Sunday, September 30, 2007

Whoduknit Riddle

Solve the riddle and win a Halloween Mystery Package. E-mail the answers to me at by Sunday, October 7.

Carrie Marshall had recently joined the Riverside police force, and on the first day of her job, she was sent out to investigate a new homicide case. The murder involved a wealthy bachelor, Steven Andrews, who lived in an expensive, grand oceanside mansion. At the time of the murder, there had been five other people in the house: the cook, the maid, two friends, and his niece. Both the cook and maid had rooms in the mansion, and the three guests had all stayed overnight.When Carrie got to the mansion, the five suspects had all been lined up in front of a large bay window. It was mid-afternoon, and through the window, Carrie could see the beautiful sunset. Her partner, Lieutenant Linda Newton, who had arrived an hour earlier, sketched out the details for Carrie. All the suspects had agreed that Steven Andrews had been found murdered in the morning, shortly before six-thirty am, but he had been alive a few minutes past midnight, when they all headed to bed. Nobody had heard anything during the night. Mandy Andrews, the niece, had come down to the kitchen to get a glass of water, and on her way back upstairs, had passed the bay window, where she saw her uncle's dead body.Carrie decides to begin interrogating the suspects as the lieutenant and two other officers go off to look for more evidence and clues. The suspects give the following testimonies:Maid: "I retired to my room shortly past eleven last night, after cleaning the dining room where Mr. Andrews dined with his guests, and helped the cook put away the leftover food. I was reading a novel until about twelve-twenty, and heard occasional laughter and talk, although I couldn't make out the words. This morning, I heard a scream, which was from Miss Mandy, so I rushed down with the cook and his two friends. Mr. Andrews was laying dead in front of that window. The lieutenant moved his body about fifteen minutes before you arrived, but there was blood on the side of the head, from a gunshot, maybe. I didn't hear anything, but whoever did it could have used a muffler. I'm innocent, though."Cook: "It's like the maid says. She was cleaning the dining room while I tidied up the kitchen, and we both stored the leftovers in the refrigerator and talked for a few minutes about his guests. I went upstairs and to my room about the same time she did, but fell asleep after I took a shower and brushed my teeth. That was about eleven-thirty maybe, and I slept soundly until this morning, when a scream woke me. I rushed downstairs with the others, and there was the body. I tell you, I didn't do it. I've been with Mr. Andrews for eight years, and he knows he can trust me."Mandy: "I was up until midnight with my uncle and his friends, talking and joking around. I fell asleep at about one-fifteen, but woke at six-twenty-four, and was thirsty, so I went down to the kitchen to get a glass of water. On the way back, I passed by the bay window, the one behind us, and I could see the beautiful sunrise outside, but, sadly, my uncle was sprawled on the ground, with a huge bloody wound on the side of his head. I screamed and the others were here in just one or two minutes.""That's enough," Carrie said abruptly, before the two friends of Mr. Andrews can say anything. "I know who did it. Lieutenant! We have our murderer!"All five suspects, and the lieutenant and her two men, who came into the room at her call, looked at Carrie. Who murdered Steven Andrews, and how did Carrie know?

Friday, September 28, 2007

from Jane

I couldn't post these on Jane's blog so I thought I would post them here . . . to share with all of you how incredibly fantastic Jane is. I have to admit that I have been negligent in not posting earlier the pics of what I received from Jane . . . sorry Jane . . . the stitch markers were won from Jane's contest. These are beautiful and this pic just doesn't do them justice.

These roses are from the Pay it Forward challenge that Jane posted about. Again, this pic just doesn't do this justice. The color of the roses is doctor and very rich. I have these on my desk and I have had so many people comment on them. However, not only are they beautiful, they are functional as the stems are knitting needles!

Thanks so much Jane. You are the best.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Solve the Whoduknit Riddle

And the winners are:

#1 Bone Harvest CD - Joyce
#2 Mystery Prize - Barbara
#3 Mystery Prize - Vigdis

No one wanted the James Patterson CD so it will go back in the prize box.

Solve the Riddle and win:
1) Bone Harvest by Mary Logue on Compact Disc or
2) Judge & Jury by James Patterson on Compact Disc or
3) A Mystery prize
Play the Whoduknit detective - solve this murder mystery :

A man was found murdered in Winter Harbor Maine on a Sunday morning.
His wife immediately called the police.
The police questioned the wife and staff and was given these alibis:
The Wife said she was in bed reading a book.
The Cook claimed she cooking breakfast.
The Gardener claimed he was planting seeds.
The Maid claimed she was getting the mail.
The Butler claimed he polishing the silver.
The police instantly arrested the murderer. Who did it and how did they know?

E-mail the answer to grammieknitsatyahoodotcom. by midnight on Wednesday, September 19. Please include which prize you are playing for in your e-mail. A drawing of all the correct answers will be held for each prize. Good Luck!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Finally a picture!

Before the autumn swap gets underway, I wanted to be sure to post pictures, finally, of the lovely things Penny sent to me for the summer swap. She did a great job of finding wonderful bargains, and it felt like Christmas or my birthday, or something when I got the box. Here are all of them together. Don't they look enticing? I loved it how she left prices on them so I could see how wisely she spent her $10.

On the left are several wonderful kinds of yarn, and I can think of lovely things to knit with them. In the center you can see the three mystery books. Patricia Wentworth is an author I have never read, but am greatly looking forward to reading. And the Jill Churchill book is one I've heard about but never been able to get, so I'm thrilled! Lovely hand-crocheted doilies are there, very colorful and pretty. I love them! There is a children's knitted patterns book on the right, sort of hiding a beautiful tote that will be perfect to hold the projects in progress. There is also a Ronco loom to make flowers, which should be lots of fun to try, and a cute notebook with Nancy Drew on the cover. And finally, there is a tube of hand cream (one of my favorite kinds, actually). Thank you so much, Penny!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Package received!

I came home Friday night from Happy Hour and found this at my front door!


And here's what was inside!! Thanks DEB!! I loved it all! Look at all those goodies!


Friday, September 07, 2007

Swap package from NOrway and knitted bracelet

Here's a pic of the great stuff Vidgis sent in the summer swap, and one of the bracelet I knitted.

Joan in West Texas

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Thank You Joyce!

I received my summer swap package from Joyce today - and what a bargain shopper she is! When I opened the box the first thing I found was this wool sweater.

Joyce suggested that I might want to felt it and make a bag out of it. It's a beautiful sweater - but wouldn't it make a beautiful felted bag!

Next was this tote bag - nice and big and room with a big zippered pocket in the front. What a great project bag this will make!

And look inside! Two skeins of Navy wool yarn, one skein of Dazzle ribbon yarn (the two of them together would make a great felted something!) Three skeins of a cream colored yarn, and two skeins of a multi-colored yarn. Then there were some vintage knitting magazines and booklets. I just love looking through old knitting patterns - so many of them are classics that just never go out of style. And there was more! Three books - two Agatha Christie's and one Anne Perry - both authors I love and books I haven't read. Not done yet! In the pocket of the tote bag there were some raspberry chocolates (no I'm not sharing them) and an invitation to come to her house and knit and nibble on a bowl of them, and some beautiful stitch markers that her DD made, and a cute little pen to go with the notepad.

Thank you Joyce - You are a super bargain hunter and a super friend!

Monday, September 03, 2007

~ Summer Yard Sale Swap ~

I received my Summer Yard Sale swap package from Sharon. Its too cool.

~ calligraphy pen set
~ calendar notepad
~ 2 spiced wax tarts
~ 2 Caron patterns (shrug and wrap)
~ 4 skeins of Caron's Simply Soft Shadow
~ Country Home & Garden tote
~ 1 Green/blue/yellow/beige sweater for recycling*
*however, Riley wants to keep it.

Thx a bunch Sharon ~ I love my package.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

My Wonderful Tag Sale Goodies

I just wanted to put a photo here to show the wonderful goodies I received from Jane in the Tag sale swap.

I also received my blogiversary gift and here is the photo of it:
Again thank-you Jane for the wonderful treats you sent.