Friday, February 19, 2010

The Great Canadian Mitten Giveaway!
{Note: all new posts this week will be directly below this one.}

Come one, come all to The Great Canadian Mitten Giveaway. After the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on Friday night I got so many emails from US readers wanting to know how they could get some of the coveted red, Canadian Olympic Mittens that are the fashion hit of the games so far. Lucky for you we have the goods - Yes it's true, thanks to my well-connected friend Linda we have managed to get our hands on some of the official wooly wonderfulness that everyone is coveting - and they could be yours! Details below.

It's open to everyone, not just Canadians! All you have to do is comment below. Tell me one thing you know about Canada. If you'd like to enter more than once then you will have to know 2 things about Canada! No seriously, to enter more than once you just have to Tweet this, reblog it or if you don't already follow Cafe Cartolina just sign up on the right and you can enter again. Good luck! Email me if you have any questions! {Don't forget to make sure there is a way for me to contact you on the comment.} Winners here on Monday morning - the 22nd!

Update: the comment page has split itself into 2(because it can only handle 200 at a time) so if you leave a comment, and wish to see it, click on the tiny blue link in the corner of the window that says 'newest' - thanks!

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Candied Fabrics said...

What fun! I know lots of things about Canada (I've had 3 incredible vacations there, one of them my honeymoon) One funny thing that comes to mind immediately is the bacon. Bacon in Canada is awesome, nice and think - and there's no what we call "Canadian Bacon" here in the states!

kelly said...

Did you know Canada in Cree means don't go there?!

Picture boat of tribal parties back in 1800s canoeing down river shouting canada canada to avoid a rock in the canoe!

Julie said...

Here bright & early this morning! :-) I know that Lake Louise is in Canada and is gorgeous!! And the Fairmont in Banff is just about the coolest hotel ever.

Robin said...

Oh, I know so many facts about Canada, since we were in beautiful BC last summer. My first fact is that Campbell River, BC on Vancouver Island is the salmon fishing capital of the world. My boys went fishing there last August and we still have salmon in our freezer from the trip.

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Laura M. said...

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

I have been to Toronto....LOVE that city and Niagara Falls in Ontario! Absolutely beautiful!!!!

marzi said...

i know that canadians are a very proud and gracious bunch of people. i also know that they're home to several amazing paper entrepreneurs!

can't wait to get my mittens so i can where them when i come visit you in b.c.! ;)

ks said...

Here's one thing I know about Canada:

They now have a gold medal winner in an Olympics hosted by them. Viva Bilodeau!

Here's one more thing:
They make nice mittens.
More Americans should wear them.
I volunteer.

Robin said...

And here it is reblogged!, http://luxeearth.blogspot.com/2010/02/great-olympic-mitten-giveaway-on-cafe.html

Can you tell I want those mittens! How about this fact. Some of the best surfing in the world can be found on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the very rugged town of Tofino. It was so beautiful and untouched out there and my kids took their first ever surfing lesson there.

marzi said...

just tweeted for you too!

Carey@Lasso'd Moon Designs said...

What a super cool giveaway! I don't know much about Canada except that I got lost in Montreal one time and kept going in circles for a ridiculously embarrassing long time because I didn't understand the signs.

I also know that Nelson is a beautiful town- thanks to your blog :)

Off to tweet about it!

sarah said...

I know that Canada is the second largest country in the world, second to Russia.

I love these mittens! I'll go tweet this as well...

Molly said...

I've visited Niagara Falls several times and the Canadian side is spectacular! I especially love it with all the sparkling lights in the winter! (I could use a pair of cute mittens for a future visit there!)

Laurie Grassi said...

We say "Zed" hahahaahaha!!!

Molly said...

*tweeted*

Canada has, for the first time, won a gold medal in and Olympics that they have hosted.

Leslie said...

I know that Michael Buble is from Canada!

Meagan said...

True fact: when I worked at a law firm, all the coolest lawyers were from Canada! (I am not trying to grovel, it's a fact, I swear!)

Um, for a more easily-verifiable fact about Canada... It's the second largest country in the world! WOOT.

Amy P. said...

Canada has some great museums with decorative arts collections including the Costume Museum in Winnipeg, the Textile Museum in Toronto (I soooo want to see their current exhibit of Kashmir shawls) and the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal (I'll be headed up there this summer while I'm in Vermont).

(Off to tweet while dreaming of mittens...)

Chandra said...

I know the words to the Canadian National Anthem:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

BTW, my hands look very good in red.

Brittany Noel said...

This is so awesome, Fiona!!! You are the coolest person in all of Canada.

Fact: Canada's entire population is roughly equal to California's. Crazy!

Also: 90% of Canada's population lives within 100 miles of the US border. You guys have a lot of cold to contend with!

And I just retweeted you :)

Melissa said...

i know that most people pronounce quebec wrong, and they speak french! ive been to france before canada but i so want to go!

melissa

M. B. Karger said...

Awesome -- count me in the "Covet these mittens" crowd!

My hubby and I honeymooned on the Bruce Peninsula of Ontario. It was then and there that I learned that Manitoulin Island is the world's largest island in a freshwater lake. Pretty cool.

I wanna win!

- Marnie a.k.a. Crafterall
Marnie[dot]Karger[at]gmail[dot]com

Cathy said...

Poutine is a delicious, greasy mess :D

Diane said...

On This Day In Canadian History:
The official ceremony inaugurating the new Canadian flag was held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 15, 1965 (today!), with Governor General Georges Vanier, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, the members of the Cabinet and thousands of Canadians in attendance.

Ok I Googled that... but I really want those mittens! ;)

dahlishthings said...

I know that Canada has less people total than California (they said so on the Opening Ceremonies! :D)

Cate said...

What a great idea! I know that you are the cleverest person I know in Canada.

GOSIA said...

Canada? Great foliage in autumn across the country! ps. the mittens are pretty but your poster about them is more than beautiful!!

Angie said...

Canada = multiculturalism. The best country in the world.

Meadow said...

I know that Canada has 10 provinces and three territories and is filled with wonderful, interesting people :D

Meadow said...

Canada has two official languages, English and French.
I follow your blog :D

Angie said...

Canada = multiculturalism
Sorry, double posting as I forgot to leave my email addy
avalen66(at)yahoo(dot)ca

JenJen said...

Canadians love hockey! You can drink there at a younger age....and they have hott winterized men.

I'm reblogging! I'm a follower! I want some mittens! :)

Michaele said...

I know that Canadians totally *get* Alaskans (I'm a displaced one living in Kansas right now) and that they appreciate the seriousness of driving when moose are lurking around!

Thanks for the chance!

Michaele
michaelek1(at)yahoo(dot)com

My Notting Hill said...

I love Canad! I know Canada has great fishing for Muskies, that the ferry to Wolf Island from Kingston is free, and it's full of friendly people. I also happened to be in high school when that crazy but fun song, The Great White North, was popular. We're going to Vancouver and Victoria in August and are really excited about visiting the west coast. Michele

Molly said...

*blogged* http://artfulsentiments.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-love-mittens.html
(Note the very old picture of me wearing red mittens in my post. Oh, I love a new pair of red mittens to replace those!)

The Olympics have been full of great facts about Canada - I learned the other day that 90% of the Canadian population is concentrated in a narrow band along the southern (US) border.

Dorothy said...

I grew up spending my summers going to Canada since my parents hated hot weather(MD summers-ugh)on endless driving trips.My favorite trips were the ones driving across the Trans-Can in NFLD and driving aimlessly thru Manitoba(not in same trip).My dad decided to go offroad near Gander and hit a big rock which dented his muffler on his 1980 Dodge Diplomat. No big deal.Later my boyfriend inherited the car and had to know the whole story.Also remember fried cod's tongue & sampling screech--much later :-) Love Canada!

Jill Broadhacker said...

1883, the baseball glove was invented in Canada

Jill Broadhacker said...

Just tweeted about this!

Jill Broadhacker said...

Okay, I just blogged and posted it on my FB which also goes to twitter.

http://www.jillyjackdesigns.blogspot.com/

Kate said...

Hi Fiona.... I already have my mittens, so don't enter me in the draw, just wanted to say what a great post/giveaway, and I'm enjoying reading the comments! :)

Claire said...

Yes please! I love the mittens and can't find any.

Molly said...

... and I'm now following your blog (I'm a little surprised I wasn't before, but maybe it's because I just naturally come here for a daily dose of inspiration!)

Hmmm, what fact shall I share now. Oh. I learned that Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation. Wouldn't a bowl of macaroni and cheese be just perfect after coming inside from playing in the snow( and wearing those fabulous mittens, of course!)?

carina said...

I just so happen to know that the World's Fair was held in British Columbia in 1986, as that was my very first visit to Canada!

I don't have a television, so I've been missing out on much of the Olympics coverage, but between tweets, blogs and facebook I've heard that everyone is coveting these lovely red mittens.;)

carina said...

Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/crowandcanary/status/9151687989

I've always secretly wished I were Canadian!

Nadine said...

My favorite animal, the narwhal, lives in Canadian waters (Hudson Bay)!

sarah said...

I thought of another fact...Ryan Reynolds is from Canada. :)

Linda said...

Leonard Cohen is ours.
Linda/Canadian

spencer ross said...

i had my car broken into in Montreal but still love the city. have been back 3 times since...

miriam sappington said...

Hmmm, I know that smarties are made in Canada, except they're called rockets, and if you ask for smarties you'll get chocolate. (Or so my Canadian roommate tells me!)

Thank you for this fantastic giveaway!

sydney85 said...

I have visited Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City and have loved all. The one thing that I know about Canada is that I had the best macarons and crepes in these cities. Also, I went to the best comedy place in Montreal. I want to go back to Canada.

Tricia said...

How wild is this? EVERYBODY wants these mittens, which is just wonderful. I wish they weren't made in China, though, will all the great craftspeople in CA!!! Here's my one interesting tidbit: Canada is known to have the highest quality of life in the world, according to the United Nations Human Development Index. So enjoy, you lucky lady!

Anna said...

The Canadian government (actually the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) mandates that radio and TV broadcasters air a certain percentage of Canadian content (which apparently inspired the TV show “This Hour has 22 Minutes,” and hence, the “22 minute rule.”). As transplants who met in beautiful British Columbia, lived in Toronto, moved to Utah, and now reside in Chicago where mittens are a necessity, we miss our Canadian content, and would love (and share) a pair of Canadian Olympic Mittens.

becks said...

my mom is moving there!

becks said...

following!
the guy who runs topleftpixel lives in canada and posts amazing pictures of it all the time.

Laurie Grassi said...

Kraft Dinner, Smarties, pop, TimBits,
lumberjackets, beavertails, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, two-fours, serviettes, chocolate bars, and most of all, eh!!!! (not to mention, once again, zed!!)

Linda said...

Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and health care

Jane Flanagan said...

Canada's birthday is July 1, 1867!

Fiona Cartolina said...

Thanks for all the comments today everyone - I am so impressed by how much you know about Canada. Thankfully I have a few pairs of mittens up for grabs because I think we have a number of winners here. And thanks so much to those of you who have entered multiple times today - I appreciate the time you have taken - this is fun!
Fiona

Kathy Weller said...

Here is one thing I know about Canada- Canadians have the cutest accents! :)

Kathy
(I'm @wellerwishes on twitter!)

Chandra said...

There are 10 men for every 1 woman. Fer sure.

Candied Fabrics said...

I tweeted AND I know that they have a fabulous chocolate bar - the CRUNCHY BAR!

Anna said...

Americans live by "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Canadians aspire to "Peace, order, and good government."

Paper Stories said...

Lets see...
Montreal has a kick-ass casino with a really cool horse race game with little toy horses that run around a track. love it!

It is also my favorite place to buy Aero Bars (mint of course)

As far as real facts, isn't it the second largest country in the world, size-wise? But has the population of less than California?

Also, Kiefer Sutherland is Canadian. ;)

Prior said...

LOVE the red mittens! Lezlee

Wayside Violet said...

I love this giveaway! I have been so coveting a pair!!

one thing I know about Canada is that some of my coolest friends are from there just like Joni Mitchell!

gale said...

Here's one:
In Canada, my last name is spelled with a ZED . Way cooler than a Zee.

you can reach me at ezisusATsnetDOTnet

d said...

I know that there's no place like Saskatchewan!!

Marlana said...

I know Canadians love hockey and they have lots of diamonds in the arctic circle!

I tweeted this, too: http://twitter.com/marlanas/status/9171153637

Desiree said...

I know that there are six time zones in Canada.

And I know that Canada has the world's largest coastline.

Thanks for the chance! I adore your site!!

M. Graveyard said...

I know that Canada is one of the most welcoming places I have ever been, and that's why I'm moving to Vancouver in autumn! I also know that you have some amazing food there, maple syrup mmm, bacon...need I go on already?

Sabine said...

I know that Niagara Falls is viewed better from the Canadian side. Also that Canada is south of Detroit so the Journey song singing about "south Detroit" is really talking about Canada.
Ann
annrishell@gmail.com

Stardust B. said...

Yay! I know that Canada does not extradite prisoners to countries that will seek the death penalty (good for you Canadians!). Hmmm. What else. Canada gave the world Pamela Anderson.

And I just signed on to follow this blog!

M. Graveyard said...

Oh and I study in the Scottish city from which John Grierson originates, so I have big love for the National Film Board of Canada. I know about that!

Amy said...

I know that Canada has 'the mounties' ! :)

Carissa Rasmussen said...

Alberta is home to some of the most beautiful national parks...glacier and banff--part of Jasper National Park. All that I've visited and simply LOVE!

Morgan said...

I know that Canadians speak the most beautiful French (those that speak French, that is). So unique! Such a lovely accent!

ravennagirls said...

OOO I love these mittens! PICK ME!

Canada is the home of my favorite book series and miniseries.. Anne of Green Gables on PEI. The Sullivan Company also produced Avonlea, my fav TV show as a kid...

Oh, Canada, oh, MITTENS!

danielle, ravennagirls@gmail.com

Morgan said...

I just added your lovely blog to my reader. my family will just die if i win these adorable mittens. we are total olympic nerds! :)

Lauren said...

What do I know about Canada? I know that as Canadians we say sorry if we bump into you. We even say sorry when we bump into inanimate objects or even if you bump into us.

Cheers,
Lauren
lauren@laurenelgee.com

NJStacie said...

So much I know - and LOVE! - about Canada. Stephen Pinker and trivial Pursuit both come from Canada. And many many cartoonists!

Elise said...

I know that the largest ice cream sundae in the world was made in Alberta in 1988! (Over 24 tons)

And that 7 people have been killed by polar bears in Canada over the past 30 years.

Just added you to my blog reader!

ks said...

I believe Canada is where cans were invented. Before that, people only used bottles.

Also, the can-can.

And candles, too I think!

ps--Those mittens are HUGE! They dwarf the girl in the photo. They look much smaller on TV. Good thing I have large hands.

sherilee said...

What a great giveaway! I love those mittens. I AM Canadian but live in the U.S.... still have my Canadian passport and SS# though...

My fact about Canada--did you know they still sing God Save the Queen before dinner at the Toronto Yacht Club? They probably do it in more places than that, but that's the one I know about.

l.borrego said...

I'm a social studies teacher and know that Canada is...a constitutional monarchy!

luan said...

O Canada great steak house at Disney World, neat castle in Toronto, Hot Springs at Banff with the biggest hotel in Banff built in 1888 to look like a scottish castle. I love the mittens.

Roxanne said...

I know that Canada has some amazingly talented knitters; my favorite knitting friends live in Cananda!

Bekah Parker said...

One thing I know about Canada is it shares the longest border in the world with the US

Parker said...

Anne Shirley lived there.

hugs,
Fritzi Marie

fritzimarie@yahoo.com

Cate said...

Canada is the best place on earth to live! And we're very humble about it. :)

Jennifer said...
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Jennifer said...

I tweeted about this!

http://twitter.com/JennK87

Jennifer said...

I also re-blogged, can you tell I want these mittens?! :)

http://hereslookingatmekid.blogspot.com/2010/02/great-canadian-mitten-giveaway.html

Jennifer said...

I'm following you now :)

I really really want those mittens and don't want to have to buy them off eBay! ;)

Jennifer said...

Here is a fun fact about Canada that I learned in Travel class - The Ice Hotel in Quebec, known as Hotel de Glace is created every year using 400 tons of ice and 12,000 tons of snow. It melts away every summer and is recreated every winter.

http://www.icehotel.com/

Fanny Price said...

Oooh, I want those mittens!

On a trip to Canada, I learned that merge signs said "Squeeze Left" instead of "Merge Left".

Also, there are a lot of famous Canadians, but I like Alex Trebek the best.

Anali said...

I love these mittens!

Canadian Fact: Ottawa is the capital city.

Anali said...

I'm now following you! Oh I want these mittens!

Anali said...

Another Canada fact since my first one was lame. Saint Catherine Street in Montreal has a ton of restaurants. Loved it there!

This is a wonderful giveaway and I'm looking forward to following your blog.

And I just tweeted this giveaway!

http://twitter.com/AnaliFirst/status/9173661813

dEE_dUH_rUH said...

Here's a fun one- In Canada, many of the domestic water pipes are oval, making it harder for the water in them to freeze during the cold winters!

Meredith said...

Canada's national dessert is the nanaimo bar! I made them in the third grade and brought them for International Foods Day. :)

Rissa and Jared said...

i was born in Vancouver 25 years ago. Now I live in Las Vegas, but feeling extremely homesick for Canada!
Does being born there count as something I know about Canada? Hope so!

Indie Mom and the Reluctant Banker said...

I know that Canadian men are the most chivalrous in the world (according to my Canadian boyfriend who claims to have read about a study on this). And I don't really want to tell my boyfriend but I think it might be true.

Rissa and Jared said...

i'm following you now too!
rissamerkley@yahoo.com

Tina said...

I know that Canada is home to one of the most talented bands you will ever lay ears on... Enter the Haggis :) http://www.enterthehaggis.com

Tkiihn@gmail.com said...

I'm so excited about this giveaway! Can't buy anywhere online!

One thing I know about Canada is that it welcomed my Ukrainian great grandparents 100 years ago and it is still welcoming the world today. I have yet to visit the place they tried to farm in Sask., but will one day.

bruns said...

i know that vancouver, BC is actually the OTHER vancouver. the ORIGINAL vancouver, of course, is the one located a mere 6 or so hours south in the US. it's my (fairly boring) hometown, and (sadly) unlikely to be hosting the olympics anytime soon.

Anna said...

i know that i went to niagara on vacation and ate cheese cake for the 1st time & now i am in love with it.
those mittens have been in my mind since i saw them on the today show last week. so awesome!!

Anna said...

and now i am following you!!

david ramirez said...

One thing I know about Canada is that we got fish sticks from there! In 1929 a Canadian named Archibald Huntsman who was a marine scientist invented “Ice Fillets,” now known to us as fish sticks!

deannagabriel said...

growing up in a border town (buffalo new york, woot!) i know LOADS of things about canada. the capital city is ottawa, not toronto (like everyone thinks). i can even sing the national anthem in english AND french (o canada terre de nos aieux...). i know youre home to delicious culinary delicacies such as poutine and coffee crisps. ive been to the original timmy hos in hamilton and know what a double double is. i know that in order to separate the first batch of toonies, all you had to do was freeze and throw them. i can sing the hockey night in canada theme song and have spent many a saturday night listening to don cherry and coach's corner. i watched 'you cant do that on television' before it was on nickeloden. and i know that casey of casey and finnegan fame on mr dressup was specifically made gender neutral so children could easily indentify with him/her as they wished. and all this is just off the top of my head!

Maura said...

I know that I miss my friend Kori, who's studying at UNBC... Actually I know how much I love Quebec City. The walled city is just fabulous. I also love Great Big Sea and dream of traveling to Newfoundland, where my Great-Grandfather built churches.

plello said...

Canada is real big.

Natalie M said...

Yay! I am from the United States, but I minored in Canadian Studies in college. One of my life goals is to visit every Canadian province and territory.
Nunavut separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999... and it's my favorite because someday I want to visit Baffin Island.

granitegirl08 said...

Saskatoon is the romance capital of Canada & Saskatchewan is the provincal name most often sung, rather than spoken.
Sue

Claire Hurd Design said...

Canada is home to both the grizzly and the polar bear - a magnificent yet terrifying creature!

It also seems to be the country that my relatives disappear to for extended holidays and return from with wonderful stories of a great time!

Claire x (studio@clairehurd.co.uk)

j bird said...

Canada is beautiful and I need to go there! Also, they have good healthcare. :)

Hannah said...

Ottawa is the capital of Canada (and in Canada, Smarties are a type of candy covered chocolates like M&M's and Rockets are the type of candy that come in a little plastic roll like "Smarties in the USA").

hannahmckeeth (at) gmail.com

me said...

I know they have a distinctive accent. I grew up in the Detroit area with lots of Canadian friends and now as an adult, many people ask me where I grew up in Canada. I assumed their accent having spent lots of time with them. I am proud to sound like a Canadian!

Sample Ohana said...

I am a star-struck kinda person, so here is a list of a few famous people from Canada: Neil Young, Shania Twain, Alex Trebek, Donald and Keifer Sutherland, Steppenwolf, Keanu Reeves, Jason Priestly, Sarah Polley, Matthew Perry, Alanis Morrisette, Joni Mitchell, Howie Mandel, Peter Jennings, Michael J. Fox, Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Bare Naked Ladies, Dan Akroyd, Margaret Atwood, and many more. Lester B. Pearson, a Canadian prime minster, won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1957. Ken Taylor, a Canadian ambassador, smuggled Americans out of Iran in 1980.

BrittanButterfly said...

I know that PEI have the best mussels... I live in gloucester ma, a fishing town, but sometimes we buy our lobsters from canada and they buy them from us.

jodi of the creative JAR said...

i know lots about canada i grew up right across in international falls minnesota. my grandfather lives in thunderbay ont. we had a cabin by lake of the woods. when not there we spent many of summers and weekend fishing and camping. i used to also come march on your day Canada Day

jodi@thecreativejar.com

Anonymous said...

I visited Montreal as a high school girl back in the 80's. We spent a few weeks there at a Drum Corps International Competition, and got to play in the Olympic Stadium. It was huge and wonderful and all I could think about was all the athletes that stood in the same spot as me and looked up at all those faces- it was an amazing place and an amazing experience.

Montreal, was perhaps the best summer vacation I ever took. The people were friendly, riding the metro was a blast, visiting the whole city by foot and rail was so much fun- The old town area was lovely and beautiful. I've been to Paris many many times and I'm still surprised at how much it reminds me of Montreal.
Every single year I try to figure out a way to get back. Still haven't yet- but maybe this is the year!

deb
www.relics.typepad.com

ps- I also kissed a beautiful French Canadian boy named Mario-- I wonder where he is????

teaworthy said...

Undisputed fact: Canadians have the cutest mittens in the world.

Laura said...

The first thing that popped into my head was poutine!

coppercorn said...

From watching the Olympics, I learned that Canada's #1 export is energy.

Judy
coppercorn@hotmail.com

Michelle B said...

There is nothing like canadian maple syrup
angelsspot(at)hotmail(dot)com

Mallory said...

Canadians say ‘ay’!

Natalie Servant said...

Official bilingualism. My 2 little bilingual kids won't have an embarrassing anglo accent (like I do). My 5 year old is already teaching me new words & my 2 1/2 year old's latest question is, "Qui fait ce bruit?"

Toy LaMae said...

There are more donut shops per capita in Canada than any other country.

Krissy said...

Oh, I want these so badly! I know that Canada is my favorite place to go on vacation... and that it is ruled by the queen :)

mrtweeds said...

i know that my paternal grandfather grew up there, and he was the best ice skater i've ever seen (in person)!

holly said...

I don't TWEET but I think this giveaway would be SWEET!
One Fact:
Hockey is the national sport of Canada.

Something funny:
When my husband and I traveled all around the world we worked in many countries (some not very fond of Americans) so he would always say "act like you're from Canada". Because the folks from Canada are always nice :-)
livingstonandporter@gmail.com

Sample Ohana said...

Ode to the Canadian Red Mittens

Twas the night before the Olympics, when all through Vancouver
Not an athlete was stirring, not even Pierre Lueders;
The Canadian red mittens were hung by the snowsuits with care,
In hopes that snow and more snow would soon be there;
The spectators were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Canadian red mittens danced in their heads;
Jennifer Heil in her ski scarf, and Alexandre Bilodeau in his ski cap,
All the Canadian Olympians had just settled down for a much needed nap,
When out on the mogul slopes there arose such an ice shatter,
We all jumped from our beds to see what was the clatter.
When, what to our wondering eyes should be there
But a new shipment of Canadian red mittens, and plenty for everyone to wear!!!!

suburban prep said...

My grandmother was from Canada.
I know that Canada is the US's largest exporter.

msgb5 at gmail dot com

These are darling.

Tami Pearson said...

canada is awesome! women get a year of paid maternity leave - i would have loved that when i had my daughter! go canada!

Jennifer said...

I know that Ryan Reynolds, Joshua Jackson, Ryan Gosling, and Scott Speedman are Canadian actors. Thank you, Canada!

lyndafitz said...

My husband and I have vacationed at Whistler/Blackcomb for the past 12 years .....and what I (we) love about Canada are the people. Second and third is the skiing and the fresh air but the people are #1. Kind- gracious-interesting-happy. This is a great giveaway....thank you! Lynda Fitzgerald

Anonymous said...

I know that Canadians are the coolest, friendliest people. I am German and live in Mississauga for 4 years now and I LOVE it. One thing I know for sure about Canadians fishing and bird watching is big here.

and btw your website that I found through poppytalk is awesome - I'll be back for sure !

......as these mittens are
cheers Susanne
amreinsusanne [at] yahoo [dot] ca

Doug said...

According to Jeff Klein, writing in today's New York Times, when it comes to holding a hockey stick the majority of Canadian hockey players shoot left-handed, and a majority of American players shoot right-handed.

Alden Rice said...

What a wonderful giveaway! One thing I know about Canada is that the Canadian Rockies are beautiful!

Kelly said...

One thing about Canada I know is that I want to visit!

What an awesome giveaway!

paperdollsuicidepact said...

Sadly, most things I know about Canada come from Corner Gas and Trailer Park Boys, but I won't take either of those as a solid impression of Canada as a country ^_^ I guess one of the things I know about Canada is you put out some great comedy! My teen years wouldn't have been the same without Kids in the Hall.

scwkitty[at]gmaill[dot]com

three critters said...

I know the PM likes kittens!

Marlys said...

I know that Toronto is gorgeous and that there are Mounties.

Andria said...

I know that Quebec is full of beautiful french speaking people.

Kate Carpenter said...

Ooh, what a terrific giveaway! I know that the parts of Canada I have been to - a little of Alberta and a little of British Columbia - are breathtakingly beautiful.

Thanks for the chance to enter!
kbcarpenter{at}gmail{dot}com

kaitlin said...

The hundredth largest metropolitan area of Canada is Pembroke, Ontario.

I really enjoy reading what everyone here knows about my homeland.

xo,

kaitlin

Jill Benbow said...

As a Canadian living stateside I would oh-so-LOVE to get my paws into those gorgeous mitts! And yay for some long overdue Canadian gold!

Jessica said...

I've only been to Vancouver, but I know that the Gastown steam clock was powered by electricity for a period of time, but it has been restored to steam operation. Gastown's Steamworks Brewing Company is also very tasty.

nicole s. said...

just learned that canada didn't win a gold medal on their native soil until this year!

Silver said...

O Canada! 3 territories and 10 provinces. And Maple Syrup, can't forget that!

Lauren said...

I would LOVE these! I know that Canada is a beautiful place I would love to visit. I know that eastern Canada is home to Niagra Falls, one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

Erin Poettcker said...

I know that I love living in Canada (and living in Vancouver right now is a very exciting thing- I have never seen our city so full and bustling). And the best part of living in Vancouver is that you can be part of the busy masses one minute, and a few minutes later you can be somewhere silent in the woods, or overlooking the ocean, and feel that you might be the only person around.

michelle said...

In Canada, $2 coins are called Moonies 'cause theres a Queen on one side, with a "bear" behind!
Oh Canada! :D

Liv Marken said...

those are some great mittens you knitted!

bluedogz design said...

hey hey...in canada $2 coins are called "twonies"...Moonies? hah!
;-P

whitney@bsdstudio.com said...

I know that there are certain delicacies you can only get in Canada - not in the U.S. - ketchup potato chips, dill pickle potato chips (mmm), and clamato caesar rimmer.

I make a point to pick them up each time we head from Seattle to B.C. :)

Candy said...

I love Canada! I know that I went on vacation in BEAUTIFUL Nelson, BC because of your guest posts on Poppytalk. I know my friend Paul is Canadian even though he was born in SF, CA (dual citizenship). Nelson is a great place to go hiking, boating, water-skiing, mountain biking, ATV-ing, shopping. We took the world's longest free ferry ride (which was gorgeous). We ATV'd along a route that one can take all across Canada. Beautiful parks and views everywhere. Lots of great restaurants & COFFEE. Just lovely. Thank you for letting me know about Nelson.

Candy said...

I tweeted as candacesheets. I forgot to mention the people! The people in Canada are amazing! So nice! ...and the Mounties are H.O.T!

Michele said...

I know that Vancouver is one of my most favorite places on earth. we went for our first anniversary and I've gone back twice to run in the marathon in May. Beautiful. Also Vancouver is the best city in the world to eat in. Every restaurant is fantastic. I love Vancouver!

Jenna said...

Oh, my gosh, these mittens are like a dream! As a Minnesotan with a northern heart, I like to think of myself as a wannabe Canadian. Every time they show gorgeous panoramic shots of BC on Olympic coverage, my boyfriend says, "There's your future home." I hope so.

Anyway, something I know about Canada (other than it is beautiful and the people are lovely and Mounties are real): some cities in Manitoba have "polar bear sirens." So cool.

Judith said...

There is a statue of Terry Fox, a Canadian hero, in Thunder Bay.

Kara said...

Unfortunately most things I learned from Canadian Bacon...so I learned that there are two official languages, English and French.

robin joanne said...

I know that candy is better in Canada! I live in Alaska, so we're right next door, and I bet the weather is pretty similar. I've been ice fishing there, and I'm looking into going to art school at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. And my mom went to college in Montreal! Oui!

Jenna said...

I also know: that there is an amazing indie music scene in Montreal. Vive les canadiens!

(blogged: http://spirographs.blogspot.com/ )

sarah said...

Another fact: The world's smallest jail is believed to be in Rodney, Ontario, Canada. It is only 24.3 square meters (about 270 square feet).

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...

My computer mouse was made in Canada! :o) Oh, P.S. my email is gibsongirl[at]gmail

lindsay michele said...

They have the best national anthem.

And they have some odd potato chip flavors.

Douce France..... said...

This is just to funny!
All the Best to all of You!
Good Luck!

I just love Canada, because it's Home!

Bevy said...

I live in Michigan so I know Canada is a good neighbor and a fun place to visit!

jen said...

I know canada loves curling and hockey more than the U.S. which makes me wish I lived there.

metaljenster at gmail.com

Valerie said...

I have lived in the U.S. but am a citizen of Canada and live in beautiful B.C.
I know that in Canada, we have...
Kit Kats, Shreddies, Old Dutch chips, Smarties, and Nanaimo Bars.
We don't have....
outrageously expensive health care, liquor in the grocery stores, Trader Joe's (waa) and Kiltlifter beer.
We say 'you're welcome' instead of 'uh-huh' and we travel with our flag proudly displayed on our luggage.
We have world class wines and old school manners.
We may not be good at merging but we're great at melding many different cultures into one great nation.
We're self deprecating and don't mind hearing just one more canuck joke.
Our home and native land is glorious!

Valerie said...

oops sorry heres my email
scott5@shaw.ca

Sarah said...

Awesome! I've been coveting those mittens.

I know that Canada has the world's longest coastline!

c. said...

I'll have to quote a Molson commercial to say one thing I've learned about Canada (I've been living in Vancouver for 2 years now):
"Canada, we have more square feet of awesome per person than any other nation on Earth!" - not just Molson Canadian, but Trudeau's "cultural mosaic" can be seen in every Canadian's face who give you a warm welcome and ask how you are. To put it on a cliche term, there's a reason why people make fun of the over(!)use of "thank you" and "sorry" in Canada.

New Wife said...

Simple!! The US now wants our great lakes!!!

Awesome giveaway!!

c. said...

the email is cemreh@gmail.com btw.

Alexis said...

I know that Ottawa is the capital, and think that Paul Gross is one of your greatest exports!

Johanna said...

I know that the orka whales spend the summers off of Vancouver!

Johanna said...

I also retweeted your tweet about the contest.

Emma said...

On a family vacation, we went white water rafting down the Athabasca River, near Jasper. The river was important in fur trade and opening up to the west.

Fiona Cartolina said...

Oh these comments are all fabulous - I am really having fun reading them.
Don't forget to leave your contact info in case you are a winner!
Fiona

New Wife said...

posted and blogged about your giveaway:

@newlifenewwife
tapstar@gmail.com
http://newlifeasnewwife.blogspot.com/2010/02/sexy-red-mittens.html

liskorb said...

I'm 1/4 Canadian but have still never been! Would love to sport those mittens!

I know that Canada's bday is July 1, AND that South Park Canadians' heads are cut in half at their mouths!

Marriah said...

Canada just won its first gold medal on home soil! Go Canada!!!

Msmo423@hotmail.com

alison said...

Love those mittens! And I loved it when the poet in the opening ceremonies said that Canadians didn't even mind being known for being polite. 'Cause that's about all I know about Canada!

Thanks for the giveaway!
alison AT knitsmiths DOT us

Lisa said...

Canadians are awesome! My husband is one!

Danielle said...

I'm originally from Vancouver and am living outside of Chicago. I'm so homesick and these mittens would bring a little piece of the fun from home to me :)

Tim Hortons, Maple sugar candies that melt in your mouth, 70% dark chocolate from Purdy's is the best, real slurpees, and amazing skiing are a few of my favorite Canadian things.

Fact: If you live on Vancouver Island your whole life you will see one cougar but you will have been seen by a cougar approx. 20 times. (I was stalked by a cougar once when we lived there :)

Did I mention I REALLY want to win these great mittens?!?
Canadian's

Vicki said...

Fact: The United States gets most of its oil from Canada.

KtShortcake said...

Hi! I got so excited about this giveaway when I saw it! It's very generous. :)

My fact is something I have just learnt myself, and that is that Canada's Constitutional Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. I did not know this and love the fact that our little Island has something in common with the second largest country in the world! (ooh that's two facts!) :D

Thanks for the giveaway!
Kt-x

mia.cupcake said...

Omigod, I have been plotzing over these mittens since the Olympics started...I know that Canada is awesome, and they have stuff like Tim Hortons' and poutine and beer. All of which I need in my life. :)

tlarso said...

What a fun idea, with the sweet reward of awesome mittens!
I don't know HOW on earth you're ever going to decide on a winner, but this might help narrow it down a little:
Their $1 coin is called a Loonie, as in Loonie Bird.

Lauren said...

I know that I always wanted to go skiing at Whistler - and I know that it is in Canada!

Chandra said...

43% of Canadians prefer bacon to sex. http://holykaw.alltop.com/43-of-canadians-prefer-bacon-over-sex I believe this is pretty much the international average, though.

teebarnes said...

What a fantastic giveaway! Enjoyed reading all the comments. Please don't include me in the giveaway. Live in Vancouver, so I already have my red mittens:-).

annie said...

Natal, B.C, a small town no longer exists. It was condemned in the years following.
I worked the summer of 1969 in the mountains of BC on a coal plant project my father was putting in.
Natal was the closest town to the job site.
I also know for a FACT that Canada has some of the most beautiful places on the face of this earth!

Biz said...

here's my post! http://wishful-fillment.blogspot.com/2010/02/great-canadian-mitten-give-away.html
and another fun canadian fact: there are LOTS of aboriginal peoples.. a 1000 different tribes, maybe?

Kobo Creative said...

One thing I absolutely know about Canada-Canadians are some of the nicest people around!

Amber said...

I know that Toronto, CA has a public transit system which is more than many US cities have.
I know that Toronto also has awesome Bubble Tea places in it.
I know the bacon in Canada rocks, from all the places there I've eaten it.
I know that up until recently, it was a British Colony!

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