Wednesday, June 04, 2008

2008 Summer Knitting Goals Contest

It's that time of year again! Can you even believe how quickly spring has flown by? Summer's almost here... I know some of you have been experiencing warm, even hot temps for a while now- it got into the mid 50's here yesterday, sigh, only 2 days after being mid 80's and muggy on Sunday- what's up with that, you may ask? It's Minnesota...

Well, all temps aside, the calendar says the first day of summer is June 20th, so you've got until midnight 6/20/08 to set some summer knitting goals and enter my little contest. This year's prize will be a kit to make the Simple Raglan, using Blue Sky Alpacas' newest yarn- the Skinny Dyed Cotton (which knits up to a similar gauge as the Hand Spun Organic Cotton that the original was made up in).
Pattern, yarn, and a Pretty Cheap Project Bag- new fun stuff from Blue Sky Alpacas!! Yay! Who doesn't love new stuff?!

(wooden eggs and clothespins not included, but aren't those eggs cool?!)


Be one of the first to have one... a new 'orangey' Pretty Cheap Project Bag, color coordinated with 6 skeins of Skinny Dyed in Squash. If you play nice and use the yarn to knit this sweater*, your finished object should at least somewhat resemble this-


(not the best pics, sorry, in a hurry, running out the door...)


(sleeve detail)


The Easy Raglan I knit up as a sample (the only thing I really managed to accomplish knitwise during all of our health drama...) to show how similar in gauge the two yarns are- and let me tell you, I loved knitting with this yarn at this gauge. It's cotton, and working it on smaller needles causes a little hand aching, like any other cotton worked tight, or any other yarn, for that matter, when working really tight. I worked it on size 7 needles, and fell in love with the knitted fabric I was creating. I rather reluctantly handed this one over, while formulating plans in my head to aquire more of that yarn and knit one for myself this fall (you know, post partum, flatter tummy, I should be able to wear it by New Years...)

Here's how this works-
  1. Head to your blog and post your summer knitting goals list (you must have at least 1 goal!)
  2. Be sure to link to this contest in your post
  3. Stop back and leave the link to your goals list with Mr. Linky (by midnight, June 20th!) to be 'officially entered'
  4. Spend the summer, attempting to stay at least a little bit on track, tackling one goal at a time
  5. Have fun with it

Easy enough? Let the goalsetting begin!! (I'll try to post my goals tomorrow)

Happy knitting-

ali


*Do know that even though I include a pattern (or two) in my 'prize packages', making them resemble a 'kit', you are always free to knit whatever you like with the yarn! Cotton makes good baby items...

78 Comments:

Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Look fun, Ali! (Time to work on those goals...)

6/05/2008 6:26 AM  
Blogger raining sheep said...

Great kit...love that yarn...mind you, I am addicted to anything by Blue Sky it seems. When I go the the LYS, I have to force myself away from the Blue Sky section. I like the minimalism of that sweater - I seem to gravitate toward those kinds of patterns.

6/05/2008 7:41 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I love to plan and I love lists. I just made mine.

6/05/2008 9:31 AM  
Blogger Guinifer said...

Well, that post took a long time!!! I love to read everyone's goals though!

6/05/2008 10:23 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'll post about your contest tomorrow! Heh, I've discovered that if I make knitting goals, I immediately lose all will to knit anything that's a goal...

6/05/2008 11:59 AM  
Blogger Dove Knits said...

I am definitely in. It's becoming a tradition!

6/05/2008 12:24 PM  
Blogger Little Knittin' Kitten said...

I'm in!

6/05/2008 3:07 PM  
Blogger Rani said...

This sounds like fun! Count me in.

I found you over on Guinifer's site (Halfway Down the Stairs).

I'll start thinking about those goals. . . so many . . . so many . . .

6/05/2008 8:51 PM  
Blogger LizzieK8 said...

I've joined the band wagon. Come see my goal!

6/06/2008 8:45 AM  
Blogger Ann-Marie said...

This sounds fun.
My goal is to do lace--a lace shawl (I've started an easy one)--something intricate and drool worthy!!

6/06/2008 10:33 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Thanks for the contest. I really needed to take a realistic look at my "goals" which are, of course, rather unrealistic. Now I'd better get knitting!

6/06/2008 12:24 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I've posted my goals. This contest has been very inspiring in terms of setting goals - now I just need to start completing them!

6/06/2008 1:39 PM  
Blogger undeadgoat said...

Some of the links are a bit on the wonky side . . .

6/06/2008 5:33 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

The orange sweater looks pretty! Goals are good sometimes...now i am just waiting for summer! we actually had snow on our mtns last night! off to start knitting, listed my goals !

6/06/2008 9:25 PM  
Blogger Amelah said...

I posted my goals and hopefully I can accomplish them!

6/06/2008 10:19 PM  
Blogger L's thoughts said...

I don't know for sure how many of my "goals" I can get accomplished, but I'm really going to try.

This must be my Summer of Insanity with two contests and a big "move" this summer.

6/07/2008 9:59 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I'm in - and I'm linked...love the idea of having some goals...

6/07/2008 12:05 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

I'm in - I need to focus myself definitely!

6/07/2008 6:10 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

I'm in, thanks for the encouragement!

6/07/2008 6:10 PM  
Blogger Breien in Lansingerland said...

That is a cool feature...:-) Mr Linky... I have to keep that in mind for sure.

6/08/2008 9:25 AM  
Blogger Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Thanks for getting me to focus on what needs to be done. By the way, I can guarantee that if I used the yarn for the Simple Raglan sweater, it would never turn out as beautifully as yours.

6/08/2008 10:55 AM  
Blogger Timiae said...

I love your contests! Makes me blog and think about my goals for the summer. And your prizes are THE BEST. You got me hooked on BSA Dyed Cotton from the last contest... can't get enough of it! I made the Mossy Jacket with it (baby jacket) and it's wonderful.

6/08/2008 1:24 PM  
Blogger undeadgoat said...

Yay! Contests are fun because free things are fun . . .

6/08/2008 3:04 PM  
Blogger thepaintedsheep said...

Love the contest idea! Hope it keeps me motivated this summer!

6/09/2008 7:20 AM  
Blogger Terri D. said...

I'm in and linked, thanks...although my major goal right now is to keep yarn flowing through my sweaty fingers here in the approaching 100 degree NYC funky heat.

6/09/2008 12:56 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Ok, set some goals. You amaze me with the details of yours! Also, what a cute little quiz... I'm an Eleanor Dashwood. ;) I just watched that movie again Saturday night. I've been Jane Austen obsessed of late.

6/09/2008 4:56 PM  
Blogger psalm127 said...

Oh Ali, thank you for the inspriation. I have posted my goals. Better than last year I only had one, but hey I completed it and more. I love what you post and thank you again for encouraging the rest of us to knit. I just wish it wasn't 113 during the summer here. lol

6/09/2008 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a new knitter and so excited to join this contest! I have taught myself how to knit via the internet and LOVE it!

Julie

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/HomeintheMitten/545321/

6/09/2008 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, great comp! I've knitted for a few years, but this is the first year I actually have a list of projects to work through, so your competition is just great for me!

Now I hope I can check off the items on my list.

Tara

6/09/2008 10:46 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

I'm in! Here's hoping I reach all of my goals--that would be enough prize for me!

6/10/2008 10:49 AM  
Blogger Divine Bird said...

Whoo, goals! I think I can do everything I planned...we'll see! :D Great contest, btw--it's fun AND gets us moving!

6/10/2008 11:17 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I don't have a blog so I'm probably not eligable, but my goal is to try my first cable project.

6/10/2008 12:16 PM  
Blogger Cookie said...

Lovely sweater. I love that sleeve detail. A summer with goals will be a nice change from my usual summers of waiting for cool weather.

6/10/2008 1:17 PM  
Blogger Nichole D. said...

Great idea! this is just what I need this summer. (Oh, and would you be interested in another prize?)

6/10/2008 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Good luck on your goals everyone!

6/10/2008 2:22 PM  
Blogger Tikabelle said...

I love lists! I'm in. :)

6/10/2008 11:54 PM  
Anonymous Stacey said...

I'm in too! Darn Cookie... she leads me down the path of ruin ALL.THE.TIME!

6/11/2008 8:59 AM  
Blogger pacalaga said...

Another of Cookie's lost waifs...

http://pacalaga.blogspot.com/2008/06/its-all-cookies-fault-as-usual.html

6/11/2008 1:16 PM  
Blogger FairyGodKnitter said...

My money's on Cookie but I'll enter anyway.-Joan

6/11/2008 4:32 PM  
Blogger mrs. reynolds said...

I think this is the only way I'll finish my projects!

6/11/2008 6:16 PM  
Blogger crochetgurl said...

i just entered...thanks for hosting the contest :-)

btw i love that orange sweater!

6/11/2008 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

I'm a Cookie Follower as well... sigh.

6/12/2008 6:43 AM  
Blogger Bertha said...

Yay! Thanks for holding the contest again this year!

6/12/2008 7:42 AM  
Blogger Cheryl S. said...

I found the contest through Stacey - and although I hate making goals, I'm totally in love with the yarn, pattern, and bag!

6/12/2008 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl S. said...

I commented but used my Blogger account, so it goes to the wrong profile - oops. Anyway, I've set my goals! Thanks for the contest - I love the cute little bag and I love orange!

6/12/2008 9:58 AM  
OpenID NeedleDancer said...

Okay, I've entered.
I'm not sure why, since orange is not a good color for me, or for those for whom I knit. But I like the concept a LOT, and thought it'd be fun.
I love the yarn itself though...

6/12/2008 10:14 AM  
Blogger Cranky Mama said...

Thanks for giving me a reason to hunker down and focus! If I only get the first three on my list done, it will be a summer well spent! Janet

6/12/2008 1:23 PM  
Anonymous yvonnep said...

yes, yes, I managed to join! I love your plan and this will be a lovely knitting summer. With finished objects! :-

6/12/2008 5:10 PM  
Blogger Sherilyn said...

I'm in. Stating publicly that I have a Leo problem is the first step....

6/12/2008 10:47 PM  
Blogger G said...

Found your contest while blog-hopping - sounds like fun to me!

6/13/2008 3:48 PM  
Blogger Judy Brutz said...

Sufing the knitting blogs, I was delighted to come across your Summer 08 contest and moved to start my own knitting blog. You my find my blog listed as "knitting life".

6/13/2008 10:40 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

Cool, thanks for the contest. So glad to have found your blog, too.

6/14/2008 12:44 AM  
Blogger janet said...

Great contest everyone wins even if they don't get a quote prize from you. Thanks for give us all the needed jump start to get organized fro the summer. I'm posting the contest today.

6/14/2008 6:30 AM  
Blogger mrspao said...

I'm looking forward to a summer of knitting!

6/14/2008 3:41 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

What a great idea for a contest! I posted my goals today; I kept the list short because I often tend to set too many goals and then get frustrated and it becomes stressful. I'm trying to learn to destress a bit and think I've set some reasonable goals.

What an amazingly generous prize you are offering! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for - wait, I won't accomplish my goals with my fingers crossed, now will I?

6/15/2008 12:05 PM  
Blogger sallyg said...

Thanks Ali, I needed a good nudge to get me to commit to a plan.

6/15/2008 4:12 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

Thanks for this wonderful idea. My goals are posted and I'm focused on my task for summer!

6/16/2008 5:26 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I'm in too! Great idea. Can't wait to start.

6/16/2008 1:03 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Thanks for the kick in the yarn basket! Can't wait to show you a pic of all the socks I've knit at the end of the summer.

6/16/2008 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I am so in! I just posted my goals and am ready to achieve them along with everyone else taking part in this fun!

6/17/2008 3:21 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

After posting (and looking back on) a spring set of goals, I had to seriously scale back my summer ones. But I think that's OK, and since I live by lists, I'll be excited to cross lots off of mine. Thanks for holding the contest!

6/17/2008 11:29 PM  
Blogger wildflower38 said...

I posted my goals. Now hopefully I'll accomplish them.

6/18/2008 1:45 AM  
Blogger The Gadabout Knitter said...

What a great idea! I hope this helps me keep to my knitting during the hot Florida summer!

6/18/2008 7:00 AM  
Blogger Aberdonian said...

I set myself a lot of goals but it's my incentive to finish those WIPs lying around all over the place.

I'll probably treat myself to something nice each time I achieve a goal, like a book just to keep me going.

6/18/2008 8:01 AM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Maybe I'll do better at meeting my goals this time. I'm working on it anyways!

6/18/2008 10:59 AM  
Blogger Share said...

What a great idea! Maybe it will help me stay on track? :D Or just jinx me! LOL

6/18/2008 11:37 AM  
Blogger costumechick said...

I love knitting, and I love lists. This contest was made for me! I might have been a tad extreme in my list making though...

6/18/2008 4:58 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

Goals are done! Thanks for having the contest, it made me set them!!

6/18/2008 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Your knitting goals contest seems like a lovely idea. I'm in.

6/19/2008 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Thanks for the kick in the pants...If I get through even half of my goals, I'll feel quite accomplished!

6/19/2008 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Tamara said...

Thanks for the contest! I needed a reminder that the solstice is tomorrow and then it is actually summer and time to start knitting. Lovely blog, btw!

6/19/2008 10:30 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Cookie, Stacey, and Joan made me sign up. Thanks for helping me set some goals.

6/20/2008 8:50 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

I'm in! Just barely, but in. :) Even just posting the goals helped me get organized--thanks!

6/20/2008 9:55 AM  
Anonymous laura (knittinkitties) said...

i'm just barely in too! my goals for the summer are soley focused on socks. is this ok?

6/20/2008 10:53 AM  
Anonymous laura (knittinkitties) said...

i added a link to this blog in my post, fyi :-)

6/20/2008 1:38 PM  
Blogger knittinbrit_in_wi said...

Now, the list is written - I'd better get knittin'.

6/20/2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger ponyknit said...

Not sure if I"m too late... but I posted my goals and your contest. Great idea! Hope your accepting late entries, but either way, had fun!

6/21/2008 8:38 PM  
Anonymous pingush said...

I really love that color. I can't wait to see it all finished up and pretty. Happy knitting!

11/29/2008 1:45 AM  

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