Thursday, February 28, 2008

St. Patty's Contest!

I'm having my first comments contest!

Leave me a comment with either how you celebrate St. Patrick's Day or your craziest St. Patrick's Day story or both! The contest will end March 17th at midnight (so, I guess it's technically March 18th). Shawn and I will pick our top 2 favorites and they will get prizes!

The top winner will get:



4 ounces of handdyed Merino roving in the Seaweed colorway. This was dyed by Gale Evans, a local fiber artist in Atlanta (Gale's Art). If you are a non-spinner, this is a great roving to learn with or I can spin it for you! If I am to spin it for you, just let me know when I email you about winning.

Top winner will also get 8 handmade stitch markers with a St. Patty's Day theme. These markers are similar to the ones seen in this post. Materials are all top quality... silver, pewter, swarovski pearls and crystal, stone, etc.

Second place winner will get 8 St. Patty's Day-themed handmade stitch markers.

Please leave a way to contact you in your comment (email, blog, etc.). Linking to my contest on you blog will get you an extra entry, as will referring someone here! Just let me know in the comment if you linked to me or if you were sent by someone.

45 comments:

helenlam said...

Happy St. Patrick's day!

Tante J said...

Absolutely gorgeous roving! Happy SPD! I don' really celebrate St Patrick's Day but I remember loving McD's Shamrock Shakes as a kid. I couldn't wait for them to come out each year and my sister and I would nag my mom mercilessly until she took us to get one. Now if you want to hear a wacky McDonald's story I could tell you all about a freaky experience at the McDonald's near Height/Ashbury when we were kids. Think dude strung out on LSD sitting down next to my 6 year old sister trying to have a conversation. Woa, Nelly!

turvid said...

Happy St.PD.

We don't celebrate, and I don't know what St. PD is. Have to google...

Josiane said...

I don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but I still have a story! When I was in university, one of our professors was Irish, but for some reason, he totally despised all things Irish. It goes without saying that he would never do anything special on St. Patricks's Day. My friend and I have spent all of our unviversity years plotting all the things we could do on that day to "celebrate" with him (read: freak him out a bit simply with a little too much green around!). During our last year, he was doing field work abroad, and my friend was working on a project for him in his office. She covered his office door with clover leaves, a Leprechaun, and all things SPD, took a picture, and sent it to him. It was too funny! (I guess you had to be there and know the guy to find it as funny as we did, but really, it was!)
Josiane
kimianak [at] gmail [dot] com
(I've found out about your blog from WiKnit)

Dove Knits said...

Last St. Patrick's day, I went to a...Bar Mitzva.

Yep. You don't get more Irish than that! ;)

Aster said...

That fiber looks delicious, and the stitch markers are adorable. I hope I get a bit of luck my way. :)

Aster@ravelry

allergicmom said...

I usually wear a wee bit of green on St Patrick's Day, and sometimes we make green cookies if the kids need a bit of a sugar fix that day.

My son's absolute favourite colour is green, so wearing green isn't that hard!

ikkinlala said...

You have to go back to my great grandparents to find anyone Irish in my family, but I usually try to wear something green (even if it's just socks and nobody can see them) and drink some stout for St. Patrick's Day.

Turtle said...

Well, as this is a murphy typing this, married to a michael sean with a caitlin ellene as my daughter, and every branch on hubby's tree also bearing an irish sur-name....we do tend to do a bit of celebrating in this household! I think the pic i have here is from last year, Kell's Irish Pub in Post Alley Seattle. This pub has 2 levels, 3 rooms downstairs alone, an irish band in every other room and by 5 pm the lines tend to run out the door down the road just to get in! Insane and crazy and a blast! Your lucky if you get a seat inside.Be sure to get a local hotel room cause no one is driving anywhere! Everyone there is Irish for the night. This year we are going to Vegas to see how they celebrate..should be fun! Hubby makes his own beer so when we do stay home friends will come over to relax and enjoy. I make a huge pot of corn beef and cabbage, soda bread from scratch with fresh whiskey butter on the side , i have to keep an eye on the food as hubby likes to buy an industrial sized bottle of green food coloring and threatens every morsel and drink in the house! My drink of choice is the nutty irishman (which i also have lovingly engraved inside hubbys wedding ring) We like to have fun and meet new folks and just enjoy the holiday! Happy SPD to you! Lol, the only time i go to mcD's is to get a St paddys day shake.

Turtle said...

forgot, am linking you for sure!

Betsy said...

Beautiful Fiber Choice! My family always celebrates St. Patty's day with Shepard's Pie, Soda Bread, and lots of Guiness! But here's the best story. When my brother and I were kids we made the most elaborate leprechan trap ever invented. It was a maze with a trap door and the bait was a penny glued down. We didn't catch him but he did leave a clover in place of the penny!

monica said...

I don't really celebrate St. Patty's Day, but there was one year that my younger sister and I tried to speak with Irish accents for the entire day - we weren't very good!

I'm ponka on Ravelry :)

Breien in Lansingerland said...

Green beer and limericks! Especially the limericks on St Patricks Day are my favourite thing to write!

And I plan on knitting in green in March for sure...that is my favourite colour.

May you find that pot of gold ;-)

Kenyetta said...

Happy St Patrick's Day!
I remember as child, if you didn't wear green you got pinched! Now I mess with my girls by making green eggs for breakfast.

artinreality said...

I have to admit that St.Patrick's day is not really something we celebrate in this household. Well, except maybe have a pint and think about somehting green! :)

Beautiful roving and what fun with themed stitch markers!

Happy St.Patrick's day!

Tracy said...

We aren't big on celebrating St. Patrick's day here either. This year my son has an appointment with a new doctor, which will get him out of doing any work for the day. He will like that.

An odd memory that has always stuck with me for some unusual reason is when I was in 1st grade maybe - the tradition was to pinch anyone not wearing green, but our teacher said we should only "pat them lightly" because it was nicer, and no one would get hurt. Odd what memories stay with you, isn't it?

Elaine said...

I'm not Irish, but grew up in an all Irish neighborhood in New York City. Saint Patty's day was a BIG deal in my neighborhood. There was green everything. I mean like everything. Every family had an Eileen, Kathleen, Maureen, a Kevin, a Sean and, of course, a Patrick it seemed.

I was often mistakenly called Eileen since Elaine is close and was very unusual in our neighborhood. By second grade I gave up and stopped correcting adults who mistakenly called me Eileen. I guess that makes me almost-Irish.

Happy St Patty's.

I love the roving (but don't spin alas). I am posting this on my blog.

ps It looks like I'm comment 17 - I feel some karma going on here.

purple-power said...

I guess I should change my login name for this contest to green. If I win, I'm purple of Ravelry.

Elaine sent me over from elaine-knitting.

My favorite St Patrick's day story took place riding into work on the train from NJ on St. Patty's Day a few years ago. I sat down next to a young woman. As soon as we started speaking, it was obvious that she was from Ireland. I wished her a Happy St Patty's day and asked when she had moved here. She replied, "Oh I don't live here. I'm here visiting from Dublin. I just came for a few days for the St Patty's Day parade in New York. In Ireland St Patty's day is nothing - it's here that you're wanting to be for a great parade!"

Lisa said...

Not being Irish, we don't really celebrate. I have been known to make cookies with green frosting though, does that count?

Sharon Rose said...

Love the green roving! And I *must must must* know where you got the bunny for that stitch marker!
Sharon

crazzybunny said...

I've been having a great time reading all the comments! Keep them coming! I may draw a third winner for some more stitch markers...

Sharon Rose said...

Thanks for the bead lead. :) The link for the Feb 25th post doesn't work, btw.

Ms. P said...

We don’t have a name like McKinnis
(Not a drop o’ the Irish blood in us).
But traditions be damned –
I’ve got two working hands,
So I’ll raise me a pint o’ the Guinness!
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Lovely prizes - here's hoping a wee bit o' Irish luck rubs off on me!

OhAmyKP said...

Hiya - that yarn is so yummy! Thanks for the contest. I found in on the Wiknits blog. :)hope i win!

Kathy said...

Beautiful prize.

Well, St Pat's day....usually watching freezing little girls dance down a street in Chicago in the snowfall. Eating green things. Making potatoes. Praying. Remembering all things NAna, my gram Molly from County Mayo God help us

Ilix said...

So, I was sent by murphy.... yay!
I usually try to get out to see my friend do her Irish Dancing. She has competed in worlds, and the whole troupe preformed for her wedding.... even making her dance in her dress! LOL They are amazing to watch, it always takes my breath away!!

Robin said...

I LOVE St. Patty's day! In the past I've always prepared Irish fare for our meal and of course either Smithwicks or Guinness is included! But a couple years ago a REAL Irish Pub opened up, so we go for our meal and celebrate with other's!!!

Erin said...

St. Paddy's Day is fun. Beautiful roving. Good luck with the contest.

Rachel O said...

Ah St Patty's Day.

In my family, some of us have little noses, red hair and freckles, and some of us have prominent noses, dark hair and no freckles. So every year for St Patty's Day we'd stock up on green bagels. Something for everyone :-)

Elaine sent me over (elaine-knitting)

The roving is beautiful - wow would I love to win!

ps I am blogless. My e-mail is dadofra AT hotmail DOT com

brownbear said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I love that holiday and I wish more people got into it around here.
My email is g_houk at hotmail.

blogless in NJ said...

Happy St Patty's Day.

Every year we go to an Irish music concert (with step dancers, of course) to celebrate.

We made a pilgrimage to Ireland a couple of years ago. My husband thought we were going to do some bird watching, but we were REALLY going to listen to great Irish fiddlers.

My e-mail is elweyu AT hotmail

Oh yeah - and Elaine sent me over too (she's my facilitator)

cthulhulovesme said...

That roving is gorgeous.

My St. Patrick's Day story? Well, I'm adopted. The parents who raised me are Spanish/Cuban, but my birth family is Irish. Every St. Patrick's Day when I was growing up, my mom would buy me some of those horrendous green Hostess Sno-Ball sweets in honor of the occasion, so my "birth heritage" wouldn't be neglected. She also tried, every couple of years, to make a corned beef brisket. (I'd like to emphasize the word "tried".) Even to this day, she still thinks I like Sno-Balls. I can't bear to disillusion her.

- cthulhulovesme on Ravelry

jersey jessie said...

Top o' the mornin'

Every year we do a reading of James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake (which goes on a long time) and then end with a rousing rendition of the song by the same name.

Many in the group, like Tim, have
"a sort of a tipplers way
but for the love for the liquor poor Tim was born"

Lots of good fiddling, singing, tippling, and general celebrating.

I heard about your contest from Elaine at elaine-knitting.

I hope you will be posting the name of the winner, since I am also blog-challenged.

Jen C said...

The roving is gorgeous!

I've never really celebrated St. Patrick's Day unless you count the crafts I did in elementary school.

Heddy said...

I love, love, love the roving!

I have linked your contest on my blog.

I haven't celebrated St. Paddy's day in a long time, but once when I was in University, we spent the whole day pub hoppin', drinking green beer and other green beverages, listening to fiddle music, and changing bars on the hour ... we started at 10 a.m. Around 10 p.m., as we were switching bars, one fella decided to leapfrog over another fella we were with -- who decided to duck. The leaper went out of control, did a face palnt onto the curb, and snapped a front tooth in half! We double timed over to the bar we were going to , I took him into the men's room (I am not a man) to clean him up, and we proceded to buy him many drinks to numb the pain until we could get him to bed. The hospitals wouldn't look at him, because we had been "Irishing it up" all day, and he couldn't get into a dentist until Monday (it was Sat. nite!). I remember that St. Paddys day clearly -- and I haven't seen the leaper in years, but I bet he remembers it well too! I can't believe some of the stupid things we used to do when we were young!

Marti said...

St. Patrick's Day of 2003. Four friends and I started the evening inside the home of one of the friends house. It was combined housewarming for the friend and his girlfriend at the time. Sort of a her friends meets his friends kind of thing. Pretty soon, we found that the two groups didn't mix. So we four went out into the garage, where we stayed until six am. It was still pretty much winter, so we had the propane BBQ on, inside the garage (smart) to keep us warm. And to roast turkey pepperettes (which is totally awesome). The evening, which turned into the wee hours of the morning, got stranger and more drunken as time ticked by. Long story short, at one point, I was wearing a motorcycle helmet with a big gold stripe down the middle, goggles and letting my friends take turns hitting me in the head with a golf driver. No permanent damage was done...I don't think! Best St. Patrick's Day ever. And we usually celebrate it every year, although in a much more subdued fashion, as we're getting older...and hopefully a little wiser too.

PS: I heard about this contest through Heddy.

Marti said...

I guess that should read 'we five'...might've been some damage done after all. I'll be linking back to your blog on my blog, martislittleworkshop.blogspot.com

lexa said...

I don't do anything special, to be honest, for SPD. I make sure I wear something green, same with the kids. I may knit with green yarn that day, too. :)

Will link to your contest on my blog, knitoftime.blogspot.com.

Christy B. said...

Just linked to yours from my blog. Thanks.

tripletsmom said...

The fiber looks so yummy. I hope I get a little luck of the irish. :)

TripletMom@ravelry

Shelley said...

I technically don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day. My mom's birthday is that very day, so that is what we celebrate. I know growing up, we usually went to McDonald's around that time for their Shamrock shakes and I used to buy one for my mom (when I was a kid...and maybe up into my teens). I have also bought her a couple of shamrock plants for her birthday, and a lot of her gifts/cards/cakes, etc. have had a green or St. Patrick's Day theme. Now I try to get something for her that's not quite so green themed...since it's her birthday I want to celebrate. BTW, she has Irish roots too, so that's cool.

Angela said...

lovely roving! we are originally from st.louis which has a great st. patrick's day celebration in Dog Town. our oldest daughter would always look forward to the irish wolfhound section of the parade.

my best friend's birthday is on st. patrick's day, and she's a red-haired, freckled, irish patricia, and if i won the roving, i'd spin and knit it up into something lovely for her next birthday!

HaveFaith said...

I love St. Patrick's Day because my sweet grandmother was an O'Donnell. I guess that makes me part Irish too. I like to make shamrock sugar cookies with bright green frosting. It's also my DIL's birthday and the day after my son's birthday so a lot of celebrating goes on. Anything that can be colored green (scrambled eggs, oatmeal, pudding, etc) gets colored green. And we greet everyone with "Top of the morning to ya!" Cool contest and fabulous fiber. Will mention you on my blog www.faithfulcompanions.blogspot.com

Zoo Girl said...

Clearly I'm a bit behind in my reading... oops! Cool contest, and beautiful roving!

St. Patties day for me is usually relatively low key... I make a corned beef boiled in beer broth...actually...I think I still have one in the freezer! Maybe I'll do that on Sunday, since Monday night I'll be knitting, and it really needs to cook for quite a few hours! Sometimes I'll even do a beer bread to go with it! Don't worry, it sounds like a lot of beer, but it'll be the remainder of the same 6-pack I bought LAST YEAR for that purpose, since I never drink the stuff! What a great idea! Thanks for reminding me!

Emily said...

From what I remember, my craziest SPD was in Chicago and included a lot of beer drinking. I think I even saved that green beer brand beaded necklace as a memory, but who knows where it is now. :)