Good evening from a very dark Exeter!
A few weeks ago, I attended a book launch for Anne Le Brocq’s first book, The Art of Landscape Knitting (you can read more about the book HERE).
The launch was held at Wool on the Exe in Exeter. It is a lovely little shop, and the people who run it are so welcoming!
One of the first things that caught my eye was this gorgeous blanket in the window.
The blanket is called ‘Bloom’ and was designed by Sam Linney. The pattern will be available as a crochet-along starting January 2024, either as part of the kit or as a paid PDF download directly from Wool on the Exe. You can find the patterns for Sam’s previous CALs HERE.
My initial idea was to pick up a signed copy of Anne’s book for a giveaway.
Having done that, I had a little wander around and spied some of Janie Crow’s bags (which I LOVE)… so I bought one (of course).
Then I spotted some gorgeous balls of Eden Cottage Yarns Milburn 4ply (British Bluefaced Leicester blended with silk) that match the colours in the bag. So I bought some of those.
THEN I thought… I have two balls of Scheepjes Metropolis that would go perfectly with those colours, so I added them to my list of giveaway items…
That makes a lovely coral/mustard/orange/pink marriage, right?
But while I’m at it, what about a ball of Scheepjes Our Tribe in the ‘Look at What I Made’ colourway? I love this colourway. Of course, I am biased because I chose the colours, haha. But they remind me of Hydrangeas when worked up, which is why I used this yarn for my Hide and Seek in the Hydrangeas Shawl. So that will marry all the warm colours with the blue of the book, right?
So now I had something old, something new, and something blue. I decided to swap the ‘something borrowed’ to ‘something handmade’, so I rummaged through my collection of crochet baskets (I now have well over a hundred, and I am hoping Wool on the Exe will help me sell some of them!) and chose one that matches ALL the colours. It’s supposed to be a hanging plant basket, but I use them to carry WIPs around, over the back of my door for housing hairbands, and in the bathroom to store our soaps…
So here it is: my Christmas giveaway!
Something old (Scheepjes Our Tribe x 1 ball, Scheepjes Metropolis x 2 balls), Something new (Janie Crow Bag and 3 balls of Eden Cottage Yarns), Something handmade (a hanging plant basket made by meeee), Something blue (The Art of Landscape Knitting – signed copy).
And because I would feel bad having only one winner, I will also be gifting twenty people with a PDF pattern of their choice from my Ravelry Store. Alternatively, they can receive a pre-release PDF of my Extended Unseen Mandala. For everyone else, this pattern will be available on the 31st of December, just in time to usher in the new year.
I pondered long and hard about how to facilitate this giveaway. Ultimately, I decided to do a (VERY) short survey that will help inform how I approach the next year of designing/sharing. All you need to do is answer three little questions (and then provide some way for me to find you, should you win).
Entries will be open from 11 December 2023 to 20 December 2023 (midday GMT), with the winner being contacted via their preferred medium on the 21st of December. I accept worldwide entries and welcome candid feedback!
To enter, please respond to the survey below.
Have a Wonderful Festive Season!
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