The Great Yarn Giveaway has been live for two weeks now and it's all rather overwhelming. The total donated so far is just over £3000. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that it would make so much money for the British Heart Foundation. Nor did I expect to be contacted by total strangers offering me a prize. I've just added the 91st prize to the list and with several more in the pipeline, I reckon there'll be 100 or more by the time we're picking the winners! It's really rather humbling and I have been very touched by all the messages of support that I've received. It would seem that a great many of you have been affected by heart disease in your families, so the more we can do to help prevent it, the better.
Since I last updated you, I've received more prizes and I bet you'd like to see them, wouldn't you?
Jane Crowfoot, one of my fellow Stylecraft Blogstars and crochet designer extraordinaire has very generously donated a kit to make one of her blankets, Mystical Lanterns. It's such a beautiful design, I'd love to make this blanket myself one day.
KnitPro have sent me an assortment of goodies which I've made into two prizes: a Midi set of Royale Interchangeable needles and some needles and a notions. The little elephant is so cute and I am wondering why I don't yet own one!
Steph (Blooming Lovely on Instagram) contacted me because she wanted to donate something and she sent me two lovely skeins of sock yarn from Japan. These will make two prizes. It's also given me a new dyer to investigate!
I've also had offers of more patterns from Vera and Bess and Bronagh Miskelly Designs. I've been offered lots of patterns and think that I will share the work of all these wonderful designers in a separate post.
I have added some more prizes too. Last week, during half term, I visited my local yarn shop with £40 of vouchers burning in my hand. I'd been given these vouchers from colleagues after Mr JK died, but to me it always felt wrong to be buying yarn (something I love) with a very well meant gift associated with such sadness. But buying prizes with the vouchers felt good, it was the right time to spend them. So what did I buy? A skein of Fyberspates Gleem lace, two skeins of Socks Yeah! sock yarn and two balls of Arne and Carlos sock yarn and a set of dpns.
I have several more prizes on their way to me, so will tell you more another time. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has so generously given a prize and also to you for entering my Great Yarn Giveaway. Please do share and tell all your yarny friends about it. Each time someone does so, it reaches a few more people and results in a little flurry of donations.
I'll remind you of how to enter. All you have to do is make a donation of £2 on my JustGiving page here (and there is also a link at the top of the sidebar). When you make your donation, please make sure that you tick the box which says 'I'm happy to be contacted by' or else I won't be able to get in touch with you if you're a winner! Prizes will be allocated in the order listed on the JustGiving page and winners will be selected randomly, either by random number generator or by putting all the names in a virtual (woolly) hat and picking them out. The giveaway is open to anyone - I'm happy to post prizes world-wide, so please enter and tell all your friends too. The giveaway will remain open until Monday 30th April and the winners will be chose as soon as possible after that date. You're already helping us to do something amazing in the fight against heart disease so thank you very, very much! xxx