Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's my blogaverary!

And the winners are: (select from all comment made from May 11th to August 11th)

First prize goes to:
Erica of the Radiant Girl Craft blog

Second Prize goes to:
Gayle (a regular reader and commenter) of the Mango Feet blog

Third Prize goes to:
Pam MacKenzie (who blog is not about knitting—even though she is!)

And Fourth Prize goes to:
Sarah, (an other regular reader) with her Life of Me and Mine blog

The Prizes are:
1—A large knitting bag, replete with pockets, a lace book, and almost 200 gms (197) of a fingering weight wool and silk blend (plus bonus)

2-The Sock knitters collection with a sock book, a selection of needles--DPN's, circ's (pairs for 2 on 3 knitting) and a long circ for Magic loop knitting (Plus bonus)

3--Goth or Glamor--5 skeins of 50/50 wool/acrylic (Suss yarn), bulky weight(Black) +3 skeins of black and glitter eyelash, a selection of bamboo needles suitable for bulky weight yarn, (plus bonus)

4--12 skeins of acrylic, 9 solid (claret wine red) 3 in a taupe, claret and brown color way (plus bonus)

The First Prize winner has first choice.
The Second prize winner should send 2 choices(they will receive which ever is available—if both are still available, they will receive their first choice)
The Third Prize winner should send 3 choices, (they will receive which ever is available)
The Fourth Prize winner will receive what ever is left!

Send me an email (there is a valid gmail address on the “about” page of my blog, or contact me via Ravelry with your choices and home address info so I can get the prizes on their way!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

About my give away..

I've received the suggestion that I should make an effort (a small one) to let EVERYONE know about my blog give away.

Nah, word gets around, and besides, these are really nice prizes, and why dilute the pool with reader who've never been here before, never read or commented, and are only posting for the prize. (and will only stick around till the prizes are awarded)I don't want to build readership (that happens with the day in, day out quality of the posts, I think) as much as I want to (1) get rid of stuff, good stuff, that I don't want, and (2) reward loyal readership--
I don't care if you tell your friend, or blog readers or members of your knitting group.. (but, please don't post about it at places that exist to publicize give aways!)

These prizes are great—broken up each would be a great prize.. but bundled, (and every package has a bonus—or two or three!) they are something special.. (and I really want them to go to a loyal reader, but there is an element of randomness!)

Cause really...Prize 1—
When I say a BAG—I mean this bag..
I stopped counting pockets and organizing
loops when I hit 12!

And when I say a book, I mean this book

And when I say a ball of yarn, I mean a big ball of yarn—that almost 200 gms of mostly merino—just a small amount of silk added for extra luster..

Its a creamy natural white, that you can use as is, or put it into a skein, and dye to the color of your choice.

Its takes takes (and holds) beautifully.

And Prize 2?
Well, the yarn is nothing special--But if you haven't tried it, you're in for a surprise--Coats & Clarks sock yarn is quite nice!

But 6 sets of needles?
--US size 2 bamboo's (set of 5)
--US size 2 circ's (2) 16 inches long
--US size 3 circ's (2) 16 inches long
--US size 2 circ (1) 40 inches long--

Plus a great sock book

With this package, the winner is on their way to socks toe up, cuff down, with every sort of heel, worked any way they want –(and after they decide which way works for them, well, they can give away the other needles (or not!)

Even the 3rd prize has a lot--
The bulky black blend of wool and acrylic (5 skeins) is enough to well, DO something!
Orginally sold as part of kit, 4 skeins were packaged as enough to make a small, open weave poncho-
with the 5th skein, and the 3 skeins of carry along eyelash, and 3 sets of needles (2 straight bamboo, and 1 circular one) well there is a world of possibilities—even if just a scarf and hat set.

It won't be long till I choose the winners.. (and in case you are wondering, comments made from May 11th, (when I first proposed this give away) till closing date(?) (3 month window!) are in the running...

Monday, August 03, 2009

Where do I start?

With the piles of computer (desk, hardware and software) that is littering my living space?Forget it.. Not finished, but things are getting in place, and every day sees progress.

Any day now, I will have all he hardware connected, the software loaded and the desk top as it should be.. (just don't hold your breath while waiting!)

Or should I have started with a plea for sympathy?Achy hands (and knees, and hips and shoulders) made moving the computer stuff a double pain (and knitting too) –but really bad as it was, it's nothing. So many live every day with so much more pain, it's small of me to complain. (but it does make make me short tempered and bitchy.)

Should I attempt to talk about knitting?
Well in spite of heat, and rain, and achy days and nights, some knitting has gotten done.

1-- A small place or counter top mat (or hot pad)--it needs a good hot wash and dry to block it--finished size is a about 12 inches square.

It got me thinking, if I can do alternate rows of different color
garter, couldn't I do double knitting that is also illusion knitting (at least on one side!) Not right now, but its a back burner project!

2—Potholder 6 (of 6) is just a few rows from completion.

And then there are the UFO's, and wanna be's.

The black pearl scarf is patiently waiting for completion. I keep losing it... (and out of sight, out of mind)

And the Red socks will be the death of me! Still they will look pretty with my red shoes! That is, if I ever finish them. I will, I will.. one day!

When work starts again (any day now) and fall arrives (unannounced, as a surprise, as seasons do these days!) I will be happy to have a nice little shrug.. (2 rows! OK, so each row is about 1000 (yes, 1 thousand!) stitches, still, it's just 2 rows!

And cool days will be cool—with these 2 yarns made into a some fingerless gloves (maybe the pattern in interweave using the pattern from the knit one below book.)
The self striping is 50/50% wool and acrylic, the cinammon brown, is some hand painted Brown sheep..(wool and mohair)

And look at this collection of silks and satins and plush Touch Me yarn—a scarf, hat and more fingerless gloves? Or should it be a short shawl or even an other shrug to go with?

OR, Should I remind you? It's my blog anniversary?
And there are give aways awaiting?

Yes! 4 of them.

#1 is a Bag, a book, a ball of yarn (and a bonus)--2000 or so yards of lovely wool with just a hint of silk to make it luxurious.

#2—Socks! A collection of needles, (bamboo, and metal) DPN's, short circ's and a long one..with a pattern book and some sock yarn.. The perfect package for someone who is looking to try out all sorts of socks--on DPN's, on 2 circ's, or Magic loop.. Not really a beginners kits, but could be.

#3—Goth? Or Glitter? Suss yarn, (5 skiens/unknown yardage, 50/50% wool and acrylic, bulky weight, and 3 skeins of a delicate eyelash—to knit together or apart, --so many possibilities! Plus a selection of BIG needles, straights and circ's.

#4—the Booby prize! Or is it? Enough yarn for an afghan—wintuk and Paton's d├ęcor, rich claret red, and a claret/beige/brown colorway. 100% acrylic...

A little bit of something for every sort of knitter..
Are you entered? If you posted a comment since I first mentioned I was planning a give away, yes! If not post a comment.. but don't delay.. the Give Away is coming soon!

The first prize winner gets first choice, and so on down the line!