Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Another Giveaway!

Hello everyone! Thank you all so much for your comments on my postcard and on the concepts of empty space and stillness. It's great to know that many of you embrace the empty space and that you frame it as "Sacred Space" - that is a wonderful way to view it...

As I mentioned, I'm hosting another giveaway today and I hope you like the giveaway for this week. Once again, it's inspired by my Grandma Betty and the skills of craft she has passed on to me - KNITTING!
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My Grandma Betty taught me to knit when I was about 8 years old and she taught me using some of her metal needles. I learned to cast on and cast off, the knit stitch and the purl stitch and I learned how to decrease stitches but only in one direction! It wasn't until I took a fun class to learn to knit some mitts that I finally learned how to decrease stitches in BOTH directions! She also taught me to knit in the "continental method" which is not how many people have learned to knit, I've discovered...

I've been knitting off and on for many years and it's only been in the last few years, since taking that fun mitts class, that I have really blossomed as a knitter in my skills. I have even designed many of own mitt patterns, which you can see in this Blogtoberfest post from last year...I also knitted my Joy Doll from the follow along project in last years Blogtoberfest and you can see the finished results at this post - good thing I finally learned how to decrease in both directions or my doll would have looked a bit wonky! ;)

The Knitting Themed Giveaway Package!

I have put together a knitting themed giveaway package that includes books from my personal collection of craft books and needles used by my Grandma Betty, among other items. Here is what the winner will receive:

A classic knitting book by the "Grandmother of Knitting", Elizabeth Zimmerman "Knitting Without Tears"

A fun book on knitting scarves - there are a lot patterns in this one for beginner's to advanced practitioners!

A pair of Grandma Betty's knitting needles - the paint on the tips is a bit worn out but that's because they were so frequently used! I think these are size 10...

From my stash, a ball of mohair yarn in green, blue and plum colors - it will make a lovely scarf!

A pair of lavender mitts knitted by me!

To win this giveaway, here is what you need to do:
  • The giveaway is open to ALL blog readers, near and far!
  • Please submit your comment by Sunday, October 31 by 5pm Pacific Standard Time 
  • I will draw a winner at random and the winner will be announced on Monday November 1
  • Like the last giveaway, you will need to leave a comment about one of your family ancestors that you feel a kinship with, one that has bequeathed a special gift to you that you cherish
I'm looking forward to seeing your comments! Many of you shared some wonderful stories about your family ancestry and it's clear that you honor those memories and ancestors...Good luck!

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As I have mentioned before, there are a lot of craft supplies that have been uncovered at "The Old Homestead" and there were many knitting needles and tools. I actually like to work with wood needles so I plan on selling many of the fine gauge metal needles at my other etsy shop, Grandma Betty's Legacy. There will be some fun old knitting tools listed soon...take a moment to check out the shop!

I hope you are having an ART-FULL day of CREATIVITY!


Posie Patchwork said...

Knitting without Tears, brilliant title. My mummy taught me to knit, would love to do more!! Love Posie

Kate said...

This is such a brilliant giveaway, thank you!
I have only just begun knitting so all these prizes would be treasured here for sure.
Bren's Nana died two years ago. She was a pattern maker, sewer, knitter and amazing crocheter. I have inherited a lot of her needles and I cherish the time over ten years that I spent watching, learning and being oh so inspired. Often now when I need help I think of her and her calm way of showing me what's what.

chrissy said...

i just learned how to knit 6 years ago. one of my dear friends showed up with a "knitting care package" after my mom passed away. she took me away for the weekend and she stayed up with me until the wee hours of the morning teaching me the basic stitches. it was so soothing and therapeutic... i can only knit scarves which aren.t too helpful in phoenix, but i keep knitting them out of love. i will always be grateful to my sweet soul sister for that act of love!

Paula said...

This is a great giveaway especially because it includes a pair of your grandma's knitting needles, precious!
I miss my grandma very much, she taught me many things, such as making lace and knitting.
Thank you for the chance!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

o my this is FAB! loving the mohair AND the COLOURS! yes, woohoo
and then i got to your lavendar/lilac coloured mitts :) WoW! totally my colour..
which brings me to the answer to your question! one of my aunt's bought me a lovely floral print travel case of lilac lotions and cologne when i was about 6, that impacted me thruout the yrs in loving lilac fragrance and that colour! isn't that amazing? we really have influence in so many more ways than we think. and the importance of using it well :)
and being canadian those mitts would be WELL used!! :) thx for your lovely generous spirit!

Kathryn Hansen said...

i've always wanted to learn to sister tried teaching me once along time ago, but I really messed it up!!

of all my ancestors, my grandfather (Papa) meant the most to me...he taught me love, patience and how a good man treats others...that was his gift to me!!

pippirose said...

Fabulous giveaway!
The person that meant the most to me, was my granny (in Switzerland)...though I only had the chance to be near her until we emigrated to Canada, when I was 5.
She was kind, spunky, courageous.
She also taught me to knit.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com