snow melt contest 2011!!

I think it might be the fourth year?

EDITED TO ADD: Contest deadline 6 pm Friday, April 1.

Guess when this humongous snowpile will melt!
snowpile 3march2011 (7) snowpile 3march2011 (2)
Photos from March 3. It has melted a bit since then, but then snowed more, and it’s been cold again. So it looks about the same.

Leave a comment in this post with the date that you think this pile will be all gone.

Two winners: (1) randomly drawn from the entries and (2) the person who guesses closest to the actual totally gone date. If two people guess the same date, I’ll flip a coin. If two people are equally off on the date, I’ll take the one who was closest but not over.

Prizes: Your choice of

  • selmalala
    selmalala sock yarn
  • meilenweit
    meilenweit sock yarn
  • mandy 002
    4 ounces corriedale, “mandy”
  • needle cases 071
    your choice of a dp or circular needle case
  • $25 donation to your favorite human rights, child advocacy, or animal welfare organization. Something along the lines of: MSF/Doctors Without Borders; Amnesty International;York Center for Wildlife; Heifer International…You get the idea
  • Hints: scout around in the archives…

    We still have a fair amount of snow

    My neighbor across the street has crocus and snowdrops in front of the house. Here’s where our crocus grow (left) and scilla (right):
    front yard 17march2011 front yard 17march2011 (1)
    These photos are from last week… I’d say there’s almost no snow now where the scilla should be, and about 8 inches where the crocus come up. That blip of blue in the photo is the top of a 12 inch ruler.

    The front yard:
    front yard 17march2011 (4) front yard 17march2011 (5)
    (again, last Friday… I meant to write this post last week, and have been lazy about taking new pictures)

    a new decade

    Perhaps I’m lazy because last Saturday I turned 50. Rather quietly… Had a lovely dinner, co-workers took me out for lunch on Thursday, there’s a great massage coming, received some sparkly baubles for my ears and hand made chocolate, and a friend brought tulips…
    birthday 2011

    They were such a bright note of spring in this otherwise snowy landscape that I kept them around past their time… for the past few mornings I thought “I should toss those”, but then the morning sun would shine through them and the color was still lovely.
    birthday tulips (2) birthday tulips (4)


    The next night went to Reid State Park to see the “super moon”… clearly a small handheld point and shoot without a tripod is not the way to capture a beautiful image. But it was a great time! And a lot of people came
    reid dusk 19mar2011 reid orange moon and waves reid moonlight on ocean
    (can ya feel the power of the waves???)

    And here, some video…

    Two moons!

    I am rather amazed that over 200 people looked at that last one… these really are just silly…


    and unknitting and reknitting and unknitting…

    Third start, and then ripped it all out…
    carnaby take 3 carnaby take 3 (1)
    Was missing a purl row at the start of the stockinette section… and it was too short (after thinking that before it was too long)…

    black and white boys

    sid (1) sid
    Sid, sporting a fancy new haircut

    And Seamus, that Canoeing Cat, soaking in a bit of heat…
    seamus (1)

13 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Janet the Snow Goddess said,

    March 26, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    I’m definitely going to win this year. All the rest of you, don’t bother to enter.

    I say June 10.

  2. 2

    Sara said,

    March 26, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    i’m going with my gut – May 15th! Don’t have a clue why – but, that’s what I’m guessing.

    Do you make those needle cases? They are beautiful!!!

    The animals look quite content and I like the new “do” on Syd!

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    Dave Daniels said,

    March 26, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY! I hope you’re enjoying your 50′s so far. (For me, it was rather uneventful.)
    Snow? Melt? June 8.

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    Brenda said,

    March 27, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    My guess for the great snow melt contest is June 6. I think I guess that or a close date every year. I don’t know why, but it seems like it’s just late enough that it makes sense.
    And, Happy Birthday!

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    Kristen said,

    March 27, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Happy belated birthday! I’m sad that I missed the big one…but glad you had a great day.

    I, too, am wondering if you’re making those needle cases, they are totally cute, and I want one :)

    I’m gonna guess May 25th for your snow pile to melt.

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    Ellen said,

    March 28, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    I’m being the pessimist and saying June 14th which is also my sister Lynn’s BD which is good! Love the before and after tulips….most of my daffodils are 5 inches out of the ground and I’m hoping for blooms soon!

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    Emily said,

    March 28, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    There was a lot of snow this year, so I’m going for July 1st!

  8. 8

    Emily said,

    March 28, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

    And Happy Birthday!

  9. 9

    Chris said,

    March 29, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    Hmm. June 17. :) I love that Meilenweit colorway! (It’s my favorite workhorse sock yarn.)

    Belated happy birthday to YOU!!!

  10. 10

    Gramily said,

    March 30, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    These snow melt dates are depressing. I’ll go with my mom’s birthday, though she isn’t using it anymore. June 11. Loved hearing your voice in the moon rise video. Your enthusiasm is infectious. and belated Happy Birthday, you Kid, you!

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    Mary T said,

    March 30, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    I’m guessing June 13th. Happy Birthday!

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    Krysta said,

    March 30, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Well seeing as how you are going to add another foot of snow to that pile on Friday, I’m gonna vote for the 4th of July, which will also be my grandma’s 90th birthday!

    Happy 1/2 century to ya babe!

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    Jason said,

    March 31, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    I guess July 2nd. :)

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