Something Everyone Can Answer…

The Anniversary Contest is chugging along.  Five more days of questions to go, so lots of chances to enter (scroll down for full details).

Wednesday’s answers:

My grandfather, Harry McBrien, was inducted into both the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame for his work in football at all levels.  He’s most known for his work with the Canadian Football League.  Both my father and my uncle also worked with the CFL as officials for most of my childhood.   Harry was nicknamed as Mr. Grey Cup. He spent a good chunk of his life elevating the event to a week-long festival that accompanies our national professional football championship every November.  Usually outside.  (Have you been to Saskatoon in November?  BRRRR!!)  And if you’re ever watching the Grey Cup on TV, they will always show footage from the famous Fog Bowl (the year a thick fog rolled over the field and they had to suspend play), you will see my grandpa cloaked in a trench coat and smoking a big cigar.

He owned a coffee company in Toronto.  Why on earth would this be ironic?  I don’t drink coffee.

Thursday’s answer:

The Boy is distantly related to — h)  Michael J. Pollard

The Anniversary Contest Question O’ The Day

As a change of pace, we decided to save you from random obscurity and sherlock-google-ness.  Today’s question is one you can ALL answer.

What would your dream knitting bag be like?

Why do I ask? Darby Bayly, maker of these fantabulous project bags, also runs a program in Haliburton called Sew Resourceful.  She teaches women how to sew and how to market their handmade goods to supplement their income and improve their livelihood.

Darby wants to design a knitting bag (tote, not project bag) for the group to reproduce.  And we want it to be REALLY great.  So please help Darby out, and leave your wish list in the comments.  Tell us about pockets.  What you need it to store.  How big or how small you’d like it to be.  Don’t hold back!

Each idea will get an entry (up to 5 ideas/entries per person).  Don’t be afraid to duplicate answers.  That lets us know which features are important to the largest number of people.

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If you’ve arrived here for the first time and have no clue why we’re asking these crazy questions, you should know that we’re running an Anniversary Contest!

The Anniversary Contest runs until August 4, at which point we will have a very unique drawing for the prizes. There are four prizes available:

1. The last remaining first Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club package

2. A cable mug by Susanne James and a skein of either silk lace or merino sock yarn(your choice of in stock colours)

3.  A Darby Bayly project bag chosen by Otis, a skein of MCN Sport (in your choice of in stock colours) and a Storm Water Cowl pattern.

4.  A Tom Bihn Little Swift and 5 skeins of your choice of Indigodragonfly Yarn.  (Thanks Darcy, Tom and crew!)

So how do you enter?

Lots of ways.

1. Leave us a comment, and you get an entry (1 comment per day per person)

2. If you were the very, very first customer, you get an entry. (I know who you are, you don’t have to. )

3. Answer weird quiz questions. They will be random, both in their timing and their content. We will give entries to the first 1-5 correct answers (depending on how we feel that day…we’ll give you fair warning), either in the comments or by email. (If you leave them in the comments, quiz answers count as an entry in addition to your comment entry…are you confused yet? Good. We like you that way.)

4. Buy stuff. Heck, why not? For every $25 purchased, you get an entry.

OK…..GO!

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Umm, We Still Dye Yarn, Right?

With all the fun n games of the Anniversary Quizzes going on, you may ask: “Are you still finding time to dye yarn?” (No, that is not an anniversary quiz question – no ballot for answering that.) Well, Yes. A few loose seconds here n there…

Here’s a few newbies to throw into the mix.  First, some yummy Merino Cashmere. Second, a wack o’ squishy DK Merino. Enjoy!

Email indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com to place all orders.  A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario).  For further information, see the bottom of this post.

Held My Breath Too Long

Merino Cashmere – 80% Merino/20% Cashmere, 420 Yds, 100 g, $32 per Skein

6 Skeins Available

Rosy The Riveter

Merino Cashmere – 80% Merino/20% Cashmere, 420 Yds, 100 g, $32 per Skein

Sold Out!

My Name Is Indigo Montoya

Merino Cashmere – 80% Merino/20% Cashmere, 420 Yds, 100 g, $32 per Skein

2 Skeins Available

One Turtle Short Of A Pond

Merino Cashmere – 80% Merino/20% Cashmere, 420 Yds, 100 g, $32 per Skein

1 Skein Available

Who Microwaved The Crayons?

DK Merino – 100% Merino, 225 Yds, 100 g, $22 per Skein

10 Skeins Available

Babybluejayblanket

DK Merino – 100% Merino, 225 Yds, 100 g, $22 per Skein

10 Skeins Available

Don’t Wear This On Star Trek

DK Merino – 100% Merino, 225 Yds, 100 g, $22 per Skein

10 Skeins Available

Celery, Plus Commission

DK Merino – 100% Merino, 225 Yds, 100 g, $22 per Skein

10 Skeins Available

Okay, enough business. Pleasure Tyme!!!

The Anniversary Contest Question O’ The Day

We’ll answer yesterday’s question tomorrow…keep you hanging a little longer.

Today’s question (First 3 correct answers get an extra ballot!):

Which Hollywood actor is Ron distantly related to?  (His last name is Newberry-Evans.  I’m not sure that will help you.)

a)  Mandy Patinkin

b)  Ian Ziering

c)  Dan Ackroyd (by the way, Ron thinks he looks like Dan Ackroyd…this is how he described himself so I could find him on our first date.  I thought he was someone else for the first 10 minutes.)

d)  Matt Leblanc

e)  David Soul

f)  Colm Feore

g)  Martin Short

h)  Michael J. Pollard

i)  Dann Florek

j)  Wendell Pierce

k) Brad Pitt

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If you’ve arrived here for the first time and have no clue why we’re asking these crazy questions, you should know that we’re running an Anniversary Contest!

The Anniversary Contest runs until August 4, at which point we will have a very unique drawing for the prizes. There are four prizes available:

1. The last remaining first Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club package

2. A cable mug by Susanne James and a skein of either silk lace or merino sock yarn (your choice of in stock colours)

3.  A Darby Bayly project bag chosen by Otis, a skein of MCN Sport (in your choice of in stock colours) and a Storm Water Cowl pattern.

4.  A Tom Bihn Little Swift and 5 skeins of your choice of Indigodragonfly Yarn.  (Thanks Darcy, Tom and crew!)

So how do you enter?

Lots of ways.

1. Leave us a comment, and you get an entry (1 comment per day per person)

2. If you were the very, very first customer, you get an entry. (I know who you are, you don’t have to. )

3. Answer weird quiz questions. They will be random, both in their timing and their content. We will give entries to the first 1-5 correct answers (depending on how we feel that day…we’ll give you fair warning), either in the comments or by email. (If you leave them in the comments, quiz answers count as an entry in addition to your comment entry…are you confused yet? Good. We like you that way.)

4. Buy stuff. Heck, why not? For every $25 purchased, you get an entry.

OK…..GO!

To purchase any of the products, please send me an email at indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which yarn(s)/gear you would like, where you live and whether you want it shipped surface or air mail. First email request for each yarn/fibre/project bag secures it. I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off within 3-5 days. Shipping charges to the US will start at $5.44 for surface mail and $7.70 for air mail. Canada Post doesn’t make shipping charges for Canadian or International packages easy, so I will send you a shipping quote for your order for your approval.

Best attempts are made to photograph colours accurately, however colours do differ from monitor to monitor (I’ve checked). I’ve also described the colours…and hope that helps. Custom orders (including dyeing or overdyeing your own fibre or yarn) are always welcomed! Just email me with what you have in mind.

Today’s question…

Yesterday’s answer:

San Francisco is the American twin city of Cork, Ireland.  (Though I kinda want to give Darby her Shanghai answer, as it turns out there’s a Shanghai IN…) And my dear DEAR friend Glenna C forgot to pack me in her suitcase before taking a trip out that way last week.

Today’s question(s):

Which Hall(s) of Fame was my grandfather inducted into?  (also:  his name would be good!)

What was his nickname and what does it refer to?

What kind of business was he in and why do I find this ironic?

Tell me one other thing you’ve learned about him, that no one else has mentioned in the comments.

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If you’ve arrived here for the first time and have no clue why we’re asking these crazy questions, you should know that we’re running an Anniversary Contest!

The Anniversary Contest runs until August 4, at which point we will have a very unique drawing for the prizes. There are four prizes available:

1. The last remaining first Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club package

2. A cable mug by Susanne James and a skein of either silk lace or merino sock yarn (your choice of in stock colours)

3.  A Darby Bayly project bag chosen by Otis, a skein of MCN Sport (in your choice of in stock colours) and a Storm Water Cowl pattern.

4.  A Tom Bihn Little Swift and 5 skeins of your choice of Indigodragonfly Yarn.

So how do you enter?

Lots of ways.

1. Leave us a comment, and you get an entry (1 comment per day per person)

2. If you were the very, very first customer, you get an entry. (I know who you are, you don’t have to. )

3. Answer weird quiz questions. They will be random, both in their timing and their content. We will give entries to the first 1-5 correct answers (depending on how we feel that day…we’ll give you fair warning), either in the comments or by email. (If you leave them in the comments, quiz answers count as an entry in addition to your comment entry…are you confused yet? Good. We like you that way.)

4. Buy stuff. Heck, why not? For every $25 purchased, you get an entry.

OK…..GO!

And finally…

Prize #4 in the Indigodragonfly Anniversary contest!

I’m very excited about this one:

A Cork Little Swift, generously donated by Tom Bihn (thank you Darcy and Tom!), and 5 skeins of Indigodragonfly Yarn!

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About the yarn: 5 skeins of your choice of in stock yarn (each skein of Silk/Merino single counts as 2 skeins, due to the large size of the skeins). They can be 5 skeins of the same type and same colour. They can be a mixture. Want 5 skeins of different lace yarns in a variety of colours? It’s yours. Sock yarns? Yours. A mixture of weights and colours? All. Yours.

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And the Little Swift? I’ve never been close to a cork one before and it is REALLY beautiful. The fabric is strong and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I’m told that over time the cork will age and develop a patina…not unlike wood.

And the bag comes with a key strap and a small yarn stuff sack in steel.  The yarn stuff sack has the new carabiner yarn guide seen in my review here.

The Anniversary Contest runs until August 4, at which point we will have a very unique drawing for the prizes. There are four prizes available:

1. The last remaining first Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club package

2. A cable mug by Susanne James and a skein of either silk lace or merino sock yarn(your choice of in stock colours)

3.  A Darby Bayly project bag chosen by Otis, a skein of MCN Sport (in your choice of in stock colours) and a Storm Water Cowl pattern.

4.  A Tom Bihn Little Swift and 5 skeins of your choice of Indigodragonfly Yarn.

The answer to Sunday’s quiz question:

The yarn store the Boy has nicknamed “the Possum Place” (see this post about Montréal) is A La Tricoteuse.

Bonus question:   g)  A Maple Lake dump employee.  (Pretty sure this is NOT his real name…but the Boy keeps calling him that, so the name has stuck.  We’re trying to figure out how to Kinnear a photo of him the next time he sticks his Tilley hat-covered/long, white-bearded head in our car window to grill us on the garbage we’ve brought…)

Today’s question:

What American city is twinned with Cork, Ireland? (First 3 correct answers)

Bonus question:  What famous Canadian knitwear designer has been travelling there over the past week?  (Um, if you are said designer, your answer will not count as an entry…sorry)

So how do you enter? Lots of ways.

1. Leave us a comment, and you get an entry (1 comment per day per person)

2. If you were the very, very first customer, you get an entry. (I know who you are, you don’t have to. )

3. Answer weird quiz questions. They will be random, both in their timing and their content. We will give entries to the first 1-5 correct answers (depending on how we feel that day…we’ll give you fair warning), either in the comments or by email. (If you leave them in the comments, quiz answers count as an entry in addition to your comment entry…are you confused yet? Good. We like you that way.)

4. Buy stuff. Heck, why not? For every $25 purchased, you get an entry.

OK…..GO!

Prize #3

Prize #3 in the anniversary contest:

A lovely prize package that includes a Darby Bayly project bag (chosen by Otis…), a skein of MCN Sport (in your choice of in stock colours) and a Storm Water Cowl pattern:

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Storm Water

The Anniversary Contest runs until August 4. There are four prizes available:

1. The last remaining first Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club package

2. A cable mug by Susanne James and a skein of either silk lace or merino sock yarn (your choice of in stock colours)

3.  The above Darby Bayly project bag, a skein of MCN Sport (in your choice of in stock colours) and a Storm Water Cowl pattern

4.  HA!  Not yet.  Soooooon….very very soon….  😉

Answer to last week’s quiz question:

According to the documentary Rain, Fog and Drizzle, in 1700 there were 42 houses and 46 taverns.

Today’s quiz question (which has gone through several drafts including ones that would require you to rummage through my closet to answer):

What yarn store has the Boy nicknamed “The Possum Place”?  (he says he will accept the first correct answer for this one)

Completely ridiculous bonus question, in the catagory of obscure nicknames that may not resemble the person’s actual identity (1 bonus entry for the first correct answer):

Who is Prospector Pete?

a)  A Warner Bros. cartoon character

b) The dog that keeps following Otis home

c) 19th century soap powder magnate

d) Sex toy brand

e) An Australian billionaire

f)  Dora the Explorer’s second cousin

g)  Maple Lake dump employee

h)  The chipmunk that keeps ripping up our front lawn

i)  Dutch folk singer

j) Arch-nemesis of Captain Canuck

k) Last man to arrive at the San Fransisco gold rush

So how do you enter? Lots of ways.

1. Leave us a comment, and you get an entry (1 comment per day per person)

2. If you were the very, very first customer, you get an entry. (I know who you are, you don’t have to. )

3. Answer weird quiz questions. They will be random, both in their timing and their content. We will give entries to the first 1-5 correct answers (depending on how we feel that day…we’ll give you fair warning), either in the comments or by email. (If you leave them in the comments, quiz answers count as an entry in addition to your comment entry…are you confused yet? Good. We like you that way.)

4. Buy stuff. Heck, why not? For every $25 purchased, you get an entry.

OK…..GO!

Mug Shots

Now, way back in the deep, deep woods of Central Ontario, there stood amongst the overgrown weeds and scrub a lonely woodshed. As the story went, this was no ordinary, rickety ol’ woodshed – nosiree, far from it. Ah reckon that over the past seventy years or so, just about every family and generation of critter imaginable within a twenty mile radius has scrabbled through it, raised families there, hid from eagles, or perhaps stopped to simply enjoy the scenery for a moment or two, before moving on.

Beneath the floorboards lies the ground. Topsoil, dirt, mud, clay – by any other name, that which conspires with gravity to connect us to the Earth.  We take from the earth, and with some water, a dash of centrifugal force and a modicum of inspiration, sometimes, just sometimes, we give back from whence we have taken.

Email indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com to place all orders.  A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario).  For further information, see the bottom of this post.

Log jam!

Stumping for coffee!

Mugging for the camera!

Coffee or I jump!

I’m here to fix the cable!

The world’s freakiest cappuccino machine!

Plays well with muffins!

Cup o’ tree!

Susanne James is a Haliburton artist who has created a series of tasty mugs with a special knitting flavour. There are three types of mugs: White with brown undertones and with knitting terms abbreviation pattern (2 Available), White with a knitted cable pattern (1 Available) and Blue with knitting terms abbreviation pattern (Sorry-Sold Out!). If you are a member of the Smart-Ass Knitters for World Domination yarn club, you may recognize her work from June’s artist swag. The mugs are going for a dirt-cheap $24 each, so get yer hands around one toot-sweet! As well, you can check out Susanne’s website at www.susannejames.com and take a gander at her other unique and fabulous creations.

Don’t delay – call today! Operators are standing by! Remember, for every empty mug out there, a lonely coffee or soup is waiting to be adopted!

To purchase any of the products, please send me an email at indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which yarn(s)/gear you would like, where you live and whether you want it shipped surface or air mail. First email request for each yarn/fibre/project bag/mug secures it. I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off within 3-5 days. Shipping charges to the US will start at $5.44 for surface mail and $7.70 for air mail. Canada Post doesn’t make shipping charges for Canadian or International packages easy, so I will send you a shipping quote for your order for your approval.

Best attempts are made to photograph colours accurately, however colours do differ from monitor to monitor (I’ve checked). I’ve also described the colours…and hope that helps. Custom orders (including dyeing or overdyeing your own fibre or yarn) are always welcomed! Just email me with what you have in mind.

Ah, the light at the end of the days burns quickly, into the distance reeling…

Another Prize Revealed…

Prize #2:

A cable mug made by Susanne James and a skein of your choice of silk lace or merino sock…choose a colour from our current stock.

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I love how Susanne has carved the little stitches into the cable…

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…and how the mug feels in your hand. Mugs are hard to get “just right”. Susanne’s got that down pat!

Answers to the quiz questions so far:

July 14 was the date of my first update and sale.

The Boy reskeined 16 miles (yes…I know…) of yarn last Monday…and got 2 yarn burns.

16 is the legal age to pump gas. (Hear that Mum? You made us BREAK THE LAW!)

We’ve had 8 colourways named after Muppets/Sesame Street characters: Groverkill, Self-Elmolation, That’s Not Kermit…Kermit is Dead, This is Your Brain on Cookies (though there has been HEATED debate in our household over that one. Did I mention I almost always get to win?), One! One Purple Skein! Ah ah ah, One Dragonfly Ripple for the Frog, I WANT EAT DRUMS! and Ernie Shirt. (By the way…to the person who tried to pass off the 2 different dyelots of Cookies as 2 different colourways? Nice. Try.)

And Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend is the book in which we learn that Scaredy knits. Scaredy is high quality literature. Go read them. Now. (But wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap first)

So the entries are piling up. And there are 2 prizes left to be revealed. We’re having too much fun, so we’ll be extending this contest for another week to August 4.

Reminder:
So how do you enter? Lots of ways.

1. Leave us a comment, and you get an entry (1 comment per day per person)

2. If you were the very, very first customer, you get an entry. (I know who you are, you don’t have to. )

3. Answer weird quiz questions. They will be random, both in their timing and their content. We will give entries to the first 1-5 correct answers (depending on how we feel that day…we’ll give you fair warning), either in the comments or by email. (If you leave them in the comments, quiz answers count as an entry in addition to your comment entry…are you confused yet? Good. We like you that way.)

4. Buy stuff. Heck, why not? For every $25 purchased, you get an entry.

Today’s Quiz Question:

In the interest of total obscurity…today’s question comes from knowledge we just gained from watching a documentary about St. John’s, Newfoundland…

In 1700 there were 42 houses in St. John’s. How many taverns were there?

First 3 correct answers get entries.

A Silkworm Walks Into A Bar…

I’m not quite sure how the joke goes, but the end of the punch-line is something like          “…and the sheep had sex with it anyway!”. Well, I’m pretty sure that’s not where Merino Silk Lace comes from, or at least, I hope…

Four interesting facts about silk:

1) Up until World War 1, silk was used to produce bulletproof vests and bicycle tires.

2) In Muslim tradition, men are supposedly forbidden to wear silk.

3) It’s shiny.

4) Did I mention it’s shiny?

Full of Gleamy Goodness, Tuff as a Discount Steakhouse T-bone, and Super-Pretty like a Girl, our Merino Silk Lace is a 50% Merino/50% Silk blend and like totally 100% off the ShimmerScale! Go ahead, embrace your inner sparkle demon – You know you want to!!!

Email indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com to place all orders.  A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario).  For further information, see the bottom of this post.

Margaritaville

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

2 Skeins Available

Hammer – Meet Thumb

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

1 Skein Available

Vancouver Melt

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

Sold Out!

Squeals When Boiled

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

1 Skein Available

Excellent Brownies, Dr. Leary!

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

2 Skeins Available

Hey Poindexter, Your Pocket Protector Is Leaking

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

Sold Out!

Goth To A Flame

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

Sold Out!

My Name Is Indigo Montoya

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

2 Skeins Available

One! One Purple Skein! Aa-aa-aa!

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

Sold Out!

One Dragonfly Ripple For The Frog

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Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

Sold Out

High Maintenance

Merino Silk Lace – 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $32 per skein

2 Skeins Available

One Year Anniversary Quiz: Today’s Question!

How many of our current colourways names reference Muppets and/or Sesame Street Characters, and can you name them all?

To purchase any of the products, please send me an email at indigodragonfly.K AT gmail.com (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which yarn(s)/gear you would like, where you live and whether you want it shipped surface or air mail. First email request for each yarn/fibre/project bag secures it. I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off within 3-5 days. Shipping charges to the US will start at $5.44 for surface mail and $7.70 for air mail. Canada Post doesn’t make shipping charges for Canadian or International packages easy, so I will send you a shipping quote for your order for your approval.

Best attempts are made to photograph colours accurately, however colours do differ from monitor to monitor (I’ve checked). I’ve also described the colours…and hope that helps. Custom orders (including dyeing or overdyeing your own fibre or yarn) are always welcomed! Just email me with what you have in mind.

Official Anniversary

So I’ve decided that today, July 14, will be the official anniversary of Indigodragonfly.

It’s the day all the yarn and fibre from the first batch was completely dry.

It’s the day I put it up online.

And it’s the day that someone decided to buy some. So it only makes sense.

Remember I said there’s be a contest? We have some entries already, and it’s time to start revealing the prizes.

There will be 4 prize packages in total. Today: Prize #1. The one last remaining first Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination package. Yep. All of it.

So how do you enter? Lots of ways.

1. Leave us a comment, and you get an entry (1 comment per day per person)

2. If you were the very, very first customer, you get an entry. (I know who you are, you don’t have to. )

3. Answer weird quiz questions. They will be random, both in their timing and their content. We will give entries to the first 5 correct answers, either in the comments or by email. (If you leave them in the comments, quiz answers count as an entry in addition to your comment entry…are you confused yet? Good. We like you that way.)

4. Buy stuff. Heck, why not? For every $25 purchased, you get an entry.

Contest closes 2 weeks from today: July 28.

Today’s quiz question:

How many miles of yarn did the Boy reskein on Monday?

Bonus question: How many yarn burns did he acquire while winding it?

Bonus bonus question: What’s the minimum age in Ontario to pump gas? (this question is brought to you by someone currently trying to get his drivers license. Can you tell?)