Friday, February 8, 2013

Ninety-Two Years!

Today my father turns 92 and that's cause for celebration. If he hadn't dragged the family to Switzerland in 1968 so he could do research in Europe and northern Africa, I might never have learned to knit.
Those of you who have followed my blog for a couple of years will remember that he had a bad accident on his daily bike ride that landed him in the hospital with 7 broken ribs and a punctured lung. He recovered and continues to bike whenever the weather allows. Today, my brothers and sister will take him downhill skiing to celebrate. I'm enormously proud of him.
Here he is in a photo I took a couple of years ago. I knitted the sweater he's wearing back in 1980 and he's worn it most days between October and March since then. I wish I remembered what yarn I used because it has never pilled and shows very little sign of wear more than 30 years later.
I am participating in a retreat (on San Juan Island!) and won't be able to celebrate with the rest of the family today. So, I'll celebrate by holding a raffle for one of my print books (check out my website for a list; sorry--electronic books are not included in this offer). Respond to this post to indicate which book you'd like and why and I'll use a random-number generator to draw a name when I return home next Thursday.

60 comments:

Savannagal said...

Happiest of birthdays to your father. How wonderful. I hope he has a great time skiiing and enjoying his day.

I would love to win a copy of Simple Style or The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Chery said...

Ann, enjoy your retreat! Happy Birthday to your dad. Great looking sweater.

I'd like to have a copy of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns:
Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges

Thanks.

Cindy said...

All your books are great and I would love to win a copy of Simple Style.

pudgypooh said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad! I would love to win a copy of The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.

Elizabeth D said...

Happy birthday to your father -- I hope he has a great time on the slopes! I would love to win Simple Style, should I be so lucky.

Peggy Graham said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! What a blessing that he's still able to be active and vibrant! And how lovely that his choice to go to Switzerland has blessed him with that fabulous sweater!

I would love to win your Sock Knitting Master Class book because after knitting for some 46 years (since I was 9)I'm always excited to learn new stitches and techniques.

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harriet said...

Happy Birthday to your dad. His sweater is lovely and how great is it that he wears it so much!

I'd love to win a copy of Lace Style. I really like knitting lace and have many shawls to prove this. I'm about to cast on another and always love looking at more lace patterns.

mlb said...

Best wishes to your dad for a very happy birthday and thank you to you for this giveaway! I would love a copy of the top down sweater book.

MelissaH said...

Happy birthday to your father! I think skiing is a fine way to celebrate any birthday.

I'd love to win a copy of Simple Style. I already have your Handy Books, which are fantastic!

Judith said...

You are indeed blessed to have a 92 year old father... and one who can still ski! Have a terrific retreat and if I am the lucky winner I would love the Top Down sweater book!

Malin said...

Happy birthday to your father! He is the same age as my garndmother and she certainly couldn't go downhill skiing, wow! It must be the Norwegian sweater ;-)

I'd love to win Knitted gifts, it is full of small fun projects.

Jersey Shore Deb said...

Happy Birthday to your father, Ann! My mother will turn 92 on the 26th--so they're contemporaries! I was happy to see, when I looked at the list of your books, that I have many of them already! One that I don't have is Knitted Gifts. I'd love to add that one to my library.

Na said...

I would love a copy of Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. I have an eltectronic version which is great, but there is nothing better than flipping through an actual book.

Agnes said...

I would love to own sock knitting master class, to stare at the socks for ages! (and knit one)
Happy birthday to your father- my great-grandmother(I'm twelve) is turning 100 this fall!

Kathy... said...

I would love the Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. I just recently purchased The Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters, and with the two books....well, I'd have a very complete set, and absolutely no reason to not knit beautiful, well fitting sweaters!

Happy Birthday to your very handsome father! (And many more, sir!).

√úhltje said...

A very happy birthday to your father. I would like to win a copy of the Best of Interweave Knits.

susanssnippets said...

While I have used your Handy Book of Sweater Patterns to make a simple pullover for my daughter (who is incredibly picky and loves the sweater to no end), I would love a copy of your Knitter's Handy Book of Top Down Sweater Patterns as this style of knitting is my favorite when it comes to pullovers. Make sure that you treasure each moment with your father and wish him the very best of birthdays! He's like my father who treasures everything that I make for him and wears each item as often as possible.

nzdeb said...

Happy Birthday to your Father, he is doing very well.
I would love the Knitters Handy Book of Top-down sweaters.Thanks.

D Louise said...

Happy Birthday to your dad. We ALL wish you knew what yarn that lovely sweater was knitted from. Wow!

I'd love to have the Knitter's book of Top Down Sweater Patterns to add to my library of Ann Budd books

slmiller8 said...

Skiing at 92! That's incredible; hope I'll do something similar at that age. I'm crazy about socks right now, so "Sock Kintting, Master Class" would be my choice. Thank you!

Jhoulihan said...

Happy birthday to your Dad! I hope I am even half that active at 92!

If I won. I would love a copy of Favorite Socks.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful sweater!. It looks fresh off the needles. Happiest of birthdays to your father. He is a handsome and healthy looking man. How lucky you are to still have him in your life. My father died when he was 50 and I still miss him 41 years later.
I have many of your books (love them), but would like to add the Top Down Sweaters to my collection.
Thank you, Sylvia

Toni said...

That was a really nice post you shared. Happy birthday to your father. Thanks for the giveaway chance too -- I'd like the Top Down Sweater book.

tutto a posto said...

Buon compleano to your dad! I have a four of your books and the one that I would love to win is:
Knitter's Handy Book Of Sweater Patterns Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges. Thank you for the opportunity!

BCGramma said...

Happy birthday to your father, 92 and skiing is quite an accomplishment. Good for him. The sweater is beautiful and looks marvelous even after all these years.

suzehil said...

What a handsome man your father is! I wish him a very Happy Birthday and hope you enjoy the retreat.

I would love to have Color Style.

Thank you.

drjayjr said...

I'd love the sock masterclass book and happt b'day to your Dad.

John Ranck

susan said...

Happy Birthday to your father and sincere wishes for many more! His sweater is so beautiful. Wow......30 yrs. of wear.....what a glowing testament to your outstanding craftsmanship!
Thanks so much for the giveaway! I would choose "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns". It's been on my wish list for quite awhile.

Maryanne & Duke said...

Many happy wishes for your dad's birthday. How wonderful that he is still so active!

I would love to win The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I get it from the library all the time, and it would be great to have my own copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

Zenitude said...

What an amazing father. I wish him many more wonderful birthdays skiing with his family!
Thanks for the fun giveaway. I would choose the Knitters handy book of top-down sweaters.
Enjoy San Juan!

Jennifer Arlin said...

Happy birthday to your dad! What a lucky man he is. Wishing him continued health and joy.

How I'd love to win a copy of "Favorite Socks."

I live your blog - keep it up please. It's fun to follow what you're up to!

Lindarose11 said...

Best wishes to your Dad! What a great sweater even after so many years.

I would love a copy of Top Down Sweaters as I am planning on knitting my first sweater.

Thank you.

Susann Lusnia said...

Best wishes to your father!

I would love a copy of Sock Knitting Master Class.

Susann Lusnia said...

Best wishes to your father!

I would love a copy of Sock Knitting Master Class.

PenCraft said...

I would love to win a copy of the top down sweater book. The sweater your father is wearing is gorgeous!

Jane said...

Congratulations and best wishes for a very happy birthday for your father. You are blessed to have him! I think the book I would most like is your top-down sweater book, since this is my preferred method for making sweaters. Thanks for the opportunity!

karen alho said...

Happy Birthday to Dad! Mine would have been 94 a few mnonths ago. You're so lucky to have such a with-it, lively man!

My choice would be the Handy book of Sweaters.

robin said...

Happy birthday to your dad! Phenomenal!
Top Down Sweaters if you please or Basic Sweater Designs - I knit everything else & have most of your other books. ;-)

robin said...

Happy birthday to your dad! Phenomenal!
Top Down Sweaters if you please or Basic Sweater Designs - I knit everything else & have most of your other books. ;-)

nicolaknits said...

Great to hear that your dad is such a fit example of senior living! And knitworthy too!! Let's see, I think I'd go for The Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. Thanks.

nicolaknits@wordpress.com

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday to Dad! Thanks for the celebratory giveaway. I saw your Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters at the public library and would love a copy for my own library. It looks like it would be a regular go-to. Thank you for creating such great resources.

Sybil W said...

Happy Birthday to your father. The sweater is beautiful he is wearing. I would like to have a copy of your Top Down Sweaters.

Pat said...

Lace Style is on my list. I am currently working on a lace sweater using you new Top Down Book.
Happy Birthday to both our Dad's. Mine is only 90.

lilpixie said...

Wow! I really hope I'm as active at 92. Happy Birhtday to your dad and thank you for a great giveaway. I'd like to add your Knitter's Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters to my knitting arsenal :).

Sara B said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! I hope that you are enjoying your retreat.

I already have the first two Knitter's Handy Books and would love to have the Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters as well. I've been looking through a copy from my library to plan my next sweater.

Jen said...

The happiest of birthdays to you, good sir! I would love the Knitter's Book of Top-Down Sweaters -- I have a sweater quantity of yarn but need some help!

nielsenk said...

Happy birthday wishes to your father! Beautiful sweater! I would love the Knitter's Book of Top-Down Sweaters.

Gwen A said...

I'll add my "happy birthday to your dad" wishes to everyone else's. And that sweater is gorgeous. :)

book? hmm. I'd love to win a copy of Sock Knitting Master Class. I've wanted it ever since you did your series of posts when you knitted your way through it. (Eventually I want a drawer full of hand-knitted socks.)

Gwen
gracie41999 on Ravelry

Bente Simone said...

Happy birthday to your dad!! The sweater you have knitted for him are just wonderful. I have one similiar after my granddad. That one neither seems used...

book, nice of you. I'd love to have The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, to have something to work from when I knit.

Lila B said...

Best Wishes to your Dad and his wonderful sweater. Hope you are having a wonderful time at your retreat.

At the top of my wish list is "Sock Knitting Master Class".

cryla1009(Rav)

GerryART said...

Happy Birthday to your dad.
I adore that he's on the go AND loves your hand-knits.

Ann, i love knitting sock!!!!
I own your Master Class
Would love to have a copy of FAVORITE SOCKS

Thanks for the opportunity of learning more about my favorite knitting.

Recently download. Top-Down Sweaters
I find it pretty darn useful

Thanks

Bordergirl said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to your Father!
I would love your book Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. I have yet to tackle the top down sweater technique. Your book would be inspiring and helpful.

Thanks,

Bordergirl

Carol Milak said...

Happy Birthday to your dad, and Happy Retreat to you.

I have the Handy Book of Patterns on my wish list, and it would be totally nice if you could circumvent that particular process!

Velda said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad! You are so lucky to still have your father. And biking and skiing at 92, how amazing. I would love to win your book Knitters Handbook of Top Down Sweaters in Multiple Sizes and Gauges.
Velda
vjferguson@comcast.net

Rebecca said...

Oh, I would want Sock Knitting Master Class since I already own a bunch of your other books.

NanciKnita said...

Hi Ann
I hope the Retreat was great! How fortunate you are to have a 92 year old dad- and a resilient one at that!
I would love the Knitters Book of Top Down Sweaters. It's a great technique for my body type and one I plan on buying!
Thanks
Nanci

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! His sweater is so beautiful!

Thanks for a great giveaway, too.
Would love to have your Sock knitting Master's Class.
Lynn
LynnIL ravelry

Anonymous said...

Hope that I am not too late to this party.
Happy Birthday to your Dad! Nice sweater.
Would be very excited to win the Knitters Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters. Thanks for a chance!
Chels
chelseyb5 at aol dot com

JoLynn said...

Hope you enjoyed your retreat in my neck of the woods, maybe a sunny day or two. Cat's retreat, I am guessing.
I believe I have all your books.