8.03.2014

A Gradient Paintbox Giveaway!!!!!!

Y'all... I've got a new obsession... BAD! It started last year at Rhinebeck when I walked by The Fiber Optic booth ....

I scored a set this spring, but then I saw Kimber at SSK... and fell down the Paintbox rabbithole big time! Actually I just couldn't decide... so I bought 5, one for me and a few for gifts, and then Kimber gave me one more for you! See? (It's Espresso-Crimson-Gold on Foot Notes)
I'll be using my Paintbox for October's Just One More pattern... so if you think you want to use one too this gives you fair warning to try (it's not easy, there's info here) OR find another gradient of similar yardage that you love.

So, who wants to WIN the set above? Just leave a comment below telling me the funniest thing that's happened to you this summer... I think we all could use some cheering up! Don't forget to tell me how to get in touch with you!
I'm off to New Mexico to visit my family and I'll leave the comments open until I return (8/9 at midnight EST).  I'll announce the random winner and share some photos of our trip on Sunday 8/10!

144 comments:

  1. I have an 18mo old grand daughter who I don't see too often. Waaay back in May I bought her a cute little sprinkler she could use in the summer - it was like a cute caterpillar and the legs shot the water out.
    Any way time goes by and I just don't see my step-daughter or her daughter, not once. I didn't tell anyone about the sprinkler either and it sat at hime waiting to be used.
    Around June, step-daughter comes over to celebrate Father's day, her sister is with her. "You should see the cutest sprinkler Auntie found at the store today!" I sneak a glance at my husband and think, "Oh no."
    Sure enough, from the bag emerges the same exact sprinkler I had bought months ago. Doh! She did have fun playing with it and can leave one at both grandparents' houses :)

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  2. I'm cheating a little because this didn't happen this summer, but we all still had a good laugh remembering it when we recently got together.

    We were staying at a motel with a pool and one of those enclosed water slides. Several of us decided to go swimming late one night and had the pool to ourselves. I had never gone down one of those slides (weren't "invented" when I was the right age for one) and since it was just us, I decided to give it a try. The water had been shut off but there was still a trickle going down so I went for it. Well, it went fine around the first curve and then SCREECH!!!, I came to literally a screeching halt as the water dried up! I was stuck halfway down the slide. We were all laughing hysterically as I pulled myself down the slide one step at a time (I just put my heel down and pulled) Once I got close to the end, my DH could grab my foot and pull me the rest of the way down. None of us could stop laughing and that's still the case whenever we think of it.

    I guess that's one way to cross something off your imaginary bucket list!!!

    Lorrie

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  3. This just happened on Friday - the mechanism in my doorknob broke and I couldn't get out of my apartment until I took the doorknob off. The locksmith said I was lucky to get it open even doing that. I could just imagine calling into work: "I can't come in today because I'm trapped in my apartment!"

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  4. nothing funny has happened but i am having a good summer!

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  5. This may not seem funny but it taught me a lesson. After having knee replacement I decided to finish a sweater in my down time. The lesson do not try to knit when taking pain medication!
    There are so many oopss in the thing that I would not rip it all out but rather call it my humility sweater. ( it is wearable I just won't admit to knitting it!)

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  6. Funniest thing is that I fell in love with a man I tought I hated :D Don´t know what it is that has happened between us- but I like it!

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    1. Same thing happened to me. For 11 years I worked with a guy I wanted to strangle. Now we've been happily married for 17 years!

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  7. I have "frequent flyer miles" at the physical therapy department of our hospital A few years ago I had hand surgery and underwent "torture" with the occupational therapist, who has a good sense of humor. She subsequently retired and I hadn't seen her in a number of years until she showed up at the knit group I host in my studio, a beginner knitter only interested in making socks. Now we get to "torture" her (with humor of course), and tell her she'll be knitting lace in no time!

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  8. I went to work one day and went spent the first seven hours as though everything was normal because I thought everything was. Then about an hour before quitting time, I'm in the ladies room taking care of business, if you get my drift, when to my horror I notice my shoes don't match. Well in my defense they were both the same style of Tom's, but one was black and one was blue. Now I work in a building with over six hundred people and I actually know most of them. So I'm thinking did none of them notice? Or did they notice and think I'd hone off the deep end so they didn't say anything because they were being polite? So the next day, I mentioned it to the group I eat lunch with. They laughed there butts off. Everyday for about three weeks they inspected my shoes just to make sure they matched.

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    1. I thought you were going to end with " the next day several others came to work wearing mismatched shoes thinking it was the newest fad.

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  9. We were visiting my uncle for one night in a nowhere town and didn't think we would need to book a hotel room in advance. Lo and behold there must have been something happening in town and there was only one room left in all the town. The inn-keeper kindly turned a blind eye to the fact that we were a group of 11 (3 adults, 8 kids) and gave us the room. We managed to all cram in with 2 kids using the Jacuzzi tub as a "bed"!

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  10. I have a pre-teen son and a pre-school age daughter. My son has been using some salty language lately, which we've told him not to use, especially since his sister is at the age where she repeats everything she hears. He was teasing her the other day, and I could tell she was getting really mad at him. She stomped her foot and started, "You--" and I could see she was hunting for the very worst thing she could say. My husband and i kind of tensed. She let loose with "farty butt pants!" So that's now our family's curse of choice. :)

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  11. Vickie / TurtleknitsAugust 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I went to a pick-your-own blueberry place and I keep hearing what sounded like a hawk nearby. I looked up but I could never see it. There were a lot of small birds attaking the berries, but the "hawk" never bothered them - because the hawk sounds were coming from a speaker attached to a gazebo.

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    1. My son is home from college for the summer. We were in the kitchen together and he turned the TV on. I said what are you going to watch and he said Pawn Stars. OMG I thought he said Porn Stars! We never laughed so hard...

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  12. While visiting my son and his family, I handed out the t shirts I bought for my 2 grandchildren. The 2 year old put her's on and walked around all day saying "I'm a cactus!" (the shirt had a cactus on it-hey, I'm from the desert!). My 4 year old grandson opened hi present and informed me, in a very serious tone, that he only wears long sleeved shirts. Cracked me up. I offered to take it and give it to someone else, so he promptly took it and put it on - over his long sleeved shirt!

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  13. When texting my daughter to tell her I would text her after church, my autocorrect changed "text" to "sext." I caught it in time, but have had lots if laughs over what might have happened.

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  14. Funny, not really, just really glad to have had visits from both our sons, who were living on the East Coast this past year. Oh wait.....it really has bee funny to have rain both days this weekend in San Diego! That never happens!

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  15. I so wish I could think of something funny, because I really would love this set. I' ll keep thinking after all I have a week.

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  16. My 11 year old daughter and I went to Vietnam to visit my brother. Many fabulous adventures were had. The night before we left, my brother learned that his niece does not make jokes about having to pee. We were getting on the elevator to go up to our rooms. She said she had to pee. He did not believe her and kept tickling. She peed all over herself and him in the elevator. I just had to shove her into the shower. He had to explain to the Vietnamese staff what a mop was (it required some mime) and why he wanted one.

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  17. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't get seasick on a river cruise, because I just proved that it's possible. Of course, that not so funny, but here's the better part: our cabin window was just at the water line, and while I was in there feeling awful I was visited by several swans who all came calling to see the crazy person who got seasick on their river! ;)

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  18. I'm not sure I thought it was funny, but y'all at SSK that saw the video thought it was. I did my first Karaoke at The Beach Bar at SSK!! My word to the wise: Don't drink Moonshine on Karaoke night!! You might find yourself doing a particularly dreadful rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody in front of your new best friends! ;) ;) ;)

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  19. My newly adopted son, who we were told would not bond with anyone due to his horrible history, was hugging my brother who was leaving out of town. Every time he went to put him down my son hugged him with pat, pats and kissed him. This lasted about ten minutes and his older sister took him. He looked at me with his big blue eyes and got a quivering lip and a few tears and pouted. My brother found it difficult to leave which we found very funny. My brother does not have any kids. It was also great to see my son is remembering him. My son does this to me a lot, as he is about 18 months old mentally in a 7 year old body. I am glad he is finally learning. :)

    I am on ravelry as brhuth.

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  20. My daughter likes to play Candy Crush on my iPhone. You have 5 lives to play and when they are used you have to wait for more or pay to get them right away. We always wait. Well, her friend told her that you can trick the phone into releasing your new lives sooner by changing the time on the phone so the phone thinks it is later than it really is and time for the next set of lives. My daughter did this so much that she had set the phone several weeks ahead! When I set it back to the actual time so that my alarms and calendar alerts would all work properly, the game informed us that we had 22000 minutes until the next life. We laughed so much! Then she paid 99 cents to get the next set of lives immediately and the game forgot her crime against nature.

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  21. After a few drinks and at like midnight, my husband and I decided to measure each other's wingspan compared to our heights. I know it doesn't sound funny, but trust me, it was hilarious at the time. It was probably the drinks, but it's ok.

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  22. We went kayaking to a spotless beautiful shore with my DH's family. The zodiac on the way there would smash quite hard against the waves. Every single time it happened, my sister inlaw would scream and the whole boat would laugh at her screams. Then she kept saying things like "did I actually pay for this?" Which had us laughing.
    Backtobasics on ravelry

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  23. My funniest moment this summer was when my three year old asked me if she will get to have my rings some day. I replied and said, "maybe someday" and "we'll see". She looked and me and said "ok I guess. I tried to get them off while you were sleeping but they are stuck on tight!"
    Yikes!!!
    Lovely gradient. Thanks for the giveaway. (nursenikkiknits on Rav)

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  24. I talk with my hands. I even have to stop knitting to talk or I'd hardly say a word! Anyway, I was talking and using my hands when I knocked over my drink. I was thinking of 2 words at the same time - slob and klutz and I ended up saying "I'm such a slut"! My friend and I just bust a gut laughing! Thank goodness we were far enough away from other people that I was not overheard.

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  25. Opps! Forgot my contact info. On Ravelry, I'm Kattolio.

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  26. I'm known for accidentally stepping in dog poo a lot. The last pile I accidentally stepped in, I actually SKIDDED in it and fell which got poo on my butt and then my hand went down to the ground and guess where it landed? In more poo!!! Ugh!!!

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  27. Oooh...so beautiful!!

    Just this afternoon, I was at my sister-in-law's house who has four dogs. I LOVE dogs (have three of my own), and squatted down to pet them. One of them got so excited, she put her paws up on my shoulders and knocked me flat on my butt, then another one got into it and jumped on my chest so I was flat on my back, with all four dogs licking the heck out of my face. I didn't mind at all - but I was laughing so hard, I may have gotten licked IN the mouth a little bit. :)

    Rachel R.
    rkray3 AT yahoo DOT com

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  28. Funniest thing so far this summer, I went to an auction and took my knitting of course. I wasn't interested in the item being auctioned and was concentrating on my knitting. The yarn got tangled and the next thing I knew the auctioneer was saying "hey lady, are you knitting or are you bidding? We are at $750 dollars on this gun, with the last bid." I said "I am knitting." He proceeded to ask what I was knitting and if he could auction it off. I said he could if the bid was high enough! Thanks for the chance to win shush a cool giveaway! Karencreates on ravelry.

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  29. My friend and her three year old daughter were over a couple of weeks ago when we had a bad thunderstorm. We were looking out the window and I said "Holy s#@t!" because it was so bad out. My friend's daughter copied me perfectly. We all burst out laughing. My husband then commented "I don't know if we should be mad or proud being that you have trouble saying so many words but said that perfectly!".
    Ravelry ID is gibbles83

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  30. While we were camping, my four year old son came crying to me and holding a hand over his eye. When I asked what was the matter, he said he punched himself. I asked why, and said I wanted to see what it felt like. Needless to say, he didn't do that again.

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  31. My sister and I were standing in the garage with my nephew. My nephew knocked over a vacuum cleaner to reveal a teeny, tiny baby lizard (we're talking less than 3/4 inch long). The lizard starts walking away in the direction of my sister. She then jumps backward a few feet and shrieks while waving her hands comically in the air - it reminded me of a cartoon with an elephant being afraid of a mouse. I started laughing hysterically! It was the funniest thing I've seen in a long time, lol. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Those yarns are gorgeous :)

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  32. I don't know if my first attempt at posting worked. I don't think it did. The funniest thing recently is my dogs trying to jump from our new wood flooring at our new house. They slip all around, plus they don't try again so score on 2 fronts!

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  33. My nephew had a scooter for his 2nd birthday - a mini one with a seat. He inspected it and then sat on and lifted his feet expecting it to move. We had to show him that he had to get it moving before he could lift his legs up, it didn't take long for him to get the idea. Not very funny in the retelling but was priceless. Thank you

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  34. Well, my son is 14 months, so we have a lot of funny moments. But, I think the best this summer is only tangentially related to him. I am still wearing my maternity pants, even though I'm back to pre-preggo weight. There are some bits that are a bit wonky and until we finish nursing, I can't work on them and I don't want to buy bigger pants (I'm vain too). Anyway, I went to work with the preggo pants on and about three hours later, I'm coming out of the pumping room and I tried to put something in my pocket. But it wasn't there! I know these pants have pockets so I'm super confused. I keep trying to find the pocket and then... suddenly... there it is... facing the wrong way! That's right, I'd been wearing my pants BACKWARDS for 4 hours... and at work. Go me! I'm bigblueice on Ravelry and thank you for giving away my new color obsession (I'm really on a rust/red kick!)

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  35. I planted a garden in WNY and also hung out a clothesline when we arrived on July 1st. And all it has done since then is RAIN. Am I the jinx for the summer that wasn't?? :))

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  36. Well, my knitting friends certainly though it was funny! We decided to do a monster sock KAL so everyone brought their sock yarn scraps to knitting, we threw them all into the middle of the table and starting choosing colors. I could not stop making combinations and every time I made I new one I said, "Look at that!" with excitement. Now it's become a catch phrase and they throw it back at me all the time. : )
    wahoomerryf on Ravelry

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  37. Sigh. Bought yarn for the Halli KAL. Decided I didn’t like it. Bought a lot of beads in Artbeads 50% off sale, received them and put them somewhere safe as I headed out the door to Montreal. Bought different yarn for the KAL (madelinetosh lace) which I really like. Can’t find the beads and the triangles would have been perfect. It’s a good thing I have until September 10 to find them. Why is somewhere safe never safe?

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  38. well...after taking an at home job..I learned to work in PJ's messy hair, no makeup, etc....One day decided to go out and get something for lunch...Ummm I should have looked at myself....I got a few looks showing up with PJ;s on, messy hair, etc.

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  39. This summer my dog has made friends with a kitten who lives around the corner. Each morning I walk my dog around the block and as we come to the 'kitten corner', a small black kitten, who looks a bit like your new kitten Laura, comes out to greet my dog. They bump noses and the kitten follows us for a few houses. Then the kitten goes home and we continue around the block. It is so funny to see a dog and a kitten greeting each other every morning. Ravelry name knitter5319

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  40. My almost 2 year old has taken to yelling "mine" whenever there is something she wants but can't have for whatever reason (usually a choking hazard or something her big sister is already using). But it sounds like "Nine! Nine! Nine!" So now we just laugh at our angry little German.

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  41. I posted a picture on Facebook of my current knitting project (in the round) next to a margarita commenting on how lovely an afternoon it was on my front porch. The cables ended up twisting a bit to form two loops. One of my non-knitting friends commented that she thought I was knitting soft handcuffs. I just about choked on my drink!

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  42. I am teaching my 5-year-old daughter to knit and she is doing very well. Whenever she wants to knit she says: "Mommy, can we do up the tree around the back together?" It makes me laugh each time she says it, but I am happy she is so interested in knitting.

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  43. My three year old grandson's response to one of his mother's requests -- "I can't want to". So how many times do you wish you could say that?

    I am lisatoo on Ravelry.

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  44. Last March, we had a major disaster under out kitchen; the room has been torn out to the studs. While waiting for the funds to rebuild (from the insurance co, I won't go there), I put myself on an austerity program, not buying anything unless I needed it.

    We need to get away, so we splurged and went to NH for a few days. We found ourselves at Patternworks in Center Harbor, and I told DH that I was only going in to look. I swat - only to look. When I came out with the bag, DH said, "just looking?" to which I replied, "I'm looking a little longer." "Lust looking "is now a catch phrase.

    That tank top will be done for our anniversary dinner. *sigh*

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  45. Have you ever had a seagull fall on your head? That's what happened Thursday to my husband! We were taking a mini vacation to the Rhode Island shore and ended up in a motel covered with seagulls. As my husband walked up to the motel entrance, a seagull plummeted off the roof and crashed into my husband's head and shoulder before hitting the ground. A hotel employee was standing nearby and once we were assured that my husband was okay, he told us that the birds are very territorial. If a bird is sitting in another's spot, the aggrieved seagull will push the interloper off the edge of the roof. We should have taken this as an omen for our stay in this particular place. Suffice it to say that we checked out early because it was a dump!

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  46. I got my Mini Dachshund some small tennis balls to play with, I was so happy to fine these ball so small. I took them out to give her one and she look at me like I had just rolled a foreign object. As of today she does not like them. What dog doesn't like a ball. I'm glongley on Ravelry

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  47. I haven't had a very funny time this summer but I enjoyed the tales of others and would most certainly love to be a winner.

    sisterrobinson on Ravelry

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  48. I ran a 5k yesterday and it was gently raining when we started. As we went along it turned into a deluge! By the time we were finished, we were soaked to the skin. I had not brought along a change of clothes since when I left home it was not raining. At the end I headed to the ladies room to wring out my run pants so that I could sit in the car without a puddle :)

    I am Costiewife on Ravelry

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  49. Wow, this yarn looks gorgeous! Had a blast reading all of your funny stories!
    The most laugh I had this summer is with the kittens our cat just had. They keep running and falling. It seems their back legs goes faster than their front ones... Anyway, I'm having a good laugh just looking at them!

    Coralie (aka Nekoralie on Ravelry)

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  50. Baby birds in a mud nest outside the loo window! Funny to watch :)

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    1. Oops, realize there is no way to contact me if I win this beautiful yarn! I am muddancer on Ravelry.

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  51. Ok, don't judge me on this because it was probably a bad decision in hindsight...but here goes! We went on a family vacation to Hawaii. I am not good on flights as I always have anxiety thinking the plane will crash. Well, on the flight home, I needed a distraction (while I was knitting) and my 11-year old daughter wanted to rent a movie player. While going through the movies, she sees Heat (with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy) and is begging me to watch it. I knew I should say no but had a weak moment as I love this movie and it makes me laugh. It was the perfect distraction! We put it on and during the night flight it was quiet as my daughter and I are laughing hysterically throughout the whole movie. My husband knows I am up to no good and was giving me the "look" and asking what we are watching. I pretended not to see him :) It was the best flight!

    davenlori98 on Ravelry

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  52. Our connecting flight in Phoenix was 4 hours late! Most unhappy. We would miss the last airporter bus. The airline employee introduced us to others in the same situation who were talking about sharing a rental car, and after chatting for 20 minutes, one of them said,"I think I might know you!" Turns out she was a former neighbor from another state two moves back, whom we hadn't seen in over 20 years and didn't even recognize. A long chat ensued, and though we didn't decide to share a car, it left us all smiling, which is quite a feat at 3 in the morning!

    CammieD on Ravelry, and that Paintbox Gradient is gorgeous ... can't stop thinking of things to make with it!

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  54. Not much in a "funny" way this summer, but FUN - yes!!!! In April my 5-year-old grandson had open-heart surgery and he is doing wonderful! So, it is so much FUN to see him playing and laughing.

    Also, I have been babysitting my daughter and her 5 children while she has been on bedrest pregnant with twins. And, yes, this is the same family that the 5-year-old belongs to! On July 10, our twin girls, Anna and Brianna, were born. Both are doing wonderful!! Daughter is recouping from her c-section and I am having fun, well kind of, with "2 o'clock" feedings!

    I will be headed back home to Minnesota from Georgia on the 16th, looking forward to a little R&R. Not much knitting right now. It would be a wonderful surprise to find this in my mail box when I get home!

    Cindy - cwknitnut (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  55. I have had a terribly boring summer with nothing much to laugh at except my attempts at culling articles from my yarn, fabric and book stash. It would seem I have released everything I can bear to :-) I just found my wonderful mohair collection from the '80's that I have been searching for for a couple of years. I am not sure why I couldn't find it, not like I wasn't looking. So that is going on the needles here pretty quickly....
    bubbysjody on Ravelry

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  56. Well it's not really a funny thing, but it's a good thing - I just became a Grandma for the first time. A beautiful baby boy born just a week ago. Thanks!
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  57. joyjarus@hotmail.comAugust 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    We were at a Hawaiian party at the nursing home for my grandmother. I was trying to entertain the great grandkids so I wanted to show them I could hoola hoop on my arm. Unfortunately, the hoola hoop went flying off my arm, bounced off my sister's head and then hit several other people knocking their drinks all over their clothes. There was a gentleman next to me in a wheel chair and I heard him wheezing. He was laughing so hard and just kept saying this was the 'best damn party' he's ever been to. Oh, goodness!

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  58. I just got through volunteering at our county Fair and was dead tired when one of the clowns decided to perk me up by making me a crown of balloons so I could be Queen for a Day. I walked around with my balloon crown waving at people in the same way of Queen Elizabeth and put many a smile on faces which immediately cheered me up and I was no longer feeling tired.

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  59. After dropping my daughter off at daycare, I stopped to get gas and lost my credit card. I was concerned that I had put it in the trashcan after cleaning a few items of garbage out of my car. I called my daycare provider to see if she knew the name of the gas station near her house, and rather than get the info, she drove over to the gas station and retrieved the bag of garbage, then proceeded to sift through the whole thing in search of my credit card. Unfortunately, the card wasn't there, but I brought her flowers on my way to pick up my daughter for going above and beyond her duties!

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  60. Last weekend I was driving home from Boston with 3 of my 4 boys. I was thinking how nice it was to have them together again after several weeks of camp and activities. I called my oldest son to tell him how I wished he could be with us, we haven't all been together for so long. He said he was really busy and wouldn't have time to come see us :(. Oh well, maybe another time. When I got home about 2 hours later, there he was waiting for us. He had been at the house the whole time, waiting for us to get back! Yay, we had a great time together. Can't wait to see you at Trillium Yarns in September!

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  61. I have a new knitting bag purchased from Land's End. It's a nylon, silky, slippery fabric and two of my cats absolutely love it! Anytime it's laying anywhere one of them is laying on top of it. Doesn't matter if it's full of needles and yarn or not. They just plop on top. :)

    nestinknitter on Ravelry and I too have been bitten by the gradient bug!

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  62. After I was done teaching this year at the Estes Park Wool Market my friend and I went to the vendors to go shopping. On Friday afternoon that is fabulous as the vendors are only open to students and teachers. So we are "strolling" from booth to booth when all of a sudden my friend "beelines" (aka runs) down the aisle and disappears in a booth. I was stunt for a moment as I didn't know what was going on, but calmed myself in saying that she had for sure a reason for her disappearance. I continued "strolling" when I arrived at the both my friend had vanished into. Here was my friend talking to the owner and she was talking to fast that I could hardly understand what she was saying. She was TOTALLY excited. When I stepped into the both I thought I had died and gone to heaven. All long gradient yarns and gorgeous roving, one prettier then the other, one color combination better then the next. I turned around, interrupted the lively conversation and said with a straight face to the owner "I will buy everything you have". It stopped the converstation cold and the owner asked me if I was serious. I replied with a sad face that I was kidding but I wished I wasn't . That was my introduction to Kimber Baldwin!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE her work and I am every Saturday at 11am MDT on the computer. People who love her yarn understand why. And by the way, my friend is a friend of Kimber's and that is why she was so excited to see her. What a glorious day!!!!

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  63. Oh I forgot, I did spend A LOT of money. lol

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  64. We had a baby shower for my daughter-in-law, who is due next Sunday. I was showing my two sons a sweater that I had made for the baby that has a label in it that reads "Handmade with love by Grandma". My oldest son (the baby's dad) asked "Did your Mom send that? I didn't think she could knit anymore" I stared at him and said "Think about it for a minute" to which my younger son said "Oh crap! You're Grandma now" He obviously knew it all along, but it never sank in until that moment, I guess.

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  65. AKA NaniBear on Ravelry
    My college-age daughter is working as a lifeguard this summer. Many mornings, I pack up her lunch for her when she is in a rush. One morning last week, as my mind was a million miles away, I packed up her sandwich, some fruit and a bottle of water. That evening when she came home, she gave me a funny look as she was unpacking her lunch bag. Out came a bottle of CoffeeMate! From what she tells me, CoffeeMate DOES NOT quench your thirst in 90 degree weather like water does! Oops! We got a good laugh out that and of course, her co-workers think her mother is a total WEIRDO! But that sure does explain why I couldn't find any CoffeMate all that day....I was going crazy trying to figure that out!
    P.S. I lerve gradient yarn!......just sayin'!

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  66. I JUST got interested in gradients, so this is perfect!
    I'm doing the Mystic Ocean gradient MKAL with Anna Dalvi, it starts Aug. 14th, I ordered my yarn already. Lots of it.
    My 'funny' is more of a coincidence thing: Before I left for my first trip to Scotland last month, a friend told me about a great CD/music store in Edinburgh, Coda. I kept forgetting to look up the address. We were wandering around the old town in Edinburgh, crossed at a crosswalk, looked back, and there was Coda on the corner, we had just walked under it! OMG! (it sits above eye level). We circled back & visited, got several music DVDs (the Edinburgh Military Tattoo was a great find, since it's only in August & we would miss it). Great music store!!!
    Oh, I also went to Loop in London, gorgeous yarn, so yummy. I spent a lot there! I got the book Juju's Loops, thinking it was so unique. This week, I walked into my LYS, and there was the Juju's Loops book! Ha! Still cool that I got mine at the source.
    If this is a duplicate comment, sorry, but I think my first attempt got eaten by the internet.

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  67. I work part time at a quilt store (my other passion). Last week my co-worker and I opened shop, set up the register, put out the awnings, and got everything ready to greet customers. Then we watched as first one car and then another entered the parking lot, stopped for a moment and left. We thought it a bit strange, perhaps they were just using the lot to turn around. Then one of our regular customers pulled in, looked at the door, turned around and left....very odd. We both burst out laughing when we realized we had forgotten to take down the closed sign. Luckily we had a great sales day after that, and our boss got a chuckle out of our forgetfulness! CindyMalone on Ravelry.

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  68. This summer, I joined Pure Romance as a consultant, selling massage and foreplay items and bedroom accessories! It was pretty funny and unexpected that I signed up! Ravelry ID is mielnazucar

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  69. My knitting classes always crack me up-- they can get a little rowdy now and then.
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  70. I have a 2yo, every day she does something that cracks me up, or makes me want to cry but is kinda funny later (like pooping on the bathroom floor). Recently she ran in front of a swing set and got a black eye, I wasn't there bu I was told she got right back up like it never happened. She really didn't know other than we talked about it because she kept insisting on a bandaid but didn't know what eye needed it.

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  71. I made cherry cobbler and served it with ice cream a few weeks ago to a group of friends. After everyone else was almost done, I had a small bite myself. It was super sour - I had forgotten to add the sugar to the tart cherries used to make the cobbler. When I asked why no one said anything, they all replied that they thought it was supposed to be a sweet and sour dish. We all laughed and just added more ice cream.
    Finnknitter on Ravelry.

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  72. Last weekend, I went out for a boat ride with my parents. We ended up getting stuck on a sandbar. I hopped out and tried to push us off to no avail. Three hours later, we were rescued by a tugboat captain named Mike, from Brooklyn. He felt it nessecary to let me know that I probably don't have a boyfriend because I knit too much. I'm pretty ok with that!

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  73. Funny now that I think back, but not then....I work the night shift and live 1.5 hours away from work...and drive myself. I am really good at pulling over if I get tired on my way home (I have a few spots I can safely do this). Well one morning it was very cloudy and 'dark-ish' so I had put on my headlights (not automatic)----you guessed it----I pulled over and shut the engine off and forgot to turn the lights off (19 yo car--no reminder bells go off), and in 30 min I drained the battery! Not so bad but I was also at the bottom of the 'trail' in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception!!! So I just got out of the car and sat on the rail (with my hood up) and waited for someone to stop. Eventually someone stopped, took the # of my sister and called her when they got to reception and after about 2 hours she finally came to jump me. Needless to say...I don't care how dark it is when I leave in the morning... I will not turn the lights on! (And now I have a new battery) Oh well...more dumb than funny! And I'm at catjmoses@yahoo.com Thanks! I love the colors!!

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  74. I went to my knitting group wearing two different earrings and no one told me.
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  75. I have not had a single funny thing happen this summer because all I have done is work work work, not a day vacation yet !! So maybe the funny part is that I haven't LOST MY EVER LOVIN MIND!!!!! But I dooooooooooooooooo loooooooooooooooooooove that paintbox and between working and being on call I have done LOTS of knitting this summer!!!!

    You know me!!! (GinnyG on Ravelry) OOOH look I made a rhyme!!!

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  76. My mom called to tell me that she's getting married in 3 weeks to a guy she met 3 months ago. If you knew her you'd be laughing too...

    theknittingaunt on ravelry

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  77. While out shopping one day with my daughter a nice older lady stopped me to let me know I had string hanging out of both my shoes, turns out I forgot to weave in the ends for my fresh off the needles handmade socks. LOL

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  78. I took a dyeing class with Knitted Witt and Sincere Sheep

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  79. When camping with my family, I told my kid not to slip on a muddy spot as he stepped out of the tent, and then I promptly slipped on the muddy spot when I stepped out of the tent after him. I went ALL the way down and was completely covered with mud from my ribs down to my shoes. That was day 1!

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  80. I was due back to work fortnight ago after some months off sick. Unfortunately for me I fell and twisted my ankle badly...several X-rays later at the hospital and thankfully no breaks but torn ligament I was sent home. I've just returned to work today, still hobbling but feeling like such a dipstick lol

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  81. While sorting my kitchen my 2 year old grandson started putting his plastic cups into the washing machine he told me if it washes clothes then cups will come out sparkling clean I told him it's not a dishwasher lol

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  82. The funniest thing that happened was that I wore my yoga pants inside out to my yoga class. I didn't know until I got home and my husband asked me what that writing was on the back of my pants. I just had to laugh. What else can you do? ;)

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  83. Forgot....I'm loopiedoo on Ravelry. Thanks all for the funny stories!!!

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  84. I haven't had that much of a fun summer yet, but we are meeting good friends for a couple of days in Omaha.... Is there fun to be had there? I know that we will have all sorts of fun. I can hardly wait!

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  85. Nothing too funny happened to me but while the boyfriend was working on his car this summer he got an ass tan.. LOL!!! spunrightround on Ravelry.

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  86. I have a 4 year old, an 18 month old and I am pregnant with my third. We have many funny moments. My favorite isn't so much funny but is very cute. My 4year old looks at me and says "You are a girl". I say that I am and then he says "You are beautiful Mommy. Maybe we will get you flowers later" It brightened my whole day. I'm luckystitches on Rav.

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  87. Three days ago we brought home 5 foster kittens that need to be socialized before they can be adopted. They are living in a "kitty condo" for the first week or so in order to adapt to our presence. A few hours ago while changing their water, one of the kittens got past me and began exploring our living room. I quickly lost sight of him as he ran from place to place and even though I was using a flashlight he was very hard to spot. The little furry bugger is the same color as the knotty pine paneling on our walls! So, I searched for over an hour, but no joy. Then I heard him meowing and the sound was very odd. I thought he might be in distress so I stepped up the pace and tried to follow the sound, which was very faint and seemed to have an echo. Where the heck could he be? As I walked through the kitchen to the laundry room the sound got louder. Then the kittens' head popped up INSIDE our front-loading washer! The look on his face seemed to say "I am the champion of hide-and-seek!" What a goofball. The moral of my tale: never underestimate the cleverness of kittens!

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  88. I don't want to sound like a downer because I like my life just fine, but unfortunately I don't get out of the house very often, just for doctors appointments so I didn't have a big funny thing happen to me but I certainly do enjoy everyday and try to keep it full of smiles. You can contact me via email at maryluvsallen@gmail.com.

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  89. My husband and I just adopted a third dog and they ALL sleep n the bed with us. Every night my husband and I are shoved to the far edges of the bed while the three sleep lined up in a row, noses on me and tails on my husband -- like rungs on a ladder. We love it! They are so cute, we can't bear to move them.
    AMBecka@gmail.com

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  90. I wear a breast prosthetic and I told my doc it was heavy and hot. He said, then make your own. I laughed cause I thought he was kidding. I went home still laughing and found knitted knockers on ravelry. Rav ID - sabrab

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  91. I completed a color affection shawl and brought it in to our Sunday knitting group at our local World of Beer, pulled it out for show and tell and a woman sitting nearby said she wanted to buy it. She offered ten dollars. While we can laugh at the situation now, it nearly ended in a bar fight with the police being called and the women escorted out of the establishment. The shawl is now lovingly called the "Brawl Shawl". Rav ID - cltitus

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  92. Not sure if this is really funny or a page from The Bad Parenting Manual - We introduced Star Wars to our 4 year old (I was 4 when I saw it the first time). He loves it, perhaps a little too much...Not only does he sing the Darth Vadar theme song all day long (duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh) he has also tried to imitate Darth a couple times at preschool by lifting kids up by their necks. :O

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  93. While on vacation, (driving up highway 1) I would send pictures to my coworkers. In return they would send pictures of them working hard at the restaurant in my absence. Classic response.

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  94. I'm downsizing my living space and held a huge destash sale. Friends from 3 knitting groups came to shop. One knitted brought a friend who didn't know me. The stranger looked at all the yarn and asked me "why are you giving up knitting?" Before I could answer my friend said "she isn't. This is just the yarn she isn't taking with her. There's 3 times this amount upstairs!" The poor woman was gobsmacked. I'm stashmaven on Rag.

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  95. I got married 6 days ago and we had a few glitches during the ceremony. It was a very hot day beside a lake in the mountains and the mayflies were swarming. My dress and veil acted like bug netting and my groom was picking the flies off me through the ceremony. At one point a fly flew into the officiant`s mouth while she was speaking!

    It was so hot that it was hard to get our rings on. My groom managed to get mine on but I couldn`t get his on. I tried about 5 times and even resorted to pulling the end of his finger while pushing on the ring. Unfortunately he had to push it on himself.

    Not quite what we were hoping for but it did get some laughs from our friends and family. Despite the minor glitches we had a great day! (I`m jennywren1 on ravlery)

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  96. Unfortunately I've been so busy with work and school this summer that there has been no time for shenanigans. I'm living vicariously through everyone else ;-) DeMerse on ravelry

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  97. Hello :)
    I just found you through instagram. This is a very generous giveaway, you are so kind. I would like to get a chance....
    The funniest thing... it was a funny moment when I was watering the trees and 2 dogs came to drink but one of them tried to get the hose and he almost could but both of they were very playful with the water... Of course after they gone I looked like after a rainy storm :)

    Best regards from Hungary!

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  98. My story is sort of sad, then sort of funny. Mom has always liked to keep her yard very natural, but under control. She tried a new gardener who pretty much turned everything into lollipop shapes and, by our standards, did more harm than good. That's the sad part.

    The funny part is that this feisty 88 year old lady decided it was time for her to get a chainsaw and start doing her own gardening again. We got her the most compact and lightweight one we could find, but it only took one read-through of the manual for her to realize it was more than she could handle. Kinda sad again, I guess, but the middle part was the funniest thing that happened this summer. Meanwhile, back in Yarn Heaven - That is GORGEOUS yarn, thanks for the giveaway! KittenWhiplash on Rav.

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  99. My friend Sophie from Scotland visited this summer, and we pass a vintage hearse that is clearly just for show and no longer "working" and she proclaims "My, hearses are jazzy in this country!" I think she honestly thought we Americans hauled our dead around in lavender, airbrushed hearses. Too funny. Gorgeous yarn! geo9 on rav.

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  100. My granddaughter is knitting more seriously this summer. She was finishing up a little project and wondered how to store her needles so we got talking about how I store mine. We got to the fact that when I die All My Needles will be hers. She replied, 'AND your yarn?'

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  101. I had an electrician come to my house to do some work for me. When he rung the doorbell, it stuck on him. He had to come in and take the batteries out of the doorbell to get it to stop ringing. He put me in a new doorbell switch for free before he left. I was glad it happen to him and not someone else.

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  102. I just moved into an apartment building this summer. I took my dog out and was waiting for the elevator. A very nicely dressed woman emerged from the elevator, complimented my dog and then turned to me and asked if I was a dog walker! I was wearing yoga pants and a t-shirt, not very dressed up. I said "no I live here", got in the elevator and laughed all the way up to my apartment.

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  103. Yesterday my son decided to teach me the Darth Vader theme song. He was so serious and careful in teaching me that I didn't have the heart to tell him I learned that tune more than thirty years ago.
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  104. The funniest thing the summer has been my neighbor's dog. The little guy is an escape artist. Every time they close off one avenue of escape he finds another a way out. I have enjoyed watching him try and figure out how he is going to get out. He is smart enough to leave in the early morning hours and return when his people are not outside to catch him. He never leaves during the day when his people might see him.

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  105. Just last week I walked out of my house to head to work and there were roofers ripping up my shingles, the only problem is that I'm not planning on getting a new roof right now! They had the wrong address and wanted to put a new roof on my neighbor's house instead haha. Never had THAT happen before!

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  106. similar to other comments - don't drink and knit. Last night having a second cider because it was so hot I looked down to see that 6 rows back on my sock I had used the wrong yarn (one of 4) and had to tink back. What I find funny is that I could actually tell I had made a mistake at that point.

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  107. Life itself is funny! My wife would love this yarn.

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  108. Hiking on the mountain behind our mountain, my friend and I came upon an old cabin. i'm always a bit hesitant because I'm terrified of someone shooting at us or our dogs. it is an irrational fear. anyhow we discovered the door was unlocked and we had a quick peak inside- an immaculate cabin with 2 stoves, a bunk bed, about 6 chairs, a wall of frying pans and a brightly colored cabinet hanging on the wall. Lovely.It is probably used by cowboys while branding the cattle that free range graze the mountain. we have been back several times and now use the cabin as our landmark for hiking.

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  109. While visiting our daughter and 4 year old granddaughter in Colorado we had our granddaughter at the hotel with us. We watched her several days while our daughter was working. She wanted something and I told her no, she promptly informed me "I don't like the way your treating me." It was quite funny!

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  110. The funniest thing I've witnessed this summer was my husband ballet "dancing" with my two and one year old daughters. They thought he was so talented. I, on the other hand, spent the entire performance fearing for our walls, our valuables, and his ankles. :D

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  111. My "big" boy of three thinking he is a serious helper at helping his very pregnant mom off the couch! He puffs up his chest and tells me, "I here to hep you Mommy!"
    Lucy21780 in Rav.

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  112. Probably telling my 5 year old daughter that the newly finished chicken coop was really her new bedroom .... and having her believe me. anythingbutsnow on Ravelry.

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  113. My husband always scared out of me while I'm in bathing tub. One moment he wasn't here so I go ahead and wash my hair. I always shut my eyes while shampooing. Then I rinsed it and he was sitting on a toilet and I shrieking. He said "that's never getting old". Ravelry: mommyknitter208.

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  114. This was funny in retrospect, but embarassing at the time! I was walking with my four year old son and in front of us was a young woman with a short, tight skirt and low cut blouse. My son starts chanting, "Skank, Skank, Skank." Don't know if she heard him, but I quickly turned around and went back the other way! (Thanks Dad, for teaching him this word)
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  115. My sister was telling me that her boss was having a cow. My niece piped up "She is getting a cow! When can we go see it?"

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  116. My daughter asking if she can go to Grandma's so she can stop whining all the time!

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  117. Had to be this morning when I went to my son in recovery. He had all four wisdom teeth removed and was still feeling the effects of medication. First thing he did was flap his hands in front of his chest and said something totally garbled. Then he thrust his hands to me and reported that they were cold. So, I got to hold my 17 year-old's hands in public to warm them! His attempts to use the little American Sign Language that he knows was also a hoot!
    twosaners on ravelry

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  118. This didn't happen to me, but it sure make our family laugh when we heard it. My bother and his girlfriend drove up for a wedding, about 28 hours worth of driving in total. Close to the Ontario/Manitoba border my brother got pulled over for speeding. When the cop walked up both he and his girlfriend were frantically searching for his license and the registration when they realized they had put everything in the diaper bag when they first left to drop the kids off at his ex's. His girlfriend "had" a picture of the registration on her phone, but she had to go through about 60 photos of their 6 six kids before the cop told them not to worry about it and just wrote them a ticket for failing to produce a valid drivers license.

    heatherlaura on Ravelry

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  119. Our outdoor kitty, Finnian is getting annoyed with us. He has to share the front porch with our tame squirrel Rosie.Finnian keeps hoping we will bring him treats only to find they are peanuts for the squirrel. Originally it was just Rosie he had to share with but now there are about 4 other squirrels who are well on the way to becoming tame. It's not uncommon to find him with 3-4 squirrels on the porch waiting for supper. Fortunately for the squirrels he's a pretty lazy cat and knows the squirrels are faster than him!

    Alikat2004 on Ravelry

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  120. Was given a free Shetland ewe because she was too tiny to be bred. Six days later she presented me with twins....on April 1! The wee ewe is April and the little ram is Tomfoolery. Mother and babies are doing just fine!

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  121. Having walked 11 miles yesterday, my husband and I were walking like John Wayne, we were laughing at each other so much.
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  122. I've been dog-sitting for a friend several times this summer. He's a big 11-year old black lab. And I do mean BIG. Sometimes he does the goofiest things. Once I was walking him in the nearby forest and he went off into the tall grass near the trail. All the sudden he flops over on his back, all I see are his legs waving in the grass. Then he comes back onto the trail with all these little purple wildflowers wrapped around himself, like a garland.

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  123. The funniest thing that happened to me occurred one morning when I was working at FiberArts in the Glen in Watkins Glen. A couple came into the shop looking for a tapestry kits. Since we don't carry tapestry materials, I went on line to look up another local resource for them. As I usually do, I began to chat with the, asking them where they were from. The gentleman said told me they were from Niagara Falls, NY. I, in turn, told them that I had grown there. He asked where and I told him Cayuga Island and it turns out they live 5 minutes from there. He asked my last name and I told him. He said he knew a Helene. Turns out his last name also begins with a CH and we had been in the same home room throughout our school years. And this was decades ago! You just never know who you'll meet at e yarn shop!
    Helene Chaika Fausold
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  124. I just finished washing and drying a raw fleece of the softest cvm. I've got two pillowcases, one with the chunks of fleece and one with the locks I've pulled. I left them on the floor when I got up to do something and when I came back my little Roo cat had snuggled in between (and a little on top of one) the pillowcases and was happily sleeping. I was only gone maybe 10 minutes. I let her sleep there for a few hours since it was entirely my fault for leaving the bags on the floor. Now I make sure to put the bags out of cat's reach when I get up.

    dystini on Ravelry

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  125. Nothing really funny has happened to me this summer. I'd REALLY like a chance at that yarn, though!

    prayerknitter on Ravelry

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  126. Over the weekend while preparing dinner our 21 month old daughter discovered the moon. She was pointing to the sky wanting to show us, we told her that it was the moon. She then would say "the moon, the moon". When it was time to get into her high chair for dinner she would not get in her chair until we positioned it by the door where she could see the moon while eating. She ate by moonlight that night.
    inglimel000 on Ravelry

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  127. OMG, the most funniest thing of this summer, I think it happened last week. I live together with two cats of a special anti-allergic breed: Devon Rex. They live in my living-room, but sometimes they manage to escape from the living-room. And then they ran upstairs and hide under my bed... This week I had been out to do some shopping and when I came back I saw that the door of the living-room was open. OMG, I saw myself "chasing the cats" for hours ))-: But all of a sudden I got a bright idea to call them by their names and shake with some cat sweets and immediately they ran downstairs into the living-room, of course with a naughty (and a bit scared) face...... It was so funny to see them running into the living-room so easily!!
    (I have a very low income, but my summer is filled with knitting beautiful shawls and I should really love to receive this gorgeous yarn collection ((-: !!!)
    Warmly,
    Brigit - on Ravelry: knit3hearts

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  128. While getting prepared for bed, little one had seen me using the oven mitts(which are kept hanging on the side of the fridge). I went to his bedroom to get his pajama and when I came back to the living room he had put the mitts on as socks! s01lotus on rav

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  129. The funniest thing that happened recently was a little girl who came over to play, reached into the cucumber patch to pick up a kitten and found a garter snake instead. A lot of shrieking followed.

    honingharmony at gmail dot com

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  130. A couple days ago my dishwasher stopped draining. My husband decided to disconnect the water and drain hose from the wall to see if he could find the clog. All was going well, until he went to disconnect the water hose. Despite having turned off the nozzle at the wall, water started pouring out of the wall, and into the kitchen. And, to add injury to insult, the water was STEAMING hot, so you couldn't even be near it without getting burned. We ran to shut off the hot water supply to the house and came back to a couple inches of boiling lava hot water in the kitchen! Luckily the water didn't make it out of the tiled kitchen!
    Rav: Rooski

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  131. When I was visiting my parents with my girls this summer, we visited an outdoor, animal park that you could drive through. They had some zoo animals, like zebras and even bears that waved at you and you could feed them bread. We brought some bread and as per my Dad's instructions, a small bucket to put it in.
    When driving through, all the animals would come to his side, and he'd roll down the window and put out the bucket of bread, but after maybe 10-15 seconds, he'd say, "that's enough" and roll up the window. The girls said, "Papa, let them eat longer. They aren't going to hurt you." But he'd still roll up his window and drive along to the next animal. This was a process that he kept on repeating and we kept on giving him a hard time since he was obviously scared of the animals.
    One of the last animals that came over to feed was a zebra and it was beautiful. We all were enjoying looking at it. My Dad put the bucket of food out again like the many times he had already, but after only a few seconds, he brought the food back in and started rolling up the window. We said,"Come on, let him eat longer. What are you afraid of? Why are you...?" In the moment the window started to seal, the zebra sneezed and the entire window was covered with food, mucus, etc. my Dad turned to all of us and said,"See? That's why!" We all laughed so hard and still are laughing about this.
    Thanks Laura!
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  132. I was teaching a group of friends to make leather wrap bracelets. As I cut some more beading thread, I put the beading needle in my mouth for "safe keeping", only to discover that I had inadvertently used my tongue as a pin cushion. My friends stared at me in disbelief while I said "my ton, my ton", enunciation not that easy at the time. Although there was a nurse in the group, she had not yet taken her seminar about what to do with impalement victims. She later told me that you are supposed to leave in the object and promptly get the patient to the hospital. Luckily I was able to work it out of my tongue without injury.
    robinlewis@earthlink.net

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