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Yarn Spree Contest: And The 3rd Prize Goes To...

Jan 14, 2008

Many of you have been writing in, anxiously asking when the results for the Knitting Daily Yarn Spree Giveaway would be announced. We said the winners would be notified in mid-January, and I believe that today, January 14th, is "mid" enough for me. So, we ran our little random number generator on the thousands and thousands of entries we received, and all this week, you will get a chance to meet the winners and get a peek at their favorite local yarn shop where they will be spending lots of time rolling in yarn and petting skeins trying to decide what to buy with their shiny-new gift certificates.

Third Prize Winner: Gabriel!

I am very pleased to introduce to you Gabriel, a 25-year-old knitter from Dallas, Texas. Gabriel is a very, very happy dude right now, because—drum roll, please—he has just won Third Prize in the Knitting Daily Yarn Spree Giveaway!

Three cheers for Gabriel: *Hip hip hooray! (Repeat from * twice more. Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in ends and raise a glass in the direction of Texas.)

I had the happy task of letting Gabriel know that he had won, and what he wrote in response to my request for a little blurb about himself utterly charmed me. With Gabriel's permission, I am reprinting it here, verbatim, because there is just no way I could ever say it better:

Hi Sandi!

OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! *does a limenviolet squeeeeeeeeeeeeee*

Well lets see, I've been a rabid knitter for the last three years or so. I caught the bug when I had ended a relationship (nothing serious but you know how boys/men can take up so much of your time) and had lots of spare time on my hands! What to do....... A bout of insomnia had me prowling the craft aisle of the empire of evil (starts with a W) when I happened upon on a teach yourself to knit kit. Purchased that, some yarn and the first thing I ever made was a sweater for my now deceased dachsund, Boober. Ever since, I haven't stopped! As for my prize, well, I think I'll definitely be buying myself a sweater's worth of Manos del Uruguay, or maybe some Blue Sky Alpaca, or maybe some tweedy business.........DECISIONS!!!! Thank you so much to everyone at Interweave press and Knitting Daily!

Gabriel's Local Yarn Shop

The Shabby Sheep in Dallas, TX

Gabriel won a $100 gift certificate for a spree at his local yarn shop: The Shabby Sheep, located in the historic State Thomas District of Uptown Dallas. They offer a range of classes, and you can take the type of class that suits your needs: technique-based, honing your skills on a specific technique; project-based, learning all the skills necessary to complete a specific project; series-based, where there are several related classes all on a theme (Baby Knitting, for example)—you can take just one or take them all. They also offer community events like PJs and Purls on Thursday nights. (Check their website for contact info and current calendar offerings.)

Our happiest congratulations to The Shabby Sheep and to Gabriel! We expect photos of Gabriel with his new stash enhancements, OK?

New to the KD Pattern Store: The Babette Blanket!

The Babette Blanket by Kathy Merrick

I used to be Managing Editor for Interweave Crochet magazine, and one of my jobs was opening the boxes of newly-completed projects for the magazine, fresh from the designer, ready to go to the photoshoot. I will never forget opening the package that contained the Babette Blanket: I gasped, and kept saying "Oh wow, oh WOW..." And I am pretty sure that is what so many of you said when you opened the magazine and saw those gorgeous photos: OH WOW! That issue has been out-of-print for a while now, and we're delighted to finally be able to offer the Babette for sale in the the Store.

Why not a separate Crocheting Daily newsletter and store? A lot of folks ask this. Wellll...we had to start somewhere, and so we started with knitting. We have plans for growing our crochet offerings in the future, but we did not want the crocheters to have to wait to be able to find their favorite projects easily, either in the free library database or in the store. So: we're using the same database for knitting and crochet, to give everyone easy accessibility, and we look forward to the future when we can provide the crocheters with their very own "home sweet home" in the Interweave webiverse.

Stay Tuned For More Prizes!

Wednesday, we'll meet the second prize $200 spree winner; and Friday, we'll meet the lucky person who won the top prize of a $300 yarn spree!

We had thousands of entries to this giveaway; after seeing all the entries, I am touched by all the passion and enthusiasm the entries represent. I felt a little sad that we could only give three prizes away since so many of you shared your yarn spree fantasies with us—but there will be other contests and giveaways on Knitting Daily, so there be assured that will be more chances to win some nice goodies in the weeks ahead.

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? I cannot tell a lie. I made a big boo-boo in the Gathered Pullover, and shall be calling Cap'n Frog in for help. And I'm working on a new Secret Project for Knitting Daily!

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Jo-AnneS wrote
on Mar 28, 2008 6:23 PM
Hi, I,too am having trouble getting the garter mug cosies pattern onto adobe so I can print it out. Jo-Anne, Burlington, Ontario Canada.
AnnJ@2 wrote
on Mar 24, 2008 9:23 AM
looking for crochet e newsletter??? I'm not a knitter.
MayC wrote
on Jan 21, 2008 8:08 PM
Hi Sandi,

I am a fearful knitter, although I did knit about 20 nifty hats for the Warm Hands Network last year because I didn't have to worry about sizing! Your sweater gallery has inspired me to try the Central Park Hoodie. Between my knitting books and the Knitting Help DVD I'm pretty confident in tackling the CPH.

Mae C.
AllisonM wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 6:24 PM
Congratulations, Gabriel!
MichelleL@3 wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 5:29 PM
Cognratulations Gabriel! Suh a great prize you have won! I don't envy you having to decide what to buy.
PennyM wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 3:36 PM
Congratulations to Gabriel, and to Knitting Daily for having chosen such a good and colorful writer. What a cutie!
Lynn G. wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 1:46 PM
Go, GLBTQI knitters, male knitters, and young knitters everywhere! So wonderful that the random number generator showcased diversity in our population of knitters AND a knitting store in a very traditional-looking historic district. I'd like to see a photo of Gabriel INSIDE the Shabby Sheep holding his new yarn and chosen pattern! Congrats!
Cinders wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 10:31 AM
congrats gabriel-(sends green etes over!!!!).
lets hope Sandi your next competition can include us Brits and those of us with no LYS who rely on the internet!
TerryW wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 10:00 AM
Congratulations, Gabriel! It's great to see a man winning in knitting. Also, I'm with Regina, didn't even know about a contest. Maybe since I'm fairly new to this website. Can't wait to see his winning piece and 2nd & 1st prize. F.I. Knitter
KarenL@2 wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 9:50 AM
Congratulations, Gabriel! You go feed that rabidity!!! Yeah. btw - my husband and I refer to the evil empire you made mention of as ... MORDOR. :-) Rock on!
Fliss wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 5:58 AM
Could you also feel just a little sad that you can't give any nice goodies to us poor underyarned souls in the UK? (Although variety available has improved enormously in the last couple of years) Well done Gabriel - I'm JEALOUS!
on Jan 15, 2008 5:32 AM
It's much more useful to both knitters (who often need to put a crochet edge on something) and crocheters (whose spouse wants a knitted hat) to keep both together. We get more ideas for projects and useful tips that way.
AndreaW wrote
on Jan 15, 2008 1:01 AM
Yay Gabriel !!! Very nice to see a male knitter win. Maybe it'll be encouragement for more guys to join in?!? Enjoyed reading his story too, + hope to see some pics of the stash/what he makes with it. As to Knit vs Crochet...WHY is it such an issue??? Mary S makes all good points. I can't imagine one w/o the other...they're "siblings" love 'em equally but differently !!! Also, please keep up the good work w/ Knitting Daily...look forward to it arriving "daily". Thanks, Andrea Walker
LauraB wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 11:18 PM
Sandi: Thanks so much for making Knitting Daily such a human place for us all in sharing Gabriel's Prize plans and so many of your own stories as well.

Congratulations Gabriel. Be sure and come back and let us all know what you did with your coveted prize!

Leelo B.
Repels-72356 wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 9:46 PM
I too congratulate Gabriel, and hope this is only the beginning of a long and productive knitting career for him. I vaguely remember the contest announcement, but I don't think it has been mentioned since and I had forgotten all about it. Next time remind us once or twice! I, for one, need a little prodding sometimes. CH
MelissaB wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 8:30 PM
I wish I was Gabriel. How very cool for him! By the way, we need the Road To Golden to be in the pattern store...PLEASE!
on Jan 14, 2008 7:55 PM
UgH!!!!!!! I didn't even KNOW there WAS a contest...was this on the daily posts? Maybe next time I can get in on it.
SusanM wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 7:02 PM
Congratulations Gabriel! How wonderful. Your new big project sounds great, remember, it is only 1 stitch at a can do it! Susan
NinaT wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 5:31 PM
Congratulation Gabriel! Good to see that men can and do knit.
LaurieB wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 4:02 PM
Yeah! Mary S - you said exactly what I was thinking
Elizabeth wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 3:54 PM
Sandi, thanks for the beautiful crochet project! I'm learning to crochet and this may be my next project.
FiberFriend wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 3:13 PM
I know you get a lot of complaints about having Crochet articles/items/mentions on a "knitting" site. I want to do my best to balance those out with a big THANK YOU for having them, and having them on the SAME site, the same newsletter. I love both Knitting and Crochet, I think they are complimentary, and should not compete. And I LOVE being able to access information about both in ONE site, and not have to receive more emails, or check more site addresses in order to get my fix for the day. Good work so far, and keep it up! Thanks! Mary
MarthaS wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 2:49 PM
Congrats Gabriel --
Cfanning wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 2:43 PM
Big time congrats to Gabriel and The Shabby Sheep (great name)! Can't wait to see the pictures!Carole, GA
MeredithT wrote
on Jan 14, 2008 2:35 PM
Oh Sandi, I don't think my husband fits into this group very well. This w/e he asked me to knit him a sweater just like the Baby Tulip. (He's a drummer...They're different.) I've ordered the yarn and I can't wait to start it.