Contains Actual Knitting Content! And A Contest, Too!

And it's about time!

Since this is supposed to be primarily a knitting blog, I thought I should actually write a post that included some proof that I do really knit. In fact, I try to knit every day, even if it's only one or two rows. Maybe I don't discuss my knitting very much because (1) I seem to make very slow progress and feel silly if I tell you that I knit another inch on a 60" scarf, or that I finished yet another generic baby hat; (2) do knitter-readers who are far more advanced than me truly want to see and read about really basic plain-jane projects?

This past week, I have been knitting squares for the Greensburg blankets and have finished two and started on two more. I finished my first dishcloth, which is going to my secret pal along with many other goodies for the dishcloth swap. I am still knitting away on the herringbone scarf and the one-row pattern alpaca scarf. I reorganized my stash into the personal stash, the charity projects stash, and the UFO bin. And I did a bit of stash enhancement while I was buying yarns for my SP10 partner and dishcloth partner on the previous weekend. I didn't intend to buy anything for myself, but when I saw this little skein, I just couldn't resist. It's so soft and squishy and I love this color combination.

J.Knits Superwash-Me Sock Colorway: Columbus

This is the second sock yarn I have bought for myself, even though I have had no intention of knitting anything requiring teeny needles and strange phenomena like "heel flaps" and "grafted toes". But I think that maybe this means that I am subconsciously considering the idea of possibly knitting a sock. (Or maybe not.) I also realized I have 2 skeins of Koigu that I received from the long-lost Valerie, my funky scarf pal. What am I going to do with all of this sock yarn?

This past weekend was also the start of one of my favorite summer activities, the Theater in the Park. It is an open-air theater where families can set up their blankets and lawn chairs, turn the kids loose and enjoy very good amateur productions. The season kicked off with a surprisingly good "Fiddler on the Roof". We brought one of my knitting buddies, Melissa. It was so much fun to sit and knit as the sun went down, listening to some of my favorite show tunes, while enjoying the cool evening breeze.

Greensburg Square #2

Speaking of Greensburg and sock yarn, I am having a contest to encourage the knitting of lots of squares! I want knitters to innundate Greensburg with wooly love! All you need to do is knit or crochet a square or 2 (or 5 or 24), post a picture of your square(s) on your blog, and leave me a comment with a link to your blog. There will be a prize for the person who makes the most squares and I will also have a random drawing for a second prize for everyone who participates. The deadline is July 4th.

Blogger has decided I can't post any more pictures tonight, so I will post pictures of the prizes in my next blog. And don't be surprised if it involves some kind of lovely sock wool. And both winners will also receive a CD mix with some of my favorite songs from musical theater! You can get the how-to's and info on where to send the squares at Sugar Bunny Boulevard.

So what are you waiting for? Start knitting!


Amanda said...

That's so wonderful that you are trying to promote this project! As soon as I heard about it, I cast on for my first square. I have about 17 now, and I'm hoping to knit at least 25 and send them on their way by the end of the summer.

I've also been posting on my blog so that others will read and hopefully get involved too!


Nichole said...

Abbie & the yummy yarn look beautiful! Perhaps the sock yarn becomes doggy sweater yarn??
Go for socks... I always was perplexed watching someone knit them, but when you jump in, you'll see its not so bad. I started with the Lion Brand simple sock pattern (on their sock yarn label) - knit on size 3's and quite easy for the beginner.

Nancy @ the Jersey Shore said...

I've knitted 3 squares so far. Quick and easy project there's a post on my blog a few days back.

Anonymous said...

Have you checked out the summer of squares along?

Ariel said...

I've sent 6 (posted on my blog) and have two more finished. I'll be knitting up some more before her deadline. :-)

Dianne said...

This is a great project. I just posted about it, and will update the blog when I'm done knitting & send the squares off to Sugar Bunny.

Priscilla said...

Ok, I just posted my first 3 squares, with a link to this post. I think the idea of a contest is terrific!