Wednesday, August 15, 2007

One! One! One! One!

Let's sing a song of one! How many is one?

Not enough, apparently, to get any of you to do my thinking for me. Even blatant bribery didn't work. No one had any ideas on how I should celebrate. It's enough to make me think most of you read me as punishment for your sins.

Heavy sigh. Oh, well. "I'll do it myself," said the Little Red Hen, and she did.

A contest it is then. One that reflects this blog and this blogger.

I'm a native Chicagoan, as was my father and his father. Chicago implies politics of the Plunkitt of Tammany Hall sort. ("There's honest graft and dishonest graft.") More and better bribery seems called for. I'd better make it a good prize.

I want to be able to put a name to everyone who reads this, even (especially?) those who don't much like to comment. I'd better give time, incentive, and multiple opportunities. Vote fraud is another dearly held Chicago Tradition, therefore, the contest will allow for stuffing the ballot box. Each comment left between today and 9:00 AM August 24th (to give you all a solid seven days) will get you a chance at the prize, i.e., comment 7 times, you get 7 chances.

There's been an awful lot of Mason-Dixon here this first year. I think Ann and Kay may have done more for my Knitter's Progress than any other designer-blogger. Since they have unknowingly become my de facto knitting mentors, the prize ought to reflect them. It ought also evoke a project that increased my skill level and marked a milestone on my road to all things knitted. Cue drum roll and trumpet blast. The winning project is Scribble. No, I'm not giving up my scarf. I'm giving you the ingredients.

The prize is a skein of Handmaiden Seasilk in the colorway of your choice and the coordinating ribbon of my choice to make your own Scribble Scarf. You'll need the pattern, so I'll add a copy of the book if you don't already have it. If you do, we can substitute the Elizabeth Zimmermann book or video of your choice.

Will that do?

So, as the late, great, Chicago politician Hizzoner himself said, vote early and often.


Kathleen said...

Your Scribble Scarf is lovely! :) I have the MDK book, but didn't get to the scribble pattern. Indeed, I'm a fickle MDKer. I did a couple of ball bands. I did a baby kimono. I started a random baby moderne - my version, that's still a WIP. Then I started some Wendy Knits and then started some Charmed Knits and then started some socks (Monkey, Plain and Magic 28). So much inspiration, so many wonderful choices, definitly NOT enough knitting time!

Congrats on the 200th post and the year blogiversary!

Cheesehead With Sticks said...

Well, it does look like I picked the perfect day to finally catch up in bloglines - whee ha! :) Happy blogiversary and 200th post!

So, when do we get to see them miters all sewn up? haha!

diane h said...

So there isn't anything to vote on, you just want our comments? I hereby invoke the myth of the Windy City - is it the weather or the politics? What keeps us coming back - is it the knitting, the examples, the pictures or the interminable, I mean saga of the, mitre squares?

Or maybe the yarn - gotta be in it to win it.

Bobbi said...

hmmmm no one else left multiple comments so I guess I wont either. But I wants it!

Mason Dixon Knitting is what got me started knitting again too. I learned several years ago then did nothing but scarfs, then just kind quit. But when I saw that book at the local library I started knitting dishcloths and washcloths and dish rags and warsh rags :) I think all of my FOs for 2006 are washcloths :)

Kathleen said...


There is still time! :)

(does this count?) ;)

Julie McC. said...

Okay, two things. First off, the "name" I want is only what you as a fellow member of the knitting and blogging community feel comfortable disclosing. I am not intending to invade your privacy here. My thought was, if you stop by often, maybe you like me and I would like a chance to like you back. If you don't want to be part of the contest, please tell me. You can email me if you don't like the public forum of the "comments." My email address is there in the sidebar.

Second. Yes, Kathleen, that counts. And so will any comments you leave on any post over the coming week.

AmyArtisan said...

Congrats on #1! It has been wonderful to get to know you through blogging - maybe one of these days we'll actually meet up at a Chicago knit event. :)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the MDK book as well - although I'm probably partial to it since I learned to knit by having grandma teach me the "grandma's favorite" dishcloth pattern. :)

Cheesehead With Sticks said...

Just sneakin in a second comment. I have to sneak, ya know, so my fellow cheeseheads don't discover I look forward to reading news from "south of the border". haha!

Jess said...

Oh, you are so going to get comment bombed here.

Jess said...

Oh, and what book is the Scribble Lace from? Is that the Mason-Dixon book?

Ellen said...

I know you know the Little Red Hen never said any such thing ( this s the problem with a pre-knitting relationship)..however this is actually just my way to get a comment in. I am only working on personal dishrags and continue the mitered square from July 4th. I'm not sure I count as a knitter.
Congratulations on the anniversary!