here, y’all. It’s been in the upper 60s – lower 70s for almost a week now, and it’s unbelievable. I’m hoping that spring is actually here to stay, although I know that’s totally wishful thinking and we’ll probably have more cold spells. But sitting outside in the sun to eat brunch and teaching knitting on the back porch of Main Street has been sooooo nice.
Of course, my timing is impeccable because I’ve just finished winter hats for me and Jacob right when the weather gets warm! HA. I discovered Jared Flood’s fabulous Turn a Square pattern on Ravelry and totally fell in love with it. It’s super easy and SO fast – I finished both of these hats in about a day or so (per hat). And, you can do stripeys like the pattern:


YIP.35: Turn a square.
stripes, for Jacob.

Or, you can do one with just one skein of mmmmalabrigo:

And, done.
the Malabrigo one is all for me me me.

Woot. Totally versatile and awesome. and perfect for those 70 degree days we’ve been having. Har.
I’m still plugging away on the Tapestry Cowl. I’m getting faster at finishing a round – I actually did THREE rounds last night, which is totally a record for me and this pattern – but I’m convinced there’s a better way to wrangle the two colors. Are there any English knitters out there who have double knitting tips for me? I’ve been practicing my Continental knitting, but the gauge is still too crazy for me to switch to Continental on this project.
And, my take-with-me-everywhere knitting is a new project: Francis Revisited. I may have used some of my knit teaching money to get some fantastic Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran in Granite and oh my god I am loving this yarn. I couldn’t get gauge, so I changed the numbers a bit and now I’m just knitting away. I’m hoping I can finish this soon and wear it a bit before it gets too hot in Georgia for any kind of long sleeves.

Francis Revisited.
ohhh, this yarn. it’s so lovely.

I really have been knitting a lot lately. Teaching at the yarn store is making it easier for me to justify new shiny yarn purchases, which makes me excited about new projects, which means I am a knitting. machine. and I like it that way!
Other than knitting, I’m finishing up a quilt,Flickring, Raveling, BODYPUMPing, and watching American Idol intently. Work is good – lots of graphic design lately, which I love. YAY.