Monday, November 17, 2008

A palindromic age

Today is my 33rd birthday. Somehow I think that 33 must be an auspicious age, although I don't have a rational explanation for why I feel that way. Birthdays that are also palindromes just seem special. Good things are bound to happen. After all, I met the Professor when I was 22, and as it happens, he met me when he was 33. See what I mean? Good things. (Those of you who really know me may be wondering where this optimism is coming from. Again, I can't explain it.)

Anyway, I have always been of the opinion that it is far more fun to give than to receive, so I have some birthday gifts for you all—three birthday gifts, to be exact. Apropos, no? And since I believe in giving 'til it hurts, I have chosen three extra-special gifts.

cmf swm cw1 swirl
First up is a skein of my handspun 3 ply fingering weight yarn. The fiber is Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino in the "Crocodile Walk" colorway. The skein weighs 118 grams (4.125 oz.) and is 420 yards. I hope the shades of green and russet will appeal to a wide range of tastes.

500 stitches
Next is a brand new (unused, that is) Japanese stitch dictionary. This one contains 500 different stitch patterns. If you've never perused a Japanese stitch book, you're in for a treat. There's lots of scope for the imagination in this between these pages. The book is in Japanese, but every stitch pattern is charted, so knitters of all linguistic bacgrounds should be able to use it.

wollmeise veilchen
Last, and certainly not least, is a skein of Wollmeise 100% superwash merino sock yarn in "Veilchen" (the strong/dark version). Yes, I'm breaking into my precious but neglected stash of Wollmeise. (Let it not be said that I won't sacrifice for all of you!) You can't really tell from the photo, but there's a rich, vibrant purple in addition to the deep blue.

prize
That's it—three prizes for three winners. Now, I really can't decide what should be first, second, and third prize, so I'm leaving it up to you. To enter, just leave a comment on this post listing your first, second, and third choice for prizes. I'll randomly select three entries. The first winner selected will get his or her first choice of prize. The second winner selected will receive the highest remaining prize in her/his ranking. The third winner will get, well, whatever is left; however, the last prize may well be that person's first or second ranking.

Got it? I'll leave the contest open until midnight (Central Standard Time) next Monday, November 24, and I'll announce the winners shortly thereafter. Anyone with a mailing address on Planet Earth is welcome to enter. Oh, but only one entry per person, please. Thanks, everyone! I'm off in search of birthday cake...

57 Comments:

At 11/17/08, 6:30 PM, Anonymous Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday! Congrats on your auspicious day! You should be the one who is getting gifts, however it is very nice that you are sharing with us as well!

1. Stitch Book
2. handspun
3. Wollmeise

 
At 11/17/08, 6:40 PM, Blogger Denise said...

Happy Birthday. I remember around my 33rd birthday was when I adjusted to being three decades old.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Thank you for sharing on your day.

1.Wollmeise
2.handspun
3.Stitch book

 
At 11/17/08, 7:58 PM, Anonymous peaceangelsknitting said...

Happy 33rd Birthday!

1. Handspun
2. Wollmeise
3. Stitch Book

 
At 11/17/08, 8:12 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Happy birthday! May each be more auspicious than the last, and may you always have one goal yet to achieve, so you never stop striving.

1. handspun
2. wollmeise
3. book

 
At 11/17/08, 8:13 PM, Blogger Brittany said...

Happy birthday! You're not the only one who likes palindromes. Palindromes are very cool.


1. Stitch Book
2. handspun
3. Wollmeise

 
At 11/17/08, 8:17 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

Happy Birthday!

1. Handspun
2. Wollmeise
3. Stitch book.

 
At 11/17/08, 8:35 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Happy Birthday! I've only ever been 11, so I'll be waiting to see what comes of my other palindrome ages.

1. Handspun
2. Wollmeise
3. Stitch book

 
At 11/17/08, 8:37 PM, Blogger peaknits said...

First of all - happy birthday!! Only 33? yay! Enjoy your day!

I would vote the Wollmeise and handspun tie for first!

 
At 11/17/08, 8:41 PM, Blogger Jodi said...

Happy b-day, Micki! I hope you have a great celebration. I'd love to try out your handspun if I'm the lucky winner. :-)

 
At 11/17/08, 9:14 PM, Blogger Knit and Purl Mama said...

1.Wollmeise
2.handspun
3.Stitch book

HAPPY THIRTY THIRD!!! All the best!

 
At 11/17/08, 9:21 PM, Blogger Oiyi said...

Happy Birthday!! You are waaay too generous!

Hard to choose, since I would be happy with any of them.
1. Handspun
2. Book
3. Wollmeise

 
At 11/17/08, 9:25 PM, Blogger Lynn said...

Happy Birthday!

1. Handspun
2. Caramels
3. Caramels

Yeah, there's one in every crowd.

 
At 11/17/08, 9:46 PM, Anonymous keri said...

Happy Birthday to you!

1. Stitch Book
2. handspun
3. Wollmeise

 
At 11/17/08, 10:07 PM, Anonymous Liz U. said...

Frohliche Geburtstag! 33 is an auspicious age. I hope you enjoyed it!

1.Handspun
2.Wollmeise
3. Book

 
At 11/17/08, 10:46 PM, Blogger Aisling said...

Fun contest Micki. This is so not hard.
1. handspun
2. japanese book
3. wollmeise


Happy Birthday!!

 
At 11/17/08, 10:49 PM, Blogger Bea said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope you had a wonderful day!

1. Handspun
2. Stitch Book
3. Wollmeise

 
At 11/17/08, 10:50 PM, Blogger jen said...

Best Wishes for your 33 birthday...

1. handspun
2. wollmeise
3. stitch book

 
At 11/17/08, 11:16 PM, Anonymous Kristi said...

Happy Birthday! The palindromic thing is neat. Wonder what exciting things are in store for you in your 121st year?

1) Handspun, handspun, handspun. I almost want to put it second and third, too.

2) Wollmeise. I don't have any in my stash!

3) Stitch Dictionary (I have that one! It's good!)

 
At 11/17/08, 11:38 PM, Blogger Nell said...

Happy Birthday! I hope 33 is a very lucky year!

1. Stitch Book
2. Wollmeise
3. Handspun

 
At 11/17/08, 11:44 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Happy 33rd!! What a generous person you are to give such nice gifts on your own dang birthday. =)

1. Handspun
2. Wollmeise
3. Stitch book

 
At 11/18/08, 1:33 AM, OpenID guiltypleasures said...

Wow! Did I time this well or what? And how nice is this for you to give away gifts on your birthday? You're one in a million. I wish you the happiest of birthdays.

Choosing an order for these was SO easy.

1. Handspun (of course)
2. Book
3. Wollmeise

 
At 11/18/08, 5:11 AM, Blogger Angeluna said...

Happy, Happy Birthday. May it be a special one and a wonderful year for you.

Your three gifts are all lovely. Simple for me to choose...only one! Your Handspun of course.

 
At 11/18/08, 5:41 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Happy auspicious birthday! With such a generous spirit, I am sure great things are in store for you. :)

1. Stitch book
2. Wollmeise
3. Handspun (only because I have a lot of my own - it is really beautiful!)

 
At 11/18/08, 6:20 AM, Blogger Alexis said...

Happy Birthday!

Such lovely gifts!
1.your handspun (I drool every time you put up a picture)
2. Wollmeise
3. Stitch book

 
At 11/18/08, 6:24 AM, Blogger cauchy09 said...

how did i not know you have a blog?

happy birthday! 33 was a pretty good year for me, so i hope it is for you.

(handspun, book, sock yarn)

 
At 11/18/08, 9:13 AM, Blogger Donna said...

Happy Birthday - this is a crazy idea, but absolutely lovely. My list:

1. Handspun
2. Wollmeise
3. Stitch book

But really? Any of the three would be terrific - you have good taste.

 
At 11/18/08, 9:53 AM, Blogger mle said...

Wow, you always have the most gengerous gifts!!!

 
At 11/18/08, 9:59 AM, Blogger mle said...

Ooops! my clicking finger got away from me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
1. handspun
2. wollmeise
3. stitch book

 
At 11/18/08, 10:32 AM, Blogger knottygnome said...

Happy Birthday! thank you for such a generous contest.


1. japanese stitch book
2. wollmeise
3. handspun

i love looking at your handspun. i have some cmf in my stash and it's a joy to spin.

 
At 11/18/08, 10:46 AM, Blogger Jersey Shore Deb said...

Happy Birthday, and how nice of you to offer gifts to us!

1. Japanese Stitch Book
2. Handspun
3. Woolmeise

 
At 11/18/08, 11:05 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Happy birthday! I remember 33 -- it was indeed a good year. :-)

And oh my, what a wonderful lot of pressies -- so hard to choose, but if one must:

1. stitch book
2. handspun
3. wollmeise

 
At 11/18/08, 12:19 PM, Blogger Catherine said...

Wow just think, you can look forward to 44, 55, and 66!

33 is a big number here in Boston - 33 was Larry Bird's number and also the Red Sox Captain... and... my apt # too! So it must be lucky somehow.

I can't pass up a contest so
1. wollmeise
2. handspun
3. stitch book

Happy Birthday!

 
At 11/18/08, 12:31 PM, Anonymous paulac said...

Happy birthday! I hope you had a great day.

1. Stitch book
2. handspun
3. Wollmeise

 
At 11/18/08, 12:36 PM, OpenID knittinginpink said...

Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day and a wonderful new year!

1. Hanspun
2. Wollmeise
3. Stitch Book

 
At 11/18/08, 2:24 PM, Blogger rockbridge said...

holy wow that handspun is gorgeous!! i also prefer giving to receiving, but man would i be psyched to get my paws on that yarn!
1.handspun
2.wollmeise
3.book

 
At 11/18/08, 3:28 PM, Blogger loribird said...

Wow, what a Hobbit you are, gifting away on your birthday! Here's hoping it's a good year all around - happy, happy birthday my dear!
Your contest is too difficult - I'd place all three of those items on equal footing!
If I had to choose (which it seems I do,) I'd say: Wollmeise, Stitch Pattern book, handspun (but mostly cause I don't think there's any way I'll ever get my paws on Wollmeise otherwise!)

 
At 11/18/08, 4:10 PM, Blogger LittleBerry said...

Aren't you meant to get the presents on your birthday not give them?

1. Handspun
2. Stitch Book
3. Wollmeise

 
At 11/18/08, 4:49 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Hope you have a wonderful birthday! I fully agree about fun numbers, and I would also add prime numbers to that list with palindromic numbers.

1.Handspun
2.Wollmeise
3. Book

PS thanks for giving gifts on your b-day, I'll have to remember that when mine rolls around!

 
At 11/18/08, 4:56 PM, Blogger Ann said...

Happy Birthday! You are so generous in sharing your stash. My mum always say "Generosity begets Generosity" so I am sure good things will be coming your way.
I don't really mind winning any of the 3 prizes as I don't think I will win anyway. Thanks!

 
At 11/18/08, 5:56 PM, Blogger tayaelaine said...

Happy Birthday! Had so much fun with you in Boerne, Roomie!

Let's say, handspun, book, Wollmeise.

And if I go home now, I may actually be able to block what I did with my birthday handspun from you and show it off tomorrow night! I don't think there is an inch of yarn left!

 
At 11/18/08, 6:27 PM, Blogger bigyarnmama said...

Happy Birthday! Three is a magic number and you have two of them right now!

1. Handspun
2. Woolmeise
3. Stitch book

 
At 11/18/08, 7:51 PM, Blogger BeanyMama said...

Me, me, me!!!

1. Wollmeise
2. Handspun
3. Stitch Book

Happy Bday : )

 
At 11/18/08, 10:38 PM, Anonymous yarnbeans said...

Happy, Happy Day!

1. Stitch Book
2. Wollmeise
3. Handspun

 
At 11/18/08, 10:51 PM, Blogger Lone Knitter said...

First: Happy Birthday! Second: the handspun your giving away is gorgeous as always. It doesn't surprise me that so many people listed it as their first choice. It's mine too. Second would be the Wollmeise, and third the stitch book. Have a great 33!

 
At 11/18/08, 11:07 PM, Blogger Debra said...

Happy birthday! I'm just a few weeks behind you and will 33 in Feb.

I started spinning last January, and quickly found your blog - I just love checking out your latest handspun!

If I'm lucky enough to be selected, my preferences are:
1. Wollmeise! (love)
2. Stitch Book (also, serious love!)
3. Handspun

 
At 11/19/08, 2:49 AM, Blogger bockstark.knits said...

Happy happy birthday! What amazing gifts you're giving away!

1. Handspun
2. Wollmeise
3. stitch book

 
At 11/19/08, 10:25 AM, Anonymous cherie said...

Happy birthday! (hope there was chocolate involved)
1. handspun
2. Wollmeise
3. stitch book

 
At 11/19/08, 8:52 PM, Anonymous Liz419 (of ravelry) said...

Happy Birthday! I just wanted you to know that your handspun helped motivate me to buy a wheel. I've only had it a month and I'm hoping that someday I can spin as beautifully as you do.

1) Handspun
2) Book
3) Wollmeise

Thanks for inspiring me!

 
At 11/20/08, 10:11 AM, Blogger Edie said...

I just wanted to wish you a happy belated birthday! I hope you had a fabulous day.

 
At 11/20/08, 4:33 PM, Blogger alh said...

Happy Birthday!

1.Wollmeise
2.handspun
3.Stitch book

 
At 11/20/08, 4:47 PM, Blogger Opal said...

Happy Birthday! 33 is a good year. :)

1. Stitch Book
2. handspun
3. Wollmeise

 
At 11/21/08, 1:51 PM, Blogger lan said...

happy belated to an extra special person..love your work
1.handspun
2.stitch book
3.wollmeise

 
At 11/21/08, 4:09 PM, Blogger Lynne E. said...

Happy Birthday!

1. Stitch Book
2. Wollmeise
3. Handspun

 
At 11/21/08, 8:54 PM, Blogger tipytoz said...

Happy B-Day. I turned 41 on the 16th!

 
At 11/22/08, 10:53 AM, Blogger LaptopLuddite said...

Happy birthday! Next year, I have a palindrome birthday -- 44!

1. handspun!
2. japanese stitch book
3. woolmeise

 
At 11/24/08, 3:30 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

In the unlikely event of my name being picked, anything is fine. Your yarn, of course, is the most lovely.Hope you had nice ice cream.

 
At 11/25/08, 11:03 PM, Anonymous kelly said...

I missed the giveaway (and, um, your actual birth date), but just wanted to say happy belated birthday!

 

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