I swear it wasn't rigged.
Contest 1 Answer: Hiawatha, Iowa. (And the knitting connection is the Song of Hiawatha Stole--one of the big lace projects on my to-do-someday list.)
Twenty-two people sent in the the correct answer. Good job everyone! I numbered the correct entries 1–22 based on the order in which the answers were received.
Contest 2 Answer: 9 years
Five people guessed the correct answer, but a lot of you were very close. Again, I numbered the correct entries 1–5 based on the order in which they were received.
This random number generator gave me two numbers:
5 and 4
And the winners are:
Contest 1: Rachel
Contest 2: Stoat