The two Runners Up who will each receive a copy of only the pattern are:
Amanda & Phoebe
Congratulations! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to collect your prizes.
What happens when you combine colorful stripes with an interesting and ingenious shawl construction?! You blow knitters' minds with all the possibilities. That's what!
I'm sure that most of you can guess which shawl pattern I might be referring to with just the words stripes and ingenious construction. It's the Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki. This shawl pattern and I have somewhat of a love story...
I saw this beauty the day it came live on Ravelry. Now, I'd been following Veera and her designs up until this point and really liked most, if not all of her beautiful and contemporary sweater patterns. I actually had a majority of them marked as favorites already! But, that one lovely day in February, I fell head over heels for the Stripe Study. I stalked this shawl everyday (OK lets be honest here, everyday, ALL DAY!). I was enchanted by all the lovely projects going up and how quickly they were all coming in.
So started the long delibiration period! I was so obsessed with getting this thing perfect, I second guessed all the color combos I was coming up with. What yarn?! Which colors?! How do I want the colors to flow?! Light or dark color for the main color?! And, oh my goodness, I didn't want to copy anybody else's color choices! My friends, I spent countless hours contemplating what to do. I'd never had this happen to me before. This wasn't my first striped shawl!
Finally, I just had to step away! (Veronika, put the mouse down and walk away from the computer.) I probably could have knit a couple of sweaters with the amount of time I was spending browsing through yarns and projects. Once I gave up the fight of trying to find the perfect two colors, the choice became clear and I purchased my yarn.
Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way and I have been unable to finish my shawl to photograph in time and share with you today, so I'm going to torture you a bit and share my choice of yarn and colors a little later. With that being said, I also have the unfortunate news that this giveaway's sponsor fell through as well, but life is funny like that sometimes. So, when it gives me lemons, I always try and make a lemon drop martini out of it (kidding)!
I have for you today two skeins of some beautiful unclaimed yarns from previous giveaways. And, guess what! They're almost the same colors that Veera herself used in her original shawl. Remember…
And, Anzula's Squishy
These two yarns are so lovely and they go perfectly together! It's yarn, pattern, and giveaway fate here folks. One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive the two skeins of "unloved" yarn and a PDF copy of the Stripe Study Shawl. Three additional Runners Up will also receive a PDF copy of the pattern.
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, 8/14/11. What's your favorite Veera Valimaki pattern? Check out her cool blog here or Rav patterns page here and report back. I'm pretty sure I'm off to go stalk this one next!
I'll randomly pick the winners in 2 weeks and post the results along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.