Monday, July 17, 2006

As Promised

I said lo so many days ago that I would have a contest. Well, here you go!

Three prizes will be awarded. In the past year, I have learned to love socks and lace, and I've always been a sucker for knitting books. So those seemed like appropriate choices.

Prize Number One is, naturally, sock yarn! I've been singing Jessie's praises ever since my first purchase of her beautiful yarn. This skein is very similar, though not identical, to the "Mystery" colorway I used for my last rib and cable socks.

Next up, laceweight! I have two skeins of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Peppermint and two skeins in Stream. Plenty for more than one lace project, used either doubled or not. Because I am being a little lazy, click the link for a picture!

Finally, a knitting book! I thought about raiding my extensive stash, but I wanted to make sure the winner got a book not on his or her shelf. So, the winner will let me know the title of the book of his/her dreams and I will purchase it and ship it or have it shipped to the appropriate location. May I make some suggestions? Only caveat: Must be in print. I'd love to be able to get you that out-of-print Alice Starmore treasure on eBay, but sadly, I cannot. Gotta save up for that apartment in Paris. Haha.

Rules: Anyone living on this planet can enter. Winners will be chosen at random. (All hail the random number generator!) You only need to enter once. I thought of making a quiz or asking questions like, Who is my rock-and-roll boyfriend? What color is my favorite blouse? If I had an indie pop band, what would it be called? True or false: I was the homecoming queen my senior year in high school.* But I decided to forego all that. Just leave a non-anonymous comment between now and midnight Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday. Say hi. Say I want yarn. Say whatever. I'll draw from all the commenters. Winners will be revealed on Friday or Saturday.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I am occupied anxiously awaiting the episode of my new favorite TV show, Project Runway. Minty and Glaistig's frequent praises led me to start watching it this season and I am already hooked. Two words: Tim. Gunn. Tim Gunn! I love him.

* Correct answers revealed with the winners. As if anyone cares.


Blogger Brianne said...

Yay! Yarn! Count me in. :)

12:05 PM  
Blogger jennie said...

Wow... this is definitely a Monday morning contest -- no thinking, no creating, just commenting. :)

(btw, my guess is that your favorite blouse is blue, although i might just be swayed by all the blue on your page right now. hee hee).

12:16 PM  
Blogger Midnight Purls said...

What an easy contest. Seems to good to be true!

12:19 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

I love an easy contest! - and can't wait to see your answers! to search for which knitting book I want!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Savida said...

Hi Laura! Ooooh, knitting books! I'm in!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Simone said...

Hi! Hi!
I'm such a sucker for a contest.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Tygher Knits said...


12:34 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Oh, a contest -- I love contests!

12:38 PM  
Blogger Celia said...

Me too! Count me in!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Contest - woohoo!

Wow - that was easy. :)

So - who do you think is the one who gets kicked out in the next Project Runway????

12:58 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Project Runway - possibly the only reality/contest TV series I'm not hooked on. Well, that and The Donald.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

Count me in! And the answer on "Who is my rock-and-roll boyfriend?" is Colin Meloy! ;-)

1:00 PM  
Blogger Terby said...

I'm also a sucker for a contest - draws me out of lurkerdom every time. I want to know who your rock n'roll boyfriend is, too!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Mintyfresh said...

damn my free cable that loses channels all the time! I no longer have Bravo, sniff, so I'm going to try to stay blissfully unaware of the PR goings-on, so that whenever the DVD of this season comes out I can watch it in one, long, fiber-fueled orgy of a weekend. I wish I could find eps available for download (I'd even pay!) but I couldn't find them last week when I tried a little searching. Anyway, I hope the random generator likes my number!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Happy belated blogiversary wishes! I've been extremely behind in sorry! So, yeah, I live on this planet, sometimes, when my head's not in the clouds. Count me in!

I just caught up with the first episode of Project Runway yesterday. Have I told you my ex-husband was a designer? (I think I have.) I live in morbid fear/fascination that I will see him on that show. I haven't yet, but some of those obnoxious guys could *definitely* be mistaken for my ex!

(I know at least one of the answers to your questions, for sure. :-)

1:03 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Yay! A contest that does not require poetic creativity of which I have none. I'm dying to hear if you were homecoming queen though.

1:04 PM  
Blogger mary said...

This is the best contest I've ever seen on a knitting blog! Count me in, please!

1:07 PM  
Blogger Not that Wendy in VA said...

Yarn? I like yarn!

Love your blog.

1:24 PM  
Blogger KarenK said...

Mmmm, yarn. I fought it, but it took only one episode to get me hooked on "Project Runway"...

1:34 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Ooooh, contest! Pick me! Pick me!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Something is very wrong with my Tivo and I'm not getting the new PR episodes...argh!

So, I'll enter your contest!

1:41 PM  
Blogger PBnJ said...

OOH count me in! I'd love to enter your contest! :D

2:28 PM  
Blogger ttbookjunkie said...

All Hail Laura and her amazing generosity!

Have a happy Monday Laura...


2:29 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

Hi. I want yarn. PLUS I am from the Cleveland area, too, although I live in Portland OR nowadays. but, go cleve-rock, huh? (i am from se burbs - bedford area - ??)

2:30 PM  
Blogger Macoco said...

Oooh yarn! What a great contest. ;)

2:37 PM  
Blogger Miss Twiss said...

Bring it on...

2:49 PM  
Blogger Hanna said...

Hi there! Count me in, please. I've been reading your blog among hundreds of other blogs. I like your colors you use in your projects. Keep up the good work!

3:22 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

I'm just glad I don't have to answer questions in this heat! Thank you!

3:23 PM  
Anonymous kris said...

what are the chances i'll win a contest over here twice? the prices are so great i'll take my chances; plus i'm curious about the rock'n'roll boyfriend ...

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Heather Ricco said...


Long-time lurker, I'm just shy really. I do have a blog, but I'm a bad blogger (I don't update very often). Anyways, here's my entry. I like your blog and learning about what you're working on.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

I vote that it's true!

The homecoming queen thing, I mean. Bring on a knitterly queendom!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

OMG you're a Project Runway geek too?? I hate admitting how much I love that show. And Tim ROCKS MY SOCKS. ha socks. =P

4:03 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

i'm in! and i can't wait to read the post with the answers!!!!

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Cyndi said...

Yarn? Books? Cool!!! What a great reason to delurk. ;)

4:11 PM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Hi. I want yarn.


That's all I got... I think the heat has melted my brain 'cause I'm pretty sure the temp. in Cleveland hit a million today.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Yarngirl said...

Hey! Hi! Love the contest - count me in - !

4:26 PM  
Blogger FairyGodKnitter said...

Yarn, of course I want yarn.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Mmmm, sock yarn. Although I would be happy to have some laceweight or a new book! You rock, Laura!

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing like a contest to bring out the lurkers!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are too generous!!
just discovered PR myself -- thank you netflix for those of us who are cable-challenged

knit marathons w/ PR on the tube


denise in c'ville, va

5:35 PM  
Anonymous martha in mobile said...

I just wandered in...and there's a contest! What a lucky Monday! count me in, please.

5:55 PM  
Blogger --Deb said...

Well, it's certainly an EASY contest! And I DO read you regularly, even when you're not offering free yarn. So, hey, you can add me to the list (grin).

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

You had me at "sock yarn." I'm officially entering.

What a generous and delightfully simple contest!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

Me want yarn, me want yarn! You start talking about handing out knitting stuff and I just lose all reason. Picture me as the little blonde girl with braids in the second grade, waving her hand in the air frantically and saying, "OH, OH, OH, OH! Pick me! Pick me!" haha

6:19 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Great contest - please count me in!

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great contest. btw I think your favorite sweater is green.

Tara M. in IA

6:22 PM  
Blogger ~Kristie said...

I've never won a knitting blog contest before, but there's always a first time!

6:43 PM  
Blogger gray la gran said...

oooh ! oooh! pick me !!! ;)
i'm certain winning yarn is not in voilation of my yarn diet.

6:52 PM  
Blogger loretta123 said...

A chance to win yarn??? Count me in!

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Annie said...

I just started reading your blog, so I guess I got lucky that you're having a contest. Let's see if I get really lucky and win! Thanks for the chance, anyway.

7:18 PM  
Blogger amy said...

Happy Monday, happy contest!

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

I am SO entering this easy contest!

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Tensy said...

Yarn, books and Project Runway...I have the first two on my lap as I watch the third, so count me part of the contest!!!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love Project Runway too! Tim Gunn is awesome.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

"where's andre?"
i also love me a little project runway. um, i also love free yarn or books.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oooh, an easy contest!! With three chances to win!! What more could a girl as for?? And yes, of course I care what the answers to your questions are. :)

9:15 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love these kind of contests, no thinking involved. Yarn would be awesome!

9:17 PM  
Blogger Ramona said...

Love a good contest and really looove Project Runway.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Yay for a contest!

9:27 PM  
Blogger sienna said...

so, so generous. Thank you. I'm in!

10:07 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

um... I'd like some yarn please! And I LOVE Project Runway! Who do you like so far? who do you hate? The guy with the fake british accent creeps me out!

10:19 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

hi. I want yarn.

did I do it right? :D

10:21 PM  
Blogger chittavrtti said...

Is that the you "I" or the me "I"? ;)I am impressed that there are 62 comments! Yikes. My in box ould be saying "Look just kill me now okay?" :)

But who could resist responding to such a chipper post***CV

11:29 PM  
Blogger janna said...

I'm feeling incredibly random, so please choose my number!

11:44 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

HI. I want yarn. Sorry, that was too fun. I want to thank you for the heads up about Yarn Aboard II...I'd never joined a swap and wanted to the first time around...but was too late.

11:50 PM  
Blogger sparkli said...

i was def. going to say that your rock star boyfriend is slash... but maybe i should just say hi! lol :D

12:01 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I, too, love Project Runway and I especially love Tim Gunn. I also love yarn very much. Please count me in.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Holy Ka-Moly! A contest. Show me the yarn:)

12:40 AM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Hee hee, another Tim convert!! Isn't he delectable? I think what's most fascinating is the whole PROCESS of creating ex nihilo (or very little at most) under pressure.

Can we timeshare on that Paris apt? [Goes off to research real answers. . . ]

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooh that sock yarn looks yum! i love blue. hooray for contests! x

4:05 AM  
Blogger zeska said...

Oo, competitions :) (I have no idea when is that deadline, but I'm still entering. yup, there is no stopping me now!) I've been drooling over those knitpicks and well, that sock yarn doesn't look any worse ;)

4:32 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Yay yarn! (No book, because I already work in a bookstore and it would be a sin for you to buy a book to send to me!)

And Project Runway is the only reason to have Wednesday (until Lost comes back on, that is)!

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Pauline said...

Yarn! Knitting book! What joy;) Sign me up for the draw.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Lois said...

Love contests - count me in!

8:49 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Hi there :o) Got the DVD and the yarn - thanks much!

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Faith said...

Hi Laura- Love your blog, happy blogiversary! Chris Martin your rock n'roll boyfriend???

Just an avid reader delurking for a contest!


9:01 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hi! I want yarn! Whatever!
Truly, thanks for the contest. Especially one that even I can enter.

9:55 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Oh, Count me IN! I could use a little cheering up...and the Vermont Yarn would be cool...just lost a special aunt who lived there...

11:17 AM  
Blogger Philippa said...

Me, I want a book! It's been a little while since I didn't wince posting about the 'yarn drawer'. The 'yarn drawer' is in fact now two drawers (one of which contains mostly needles and things, but does also contain yarn), two cardboard boxes, and a very large laundry bag.
There, I even owned up to my economical use of the truth, here and here only. I think I should definitely win.

11:26 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

I´ts too simple to be true, and the prizes are great!

12:16 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Yarn, yay!!! Yarn.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Come on... I really do want to know who your rock and roll boyfriend is!! And I definitely think you should post a picture of you as Homecoming Queen... especially if there is 80s hair involved.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Miss Tonia said...

Count me in. I usually don't win, but hey, you can't win if you don't try.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

A contest! Hooray!

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pick me, pick me, pick me!!!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Yee Haw!!! cool free knitting stuff.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Deb S. said...

Sweet. a random contest. Witty comment not needed.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

"Hi. I want yarn." :)

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Eve said...

Yarn! Books! Project Runway! Contest TV reference fun OVERLOAD!

Please enter me into your contest, I would be honoured to win your fabulous goods.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Purl said...

Long time lurker, first time commenter. Please let me participate!

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Lisa T said...

Maybe I'll be lucky! I'd love to win anything.
Lisa in Nebraska

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Evelyn said...

I love Project Runway!

5:17 PM  
Anonymous jen said...

A contest - what a perfect way to start my de-lurking process!

9:05 PM  
Blogger bunchkin said...

Yarn? Yippee!

1:51 AM  
Blogger Mari-Johanna said...

I'm In! Love yarn, Love contests.. ;)

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Count me in! I love sock yarn, too.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

It's amazing how a contest brings everyone out of lurking and on to commenting!

8:04 AM  
Blogger Emano said...

Delurking to try for free stuff. Yarn rocks.

8:14 AM  
Blogger JennyRaye said...

Oh goodie, a contest!!! I need yarn!

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

Yet another lurker de-lurking to contest comment :).

3:39 PM  
Blogger Jaax said...

Me! Me! :-D

3:54 PM  
Blogger Spinny Bunt said...

Hi Laura, just stopped by to say, "hi" on the Amazing Lace pitstop. Love the red color the koolaid gave. What's the project going to be?

4:01 PM  
Blogger seedless grape said...

Yay for yarn! Yay for contest! I'm in!

4:45 PM  
Blogger K said...

Hi Laura -

I am actually popping in from Amazing Lace - paying pit stop social calls. Hmmmm. That doesn't sound so great! LOL!

Anyway - gonna wander around your blog a bit.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As if anyone cares"?? Well, news: that's one of the reasons we read you! You & your knittings, etc. are interesting! So, there. :-)

8:37 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

Oops. "Anonymous" in that last comment - which starts "As if anyone cares"?? - that was me. Your (ssh - republican) blog pal, meg.

8:42 PM  
Blogger JANET said...

what a good idea. count me in - and can you reveal how you placed a background in the title of your blog? I'm new to Blogger and am tyring to learn how to add bells and whistles, such as links and backgrounds.
if you feel like responding through my blog, I'm at Pegotty at Blogger-
thanks. I'm really enjoying reading your blog-

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to win any knitting blog contest.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Miss Janelle said...

I want yarn! Pretty please! Include me in your fab give away!


12:15 AM  
Anonymous Alissa said...

I am also a recent Project Runway convert. Who can resist, really? And yes, I want yarn.

1:37 AM  
Blogger Monique said...

I would love to have some of that yummy yarn:-)

6:51 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Found your blog through the Petals KAL. I would love to enter your contest!

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I just found your site and see that it was a good time to do so!

8:00 AM  
Anonymous jacey(insubordiknit) said...

oh, me, me! Random number generators LOVE me.


8:37 AM  
Blogger Aimee said...

Yay! What a fun way to meet new people! Anyone know of a fun knit group in the east bay? I sadly have no friends that knit, despite my needle and yarn loaning efforts.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous cath_reid said...

Yarn? Yes, please!!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I can't resist the siren call!! Count me in!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Am I on time? Am I? pretty please, tell me I am! ;) Oh well, congrats again for your blogiversary :)

2:14 PM  
Blogger jenknits said...

I just found your blog and - a contest? - a contest! Count me in! I liked the details of your kool-aid dyeing post. I just recently dyed my own self-striping sock yarn. I haven't cast on with the yarn yet, though.

3:52 PM  
Blogger i_am_because_i_dance said...

This is unbelievable! Yay

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


<3 emily elizabeth

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Chickengoddess said...


8:06 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

John Linnell from TMBG. Pink. The Clementines. No.

10:17 PM  
Blogger littledevilworks said...

I'm always up for yarn. Thanks for making surfing knitting blogs fun!

2:42 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Shamefully leaving lurkdom to enter a contest. BTW my rock and roll boyfriend is Jon Bon Jovi. :)

7:11 AM  

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