ou know, it's really fun to give yarn money to knitters. You are all so excited about the possibility of winning, and when the winners finally are announced, you are so delightful and celebrate right along with them. I get the feeling that if we were able to arrange a Knitting Daily field trip to help cheer on Gabriel, our third place winner, as he made those all-important spending decisions for his prize, then Dallas would suddenly be flooded with the Knitting Friends of Gabriel.
Second Prize Winner: Linda!
Linda wearing a shrug made from a vintage pattern
So, it's time to spread some more Knitting Daily love. Readers, I give you Linda, from Tuscon, Arizona, who now has a lovely $200 gift certificate that is hers, all hers, to spend at her local yarn shop. Linda sent in this little bio about herself to help us all live vicariously—er, uh, get to know her—a bit better.
Handwork and crafting have been my love as far back as I can recall. I remember learning sewing from my mother in 1st grade and embroidery when I was ten. I picked up crocheting at summer camp when I was thirteen and started making quilts when I was sixteen. My first college degree was in fiber arts, where I developed skills such as spinning, dyeing, weaving, basketry, and knitting. My grandmother was always knitting or crocheting; as the only one among her children or grandchildren that followed in these footsteps, I was given all her needles and patterns when she passed away. (A few years ago I found a shrug pattern dated 1953 in this collection, older than I am, yet very up to date. It was very fun to make!)
Knitting is my favorite way to "unwind" at the end of a busy, demanding day of work. There is just nothing like the feel of yarn slipping rhythmically through my fingers, stitch by stitch forming something beautiful and useful all at once. . . Sometimes I think it is my own soul I am knitting back together. . .
I am so excited about winning the Knitting Daily Yarn Spree! Visions of all sorts of amazing projects are dancing in my head, from a cabled cardigan (hmm, maybe a Central Park Hoodie?!) to a summery short sleeved cotton sweater. Not to mention new ideas I have for felted bags and flowers. . . This is going to be incredibly fun! I am deeply grateful to Sandi Wiseheart and everyone at Knitting Daily for this opportunity!!!
Linda's Local Yarn Shop
Kiwi Knitting Company
Linda's gift certificate entitles her to $200 worth of goodies from her local yarn shop, Kiwi Knitting Company, located close to the University of Arizona in Tucson's historic Sam Hughes Neighborhood. Customers come to Kiwi for more than its wide variety of beautiful yarns, books, and tools. Behind the doors of its 1930's home, they also find friendly faces, inspiration, expert teachers, project assistance, and a cozy, warm atmosphere. (Some also come to visit Rocky, owner Lynn's 10-yr old Airedale.) More than one customer has stopped in at the end of a hard day and left for home with peace in their heart. So, if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and give both Rocky, and the yarn, a few pats!
Congratulations and three cheers for Linda and for Kiwi Knitting Company!
Remember, inquiring minds here at Knitting Daily are anxiously awaiting photos of Linda's prize purchases. We're all going to be there with you in knitterly spirit, Ms. Linda.
And the First Prize Winner is...going to be announced on Friday. See you then!
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
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