Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More Wollmeise for raffle

OK, I am adding another skein of Wollmeise to the raffle. This is Campari Orange, and it's another example of Claudia's incredible way with colors!

Please, go to the website for the Breast Cancer walk, and donate in support of my friend. Note that all the money is going directly to the charity, my only involvement will be getting a list of those who've donated from my friend, and drawing names for winners.

And so far, there have not been many donations, so right now you'd have very good odds of winning if you choose to support this very important cause!

I'd like to give you an example of why Wollmeise is such great yarn, besides the fact that her amazing saturated colors are just so pretty! I knit a pair of socks for The Husband using Wollmeise. Normally, when I knit socks for The Husband, I have to use a contrast yarn for the ribbing, heels, and toes, or I run out of yarn. Yes, I married a Sasquatch. This picture shows a pair of socks knit for The Husband using one skein of Wollmeise. Next to them is a sock knit for my average, size 8.5 womans foot. Not only did I get a complete pair, I had yarn left over! So you have enough here to make socks for anyone.

And, for one more exciting prize, Kimber Baldwin of Fiber Optic Yarns has generously donated a skein of her Foot Notes in Black Nile. I wish I could take a picture that would do this color justice. This yarn is a joy to knit with, and the colors are amazing. Fiber Optic is a relatively new indie dyer, and I'm thinking once people start using her yarn, it's going to be another one that will be really hard to get hold of. So, here's your chance to get some now before the rush!

So, please, give yourself a chance to win some of this great yarn, and support an excellent cause at the same time!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Serious for a moment here - Wollmeise & other yarn raffle

I have a friend named Helen who is one of those people who is always doing something for someone else. I'm sure you know the type of person - the world would just not run as smoothly without people like her in it.

Earlier this year, Helen decided to step outside of her comfort zone, and when I say "step", I mean it literally. She will be doing a 2 day 40 mile Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte, NC with her niece who is currently living down there. Her webpage for this has a brief statement, and, here's the important part, a place for people to donate.

In support of this, I've decided to raffle off some yarn. The way it works will be, for every $10 you donate, I'll put your name in for one chance on the yarn drawing. And anyone who donates $40, that's $1 for each mile, will get an extra chance. When you click on the donate button, it will give you options for how you'd like to personalize your gift. There's also a space for a personal note. Please be sure that you put in a note telling Helen that you'd like to be included in the raffle drawing, and she'll get the information to me. If you forget, just either leave me a comment on the blog here or send me a PM on Ravelry to let me know that you've donated, and how much, and what your name is, so Helen can identify it on the list. I'm happycat on Ravelry.

For those of you who read this who don't knit (which is probably not anyone, but just in case), you can add a note requesting that instead of yarn, you'd like a pair of hand knit socks. If anyone actually enters in that category, I'll hold a separate drawing and then contact the winner for information on foot size, color and fiber choices, and such. Please include your email in the personal note section, so I'll be able to contact the winner.

The raffle will start as soon as I get this posted, and will end at 10 pm Eastern time on August 31st. Now, for the prizes!

First up is a skein of the highly coveted Wollmeise 100% merino superwash sock yarn in Frosch, which is a kind of spring green. This is a 150 gram skein, with 574 yards. You could knit socks for Bigfoot with this yarn and not run out. And Wollmeise colors are so vibrant! This is just wonderful yarn.

Those of you who are familiar with the Yarn Pirate sock club know that all of her sock club colors are limited editions. This yarn is Emerald City, from March 2008. It's her Merino Sock base, and it is also superwash sock yarn.

This one is hard to give up. This truly yummy fingering weight yarn is a limited edition cashmere/merino blend, from Neighborhood Fiber. The color is Raspberry Truffle, and this yarn is so soft!

I will be adding a couple more yarns in my next post, I have some Fiber Optic Foot Notes, a fantastic new sock yarn that you may have heard about on Lime & Violet's podcast. It's in Episode 62, in the Fiber Pr0n section. And a couple of other sock yarns, as well.

Helen's fund raising goal is $2200. Right now, she is at $1020. If she passes her goal by the end of August, I will add another skein of Wollmeise, either in Suzanne or Dornroschen, winners choice.

So please, support my friend, support this wonderful cause, and maybe win some fantastic yarn while you're doing good!