15 July 2009

Weekly Special!

Since I've had nickel on the mind lately...I've added some more shiny nickel on my most popular pin!

Until now, it's only been available in brushed nickel (as well as copper and sterling), but if you go here and scroll down to the bottom of the page on the right, you will find a new shiny nickel option!

I know...you're waiting patiently for the Designs by Romi weekly special, right? :) Through next Wednesday, July 22, enter coupon code OOHSHINY at checkout and receive 20% off your purchase of a shiny nickel swirl penannular (el_46n) - one or more!

And the weekly give-away: leave a comment on my blog and make me laugh, and I'll enter you to win a Bluebird shawl pattern! Ok, even if I don't laugh, I'll enter you. :) It could be a joke, a riddle, a pun, a limerick, an observation or...surprise me!



Blogger Bailey said...

I'm a new member to Norgeknit and just got this email. I thought I'd leave a joke that most of us can relate to in the summer...sort of.

what was the last thing through the bug's head when it hit the windshield?

His butt!

11:31 PM  
Blogger carolpa said...

My one talented lady you are!! I'm new to your site and have had an interesting time reading the different posts. How lucky you are to be able to bike through the wine country. I live in NC and the bluebirds are quite numerous here and I love every moment that I get to see them. Thanks for an entertaining time. Carol

4:40 AM  
Blogger sjanova said...

The bluebird shawl (stole?) is lovely -- I've seen the birds only once in real life. We've had blue jays taking over the suet feeder sometimes. They are really big birds -- crow size almost. Noisy, too. Mostly we get the little birds of all finch and sparrow varieties, cardinals, and mourning doves. And the squirrels thinking they can figure out how to get to the feeder -- you'd have to watch them but they are truly funny because we do have the feeder itself well protected -- way out in the middle of a space, hanging from a wire, nothing nearby to leap from (we moved it a few times to get it far enough away from everything), and with a dome on top. They keep trying to circumvent the dome and end up on the ground. Best are the little brown chipmunks who dart here and there eating the dropped seeds. I had to make a little knit chipmunk for a child who loved watching them and whose yard was guarded by a big dog so he hadn't had a chance to sit and watch them.

But I was looking at the stole you designed for Elann's Silken Kydd and wondering how that would work with no beads. Would it drape ok?

Of course, that's assuming I can stop petting the yarn and get something OTN. It's my first lace weight, too.

5:25 AM  
Blogger shortoldlady said...

Sorry - nothing to make you laugh or smile - just be grateful you're not me: my 26 year old son is unemployed and living home with us. I got nothing.

5:37 AM  
Blogger mellenknits said...

A silly joke for you...

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Impatient cow.
Impatient cow wh...

Ummm - that comes off so much better in person, really... :)

6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm no good at jokes, but I was wondering, do you take suggestions for pin designs? I'd love to see a Fleur de Lys. (I'm from New Orleans)
just a thought.
nolaboard on Rav

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Sally M said...

I'm not sure I can make you laugh, but you have made me *happy*. I'm knitting your Love Squred scarf for my soon-to-be 3 year old niece out of a pink bamboo/wool
blend yarn, and it is so very nice that it makes me smile every time I pick it up. Great pattern! Thanks so much :)

6:21 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Love the pin!!

No joke, but how about a knitting-related Ziggy cartoon: http://anacleta.homestead.com/files/ziggy.jpg


6:22 AM  
Blogger paisleyapron said...

Your pins are beautiful.

Where does a general put his armies? In his sleevies!

7:07 AM  
Blogger Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I NEED a bluebird to go with my ram!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Have you seen this one?

A knitting Limerick.

There once was a man from Great Britain
Who interrupted two girls at their knittin'
Said he with a sigh,
"That park bench, well I
Just painted it right where you're sittin'."

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

I'm not much for remembering jokes, but my cat, Stash, has been preventing me from taking nice sweater pictures. How you ask? By licking the camera, which moves it, just as it takes the picture.

7:22 AM  
Blogger crafty wee midden said...

hi from the east coast of Scotland :)
your designs are beautiful!

what wobbles as it flies?
a jelly-copter

PS British jelly......the pudding rather than jam ;)

8:40 AM  
Blogger Jean Ashley said...

The stole and your pins are lovely!

I don't know if this will make you laugh or not, but it usually makes me smile. I have two cats, one that thinks it's a lion, and the other thinks it's a fish.

The lion-cat is named Meow Meow, (pronounced "Mao", like the dictator), and he feels the need to make announcements to the members of his kingdom. Every morning, he climbs on one of the poles of our four-poster bed, stretches, and then sings. Loudly.

The fish-cat is called Kiki, and he loves water. If he hears it running anywhere in the house, he runs to the sound and will not leave you alone until you let him get near the water. He is fascinated with the toilet, "All da water...where it go?" and despite having two beds, he sleeps in the bathroom sink.

Hope they made you smile...have a great day!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

Well, I already have that pattern but will still try and make you laugh... here's my favorite joke to tell to little children:
How do you catch a unique rabbit?
You 'neek up on it!

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First the background: I nanny in the South Bay Area for 2 children, a boy (8) and a girl (10), named Nate and Amy respectively.

And now the story:

About two weeks ago, the 3 of us were heading home from the kiddos various summer camps and talking about the Pride Parade they had been watching on TV. It seems that Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street were floats in the parade, and there was some heated discussion between the kids about whether the two Muppets are gay; the consensus seemed to be that no, they aren't - they are just good guy friends who live together.

Then Nate pipes up and asks, "why are they called 'gay,' anyway? Why use that word?"

I experienced that moment of panic known to mothers and nannies everywhere. What should I say? Do I even know the reason? Crap.

Then Amy, who is always handy with an answer, replies airily, "oh, well, 'gay' also means 'joyous.'"

Nate thought about this for a moment; I saw him nodding to himself in the rear view mirror. Then he looks at his older, wiser sister and asks, "what's a joyous? Is that like an anus?"

10:19 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Crap. Nothing like being asked to say something funny to suck all the funniness out of me.

*blink blink*

*sound of crickets chirping*

11:13 AM  
Blogger Gaile said...

I doubt I can beat Tikabelle's story - too funny.

The round pin is BEAUTIFUL. As soon as I recover from my last stash enhancement I'll be buying one.

11:38 AM  
Blogger kaykatrn said...

I'm usually pretty good at making people laugh, but this week has been a not-funny week here, and it's not over yet. I have been doing what my dtr calls stress shopping. 2 "hurt" books from Knitting Daily, 2 (gorgeous) skeins of BFL from Sockpixie, and now I must look at your special pins! I look and drool every once in a while. I definitely love the Bluebirds for my Mom who has a Bluebird of Happiness collection. Then she would have a bird to wear on her shoulder! There, sort of funny.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Paula D. said...

I love your designs. So simple and clean.

Now for the joke, drum roll please . . .

What is the difference between a woman with pms and a pit bull? Lipstick!

That was the original, before Sarah

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

"A barking dog gathers no moss."

A saying from my wonderful Dad. It's the only thing I could think of that might make you laugh. Yes. No. Whatever.

Love your shawl pins, your lace work is amazing (the spinning too), I really enjoy your Monday musings, etc. A fun blog to read.


12:59 PM  
Blogger margene said...

I've not been a good blogging friend. Life has been a roller coaster this summer, not that that's a good excuse. Your designs and pins are so beautiful. I've been staying away from temptation, but once in awhile I go to your shop just to drool.

There are 2 cowboys in the kitchen. Which one is the real cowboy? The one on the range.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Tiny Tyrant said...

How to make your husband clean out the garage?

Hide his car keys. :-)

3:05 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

LOL at Margene's joke!

Ok, got one now. How many real men does it take to change a lightbulb?

None. Real men aren't afraid of the dark.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

hope you'll laugh

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoebox and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two knitted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents. 'When we were to be married,' she said, ' my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and knit a doll.'

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

'Honey,' he said, 'that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?'

'Oh,' she said, 'that's the money I made from selling the dolls.'

4:35 PM  
Blogger punkin said...

I have to be funny? Oh, the pressure. I don't have a joke, but I had a mental image .....

Is the bluebird pin potty trained?

I imagined little white pearl droplets below the bird...

Well, I didn't claim to be funny.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Seanna Lea said...

A million bazillion years ago (when I was a little girl), we would put stale bread, and other food odd and ends out for the birds. We had quite a collection of sparrows, grackles and others fighting for the choicest foods during the cold winter.

One day my mom put a full size hotdog out with the rest of the bread pieces, and the birds fell to squabbling over this piece. A tiny sparrow and a large grackle, and a moment later, the sparrow flew off with a hotdog bigger than he was gripped in his beak.

-- Not funny per se, but it always makes me smile to picture the tiny sparrow with the long deli-style hot dog.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I may be the least funny person on the planet so I have little chance of making you laugh-maybe roll your eyes, but not laugh. I do love the shawl however and I thought I would pass along one of the reasons why. While I am up in years, I still have strong and good memories of learning about birds in 3rd grade. For years, every time I see a bird, especially an unusual one, I'm brought back to those early years and some wonderful memories. I love things which evoke good memories of the past, so in addition to being just plain beautiful, I get some extra pleasure from looking at your work and I thank you for that.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Heide said...

Well nuts, I'm terrible at trying to remember jokes, but here goes nothing.

Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot his whole life, which created an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him frail, and with his odd diet, he suffered from very bad breath. This made him a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

Have a wonderful weekend.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Cheryl S. said...

Love the pin!

And since I'm in a grumpy mood today:

Some people are like Slinkies...not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.

8:26 AM  
Blogger KatieLiz said...

I was just reading "The Fairy GodKnitter's" blog and she posted pictures of her completed Bluebird. It's lovely! http://thejoyofsocks.typepad.com/

9:36 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

The funniest thing I've said or wrote was in response to my husband's comment concerning baby names for girls that seem to us like boy names. Names like Kennedy, Austin, Sydney. We have a son named Jonathan. I said, "Yeah, we should've saved Jonathan for a girl." My husband is still laughing about that, days later.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Zardra said...

I'm afraid I'm rubbish at remembering the parts of jokes that are important to the punch line. So, instead I'll just say hi and hope you're having a great Friday. :D

9:48 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

...a Northern California joke: What did the snail who was riding piggy-back on the slug say? (wait for it...)WHEEEEEEE!!

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your pins!

As migration approached, two elderly vultures doubted they could make the trip south, so they decided to go by airplane.

When they checked their baggage, the attendant noticed that they were carrying two dead raccoons. "Do you wish to check the raccoons through as luggage?" she asked.

"No, thanks," replied the vultures. "They're carrion."

Hope you got a chuckle.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Q: What do vegetarian zombies eat?
A: Graaaaaaaaaaaaains

12:32 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

Hey Ro how ya been!!

Well, this morning my "baby" hada dr's appt to get on birth control. She is 17 , not sexualy active but has pain with periods etc and has been dating the same boy over 2 years now (and is in her 2nd year of college...so better prepared than otherwise) Anyway, hubby and i are out in the sitting area drinking our coffee and i start giggling. He looks at me and i let him know i was wondering how much she would kill me if i took a photo of her coming out of the dr's offices for the scrapbook, "got THE pill!" It was good humor in an otherwise "wah, my baby no more" moment. Hope you get a giggle.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I teach 3rd grade. We have a hobby fair each year for each grade level. I thought the following write up about Lindsey's hobby would make you smile.

My hobby is knitting. I have been knitting for 5 months. I got the idea when my teacher started a knitting class. To knit you need to have knitting needles and yarn. I started with special beginner needles. They are thick. Then I changed to thinner needles.

To knit you first have to put the stitches on the needles. Next you put your needle through the first stitch. You can learn more from Ms. N.

Remember, learning to knit takes time. Bye!

5:35 PM  
Blogger dale-harriet said...

Well, Chris sent me - and I've had such fun reading the comments! I know only one knit joke so here it is (although I think the beautiful pattern might be beyond me, I knit a lot o' toques); Here goes:
The cop was sitting at the roadside with his radar gun, when a car goes by at 95 mph. Worse than that, it appeared that the driver was a little old lady -- and she was KNITTING! As you can imagine, it was all WAY too much for the cop. He sets off in pursuit, sirens and lights flashing. By really stomping on the gas pedal, he was able to pull up alongside the woman. He rolls the window down, gawking at her, and waving his arm shouts "PULL OVER!! PULL OVER!!"
She smiles and nods at the officer, then holds up her needles and shouts back, "NOPE! CARDIGAN!"

9:04 PM  
Blogger sihaya said...

Okay, a really old joke ...

What did the Buddha say to the hot-dog vendor?

"Make me one with everything."

The Pin on today's post is GORGEOUS!!

I'm sihaya on Ravelry, and I enjoy your blog.


8:44 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

My shiny nickle pin arrived yeterday!!! It's beautiful!!! Thank you!!!

9:07 AM  

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