shall we play a game?

Nine years ago, I jumped into the blogging world with this post. What followed has been an amazing journey of making new friends, learning new things and expanding my horizons to include a new craft-based business, better photography and being very picky about what kind of yarn and fiber I buy.

I wouldn’t have traded a second of it for anything.

Brickless

Brickless

What I’d like to do is celebrate the past nine years with a giveaway – leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner from them early next week for either a skein of my handspun yarn or $25 off a shop purchase. Tell your friends because if I get enough comments, I’ll make that two (or more) winners!

ETA: Okay, we’ve hit 50 comments, there will be two prizes! Winners will choose between a skein of my handspun yarn or $25 off of a shop purchase!

Brickless

Brickless

What’s in the photos, you ask? This is my newly-off-the-needles Brickless shawl!

Brickless

Brickless

I’ve wanted one for a while, I love the way it drapes! The pattern calls for worsted weight but I used DK and a slightly smaller needle

Brickless

Brickless

I love it.

Details can be found on my Ravelry Project Page

Don’t forget to comment to be entered into the drawing – I’ll be closing the comments on Sunday night (Feb. 23) then drawing for a winner (or winners) on Monday!

ETA: Comments are closed! I’ll be drawing a winner today and posting tomorrow – thank you all for playing! :o)



We haz ’em!

First, thank you all SO much for all your comments!  It made my birthday OSSUM!  :o)

Since I made you wait in suspense all weekend, I will not make you wait any longer!

First winner of a bucket bag:

@irieknit!  Congrats!  (I counted the tweets AFTER the comments and the FB entries after the tweets, in case you’re wondering) :o)

Second winner of a skein of handspun:

Laura!  Congrats!

Third winner of a bucket bag:

Bev!  Congrats!

Last but not least, fourth winner for a skein of handspun:

@TreeHuggersWife!  Congrats!

If you won, please contact me by clicking the ‘contact me’ tab and sending me a note.  If you won handspun, please let me know your favorite colors and mailing address.  If you won a box bag, please let me know your email address and I will send you a gift certificate for the shop.

Thanks again!  I wish I could give everyone who commented, tweeted, blogged and posted on Facebook but alas, not even *my* stash is that big! ;o)



…I’ve survived another trip around the sun.  For me, that’s cause for celebration SO, since I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve, in the tradition of the Hobbits, instead of you all giving me gifts, I shall give you a gift on my birthday!  (it’s not my eleventy-first birthday though, even if it feels that way on some days, hehe)

Yes, I said gift, but first, let me catch you up with my TdF spinning:

TdF 2010 - current spinning

Spun up:  ‘Champagne’ from Spunky Club December 2008, waiting to be plied:  ‘New Day’ from Spunky Club February 2009 and being spun: ‘Myrtle’ from Spunky Club March 2009.  (because I have readers who skim: THESE ARE NOT THE PRIZES!  I’m keeping these babies all to myself! muahahaha!)  ETA: All my singles for TdF are being spun on my Canadian Production Wheel, Mabelle.  Then, I’m winding off the singles from the CPW and plying on my Sonata with the Wooly Winder

My birthday gift to you?

Another herd of buckets...

A bucket bag – of your choice – from the stock in the shop.  The winner is welcome to look at what I have and then ask if I can make a bucket from a box listing.  What do you have to do to win this lovely prize?

  • Leave a comment! (and feel free to tell your friends!)
  • Tweet about it!  (no more than 1 tweet per hour, please – up to 5 tweets total.  If you include my twitter name @jessalu and a link to this post, you get an entry for each tweet!)

If we get more than 50 comments?  I’ll add a skein of handspun to the bucket!  ;o)  (handspun of my choice & it’ll be a separate prize from the bucket) ETA: Holy carp!  It only took 3.5 hours to hit 50 comments!  Okay, if we hit 100?  I’ll throw a third prize in – another bucket bag!

ETA again!: Holy carp on a cracker!  We’re up to 100+ – I guess this means if we hit 150 I’ll add a FOURTH prize, another skein of handspun!  See?  I love you guys! ;o)

This contest ends Friday night at Midnight – so you can spread the word via twitter, facebook and blogs until then!  Good luck!

Comments are now closed!  I’ll be pulling the winners over the weekend and posting them on Monday – thanks to everyone who commented and good luck!



First, let me thank ALL of you who tweeted, posted on your Facey-Space (Facebook for those who haven’t seen the Dennis Leary ad), linked from your blogs and commented!  Thank you!  This comment ho is in heaven!  ;o)

R and I spent a couple of hours on Sunday entering in all the comments, etc. into a spreadsheet (because I don’t have a bin large enough to accomodate 490 entries AND that’s a lot of paper that would end up in the trash!), then, with R watching to be sure I didn’t fudge the numbers, I went over to Random.org and used the number generator that’s on their front page to pick:

#306 which happens to be:

Carole! (Carole wins a gift certificate to my shop!)

I hit the button again and the next winner is:

#227 which is:

Kitten with a Whiplash! (also a Gift Certificate winner!)

I clicked ‘Generate’ again which spit out:

#285 which is:

Chris! (Chris wins the Scout’s Swag Club yarn!)

I hit the button again and:

#89 which is:

Tina M! (Tina wins a pair of CSM socks!)

I hit the button one more time and:

#476 which is:

@theindigomuse! (winner of a Gift Certificate to The Loopy Ewe!)

If you’re a winner, please email me at jessalu at gmail dawt cahm to let me know your email if you won a GC, your address if  you won a skein of yarn and your address/shoe size/favorite colors if you won a pair of socks!  Thanks!

Picking the winners is my favorite and least favorite because I wish I could give out prizes to everyone.   Congrats to all the winners and thanks to everyone for playing!  You helped make my 5th Anniversary my best so far!

Comments are now closed for the giveaway – thank you to everyone who participated!  I will be pulling winners for the five prizes over the weekend and posting the winners on Monday, February 22.  Have  a great weekend and good luck!  ~jess

Five Years

725 Posts

An uncountable number of friends.

Thank you.

I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share my fiber life with you all for five years – it doesn’t seem that long since time flies when you’re having fun – but when I started this blog

I was a new knitter

I had never spun anything, ever, and had no intention to do so (thanks, Carole, for the arm twisting, btw.)

Dobby was a Freshman in High School

R and I had just started talking about getting married…someday.

I only had one dog…and I think we had a hamster?

I thought the only place I could buy yarn was Joanns and Michaels (I know!)

I hadn’t had even one thought that anyone would ever want to buy anything that I made.

I took horrific pictures.  Truly terrible ones.  It’s a wonder some of you kept coming back!

Now?

I’ve been knitting for over five years, spinning for four, Dobby has graduated High School and moved on to her own apartment (good thing because I needed the room for my stash *cough*), R and I are engaged and getting married in the fall, we have two dogs (no hamster) and I now know that I can get really awesome yarn from really awesome people and a boatload of really awesome people have purchased something I made with my own two hands (and a really cool sewing machine).  Also, thanks be to bob, I am a little better at taking pictures.

Thank you so much for making this journey with me.  I wouldn’t have kept blogging if it weren’t for you guys who take the time to leave comments (because, in case you hadn’t already guessed, I’m a bit of a comment whore *ahem*)  I’m so glad that I have made it to this milestone that I am going to be giving away not one, not two, not three or four but FIVE prizes in this little contest I have cooked up.  It’s REALLY simple:

Comment here, you get a chance to win.

Send people here, you get another chance to win.  One for every person who said you sent them, in fact.

Tweet about my contest, with a link, you get yet another chance to win. (you can tweet up to three SIX!! times throughout today and tomorrow, just not more than once per hour.  You’ll get a chance for each tweet – please tag with #sbjl or mention me (@jessalu) so I can see them!)

Link in FaceBook for another chance!

There you go!  Want to know what you’re playing for?  Two of the prizes are Gift Certificates to my shop for your choice of one bag.

New Prints for February

For the third prize, my friend Scout has let me offer up a skein of exclusive Scouts Swag club yarn:

The fourth prize will be a pair of socks I knit for you on my CSM.  I will provide the yarn and the CSM, you provide an idea of your favorite colors and your shoe size.

The fifth prize will be a $25 gift certificate to the Loopy Ewe!

Contest closes at Midnight on Friday night (so those of you who want to post on their blogs but see this late on Thursday, have another day to get a post up), I will pull winners over the weekend and post them on Monday.  ETA: I wanted to mention that these are five separate prizes so you have five different chances to win – sorry for any confusion!

There you have it, I hope you find one of those prizes worth a comment!  ;o)

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