Saturday, August 27, 2011

Anniversary party results, in which the knitter says 'why not?'

So, before I announce winners I want to thank everyone for entering and for all you kind comments.  I have been really enjoying reading about your favorite kind of knitting.  It's been a long weird week and this has been a fun thing for me.  Thank you for indulging my curiosity!

Second, thank you for your kind wishes on the broken yarn winder.  My foot is fine, the broken winder mainly hurt my pride... which will no doubt recover in time hehe.

Before I announce winners, I want to let folks know that I will be mailing off packages after the hurricane passes through.  My local post office has flooded in the past, so I want to make sure all threat of that has passed before I trust your goodies to their hands.  Local weather is saying Monday should be clear, so if it doesn't flood I'll be making the local post office happy Monday morning.

Anyway, back to what I intended to write about.  So, this week as interesting entry followed interesting entry, I started to feel sad that I only had 4 prizes for so many great entries.  Without really thinking about it, I started gathering a little box of nifties.  You know, little things that make knitting easier.  Just in case, sort of thing.

And as I was gathering, I had the thought that I probably had more of the paintbox yarn hanging around because I had knit a bunch of faux fair-isle bags for teacher retirements last year.  So I hunted that out, and with it found some more mochi plus set aside for projects that had already been finished.  Huh, and in my stash there was a little big more of the saucy....  an idea began to take form.

My little pile grew and grew as I gleaned through my stash looking for things that might match.

So, looking at this pile of fibery loot I thought "HUH.  Why the heck not?"

See, in my first give-away ever I had a small amount of entries and was able to give everyone a prize.  I know I won't be able to do that every time, but for this first Anniversary.... Everybody Wins!

The original 4 projects have more elaborate goodies because I planned them out way in advance, but I hope that the little goodies in the rest of the prize packs will make everyone's knitting life easier and more fun.

With the help of shorty and a magic mug (my super big coffee cup), folks have been matched up as follows:

Beki, you were the first name to be pulled, and get the original saucy yarn with the dangerous curves market bag pattern.  This is a fast project to knit, and it contains enough yarn to make a large and a small bag.  Plus, it will survive playing with your kids (my bags are still kicking strong 2 years after I made them)!

Renee Anne who shares a blogversary with me (Happy 2nd Anniversary!!!) wins the original Ionic Compass faux fair isle hat kit.  I'm hoping to introduce you to a whole new knitting addiction :)

Girlieknitwit wins the Climbing Leaves Smoke Ring project pack with the alpaca and the kid mohair yarns.  I'm sending both neutrals & greens, both are soooo textural-ly pleasing!

Rusty M.  wins the Serious Scarf One plus the Elann yarn pack in glorious moody blue.  I hope you get a kick out of the pattern!

Congrats to our first 4, the winners of the original giveaway goodie packs :)

Next up, Little Man chose the following 4 winners:

Graywolfie, you win a Dangerous Curves market bag kit.  The most basic of lace is just including yarn overs, so you definitely have your toes in the water already!  I hope that you enjoy exercising your lace skills.  :)

Pinkundine, you win an Ionic Compass tam set with a skein of Kureyon in color 188 and a skein of paintbox in color 06.  One is summer greens against a darkening sky, one is spring garden colors in full bloom.  I hope you enjoy dipping your toes in colorwork waters!

Kitten With a Whiplash!  You get a copy of the Climbing Leaves pattern plus some sexy Ultra Alpaca to knit it up.  Mmmmm, I <3 alpaca and hope you enjoy working with it!

Danielle, you win a Serious Scarf One pack containing Fishermans Wool in neutrals to make it up.  I really hope you enjoy working with it, the men in my life are in a standoff as to who gets the last one I knit up!

Yay, congrats to you guys, I hope you enjoy your projects!!

And finally, our last group of winners.

GailGodwin, you win an Ionic Compass kit with paintbox in color 01 and paintbox 11 which are subtle greys and purples and all colors of blue respectively.  Two of my favorite colorways!

Knittingdancer, you win a Climbing Leaves cowl pack and some gorgeous autumn colored worsted yarns to make it up in.  This is a toe in the lace-waters, and I hope that the project gives you enough joy and confidence to enjoy other lace projects too!

Madeline, you also win a copy of the Climbing Leaves cowl pack.  You are getting a lovely coral kid-mohair and a lovely deep red to go with it to make the Smoke Ring version.  I hope you enjoy the project, and that it tempts you to even more lace :)

So thank you.  Thank you all.  This last year has been indescribable.  I am terrible about replying to comments (mainly because I'm still a bit shy), but I read them all and treasure every one.  When I'm having a terrible day, I know that my friends in knitting are there and it takes the sting out of whatever craziness is going on.  So thank you again.  For enriching my knitting, for enriching my life.

Happy Knitting!


  1. You are amazing! What a wonderful surprise!! Thank you for the prizes! I am so excited!
    Stay safe and praying that you make it through the storm unscathed. Lots of prayers for all the people in the path of the storm.
    Girlieknitwit on Rav

  2. Thank you so much for the cowl kit and yarn. It is so nice of you to give each person a gift. I read your blog everyday. I hope you all survive Irene. Thanks again.

  3. Wow! Thanks so much for the fun and winning!! It was quite the pick-me-up today since I just had to spend wayyyyy too much money on new garage doors :( So much for any yarn for awhile.
    Keep up the great blogging, I really enjoy reading and seeing your lovely creations!

  4. This library computer doesn't want to let me post as myself (Kitten) but it can't stop me from saying Thanks for this wonderful, generous surprise! I'll be keeping a thought for your safety.

  5. Hoooooooray! I win :)

    I've been told that I need to learn fair isle because I will become addicted...the same thing happened with sock knitting, shawl knitting, and spinning (all of which I now do).

    So, as soon as I find someone to help me when I mess up, I'll be on it :)

    Thank you, thank you!

  6. What a lovely end to a wonderful giveaway series. Thank you again for my prize earlier in the year, best wishes for your second year of blogging (I'll be watching!) and I hope the storm treated you gently.

    Felicity (FelicityS on ravelry)

  7. I received my yarn and cowl pattern yesterday, Sept 6th. The rust and green colors of the yarn are perfect fall colors. Thanks for the darning needles and stitch markers. I think I have decided to try the Loose Cowl pattern in the green. I just love everything you sent. Thank you so much.

  8. I cannot believe you let Kitten with a Whiplash win ! Don't you know the size of his stash already ?? There's nothing left for us ... :-)