Monday, January 30, 2006

You Are So Sweet! You Deserve a Contest!

Thanks everyone for the very nice comments about my Jaywalkers! I wore them today, and the baggy one just got baggier. A bath might help. Looking over my sock yarn stash, it seems to be predominantly self-striping yarn. So I may be casting on another pair of Jaywalkers sooner rather than later!

It was really nice to read all of your hurrahs. It really makes a girl feel good. Hearing from the Usual Gang is like checking in with my own Stitch n' ... oops, don't want a lawsuit ... dear knitting friends! And it's a different thrill to see comments from totally new people! I have found some fantastic blogs that way. For example, Jennie has just started blogging this month, and she's off to an amazing start. So go over for a visit and show that knitter some love!

Yeah, I'm feeling all full of warm fuzzies for my knittas, plus my stat counter just entered the five digits, and I'm pretty stupidly excited about that. So, Contest! Starting today and ending Friday at midnight, everyone who leaves a comment will be entered in my Fabulous Yarn Giveaway! Here's how it will work:

1. You leave a comment to this post or any other that I put up between now and the deadline. The comment can just be "hi, I want some yarn" or similar, but it can't be anonymous!
2. You will be entered into the giveaway once. More comments will not mean more entries, just to make it fair for the Really Busy People among us.
3. I will write all your names on little slips of paper, and then I will draw three of them from a salad bowl or similar receptacle.
The first name I draw will receive these two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn, in the colorway Hawaii. The second person will receive this skein of Knit Picks Shadow laceweight yarn, in the color Lost Lake (it is actually a lovely dark green). The third person will receive this skein of Sunshine Yarns Worsted in Neapolitan.
5. I will post the names of the winners on Saturday, and then the winners will need to email me with your addresses.

IMPORTANT! Do not hesitate to enter because you live in a place far, far from Cleveland, Ohio. I will be delighted to send these goodies overseas, if the winners happen to reside there! Side benefit: maybe some lurkers will come out into the light! Yay!


Blogger Mintyfresh said...

What a fun little contest! I hope I come in 3rd (I really like that Neapolitan color combo) :)

Seriously--I just hadn't gotten a chance to comment on your finally finished Jaywalkers. How nice to finally have them done--and to look so good.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Do I get extra points for being the first to comment? I love the knitting love on this blog. Very fun.

Judging from your photos, your day is as gray outside as mine. It makes it so hard to get the colors right!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I was first when I started . . . but genius takes time ;)

3:46 PM  
Blogger christine said...

Send Yarn To Chicago, Please!

3:49 PM  
Blogger wittyknits said...

I read you! I'm here!

3:59 PM  
Blogger Terhi said...

This is fun! And I'm glad that you wrote that last "important" paragraph, because Lohja, Finland is quite far away from Cleveland, Ohio. :-D

4:00 PM  
Blogger amy said...

oh a contest is the best way to bring out the lurkers :) count me in!

4:02 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Hi, I want some yarn.

4:06 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Ha,ha,ha. :) A contest--how sweeeeet!

4:06 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Ooooohh, girl knows how to get knitters excited. Postage to no. Indiana is way cheap. ;o)

4:12 PM  
Blogger jennie said...

You're right -- blogging is a great way to create a knitting community when you don't have one provided for you. I'm just so happy to exit the land of lurk and have a blog of my own (your contest is another good way to bring people out of the woodwork -- good idea!) Thanks, by the way, for the shout out for my blog. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy...

4:14 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Hi - I want some yarn... no wait, I can do better than that.... "May I PRETTY PLEASE win the Lorna's Laces yarn..." how's that?!!

Can't wait to see your next Jaywalkers - cast on and show us!!!

4:16 PM  
Blogger teabird17 said...

Love your blog- want some yarn!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

If you send yarn to me, it will be like sending yarn to yourself. Almost. Sorta. Maybe not like that at all.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Hey, cool contest. I want in!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Hey, babe,

More contests! My acquisitive little heart just races at the thought!

I've been MIA for a while (been to South Padre Island and back, more to come), so I haven't had a chance to compliment you on your Jaywalkers, either. So exciting that they're done! Whew! So they're a little baggy...consider them your test run (b/c you said you'd knit them again, right?) The first pair (and only, so far) of socks I knit are only snug for the first five minutes, and then get baggy, baggy, baggy. It doesn't help that they're mostly cotton, either, and the cuffs are lace. Maybe if I threw them in hot water? But then the colors might run....oh, well. they're good for sleeping in.

I have to admit, I feel super-guilty for luring you into the Backyard Leaves project! Maybe it's not the best first lace project...but when you finish, it's going to be so beautiful, and you can brag that it was your First Lace Project. The work-in-progress picture you posted is just so lovely!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Ramona said...

This lurker can't resist a prize. Great idea!

4:28 PM  
Blogger winnie said...

yay. i've never won anything in a contest, so i should keep trying. i hope i get picked for the sock yarn!

4:37 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Hi Laura,

I am not a lurker, I think I've commented at least once before! You are the super duper cohost of Cover Your Head-YOU deserve a prize! :)

Glad to see your Jaywalkers are done. They look great! I'm currently working on the cuff of my second one. I made some socks from KnitPicks sock yarn before and my socks are all fuzzy. Delightful to knit and wear, but they don't look so great anymore.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Yay! contest! But really, the Jaywalkers are pretty :) I'm gonna start knitting socks soon, wish me luck!

And also, I'm in the process of putting a "delurk!" button on my blog, feel free to steal it when it's up ;)

The spanish commenter :)

4:49 PM  
Anonymous kris said...

here's a completely shameless contest entry comment! woo hoo!

the jaywalkers are great; i think the pooling is cool with that yarn!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi! The reason I started knitting is to make socks...and I'm finally able to knit them. It took me years to get over my fear of heels. I vanquished that fear with short row heels, and now I can't stop making socks! I hope I win your contest - 1st, 2nd or 3rd!!

4:52 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Yay!! A contest- how fun!!! You're so generous and sweet. Man, if I had that gorgeous yarn in my stash, I'd hoard it all for my greedy little self. I'd hold it with my grubby little fingers so no one could snatch it away in a contest! ;-) But, since you offered, well, I just can't resist! ... Hi, may I please win some yarn and pretty please, could you send it to Hawaii? I think that Hawaii sock yarn is homesick. ;-) Take care, Laura! :-)

5:09 PM  
Anonymous deety said...

It's so nice of you to think of us! Of course I like commenting on your blog anyway, but the lure of prize yarn is irresistable!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

ooo i can't resist! Gorgeous yarns!!

5:32 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I love it when I all I have to do to win is be a comment 'ho!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Now you will see just how many people are really out there - lurking and reading your blog! Nothing like free yarn to bring everyone out of the closet. :)

BTW - I love that Lorna's Laces. I'm just sayin.

LOL! :)

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Your socks turned out great. I have the same problem second sock always ends up bigger!? And yes, I want the yarn too...Love the Lorna's laces ; )

5:45 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

How sweet of YOU to put on this little contest. I've never tried Lorna's Laces. Maybe I could make a pair of jaywalkers if I'm one of the lucky winners!

5:52 PM  
Blogger Atla said...

I've been lurking for a few weeks, and am motivated by the possibility of more sock yarn in the stash to pop out and say hello!

6:11 PM  
Blogger quantumtea said...

I love contests. I was tempted to try the Jaywalkers, but I'm in a sock crunch right now (4 pairs to knit ASAP) so I'm sticking to basics. Yours look fab!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oh my gosh, you have 30 comments!!! (I'll be 31) Have you ever had that many before? Nothing like a great contest to get us all to comment!!! :)

6:23 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

A contest, what fun! Please sign me up.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Lovely yarn represented in your prize pictures. Nice contest!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Manda said...

I'm with mintyfresh. That #3 is gorgeous, but they're all great.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Another sheepish lurker emerging to say hi!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Zee said...

Fun contest!! YAY! I never win anything, so by entering I am assuring someone else the honor of getting those neato skein(s) of yarn. But if I did win? I'd like that neapolitan colored yarn. It's purdy...

9:46 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Coming out of lurker mode to say hi. I read your blog nearly every day and belong to the Cover Your Head KAL. I love to hear about things around Cleveland. I used to live there many moons ago. Now I live in Erie, PA which is cheap shipping from Cleveland. ;)

10:03 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Hi. I want some yarn.


11:35 PM  
Blogger chittavrtti said...

So funny! You're method of choosing winners is how we pick people for "jobs" in class :)***CV

11:58 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

That Lorna's Laces is absolutely to DYE for!! Please oh please send it to MEEEEEEEEE! (I may have to fight Lynda for it, but it's worth it.) hehe

12:19 AM  
Blogger Persnickety Knitter said...

Hi. I'm a long-time lurker, first-time commenter. Great contest idea -- count me in. By the way, I love the color of your Backyard Leaves scarf. Can't wait to see how it comes out.

12:38 AM  
Blogger knitannie said...

Hi Laura,
Fun idea. Really shows your true number of lurkers.

2:44 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Hi! I like contests - but I nerver win, but I never give up either! I like your Jaywalkers and I will knit a pair to me soon. Take Care!

3:35 AM  
Blogger knit_tgz said...

Oh, my God! The yarns are so beautiful! I wish I could win the mythical Lorna's Laces, but they're all wonderful!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Carola said...

Congrats to your blog's success and how nice of you to celebrate this with a yarn giveaway! I want to see my name scribbled on a slip of paper, preferebly on one of the winning slips ;-)

8:22 AM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

oh what beautiful yarns! and to give some away ;) count me in the drawing... who can pass up the chance to win sunshine yarns, or lorna laces. or knitpicks! great stash choices!

8:22 AM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Ohohoh a contest! How fun! I’ll de-lurk for that! And just think –if I win you don’t have to send the yarn very far...

9:40 AM  
Blogger Acornbud said...


10:41 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Darn! Nothing like a contest to see how many people actually read your blog, huh?

I'll be much closer to your neck of the woods this week, though still clear across the state. Dayton here I come!

BTW, you're having the exact opposite problem that DF's having with his Jaywalkers. I downsized his socks so much and the biased knitting makes them not stretchy, so he can barely get in and out of them...

12:29 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Five digit stats? Wow! That rocks! Congrats!

The contest idea is pretty cool too.

12:43 PM  
Blogger DeeDee said...

I may be your nearest contestant -- I live IN Cleveland!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Wow, so cool! I am a total lurker to your blog and finally a reason to comment other than "why can't I knit socks like you do!" :)

I hope I do this right, my blogger ID is at the bottom. :) Ciao!


3:23 PM  
Blogger Guin said...

Totally a lurker coming to light!
Way to go on the jaywalkers! Wish mine didn't look like clown puke...

3:39 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Hmm, well, I just hopped over, saw this contest, and couldn't resist! So far I haven't won a contest online, but one can never stop trying!

By the way, I love your knitting ,and thanks for having this contest! I'll be by more often for sure!

greets from Belgium!

3:48 PM  
Blogger Brianne said...

If I comment three times can I be entered three times? I want ALL of the yarn pictured! Perhaps I won't be greedy and just enter once. :)

3:59 PM  
Blogger ttbookjunkie said...

What a sweetheart you are!

Amanda :)

4:13 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Absolutely a lurker here, but the yarns are seductive. I'm in.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous sophia said...

ooh! free yarn, count me in!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Shanidy said...

I just stopped by to see your jaywalkers (they look great, by the way) and saw your contest! I love the neopolitan colored yarn!

7:08 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I have never seen that Hawaii colorway - just beautiful :)

8:04 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Found your blog recently, it's now one of my favorites :)

10:44 AM  
Blogger kathy in Juneau said...

OK, OK, I'll lurk no more!

11:47 PM  
Blogger Ulli said...

Hi - just taking my chance! ;-)
Wonderful Jaywalkers, you made there.

BG, Ulli

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Simone said...

I cannot resist a contest. By the way, I would love to see a picture of your "Keplaura" on.

4:53 PM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

Okay, looks like I've got a little competition, but I WANT THAT LORNA'S LACES!!!!

Actually, I'd be quite delighted w/ any of the three. Pick me! Pick me!

10:02 PM  

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