Monday, January 3, 2011

lady sings the blues, giveaway 2

ETA:  Contest now closed, please enjoy the comments!  And thank you to all who entered!

The end of 2010 went out with a bang.  Given all that happened last year, it's with mixed feelings that we bid it good-bye.  It's kind of like the song "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine."  There was a lot of sad, bad, and just plain confusing.  But there was also good company, fine friends, laughter, love, and the joy of life.

Good-bye 2010, you won't be forgotten.

With a new year to try to remember to put on random paperwork, I figure let's start on the right note!

It's Monday, the sky is the kind of blue poets can't seem to do justice to, there's turkey soup simmering in the kitchen (thank you Mommy!), and I've been feeling creative.  So, here's a new giveaway in the new year to celebrate all of our creativity.

Sorting through the stash, I found these beauties:


2 Skeins of Cascade 220 handpaint (worsted)
blues, greys, purples
One skein of Ella Rae Latte (Chunky)
Royal blue, made with milk
And finally one skein Scarlet Fleece It's Tubular (Sock weight)
purples, blues, blacks
There will be 3 winners for this giveaway, and I'll toss in a set of free instructions for a winter project for each in case the winners want a little inspiration.  The winners can use said instructions to make something, to light a fire, or even to line pet cages.   *Insert knit-eating grin here*

So, here's the details:
Leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite way to beat winter blues is.  On January 10, I'll use the lovely random number generator to pick some winners, and then ship the loot post-haste.  I will announce here, and email winners (leave an email where I can contact ya?  I really do want to get prizes out so folk can enjoy them!!) to let them know as well.

Without further ado, 2010, here's your (non-traditional version of this) song

72 comments:

  1. Winter blues, I add bright colors in my house (decorations and such) and listen to "summer" music.

    Hope your winter gets less blue!

    pixieknitter@live.com

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  2. I love winter time, so I don't really get winter blues. Plus I live in a nice hot place, it doesn't get real cold here. LOL Though I do try to workout, helps you stay warm and gets you a bit active which helps to make you happy.
    Thanks for holding a giveaway! I hope you have a happy new year.

    KJo
    (I don't really want to leave my e-mail, but KJo is my Ravelry account and I'll try and remember to come back on the 10th)

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  3. Hot cocoa with marsmellows in fornt of the fireplace and knitting or a nice book...

    thanks for the givaway

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  4. I beat the winter blues by trying to set some goals and accomplish them one day at a time and before I know it Jan and Feb are done! This year I am jump starting an exercise program and following some daily journaling prompts via Journaling Saves. Thanks for the drawing...lovely yarns. avennett AT verizon DOT net.

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  5. i don't get the winter blues too bad.....but i always make sure i've got plenty of books, plenty of projects to work on, and plenty of tea in the house!!

    gorgeous yarns, wonderful giveaway; hope the arm heals quick!!

    -oonaghfibersmyth on ravelry

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  6. winter blues?
    Buy yarn and knit, of course.
    We're very lucky here to have a great knitting retreat in the middle of feb., just when we need inspiration. They have a great marketplace that's open to the public. Love to shop it!
    squiggi@earthlink.net
    squiggi on ravelry

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  7. Winter blues are combated in this house by...well, I'm not sure. This is my first winter with Little Man around so maybe just having him around is helping? I'm not as moody as I've been in years past.

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  8. wish I had a good way to get rid of the winter blues. we have lots of gray days in our Alabama winters, so when the sun does shine. I try to enjoy it to the fullest. patsycoats@bellsouth.net

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  9. Ahh.. the winter blues. Hmm, well I do my best to get outdoors during the weekends, since during the week it's dark by the time I get out (I hate that hehe). So get outside when I can, do lots of baking, tea and knitting, and chasing my little girl around. Good luck with the winter blues!

    fallj884@gmail.com
    or BangersAndMash on ravelry

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  10. I beat the winter blues by sitting in my rocking chair and sipping tea while feeling all cozy wrapped in one of my hand-knit shawls :)

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    michaela-gawlyta@hotmail.com

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  11. In the depths of winter I like to curl up on the couch and knit, maybe watch a movie. If I get cabin fever, I fall on my butt attempting to snowboard. Hot chi is always a great way to feel all warm and cozy despite the weather.

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  12. My favorite way to beat the winter blues is to sit and knit with friends. We have so much fun!

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  13. My trick for beating the winter blues: volunteering. ♥ Makes me feel useful and seeing how happy it makes others helps lift my spirits.

    I try to avoid knitting if my mood is really bad because the actual knitting makes me feel better, but if I spot/make a mistake, well then... DEFCON 1!!!

    So yes, helping others is much safer. :) And 2+ happy people is better than 1, yes?

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  14. We spend winters where there is a lot of sunshine and warmer temps so I don't usually get winter blues. When I do, I put in a cd of some rag time music, make brownies and indulge!

    RoamingKnitter on Ravelry

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  15. I love to stay in and watch films, bake and see friends to get over the blues! Variety is the key to this! I also like to knit when feeling not so good as I have to put so much concentration in to it that I forget why I was feeling blue in the first place! :-) I am GetKnitted on ravelry.

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  16. My fav way to beat the blues is to go for a run, even if the weather sucks. If I can't drag myself out the door, then fuzzy socks, tea and movie will have to do!

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  17. I love to watch sci fi reruns and knit bright colored socks!

    sadiekate2001 at yahoo.com

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  18. If a good book and hot tea aren't working, getting outdoors and doing something helps me - even a walk around the block changes my perspective on a cold, gray day.
    meditativerose on Ravelry

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  19. This doesn't happen nearly as often in Florida as it did in Virginia and North Carolina (ok, it happens never in Florida), but when we used to get snowed in for days at a time, we would pull out the board games. Some of my favorite times growing up was when we would sit by candle light (we put mirrors or aluminum foil behind the candles to spread the light) and play Clue, Sorry, poker, you name it.

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  20. curled up on the couch with my husband watching an old movie. alvinearl at msn dot com

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  21. I beat the winter blues by having a girls' weekend at a cabin. Food, movies, gossip magazines etc. It is one of the best parts of my winter!

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  22. I try to fight the winter blues with more spinning and fresh foods and getting outside, even if it's dark and rainy. Fortunately I don't have as much of a problem with the winter blues as my hubby does, so I spend a lot of time trying to get him to get outside to fight them.

    (InJuneau on ravelry)

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  23. I beat the winter blues with ICICLE FIGHTS! Most fun ever!

    (zilliah on ravelry)

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  24. Beating winter blues has not been much of a worry. I live in South Texas and we don't get much of a winter here. It is comparable to most people's fall.

    midwifemom on Ravelry

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  25. Either I knit, cuddle up with my husband on the couch or grab some tea and a book. Long talks with my family on the phone helps also quite good.

    Rebekka (also on ravelry)

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  26. To beat the winter blues, I knit with bright colors or work on a jigsaw puzzle with bright colors.

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  27. I drink tea in amounts that must have added up to a few buckets by now, and I also look out the window a lot. I have a very nice view of the sea and of the other side of the bay. Now the interesting thing about the sea is that in winter it's a different shade every day. And it has beautiful clouds hanging over it, especially at sunset. So, watching this sort of "window TV" makes the winter weather totally worth it.

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  28. Coffee, knitting, and cooking!

    carbear783 on Ravelry

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  29. Staying in (once the barn chores are done), knitting and listening to an audiobook by a warm fire, and watching the birds at the feeder, or the falling snow. Knowing that I don't HAVE to go anywhere is the BEST way to enjoy bitter weather IMO!

    quinn on rav

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  30. Lately, my favorite way to beat winter blues has been snuggling with my newborn baby, doing some mindless knitting, watching a movie with my husband, and drinking raspberry hot chocolate.

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  31. Beating the winter blues.....hmmm...I have just decided to ride it out by wrapping up in my flannel jimjams and robe with a steaming,hot cuppa tea and some dvds or audiobooks and a nice,warm knitting project.
    I hope your wrist is feeling better soon!

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  32. Winter blues? I'm too busy! :) When I am feeling down, I knit or read or go out and watch some baby critter romping around (we have goat kids and calves) or watching my son (used to be son & daughter but she's at college) working with show animals.

    aewsimmons@gmail.com

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  33. I don't live in a snowy location and our winters are pretty mild. Still I tend to hibernate and shut out the world during the winter months. The best way for me to beat my winter blues is to come out of my cage and go for a walk or go out to coffee with a close friend at the bookstore.

    Thanks!
    Stacy
    Stacyknitsalot@gmail.com

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  34. Making a homemade latte!

    halloweentango on Ravelry

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  35. Not only do I decorate in bright cheery colors, but I keep the house cozy and warm. If that doesn't work, a short drive south gets me to more moderate climates.

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  36. I have found that getting out and moving has helped tremendously. I take a few classes a week and I feel a lot better. Oh, and coffee! Lots of coffee!

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  37. I generally like winter and I like snow and skating. So I usually do fine, only towards the end it's testing my patience, since we can have a long drawn out winter. But I knit a lot and try to play in the snow or on the ice when I can to fight winter blues. Oh yes and hot chocolate always helps :)

    rainbowscuba on Ravlery

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  38. Definitely knitting in front of the fire. The cold outside is no fun, but the fact that it creates an excuse to make a fire is wonderful!

    Mujercita on Ravelry

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  39. How I beat the winter blues? I curl up on the couch with a dog beside me, and either knitting or a book in my lap.

    greyowl60 at yahoo dot com

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  40. The weather here isn't enough to keep us housebound too often, but is can be awfully dreary with nothing but white or grey skies for days on end. At times like that I fall back on the old family remedies... hot cocoa or Irish Coffee.

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  41. On gray winter days I like to curl up in the chair next to the radiator, drink tea and knit... in fact, I'm about to do that right now.
    Lovely yarns, especially the Scarlet Fleece!

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  42. My best trick for beating the winter blues is to embrace the season wholeheartedly--bundle up and get outside! Sledding, snowshoeing, iceskating, even a good old snowball fight!

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  43. Susan G (griffgirls on ravelry)January 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Winter Blues... Spa Day with my sisters!

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  44. i knit away..and i rarely finish a project that i start :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  45. Hi I'd like to enter if you are taking international entries. Winter is my favourite time of the year and the only blues I get are when people start talking about waiting for spring to arrive!

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  46. I buy fresh flowers for my apartment - it helps beat the winter blues - which I rarely have.

    Wherever did you find that rendition of Kisses Sweeter than Wine? I adore Jackson Browne...

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

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  47. Actually, I dance blues to beat the winter blues :)

    It's a wonderful dance, and the combination of music and gentle exercise beats the maudliness!

    Check out this video of some of my teachers:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7fqSI7ZiJI

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  48. To beat the winter blues i just dream about summer and remind myself that it is just around the corner and soon we will have lovely tempatures in the 100's again. Hot cocoa does not hurt either.

    skaro964 at comcast dot net

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  49. I used to love the California winters, running around in shorts in 50 degree weather and laughing at the rest of the country. Then I matured and my outlook, and wardrobe, changed. Now I love the California winters, with temps in the 60s, and I'm wearing three sweaters indoors because the heater's too expensive to run, watching the insane weather around the rest of the country, praying for them and counting my blessings... Like: At least my three sweaters are handknits! I don't usually get the winter blues, though I might turn blue if I forget a sweater. So sorry about your wrist, but at least you seem to have the porch pretty much done before it happened.

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  50. Gardening Catalogs! I love when they start coming in the mail around the first week of January.I am not a huge gardener but I love to plan a garden( haven't actually put a full one in but the hope is always there)! I look at all the pictures ,cut them out, fill out order forms, lay the garden out on paper, and dream. Sounds silly because I don't have the money to spend on all the seeds and stuff but even a little purchase of a couple of seed packets perks me up.

    lotsofhermies on Ravelry

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  51. I would say,I would crochet and/or knit with brightly colored yarns. I really don't want to leave my e-mail,so I will tell you who I am on Ravelry. I'm roselake.

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  52. How do I beat the winter blues? Hot chocolate and soft music in front of a crackling fire. =)

    AllStrungOut89 on ravelry
    mparke41@students.kennesaw.edu

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  53. My fave way to beat winter blues is to dress up in warm weather wear and go hiking!

    HermioneWeasley on rav

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  54. ouch with your wrist. I have developed a joint injury but much to hubbys dismay i am knitting my way through it, lol... keeps the swelling up but not as stiff! :) To beat the blues i start knitting a spring clothing item and start my seeds in feb... this helps usually!

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  55. I knit and spin bright colors, or flame colors, which make me happy. Or I snuggle up in front of the fire with my kids and hot cocoa and watch a happy-making movie!

    knitmomma (at) gmail (dot) com

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  56. I love to beat the blue with my teapot filled with Lime rind and lavender ground up and letting it steep loose in my tea for one pot. It is delicious plus spraying my room and sheets with lime and lavender is even better!
    To me it's a cheery way to relax and enjoy the day!

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  57. The cold is what makes me blue in the winter - love to curl up with a nice knit afghan on my lap and a shawl on my shoulders with knitting in my lap. Hot tea and a good audiobook help a lot!

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  58. I actually love winter so I don't often get blue. Usually it's in the summer because I can't stand the heat but that doesn't mean it never happens. However, my favorite way to beat winter blues is to bake something delicious and enjoy while knitting and watching a good movie.

    munkiknits @ yahoo .com

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  59. Actually, I love the winter. It gives me plenty of time to play with my fiber activities instead of watching weeds try to take over the garden.
    Nothing better than a good snowstorm, sitting by the fire and spinning.

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  60. I love to Think of all the Patterns I Want to knit, I Knit, or I also Buy Yarn now and then for specific projects.
    Nice giveaway! I especially love the sock yarn!

    StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

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  61. I live in N. California where it is often still sunny even when it's cold so I get outside a lot and avoid the winter blues. When I do wish it was warmer I spend time planning my spring garden and I stay cosy knitting.
    Thanks for the winter giveaway!
    Shannon
    affiknitty@yahoo.com

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  62. I don't get Winter blues - it's my favourite season!
    I love being out for a walk in the rain especially if it's windy too. And I leave windows open on purpose so I get cold and have to snuggle in my warm winter woollens.
    eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

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  63. to chase away the winter blues, I am knitting or reading about knitting.

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  64. My favorite, tried-and-true way to beat the winter blues is with a frothy mug of hot chocolate and a good knitting project or mystery novel. Perched in a comfortable chair and peering out the window at a wintry wonderland, I can pass the time in contentment and joy.

    FreckledPast [Ravelry]

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  65. a hot cup of tea and an afternoon knitting under my Ott light seem to help - that and getting outside walking or skiing!

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  66. To cure the winter blues (short of taking a warm destination vacation) is to curl up in a big warm blanket, pull out my favorite book (knitting or otherwise) grab a mug of chocolate, light a fire and place the remote in easy reach as I curl up on the couch for the day!

    Hope you get a bit of sunshine in your day!

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  67. Winter can't get to me when I am curled up with my beautiful assistance dog, Clover.

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  68. I don't really have the winter blues, I love winter and just love snuggling up in my winter clothes with a hot cup of tea with a good book or some knittin

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  69. Well, I don't get blue, but I do freeze easily. IL has had some really cold temps so far and a bunch of snow. I knit and read knitting books for leisure time. If I can get downtown, I knit with friends at a knit shop.
    Thanks for the contest!
    Lynn
    cbruff8624@aol.com

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  70. I think the best way is to go to the gym and workout to some nice fast music! (or knit...that comes a close second)

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  71. If I'm not too late, I beat the winter blues with yoga, knitting and streaming Netflix. (The latter two are particularly nice because they can be done at the same time!)

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