Oh my goodness, what an unbelievable response there has been to the Great Yarn Giveaway. Julia, Charlotte and I have been totally bowled over by your generosity in donating. The giveaway has only been live for three days and already more than £1200 has been donated to the British Heart Foundation. Words seem so inadequate but thank you so, so much. Your donations really will make a difference in the fight against heart disease.
After I'd posted photos of the prizes, I was chatting with Ann from Busy Pottering and she told me that I'd split up one of her prizes into two separate ones. Her chocolate box themed project bag was meant to go with the selection box of WYS yarns. What a brilliant idea that is! So I have amended the list of prizes on the Just Giving page and added a new photo.
In case there was disappointment for the lack of WYS yarn, I raided my own stash and threw two balls in as another prize. These will make a lovely Christmassy pair of socks (did I really say Christmas in February?!)
I also put in a skein of Hedgehog Fibres merino yarn that I'd intended to use as part of a giveaway on my blog last year but never got round to it. So I'm sure this will go to a very happy new home.
I had a lovely surprise on Monday too, as I was contacted by Flora Honeypot to see if I would like one of her crocheted shawls as a prize. Of course I said yes and she sent me the most lovely photos. (Please note that the brooch is not included in the prize, it's for styling the photos only.)
I was thrilled when Julie from Suffolk Socks agreed to send me a prize. When I was trying to rediscover my sock knitting mojo and ordered a couple of balls of yarn from her online shop, she sent me the most lovely parcel with lots of extra treats in it that really helped to lift my spirits. Julie dyes under the label 'Yarn Tart' and her yarns are very pretty indeed! She also does yarn clubs which are rather lovely! She also included a picnic-themed project bag.
If you're a regular at the yarn shows, you will probably remember the Sparkleduck stand, full of amazing colours and their trademark yellow ducks nestled amongst the yarn. Sadly Heather died last year, very suddenly like Mr JK. It was a huge shock when I heard as we had eaten lunch together at Unravel last February. I'd chatted with Michael, her husband, at Fibre-East last summer when he very bravely came to sell Heather's yarn and I was incredibly honoured when he offered a prize. It's a beautiful set of sparkly mini-skeins and I've added a Sparkleduck tote bag that I got last summer. Definitely a prize to treasure.
Rachel Coopey of Coop Knits is one of my favourite sock designers - fun, stylish and sometimes a little bit quirky. Rachel sent me a copy of her first Socks Yeah! book which is going to make someone very happy!
The last prizes I can tell you about today are three project bags from my dear friend Michele who owns ThreeBagsFull over on Etsy. Her bags are always beautifully made and come with coordinating glass beads. A really stylish place to keep your projects safe. I wonder which of these is your favourite?
I will post again exactly what I said the other day about how to enter the giveaway.You simply have to make a donation of £2 on my new 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 do enter and tell all your friends too! The giveaway will remain open until Monday 30th April and the winners will be chosen as soon after that as possible. Your'e already helping us to to something amazing for the fight against heart disease so thank you very, very much! xxx