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Friday RoundUp, January-Style

It's been a busy week. . . so I'm going to end it with a Friday RoundUp.

First up -- An Exciting Contest!

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When I first started this blog, back at the end of May, it was part of my "healing plan."  My way of stepping away from The Edge.  I needed to give myself a voice; to seem "real" after the whole cancer thing.  I don't know what I really expected from it.  But, after 6 months of blogging, I can say that I've gotten a lot more out of this than I ever imagined.  I didn't think anyone would read it.  But you do.  I didn't think anyone would comment.  But you do.  I had no idea that I would meet such cool people through my blog.  But I do. And here's the most amazing thing.  As of right now, I've had 922 comments on my blog (plus one about do-it-yourself awnings -- but I deleted that one).  Amazing. 

So, here's the contest.  The person that makes the 1,000th comment on my blog will win a prize of their choosing!  Either. . . a somewhat-custom handmade (by me) Minion of their very own. . . or a cool skein of sock yarn from my stash.

So get commenting!  (You have no idea how much your comments mean to me!)


Next -- The Celebrating Continues!  

Brian and I thank you for your cheers of support about his hockey triumph.  He is still walking around on Cloud Nine.  I would hate to be their next opponent. . .  Anyway, I just want to show you how BIG this win was.  Here's the front page of last night's sports section in the Kalamazoo Gazette:

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So cool!  It doesn't get much better than that!


Next - Those Damn Mittens

I trashed my first Psychic Heart mitten earlier this week.  The colors were just not working for me.  Not even a little.  (Tom thought they were fine, but he is color blind.)  Here they are, before their demise.

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After thinking about them for a couple of days, I decided to dive back into the stash and see if I could come up with a better color combination.  I'm trying again. . . but the jury is still out.

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What do you think?  (I'm actually knitting these "inside-out" on the needles - to manage the floats on the outside where I can see them.  I sort of like the inside better than the outside.  Maybe the pattern is just not doing it for me?)

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Opinions welcome.  I'm going to finish this one. . . but EZ's mitered mittens are beginning to call.  Loudly.


Next -- January Thaw

It's been warming up a bit over the last few days.  Not WARM-warm, but over 32 degrees (Fahrenheit).  So we're in the January Thaw.  The "dirty-snow" part of winter.  Yuck.  My driveway pile:

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My car:

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I'd rather have new snow.  It's prettier.


Next -- The Knitter's Equivalent of the "Bat Signal" Has Been Activated


Haiti needs our support.  See the Yarn Harlot's blog (as if you haven't already) for details of how you can help.


And, Finally -- Some Mind Candy

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Yes, it's been That Kind of Week!  Enjoy the weekend!


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If I am the first to comment, that means I am probably not going to win :( But I shall comment anyway to say that I am glad you are blogging, too! Red wine, please!


Congrats on the milestone! Blogging is a wonderful thing and has rewards you could never imagine when you start.


Wow -- there's just so MUCH to comment on! So I'll go with the big stuff - congrats on the Hockey Win and the blog milestone - and I'm glad you posted the YH's logo - spreading the word, so to speak. Jury's out on the mitts, I can't think what would make them better, and I do kind of like the combo you already have going. That's helpful, huh? Hope you pick the right wine....


You have become one of my favorite reads in blogland and I'm so happy you're here and that you share your life, your words, your joy and knitting. Thank you for enhancing my life and helping me through this rough patch of my own.
The mitten looks great, my only hesitation being the yellow. However, colors look different in person than in photos. What a great idea to knit stranded mittens inside out. I might be more successful than past attempts. Congrats to the boy! How wonderful to make the front page! (My car looks just like yours.)
I'm SO ready for a nice glass of wine tonight. It has been a rough week...January is rough no.matter.what. We'd love a thaw, but it's not going to happen. ANYWAY, can we comeback and comment more often just so we can win? ;-D


Re hockey: way cool!
Re snow: be careful what you wish for!
Re mind candy: excellent choice(s)!
As for blogs, yours is the first I've ever read and, as I've written before, it's almost like you took the words out of my head for so many things. Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend.


I am going to post LOTS of comments in hope that I win one of those very cute Minions!!! I found your blog, Kym via Norma's blog and have become a faithful reader ever since! Your words and photography and just your outlook on life are very inspiring! Keep writing and I'll keep reading!


It's too soon to get the custom made minion,,,,
I shall return! :)

I just found your blog not long ago and immediately fell in love with your minions, they made me add you to my google reader and now I am hooked.

Mazal tov on the win and I vote for the red one.

Oh, did I say it is too soon or what?!?

Have a great peaceful weekend.


I'm very pleased that you started blogging, and that you are here to do so. Both versions of the mitten look fab !

Diana Troldahl

I think the problem with the mittens is that some of the contrasting colors are really light, and some really dark, so the whole seems unbalanced.
You can still USE them, but I would print out the photo of the mittens, cut along the lines f color change then start shuffling them around until you find an arrangement pleasing to you.
In the first one the bright yellow blared next to an almost-black green.
In the second, the yellow disappears,and the blue isn't bringing anything to the party.
Even though the pattern says to use that many colors, I might narrow it down to the 3 or 4 with the most contrast, then lay them side by side interspersed with the background wool.
Just my opinion, I got a million of 'em.


How does your Minion keep his pants up?

I am so glad you found me! I love reading your blog and seeing what-all you're up to. Yay for Brian and his team! I'm so glad they are turning their season around.

It really has been one of those weeks, hasn't it? o.0


Kay - From the Back Yard

Not even expecting to win anything...just wanted to tell you I'm glad you are healing and have truly stepped away from the edge. I really enjoy your blog.


So, I'm a ways from 1000 - but how fun to be almost there. I've always wanted a minion -- ever since my daughter played an evil minion in a ballet.

As for the mittens - you might play with the background color -- Somethings going on with (or without) contrast that almost works. What would happen if you used a darker or brighter background? What about using less colors for the stripes? In any case, they're your mittens, so whatever you do, please yourself. I, as you might know, wear mittens that are downright ugly ;-)


Kym, your blog is a favourite part of my day. I love the way you write, your pictures are stunning and the fact that we share very similar tastes is a bonus. You are a wonderful lady.


I know people who knit inside-out all the time! It's normal procedure.

Blogland is an amazing place, and I'm glad you've taken up residence!


I like the color combination this time. And as said above - so happy to have found your blog. Life is good Kym!


I'm generally a lurker- sounds kind of creepy but I'm just shy about this kind of stuff-just have to let you know how much I've enjoyed your posts though.While I come back for glimpses of your knitting- your everyday insights have inspired me as well. I made peace with my gray hair in part thanks to you- and I'm loving it!Also started blogging myself- as a Christmas present to myself. Happy blogging and congrats on all the comments!


I found your blog just recently, but really like it all the time reading. Hope you will enjoy blogging as much as your friends reading :)


Congratulations on the success of your blog~! I thoroughly enjoy reading and have been inspired by your world in many ways ;)
I agree... the first are a smiggle hard on the eyes. The second would be my choice.
Enjoy the 3 day weekend! woohoo!!


I'm way behind in reading my favorite blogs! Congratulations to Brian on his hockey win. What a wonderful triumph! And what a wonderful guy he must be! Love the mind candy. I prefer white--always. Congratulations on your successful blog. No surprise there--it's one of the best reads online! Hope your hand's better, incidentally. : )


kind of a fun contest. :)

As for the mittens, I actually think the first color combo is more bright and happy, which is nice in bad weather. The 2nd set of colors go well together, but seem a bit muted. I think I'd want more of a pick-me-up in the winter time.

And I love the wine pic... I'm going to open a bottle (of red) soon... must finish cleaning first!



Now how very cool is that!! Front page news! That is a framer for sure! Oh, I can't imagine what the upcoming team they play is feeling~Sheer dread at this point I would guess! LOL!!! Anticipation has got to be building for Brian's team as well~ready to bring it on!

I've got to be quite honest with you. Those mittens aren't doing it for me either. I am thinking that I like the bottom one better than the top, but I think the black needs to come out, and the background yarn changed to maybe a light carmel/tan/light brownish color. If you went with the top one, I think the bright yellow needs to come out, and then it would probably be good. I have come to the conclusion that it isn't my favorite design either, although I don't know why, because I love hearts. I think the squares around the hearts turn me off or something, I'm not sure. Hmmm, go try another pattern for a while and maybe inspiration will come later~or something.

Yuck, dirty old snow is not a nice sight! Piles of it taking forever to melt is even not nicer!

I really and truly prefer white wine, but I drink red since it is healthier.

The knitter version of the bat decal is awesome. Is it available for purchase somewhere and is it a car decal? We have TONS of bat decal folks in my area, matter of fact, we have a great cave down the road from our other farm in which the GA conservancy is protecting a bunch of gray bats. Pretty interesting group of folks!

Have a great one~you are a great lady with a great blog!!! Thanks for being here ~and many thousands more comments!

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