Saturday Giveaway: February’s Club installment!

This is your chance to win a taste of the Wheel of the Year  club fun!

The shipments for the Candlemas instalment of the Wheel of the Year yarn and fibre club have been dispatched, and…  I have  a spare skein of lace weight yarn! So I’m giving it to one lucky commentor.

I can’t give out the details of the yarn or the colourway at this point – that would spoil the surprise for club members – but I can tell you that this is not a ‘prototype’ skein; it is from the same dye run as the shipped colourway, so will match exactly.  And I will tell you that it’s on one of my favourite yarn bases, too!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is comment on this blog post by noon on Monday (UK time).  The winner will be selected by random draw and announced on Tuesday.  Anyone can enter, including existing club members, from anywhere in the world.

I think this is my first giveaway of the year, so let’s pile up the comments for this one!  Have fun!

And the winner is…

Mary!  It’s lovely to see you here!

Which just goes to show that even messages from Germany, get through.  (At least, when you are reading on a Kindle).  It’s funny: I always forget that Kindles can be used as browsers as well as for reading books.  Dunno why.

Congratulations to Mary, and happy Solstice to all! Mary, I’ll drop you an email to ask for the best postal address for your prize…

Saturday giveaway: Midwinter Fibre

We are rapidly closing in on the midwinter solstice in the northern hemisphere: days are getting shorter, weather is getting colder, and all the shipments have gone out for the midwinter installment of the Wheel of the Year club.

And I have another club giveaway: one for the spinners, this time!  I’m giving away 50g (so half an installment) of the actual club fibre; not a prototype, so it is just the same as the stuff I’ve already shipped to the club members.  I’m not going to say anything about the colours or composition (spoilers!), but I will say that it is suitable for any kind of spinning, from fine laceweight to chunky, and (I think) for needle felting too.

To enter for this giveaway, leave a comment on this post by noon UK time, Monday (December 19th).  This competition is open to everyone, all over the world, so join in and have fun!


Saturday Giveaway results!

Thank you so much to everyone who played along in my most recent giveaway.  Since I offered three prizes, and got four entries… I am making an executive decision and declaring everyone a winner.  I will be emailing each of you with a voucher code and instructions on how to use it.  Have fun!

Catching up and keeping up

You may have noticed a drop-off in blog posting round here recently….  Well, I’ve not been too well.  Nothing serious or life threatening, just notably sub-par.  I don’t talk about it much here, but I have ME (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS/ME).  It waxes; it wanes, and generally I think I’m doing pretty well.

At the beginning of this month, though, I had my first occupational therapist appointment at a specialist CFS/ME clinic.  It was eye opening.  I’m on three scheduled rests per day (and you would be amazed at the things that do not count as resting.  Not Ravelry, not knitting, not television, not reading, not audiobooks!), and I’m slowly realising that things that have just faded into the background – things I have considered ‘normal’ for years – are actually symptoms.  Anyway, I don’t intend to blog about this here, (if you are interested, I have started a new blog* to chronicle my journey back to normal functioning), but suffice it to say that I have not been keeping up with the online world.  Shop listings, blog posting, Ravelry, blog reading and commenting – all have fallen by the wayside.  And it’s November!  When a whole bunch of you nutters join in with NaNoBloPoMo, and try to post daily!!  Talk about bad timing.  My RSS reader currently shows over 350 unread posts.

Anyway, I’ve decided that there is no point in trying to catch up with everything whilst the whole world rattles onwards without me.  So I will be working my way through the backlogs, whilst simultaneously attempting to keep up with stuff coming in from now onwards.

In related news, I realised that Saturday came and went without me saying anything more about the current Saturday Giveaway competition.  Oh, dear.  That is very much ‘my bad’.  Well, I’ve decided that I will extend the competition until *this* Saturday, so get on over there, read about the Farm Animal Sanctuary, and see if you can help them out.  Remember- you don’t actually need to spend anything to enter the competition: Spreading the word on Twitter, or Facebook, or your blog counts, too!  (but don’t forget to come back here and let me know, so I can enter you in the draw!)

Well, enough rambling – I will be back soon (I sincerely hope!) to update you on my recent adventures.

A different Saturday Giveaway: Help the Farm Animal Sanctuary!

Entries for this competition will be open until midnight on Friday, December 2.  I will announce the winners on Saturday!

(yes, it’s Thursday).

Do you know the Farm Animal Sanctuary? (If you were at Fibre East this year, you would have had opportunities to buy their fleeces!)  They are a rescue organisation, committed to helping abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals.  they have horses, donkeys, cows, chickens, turkeys, geese, pigs – and of course sheep – the list goes on!

And they are facing the threat of eviction from the farm that was bought for their use, 14 years ago.  Many of the animals at the sanctuary have already dodged death from disease or neglect at least once.  They are in desperate need of funds to help them fight the eviction order, on top of their ongoing feed and veterinary bills.  So, what can you do to help?

  • Donate.
  • Sponsor an animal or two (how about sponsoring an animal as a Christmas present?)
  • Spread the word on Twitter or Facebook (that’s their page), or your own blog.
  • Buy a calendar from them (scroll down for the announcement).

Do any (or all!) of these things, and you’ll be in the draw for this Saturday’s Giveaway, in which three lucky winners will get a £10 voucher for my Etsy shop.  Each ‘action’ above counts for one entry in the draw, so if you donate, buy a calendar and tweet about this, you will have three chances to win.  So please, go forth, do some good, then come back and comment here, to let me know what you’ve done so I can enter you in the draw.


Today’s Saturday Giveaway winner is…

Bethan!  Congratulations, Bethan!  and thanks to everyone else for such an awesome turnout: 107 entries made it in by the deadline this week!

Bethan says she’s a newbie knitter, and this will help her get started knitting more complex things – and it will!  (And you are on Ravelry, aren’t you?  I can’t think of a better resource for a new knitter!)

What’s more, they’ll knit up pretty quickly on those larger needles, so she’ll be wonderfully cozy by the time the *real* winter weather hits our shores.

Bethan, I’ll be in touch with you via email so you can send me your postal address.

Saturday Giveaway: The Rowan Plaid Collection

Entries are now closed for this week’s draw! Come back tonight to find out the lucky winner… xxx

This was one of the very first sets of Rowan patterns that I bought, and I was *so* in love with it.  I still think that there are a lot of really wonderful patterns in it – but I’m facing the fact that I’m never actually going to knit any of them.  Now, you can love the booklet, too!

Perfect for this time of year, the Rowan Plaid Collection is full of wonderful, cozy sweaters and accessories for men and women.  The yarn that this pattern booklet was designed for – Plaid – is now discontinued, but there is plenty available on Ravelry, and you could substitute just about any lofty, warm yarn that knits up on 8mm needles for these classic designs.

If you’d like to win this book, simply comment on this blog post by noon on Monday (UK time).  I will select the winner by random draw, and announce on Monday or Tuesday.  This draw is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, so don’t be shy!

A few of my favourite designs from this collection (just in case you need a bit more encouragement):

Dropping balls

I’ve been dropping balls all over the place this last week: I owe parcels to several people, the blog is sadly neglected, and I haven’t even announced the winner of last Saturday’s giveaway yet!

I can plead nothing except my own over-optimistic scheduling tendencies, plus perhaps a little bit of seasonal fatigue: I love autumn and winter, I really do, but the slow mornings and the nights drawing in are tough on the energy levels.  Speaking of which, here’s a little something I read about this morning:

Emma at Silverpebble and Mrs ThriftyHousehold are running this series of tutorials and other great stuff to celebrate winter and all its wonders (Mrs TH is already a fan; Emma, less so).  I think I’ll be joining in, if I can.

Oh, and the winner of the club yarn?  Naomi!  Congrats, Naomi: I’ll be on to you for your address shortly.

Saturday Giveaway: Wheel of the Year club one-shot!

Entries are now closed for this week’s giveaway!  Please come back later today to find out who the lucky winner is!

OK, so this is a thing I’m going to do every time the Wheel of the Year shipments are about to go out.  It’s a way of spreading the club joy a little further; a little wider.

Signups for the Wheel of the Year club ended last Monday, and I have been busy dyeing, winding, washing and all the rest of it this week.  As it happens, I have an extra skein of lace weight yarn from the colour prototyping phase for this installment.  It’s not exactly the same as the finished versions, but recognisably similar, and it’s waiting to go home to one of you!

The prize:
A skein of lace weight yarn (weavers, you might also rather like it!) in this season’s club colour.  No photographs are going up for this one, for obvious reasons.  (Spoilers!)

How to enter:
Comment on this post by noon (UK time) on Monday.

Who can enter?
Anyone!  I don’t mind if you’re already in the club or not.  Though, if you’re in the lace club, bear in mind that this won’t be a perfect match for the skein you’ll be receiving anyway.