First things first, my knittas, there is a lot going on this week and TWO different days are calling for sales! My birthday is on Wednesday (Feb 11th), so I’ll have my traditional birthday sale, same as the last few years – but of course the percentage goes up each year!
This is valid for all self-published patterns, ebooks, collections, including the Betiko Collection which will have the fourth pattern released later this month, and the price will raise then. (I’m so sorry I’m not able to offer this discount to knitters in the EU, I wish things were different! If you want a collection/ebook, email me at leemeredith at gmail and we can work something out to make it happen.)
And then 2 days later, it’s Galentine’s Day! Last year, I impulsively did a twitter Galentine’s giveaway thing – I’d just released a new pattern, so I tweeted that if you bought the new pattern, I’d gift a copy of it to your friend as a Galentine’s Day gift. That was a last-minute quickie thing, but then I loved the idea and held on to it for this year!
So, for Galentine’s Day on Friday (Feb 13th), for 12 hours, from 7am to 7pm US west coast time (10am to 10pm east coast) if you buy a pattern on ravelry for a gift for a friend (you must use the ravelry “send as a gift” option), then I’ll gift that same pattern to you! Ebooks/collections are eligible – gift any of my self-published patterns/ebooks to a friend, you’ll get the same thing for yourself. Then you can knit it together!
Again, this won’t work neatly for EU knitters, since you can’t “send as gift” through LoveKnitting, but we can make this work! If you’re in the EU, we can do it the other way around – you buy the pattern for yourself normally (in the time frame above), then send me a ravelry message or email (leemeredith at gmail) and tell me the username or email address of your Galentine friend, and I will gift it to them, and tell them it’s from you.
What a week this is! Beside those two things later this week, this evening will be exactly 10 years since my first date with my now-husband. Our first date included a coffeeshop (Gypsy Den in Costa Mesa), dinner at Native Foods, and a weird orange county sports bar for drinks (I don’t know why; we didn’t know many places to go in that part of the world). There happens to be a new-ish location of Native Foods here in Portland (Clackamas, actually, but close to where we live), so we’re going there for dinner tonight, and then maybe to a weird bar afterwards for the memories :-p
It’s been an amazing 10 years, and I am so glad that I replied to a MySpace message from a guy I knew a little in college who wanted to go on a date. I told him something like “I don’t really date, but I’ll hang out with you” because I’d had a few bad date experiences, and in my introverted awkward mind I thought life would be easier if I didn’t define things as “dates” or something like that. So our first date wasn’t really a date, but it was a fun time talking for hours and hours. Our second date started with him surprising me when I got off work (I was a barista at a Border’s Cafe at this time in my unfocused life, after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in art) on Valentine’s Day, with a couple of burned CDs of music we’d talked about and a homemade card (above), and I took him to my favorite pizza place, where I’d worked in high school, and then we awkwardly watched a movie at my parent’s house, where I was living at the time. I’m aware I’ve used the word awkward multiple times in this paragraph; it was an awkward time in my life.
Anyway, that was ten years ago; now we live in a city we love, in a great house we own together, with the best cat ever, and I’m self-employed doing what I love, and life is great!! Happy ten years together <3 All these photos here were taken within the first few months we were dating, in 2005.