selected :: a winner

I’m sorry it has taken me a few days to come back and announce the winner. Thank you again for all your really wonderful comments. I wish I could send fiber and yarn to all of you!!

Between comments here and on my flickr page about the giveaway, there were 95 entries (including extra entries for those who publicized elsewhere). I entered that number into the Random Number Generator, and lo and behold, my favorite number was selected: 18. That’s been my favorite number since I was 6 years old. At the time I had no idea that 18 was considered to be the number of life. In Hebrew the word for life, “chai,” has a numerical value – 18. It’s also a lucky number in Chinese because its pronunciation is similar to the word for “prosper.” 18 is the number of years of the age difference between My Old Man and me. It’s also the day of his birthday, which was yesterday.

So I thought it was pretty cool and fitting that the Random Number Generator gave me 18, the number of life, for this giveaway. And without further ado, that makes the winner kelly-ann. Kelly-Ann, I’ll be in touch with you about whether you would like me to send you the fiber as is, or if you’d rather I spin it up for you.

anniversary of a rescue

It’s time for me to celebrate again, and I want you to celebrate with me!

(my original blog entries about these events can be found here and here . My first year’s anniversary write-up can be found here )

3 years ago, while vacationing at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, my then 3 year-old son fell into a hole left by some other children, six feet from where I stood, while I was in conversation with my husband. It was only a matter of seconds before I realized he was gone from my peripheral vision, and as close as we were to the water’s edge, I thought he had been swept into the water (which was very rough and choppy that day). For five minutes, my husband and many others searched for him. Long after we had given up hope of finding him alive, a young woman noticed an indentation in the sand near our towels, stuck her hands in, and felt the top of his head 8-10 inches under the surface. (For the rest of my life, I will be grateful to Erika Orlando, now Erika Weiland).

My husband and others immediately began digging. Miraculously, my husband pulled our son out of the hole alive, and totally fine (though shaken up, as we all were). Afterwards, I learned that sandhole collapses are a more frequent occurrence than I would’ve dreamed, and that the majority of them end in death. There are four easy things you can do to prevent such a tragedy:
1. When you arrive at the beach, always check nearby for any holes left by others, and fill them in.
2. Do not dig holes any deeper than knee-high of the shortest person in your group. Yeah, I know this sounds extreme. If this feels more extreme than your group can accommodate then perhaps you can at least stop at waist-high.
3. If you do dig holes, fill them in before you leave. The hole my son fell in had been left by other children.
4. Make sure any children you go to the beach with know that holes and trenches can be dangerous, and that they should let you know if they see any abandoned holes.

July 8th feels like a birthday to me, because it’s the day I got my baby back, the day I got my own life back when I thought it had been shattered. In my religious tradition, there are stories of people getting back things (or people) they thought they’d lost for good – and they always throw a party. I’m not having a full-on party, but I do want a little virtual celebration.

This year, I’m giving away fiber!
stashed :: Hello Yarn May 2010 Fiber Club

This is a particularly sought-after Hello Yarn Fiber Club fiber, the May 2010 colorway, Garland. It is so happy and fun, it seemed like a good choice for a giveaway. If a non-spinner wins it, I will happily spin it up for him/her (though the spinning will have to wait until after Tour de Fleece is over).

You don’t have to do anything but leave a comment letting me know you’d like to celebrate by winning some fiber (or handspun yarn, if you’re not a spinner). I’m cross-posting this on flickr as well, and you’re welcome to comment in both places, but I’ll only count each comment as one entry. If you don’t like fiber, don’t want fiber, but still want to leave a comment, that’s great too (but let me know you don’t want to be entered). I’ll draw a winner next Friday, July 16, after noon EST.

And if you’d help spread the word about sandhole safety, too, that’d be great. Let me know if you blog about this, or tweet about it, or otherwise spread the word about sandhole safety, and I will enter you in the giveaway a second time.

This picture at the top of this post was supposed to be an homage to this original anniversary pic, from July 8, 2008.
365.39 - anniversary of a rescue

I didn’t manage to get a decent one of both of us this time around, but I loved his joie d’ vivre in the one at the top of this post, and how he has such a similar expression to his 4 year-old self. I named him Little Buddha for this blog four years ago, but I should have named him Little Lion. And I love to hear his lively roar.

selected: a winner

Thank you, all of you, for your very lovely comments. I so appreciate each one. One reader, Kathy, left a link to a New Jersey story – a 10 year-old boy was almost killed in a sand hole collapse on the Jersey shore last week, on the same day of our accident anniversary. Thankfully, he survived. I really hope to raise awareness to the point that these kinds of accidents don’t happen anymore, and I am grateful for your help in getting the word out.

There were 130 entries in the giveaway (including people who commented on my flickr post about this, plus extra entries for those who indicated they would blog or tweet about sand hole safety). I tried to do the drawing the old-fashioned way, going to great lengths to create little slips of paper and have Little Buddha draw a number. But he wouldn’t quite cooperate, so I went to the trusty old Random Number Generator, and the winner is:
Bertha!

Congrats, Bertha! I will be in touch shortly to get your mailing address and send the Socks That Rock your way.

for giveaway:STR

All right, y’all, I am way WAY behind in blogging about my bloggables – including the birthday party I threw for the boys a month-and-a-half ago. So prepare yourself for an onslaught of blog entries over the next few days. Or not. Who knows how soon I will get to it all.

Thanks again, y’all, for your beautiful comments and support.

celebrated: anniversary of a rescue

It’s time for me to celebrate again, and I want you to celebrate with me!

Entries for the giveaway have now been closed. Winner announced in next post. Thanks, all, for your sweet comments!

(my original blog entries about these events can be found here and here . Last year’s anniversary write-up can be found here )

2 years ago, while vacationing at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, my then 3 year-old son fell into a hole left by some other children, six feet from where I stood, while I was in conversation with my husband. It was only a matter of seconds before I realized he was gone from my peripheral vision, and as close as we were to the water’s edge, I thought he had been swept into the water (which was very rough and choppy that day). For five minutes, my husband and many others searched for him. Long after we had given up hope of finding him alive, a young woman noticed an indentation in the sand near our towels, stuck her hands in, and felt the top of his head 8-10 inches under the surface. (For the rest of my life, I will be grateful to Erika Orlando, now Erika Weiland).

My husband and others immediately began digging. Miraculously, my husband pulled our son out of the hole alive, and totally fine (though shaken up, as we all were). Afterwards, I learned that sandhole collapses are a more frequent occurrence than I would’ve dreamed, and that the majority of them end in death. There are four easy things you can do to prevent such a tragedy:
1. When you arrive at the beach, always check nearby for any holes left by others, and fill them in.
2. Do not dig holes any deeper than knee-high of the shortest person in your group. Yeah, I know this sounds extreme. If this feels more extreme than your group can accommodate than perhaps you can at least stop at waist-high.
3. If you do dig holes, fill them in before you leave. The hole my son fell in had been left by other children.
4. Make sure any children you go to the beach with know that holes and trenches can be dangerous, and that they should let you know if they see any abandoned holes.

July 8th feels like a birthday to me, because it’s the day I got my baby back, the day I got my own life back when I thought it had been shattered. In my religious tradition, there are stories of people getting back things (or people) they thought they’d lost for good – and they always throw a party. I’m not having a full-on party, but I do want a little virtual celebration. So I’m giving away a little yarn for my yarny friends (2 skeins 350 yds each, Socks That Rock, Heavyweight, in Midsummer Night – it’s enough to make a short-sleeved February Lady Sweater in one of the smaller sizes, or a Hap Blanket [when paired with a contrast color], or a child’s sweater, or whatever else you desire. With shipping it’s roughly a $60 value.)

for giveaway:STR

You don’t have to do anything but leave a comment letting me know you’d like to celebrate by winning some yarn. (I’m cross-posting this on flickr as well, and you’re welcome to comment in both places, but I’ll only count each comment as one entry). If you don’t like yarn, don’t want yarn, but still want to leave a comment, that’s great too (but let me know you don’t want to be entered). I’ll draw a winner next Wednesday, July 15, after noon EST.

And if you’d help spread the word about sandhole safety, too, that’d be great. Let me know if you blog about this, or tweet about it, or otherwise spread the word about sandhole safety, and I will enter you in the giveaway a second time.

spring cleaning: a giveaway



stuff I’ve won, originally uploaded by earthchick.

I’ve won a lot of stuff in the last few months!
1. October: 850 yards of laceweight merino wool from Earthly Hues, in "butter," dyed with 100% natural dyes. Won from Mel , in her awesome Breast Cancer Walk fundraiser.
2. December: super-cool customized stamp from The Paper Princess in a giveaway from soulemama .
3. January: scrumptious fingering superwash merino in "Denim Dream" from Spinning Colors , won in a giveaway on Stephanie’s blog .
4. January: luscious Artyarns Supermerino from Heather , in a blog contest.
Some really fabulous women gave some very generous prizes, and I feel very spoilt!

[Actually, would you believe I won another giveaway in October but the person never actually sent me anything? I finally quit watching for it in late December.]

Anyway! Blogland has been so good to me, it’s time to pay it back a bit.

I’ve been working hard lately to clean out and organize my house, specifically my study/studio, where all of my craft supplies live (okay, who am I kidding – there are numerous boxes of craft supplies in the basement as well. And there’s a box of my yarn stash under my bed. Okay, there are also a few boxes of yarn in a bedroom closet. But still. A lot of my craft stuff is in my study/studio). In the process of cleaning out, I came across this gorgeous yarn, purchased on a whim in Atlanta, in the spring of 2007.

giveaway
It’s Rio de la Plata, handspun, kettle-dyed 100% Uruguayan wool, 2 hanks (280 yds total), in the colorway M42 “Multicolor” (violet tulip, salmon buff, ethereal blue). Isn’t it a lovely colorway for spring? I think I originally bought it thinking I would either use it to make spring vests for the boys, or a pair of longies.

It has been sitting unused ever since then, and though my inclination is to hold on to it and find a use for it some day, I’m trying to be tough with myself. I’m betting someone else out there could find something lovely to knit up this season – maybe a “My So-Called Scarf”?

Would you like to have it? If so, leave me a comment with some piece of advice about organizing for crafts (or for anything else, for that matter). Or, if you are as disorganized as I am, just leave me a comment saying, “Hey! I want that yarn!” The yarn is on the chunky side of worsted, and the retail value of the 2 hanks is $28.

I’ll run the giveaway until Tuesday, April 7, at noon (EST), and announce a winner later that day. (I’ll do a random number generator to determine the winner.

Meanwhile, check out this giveaway. Orinda5 is hosting a drawing on her blog at orinda5.blogspot.com – the prizes are stunning. Take a look and enter. And while you’re there please make a donation to help her community orchestra keep going. She had originally intended to run a raffle, but it turns out that Minnesota has very picky laws when it comes to contests and the internets, so the prize-drawing will not be linked to the donations. But please please consider giving while you’re there. I’ve gotten a lot of stuff for nothing in these past few months, maybe you’ve gotten freebies here and there too. So how about paying it forward and passing on the good, okay?

Without Further Ado

Sorry for the delay in announcing winners. The day got derailed this afternoon and evening through a series of unforeseen events. I’m glad I took the extra time to make sure I had all the entries accurate – there were at least three of you who had linked to the contest – and therefore deserved an extra entry into the raffle – whose extra entries I had not recorded. I checked and double-checked the entries for accuracy. There were 124 people who entered, with 654 entries. Thank goodness for random number generators!

The winners are:
Melinda wins the Mmmmmmalabrigo.

Val wins the Socktacular Stuff.

Julie Frick wins the Fantastic Fabric.

Jo Taulbee wins the Lace-a-Licious Sea Silk in Ivory package.

Ingrid Deon wins the Amazon gift certificate.

Elizabeth wins the Lyric Tree package.

Nicola Gaffney wins the Sea Silk in Glacier.

Jean Maples wins the Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace.

And we were close, SO close to $2500. Like, $80 from it. Some of you pitched in extra cash at the end to try to get us there. As far as I’m concerned, we’re there. I’m throwing in the extra prize. A $50 gift certificate to Pancake and Lulu’s Etsy shop. I LOVE her stuff. So will Jason, who wins this prize.

Y’all, I’ve said it a lot already but it still doesn’t feel like enough. Thank you. THANK YOU. You have been so kind, so generous, and so compassionate in your donations and your words. I appreciate it so much. It’s a bit sad to me that this raffle is coming to an end, because it has been such fun and so exciting. It was especially sad to me that only a few people could win, though I did try to multiply the yarny goodness so that more people could win.

Thank you, friends, for everything. I am here at the beach this week, remembering last year and celebrating my son’s rescue. I feel like you have been a big part of that celebration. Thank you.

Lyric Tree, undone. And a raffle update

So one of the prize packages for my raffle is Lamb’s Pride Burly Spun, in cream, enough to make a Lyric Tree, or something else of your choosing. I fell in love with that pattern the moment I saw it – trees are kind of my “thing” – and wanted to make it immediately. As soon as I finally finished my Sunshine Top, I cast on. 5 days later, I had this:

Lyric Tree, WIP, without hood

Lyric Tree, WIP, without hood

I couldn’t believe how quickly this thing came together, especially considering that 3 days in, I realized I had made an error when I divided for the neckline and I ripped back half the sweater. Even with having lost that time, this was a super-quick knit. When it was time for the hood, I tried it on. And discovered I should’ve made it with positive ease. Those big bulky stitches just weren’t that flattering in a form-fitting pullover, at least not on me. So now the sweater looks like this:

Lyric Tree frogged

Lyric Tree frogged

This was my first go at doing a felted join, so when I frogged I ended up with one ginormous ball o’ yarn. When I frogged, I had only used less than 3 skeins’ worth of yarn – so I don’t see any way that the sweater, even in the bigger size, is going to take the 6 skeins of yarn I bought. That makes this knit significantly less expensive than I had thought. Also, the 6 skeins included in the prize package for my raffle should be enough to make the sweater in any size.

Raffle Update
My continued thanks for your amazing support of my raffle. Your donations, your blog links, and especially your kind words have meant so much. Thank you! I am a bit behind on sending confirmation emails, so if you have donated in the last 2 days you haven’t heard from me yet, but you will. I will send out all confirmations prior to doing the drawing. Right now we are about $160 away from $2500 – if we get there, I will throw in one more prize. Regardless, I am thrilled – we long ago surpassed my (unannounced) goal of $1000. So cool.

You have until 12:00 noon, CST, tomorrow, 08/08/08 to make a donation to be entered in the raffle. I will then confirm the rest of the entries and do the drawing sometime tomorrow afternoon. I will post the winners by 6:00 CST. I’m so excited!!

Raffle prize #8: Lorna’s Laces

You guys! You just keep rocking. So. Hard.

We hit $2000 yesterday morning and as of today are well on our way to $2500. Thank you – not only for donating, but for providing linkage on your blogs to the raffle and sending folks over this way.

As promised, I have another prize to throw in, since you guys came through with another $500.
Lorna\'s Laces, Helen\'s Lace, 1 skein, 1750 yards, in Vera[/caption]


Such a yummy colorway for fall, isn’t it? And one skein is enough to make a beautiful shawl. It was hard to capture the colors adequately. Here’s a view of the other end.

Lorna\'s Laces, Helen\'s Lace, 1 skein, 1750 yards, in Vera

Lorna's Laces, Helen's Lace, 1 skein, 1750 yards, in Vera

Purchased at Knit Nouveau. Prize value = $57.

The drawing for the prizes is going to be this Friday, August 8th. Donations received by 12:00, noon, CST (since I’ll be on the Gulf Coast and not in my usual EST), will be counted as entries in the raffle. Every entrant so far should have received an email confirmation from me by now, indicating how many entries you have. If you haven’t, or if I got the number of entries wrong, please let me know. I have tried to be diligent about including the blog mentions as an entry, but I may not have matched up your blog entry with your name correctly, so please do let me know that as well.

Also, the Color Wheel Bundle from Purl was finally restocked and is on its way to me. So that prize will be a fabric bundle, and not a Purl gift certificate. Only about two people have indicated that they would be specifically interested in that prize. A number of people have actively opted out of that prize. If you do not want to receive the fabric bundle, please let me know by replying to the email I sent you confirming your entry, okay?

Thanks again, friends. You’re the best!

Raffle prize #7: Again with the Sea Silk

2 skeins Sea Silk, ~ 875 yards, in Glacier (I think)

2 skeins Sea Silk, ~ 875 yards, in Glacier (I think)

I had a glorious time at Knit Nouveau picking this out. It was the only Sea Silk left, tucked away near the back of the store. No notes on the tag as to color, but it’s a gorgeous brilliant blue with a streak of silverish grey in it. Maybe it’s Glacier? I’m not sure. I’ll try to get more shots of it another day, so you can see the full effect a little better.

Prize value = $75

Oh, and on the chance that you guys would kick things up another notch by contributing another $500 before the raffle is over, I went ahead and bought the next prize package at Knit Nouveau. No pictures for now, or even clues. Suffice it to say, that if I have to keep this package myself, I won’t be tooooo disappointed. But given the current length of my queue, it would be a long time before I could use this. But I’m sure you’d put it to good use. Right?

Full Circle: a raffle (and a ridiculously long post!)

anniversary of a rescue

anniversary of a rescue

Today marks the anniversary of my son’s near fatal accident and his dramatic rescue. It feels like a birthday. I feel like celebrating.

The weird thing about this past year since his rescue is that I have not simply lived the grateful happy life I sort of expected in light of what happened that day. In fact, for months after the accident, I think I was actually dealing with some post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. I kept thinking I should just get over it already. Just be happy. My son was almost killed, and instead of having to live the grief of that I was dealing with happy things like the start of preschool, and the success of potty-training, and the celebration of Christmas with two little boys instead of just one. But still, I felt a gnawing anxiety and even grief. Sometimes I still do, even in the midst of overwhelming gratitude and relief.

Throughout the whole strange journey this year has been, I have found myself sustained by good friends. Two communities of friends in particular have been invaluable to me. The first community is you guys – the craft community, both virtual and real life. You folks were among the first I told in detail about what happened at the beach. I had to get it written out, and even though that was painful and made me feel vulnerable, you were unbelievably supportive and kind. You celebrated with me. You freaked out with me, too, over the awful thing that happened and the death that nearly resulted from it. And when I was ready to move forward and get back to my knitting and knitblogging, you were still there for me, no matter how inconsistent I was with either of those things. The craft community for me took a leap into real life as well this year, as I made actual knitting friends in Real Life, both in my neighborhood and through our Co-Op preschool. To have friends that have nothing to do with my work but only with something that is purely joyful to me has been a brand-new and wonderful experience for me.

The second community that has been there for me this past year (and for many years prior) has been a group of 29 female colleagues from across the U.S. and Canada. They are clergy, like me, and they, like me, are in the minority in their profession – only 13% of all ministers are women (that number if somewhat lower in my own denomination). Several years ago, a Catholic nun in Beech Grove, Indiana, had a dream of having her own monastic community reach out to Protestant clergywomen in order to help nurture and sustain them through the sharing of the rhythm and traditions of the monastic life. It was an unusual idea – to bring together Protestant clergywomen and Catholic women religious, two groups who have an awful lot in common and much to learn from each other but typically very little interaction with each other. Sister Mary Luke won a grant to fund her dream, and Women Touched by Grace was born. Starting in November 2003, (when I was 8 weeks pregnant with twins) we gathered twice a year for 10 days at the monastery. The program culminated with a trip to Italy, where we studied the life of St. Benedict.

These women (both the clergy and the nuns) were there for me during my pregnancy and early motherhood. They were there for me during my husband’s frightening medical problems and hospitalizations. In the past five years, three of the women have battled cancer, while others have gone through divorce, job loss, brain surgery, and betrayals. Through all of it, they have remained a rock-solid community for one another. It was a gift given to us by Sister Mary Luke and her fellow sisters, and it is a gift that keeps giving. They, like you, were among the first I shared the news of our son’s accident with. They supported me in my strange mix of grief and relief, and they provided a sounding board when I needed to talk, when I needed to cry, and when I needed to write.

That program has officially ended, and a new group of clergywomen has been invited to the monastery to receive the gifts the women there have to give. Their program has not been fully funded as ours was. So now I finally get to the reason for this raffle!! This is not a religion-related blog, and I do not share my religious views here (in fact, there is much to say about the spiritual value of the Women Touched by Grace community, but I refrain because I don’t feel this is the forum for that). The proceeds of this raffle will go towards a religious institution, but I hope that even if you are not Christian or religious, you might consider participating. Because in truth this money is meant to help women who need as much friendship and support as they can get. The whole program is based on women reaching out to women. I want to celebrate how women have sustained me in difficult times by trying to reach out and sustain other women too. These women need this time away and the nurture it will provide. They need community – both that of their colleagues and that of the nuns. They need the rest and renewal. They need the support that will keep them from burning out and from failing in the midst of isolation and other challenges. Want to help make it so? (and win fab prizes in the process?)

All right then!

Disclosure: Big love goes to Sister Mary Luke, who gave some of us some “seed money” to use to raise additional money however we could. I wish I could claim to have used a few hundred of my own dollars to make this contest possible, but I did not. The money funding this little venture has been given to me, and I hope to at least double it (though I’m hoping you guys may surpass my wildest dreams).

How it will work:
1. $5 buys one chance to win.
2. For every four chances you buy($20), you will get an additional chance free.
3. If you mention this contest on your blog (and provide me the link) you will get another free chance to win.
4. Buy as many chances as you wish!
5. The PayPal donations go directly to the Benedict Inn, a part of Our Lady of Grace Monastery, a nonprofit organization. You can be assured that this money will go directly to the program and not to my pockets. You can print off your receipt for your taxes. Y’all, I was mistaken. Kendra pointed out that the IRS has ruled that raffle ticket purchases cannot be counted as donations. Sorry about that!
6. You may stipulate on your entry which prize you would most like to win (though I can’t make guarantees).
7. The drawing will be on August 8th – while my family is actually at the beach where the accident happened – and winners will be announces shortly thereafter. Prizes will be mailed after we return home, around August 15th.

Prizes (bet you thought I’d never get to this point!)

Prize #1 – Mmmmmmmalabrigo Magnificence

You didn’t think I’d have a contest without offering a bit of Malabrigo did you?

6 skeins of Malabrigo, in Emerald

6 skeins of Malabrigo, in Emerald


That’s roughly 1300 yards of buttery goodness in a deliciously deep teal-ish green, enough to make a sweater or approximately one billion cowls.
It\'s calling your name, isn\'t it?

It's calling your name, isn't it?

But that’s not all. If you win the Malabrigo package, you will get a knitting book of your choosing from Amazon for $20 or less. I was going to offer a particular Elizabeth Zimmermann book, but then I thought the winner may already have it and wouldn’t it be fun to get to choose what you want? Yes, yes it would.

Prize value = $95
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Prize #2 – Socktacular Stuff

You would’ve had to pry this one out of my hands, except that I had to buy my own exact same items. This stuff is just that yummy.

Lorna\'s Laces Shepherd Sock, Blackberry

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, Blackberry

I love Lorna’s Laces, and I really love this semi-solid purple. I made some Fancy Silk Socks out of this last year for a swap and I just adored this luscious color. You’ll love it too. But perhaps you might also like something a little less solid?

Verve in Cherry Blossom, from The Unique Sheep, 400 yds superwash merino

Verve in Cherry Blossom, from The Unique Sheep, 400 yds superwash merino

My first experience with yarn from The Unique Sheep was the yarn I got to knit Moonshadow in, Leili. I was really taken with the beautiful colors I saw on the site so when it was time to plan this raffle I decided to get some sock yarn. I chose this gorgeous Cherry Blossom colorway – and later learned it was inspired by a photograph taken by MiniLaura, who won a photo contest put on by The Unique Sheep. When the yarn arrived, I couldn’t keep my hands off of it. So I ordered some more for one of you to win. I have to say, it knits up so pretty!

Cherry Blossom garter rib sock

Cherry Blossom garter rib sock

Oh, and see that super-cute sock bag that the sock is in?

Schrodinger Sock Knitting Cube, with squirrels!!

Schrodinger Sock Knitting Cube, with squirrels!!

Yeah, you’ll be getting one of those too. (First I ordered one for the raffle. Then I had to have one myself. Y’all, the squirrels are so freakin’ cute! I LOVE this bag.)

Schrodinger Sock Cube, Verve sock yarn, Lorna\'s Laces sock yarn

Schrodinger Sock Cube, Verve sock yarn, Lorna's Laces sock yarn

This package also comes with your choice of knitting (or other) book from Amazon for $15 or less. I was going to put a sock-knitting book with this package, but again, I thought it might be more fun for you to choose for yourself.

Prize value = $99

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Prize#3 – Fantastic Fabric

It hasn’t happened yet, but I still have big dreams of making the Color Wheel Quilt from Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts for Little Buddha’s and Tiny Dancer’s room. Maybe you might like to make one with me?

This prize is a Purl Color-Wheel Quilt Bundle plus the book that shows how to make it (or a book of you choosing, $20 or less, if you already own this one).

Color-Wheel Bundle

Color-Wheel Bundle

Here’s the deal with this, though. Purl ran out of this bundle right before I was ready to order. They are supposed to let me know when they have more ready to go, but it has been several weeks now and still none in stock. I still think it will happen (and hope it will be August 15th), but if not, you will get $70 (plus shipping) of your choosing from Purl. Still a good deal, right?

(Please note that this prize does not include the plain white fabric and the batting you would need to make this quilt. It just includes the fun stuff!)

Prize value = $95
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Prize #4 – Lace-a-licious

This is the big one! I fell in love with Sea Silk at Knit Nouveau a few days after Little Buddha’s accident. I couldn’t resist splurging on some, and the stole I made with it has always felt like a celebration garment. Now’s your chance to celebrate a bit yourself.

3 hanks Sea Silk, in ivory, plus silver-lined crystal megatamas from Earth Faire

3 hanks Sea Silk, in ivory, plus silver-lined crystal megatamas from Earth Faire

3 hanks of Sea Silk in the gorgeous Ivory colorway – a little more than 1300 yards – plus 35 grams of silver-lined megatama beads (roughly 315 beads). And you will get your choice of one of Sivia Harding’s patterns. You ought to be able to make something really lovely with this!

isn\'t she beautiful?

isn't she beautiful?

Prize value = $125

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Prize #5 – Non-crafty goodness

I do have some readers who don’t knit or sew, and I love you too! Don’t feel left out – you could win a little something too. There will be one drawing for a $30 gift certificate from Amazon. (make sure to stipulate on your entry/entries if you don’t want to be considered for any of the craft prizes and I will only include you in the drawing for this one)

Prize value = $30

Let’s get this party started!

Thanks, y’all, for everything!