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You May Already Be a Wiener

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Dear Ann,
I have News. The American Blanket raffle drawing has taken place, and Michaela has graciously allowed me to notify the world (and the winner) of the winner.
***JOAN HAMER*** of ***MANCHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA***, come on down!
Joan, I have your address, but please email me to confirm. I’m askeert to give this labor-of-many-hands to the United States Postal Service without at least double-checking the address.
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This past weekend, I bid a fond KayCam farewell to the blanket. I steamed it, I checked for holes at the seam meet-ups, I steamed it some more, I folded it, I refolded it, and I took many dramatic photos.
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Buh-bye, American Blanket Number 1.
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Be careful out there, ya big slipcover. Love you!
Hello, American Blanket Number 2
To be merciful to everyone concerned, American Blanket Number 2 is going to be throw-sized. Suitable for curling up on a small sofa, wrapping around your shoulders, and generally parading around the house pretending to be Kaffe Fassett. (Oh, like you don’t do that. Please.)
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I’m starting with 11 zig-zag columns of 11 squares each. Then I’ll be out of diagonal squares, and I’ll figure out what to do next. Some kind of border(s). Log cabin? Checkerboard? Stay tuned, blanket fans. (If you already have tickets, you’ll be in the drawing for this. If you don’t already have tickets, (a) what is wrong with ya and (b) there is still plenty of time.)
Boom Market For Dead Animals
Ann. Honey. When we started co-blogging back in ought-three, I always knew that someday, taxidermy would be involved. (You seemed to know a lot about hides, is what I’m saying.) I wish you had given me a little more lead time, so I that I could have purchased a squirrel at a reasonable price for the Teeny Project Runway contest. I can’t do an anteater, but I was hoping for a squirrel who died of natural causes after a happy, free-range, home-schooled life in the woodland. Now I have to consider the synthetic options. Oh well.
Happy Monday! Congrats to Joan!
Love,
Kay

35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. Alas, I am not a winner. But, yay, I have another blanket to look forward to!

  2. That blanket gets gorgeouser every time I see it. Are you feeding it vitamins or something?
    CONGRATULATIONS TO JOAN HAMER! So eggciting!!!!!

  3. hey Kay, there might be a squirrel right in front of my house. You want I should go and scrape it up?

  4. I’ll bet Yarn Harlot would be GLAD to donate one of her squirrels!!!

  5. Joan Hamer, as in KnitList Joan Hamer, of Joan’s Socks (my first socks ever, way back)? I can’t think of a nicer person to get this blanket! Congratulations!
    Now a question on all that purty i-cord edging: what happens when you come to a corner? Do you do more stitches in the same place? I want to do that or your buncha squares edging (rolled stockinette) on my baby log cabin…
    Love the blankets!

  6. I had the exact same thought as Michele. Could this be THE Joan Hamer. Have the knitting stars aligned? After all the invaluable help Joan Hamer of Knitlist fame has given to novice and journeywomen knitters over the last 10+ years, is she now to receive the humble offering of many hands?
    Do tell!

  7. Oh, come home to mama! That next ziggedy-zaggedy layout so belongs here, it really goes with the, er, decor.
    Off to get another ticket, I am.

  8. I will ask her if she is THAT Joan Hamer. How many Joan Hamers can there be? Who read knitting blogs and enter raffles for giant knitted things?
    Love the karma of this!
    xox Kay

  9. Congrats to Joan of Joan’s Socks fame http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/joanssocks.txt. Back in the day (OK mid nineties), I made these socks–my first pair of socks– and I could not figure out how to seal the deal (kitchener them up) until Joan sent me an extremely detailed email–it was an ephiphany I tell you. In fact, I STILL refer her directions when I get to that point in the sock. Yay, Joan!

  10. Kay,
    Why not knit the animal of choice and then knit it some runway-worthy outfit?
    Great work on the blanket project!
    Love your blog – and your humor – and your fiberly soul.

  11. I have reservations about making this comment- which definitely means that I should stop now, forget about it, and move on with my life. Really, I know I should, but I can’t. …I love knitting. I only began this summer, but I am so head over heels. I look forward to trips to the yarn shop like I used to look forward to consuming certain confections. I visit the Mason Dixon blog daily just in case, turn out ballband washcloths like my life depends on it, & am some inches into the bubbly curtain- it’s a big window, folks. I also visit the Yarn Harlot blog daily, am a bonafide member of Ravelry, and it doesn’t end there. I think knitters are an interesting, rather brilliant bunch. That being said, I have seen yea! misspelled (usually as yay) so often in comments, blogs (not this one, of course), and on Ravelry that I’m going to have to cut back on my internet-knitting fun or it’s going to send me into some kind of spasms from which I just won’t be able to recover. This is a plea to all those smart knitting gals and guys out there who had excellent teachers along the way, contributing to their solid educations but must have forgotten just one thing- the proper spelling of yea! Believe it or not, I’m not an anal sort, and if the word is, say, longer than 5 letters, I have no problems letting it go. Also for the record, I love made-up words and purposely misspelled words. I just want the world to respect knitters as much as I do. Mary de B, darling, I imagine that you’re a wonderful gal & I would cetainly love to meet you. If I’ve angered you, dismiss me as a crazy English Lit major fighting a vicious virus who has nothing better to do than to get worked up over a three letter word. Peace, Sara

  12. I have reservations about making this comment- which definitely means that I should stop now, forget about it, and move on with my life. Really, I know I should, but I can’t. …I love knitting. I only began this summer, but I am so head over heels. I look forward to trips to the yarn shop like I used to look forward to consuming certain confections. I visit the Mason Dixon blog daily just in case, turn out ballband washcloths like my life depends on it, & am some inches into the bubbly curtain- it’s a big window, folks. I also visit the Yarn Harlot blog daily, am a bonafide member of Ravelry, and it doesn’t end there. I think knitters are an interesting, rather brilliant bunch. That being said, I have seen yea! misspelled (usually as yay) so often in comments, blogs (not this one, of course), and on Ravelry that I’m going to have to cut back on my internet-knitting fun or it’s going to send me into some kind of spasms from which I just won’t be able to recover. This is a plea to all those smart knitting gals and guys out there who had excellent teachers along the way, contributing to their solid educations but must have forgotten just one thing- the proper spelling of yea! Believe it or not, I’m not an anal sort, and if the word is, say, longer than 5 letters, I have no problems letting it go. Also for the record, I love made-up words and purposely misspelled words. I just want the world to respect knitters as much as I do. Mary de B, darling, I imagine that you’re a wonderful gal & I would cetainly love to meet you. If I’ve angered you, dismiss me as a crazy English Lit major fighting a vicious virus who has nothing better to do than to get worked up over a three letter word. Peace, Sara

  13. Yes, indeed, she is THAT Joan. And even more appropriate, for years and years and years she published the late lamented Pine Meadow Knitting News (Notes?), devoted to knitting for all sorts of charitable endeavors. Can you spell karma?

  14. Sara, I’m not an English Lit major (or any other kind of major at the moment); however, I think I can straighten this out for you.
    My understanding of “yea” (and the dictionary’s account, as well) is that it means “yes.” “Yay,” on the other hand means “hurray.”
    Therefore, Mary de B is perfectly correct in her usage of the word “yay.”

  15. Everyone,
    Since I am a frequent yay-sayer, I had to go look up “yea” and “yay” and see what’s what. Personally, I always spell it “yay” when I am cheering or congratulating, and “yea” when I am walking through the valley of the shadow of death, and I am fearing no evil. I never thought twice about “yay” being a misspelling of “yea”; to me they are two different words.
    For what it’s worth, here’s what I found in one online dictionary:
    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
    yea
    ADVERB: 1. Yes; aye. 2. Indeed; truly: They have spoken, yea, shouted their reply.
    NOUN: 1. An affirmative statement or vote. 2. One who votes affirmatively.
    ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old English ga. See i- in Appendix I.
    yay
    INTERJECTION: Used as an exclamation of pleasure, approval, elation, or victory.
    ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of yea.
    I do love looking things up in the dictionary. It never gets old.
    xo Kay

  16. And yet, they (yea and yay) pronounce the same, which, no doubt, only adds to the confusion. But… have you seen people write “yeah” for “yay”. Ouch.

  17. I have a squirrel who will pose for mere peanuts! But then, won’t they all? What a great post today, I’m making a fool of myself at work giggling here, good thing no one seems to notice ;-) The blankets are fabulous!

  18. I made the classic mistake of not consulting a reference book before making a grammatical assertion. When will I ever learn? So, after reading the replies, I broke out my 13 year old Webster’s, and she only lists Yea and Yeah (which many also accidentally confuse with yea), no Yay at all. So what I think is that the world has moved on without me. Yay has become an acceptable alternative to Yea. When did I become old school? This definitely means that when the boys are teens, I’ll think their music is crap. I’d so hoped that pop culture and I would never part ways, I’m only thirty for crying out loud. So, I guess I should meditate- find inner peace in regard to the new accepted spelling of yea. I don’t think I’ll ever change my own yea ways, but maybe now I will be able to continue my dire hard knitting internet life without severe health consequences. Sorry folks, and thanks for straightening out my 20th century self, Sara

  19. Wow, I’m glad this got sorted before I looked at the comments again. Yea, I’m glad. Yay!
    I hope I got that right.

  20. One more post, and then I promise to stop tormenting the blog. Promise. I’ve done additional research, and it looks as if yea was never the correct spelling- not even last century, though I Swear I was taught to spell it that way and that I’ve seen it published that way. I am utterly, totally, devastatingly wrong. Yay isn’t in Webster’s just like Woohoo isn’t there. I feel worse than if I just found out Santa was a big fake. Much worse. Forgive me as I try to put the pieces of my life back together. Part of me will forever look for yea in print though, in hopes that I haven’t been delusional my entire reading/writing life. -S

  21. I’m overwhelmed by your comments and the fact that I won. But although I’m the Joan mentioned, I’m not THE or THAT, just plain Joan knitting in my little of the world :-)I really need to update my blog as it’s been sadly overlooked but today I feel very fortunate.

  22. congratulations joan:: what a great score!!

  23. Yeah, but where does “Oyez” come in?
    Anyway. That blanket. The chromatic strip. The zigzags. I was okay till I saw the zigzags. Now I am broken.
    and if we’re really going to get into it, what is the correct spelling of “Okay?” And why does Firefox keep yelling at me?

  24. too bad there’s no ‘tailgate antiques’ shows in February, in New York, kay:: i’m sure that you’d have your pick of a whole artisanal taxidermy menagerie there.

  25. K – The correct spelling (probably) is “ok”. One etymological story says that back in the day it was fashionable to misspell words and phrases (unlike now, of course). A popular saying, “All correct”, was fashionably misspelled as “oll korrect”, then shortened to “ok”. I seem to remember a Safire on Language column in the NY Times about this, but as I was googling for confirmation I found that the whole “oll korrect” theory is in dispute. Whatevs.

  26. beautiful blanket
    so full of love
    happy you won joan
    my squares are happy
    to meet you and so am i
    as archy would say
    i know i dont spell well boss
    but its what you mean
    the rest they can figure
    out on thier own
    tojours gai

  27. Yay ! Congratulatios Joan.
    This confirms my belief in karma.
    U.S. blanket 2 is looking gorgeous. I think Oliver wants to be Kaffe ! He’s just chosen new orthotic boots. In mocha. Very safe colour, you think. With a floral trim. I just managed to convince him not to go with pink. Not that I have the slightest problem with pink boots. It’s just that he only can have one pair of boots, for school and clubbing [!]. Anyway, he intends to get his ears pierced when he’s old enough, he tells me.
    Help !

  28. Congratulations to the lucky winner!
    and (taking the safe route here) Wahoo! ;)

  29. Lucky, lucky, Joan!

  30. I just heard a loud screech, and I could swear it’s coming from the Pennsylvania direction! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful for Joan!!!
    I’m not going to enter the yay fray, BUT did you know, Sara, the word of the year is w00t! (with zeros, not o’s, and WITH the exclamation point)
    Life just keeps gettin’ weirder and weirder. ;-)

  31. Oh, and I forgot to ask the burning question: Since you allege that Ann knew so much about hides, I have to know: Was she once a Mary Kay consultant?
    Just askin’.

  32. Carol–that was a funny statement (about squirrls), yea-o-Lord!
    Kay–I. Still. Love. The. I-cord.
    Joan–Congrats!
    LoveDiane

  33. Okay, congratulations Joan, but can I be honest, I am green with envy (and I don’t even like green!!), I can only hope for the lap/wrap/ode to Kaffe.

  34. I’ve seen the Project Runway contesty on two of my yahoo knit lists, and one of them is for SPA. You’re going to have quite a choice, methinks.
    So excited about blanket number two. I missed the last raffle window.

  35. Kay, I bet if you asked, you’d find that people had secretly started — and maybe even finished — enough itty bitty squares to make yet ANOTHER canvas for i-cord edging. Come on, everyone, how many still have some in progress, or a few that missed the deadline??