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Friday, January 18, 2008

A little something extra on my yarn-holding hand; the last socks of 2007; a little guessing game

A little something extra on my yarn-holding hand

Dear friends, I'm so terribly sorry that I've been so missing-in-action as of late. (I feel as if I've begun many a post with that apology!) As some of you may know, I had a very busy holiday. In addition to going to a major conference to do some interviews, I got a little something extra on my yarn-holding hand.

Ring

Uh huh. The Lone Knitter is engaged. Manly surprised me with a little something in my stocking. Growing up in Texas, we didn't have a fireplace, and we didn't have stockings. I told Manly my sob story of how I always wanted a stocking and would even leave my dirty socks with holes in them under the tree, thinking there would be gifts in them on Christmas morning. So, my first stocking gift was definitely worth the years of never having a stocking.

I know why the engagement ring goes on the ring finger--it's the one finger, if you knit Continental, that doesn't come into contact with, and thus can't snag, the yarn. You see, the ring goes there specifically to make things nice for knitters. Of course, I can't verify this, but it must be true because, as we all know, the world is always thinking about knitters.

The last socks of 2007

These heelless sleeping socks (pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks) are so wonderful to make. I would make them over and over again.

Heelless Sleeping Socks

I like making them with my size 2 circulars using the magic loop method. I prefer bamboo dpns, but for this pattern, I prefer the magic loop. These were made with my Nymphwood colorway. I thought they turned out nicely, and I very much wanted to keep them for myself. They were a Kris Kringle gift for one of Manly's sisters.

A little guessing game

To help celebrate my engagement, I'm dyeing up a special colorway: something blue. It will be specially priced, and proceeds from the sell of the yarn will go towards my wedding gown. (Let's see. I think I need to sell about 50 of these!)

Do you want one for free? If so, all you have to do is guess the band size of my engagement ring and leave that guess in a comment to this post. All the correct guesses will be entered in a raffle for a skein of something blue.

You have until midnight EST on Friday, January 25 to get your guess in. I can't wait to see what your guess will be!

UPDATE: something blue is now listed in my etsy shop.

41 comments:

skywitch said...

Congrats, Jenny! I'm not very good at guessing, but hmmm--two carats?
I know I'll want a skein of "Something Blue"--it will be gorgeous (as, by the way, is your ring)! Hope you'll post on your blog when the new colorway is available in your shop.

Lone Knitter said...

Hey, skywitch! Thanks for your carat guess, but I should have been clearer--I wanted band size guesses. Feel free to leave your band size guess. I'll let you and others know when the colorway will be in my shop. Thanks for asking.

Sara said...

That ring is gorgeous! I'll just throw a guess out there and say band size....hmmmm....I can't even remember what my own is right now so this could be really wrong..size 6? Congratulations on you engagement!

Kris said...

Congrats on the engagement!

And I'm going with size 5.

augustdiva said...

Jenny, super duper congratulations on your engagement! :)

Melissa said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news.

I'm going to guess 7 1/4.

liz said...

Congrats, Jenny & Manly!! Wonderful news. That ring is gorgeous!
I'm guessing your band size is 6.5, even though I'm horrible at guessing.

jaya said...

Congratulations! Best of luck to you in the planning. :)

and I'm going to guess a size 6.5. :)

katrynka said...

Congratulations!!! I am going to say size 5.5!

K8 said...

Congratulations!! I'm giong to guess 6 :)

Mims said...

woo hoo, congrats! i can't wait to see what you dye up for the occasion. i'll guess 6.5.

Bryony Ramsden said...

No idea about the band size but congratulations! That's wonderful news, and a gorgeous ring :D

Amyt said...

How wonderful for you, Jenny. I have been worried about you. I'm so glad everything is well with you. An absolutely gorgeous ring in a size 6? I hope. I will be glad to purchase your lovely yarn when it becomes available!! (But hey, I would love to win some, too!) Hope you have a great weekend.

Suburbaknitsta said...

Congrats what a gorgeous engagement ring. I think its a size 7.25. Can't wait to see the something blue colorway

Lauren said...

congratulations! that ring is absolutely beautiful! I'm going to guess that your band size is, um, 6?

Glyn said...

Congratulations, Jenny! I'm going to guess a size 6. Can't wait to see (and buy, if I don't win!) this colorway!

Pam the Yarn Goddess said...

Your ring is beautiful, just like you. It fits you perfectly. I'm guessing 9, only because I was a dork, blew up the picture, and held my hand up to it.

But inquiring minds want to know - what size is that rock? We want carat weight.

Congrats, sweetie. I'm so delighted for you. :)

Pam the Yarn Goddess said...

Oh... and you know me. I definitely want one of those skeins whether I win it on not. Please!

Angela said...

Okay. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess 8. That's what my engagement band was before we got it sized a bit. (Jeff, trying his best to get it right, unknowingly stole one of my middle finger rings to match it for size.)

jessica said...

yipee! the ring is so beautiful...

congratulations.

my guess.... 6.75 for the band size..

skywitch said...

Oops, sorry, Jenny! My guess is size 7.

schrodinger said...

Wow, you did have a great holiday didn't you? CONGRATULATIONS!!! No guesses here, I'm being good and not entering contests for a while :)

Michelle said...

I think we have the same size, a size 5. Thats my guess.

Judith said...

Congratulations! The ring is beautiful. I'll guess size 7?

Que Sarah said...

HOLY MOLY! Congrats!! What a gorgeous ring :-)
I can't wait to see what this "something blue" is going to be, but I know it'll be great! My guess is 7.

Knitstress.Mary said...

Jenny!!! How exciting. My DH proposed on Christmas after we got back from Midnight Mass. I am so happy for you. I have been a little concerned about you being away for so long, but now I see no need to have worried. Congratualtions to both of you!!! I am guessing 6 3/4.

JaneD said...

It's nice to see that gorgeous ring back on your finger--although I would have loved drooling over it in Chicago. Congratulations, welcome back to your blog, good luck with interviews, I bought more yarn today at The Yarn Connection and missed you, and my guess is 5.75.

The_Add_Knitter said...

Hello friend--congratulations!! Really happy for you, doesn't every girl from Texas want a gorgeous rock like that? Hehe

Your size? 4.75

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your engagement!

I'm going to guess lucky number 7.

Jane said...

Jenny, your ring is gorgeous! I would guess a size 5.5. Congrats again!

Lazuli said...

Congratulations! And what a gorgeous ring!! It's really hard to tell size without any other context. I'm going to guess size 6. ??? I love blue, so I can't wait to see the colorway!

K. said...

Congratulations! I am so happy and excited for you! I can't wait to see your yarn. I'm guessing your ring is a size 7.

I can't believe Santa never filled a stocking for you! We didn't have a fireplace either, but he always managed to find mine.

Amy said...

Congratulations! I'm fairly new to your sight, but love the skeins I recently purchased from The Loopy Ewe! : ) My guess is 8.5 - I truly have no idea!!

monica said...

I am going to say band size 7. Congrats!!!! and what a great first stocking gift!!!!!

Meredith said...

WOO HOO! Congratulations Jenny! I'm so happy for both of you and wish you both all the best. This is such huge news!! :D Can't wait to see this new colourway too. *grin*
Someone else already said it, but I'm going to guess at 5.5 for bandsize. Hee hee!

Senora Fuerte said...

Wow, beautiful ring!!! I'm going to guess 5 3/4. That's my size.

Megann said...

Congratulations Jenny!! I'm so happy for you! My guess is size 6.

Peggy said...

Congratulations! My guess would be size 5

Coley said...

congrats chicky!!!

Woman who knits said...

Congrats!! I'm guessing a 6.5 band size.

Emily said...

Congratulations. Gorgeous ring.