"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman



Well, I took off this morning, headed to Coeur d'Alene, to check out the new yarn shop that was going to open, but Murphy's Law has hit. The shop could not open today. The computer decided to go wonky and mess everything up for the owner. So we will have to wait a little longer. At least I got to see my friend Judy. We chatted for a bit outside the store. I didn't realize how much I've missed seeing her until today. Hey Judy, we gotta get together for lunch or somethin'!

On the way into town it rained and my windshield wipers did a very poor job of wiping, so I ended up at Toyota, getting new blades. That's a good thing, to get that taken care of now.

Now, for some big news. I've decided to have a contest. Here is what will be won.

Two 50 gram skeins of Steinbach Wolle Strapaz Cotton Effekt sock yarn in the denim blues and browns colorway.

A sheep needle gauge.

A 4oz. jar of very famous North Idaho Wild Huckleberry Jam.

I will make a set of 6 beaded stitch markers too. Just haven't decided what beads and colors I want to use.

The rules:

Contest entries will be accepted from now until 5pm pacific time Monday, November 17th. To enter, leave a comment in this post. ONE comment per person. No anonymous comments will be accepted. So if you don't have a Blogger screen name, please put your name in the comment.

On Monday, November 17th I will write down the screen names of everyone who has entered on little pieces of paper and have Sweet Hubby draw the winning name from a hat.

I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, November 18th. That person will then need to email me, within 4 days, their mailing address so I can send them their prize. If I don't hear from them, I will draw another winner.

Have a great day!


  1. What yummy looking yarn and jam too! Please write my name down for your contest and come visit my blog if you get the chance too.

  2. Please add me to the contest. I have been looking for a needle gauge that goes all the way down to a 4-0. I also just started knitting my first pair of socks!

    I am a long time lurker and enjoy seeing both your knitting and beading. Keep up the great work.

    wiltsied at hotmail dot com

  3. Trish Lackwitz11/12/08, 7:11 AM

    Hi! This is the first time I have visited your blog.
    I love moose, have never seen one, so enjoyed your pictures!
    I also see you have IG's - I have 2rescued greyhounds who are super pets.
    Anyway, I will continue to check in, and hope I win your contest! I have just learned to knit 2 socks on 2 circs, so the yarn would be perfect.
    Trish Lackwitz,

  4. Couldn't resist such an easy contest!

  5. 1. I NEED the huckleberry jam. You can't get that in Southern Cali and I am homesick. So you see, I NEED it.

    2. I NEED sheep. And stitch markers.

    so there you go. I win.

    Though, I will acknowledge, we attended the same cult when I was young and I understand if that disqualifies me. But then I would be without huckleberry jam and I may have to hurt the person who gets it.

    Just sayin is all.

  6. Thanks for the chance to win your contest! It's always fun.

  7. what a great contest you are running! Thanks for having it... found your blog via ravelry bead-crochet group :) woot woot! I love your flame rope... it so blows mine out of the water!

  8. Ohhhh, Jam, I love it, and haven't had huckleberry since I left Michigan almost 40 years ago. That sock yarn is also yummy, I think it needs to warm some feet.
    check out my blog, and my charity web site http://theyarntart.blogspot.com
    and www.scarvesfromtheheart.com

    I'll be back to visit!

  9. catherine dunlap11/13/08, 6:16 PM

    My mother needs huckleberry jam for Xmas. I need sock yarn

    catherine mad knitter

    (rav catmadknitter)

  10. Liisa Martin11/13/08, 6:49 PM

    Your offer is wonderful. I would love to make socks for Christmas. I make my own strawberry, raspberry and blackberry jams, so huckleberry jam would be a real treat. Please add my name to your contest.

  11. Well guess I could use some of that yummy jam and yarn, I promise not to eat the wrong one.
    (Your fav test knitter)

  12. Oooh... this sounds like fun! Count me in. The sock yarn looks nice, and I've never tried huckleberry jam. Thanks for providing the contest!

  13. Great contest prizes, I would love them all! I enjoy your blog as DSIL used to live in CdA/Hayden area. Linda Rice
    jlrice at 3riversdbs dot net

  14. Mmmmm...anytime you are offering huckleberry jam, I'm game to enter! :) Sounds like you are starting to feel better and get around a little easier--good to hear! Hopefully it just keeps getting better each day.

  15. Added by LJ:

    I have a sad sad story to tell..I really really wanted to win your contest, so I wrote a lovely comment and had trouble with google, and had to change my password, and then they, for an unknown reason, wouldn't process my comment. Maybe because I don't have a blog. But just because I am blogless, people shouldn't be mean. Actually, that has happened before, so maybe I should bite the bullet and get a blog, but do I need to have a google blog in order to stop the nonsense? I think I am rambling a bit.

    My comment was, should you choose to accept it, was that it is very nice of you to have contests, and when I get a blog, I plan to do the same. But in NJ, we don't have any great jam, such as you are giving away. I collect sheep, not the real ones, silly, and would thus love the stitch guide. I also misplace my beaded stitch markers frequently, and would put those to good use, also.

    There you have it.

    Ellen Moore in NJ

  16. Those are great prizes for your contest. Count me in!