The Weaving Inn

Home to the knitting world's anti-Finisher. Kind of like the anti-Christ, but with a smaller following.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Just Ask Me

Go ahead, ask me how sick I am of taking pictures of sock yarn. I'm thinkin' I may never photograph sock yarn again.

OK, so here we have Cascade Fixation in the front, on the left in the back is Regia Bamboo and on the right in the back is that old standby "Mystery Sock Yarn." The Cascade and the Regia come to us courtesy of the wonderful Knitting Arts gift certificate.

Lordy, I'm behind. On the left is Fearless Fibers 100% superwash merino sportweight in the colorway "Fruit Pop" and on the right is Koigu. There are two skeins of the Koigu, but one seems to be hiding right now. Fear not, it will be found.

So we have two more days for you to enter the Great Fantastic Sock Yarn Extravaganza Contest. The winners will be announced on March 1st. All prizes will be mailed on March 3rd. This includes the prizes from the Random Drawings as well as that sock yarn I was giving away a few weeks ago. In case any of you were wondering where your yarn was. One thing I should have mentioned before is that if you're allergic to cats you may want to know that probably all of this yarn has been exposed to kitties. Or vice versa. In fact, there is a good chance Andy might have carried a skein or two around in his mouth. Because he REALLY loves wool. Don't worry though, all the cat spit has dried and will be hardly noticeable I'm sure.

I am going through FO withdrawal over here at Chez Insanity. Right now the only thing that looks like it'll probably be an FO is the pan of brownies on the counter. Or maybe these ...

Sock #2 of the Chocolate Pink Cherry socks. Here we have an action shot of the garter stitch border on the heel flap. This is one of Charlene Schurch's wonderful ideas in "Sensational Knitted Socks." My picking up of the stitches leaves a bit to be desired but with this border it's dead easy. Why, they practically pick themselves up! If you don't own "Sensational Knitted Socks" you should; in my humble opinion it's the best sock book out there. Now I need to go work on that pan of brownies ...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Courtesy Of Knitting Arts

Today's Sock Yarn Of The Day is brought to you courtesy of my favorite LYS, Knitting Arts. About seven or eight months ago I wrote a little rant in my blog about a new employee of Knitting Arts. I was less than impressed with her customer service skills. The manager of the store, Jan, heard about my rant.

Although I never specifically named her store in my rant, apparently it was QUITE obvious to the other employees of her store who I was talking about. However, rather than take me to task for slamming her store, she rewarded me with a very generous gift certificate for bringing the issue to her attention. Which I promptly lost.

I looked everywhere. EVERYWHERE. It was nowhere to be found. And I didn't want to ask for a replacement. After all, it wasn't as though anyone had forked over some cold, hard cash for this gift certificate. Easy come, easy go, right? But it was an awful LOT of money. So I finally sucked it up and sent Jan an e-mail explaining what a bozo I was. "No problemo," she said and I picked up the new certificate tonight.

And you, my little Contest Monkeys get to share in the wealth. Yes, that is Koigu KPPPM you see there. In a colorway that makes my heart sing.

But I had to get something for ME TOO!

Magic needles in US size 4! Yay! I love Magic Needles. Because they have nice, pointy ends, perfect for lace. And they're smooth and they feel really, really good. Plus "25 Favorite Socks; Timeless Designs From Interweave." There are 19 patterns in here that are reprints from previous issues of Interweave Knits and 6 new patterns. Since I don't have all the back issues of IK it was obvious I needed to own this book. Well obvious to me, anyways.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Beauty And The Beast

Sometimes you order yarn online and what you end up with is even more fantastic than you thought it would be. Or sometimes you open the package and think, "What the hell crack was I smokin'?" Case in point - the yarn in the foreground in this picture.

But ha! I'm giving it away so what do I care? Such is the beauty of a yarn give away contest. Or maybe you like brown and blue together. In which case we'll all be happy. Yarn in the back - Lorna's Laces, blah, blah, blah.

Sock #1 of 2 completed. I knit this on US 2.5's as it's a sportweight but I almost wish I'd done it on 2's. It fits fine but I like my socks TIGHT. This is not tight. Maybe I should just plow through the six boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought today and hope my feet get bigger.

Look what I got!!!

These arrived today courtesy of the extraordinarily generous Valerie. Trust me when I tell you they don't come much nicer than Valerie. Or smarter. Or more creative. Or a whole buncha other good stuff. Her friendship is truly gift enough, these are simply the icing on the cake. But let's look at them even closer cuz they're GORGEOUS.

Lovely, lovely, lovely. I am ever so spoiled. Thank you, Valerie!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Knitting A.D.D.

See how nice I am? I didn't even make you scroll through all my mumbo jumbo to check out what the Sock Yarn Of Three Days! was. I would also like to draw your attention to my lovely color coordinating job once again. From left to right we have Regia "Plus Cotton" in a lovely blue and white colorway, very Martha's Vineyard if you ask me, Cavyshop's superwash DK weight in the "I Have No Idea" colorway and finally Furryarn's MaineBear Sox in the colorway "Jungle." That's a rather crappy picture of the Furryarn yarn, this is a better one. Pretty, eh?

In non-knitting news, I attended a free "How To Crochet Socks" class today at Yarndogs in Los Gatos. It was only a one hour class but it was fun. The particular sock we were making calls for you to make the cuff first as a flat piece of fabric, stitch it up the back and then pick up the stitches to go down the foot. Allow me to mention that the class was held OUTDOORS. *Snicker* Will I become an afficionado of crocheted socks? Not likely, it's all single crochet. Speaking of socks ...

Almost at the toe decreases on this baby. Once again, this is Fearless Fibers sportweight in the colorway "Chocolate Pink Cherry." If I'm not mistaken I'm giving away a skein of this. It's lovely yarn, very squishy. Why is the title of this post Knitting A.D.D.? Because not only did I work on this sock today, plus the crocheted sock I also worked on this.

The scarf formerly known as "Dainty Bess" but which is now known as "Dave's Scarf" since he has claimed ownership, continues to grow. I'm not quite sure why Dave wants this scarf other than the fact he dyed the yarn. Perhaps he's out of dishtowels? Regardless, it's his since I never keep anything I make anyway. What would be the point of that?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Catch Up Time

How horribly cruel of me to keep the Contest Monkeys waiting for the big announcement. However, last night WAS Valentine's so of course I had to go to my crochet meeting. So, without further ado, the winner of "Victorian Lace Today" is ...


Yes, my little Contest Monkeys, I'm mailing a thousand pound book to Australia. Congratulations, Bells! Hey! Who's that crying in the back? Fear not, there WILL be more random drawings. Pinky swear promise.

And now for the second reason anyone read this blog today ...

It's The Sock Yarn Of Three Days!

Here we have, from left to right, Lion Brand "Magic Stripes" (pfft, what you thought it was going to be Lorna's Laces every day?), Fearless Fibers sportweight yarn in Chocolate Pink Cherry and finally Knit Picks "Essentials." Please note what a lovely job I did of coordinating the colors today. I'm getting somewhat weary of typing out yarn statistics so suffice to say all of this will make three pairs of socks.

Now for some actual knitting content. Perhaps one or two of you have noticed I have a slight obsession with Cabin Cove Mercantile yarn. This is true. And now there's an actual KAL which celebrates this glorious yarn. It's the Shut Up And Knit Your Cabin Cove! KAL. What a wonderful idea and what a smart person Cookie is for thinking this up. Yes, of course I've joined. It's a never ending KAL that simply celebrates Dave's yarn. Because something this beautiful should be celebrated.

You may remember this as the "Dainty Bess" scarf from the three Elizabeth The First patterns. I started it in January, before the KAL began, got bored with it and put it aside. The pattern itself is pretty simple but not simple enough that you can watch TV and work it at the same time. But now, thanks to Cookie, I am INSPIRED! The picture above shows the actual color of the yarn ...

... while this is a better shot of the stitch detail. Now I ask you, how often do you knit up lace and have it look this good pre-blocking? Not very friggin' often. Yet one more reason why Dave creates magical yarn. This is a fingering weight 50% merino, 50% silk in the colorway "Orchid." This yarn was made for lace. I'm ever so glad that I have more. And well, some more after that. And maybe a bit more.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

This Just In ...

In honor (honour) of Valentine's Day tomorrow there will be a Random Drawing. Everyone who has donated to Doctors Without Borders by February 14th, 2007, 6pm PST will be eligible to win. The prize, alas, has nothing to do with socks.

The Prize

Try not to be too disappointed.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Break Out The Incense!

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the Hare Krishna baby blanket! Yes, you too can set your little one on the path of enlightenment simply by wrapping him in this crocheted blankie. Before you know it, your offspring will be clangin' cymbals, bangin' drums and making plans to move to India. Don't you feel your consciousness raising simply by looking at this work of art? Here, take a closer look.

Are you at one with universe yet? Maybe you're not trying hard enough. Well it's a dang good thing then that today's Sock Yarn Of The Day will afford you the materials needed to make a pair of Hare Krishna Socks!

This yarn has been blessed by Krishna himself! No? Pfft, I never get to have any fun around here. OK, well how about Carol at Black Bunny Fibers? This is 400 yards of 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon in the colorway "Bittersweet."

DeeDee, who worships the God Purina

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Today's Question Is ...

What possessed me to wear a white sweatshirt to the Ranch O' Mud?

"Sweatshirt? Mmmm ... don't mind if I do!"

Head Butting Competition # 1,934,520

Leland, Leland! Look how far I can bend my head back! Look! Look!

"I am SO much cuter than my brother"

Tomorrow Leland and Stanton will be eight months old. Funny, I thought they'd be bigger. I guess that's where the "Dwarf" part of Nigerian Dwarf goat comes in. They've pretty much got the run of the ranch now when I'm out there. Most, but not all, of the horses don't seem to mind when the two little monsters sneak in to their stalls to steal food. And most, but not all, of the people who board there don't seem to mind them either. Thankfully the lady who runs the ranch loves them.

OK, enough goat talk, here's the Sock Yarn Of The Day!

Regia "Crazy Color" in the colorway "5443." Such a descriptive name. Anyway, it's 75% wool, 25% polyamid and each ball is 210 metres. And you get both the balls! Woo and hoo. For some reason this colorway makes me think of the beach. Who knows what it will make you think of if you win it. So that's it for today, tune in tomorrow for Monday's Sock Yarn Of The Day!

The End

Saturday, February 10, 2007

DK Day

Back in September of last year I entered "Sock Wars." At the time, for whatever reason, I assumed one only made socks out of ... well ... sock yarn. Yet when I got my pattern for the Socks Of Doom it called for DK weight. And the skies parted and the sun shone and there was a heavenly chorus of "Hallelujahs". Because socks knit with DK weight yarn go zOOooOOooOOm.

Now you (if you win) can experience the joys of socks knit with DK yarn! This is Fearless Fibers "Duck Season." To say that I love this colorway would be an understatement. One would probably clue into that fact if they knew I bought a half pound of it. It's 50% alpaca and 50% wool and weighs 4.8 ounces so it's more than enough to do a pair of socks. Like these socks for instance. I've done this pattern before and it's very simple and goes zOOooOOooOOm. Quack.

Do you have children? Children who like it when their feet look like they've stomped on a million bumblebees? Or want their feet to look like a box of Crayola crayons just exploded on their toes? Good. Then you can help me out.

Wild, no? I was organizing my stash today and came across these. Both colorways are also DK weight. The ball in the back is called "Kindergarten Colors" and trust me when I tell you, it's even more vibrant when it's knit up. It's 50% merino wool and 50% alpaca, 240 yards. If you didn't care to make socks from it, it would make a great kid's scarf or hat. This yarn is so bright it would probably blind the eyes of any potential child abductors.

The second yarn is 100% merino and is appropriately named "Bumblebee." It's quite squishy soft. Four ounces and 280 yards of bZzZzZzZz.

Now if you didn't know already, I live in the world's smallest apartment. A good portion of this apartment is devoted to my stash. Which means if I don't absolutely adore a yarn I don't keep it. I have even been known to *cough*throw yarn out*cough*. But since this is handpainted, kind of pricey yarn it should not suffer that fate. If you want it, e-mail me, . I would prefer that someone who is knitting for Dulaan or another charity take it but really ... I just want it to go to a good home.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Irony, Thy Name Is Simply Soft


My first started and completed FO in '07.

A baby blanket crocheted in acrylic.

I must say I do like the way it turned out though and for what it's worth I did learn a new crochet stitch and a new edging. Not to mention it'll keep some little preemie baby nice and snuggly. Rumor has it that's what you do with babies, snuggle 'em.

Yeah, I know, you're really here to see the Sock Yarn Of The Day. Today's yarn is Schaeffer Anne. Thanks to my wonderful photography skills this yarn appears to have purple in it. I can assure you, it does not.

It's red and orange and that's it. Unless there are other colors hidden inside the ball. But I am most definitely not unwinding it to see.

In feline news, Andy and I have been playing fetch most of the evening (in between crocheting). Andy has many, many toys. Mice, squeaky toys, catnip "pillows", wine corks. His toy of choice this evening? A dime that fell out of my pocket. Yep, we're throwing money around the apartment tonight.

Sock Yarn With Special Effects!

OK all you little contest entering monkeys, here's YESTERDAY's sock yarn. Yes, it should have been posted yesterday but I was unaware that the USA Today channel was going to show two back to back Law & Order SVU episodes that I HAD NOT SEEN. An event like that is akin to me waking up looking like Jessica Simpson. I am a bona fide L&O junkie and for an episode to run that I haven't already seen eighty bazillion times is well ... Oh shut up, April, and post the stupid yarn.

Austermann "Step" yarn in the colorway Melba. Perhaps Melba means something nice in German but it makes me think of Melba toast. All dry and crunchy. But you can rest assured your feets will not be all dry and crunchy because this yarn has ALOE AND JOJOBA OIL mixed in! (Was that a segue or what?). No more squirting body lotion into your socks before wearing! Hooray for those clever people at Austermann. I can't wait until they bring out the yarn with nail clippers.

The beauteous Baby Blanket O' Acrylic is two inches from completion. And I've run out of yarn. There goes my theory that acrylic yarn self propagates. I mean, how else would you explain all the Red Heart that's out there?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Cotton Too!

Lest you think that this contest is all about the wool, think again! We've got yer cotton right here.

This is "Sock" ... no wait ... "Sockotta." That's it, Sockotta. It's made by Plymouth, the nice people who also brought you Thanksgiving. It's 45% cotton, 40% superwash wool and 15% nylon. 414 yards of purple, black and white FUN. I bought it from Full Thread Ahead, which is where the Harlot touched down when she came to the Bay Area. So you could say that this yarn is famous by association.

Look, an acrylic baby blanket.

OK, enough trashing of the acrylic (how about that SHINE?). This will eventually by a Thermal Stitch Preemie Blanket. It's *supposed* to look like those thermal undershirts that people in cold climates (like Canada) wear. Now granted I'm using a J hook instead of an I like the pattern calls for but it's still got a lotta holes. Which you can't see, because I'm the world's worst photographer. Perhaps it's supposed to look like a thermal undershirt someone in California would wear. It which case, it's all good.

No, I'm not having a baby. And no, I don't know anyone that's having a baby. I make these for Project Linus. You know Project Linus, right? Well if you don't, clicky on the linky. I just make 'em so I can refer to myself as April The Blanketeer. That's what you get to call yourself if you make blankets for PL. I'm thinking of having business cards made up.

Yesterday's Yarn

Ha! I forgot to post the Sock Yarn Of The Day yesterday. I was so excited about those beautiful stitch markers that the thought of sock yarn, for the first time in the history of man, vanished right outta my head. So, without further adieu ...

Lorna's Laces in the colorway "She Left The Ball Band At Home." Chocolates not included because they're hideous. I think Target spent more on the production of the box than they did on the product inside. Save your $12.99 and buy some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The Lorna's Laces is quite nice though.

Oh, and this would be a good time to qualify something. When I posted that I was giving away a total of 30 skeins of sock yarn what I really meant is I'm giving away enough yarn to make 30 pairs of socks. Because sometimes you need two skeins of yarn to make a pair of socks. Like in the example above. Are we all clear on that now? Good.

I'm sure you've all been anxiously waiting to find out if I killed Miss She Bangs and whether your sock yarn will be postmarked Folsom Prison. Apparently she finally picked up the Clue Phone and realized that when I was screaming "BANG BANG BANG" that I wasn't impersonating Ricky Martin. So now whenever she slams her drawer or bangs the door on her cabinet she yells "SORRY!!" over the cubicle wall. I'm so glad we nipped that little problem in the bud. Lordy.

And coming up later today, TODAY'S Sock Yarn Of The Day AND a crocheted baby blanket. In acrylic. Ahahahahaha, I really have lost my mind.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Well This Is Boring

Is it the 28th yet? Can I give away the yarn yet? I know it's only the 6th but puh-leeeeeaze? No? Well fine then. Be that way. I'll just have to give away something else.

Oh. Did I forget to mention there were going to be ..


Oh goody! I love me a random drawing! And the first Random Drawing winner in the SUPER DUPER EXTRA SPECIAL CONTEST EXTRAVAGANZA IS ....


Hooray for Heide! I think my exclamation key is stuck. And what did Heide win? A chalet in Switzerland where she will live with her kindly grandfather and two dozen goats! No? OK, well how about these!

Stitch markers! Ooo ... pretty. This picture AND the stitch markers come from the creative genius known as aija, of sockpr0n fame. (I'm sorry I stole your picture, aija. It's just ... well ... it's so pretty!). In case you didn't know, aija has her very own Etsy shop where she sells Wonderful Things for Very Good Prices. These are pink and purple pearls and the rings are just the right size for tiny sock needles. And you get a row marker too! aija, she thinks of everything.

Now just because Heide won the First Official Random Drawing does not mean she's out of the running for the big yarn giveaway at the end of Le Month. Oh no, knitting fans, it does not. It just means she gets a little something for donating early. Cool, eh?

Heide, please to send me your snail mail addy so I can get these in the mail to you.

Monday, February 05, 2007

She Bangs

I have a new co-worker sitting on the other side of my cubicle wall. Don't ask me what her name is. I'm sure someone told me but I've since forgotten it. People in my department, particulary the file clerks, come and go with great regularity. She seems like a pleasant enough person except for one thing. She bangs. Not like in the Ricky Martin song. That might be half entertaining. No, this new co-worker o' mine is incapable of closing a drawer, a door or a file cabinet with anything less than a SLAM. This annoys me.

Yes, I'm quite aware that there are far worse things going on in the world today besides a bangin' co-worker. But right now I don't care. So I spent most of the afternoon sitting at my desk, planning her demise. If I was Jack Bauer I could just kill her, holler "Damnit, I'm running out of time!" and everything would be okey dokey. However, since she's only been working at The House Of Torture for two days this seemed a bit extreme.

Therefore, I went to Plan B - The Mature, Professional Approach. After all, I'm a 46 year old accountant. I am the definition of professional maturity.

Each time she slammed her drawer, I threw my head back and screamed, "BANG BANG BANG!"

Apparently Miss Whatever Her Name Is is also deaf. The bangin' continued. Tomorrow I may need to launch the Stapler Of Death.

Great Googly Moogly, it's the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl. The very tricky FCSS. There I was, knitting away tonight and thinking to myself, "Self, this may turn out to be my life's work because it sure takes a heck of a long time to knit across a row now that we're nearing the top." And then I knit some more. And after a while I thought to myself, "Self, I wonder if we're anywhere near the 195 stitches that signals THE END." And I shook my head and thought, "Nah, maybe if we're lucky we're at about 160." And I knit some more.

And then I thought, "Maybe we should just count 'em to make sure." 211 stitches. But of course. Why wouldn't I willingly knit oh, 8 rows of 195 or so stitches that I didn't need to? After all, I have no other projects that I'd like to work on, nor yarn to do so with.

Oh well, at least they're pretty stitches. Please excuse the wines bottles I used for blocking. I can assure you, they were not involved in the Great Overknit.

Did Someone Say Sock Yarn?

More yarn to add to the pile for the SUPER DUPER WHOA THIS IS SOME KINDA FUN EXTRAVAGANZA CONTEST. I think my capslock is stuck.

This is Brown Sheep's "Wildfoote LUXURY Sock Yarn." It's 75% washable wool and 25% nylon. It makes me think of Christmas. Or cranberries. If you win this you should knit some socks with cables. But only if you wanted to. Because if you win it, well it will be yours and not mine.

Allow me to state the obvious. This is Regia Silk. In kind of a funky colorway. Which is why I'm giving it away. Err, no! That's not why I'm giving it away. I'm giving it away because I'm a humanitarian and a good person and Mother Theresa reincarnate. And I'm also full of ca-ca.

Well actually I'm not full of ca-ca anymore. Actually I seem to be over whatever obscure disease rendered me horizontal this weekend. I'm sorry, is that too much information? Anyway, yesterday was spent sitting on the couch knitting and reading. I've given up battling the circs with the Forest Canopy Shawl. Well sort of given up. Instead I went out and bought another circ in the same size, stuck point protectors on the ends of both circs and now I call them straights. Everything is now as it should be.

Saturday, February 03, 2007


Well here we are, three days into the SUPER DUPER BEYOND BELIEF EXCITING EXTRAVAGANZA CONTEST and I'm already a day behind in posting the Sock Yarn Of The Day. Duh. Let's rectify that, shall we?

For all you Opal lovers out there, here is the colorway "Ladybug" from the Rainforest collection. It's 75% superwash wool and 25% polyamid. From those very cute polyamid sheep. And for those sock knitters particularly fond of the color green ...

It doesn't get much more green than this. Kermit would love this yarn. It's Fearless Fibers 100% superwash merino wool in the colorway "Glorious Green."

And now if you'll excuse me, I must resume my up close and personal inspection of the toilet bowl. I seem to have contracted a rather virulent case of food poisoning. More yarn tomorrow. If I live.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Let's Get This Party Started

Allow me to present the first of thirty skeins of sock yarn that will be won in the SUPER DUPER FABULOUS EXTRAVAGANZA CONTEST.

This is Cabin Cove Mercantile's "April's Showers." YES! It's named after ME. ME ME ME ME ME. Dave, The Monet Of Yarn, dyed this yarn specifically for me for my birfday. Am I honored or what? I am. Is he the greatest guy in the world? He is. "April's Showers" (teehee, MY yarn) is 450 yards of fingering weight delightfulness, 80% merino wool and 20% nylon. Dave dyed two skeins, one for me and one for the contest. And that's it. No more April's Showers will be made again. So this is kinda like limited edition yarn, suitable for framing. Or knitting socks. Your choice, should you win.

I think it's safe to say we're off to a lovely start in the SUPER DUPER FABULOUS EXTRAVAGANZA CONTEST.

In honor of the contest I am knitting socks. This is Fearless Fiber's sportweight yarn in the colorway "Chocolate Pink Cherry."

These are my "zen" socks for when I feel like doing completely mindless knitting. Nothing but rounds and rounds of stockinette stitch on US 2 1/2 needles. Err, pay no attention to the tiny amount of yarn left. I do have more. We had a tiny cutting incident when I was putting the skein on my swifter.

And finally, some tragic news. Today I received a package from the great state of Maine. And included in that package was the ultimate sacrifce that one knitter can make for another.

My dear, dear friend Sheepish Annie had herself flattened, bronzed and molded into a knitting needle / stitch gauge marker just for me. This picture in no way does justice to the beauty of this handy tool (formerly known as Sheepish Annie). I am incredibly saddened at the loss of such a wonderfully thoughtful person. However, now the Big Fluffy Kitty will be MINE!

It's Time

Well. February 1st. It had to roll around eventually. And we all know what that means. It's time for a SUPER FANTASTIC MONTH-LONG CONTEST SOCK YARN GIVING AWAY EXTRAVAGANZA.

Ahem. I'm excited. However, there has been one slight modification. Forget giving away 28 skeins of sock yarn, let's do 30. Because we're going to have three winners instead of one. The breakdown will be as follows - first name drawn wins 15 skeins of sock yarn, 2nd name gets 10 skeins of sock yarn and the last name drawn gets 5 skeins of sock yarn. My apologies to anyone who might have gone out and bought new Rubbermaid containers to store their 28 balls of sock yarn in. Take it back and get a smaller one.

What do you have to do to win? Well first you should go here.

And then you need to root around in the bottom of your purse to see if you can find $5.00. If you're a guy, umm, look wherever guys put their money. If you don't have $5.00 try walking around the WalMart parking lot and see if anyone's dropped a quarter. Or take back some soda (or pop, if you're Canadian) bottles to the recycling center. Don't worry if you're don't have $5.00 at this exact moment in time because you've got all month to raise it. That's about 18 cents a day. Did you look under the cushions on the sofa?

OK, you've got your $5.00 so now you need to send it to Doctors Without Borders. See linkage above. Then write a little e-mail to the Yarn Harlot, tell her what a wonderful thing you've done, copy me ( and VOILA, you're entered. If you ask me, getting 15 skeins of sock yarn for $5.00 is a pretty good deal. Even 5 skeins is nothing to sneeze at.

Each day I'll post a picture of the Sock Yarn Of The Day so you can see what you'll be winning. Today's picture will be posted later and you will drool. Really. You will. Because it's Cabin Cove Mercantile sock yarn. More details later.

International knitters are more than welcome to enter. Especially if you're Canadian. Or Australian. Or English. Or one of those other countries.

One entry per person. If you donate $100 you will not get 20 entries. But feel free to go ahead and do that if you feel so inclined.

That's it. That's the contest. Considering only two or three people actually read this blog, your chances of winning are pretty good. Really.