A Giveaway

 
Sunday evening already! 

I think Sunday night sleeplessness and anxiety is a real thing. I hate Sunday nights. Poor sleep. Pre-thinking about work. Why??? 

Too much stress. The planet is going to crack under all the pressure. 

I wish I were Super Mom and could pre-cook a work week’s worth of nutritious dinners on Sundays. That would make life sssoooooo much smoother during the week. 

But wait.

I am the mother of a two year old. It doesn’t matter what I cook. No one will eat it. I just pretend to serve balanced meals to alleviate the guilt and prove to myself That At Least I Tried. 

It could be worse.

Really I am just going to turn dinner into choclate pudding with raspberries every night. That is all I want to eat anyway. Occasionally sourdough toast with butter, but mostly chocolate and berries. Less dishes. No pots and pans. Everyone else can have frozen pizza.

In my dreams.

Also in my dreams: someone to clean my car (inside and out), someone to deep clean my fridge (can be the same person…I really don’t care as long as it isn’t me…), and someone to rub my neck. Ideally the neck rubber would be my husband, but I already know that is not happening.

Where is the love?

Speaking of love, I have some goodies to share either you. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a skein of Spud and Chloe sock yarn in a nice eggplanty shade of purple and a skein of Berroco Seduce in a pretty icey blue.

Now that we know I will not be offered the job to name shades of lip stick and nail polish, I wish you the best of weeks. May your knitting time be bountiful, uninterrupted, and without dropped stitches.

Same winner receives both goodies. Limited to US shipping only. Sorry. I will add international shipping options just as soon as I win the lottery.  Deadline to enter is this Wedsday, June 10th, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. 

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  • Reply PamelaR June 7, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I feel your pain. I love to cook but cooking for one is a royal pita! i have taken to using my crock pot to cook a huge amount of chicken that I can morph into different things all week. Takes me about 15-20 minutes each night to put together a healthy meal with my cooked chicken. That stress will vanish into the heavens when you retire. I retired early and it was the best thing I have ever done for myself but I did save like crazy to be able to do it. But no more stress….just knitting…gotta love it. πŸ™‚ (pamelaric on Ravelry)

  • Reply Donna June 7, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Nice giveway!

  • Reply Kenzie Audacious June 7, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Oh, goodness. Berries with chocolate sounds like the best idea right now. My husband too is a picky eater and I’m getting sick of meals of Mac ‘n Cheese or chicken nuggets. Seriously, shouldn’t he have passed that stage by now?

    Either way, you totally deserve a massage, even if it’s the husbeast watching the kiddo while you pay someone to give it to you. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Tamera June 7, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Don’t fret, pudding counts as a serving of dairy! I currently feed a pair of boys, ages 2 and 4… Shall we say that cheese noodles with teeny-tiny broccoli bits (because 2yr old spits out big peices) appear frequently on the lunch menu?

  • Reply Guenny June 7, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Oh! Such lovely yarn colors. I wish you well, hope you will have a good week. πŸ™‚

  • Reply tjwynn June 7, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    I agree. Sunday make two mains for alternating through the week. Allows some knitting time. BTW, looking forward to knitting your Tatiana and Quince patterns.

  • Reply littleblackdogsa June 8, 2015 at 1:57 am

    πŸ™‚ Don’t mind if I don’t win, as I live way outside the US.
    But hang in there. I also raised a two year old, many years ago. Your life sounds pretty much like mine, in those days. But they grow up so quickly. πŸ™‚ Just love it and have fun.
    ps: Love the “eggplanty” colour. I just bought a pair of winter leggings in exactly that colour this weekend. πŸ™‚
    All the best. Hugs from a wintery Johannesburg.

  • Reply Lee June 8, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway! I totally understand your perspective on life and it’s busyness! At least we have kntting to help us relax at the end of a long day! Take care:)

  • Reply nothingbutknit2 June 8, 2015 at 3:51 am

    I feel your pain! We had ice cream for dinner last night. I really wish I had made a real dinner and done the ice cream tonight when I have to be out the door for a meeting right after dinner.

  • Reply Alexandra June 8, 2015 at 4:28 am

    I guess I just comment to enter the giveaway? Yes no maybe. I completely empathize on the cooking front. I feed both my fiancee and his brother and they both have these absurd standards of what they will and won’t eat. I have to puree vegetables and hide them in stuff just to get a tiny bit of nutrition in their diet. And I often have to make different batches because the brother refuses to consume anything that isn’t bland. He normally lives on canned beef stew, disgusting store brand frozen pizza and medium store brand cheddar cheese. And he drinks orange juice with them. Ugh.

  • Reply Sara Crafts June 8, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who pretends to serve delicious dinners! πŸ˜‰ My three year old eats pancakes most nights.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Rav ID: SaraMCrafts

  • Reply Ravelry-serenity June 8, 2015 at 5:25 am

    I understand what you are talking about. I raised two children, now they are 27 and 29. All that worrying and prepping must have paid off. I would definitely do it all again, maybe worry less next time. Your yarn offer is beautiful and so generous. I love both yarns and colors.
    Hang in there, the best is yet to come!

  • Reply Rose Scott June 8, 2015 at 8:24 am

    All wee tots will grow up knowing their Mom is the best cook ever; even if she only “cooks” ice cream with blueberries. You’ll do fine without all the stress. They loves their Moms. Lovely giveaway indeed. Thank you so much.

  • Reply Marcia Koenig June 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Trader Joe’s is my go-to for prepared meals from the freezer!
    Love the yarns.

  • Reply Michele Christman June 8, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Sometimes they grow out of being picky eaters, and some (like my 14 yr old daughter) are a work in progress! πŸ™‚ The yarn is beautiful – thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply FogKnits June 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I wouldn’t complain about pudding and berries for dinner! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kristen June 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I feel your pain :/ just think some day they will be teenagers and it will be something other than food πŸ˜› sometimes you just have to do what works. thank you for the giveaway.
    Rav Id kmb34me

  • Reply knittingdancer June 8, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Purple and blue are my two favorite colors. Thanks for the chance to win some yarn.

  • Reply Beth June 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I can’t even imagine what it’s like trying to get a 2 year old to eat well on a daily basis! Just the concept sounds exhausting! Good Luck!
    Thanks for the great giveaway! Sharing the yarn we love the most is one of the great things about knitting!
    Ravelry id: knitnut13

  • Reply The Knitting Cinephile June 8, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I would love to win some yarn. I don’t have children but the Hubster is a “fussy eater” which is a euphemism for “big pain in the tuckus.” At least he eats salad.

  • Reply Lora June 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful giveaway – the colors are gorgeous!

  • Reply Sandy June 8, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I hate housework and meal planning. I wish I could just knit all day. I would love to win the yarn . I especially love the eggplant color.

  • Reply Lisa June 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Your dinner ideas sound completely fabulous to me (but I had frozen pizza for dinner last night, so maybe I’m biased!).

  • Reply Hannah June 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Beautiful yarn πŸ™‚ chocolate pudding sounds like an excellent dinner. It’s been way too hot here to even think about using the oven or cooking something !

  • Reply sheila June 8, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Who does not love pudding with some cool whip, yummy. Pretty yarn choice!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise June 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    pretty yarns and I haven’t knit with either. I hope you win the lottery one day, just because!

  • Reply Carmen N June 8, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Is that frozen pizza uncooked … since you don’t want pots & pans to clean?! LOL Just remind yourself this is only a season of life … things always change. Maybe someday the rest of your household will want to live on chocolate and raspberries too! πŸ™‚

  • Reply julie June 8, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    It does get better. As a mother to 2 teens my fantasy is to escape to an oceanside cabin by myself for a week or two or a month. BTW one of my teen daughters would love the purple yarn.

  • Reply Jen June 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Kitchen? Cooking? Is THAT what that other room is for? Who knew?

  • Reply Bethany June 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Pudding and raspberries for dinner sounds wonderful. The skeins for the giveaway are lovely as well!

  • Reply Moby Knit June 9, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I like to tell myself that if I add vegetables to my kids’ plates, they got a serving regardless of whether they actually ate it or not.

  • Reply Gina June 10, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Oooh such a pretty purple~

  • Reply Luv2CUSmile June 10, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Wish I could tell you everything gets better and easier as they get older… Yeah, can’t tell you that. LOL My 16 yr old would still rather eat cheese only pizza, chicken fingers or corn dogs and 19 yr old DD has to be dragged out to eat when she is home. Our other three pretty much eat anything and everything but yeah, I have to cook. Our 13 yr old is the only one who steps in to help with cooking duties. So, okay, maybe it will get a bit easier. You will just have to monitor how much “xyz” is used so you don’t have to go shopping again. LOL
    Thx for the giveaway. Very pretty yarns. I love Berroco but have never used Spud & Chloe. It would be a real treat.
    *Luv2CUSmile on ravelry

  • Reply Lori June 10, 2015 at 6:21 am

    The less dishes, the better the meal! At least that’s how it feels when you’re the one cleaning it all up… One of these days my fiancΓ©e will “learn” how to wash dishes with me. And thanks for the giveaway, the yarn looks lovely! I’m vtennis2014 on Ravelry πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tara June 10, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Ooh pretty and shiny! Would love to win. I also share your TML addiction from the post below!

  • Reply Denise C June 10, 2015 at 6:30 am

    I am so with you.

  • Reply Kristin French June 10, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I don’t pretend to cook right now, I have a one month old baby lol. My husband works out of state all week, so I eat out a lot. Even on weekends because I hate grocery shopping. I keep telling him I will go back to my regularly scheduled role as a housewife soon. Luckily he loves me and doesn’t care. As long as the infant and I are alive, safe, happy and fed, he is happy. I’m a lucky woman.

  • Reply ManiacalZebra June 10, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Nice yarn

  • Reply jrenken88 June 10, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Some days I feel like telling the kids to make dinner, occasionally I actually say it out loud and they look at me like I have grown another head. My youngest laughs and reminds me that he’s too little to do anything other than make cereal, so we either have to have cereal for dinner or I must cook. I like your idea though, chocolate and berries sounds delightful!

  • Reply Betsy June 10, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I have a 7yo and I wish I could tell you dinners get better.

  • Reply Suparna June 10, 2015 at 6:41 am

    No words of advice here but lots of hugs. I was a picky eater and it was difficult for my mom. πŸ™

    Thanks for the chance to win the Giveaway. I’m Loves2Dance on Ravelry.

  • Reply Brittany June 10, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I’m drooling a little over that Spud and Chloe yarn

  • Reply atangledyarn84 June 10, 2015 at 6:50 am

    My car is in pitiful shape between a 9 month old with puffs cereal and an 85 lb lab! (Ps I’m on board with the chocolate plan!)

  • Reply Linda Percy June 10, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I think “Eggplanty” would be a great name for nail polish in a deep purple shade. But the cosmetics companies go with “Purple Haze” or “Vixenish”!
    I’d love to be considered for the yarn. Who does love free yarn?

  • Reply Ron June 10, 2015 at 7:26 am

    When I was little, I would only eat corn if it had mustard. Then foods had to have BBQ sauce. Whenever I said I was hungry, my Mom would recite the same list of things in the cupboards, ending with “I didn’t leave and take all the food”. One day ~10 years ago I finally got to turn the tables on her, listing the same items, in the same order, in the same cadence. A great memory!

    Once I was old enough to make my own meals, I would always ask first if Mom was planning something. I don’t think she would have let me get away with pudding & raspberries, though, but that would have been fun.

  • Reply Lise Mendel June 10, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I think eggplanty purple is a great name for a lipstick! This looks like a great giveaway. I’m Lynnette on Ravelry.

    As far as the food goes, unless you or your husband are particularly picky eaters it’s likely to get better. I’m a big proponent of adding fruits and berries to salads myself…

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  • Reply Ameena June 10, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Oh how I can relate. I am not a good cook and don’t particularly enjoy it. I’m not a big eater either so the whole things seems like a waste! But I too Make the Effort So I Can Pretend To Be a Good Parent.

    I feel your pain friend…

  • Reply knittedblissjc June 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    oh my gosh, I totally share your dream of wishing that I had a week’s worth of nutritious meals that my toddler would actually eat…. half the time I can’t even get her to try it! I don’t live in the US so I can’t participate in the giveaway, but that is super generous of you and the yarns you chose look awesome!

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