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The Back To School Book Giveaway Begins

Dear Ann,
I know back-to-school is old news in Nashville, but up here in lazy town, we are still milking summer for all it’s worth. The kids go back to school next week. It’s been so long they need a refresher on What Is This “School” Of Which You Speak, And Why Do I Need A Haircut For It?
Good news, Joseph’s Back to School Sweater is done! Yes, I started it for Back to School 2009. Shut up.
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Luckily, Cristina Bernardi Shiffman’s wonderful Mr. Boy pullover is knit from the top down, so it was easy to add length to the sleeves and body, and the deep slip-stitch rib expands and contracts to accommodate pretty much any boyish frame. It fits! He promised to let me take pictures of it on him. We’ll see how that goes. The yarn is Rowan All Seasons Cotton, which I love as much as ever. I cannot think of any other yarn with acrylic in it that is truly worth the knitting time, but ASC is a pleasure.
And in other news, beautiful books have been piling up around here. So, it’s time to give some away. Contest! I.e., random drawing!
First up is a charming little book, Sasha’s Sweet 16 Secrets to Long Life.
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I have known Tina Ravitz since 1981 (we were infants). Tina is an animal lover and professional pet photographer. In 2009, when Tina’s beloved cat Sasha turned 16, Tina threw her a party. (As you do.) (It was her Cat Mitzvah.) (Sorry.) As a party favor, Tina handed out Sasha’s secrets of longevity, and afterwards people kept asking her for more copies. Sasha, it seems, was the long-lost feline child of Jane Fonda and Dr. Nicholas Perricone. When Tina told me she had turned Sasha’s tips into an illustrated book, I startled everyone in the coffee shop by screaming, “KNITTERS LOVE CATS! YOU HAVE TO LET ME GIVE ONE AWAY!” It’s a sweet, sweet book. If you don’t win a copy, you can get one from Tina.
I’m hoping Tina’s next title is THERE’S SOMEONE AT THE DOOR: Top 10 Seemingly Harmless Things Terriers Must Destroy Before They Kill Us All, by Olive Bergmann as told to Everybody, All the Time.
Next we have two copies of Bead Crochet Jewelry, by Bert Rachel Freed and Dana Elizabeth Freed.
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With the help of my enthusiastic and multi-craftual knitting buddy Sara Sprung, I’ve actually tested this one out, and was amazed at how quickly a beautiful rope of crocheted beads can come together, and at all the gorgeous things it is possible to make. When Sara came by to teach me, she brought “a few beads”:
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Sara just started with the bead crochet. I’m scared to think about her yarn stash. People reading this who know Sara, can I get a what-what? Sara has converted more nonknitters to knitting, and more non-beaders to beaders, than anybody else on the island of Manhattan. Of this I am certain. If you are dropping your kid off at the camp bus, Sara is the mom whose MadTosh poncho matches her dog Meringue’s coat. At 7:30 in the morning.
Third, our first knitting e-book giveaway, just in time for Scarf Season 2012:
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Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues, by Audrey Knight.
This is the one that I really have to make: Woven Dots. Doesn’t that look like the perfect unisex scarf for the Red Scarf Project? Or for your own neck?
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(This book is a PDF; the winner can opt to receive via Ravelry library or email.)
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And finally (for today), a book that is sure to be a cult classic in the rarified world of knitting botanically correct flowers: Noni Flowers, by Nora J. Bellows. The flowers are mind-bogglingly real. If you’re looking for reliable instructions for knitting up a bouquet of asmina triloba (Pawpaw Blossom, duh!), this is your resource. It’s also a stunning book to look at, exquisitely photographed. The knitterly urge to figure out how to knit anything and everything never ceases to surprise and delight me. What next, Noni Fungi? I am not even kidding; it would be cool.
To enter the drawing, just leave a comment to this post, with a tip for longevity. It can be serious, or you can just make it up. I’ll close down the comments at noon (New York Time) on Monday, September 3, crank up ye old random generator to pick winners, and announce them here on Tuesday, September 4.
Happy holiday to those in the Labor Day zone, and happy weekend to all!
Love,
Kay

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496 Comments

496 Comments

  1. Going to have to remember that top down grows with the child trick!

  2. A glass of wine a day, hair color….Dahling, you look maaarvelous!

  3. A glass of wine a day, hair color….Dahling, you look maaarvelous!

  4. A cup of tea, every day. And none of this namby-pamby herbal stuff, either. Real tea.
    Love the books – especially reversible scarves!

  5. Diet Coke and the belief that you cannot outlive your stash will keep me alive forever. I also have the pattern for one of Noni’s bags — I’ve had it since 2003, I think. Maybe I should make it someday!

  6. Awesome giveaway! My tip is never take life too seriously. Always laugh. Especially when you have to frog an entire man’s sweater with a chest measurement of 60″.

  7. I’m all about the liquor and hair dye, too (Susan R, I’m looking at you).
    Aside from that? I’m 44 — what do I really know about longevity at this stage. Ask me again in another 40 years…then I’ll feel like I can really speak with conviction on the topic:-)
    But I really hope Olive writes that book soon — now THAT I can get on board with!

  8. longevity…. tips for a longer, happier life… laughter, chocolate, tea & knitting

  9. My mother’s words: Navy is always stylish. She saw to the heart of things.

  10. Longevity tip: Knit & laugh every day!

  11. My kids think I’ve achieved longevity since I’m 53 years old. Ingrates. I don’t feel or look my age thanks to hair dye and vodka. And driving a convertible – that definitely makes me feel young!

  12. My kids think I’ve achieved longevity since I’m 53 years old. Ingrates. I don’t feel or look my age thanks to hair dye and vodka. And driving a convertible – that definitely makes me feel young!

  13. Tips for longevity – enjoy life to the fullest and never, ever let your kids move back in with you. Once out, stays out. Wish I’d thought of that sooner . . . . .

  14. A bead stash made up of Swarovski crystals means you’ll never run out of jewelry…..and your life rolls happily along.

  15. Don’t eat very much.

  16. Great looking sweater!
    The reversible scarves sound like a
    really good idea.

  17. My tip is calm down. Seriously, I think being all stressy and freaking out all the time saps the quality out of whatever life we get, and perhaps length too.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Longevity tip: always cook with real butter.

  19. My tip is calm down. Seriously, I think being all stressy and freaking out all the time saps the quality out of whatever life we get, and perhaps length too.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Love the beads. Crafting everyday keeps the mind sharp.

  21. hula hooping…wait, no, playing the ukulele….wait,no …gardening. Yeah. gardening.

  22. don’t stop breathing!

  23. Don’t sweat deadlines too much. It will all get done, even if you have to pay someone to do it for you!

  24. keep a tin of icing handy for emergencies, chocolate is best! Saves all that baking time and bother, go for it!

  25. Laugh until you cry as often as possible.

  26. patience. the secret to a long happy life is to exercise patience (at least it is for me and I jump up to 61 in two days–so far, so good). with patience everything (and everyone) is bearable. love the scarf with the dots.

  27. tip: Do not fear growing old disgracefully.
    It can be more fun than doing it gracefully.
    Love the look of: Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues, by Audrey Knight.

  28. tip: Do not fear growing old disgracefully.
    It can be more fun than doing it gracefully.
    Love the look of: Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues, by Audrey Knight.

  29. getting up every morning

  30. In the words of my husband’s grandmother, who passed away after a remarkably healthy 101 years in May, “keep moving, don’t dwell on things that make you unhappy, eat what you like and sip some wine”. I’m paraphrasing a bit, each phrase came out only when required, but she truly did live that way.
    Also, love the boy, still in my queue, but for me, maybe DH too.

  31. Good beer, passionate kisses, & a comfortable bed.

  32. Long walks and always having just one more project you *must* make.

  33. Red meat and gin. Thank you, Julia Child.

  34. In honor of Sasha, I’m going to say own a cat to live longer. Or, like dieting, does it just seem longer? No, owning a cat has to be good for you. There’s nothing like a cat cuddle to cheer you up. I know I’ve seen studies that pets lower your blood pressure.

  35. Learn to nap!

  36. Laugh, read and relax. You may grow up but you don’t have to grow old.

  37. Laugh with your whole heart and love with your whole being.

  38. It’s got to be the naps. My grandmother lived well into her nineties and she was fierce about her naps.

  39. A husband who does the cooking and the cleaning. (Yes, I do have one of these and no, you can’t have him)

  40. My tip for longevity is simply to be yourself, and not compromise on that. I don’t strictly know that this has helped a lot of people live *longer*, but they sure were happier when they were trying. :)

  41. Live, Laugh, Love
    Craftysly: Rav. ID

  42. My tip for longevity is simply to be yourself, and not compromise on that. I don’t strictly know that this has helped a lot of people live *longer*, but they sure were happier when they were trying. :)

  43. I’m all about having a cat (or dog, or both … ) around for petting. Besides the ego humbling, I think I read somewhere that petting an animal lowers your blood pressure? I believe soft yarn would have the same effect, however!

  44. would love any of the books, especially the scarf on. Elaine

  45. would love any of the books, especially the scarf one. Elaine

  46. would love any of the books, especially the scarf one. Elaine

  47. I haven’t achieved longevity yet, but I’m really hoping that Diet Coke and stockinette stitch contribute.

  48. I haven’t achieved longevity yet, but I’m really hoping that Diet Coke and stockinette stitch contribute.

  49. Tip for longevity…high-thread count sheets

  50. I have a 17 year-old cat. Thinking about it, I guess his tip for longevity is “always maintain an air of smugness.”

  51. Love, laughter, and luxurious yarn!

  52. My tip for longevity, walk, walk, walk everywhere!

  53. I love the crocheted jewelry book! Looks like fun and I bet you don’t have to pre-string the beads…
    As for longevity – Don’t smoke and find exercise that you enjoy. My new favorite is called Ballet Body.

  54. mmm… having long-living grandparents (I know, this one is sort of unfair, but I think it will work out well for me!)

  55. mmm… having long-living grandparents (I know, this one is sort of unfair, but I think it will work out well for me!)

  56. The secret to living a long life, is to have a terrier in your life. You have to stay alert and on your toes to just keep up with them.

  57. walk whenever you can, a little wine and a little chocolate, and a lap cat.

  58. Wine and coffee, I think. Hopefully it will get me through another 46 years.

  59. Three tips to longevity (no extra charge):
    1. Have long-lived ancestors.
    B. Keep a dog that needs to be walked twice daily.
    iii. Be too mean to die. (This is an ancient Midwestern secret.)

  60. Find a reason to smile everyday. More than once if possible.

  61. Love the beads!
    I think we need to keep it fresh. Fresh food and fresh air, yes, but also fresh ideas, hobbies, experiences. I hope to retain my sense of wonder til the day I die.

  62. Keep passing the open windows. (Courtesy of John Irving)
    Lovely sweater!

  63. Keep passing the open windows. (Courtesy of John Irving)
    Lovely sweater!

  64. Make friends and be a friend. And knit for other people too.

  65. Sunblock and Chinese puer tea – look good and feel good!

  66. Love the Mr. Boy sweater; it would be a great Ms. Girl too. I’m off to pick that up at Ravelry.
    I believe the key to longevity is not finishing all your WIPs while maintaining a compulsion to finish…tricky, but if the OCD is strong enough, well there you are.
    And the dots scarf..great!

  67. To stay young you must be able to chase a 2 1/2 year old baby boy grandson when you’re really getting along in years!! A glass of red wine every day is pretty good too.

  68. My 94 year old father has all of his marbles and shows every indication of hanging in for another few decades. Judging by him, I’d say “Don’t be shy about speaking your mind, no matter how cranky.” However, if you ask him, he’ll say “Drink more scotch.”

  69. My 94 year old father has all of his marbles and shows every indication of hanging in for another few decades. Judging by him, I’d say “Don’t be shy about speaking your mind, no matter how cranky.” However, if you ask him, he’ll say “Drink more scotch.”

  70. Oops! Mr. Boy is at Twist.

  71. Gardening or yoga, and feel free to skip a month when you feel like it.

  72. Make a commitment to the things you love in your life and keep it! And have balance in your life!

  73. Oh, the joys of new books, they all look tempting, but the reversible scarves is mine. I saw it first… I did.
    Longevity? Hmmmm, how’s about this?
    You need water to live……because you need water to make coffee. Sorry, lame, I know….

  74. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
    Tell loved ones you love them-every day.
    Appreciate everyone and everything (OK OK not THAT) :)
    Knit, knit, knit!

  75. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
    Tell loved ones you love them-every day.
    Appreciate everyone and everything (OK OK not THAT) :)
    Knit, knit, knit!

  76. Cats, wine and books…not necessarily in that order.

  77. Less work – more knitting!

  78. Longevity – walk a few blocks or a few miles as often as possible.

  79. Longevity – walk a few blocks or a few miles as often as possible.

  80. Longevity – walk a few blocks or a few miles as often as possible.

  81. One martini with two double-stuffed (jalapeno and garlic) Tasso olives!

  82. Lay off the bacon.

  83. For longevity… Surround yourself with love.

  84. The secret to a long life is to not let your children drive you crazy.

  85. secret(s) to longevity? moon gazing, elastic-waist pants, iPhone resistance.

  86. secret(s) to longevity? moon gazing, elastic-waist pants, iPhone resistance.

  87. Being loved.

  88. Stay calm, eat real food ,drink tea and knit !

  89. Stay calm, eat real food ,drink tea and knit !

  90. Stay calm, eat real food ,drink tea and knit !

  91. Preference by L’Oreal color 8.5A, spending my days with 80 thirteen or fourteen year olds, having a group of friends who are multi-generational. Love them.

  92. Preference by L’Oreal color 8.5A, spending my days with 80 thirteen or fourteen year olds, having a group of friends who are multi-generational. Love them.

  93. Keep breathin’! Keep breathin’!

  94. Live long- be kind—says the woma who just got diagnosed with “tennis elbow in her foot”—-but I’m trying to be kind through it all.

  95. A good partner to lean on in tough times.

  96. Always find the laughter in life and be able to laugh at yourself!!

  97. Always find the laughter in life and be able to laugh at yourself!!

  98. My tips are: a glass of wine, the crossword puzzle (preferably NYT) and Jazzercise. I have just added Mah Jonhgg – challenging, but lots of fun.

  99. I haven’t really contemplated what leads to longevity, although I’ve heard things like wine, pets, relaxing, knitting, etc. Your readers have many great suggestions, but I think I’ll adopt Kristine’s idea: “the belief that you cannot outlive your stash will keep me alive forever”. And that’s a triple whammy for me because I’ve got multiple stashes: yarn, fabric, and beads!!!!

  100. What old-timers called “clean living” … no alcohol, no smoking, eating good meals without junk foods.

  101. Longevity is just pure stubbornness.

  102. Longevity is just pure stubbornness.

  103. Don’t stand too close to the edge (of the cliff, the blowhole, you get it).

  104. Play with your kids it keeps you young at heart.

  105. Be optimistic.

  106. Be born into a family with good genetics? Failing that… don’t smoke, and go for a walk occasionally.

  107. Two things I learned from my mother: never sit down, and always brush your teeth. You may not think this works, but really if you don’t sit too much you don’t stiffen up or fatten up so much.

  108. Laugh. No matter what cr@p life hands you, try to find something to laugh about. And knit; hard to be too miserable if you’ve got yarn and needles in your hands!!

  109. Laugh. No matter what cr@p life hands you, try to find something to laugh about. And knit; hard to be too miserable if you’ve got yarn and needles in your hands!!

  110. Laugh. No matter what cr@p life hands you, try to find something to laugh about. And knit; hard to be too miserable if you’ve got yarn and needles in your hands!!

  111. Secrets to longevity? I’d say it’s to always be nice to other people, get creative, don’t smoke and have a drink occasionally if you want to. All three seem to have been good advice from older folks I know.

  112. My tip is don’t try to knit something complicated while reading Collection Management Basics for your Library Science Master’s program! Love the books!

  113. Music that gives you goose bumps; a spouse you admire; chocolate; good beer; walking.

  114. Knitting, of course!

  115. I plan to live into my 90s because my parents have, and anything they can do, I can do better. Except perhaps wash the kitchen floor. That is my tip for longevity: live a long time.

  116. Longevity: As I approach it I am thinking it’s not all it’s cracked up to be!!! But if you’re going for it, chocolate, wine, and laughter! Love you guys!

  117. I think the reason my sister who has been living with Parkinson’s for 16 years is still with us is her stubborness. She just doesn’t want to miss out on anything!

  118. (Wow, Sonoma and I have the same father! 94 year old scotch drinking crank!)

  119. “To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less.” ~Chu Hui Weng Alternatively, “Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway.” ~author unknown

  120. Since my grandparents lived into their 90s (grandma: 91; grandpa: 97), I’m convinced that grandma’s was keeping a garden and chain smoking, and my grandpa’s was sardines, sharp cheddar on crackers, and Screwdrivers (orange juice and vodka, folks; not the tool). :)
    Awesome, no? I guess I need to start some habits.

  121. Laugh a lot, and work with people you love.

  122. Um, exercise? Seriously, what do I know? My son is 4 months old and I can’t figure out if children make us grow old faster or if they slow down (or even reverse?!) the process.

  123. Now that I’ve read through all the comments, this is the best list I’ve seen since I read Michael Pollen’s What to Eat book, or whatever its called. Except for the crazy person who said to eat less bacon. I’m sure she’s wrong. Nutter.

  124. Do fun things. Don’t do things that aren’t fun. Love what you do. Do what you love. Live life as if today were your last day. This isn’t a dress rehearsal for life – this is IT. Go for it!

  125. Tip: Always look on the bright side of life. And whistle.
    Great looking books, especially the scarves!

  126. Smile. Knit. Cats.

  127. Longevity essentials– wine, chocolate and a family that keeps you smiling!

  128. My gram always said to keep your mind open to a new ideas by reading and considering the news each day and knitting a few rows a day keeps you sharp.

  129. Tip for longevity: PG Tips or Yorkshire tea, and my nuber one tip: stay away from those phone trees that tell you “Press one for (non-existent) customer service …” Because if your call was truly important to them you would not be pushing buttons and waiting and waiting ….
    Hugs from kids. Much more important. Especially as they get older.

  130. Read, knit, solve crossword puzzles. In any order.

  131. Read, knit, solve crossword puzzles. In any order.

  132. Read, knit, solve crossword puzzles. In any order.

  133. Laugh, knit, laugh some more!

  134. Kids, or do they only make days seem longer. Just kidding, family and pets are great for longevity.

  135. Laugh, knit, laugh some more!

  136. Spend more time thinking about other people’s needs than your own. I have seen too many people who do the opposite… and then no matter how long you live, you’re not happy.

  137. Knit, nap, laugh/have a sense of humor, drink red wine, have a lot of cats, read a lot of books and watch every episode of Project Runway.

  138. The secret to longevity is knitting an endless ocean of stockinette.

  139. I would like to try sticking with friends, family, laughing, biking, walking, fruits and grains and vegetables, reading and knitting. Plus a glass of wine when it suits you.
    Thanks for offering a contest. I am interested in the reversible scarf book and my mother may actually make the knitted flowers.

  140. This tip comes from my Gran, and it’s a philosophy I have wholeheartedly adopted.
    If you’re going to lie about your age, tell them you’re older than you really are. Why? Because then everyone will tell you, “Oh, but you look so good!”

  141. Let us rise up and be thankful, for I’d we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die. So let us rise and be thankful
    -Buddha

  142. Aunt Mollie’s secret to longevity was to drink the juice of canned fruit.

  143. reading knit blogs instead of sleeping?

  144. Practice yoga, knit, a glass of wine (probably red is best) a day, a little chocolate, and forgive yourself and others for past hurts.

  145. Remember, only you can make yourself have a bad day. That’s my secrets to a long life!

  146. Every day do something that scares you. Check your stash for moths, enter your teen’s room, or watch the latest political commentary. You may not live longer it will just seem that way.

  147. Not sure this works for everyone, but a day spent in the midst of Hurrican Isaac (with no power, for good measure) seems like it lasts forever! Makes your life seem awfully long… We were fortunate to survive with no damage, though, so maybe I don’t deserve a book….

  148. Sit, watch, visit with a flock of hens for at least a few minutes everyday, better yet share a snack with them.

  149. My tip for longevity? Don’t have kids, they make you CRAZY!

  150. I suggest plenty of knitting! :)
    These books are all lovely!

  151. Learn something new every day.

  152. Enter contests for random books. Then read them. ;-)

  153. Enter contests for random books. Then read them. ;-)

  154. Slow and easy. Makes everything last longer. Now if I could just figure out who the old lady in the mirror is…. and I am only 53 but not in my mind. My mom turned 89 on 8/20 and Gil, great nephew just turned 5 months on the 29th… And I hope I am the third person picked because how could ANYBODY pick only one… Thanks for the opportunity.

  155. Knitting, dare I say crocheting?, laughing and having fun every day!

  156. Knitting, dare I say crocheting?, laughing and having fun every day!

  157. Knitting, dare I say crocheting?, laughing and having fun every day!

  158. My secrets for longevity include twirly skirts and lipstick!

  159. Keep breathing.

  160. my tip- no worries. worries are about things that may never happen.

  161. my tip- no worries. worries are about things that may never happen.

  162. always look on the bright side of life,
    whistle , whistle
    whistlewhistlewhistle
    dadadada da da da da da

  163. always look on the bright side of life,
    whistle , whistle
    whistlewhistlewhistle
    dadadada da da da da da

  164. always look on the bright side of life,
    whistle , whistle
    whistlewhistlewhistle
    dadadada da da da da da

  165. Drinking and knitting. A winning combo for years and years to come!

  166. Hairdye and a younger man!
    I would love that scarf ebook.
    All the best
    Dawn

  167. Or you could take the approach of the sainted Jean Kerr, who wrote, “Does eating nothing but grapefruit and cottage cheese make you live longer? I don’t know, but it sure seems longer.”

  168. Work hard during the week; enjoy the TiVo stash while knitting, needlepointing, reading and/or napping on the weekend. That’s my longevity plan.

  169. Sorry, Dawn, I’m hunkering after that ebook! Not much point in putting me down for anything else, because the p&p to Ye Olde Europe is probably phenomenal…. I would like to be one of the first to pre-order Olive’s book, though!
    Tips for longevity? Keep calm and carry on…and on…and on…and on…

  170. Every day, be grateful. Remembering what to be thankful for helps create a happy and optimistic life which, my Dad tell me, is also longer and healthier. (it’s worked for me so far!) :)

  171. Every day, be grateful. Remembering what to be thankful for helps create a happy and optimistic life which, my Dad tell me, is also longer and healthier. (it’s worked for me so far!) :)

  172. My tip for longevity is, unsurprisingly, to knit regularly, thus lowering stress levels, blood pressure etc. I’m engaged in a personal lifelong study to see whether it works.

  173. If knitting is in the 13th place preventing Alzheimer desease, hope it’s the serious method to prolog you life…:)

  174. I follow the Billy Joel School of Longevity………only the good die young………so drink too much, eat what you like, say whatever you think……..and live with a cat.

  175. A laugh a day helps prolong life.

  176. Don’t worry. You will live longer. Or at least happier!

  177. Take time to be quiet for 1/2 hour a day.

  178. Define your own happiness.

  179. Life is too short, eat chocolate and knit everyday!!

  180. I heard this on the radio the other morning; it is from a woman that was celebrating her 116th birthday: Don’t eat junk food and mind you own business. That’s how she accounts for her long life.

  181. For living longer with a better quality of life? Eat food from the farm instead of the factory. For looking younger longer? Plan on that taking exponentially more time to achieve each year, just when time slips by at exponentially faster speeds.

  182. Longevity? While it goes against all modern thought, my great, and great great grandmothers spent the last 20 years of their 95 year long lives sitting in their living rooms, crocheting, knitting, and receiving visitors.
    Sounds like a good plan.

  183. Clean Eating! No GMOs! No pesticides! No artificial stuff in food!

  184. For a long life, be a life-long learner.

  185. For a long life, when you spend time outdoors, enjoy all the sensations – the scent of the air, the feeling of the breeze and sunlight, the colors and the light around you.

  186. Can’t resist a contest. My suggestion for longevity? Drive carefully – never trust the other folks on the road to do what they are supposed to.

  187. longevity – don’t sweat the small stuff. try to put a smile on your face if you can possibly help it. life is too short to stuff a mushroom. Put your own oxygen mask on first. be your own best friend.

  188. Oh, my goodness ~~ the scarf book would be so delicious. I knit scarfs like crazy, always looking for something different to learn and do.
    hope the reentry to “School” goes well for the kids.

  189. Don’t worry, be happy…and knit!

  190. OOPS, disregard the other post ~~ the best tip for longevity is to pick your parents carefully; it is all about the “jeans”, baby.

  191. Great grandmother lived to 103. Her secrets: laugh often and loud, do what you love and love what you do, handwork of most any kind (she knitted and crocheted), end each day (at 5pm) with a spirited beverage. Her favorites: Gin w/ Fresca, Old Fashioned, and Manhattan.

  192. Grandma lived to 95 and she drank a lot of gin. So maybe it’s gin? I’m only 35, so I don’t know about it first hand (longevity, not gin, I actually gave up gin a while ago, long story) But I think creating things helps. I want to create bead necklaces!!!!

  193. Diligent reading of the New York Times Science section leads me to choose exercise as one key to longevity. Any kind- knitting is exercise,right?

  194. An active brain – stimulated by knitting! I’d love any of these books, but would particularly like the beading one. I bought a bracelet that I would love to replicate (keeping my brain active by learning a new skill, of course!).

  195. Keep busy with knitting, keep learning with reading, and stay light-hearted with laughter and the occasional glass of beer.

  196. Entering give away contests. It means you believe there is a future.

  197. Boarding school (just kidding)

  198. Grow something and keep a big stash.

  199. Don’t worry about things you can’t control. It’s a waste of time that otherwise could be spent knitting, exercising, having a snort of something potent.

  200. My dad always says that “Getting old isn’t for sissies!” So being strong and courageous helps!-says the wimpy girl from Ari!

  201. I have two tips – a walk everyday and a pet.
    Love the sweater, by the way.

  202. Always drink your water! All of it! Every day!

  203. Keep a positive attitude and always be grateful!

  204. Less stress is my hope for longevity. A good rummage through my yarn stash usually takes my mind off of whatever is bugging me. Those yarn fumes are magic!

  205. Have someone to love. Learn something new every day. Always have a project in progress. (This works with not outliving your stash.)

  206. Looking at knitted flowers can add to your life years!

  207. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of an ailment that drinking more water wouldn’t help.
    Ditto peppermint. I take mine in tea form. Or schnapps. . .

  208. Longevity? Stand up? Avoid plastic?

  209. Best tips I know: Take it easy, have fun, give yourself plenty of reasons to enjoy life! Also, keeping a house rule that you aren’t allowed to die until all UFOs are off the needles.

  210. My secret to longevity is to make time for myself, away from children, spouse, family, but maybe not friends :-) And the time should include yarn and/or books if at all possible (and I don’t know why that would be impossible!)

  211. Living life with wild abandon!

  212. The secret to longevity? Don’t die. Seriously, judging by my very active, very healthy parents, now in their mid-70s:
    1) Exercise regularly; both weight-bearing exercise are important.
    2) Take your vitamins.
    3) Get regular checkups with your doctor to catch any health problems before they become untreatable.
    4) Keep doing things you’re passionate about, and never stop learning.
    As for the drawing, I would love to win any of these, but particularly the bead crochet book… gorgeous!

  213. My secret for longevity is not to read books about cats. Sorry, but I don’t enjoy them, so reading about them wouldn’t be fun, and unfun definitely decreases longevity!
    You go, cat lovers!
    http://www.walkerart.org/openfield/event/internet-cat-video-film-festival/
    Thanks for the contest of randomness!
    Gerri

  214. Knit. Purl. Repeat.

  215. Longevity=Movement. Always keep moving…it is good for the mind and the body and if it doesn’t actually keep you young, it distracts you from how old you really are.

  216. Laugh, Read, and Knit LOTS! Oh yeah and drink wine too!

  217. sorry about the triple post at 2:!3 a.m
    couldn’t sleep
    hit the button too many times!
    longevity? get lots of sleep :~}

  218. 1. Never take yourself too seriously.
    2. Wine and knitting cute everything!

  219. Found the ‘fountain of youth’ in my kitchen after discovering “The Starch Solution” by Dr. John McDougall. You’ll look and feel GREAT!!! Give it a try and see for yourself.

  220. Found the “Fountain of Youth” in my kitchen after reading Dr. John McDougall’s new book, “The Starch Solution”. Never felt better in my life! Give it a try and see for yourself-it really works!

  221. Red Dots Forever! Happy Weekend to all!

  222. Red Dots Forever! Happy Weekend to all!

  223. My tip: Eat more berries!

  224. My biggest tip for longevity (and don’t take this too seriously, I’m only 20) is to laugh as often as you can! Surround yourself with people who make you smile, and guffaws are sure to follow.

  225. Eat your broccoli. Followed by some ice cream to balance it out.

  226. This tip is from my grandma who is now 98. She says your meals should always be colorful (reds and greens and oranges… not just beige beige beige) and that they should include something from above the ground and something from below the ground (Carrots and green beans, potatoes and tomatoes). I’m going to send her into the Today show when she hits 100. Well, her picture anyway. : )

  227. This tip is from my grandma who is now 97. She says your meals should always be colorful (reds and greens and oranges… not just beige beige beige) and that they should include something from above the ground and something from below the ground (Carrots and green beans, potatoes and tomatoes). I’m going to send her into the Today show when she hits 100. Well, her picture anyway. : )

  228. Find occasions for a good laugh and get a good nights sleep will get you far.

  229. Surround yourself with people and things you actually like.
    Happy knitting!

  230. A belly laugh a day will keep you feeling young for a long time.

  231. One tip for a long life: vow you will finish everything in your stash and ALL the UFOs in your life. That’ll do it. Either that or move to a very boring place in a very boring climate,and however long your years are, they’ll seem a whole lot longer…

  232. Don’t expect others to change.

  233. My tip for longevity: Always have multiple projects cast on so you can keep a good balance between WIPs and FOs.

  234. Love the =Bead Crochet Jewelry=…

  235. Longevity needs quality as far as I’m concerned.

  236. Oh, I just thought of another great tip for longevity, courtesy of Monty Pythons’ “Life of Brian”:
    Try to be nice to people.
    Avoid eating fat.
    Read a good book every now and then.
    Get some walking in.
    And try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.

  237. Long deep breaths

  238. beaded crochet — another technique to try!
    Helen

  239. beaded crochet — another technique to try!
    Helen

  240. beaded crochet — another technique to try!
    Helen

  241. Lots of laughter and a positive attitude.

  242. Breathe.

  243. A huge yarn stash, dark chocolate, walking, enjoying family and my cats keeps me going.

  244. Hey–I met Sara Sprung at the New England Fiber Arts retreat at Medomak Retreat Center in Washington, ME, a couple of years ago. didn’t know she had gone multi-craftual…

  245. Chocolate – and friends.

  246. I love the reversible scarf book and already have the Noni Flowers book. My tip: Optimism :)

  247. Be thankful everyday and be a joiner.
    Those beads look like little jewels.

  248. My secret to longevity? Lie about your age. That or have good genes. I’m counting on the genes.

  249. Wow, wouldn’t have thought I could be tempted by a crochet book, but this one looks great. And, yes, I can see where the bead stashing could get dangerous!
    Longevity: good friends, good foods, and an artistic endeavor or two.

  250. Never underestimate the power of beads or wool.
    That Beaded Crochet book has just been wishlisted, as has the Reversible Scarves one. And those beads – I see Magatamas!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  251. I’m quite certain that fried okra has something to do with it. Though it may just be that the okra makes us happy.

  252. Secret to longevity …. good friends, good wine and forget about the stuff you can not control.

  253. Secret to longevity …. good friends, good wine and forget about the stuff you can not control.

  254. Knitting and crafting can keep you open to new things, interested in old and maybe even a little quirkier then the person to your right.

  255. I’ve always thought that the best secret for pet’s longevity is to be a pet at my house. What a life they have!! For people, it’s that glass (or two) of wine each day….

  256. Laugh hard, as often as you can. Thank you for being my Rx.

  257. I’m going with the traditional advice, eat an apple a day and you’ll live forever (or at least not see a doctor)! It’s hard to knit while eating apples so you may want to make that apple sauce…

  258. Find something to make you happy!!! Make good friends to exercise with. Discover a craft that is fun like knitting. These are tips to enjoy getting older.

  259. Always laugh @ yourself, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, and don’t let others tell you how to live!

  260. I think passion keeps you young (and I’m talking JUST about someone to be passionate with, though of course that helps…) If you cultivate passion for anything, whether it’s your occupation, or reading, gardening, knitting, friends, etc., and try to include one or more of those things in your every day life, I think that keeps you happy, healthy, and excited about life…
    Congrats on finishing the sweater, and thanks for hosting this giveaway… I would love any of the books!

  261. Get enough sleep. Don’t overbook yourself with things to do. Make your relationships more important than a TV show.
    And above all, give your cats Tuna for Cats from Trader Joe’s every morning, they will be your best friends for life.

  262. These are awesome giveaways.
    I have two tips for longevity.
    The silly one is: don’t die. Seems so simple, right?
    The other one is: find things to do that you love. You will be less stressed, which will make you more resilient to everything else that life can throw at you.

  263. Enjoy every day, have lots of yarn and fabric so you never run out of things to do. Thanks for the book reviews, may have to buy a couple of these if I don’t win.

  264. Cook a lot. Save eating out for a special occasions.

  265. Love the books. Secret to longevity? Hopefully it’s everything in moderation – even knitting (I have learned!).

  266. From my ancient Aberdonian grandfather – eat porridge at least once a day (I believe you call it oatmeal in the USA?) – he had it for breakfast and supper.
    From my still-going-strong elderly Aberdonian father – go for long walks, at least once a week, and shorter walks in between.

  267. I think I’m still too young to know any tips for longevity, but I think that approaching life with curiosity and finding something beautiful about every day are what will make me feel like I’ve lived a long, fulfilled life.
    Also, I work at Target, and we just got in some Orla Kiely for Method hand soap with the iconic pears. Made me think of y’all!

  268. Having just returned from the funeral of a beloved old friend of my mother’s – amazing glamourous woman (especially compared to my Indiana “regular” mom!)decimated by alzheimer’s (truly cruel)….thinking a lot about long life. I like the hint “keep breathing” …and calm down – yes, difficult when you witness This American Life but worth a shot.
    Please – I need the scarf book!

  269. Be thankful for something (anything) every day and share with others what it is you are grateful for.

  270. If you measure your life by chocolates consumed vs days passed you will realize you are but a wee toddler…

  271. The key to longevity is to drink a glass of red wine and to not stress about anything.

  272. Nap frequently, a glass of wine never hurts, and eat plenty of tomatoes and carrots.

  273. Walking is the fountain of youth!

  274. Walking is the fountain of youth!

  275. Walking is the fountain of youth!

  276. Congratulations on finishing the sweater. I’m hoping to finish a toddler jumper before the toddler outgrows the 2 year old size (i have about 2 months). Such beautiful books. Longevity: All things in moderation except yarn, fabric, love and friends!

  277. Tip of Long Life – Get a pet! Preferably an adorable one like Olive.
    Can’t wait until her book comes out!

  278. Tip for Longevity – get a PET, especially an adorable one like Olive! Pet owners live longer (and, NO, it doesn’t just seem that way – that’s marriage)
    P.S. – I can’t wait until her book comes out. Put me down for a “signed” copy.

  279. I’d love to win the Noni’s Flowers book (I have it out from the library and have been drooling over the photos so I’ve got a Barnes and Noble coupon earmarked for it just in case) or the scarf e-book (b/c really- you can never have too many scarf patterns). My longevity tip? Knit (crochet, bead, tat, needlepoint, quilt… just do something creative!) a little every day and don’t sweat the small stuff. That last part is my dad’s life philosophy only he goes on with “and at least 90% of the stuff you’re sweating is small stuff”. He also likes “smile.. it makes people wonder what you’re up to”. He smiles a lot! :)

  280. Great post (and I’ll be looking forward to Olive’s book).
    My tip — have a gin and tonic and knit something! Gin and knitting won’t help everything, but they offer an attitude adjustment that helps a lot.

  281. Great post (and I’ll be looking forward to Olive’s book).
    My tip — have a gin and tonic and knit something! Gin and knitting won’t help everything, but they offer an attitude adjustment that helps a lot.

  282. GIRLFRIENDS!! They make you laugh, hold you when you cry, and give perspective and joy to life!

  283. My granny said, when she was ready to retire, that she wanted to sit in a chair, drink sherry, knit, and read murder mysteries. Mum thought that given a couple of years of this, Granny would get bored and move on to doing, well, really, anything.
    Granny packed in nearly thirty years worth of retirement involving sitting, drinking sherry, knitting, and reading mysteries. Sometimes she crocheted. Sometimes she made fudge, but it was about all she could cook. She did a mean crossword puzzle. (Cryptic! Of course!) I’m strongly considering her retirement plan as my longevity aid.

  284. I don’t know about longevity, but for my sanity, I need to knit (even if only for a few stitches) EVERY DAY!

  285. I don’t know about longevity, but for my sanity, I need to knit (even if only for a few stitches) EVERY DAY!

  286. one lasts as long as their worldly possessions will let them. the more you collect, the less you can take with you. so you must keep collecting to live forever.
    this made more sense in my head… i’m under caffeinated, what can i say?

  287. I would love the scarf book…! secret to longevity: marry a man who eats less than you do, so that he will make y ou guilty when you are tempted to eat too much…:)))

  288. I would love the scarf book…! secret to longevity: marry a man who eats less than you do, so that he will make y ou guilty when you are tempted to eat too much…:)))

  289. Knit. Relax. Repeat.

  290. Adopt my 80-year-old Mom’s mantra: keep moving. If you sit like a lump your engine will seize up.

  291. Laugh much, live long.

  292. A small portion of milk chocolate with hazelnuts, good yarn and a good yarn.

  293. Keep learning new things. Like fair isle, or crochet, or lace knitting…

  294. Eat your greens!

  295. Play every day.

  296. Remember to breathe out…….

  297. All things in moderation, including moderation!

  298. As an avid beader and an avid knitter and a so-so crocheter, I NEED that bead crochet book. In fact, I was just looking on Amazon yesterday for a bead crochet book. I’m dying to start. My fingers are crossed. Thanks!

  299. Eating good food and staying connected to good friends will keep you alive longer and make being alive longer worthwhile!

  300. Oh, definitely hair color and avoidance of mirrors (or anything that reflects) never hurts either. The inside is always young but the outside, not so much.

  301. Dad said, “Don’t forget to stop taking chances.”
    I say, “Knit, so you don’t eat your young.”

  302. Dad said, “Don’t forget to stop taking chances.”
    I say, “Knit, so you don’t eat your young.”

  303. Just enjoy what you’ve got going on, and keep knitting for entertainment. You meet the most interesting people who want to know what you’re making.

  304. Walking my dog!

  305. Madame X, your Granny’s plan sounds ideal!
    My thought: always find the moments of Wonder.
    One of the Queen’s tricks is to wear gloves (no kidding).

  306. Madame X, your Granny’s plan sounds ideal!
    My thought: always find the moments of Wonder.
    One of the Queen’s tricks is to wear gloves (no kidding).

  307. Great books! My tip for long life is go outside everyday for 30 mins! Rain or shine you’ll feel better after. (I’m also all about the gin and hair dye!)

  308. Tip for long life–find three things to be thankful for each day.

  309. I’ve been meaning to drop you a line and thank you for that great dvd you recommended awhile ago…ok maybe years ago. It was about peace.
    Loved it. Can’t remember the name, but it wass great.
    I have a recommendation for you. “The cats of Mirikitani” [videorecording] / a film by Linda Hattendorf ; produced by Lucid Dreaming, Inc. in association with the Independent Television Serivice (ITVS) and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) ; producers, Masa Yoshikawa, Linda Hattendorf ; director, Linda Hattendorf.
    I think you will like it. Thanks!

  310. I’ve been meaning to drop you a line and thank you for that great dvd you recommended awhile ago…ok maybe years ago. It was about peace.
    Loved it. Can’t remember the name, but it wass great.
    I have a recommendation for you. “The cats of Mirikitani” [videorecording] / a film by Linda Hattendorf ; produced by Lucid Dreaming, Inc. in association with the Independent Television Serivice (ITVS) and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) ; producers, Masa Yoshikawa, Linda Hattendorf ; director, Linda Hattendorf.
    I think you will like it. Thanks!

  311. Take it all with a grain of salt
    Do YOGA!
    and most importantly
    Buy More Yarn and Knit daily

  312. So many nice books. And who doesn’t like cats? I mean really. Only mean nasty people. :)

  313. I am a senior citizen and in excellent health. So my tip is this. Think happy thought and knit a lot and then knit some more. Think young and try to keep up with the grandchildren. Helps to keep me moving big time

  314. I am a senior citizen and in excellent health. So my tip is this. Think happy thought and knit a lot and then knit some more. Think young and try to keep up with the grandchildren. Helps to keep me moving big time

  315. Pull from the tangle (learned from this very blog.)
    Dishes in the sink (as in, concentrate on those right now, and pay no mind to the ones on the counter, stove, or table).
    Don’t try to anticipate where you’ll end up, just always put your feet down below you (learned from dancing the follow’s part of partner dance).
    Admittedly these are more survival strategies than tips for longevity, but one has to have the former to have the latter, right? (Scarf book, FTW).

  316. Aaaw … I just lost my kitty named Sasha, she was 21. Her only secret to longevity would have been “grumpy cats live longest”. Or maybe “steal cheese whenever you can”. Thanks for the giveaway, my crafting library is a little thin! (HA!)

  317. I must knit a pawpaw blossom!
    Take time to savor life!

  318. Well, if my 90-year old grandfather was anything to go by, one glass of scotch before dinner, a glass of red wine with dinner, and one ounce of fine dark chocolate after dinner is the secret. He was ahead of his time!

  319. If you haven’t read Ann Patchett’s beautiful story of her dog in September Vogue, please do. It will tear you apart, but, it is a beautiful tale of why pets are so vital. Other than that. put me in the number generator puh-leeze. I never win.

  320. From my yesterday: find a great, experienced, well-trained *massage therapist* and get rid of those trigger points that you think are ‘old age’ or ‘rotator cuff’ or ‘bad back/neck/whatever’ or ‘maybe it’s bursitis’ or ‘charlie-horse’ or ‘wow, i just wasted a $500 co-pay on MRI for a perfectly healthy pain-wracked hip’ — you’ll return to the pain-free energy of a 14 y.o. on a surfboard. You may not live to be 100, but you’ll feel great getting to whatever, and not regret occasionally knitting all night. Also, lingerie bag in the washing machine – your undies will live just forever! Also, folks who Tip Well live longer.

  321. Secret to longevity: Laugh alot and drink wine often.
    I would love to win the Reversible Scarves book.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  322. Secret to longevity: Laugh alot and drink wine often.
    I would love to win the Reversible Scarves book.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  323. i hear ya on the back to school haircuts. my exhusband took our son, and the result has some pretty dorky corners.

  324. I loves cats and scarves and beads too! I hope I win a book! Hmmm, why is there such a large ven diagram overlap between knitter and cat ladies?

  325. I loves cats and scarves and beads too! I hope I win a book! Hmmm, why is there such a large ven diagram overlap between knitter and cat ladies?

  326. drink lots of water!

  327. Postpone your worries – they achieve nothing.

  328. Walk as much as possible and add a raw beet and kale to your breakfast smoothie every day.

  329. Do as much as you can of what you enjoy, life really is too short….

  330. Do what makes you happy…as much as you can, life is too short!

  331. My tip(s):
    I get Coke for free (meaning I don’t have to work off the calories/sugar later)
    Calories don’t count between Halloween and one week post Valentines Day.
    Walk your dog.
    And finally, play, and I mean really really play, with children under the age of 6 on a regular basis. (In the last week I’ve been eaten by coyotes and arrested for assassinating the president, even though I was framed)

  332. My tip for longevity: Knit what you love! No matter how long you last, you’ll enjoy the knitting time!

  333. My tip for longevity: Knit what you love! No matter how long you last, you’ll enjoy the knitting time!

  334. My tip for longevity: Knit what you love! No matter how long you last, you’ll enjoy the knitting time!

  335. That’s easy. Large dogs and copious amounts of cats. I think breathing in all that cat and dog hair does good things for the body.

  336. Laugh every day! Even when you’re losing at Words With Friends…

  337. Super fabulous! Stand up straight. Eat your vegetables. Don’t stint on the sleep. And don’t put off getting together with your friends.

  338. Greek yogurt with honey will be the key to a long life, along with Thin Mints and Starbucks Komodo dragon coffee! My terrier, Rocky, could help Olive write that book…

  339. Greek yogurt with honey will be the key to a long life, along with Thin Mints and Starbucks Komodo dragon coffee! My terrier, Rocky, could help Olive write that book…

  340. Retire as early as you can – that way no matter how long you are able to live, you will have had a chance to enjoy some time for yourself.

  341. Retire as early as you can – that way no matter how long you are able to live, you will have had a chance to enjoy some time for yourself.

  342. Yiour blog and photos make me smile, every time!

  343. Yiour blog and photos make me smile, every time!

  344. Yiour blog and photos make me smile, every time!

  345. Yiour blog and photos make me smile, every time!

  346. Find something to laugh about every day. Life is too short to not laugh enough

  347. Find something to laugh about every day. Life is too short to not laugh enough

  348. Share your home and heart with rescue dogs.

  349. Share your home and heart with rescue dogs…and knitting.

  350. EAT MORE ICE CREAM!!
    LoveDiane

  351. Take care of your body, it has to last your whole life!

  352. Take care of your body, it has to last your whole life!

  353. Exercise, love, laughter, & sleep.

  354. Ok, I already made my (feeble) comment on a tip for longevity, so this one doesn’t count.
    I had to come back with more for you cat lovers-such a great, powerful group.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/01/movies/at-cat-video-film-festival-stars-purr-for-close-ups.html?_r=1&ref=arts
    My neighbor tried to go but the traffic was so bad she couldn’t even get close.
    I love the power of a group of people who are really into something!
    Gerri

  355. Knit a little every day. It’s a great way to relax and de-stress.

  356. Pay it forward. And lots of garter stitch.
    And great assortment of books! Especially love the cat one~

  357. I’m a hospice nurse, so I believe in making life deep rather than long.

  358. I’m a hospice nurse, so I believe in making life deep rather than long.

  359. always have a laugh, we are always laughing about something during the day!!!

  360. A handful or two of dark chocolate, a Coke, and exercise keep me sane. That ought to add years to my life.

  361. As my grandmother, who lived to 103, liked to say: “Don’t take all those pills, and stay out of the doctor’s office!”

  362. The answer is John 17:3

  363. Cats and dogs and children and yarn and stacks of books by the bed and another summer, fall, winter and Spring!

  364. Find beauty in each and every day. And don’t forget to laugh. Remember that life is about the journey and not just the destination.

  365. My great Grandma lived well into her nineties and only in a nursing home for the last two weeks of her life. We always said she was too ornery to die. We were mostly joking that someone who bitched that much and knit-picked her kids, grand and great grand kids that much would surely outlive us all. So my tip is to never hold anything in.

  366. Life is too mysterious, don’t take it seriously. Credit to Mary Englebreit, I saw this when I was in my 30’s and it it the best advise ever! Love you

  367. Laugh! I believe your life will be longer if you see the humorous side of life. If I’m wrong, you will at least have a more enjoyable ride.

  368. Breathe…

  369. Breathe…

  370. Do something that makes you smile every day.

  371. knitting pattern for longevity:
    Cast on chosen number of stitches, and begin knitting. *Breathe in. Breathe out.* Repeat, with awareness, to end of every row.
    I’ve been practicing this each day for several weeks now, in an effort to Calm Down Dammit. It’s a very flexible pattern: socks, washcloths, sweaters, you name it!

  372. My tip for a happier life (we’ll see about the longevity part): notice 10 things that make you happy every day.

  373. My tip is to have a happy heart and remember to laugh a lot (especially at yourself)!

  374. I would love to help you de-clutter your house by adding to my book stash!

  375. Tip from my husband who did make this mistake once and thankfully lived to tell the tale – Avoid falling off cliffs… xx

  376. Make an agreement with the Big Guy that you should be allowed to knit up your stash before you die. (Leaving a loophole for future yarn purchases of course.) That should take me up to at least 125 years!
    Live long and be happy!

  377. Reversible scarves. Just what I need!

  378. Longevity tip: spend some portion of every day doing what you brings you joy, and endeavor to improve your skills each and every time.

  379. Longevity tip: spend some portion of every day doing what you brings you joy, and endeavor to improve your skills each and every time.

  380. Be as kind to yourself and others as possible.

  381. Find a way to teach what you know to othters. Its fun, interesting and fills you with delight when they can do something new.

  382. My tip for longevity: trust in God’s plan for your life.

  383. Stay flexible, both in attitude and body! That was my grandfather’s motto, and he lived to be 87.

  384. Shots of wheatgrass juice four to five mornings per week.

  385. Laugh a whole lot! Find the good in every situation.

  386. Less worry! Knitting is a great stress reducer!
    ;-)

  387. Find someone or something you love.

  388. Laugh longer, louder and in inappropriate places.

  389. If you say, “I should do…” then do it! That will lead to all kinds of life prolonging behaviors. If you really aren’t going to to do the “I should…” then quit saying it. You’ll feel so much better.

  390. Good home-cooked food, exercise, lots of reading and friends are some of the gems for longevity. LOVE LOVE the books. Good luck with back to school. My kids started back on 8/16.

  391. Love what you have. (Shamelessly stolen from The One True Thing.)

  392. Watching small children dance and sing – a glass of chilled pinot grigio at sunset. …I’m writing this on the day after my lovely mother-in-law died. Tears of sadness and also gratitude for a life devoted to her family

  393. Knitting is the secret to a long life!

  394. As the venerable Saint of Knitting, EZ, says:
    “Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises.” My words to live by!

  395. Everything in Moderation. This from my 96 year old Grandma Lena. She also always had a cheerful nature. I can hardly remember what she looked like without a smile on her face. And she was always busy, from chopping her own wood to hooking rugs, knitting, etc. I have her knitting bag now. What a treasure. I struggle with keeping everything in moderation but see the wisdom every day I mature. (: Thanks for the contest!!!!!

  396. Genetics!
    One grandparent was 98 and the other three were in their late 80’s when they passed. My mom just passed at 88.

  397. Stay in your own home forever, and garden. My grandmother is 96, and is doing both!

  398. I love the double sided scarves. My tip for a long life is to move north and live on a lake… Amazingly peaceful with the four seasons.

  399. I love the double sided scarves. My tip for a long life is to move north and live on a lake… Amazingly peaceful with the four seasons.

  400. I’m a big scaredy-cat, so my tip for longevity is: never do anything crazy! No extreme sports!

  401. I’m a big scaredy-cat, so my tip for longevity is: never do anything crazy! No extreme sports!

  402. Keep calm & knit. Add dark chocolate and red wine.

  403. my tip is to never run out of projects and stash. And cross craft because it keeps your mind from going dull.

  404. Good food, good wine, and good friends!

  405. Good food, good wine, and good friends!

  406. Working is over-rated.

  407. Tip for longevity: don’t sit on the cat.

  408. Laugh every day and stay on top of the grass.

  409. Don’t take people’s shit.

  410. Enjoy life, and drink lots of water!

  411. My longevity tip is to floss your teeth every day.

  412. http://nanoworkout.com/
    Exercise when you’re able, eat local, raw or unprocessed foods, save $$$ for travel, education and family fun, bake if you crave sweets, do what you love best and fret less.

  413. I have a patient in my office who just turned 104 and he tells me he gave up drinking and smoking about 10 years ago…so my advice is to quit drinking and smoking at 94. Oh and learn bead crochet to live longer….so extend my life by sending the bead crochet to me.

  414. Activity, both mental and physical, definitely is important to (meaningful)longevity. You can live a long time, but who wants to be a bed-bound nursing home resident?

  415. Living a long life is the secret to longevity…

  416. If you don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t eat meat, don’t have sex…you may not live longer, but it will SEEM longer.
    Scarf book, please!

  417. hang out with happy people, dance, hug a squishy baby, eat chocolate, get your craft on, & be thankful

  418. Always hang out with upbeat people older than yourself.

  419. Register for The Fiber Arts Festival in Hot Springs…making new friends will add so much to your life!

  420. Register for The Fiber Arts Festival in Hot Springs…making new friends will add so much to your life!

  421. Breathe. Repeat.

  422. Floss.

  423. I would love the book about knitting flowers. I’ve done a bit of designing, but I’m fascinated by how you can use simple stitches to make different shapes. I think I would just read it for ideas, like the way I read cook books.

  424. I would love the book about knitting flowers. I’ve done a bit of designing, but I’m fascinated by how you can use simple stitches to make different shapes. I think I would just read it for ideas, like the way I read cook books.

  425. This is a post chock full o’goodness, as usual. (How do you girls do that, anyway?) I love it all, and would love to win a book, but what I really want to comment on is your inability to “think of any other yarn with acrylic in it that is truly worth the knitting time.” I have to say that I just made that “worth the knitting time” exception for another acrylic blend yarn, Berroco Vintage (50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon.) I’m into my third skein of it and am still sort of pleasantly surprised that it’s a “only” a blend.

  426. Beads… Now that’s something I’d like to learn!

  427. All of the above!

  428. Enough sleep, lots of exercise, constant laughter and fun, creative projects, expanding love.

  429. Highly personalized longevity tip: Don’t worry that you’re the designer of Mr Boy and have not finished the version you started (also 2009) for the older brother of Mr Boy.

  430. Learn the greatest life lessons from my cat:
    Never some trying to catch/do/eat something difficult and play with it while you are at it
    Sleep!!!!
    If it makes you feel yucky, puke it up. Why suffer?
    Cuddle
    If someone pisses you off and you scratch them, pretend it didn’t happen and jump in their lap for a snooze. If it is a bad scratch lick the offended person wound with sandpaper tongue for as long as they tolerate. Not everything needs to be processed or explained. In the end actions speak louder than words!
    Happy labor day!
    Michele

  431. Do what ever want, when ever you want, remembering always to be humble.

  432. A past member of our knitting guild told us, “keep knitting, it’s cheaper than a psychiatrist”. how true! And that’s a good way to justify the stash.

  433. My secret – don’t stop knitting! But when you do, a glass of wine is very nice.

  434. Hmm … longevity? A little stubbornness goes a long way, and always have a reason to get out of bed in the morning. I had two great-grandmothers on mom’s side of the family who lived into their late-80s or early 90s, and both my paternal grandparents are in their mid-80s.

  435. Eat slowly and don’t sweat the small stuff

  436. Eat slowly and don’t sweat the small stuff

  437. Eat slowly and don’t sweat the small stuff

  438. Knit every day; smile more :-)

  439. Give and get a Hug every day.

  440. HolyTomoly, that’s a lot of comments!
    Thank you for this great opportunity. (And thanks for the info on Mooney’s – I stopped there last month when I drove from Atlanta to Chicago. I had to wipe the drool from my chin when I left!)
    My tip: Take Naps. Lots of ‘em. At every opportunity. Yep.

  441. Life goes on whether we like it or not so smile and stop fighting it – God should make the final decision on when we “give it up)

  442. Longevity tip my grandfather gave me when moving out: “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

  443. I’m sure someone else has said this already, but clearly knitting is the key to longevity.
    All these books look lovely!

  444. Don’t carry hate in your heart. A patient told me that.

  445. you will live a long life by never finding out
    you dropped a stitch waaay back there

  446. Longevity? generate as much joy as you can, laugh a lot,
    and always have some pups around!

  447. My hint for longevity? One or two glasses of wine one or two nights a week and one or two pieces of chocolate one or two days a week. That makes the majority of the week worth living if nothing else does.
    On a different note, my late neighbor lived to be 102. When she was 95 she told me, quite seriously, “Don’t live past 86, it’s all downhill from there.”

  448. longevity?….good company and red wine!

  449. An apple a day….
    Hope I get picked!

  450. The key for Longevity … Have a drink every day and be sure to do things that give you pleasure.

  451. The key for Longevity … Have a drink every day and be sure to do things that give you pleasure.

  452. Chocolate, wine, latte’s, and knitting- not necessarily in that order.

  453. Give 3 compliments each day, and If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours!

  454. My plan – knitting and a cat…and dark chocolate.

  455. My secret to longevity is fine red wine. I don’t know whether the wine itself has any benefits, but the hangovers sure do make the days seem to go on forever.

  456. Has anyone mentioned that old joke, “you’re only young once, but you can be immature forever”?
    Studies have shown that lace knitting helps keep your mind sharp — don’t know if it can also keep the rest of you going too.
    And maybe ukelele playing can keep you young, but I won’t know unless I learn how to play the uke I just bought (like I don’t already have enough hobbies that I don’t have time for ;).

  457. Live Love Laugh and Knit!
    In any order.

  458. Live Love Laugh and Knit!
    In any order.

  459. Live Love Laugh and Knit!
    In any order.

  460. My strategy seems to have become to take on more hobbies than I can manage. This knitter/weaver/painter has bought a (first) sewing machine machine last weekend and yesterday purchased a first musical instrument (a banjo, not a ukelele). So I am anxious to finish the first quilt I started and learn to play a song. I really need to make a plan for all the baby knitting that needs to be started in fall, as well as the holiday scarves to be woven. O, and I personally feel that this week I need to bake some pumpkin pies. This behavior will give you the energy you need to get up every morning, will keep depression at bay, but will possibly also keep you up with frustration at night about the shortage of hours in the day. I’ll take someone’s tip on not caring about deadlines to heart I think.

  461. Longevity=laughs and stashes

  462. Gotta keep knitting. That’s my tip.
    tp

  463. Lots of chocolate. That’s the key

  464. Lots of chocolate. That’s the key

  465. I highly recommend enjoying an afternoon nap and/or an afternoon beer as often as possible. Thanks for the contest!

  466. Choose love above all else–every day. And coffee first thing in the morning. My cat might say “Don’t forget to go outside the box every now and then.” (If you know what I mean.) Thank you–I love reading your blog for inspiration and laughs!

  467. From my girliest girl cat Alice: be sure to get as many tummy rubs as possible. a tummy rub in bed every Saturday morning is key.

  468. Find a reason to smile everyday.

  469. OMG – i have to make that scarf! i have my brother-in-laws name for Christmas and that would be amazing for him!!

  470. OMG – i have to make that scarf! i have my brother-in-laws name for Christmas and that would be amazing for him!!

  471. Spin a little yarn every day…

  472. I’m going to guess smoking. When I stop by the old folks home, there are invariably some smokers outside, so it must be working.
    Now crossing my fiunghrdjs for a gook.

  473. My tip for longevity: get a dog! You will go on lots of nice walks and make new friends at the dog park.

  474. Never take life, or yourself, too seriously.

  475. Never take life, or yourself, too seriously.

  476. Live today. Not for the future of what could be nor for the past of what was. Be aware that today is the culmination of all things past and the future of all things to come. I found a birds nest this morning.

  477. Knitting! Duh! I teach knitting at my local JoAnn’s and I always tell people it’s the best mental health activity. Plus, what knitter would up-n-die when there’s still a project on the needles? :-)
    Love ya Kay & Ann! I make so many of your projects & always recommend your books. Need another one . . . :-)

  478. Knitting! Duh! I teach knitting at my local JoAnn’s and I always tell people it’s the best mental health activity. Plus, what knitter would up-n-die when there’s still a project on the needles? :-)
    Love ya Kay & Ann! I make so many of your projects & always recommend your books. Need another one . . . :-)

  479. Best secret I know for longevity–relax! Nothing sucks life out of you like being tense.

  480. Snuggle everyday, be it with a loved one or a good book.

  481. Coffee, Diet Coke, Red wine, good friends and a lot of dark chocolate add in some great yarn and who wouldn’t want to stick around?

  482. Coffee. There is no life, period, without coffee.

  483. Work the crossword puzzle. Express gratitude. Drink a glass of wine. And remember that butter is its own food group.
    Beaded crochet ropes? Something new to learn.

  484. My tip: Do what you love. And I would love knitting some flowers from the Noni book :)

  485. Hi there I am seriously looking for your pattern the Jane Austin Dress from knitting outside the lines I can not find it anywhere and I really wanted to try this can you please point me in the right direction… IS it available in PDF>

  486. At 72, Jack Russels, horses, and grandchildren.. If anyone knows of a JR who needs a walker, thats me. Recommended for laughs, loving, and hugs. Thank you for the opportunity!!! Oh and knitting.. !!

  487. I’ve got to admit it, the reversible scarves book caught my attention…been on a scarf kick lately.

  488. Choose your parents wisely! Mine have lived a long time.

  489. Dag, yo! Can’t believe I’m missing giveaway deadline on this. But will still say the secret to enjoying your longevity is to keep meeting new people. As to getting to the longevity… well.

  490. A tip I learned from my cat: Never sit still for longer than about an hour – get up, stretch, turn in a circle, and settle back in again.

  491. I don’t know if I can rightly give tips for longevity, seeing as I’m staring down my 24th birthday, but I drink 100 oz of water every day and it makes me feel fine :)

  492. I don’t know if I can rightly give tips for longevity, seeing as I’m staring down my 24th birthday, but I drink 100 oz of water every day and it makes me feel fine :)

  493. Longevity? I don’t know, I’m only 29.

  494. Longevity?? The tip I think is to quit smoking and drinking + exercise and to engage in hobbies like knitting! Perfect! That would definitely be great.

  495. To live a long life, don’t die too soon.

  496. Hi,
    Couldn’t help responding to the sweater pattern…downloaded and am searching for yarn. I know everyone in my family will want one! Love it!
    Also, the found object…..the rug! Looks to me like a new rug made from an old pattern (or a mix of patterns…). Also looks like ‘natural dyes’. Would love to see the whole rug. A very rigid design. Thanks.