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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Celebration, Preparation, Organization? A Contest!

My to-do list is longer by the minute, time is flying by, but I did want to touch base with you today. And probably will once more at least before we wing our way westward...

Some of us are swapping things when we get to Sock Summit - I've shown you before the mini-socks I'm knitting, and mentioned the mini-skeins I'm winding. Well, Dear Daughter has managed to complete the 25 stitch markers I asked her for. I'll be swapping these lovely Mera Designs, too:
I think she did a lovely job - the perfect size for sock knitters (and lace knitters, too). (I'm so lucky to have such a talented daughter - love you, hon!). Don't forget you can click on the photo to embiggen - and you'll want to!

One of the things I'm scurrying to finish is a certain number of bags for the National Capital Cat Show which takes place just about 1 month after I get back from Portland. That pushes me hard to get enough bags for the show, and since I've been having such trouble with my back, that's affected my productivity, too. Last weekend, I finished these:
I've got more in process this weekend, and will be more or less on track with what I wanted to complete before leaving. Granted, I'd set my sights on much higher numbers earlier in the month. Oh well. We will have what we have, and if folks don't see something they like, I take orders, right?
All of this has to do with preparation (and a certain amount of organization - at least trying to be organized in the packing and the sewing and the swapping, you know?). But I also mentioned celebration up there in the title, didn't I?

What on earth do I have to celebrate?

Why, two things actually: The end of July marked my fifth year in business as Nana Sadie Rose. I'm pretty stoked about that, as most small businesses fold in the first year. Many folks thought I'd get tired of this and quit in just a little while. I'm tickled that didn't happen - and it's mainly because I have great customers who constantly inspire me to new combos of fabrics and new ideas for bags. Seeing the creations appear fully formed is so much fun, I can't begin to think of quitting this! I'd really miss it.

The other thing? Well in that photo up there? You'll see my 750th bag. I did type that correctly - Seven HUNDRED and fifty bags. (I'm surprised, too)

So in honor of that, I'm going to have a little drawing. Leave a comment for me on THIS post by midnight (EDT) on August 10. I won't get myself together for a few days after that, I'm sure, but I'll announce the winner of the drawing by August 16 (Sunday after Sock Summit). How do you win?

1. Leave a comment here - telling me which one you think is #750. Just for commenting you'll get your name in the hat once. Tell me if you think it's - from right to left - Music Kitties (the black one on the left), Moderne Kitties (the light one in the middle), or Backyard Friends (the black one on the right)

2. IF you guess correctly, you'll get your name in a second time.

3. If you post a notice about this quiz on your blog, you'll get your name in the hat again. (leave me a link to your blog post, okay?)

4. And if someone tells me that they came to leave a comment because of your blog post? I'll put your name in again!

What will you win? I'll be putting together a little goodie bag of treats which I'll send along to the winner, so do make sure I know how to reach you! And I'm sure you can imagine that perhaps there'll be some pretty little Mera Designs stitch markers, a little sock yarn from Sock Summit indie dyers, maybe a little something from Nana Sadie Rose, too ... it'll be a nice prize, I promise, but I can't show it to you yet, because I might find something special in Portland that I can't even imagine yet.

Oh, and on that preparation note: I'm starting to think I may have to check a bag, so there are now two bags in the floor of the bedroom. Someone I know isn't too happy about that:

The suitcase is out. I'm going into kitty denial...if I hide my head and can't see it? It's not there...
The Meezer


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awe, poor Meezer!

My guess: well, with my background, it would have to be Music Kitties.

Have a wonderful trip! Remember to pack your camera, please.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

Aw, poor Meezer. Mommy going away again so soon?

Congratulations! and sheesh, why wouldn't you have something to celebrate! But 5 years SE is a pretty fabulous anniversary.

Hmmm. I guess the musical one.

12:07 AM  
Blogger margene said...

Have a fabulous time at SS. It's going to be so fun for you to meet other knitters. Wish I could be there! I pick Moderne Kitties (the light one in the middle) as your 750th bag. Congratulations on 5 years!!

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love those markers and especially the musical kitties bag (which I think is your 750th!) I wonder what number bag I have and enjoy!? Love the meezer!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Well I think it is the light one in the middle..Moderne Kitties as your 750th bag...great work, congrats!!!

10:08 AM  
Blogger KiniaCat Crafts said...

Totally SPIFFY Bags!!
I'm going to guess the "Moderne Kitties (the light one in the middle)" is #750.
Congratulations on your achievement and good taste in kitty fabric!!

6:16 PM  
Blogger meherbie said...

I'm going to be looking for you at SS, love your markers--have some much less lovely than yours. I vote for the far right "backyard friends". Shall I just look for a "Nana" ( like me) with a kitty bag??

Travel safely!

jude in Sacramento

8:40 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Great looking bags! I'll say that #750 is Barnyard Friends. Have fun at SS.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm going with the Music bag...

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth (Hutchart on Ravelry) said...

Congratulations and enjoy the Summit! I guess the backyard friends. Oh, and I found out about this and you from Margene.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Carla said...

First congratulations! Second Margene of Zeneddle sent me- Third I am guessing the 3rd bag in the background!

7:08 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

WOW! What cool bags. Margene sent me. I had never seen your work before. I think the 750th is music kitties. Have fun at the SS and, again, congrats!!!!

7:20 AM  
Blogger mrspao said...

Congratulations! Beautiful bags.
I think it is Music Kitties :)

7:32 AM  
Blogger Tan said...

I think # 750 is Backyard friends because I like that one the best.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Tan said...

Actually I like the music one really well, too, but that one in the back reminds me of Chagall painting.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Suzy said...

Very nice bags. My guess is the bag on the far right. And Margene sent me. Cheers! Suzy

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

Very pretty bags! I think it's the musical kitties bag that's #750.Have fun at SS! Margene sent me!

8:04 AM  
Anonymous karen said...

I find the nicest links from other bloggers. Zeneedle said take a look, so I did. Glad I did. Love the bags. Don't have a clue, but my angels are saying vote for the music bag! Hope they're right. Hope I'm hearing them right cause I wanna win, I wanna win, I wanna win! Have a great time at the Sock Summit & tell us all about it. Karen

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Robby said...

Margene sent me over here to check out your contest (and it looks like, put a dent in my wallet after looking around). Congratulations on such wonderful milestones in your business! I'm hoping those very cute musical kitties are #750.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous marcy said...

thanks for the contest and congrats on your milestone. really wonderful!
of course number 750 is moderne stands out!
enjoy sock summit tons for those of us who had to choose annual family vacation and wedding anniversary instead! hehehe.
would be thrilled with the prize and sock summit trinket!
knittinggolfer on rav

9:40 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Congrats on the 5 years and 750 bags. Margene's blog nudged me to come and look. And what a wonderful find. Really love the stitch markers for Sock Summit -- wish I could be there to trade for one.

I like Backyard Friends, so that's my guess.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Heide said...

Backyard kitties!

I'm going to Sock Summit too so I'll keep an eye and ear out for the lady with the socks around her neck and who jingles as she walks.

Meezer, if she doesn't bring you a treat then you can nom on any yarn that comes home with her.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I'll guess Backyard Friends. I found your blog via Margene over at Zeneedle. Congratulations on your success. Maybe I'll see you at the Sock Summit!

10:52 AM  
Blogger Cheryl S. said...

I'm coming to you through Margene's blog - I'll guess the Moderne Kitties.

11:13 AM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Five years represents and important professional and personal milestone, Sallee. Congratulations and here's to many more!

Enjoy the Summit. Pls, no contest entry for me.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I'm going to guess Music Kitties, but my favorite is the bag in the center, although they are all beautiful! I came her from Margene's Zeneedle blog, so she deserves another chance in the hat!!

Congratulations on your anniversary!

1:07 PM  
Anonymous said...

Such nice bags, my guess is the musical kitties. I too will be going to Sock Summit, hope to see you there.

3:58 PM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

I'm going with Music Kitties!

Great cat!

I'm going to Sock Summit, also! I'm 5elementknitr and my booth is #200 - come say hi!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

happy anniversary!! Maybe see you at sock summit. still trying to get hubby to road trip for the day! (we'll see , not holding breathe!) Both bags are lovely, first thought was music but i will guess moderne!

5:09 PM  
Blogger cap said...

Congrats - Margene said to come to your blog, so I'm here and will add yours to my growing list.
#750 has to be Backyard Friends, love it! But, I love them all. If anything is "catty" I love it.
Your daughter does a great job, too. I'd say she gets it from her mom. You're both fortunate to have each other and be so creative!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congratulations on your success. The stitch markers are lovely. I think it is the Moderne Kitties and Margene sent me! Enjoy the summit.... wish I was going

Debra in Seattle
foxbarlow at

8:57 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

The Meezer looks so sad, and you haven't even left yet! My answer is Music Kitties. I have to be honest and say that I saw Margene's posting about your contest before I made it here on my own, and I think it's awesome that Nana Sadie Rose has been so successful!

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

I'm guessing Musical Kitties. I love the look of that bag. Iwas sent by Margene at Zeneedle. Congratulations on five years making those ver cute bags.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Chris of SoC sent me. Congratulations on 750 bags and 5 years of success! I'll guess backyard friends is the 750th bag.

Have a wonderful time at SS! I wish I could be there, as I do knit socks from time to time. ;)

Poor Meezer!

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Dawn in NL said...

Congratulations on the super impressive buisness milestones!

I think #750 is the modern kitties one - love the fabric.

Enjoy your trip, I will look forward to reading all about it when you get back.


7:32 AM  
Blogger tattva1knits said...

Congratulations on the 3 year mark of Nana Sadie Rose!

My guess for the 750th bag is the moderne kitty.

And Chris (stumbling over chaos) linked me here.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

I'm going to guess Music Kitties, but only 'cause I love that fabric so much ;)

8:33 PM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I'll guess that the 750th bag is Musical Kitties.

1:25 PM  
Blogger danielle said...

I think it is MOderne Kitties....and Birdsong sent me over here!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Happy Anniversary. 3 years, you must be doing something right! I'd guess the center bag, Moderne, is number 750.

The markers are very pretty, DD is talented like her mother.

I've posted to my blog at

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

Margene sent me! Congratulations!

I think it is the Moderne Kitties.

I do like them all, and now have to go check out the webpage.

Thanks for the contest!

vtcjan at yahoo dot com

3:40 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

My guess is Music Kitties. I read about your contest on "Stumbling over Chaos.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Lana said...

Congrats on 5 years of beautiful bags!!! I think #750 is the one in the middle. I've posted on my blog today about your contest. Hope you have a BLAST on your trip and remember to bring your camera:~D

11:26 AM  
Blogger One Sheep said...

COngratulations on 3 years with oh so very many wonderful years yet to come!

I think the Moderne Kitties Bag is number 750. I know all of them are cuter than cute.

Enjoy SS, just don't even think about all of us sitting here envying you.

I came here via Kitten With A Whiplash.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Congratulations on five years!

And thank you for a fun contest. I'm guessing Moderne Kitties is the 750th. Margene aka Zeneedle linked me here. Off to post a link on my blog.

Have a great time at Sock Summit.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Kookababy said...

My guess: Backyard friends! I came here from Kitten With a Whiplash. My blog is

Have a great time at the sock summit.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Wow congratulations!

I'll guess the musical kitties, based on nothing.

I'm off to blog about the contest and tell all my friends to run over and enter.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

I just posted an announcement of your contest on my blog. The post is at:

(It's the first real post after the knitting monkey photo)

10:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

First off I have to say that Elaine from sent me over or she'll kill me and then what would I do if I won? Hmmm?

I'll guess the modern kitty bag.

Most importantly, CONGRATS. What a great accomplishment.

gmail - foolforknit

10:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations - 5 years!

I found out about your contest from my facilitator Elaine (elaine-knitting).

I guess the musical kitties since I love music and if I had a kitty I'd teach her to play the flute :-)

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Carla O said...

How wonderful. I love your bags and I'll guess it's the backyard kitty bag.

Elaine sent me and would throttle me if I didn't say so.

I see that there is another non-blogging Carla who has already entered. That's not me so I've added a last initial.

I can be reached at popofra AT hotmail

11:05 AM  
Blogger purple-power said...

I love the musical kitties, so I'll vote for them, but all of your bags are wonderful.

I'm a follower of Elaine and found out about your contest from her post on her blog.

Rav id is purple

1:29 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I found out about your contest from Lana over at Knit and Pray!

My guess is also going to be Music Kitties! I think it's just so darn cute. You do wonderful work!

I also posted about your contest on my blog. Here's the link...

Thanks for doing this~~

3:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

All of the choices are so pretty and funny - no wonder you've been so successful. I think I'll guess the moderne kitty bag.

I found out about the contest from Elaine's blog.

My gmail account is tomknit in case I win.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Rachel O said...

I hope your trip was fabulous and congrats on your very well-deserved success. Your bags are wonderful.

I'm guessing the musical cat bag because it's my favorite.

I found out about the contest from Elaine's blog.

And if I win - my hotmail acct is dadofra

4:14 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I guess Music Kitties it 750. They are all beautiful!

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Lisette said...

Hmm I say Music Kitties. I'm mainly saying that because it's SO cute!

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

I think it was Music Kittens! :)

6:19 PM  
Blogger teabird said...

Hey, Sallee! Congratulations on the business, the blog, and everything ... I think #750 was the musical one. It's so sophisticatted. (eek)

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Sylvia said...

I love all the bags but I'll guess the moderne kitty bag is the 750th. 750 - OMG! Like Yikes, ZOWIE, Amazing!

I hope the trip was wonderful.

weyuker AT gmail DOT com

And Elaine at clued me in to the contest.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous PBnJ said...

Congrats on your 750th bag! Wow - I'm very impressed!
I'm going to guess Backyard friends is your 750th. They're all really cute! (I love cats)

12:12 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I vote for Backyard Kitties (just because I love the fabric). Congratulations on 750 and five years in the business; you do incredibly beautiful work!!!


9:05 AM  
Blogger VPI Dyes said...

My guess is the Backyard Friends for #750!

Congrats on all of the success... I hope my business endeavors turn out as well as yours! Speaking of which, I posted the link (albeit a bit late since I just stumbled on your blog again today) on my new business' blog VPI Dyes:

Your bags are always so beautiful and I can't wait to be able to get one of my very own. Hey, maybe if my business does as well as yours I can finally afford one right? LOL!

I hope the next 5 years are even better than the last :-)

- Sandy (a.k.a Photonic on Ravelry)

5:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

750! 750! I can't sew one! I'm in awe!

I hope your trip was wonderful

I guess the backyard kitties just because ...

And I found out about your blog and contest from Elaine's post at

I'm bloglessinnj AT gmail DOT com

6:20 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Almost missed this! I'm guessing the musical kitties.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Oops, 'fessing up here: I got distracted and missed posting on my blog before the deadline!

12:36 PM  

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