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Friday, May 30, 2008

June Competition

(I know its the last day of May, but if I don't blog now I won't tomorrow!)

I'm going to have a monthly competition for a little while to 'deal' with some things that I have that I don't need to have. Everyone who leaves a comment over the next week will go in a draw to win a copy of 'Knit So Fine' Designs with skinny yarns, just released by Interweave Press.

knit so fine cover

Its a lovely book but somehow I've ended up with two copies.

Its going to be a big knitting and sewing up weekend, some of which I won't be able to show, but hopefully some which I will. My big excitement today though is going to the kitchen showroom to see the designs for our new kitchen. I am thinking of PURPLE doors, which sounds madness when I say it but in the showroom and in the brochure it looks fantastic. Its aubergine really and will be able to have eau de nil or duck egg blue tiles with it. My favourite colour combination. I will hopefully have some photos later to add to the post.

A couple of weeks ago Gudrun asked me to complete this meme that everyone's been doing, and I've finally done mine:

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
I had just finished a college course and I was a struggling designer working for myself.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

Go and view the designs for my new kitchen.
meet with the plasterer and try not to faint when he gives us his price - dito for the kitchen!
Work on two commissioned designs for a book.
Move mountains of yarn from one room to another so that we can actually sit down.
Help Charlie revise for her science GCSE.

3) Snacks I enjoy:
All crisps but particularly Thai Sweet Chilli, cashew nuts, cheese, fruit, yoghurt.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
I've never had money so I must admit its very hard to imagine, but I would like to think what I would stop doing is, worry. Then I would buy some land preferably with a wood and water and have a small holding. I am the first generation of my family not to have had pigs and I would like either Saddlebacks or Gloucester Old Spots, chickens, ducks, some Highland Cattle and of course sheep. Look after family and friends and knit, paint and write more.

5) Places I have lived:
I haven't lived in many different towns or countries but with my ex husband moved 14 times in 13 years. I have now stayed put for three years and its lovely.

Don't forget to leave a comment this week for your chance to win 'Knit So Fine' and have a lovely weekend.

for now
Ruby xx


argylerabbit said...

Ooh pick me, pick me! I've had that on wish list for a while now :) I'm about to start Miss Scarlett too - I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Stephanie N said...

How on earth did you end up with 2 copies? Gifts?
Good idea, though. I have too much of everything around here. I should do something like this on my own blog :P

Heather said...

Oooh that book looks lovely.

I would have goats if I had some land, but pigs would be quite nice too. :)

Anonymous said...

I've been after that book for a little while now! I'd love a copy. The asymmetric cardigan and Dolman top looks good to me, and I like the cover design too. Have you got anything in mind to make from it yourself?

I love the idea of keeping some Gloucester Old Spots too!

orata said...

I would love a copy of Knit So Fine!
Purple doors with duck egg blue tiles sounds gorgeous to me--I say go for it.

Gudrun Johnston said...

Oh I can't wait for some Thai Sweet Chilli crisps when I get to Scotland in August!!

The Durukuli Lounge said...

Purple doors sound fabulous!

Penny said...

Oh, I would love to win a copy!

If I were a billionaire, I would stop worrying, too. I'd have a big studio large enough for all my knitting and quilting supplies, with room for my friends to come over and stitch. Plus someone to clean and cook :D

Littlelou said...

Its about time I knitted MYSELF something after oodles of charity knits and that book looks mighty classy. I need all the class I can get!! Really like the sleeve detail on the cover pattern.

Nice blog..I love reading them but I really must update my own..SOON!

Robin said...

Love the color aubergine - so lovely! I have not yet seen this book anywhere so I am very curious to see it! I wonder just how fine the yarns are?

luv2stitch said...

I enjoy reading your blog. Love your patterns.

ikkinlala said...

That would be a really neat thing to do if you had the money!

We've never had Gloucester Old Spots, but we have had Hampshires and they're very nice pigs. (We have Yorkshire-Landrace crosses this year.)

Sarah said...


Hmm, I like that meme, I think I might do it too.

Lauren Hairston said...

Wow--lots of comments for this post! What are you doing to your kitchen? Our new apartment in Wichita has a kitchen that is 300 times better than the one in our old apartment. It makes me sooo happy!

Part of me would really like to have barnyard animals, too, but I'm thinking in more of a Marie-Antoinette-hameau sort of way where someone else does all the icky work and then ties a ribbon on everything before I show up. I suppose if I were a billionaire I could make that happen...

Have a good weekend!

Aruba Blue said...

The kitchen colours sound lovely its going to look soooo good! x

betty said...

Money doesn't buy happiness. It just smooths away some of the sorrows.

Susie Hewer said...

Hi Ruby, purple is my favourite colour. Redheads rule! Love, Susie xxx

Guam Girl said...

Love your blog and your patterns. I've been looking for just the right "scarlet" yarn to make Miss Scarlett.

Emily said...

Mmmmm crisps... Love 'em too (though one should never love one's food, my Grandmother told me).

It's lovely to settle and live in one place, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

just found you via Knit on the Net - thanks! Nice site - Lovely patterns!!!

ss said...

Hi---I love giveaways (though, boo hoo, I've NEVER won one!). Thanks for doing it... I'm a beginning knitter who admires your mad skilz!