March 23rd, 2009

Chickens, Contests and Catching Up Oh My!

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Getting back to the business of life is never easy after vacation.  It’s funny, I used to count the days until the kids went back to school after vacation but as they get older that feeling seems to be fading.  I wasn’t at all disappointed that they missed most of the first day back today due to poorly scheduled dentist appts.  In fact, I toyed with just hanging out with them for the afternoon too, but decided I should be a responsible parent and at least get them to school for a couple of hours.

So, first and foremost, how are the chickens coming along??  I haven’t heard a peep (no pun intended) from any of you!  I know you’re out there knitting them!  Post a comment with an update and if yours is finished, please be sure to send a picture to  I’d love to brag about your chickens here on the blog.  Be sure to tell me what size you made, what yarn you used and any modifications you made.  Also – what did you name your chicken and why.   I believe Pixie’s Bessie is pretty much done.  My Lily remains at a stand still as my vacation knitting involved items I needed to prep for the next segments of Knitting Daily TV that I have to shoot this week.  Plus, Lily isn’t exactly the easiest traveling companion.  Tomorrow I’ll be posting the video on the kitchener stitch which is how are chickens are trussed up 🙂


Remember, we have a wee bit of a contest going – the chicken Pixie and I like the best or feel has the most compelling story will win a limited edition chicken timer that only attendees of the last TNNA show got as a gift from Linda of Blue Sky Alpacas.  Plus, we’ll add in some yarny goodness, of course. 

Speaking of contests, I had such a blast partnering with KnitPurlGurl a few weeks back, I jumped at the opportunity to connect with another blogger for a giveaway.  Shannon of is offering a WEBS Ball Winder & Swift Combo as a prize.  The contest runs through next Friday, April 3rd.  She has establish her criteria for entering on today’s post.  I would also encourage any of you that have not subscribed to my RSS feed to do so.  May not get you any further submissions in the contest, but you will have my enduring thanks and appreciation 🙂  As the icon on her blog states “Commnets are the new hug”.  Love that.  So true.   What do you all think?  Do you like these contests?  I’m having fun, are you?  I won’t be doing them all the time, just once in awhile to mix things up.  I think the chance to win something is always fun and I like being able to introduce you all to different blogs that you may not have known about previously.  It’s what makes our wonderful yarn community go ’round.

I’ll finish up with a couple of shots from our trip.  Disney World was awesome.  The kids are at such a great age and now that Jonathan has officially attained the 48″ marker, he can pretty much go on everything.  For anyone who hasn’t been recently, the new Toy Store Mania ride in Hollywood Studios is a must.  We rode three times and I get the distinct pleasure of having the single high score each time 🙂  We’re not competitive or anything as family, really, we’re not. . . . ..

We rode Tower of Terror and we all did Aerosmith’s Rockin Rollercoaster – we can now say we’ve done a loop 🙂  Check it off the list!

The boys all hit the water rides in a big way.  I love the rides, but I hate being wet all day so I usually opt out:

The single best moment of the trip – watching the Space Shuttle launch.  We were about 60 miles away from Cape Canaveral and although we could have driven in closer, we made the choice to stay put.  We were on the 5th floor of our hotel and faced directly east.  About 2 seconds after the launch on TV we saw this:



Then this:




Finally, this is what the sky looked liked for close to an hour afterwards:


It was truly moving.

So, tell me about your chickens, what you think of the contest and whatever else you have going on!



29 Responses to “Chickens, Contests and Catching Up Oh My!”

  1. Mujercita Says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I LOVE contests. As a college student, I don’t always have the funding for fun stuff like a ballwinder and swift (that’s good yarn money!) Other times, contests give me a chance to try out a new yarn. They’re always welcome!

  2. melissaknits Says:

    I will send you a picture but am fully aware of The Rules. You should have a picture of her anyway. I love her.

  3. Susan Says:

    My DH and I are big Disney fans — though we both prefer Disneyland to the World. It’s farther away from our home in Tennessee, but the smaller size makes it more manageable and more relaxing. Sadly, I’m not doing the chicken, cute though it is; I tend to listen to the podcasts in chunks of several weeks at a time and so i miss out on KALs. But I do enjoy the podcasts!

  4. Aunt Kathy Says:

    That trip to Disney looks like so much fun. I am just a little jealous. Haven’t started the chicken yet, but will soon, this week I hope.

  5. ikkinlala Says:

    I like the contests but am not participating in the chicken one because I don’t have a camera.

    I’m not a theme park fan, but I envy the warm weather there and it looks like your family had fun.

  6. KathyElkins Says:

    Oh email the picture. Maybe we’ll have an internal prize too. No promises though 🙂

  7. KathyElkins Says:

    Theme parks are definitely not for everyone. The crowds alone can be challenging, especially at Disney. I doubt it’s where Steve & I would have gone on vacation if it weren’t for the kids 🙂 Thanks for your feedback on the contests too!

  8. KathyElkins Says:

    I’ve got to get back to my unfinished chicken. I think Pixie is all done!

  9. KathyElkins Says:

    We haven’t been to Disneyland because of the distance, but your point about it being smaller and more manageable sounds great to me. Disney World can be a lot of work!

  10. KathyElkins Says:

    Thanks for the feedback! I think the chance to try new yarns, is the exciting part too. Glad to know I’m not alone in my thinking!

  11. Stephanie Says:

    That chicken timer is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I need to get one. So much better than a regular boring one! 🙂

  12. Catherine Says:

    Yay Contest! Btw, I’m currently working through all your podcasts. 🙂 I just finished listening to the Tent Sale one from 2008.

  13. Cathy Goldman Says:

    I can’t wait until April when ,for the 6th year in a row, our group descends on Webs for our annual Knitting retreat. Then I can buy Chicken recipes ooops patterns. They look too cute not to knit a dozen or so. Looking forward to shopping tilll we drop…cg

  14. Renna Says:

    I came here via Fat Chick’s Musings, in order to get another entry in her contest. Contest aside, I’m happy I found your blog. Neat place! 🙂

  15. Katelyn Says:

    What a HUGE guitar! Kinda cool!

  16. Neas Nuttiness Says:

    Just wanted you to know that “Musings of a Fat Chick” sent me here.
    What a fun blog you have!

  17. Darcy Says:

    My hubby and I are knitters so we would love to have a swift and ball winder .I will have to check out this knitted chicken idea:)Hugs Darcy

  18. Mary Lynn Says:

    I gotta tell ya, my hubby would just think I jumped the shark if I started knitting a chicken. Seriously, he would definitely have me committed. Now, on the other hand, my daughter’s fiancee and his family are farmers (corn and soy). They also raise pigs (about 10,000/year) and goats. So, if there was a pig pattern or even a goat, I might get away with passing it off as something that I was doing for the kids. But, they don’t have any chickens. To be honest though, I am in the middle of knitting a shawl for myself for my niece’s wedding in June and am looking for a fabulous but easy pattern and yarn to make my daughter a shawl for her wedding . . . something that I won’t be cursing my own foolishness for!

  19. Zaneta Says:

    I was sent here from the blog “Musings of a Fat Chick” 😀 jsut watned to say hey!! thanks for the great contest prize!! 😀

  20. Mollysmum Says:

    Contests are a great idea, and im not just saying that because I just won a prize! What a fun way to get everyone involved. And the best thing about you is that you involve us international people also. Believe me, not many do! Your holiday looked fabulous. Ive promised Disneyland in some form to my kids before James starts high school – not long to go so have to get saving. They would just love it. I cant believe that is Mr Potato Head – what a celebrity.

  21. sherri Says:

    Is there anyway I can get you to do a little something for crocheters? Id love to be in a litle contest but I dont knit. Not that I havent tried but Im way to slow and I crochet fast. Thanks for any consideration. Ive been to your store and I love you produt! Keep it up!

  22. liz Says:

    I love knitting/yarn contest, so thanks for running them! I’m rather ashamed of how much I want to go back to Disney World even now that I’m an adult. Your Splash Mountain photo brings back memories.

  23. Jen Says:

    I love contests 🙂 And I do need a ball-winder and swift!

    I grew up in Florida, and I remember our trip to Cape Canaveral to watch a space shuttle blast off – probably in the early 80’s, but it is definitely etched in my memory!

  24. JoLene Treace Says:

    I love contests too. I am doing my first contest on my blog as well (, and found the details on this one on Ravelry ( My step daughter is an avid knitter, and if I win this one I may give her one of my other sets and keep this beauty myself. It looks like a very nice set. I purchased some yarn not too long ago from Webs, and was happy with the yarn and customer service.

  25. rohaknitter Says:

    Isn’t Disney great!?! I can’t wait till we can go again. Our last trip in Jan, we went afterwards to Kennedy Space Center (highly recommended ) and I can remember imagining how great it would be to see a shuttle launch – you really lucked out! The chickens are adorable and while I’m not making one now, I fully intend to …. we keep about 30 chickens in the barn with the sheep & goats so I might as well knit one.
    And contests are always wonderful in my book!!

  26. Sara Says:

    I love the new style of interactive shoot ’em up rides. There’s a “haunted house” style one at our local theme park that is slightly reminiscent of the Haunted Mansion of Disneyworld.

    Lots of fun!!

  27. Lauren Says:

    Thanks for the swift and ball winder donation! I’m dying to win!!!

  28. Little Miss S. Says:

    How gorgeous is that chicky clock? I love it 🙂

  29. lindy Says:

    Wow. Amazing pictures!
    I’m a long time listener of the podcast and really enjoy it. Next time you’re in Cleveland for a taping you should join us at our knitting group! Wendy from knit and tonic did once!

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