Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Three Years and a Contest

Three years ago today I made my first blog post, so in celebration of my blogiversary, I am going to have a little contest. First prize is this, a skein (kinda going wafty) of Cherry Tree Hill in Martha's Vineyard. This would make a really nice pair of socks for a fella, should any guy knitters happen by and want to enter -- or any ladies that knit for their fellas, like Heddy and Marti. Or it could make lovely ladies socks. I had originally planned another pair of Hederas out of it.

To win this yarn, I would like you to take a guess at how many skeins of sock yarn I have in my stash as of January 9, 2008. I assembled it all on Saturday night, took a picture, and will post it after the contest closes, when the winner is announced. Whoever guesses correctly will be the winner. If no one hits the nail on the head then I will take the closest guess. Should there happen to be a tie then I will put the names in a hat and draw the winner. Here are a few guidelines to help in your guessing:

1. I only counted full skeins, no partials, no odds and ends.

2. If it takes two skeins to make a pair of socks, and I have two skeins of it, that is counted as one. If I only have one skein, it is still counted as one, since I can make a pair of kids socks with it or anklets. (So I probably should have said how many pairs of socks can I make with my sock yarn stash if you wanna be technical.)

3. I only counted "real" sock yarn. That is, it is actual sock yarn like Socks That Rock, Regia, Lorna's Laces, etc. I have some Heritage and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in stash to make socks, but since it isn't technically sock yarn I didn't include it.

4. I did not count store sock yarn. Got yarn to make three pairs for the store, but since I didn't buy the yarn, it isn't really mine, so it doesn't count.

Other than that all I will say is it is in the double digits but not as bad as I thought it was. I have been trying not to buy any sock yarn lately til I use up some of what I got. (Even though I did get some on the Road Trip.) I do like buying sock yarn, but I am not a fanatical hoarder. I think I have a modest collection (to have hers or hers would be a dream come true!), and I am very interested to see your guesses! You've got from today until Sunday, January 13 to guess. I will announce the winner in my post on the 14th.

There will also be a second prize of some sort, not quite sure what it is yet, but something yarny and/or knitting related. I'll do the names-in-a-hat thing of everyone who comments on this post.

Been knitting a lot, but no FOs yet. I have two different things on the go, but I think I need to crank out a pair of kids socks first. The boys are invited to a birthday party on Sunday. Socks and a little something with it would be a good gift, I think.

Good luck and Happy Knitting!

PS Don't forget about Heddy's blogiversary contest! It's not too late!


Blogger Shelley said... guess is 26 skeins...since you are counting the 2 skeins to make one pair as, 26 is my answer.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Cool idea for a contest! I don't get the impression that you're much of a stasher, so I'm going to guess low. 17. Yeah, 17. :-)

9:15 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

I think 34 is a good number. That's quite a bit but not unheard of. Wanna guess how much I have?

9:30 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

You have enough for 23 pairs of socks!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

I'm going to guess 39.

Hubby just made an appt for the truck to go in for inspection Friday morning, so that changes my plans to next Tuesday morning. Are you working then?

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Kris said...

My guess is 24. :)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Heddy said...

I was going to guess 17 ... but someone got that one ... so now my guess is 22

12:41 PM  
Blogger Marti said...

I'm going to guess...30.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Congratulation on three years of devoted blogging. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blogg and hearing about your family. My guess, down here in Massachusetts, is 19. I have been threatening however to move to Canada if Hilary Clinton becomes our next president!

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

i'm going to guess 18

5:47 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I am going with unlucky number 13!

6:39 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I am going to guess austerman steps are in woodland color....I really love it....oh, and for the lady in Massachusetts...if Obama gets elected I will move out of the country myself....

8:40 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

Happy Blogiversay!! I think you have 21 skiens of sock yarn.

10:29 PM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I'll guess a bit higher than most people have so far: 42.

2:09 AM  
Blogger Ragan Knits etc... said...

Hello! Hmmm...someone guessed what I was going to I will go with 14.
Which, would still be a very impressive stash!

9:45 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

My brother just left. Tomorrow if a guy comes in with a print (whales I think) to talk about framing, that's him. Told him to say Hi to you for me.
He offered to pick up the roving for me ... but then I wouldn't get to the dollar store on Tuesday :)

5:35 PM  
Blogger allergicmom said...

I'm going to guess 26 because no one's guessed that yet. Thanks for the contest!

5:09 PM  
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5:13 PM  
Blogger Friender said...

I meant 19! Thanks! (come visit my blog for a contest, too)

5:14 PM  
Blogger Lil Knitter said...

I'm guessing 27...that's not fanatical. lol

5:30 PM  
Blogger cthulhulovesme said...

I'll guess 36, which is probably too high, but someone already picked my lower guess. :)

6:12 PM  
Blogger sjmercure said...

I'm guessing 18.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Sharon Rose said...

32! :) Hope I'm right - I love that dark yarn!

6:39 PM  
Blogger cauyeung said...

29! lovely yarn. this guy knitter would love to knit himself some socks with it :)

7:41 PM  
Blogger Jen C said...

My guess is 14.

8:02 PM  
Blogger monica said...

I'm gonna go with 28, just because it hasn't been guessed yet!

9:59 PM  
Blogger Frieda said...

I'm guessing enough for 19 pairs of socks. Happy blogiversary BTW !

12:05 AM  
Blogger gina.d said...

Happy 3rd Blogiversary! What dedication. I am going to guess 25.

2:13 AM  
Blogger adrienne said...

happy blogiversary!

i guess that you have enough yarn for
43 pairs of socks.

i want to imagine you with lots of fun yarn!!!!!!!!!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Lucette said...

You have a lot of good guesses there and a lot of sock knitting ahead. So my guess is 45. a lot of great socks.

1:18 PM  
Blogger KNITSABELLA said...

Wow... double digits worth of unborn socks. The sheer thought makes me want to dive into the pile and fondle some sock yarn! I'm going to use the old Price is Right method and say that you have 12 skeins.

5:16 PM  
Blogger squiggi said...

I'm guessing 27.
That seems like a nice round number.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

21 is my magic number...

7:51 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

I think you have 24 socks worth of sock yarn.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...


11:25 PM  
Blogger Heide said...

My guess is 43 skeins.

11:25 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

Oh, i got so excited guessing, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!

11:26 PM  
Blogger txknitter said...

I say 32. Can't wait to see the picture.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

25. That's my best guess. Great giveaway yarn. Lovely

7:52 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Oops. Someone already said 25. Can I guess again? How about 12?

7:54 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

I'll go with 22 (my birthday number) - I'm feeling lucky.

That's a fair number without being nutso!

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Rachel O said...

How about 29? I know someone else guessed that but then maybe you'll pull my name out of the hat.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous blogless in NJ said...

OK - I'm gonna get in under the wire - I'll try 37.

9:57 AM  
Blogger purple-power said...

Well, it's not purple, but it is purty. I'll try 14.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous jessie said...

One man's "not so much" is another man's crazy. So I'll go with 14

10:26 AM  
Blogger yakiduk said...

I'll go with 47.

5:52 PM  

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