When I was a kid, I thought it kind of sucked having a summer birthday because it meant I couldn’t bring cupcakes in to class to celebrate with all of my friends the way everyone else did (because somehow, out of 115 people in my graduating class, there were only a handful of us with birthdays from June through August). But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve liked my birthday better and better. For starters, it occurred to me around third or fourth grade that my birthday was exactly six months away from Christmas, making the distribution of presents through the year more equitable (unlike the poor kids with December or January birthdays, who often got their birthdays rolled into other holidays, or mostly left off in the post-holiday slump).

I don’t know about you, but I love presents! Since today is my birthday, I thought I would give all of you lovely people on the internet a chance to get one.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM June 30th (EST) telling me what your favorite birthday memory is. It can be your birthday, or someone else’s that you helped make special. Don’t forget to leave your name and a way for me to contact you, either through email, Twitter, or a blog.

On July first, I’ll draw two winners using a random number generator. First place with get a free PDF download of my pattern, “Charlotte” and some lovely yarn to knit it out of:

Cascade Yarns Luna Paints in Color #9701
100% Peruvian Cotton, 100g

Second place will get the free pattern.

Winners will have until the end of July to redeem the coupon code on Ravelry (if you’re not on Ravelry, just let me know and I can email you a copy).

(All of my photos of “Charlotte” are on the laptop, which I still don’t have back yet. A preview shot can be found here, however.)