Two of the winners of the All for Love of Yarn giveaway were chosen by Angela herself and judged on their childhood disaster stories. Here's what Angela had to say:
Thank you all for submitting your great comments with such enthusiasm. You made me laugh, say oh no!, empathize, and read in disbelief that some of these things actually happened! It was a joy to read them all, from spiders to pigs, to broken bones, and bad hair cuts! It was really hard to chose only two of them! Thank you Ve, for giving me this opportunity to be featured on your lovely blog; I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment! ~ Angela
The two winners that were chosen by Angela are:
Lil Bean who wrote, "Lovely yarn! I'm drooling over my keyboard...
I had many childhood disasters (in fact, they still happen regularly) because I was (am) accident prone.
There was the time I was chopping kindling when I was 8 while camping - chopped off the side of my thumb and had to be rushed to the hospital an hour away...
Probably the worst/funniest was when I was 7 years old. I was fascinated by fire! I managed to find a package of matches somewhere. Went into my room, shut the door, and proceeded to teach myself to strike matches. I was smart enough to do it above my trash can, but panicked when a scrap of paper lit in the can. I picked up the trash can, then dropped it, and the burning paper fell onto the carpet. I started to scream and my mom came in to see me stomping madly on smoldering carpet. Try to explain why I had started a fire in my room and melted the carpet... I never lived that one down."
BeckyM/Georgia that said, "Wow, some of you all must have lived in my neighborhood. :D Let me see - one event - well . . . we were on our way to school one day and we had picked some flowers for our teachers. This was my Mom, my brother and me. I yelled - because there was a frog on my flower - my Mom slammed on brakes - the door flew open and my brother fell out. Mom ran over his leg (NOT ON PURPOSE) as the car rolled forward - breaking his leg. A week later - he is in a cast - I brought home the chickenpox from school and gave them to him - under his cast. Me, I was in trouble!"
Now, the two other winners were chosen randomly and here are those winners:
Jessica & Diane
Congratulations! Please contact me at email@example.com to claim your prizes.
Hi, everyone! Well, it's been a busy summer to say the least in the Jobe household. We've had some wonderful guests on the blog and I have more fun coming your way this Fall. I love Summer, but I have to admit that Fall is my favorite season and I don't think I'm the only one that feels that way. Recently, I've been reading on all my favorite blogs how everyone is excited for the cooler season to show up. And, I'm right there with them! I don't love Fall for just it's cooler weather though - I also love Fall because my birthday is in October! This year my husband has arranged for my friends and family to go to Leavenworth, which is an adorable little German themed town a few hours east of Seattle over the mountains. This year my birthday actually lands on the last day of the Oktoberfest celebration they have there every year. For those of you who don't know, I was originally born in Czech Republic and for a short period of time, during our immigration, my parents and I lived near Munich when I was very little. We still have friends that live there and whenever I get a chance to visit, I love spending time in Germany. I was lucky enough to spend my eighteenth birthday (which of course was only a few years back, HAHAHA! Not really, but don't I wish?!) with my friends in Germany and I got the chance to go to the real Oktoberfest and it was quite an experience! So, I'm pretty excited to do the next best thing this year and have some German beer on my birthday at my favorite little German town in Washington.
So, speaking of cooler weather coming and Fall, I have a wonderful sponsor for you this week. Her name is Nancy Ricci and she's a knitwear designer who runs a popular site called: Getting Purly With It. I've mentioned Nancy before and her fun Poppy Flower pattern and her Poppies of Endearment Project in a previous podcast. That's actually how Nancy and I got in contact originally. She gave away a couple of her Poppy Flower patterns on that show.
Nancy has a fabulous array of accessory knitting patterns that she has designed. A couple of my favorites are the Sally Hat and Gloves. Nancy was sweet enough to send me a copy of both as a thank you gift and I definitely plan on knitting that set in the very near future. I even love the creme colored Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino yarn the original is knitted up in. It looks like the perfect Fall/Winter set I can have on hand to wear when it's chilly outside. I'll be sure to share my projects with you once I get a chance to knit them up. My knitting queue seems to be getting longer and longer these days!
Well, Nancy's done it again and designed another great pattern and this time it's a freebie!! Yay! I love when designers offer free patterns. It allows everyone a chance to knit their fun designs, but I also like being able to see the designer's pattern writing style. Not all patterns are made alike and having free patterns like this offered gives me a chance to check out the designer without having to shell out money right away. The new pattern is called Lana Gloves. They are fingerless knit gloves that feature a stunning feather and fan stitch pattern. Check these beauties out:
I just cast on for these gloves this past weekend and I finished them today! They were so fast, they pratically knit themselves. I love that they look much more complicated than they actually are. Don't get me wrong. I do like a challenge when I'm knitting, but sometimes it's nice to be able to cast on a project and have it completed in just a couple of nights of relaxing no-brain knitting. This is also a fantastic project for a beginning knitters, in my opinion. The knitter just needs to know how to cast-on, knit, purl, knit front back, ssk, k2tog and cast off. There's not a lot of shaping and the gloves are knit flat and then seamed up the sides while leaving a hole for the thumb to go through. Simple, right? Take a look at my first finished glove I photographed this weekend to share with you:
The pattern calls for only 160 yds of worsted weight yarn. Nancy knitted hers up in the gorgeous Cascade Venezia yarn and I had that cool bright green skein of Cascade 220 that I used for my pair of gloves. I have not had the chance to knit with Venezia yet; however, I have felt and fondled it and I must say it looks delicious. It's 70% merino wool and 30% silk. Merino and silk blended together is one of my favorite combinations. I'll definitely have to purchase some of this yarn for myself soon.
Nancy also recently discussed her muse for this project and shared some pictures on her site. These gloves make a perfect gift, I think. I'm pretty sure I will be knitting up a couple more pairs of these before the holidays this year. They're quick, will fit almost anyone, and they look like a million bucks! I highly recommend this pattern even to you experienced knitters out there. Not everything we know-it-all's knit up has to be complicated, ya know?! And, the pattern is free so everyone can knit it! Yay!
Nancy is sponsoring this week's giveaway with two skeins of beautiful Cascade Venezia yarn for two lucky followers to have a chance to win. One skein is black (my favorite color by the way) and the other one is a fun deep teal color. Look at the lovely, alluring skeins of merino and silk goodness...
I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:
1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.
2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 9/5/10. With me talking about my favorite color and season this time, why don't you all leave a comment telling us what your favorite color and season is.
I'll randomly pick the winners on Sunday and post the results on Monday along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.