Giveaway Day

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Winner!

So it turns out that we crafty types are a longarm-quilt-machine-dreaming bunch of people. To own a longarm machine was by far the most popular answer to my Giveaway Day question and I really don’t blame you all. That would be amazing!

Personally though, my heart was with those of you that thought weaving would be a good dream-craft; if I have the space, I’d long for a loom. There will never be enough space in this Button house, so I will have to keep it as a dream. But, oh, to wear woven handspun yarn – yum! And I’m also with the many people who didn’t need more stuff so much as more time. I would love to sew more by hand – everything by hand! – if I had enough time to do it in!

What I found most interesting about all of your answers was that so many of you said that you “do everything already”. This made my needlecrafting heart happy, because I often feel like I have to break down and choose to give something up, because I just can’t fit it all in and end up feeling like I have no real focus. But I don’t want to have to choose! I love all of my crafts so much and I was so happy to hear that you feel the same way.

Anyway, it’s time to announce the winner and get a package down to the post office, but just quickly: thank you so much to all of you that liked our prize enough to enter. I’ve never nearly had so many entries to a giveaway before! I hope some of you will stick around to see if you like what I get up to!

Ok, here we go! Mr. Randompants, who will be our winner today?!

Commenter #190: DeborahGun, who said: I would love love to try dressmaking. I have recently started a little bit of embroidery so this is a lovely giveaway – thankyou!

YAY! I’m so happy to send this little embroidery kit to a budding stitcher! I’ll be emailing you shortly, Deborah – and thanks again, everyone!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Hurrah! Giveaway Day! I love Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway so much, it’s one of the best inventions ever. Things have been quite real-life-ish around the Button house lately, so this bit of cheerful fun is exactly what we need! Thank you, Sew Mama Sew, for hosting this lovely blogging tradition – we love you!

Ok, so you want to know what the loots is, right?! Yeah, I don’t blame you, that’s what it’s all about! This year, Little Dorrit & Co. decided to try and spread the stitchy love and maybe make a new embroiderer out of one of you – or just treat an existing stitcher to some shiny new toys. We’ve put together a whole embroidery kit for one lucky winner:

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Prizes!

We’ve got: embroidery scissors from the Victoria & Albert Museum, a 5″ embroidery hoop, DMC embroidery floss, Clover embroidery needles and a little needle-book – stitched and sewn by my own self!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Prizes!

I’ve decorated it with a little clump of flowers from our logo, and it’s got four wee felt pages to store your needles away safely.

Also included in our Giveaway Day embroidery kit is a copy of our Shakespeare’s Flowers embroidery pattern – five smaller flower patterns that are perfect for any stitchy skill level. The thread above is a bundle of all the colors you’ll need to complete the entire set of Shakepeare’s Flowers – just add fabric and you’ll be stitching away in no time!

How to enter: This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere! Entries will close on December 13 at 5 p.m. PST (which is the middle of the night here in the UK, late Friday night) and one winner will be chosen randomly by the end of Sunday, December 15th.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this very post and answer me this: if money / time / space were no object, what craft or project would you most like to try? I love getting to hear a little about you guys!

Update: Entries are now closed! I’ll announce a winner by the end of Sunday, so make sure you come back and find out if it was you – see you tomorrow!

Coupled Cowls & SMS GIVEAWAY DAY!

Holy crap, people, it’s GIVEAWAY DAY! Ohmygosh, I love Giveaway Day – it’s so exciting: visiting new blogs, making new friends, free stuff! What’s not to like?! I know I’m mostly a knitter and embroiderer, but I do enjoy a good sewing project here and there, even if I’m not terribly good at it, and Sew, Mama, Sew is just about the best blog around for tips and tutorials and just general fabric-y know-how. I’ve learned a ton just from keeping an eye on their blog and reading along.

So thanks to SMS for organizing this amazing thing time after time – I’ve never won anything, but it’s always so fun to all explore the crafty side of the internet together for a week, and I’m going to swallow my shyness and join in as a giver for the first time. Actually, my first giveaway ever. Eep! Honestly, I almost chickened out, wishing I had something a little more exciting to offer you all – but I’m forcing myself to be brave and take a baby step as a new designer and offer you the only thing I really have: my own knitting patterns!

Coupled Cowls

This is Coupled Cowls, a pair of cowls with cables that sort of match, but aren’t matching. I made these for a pair of family friends, very very beloved friends, as part of their Christmas gift this year. Because they came out rather well – squishy and luxurious, fast knitting (they’ll knit up in a day) and a relatively small amount of yarn – I decided to write up the pattern for anyone else who might be in need of a last-minute holiday gift. Here’s the quick stats:

Yarn: Rowan Cocoon 100g/126yd per skein x 2 (per cowl) or approximately 140yd / 128m bulky yarn (per cowl)

Needles: 6.0mm circular needles, 16”/40cm length, or sizes needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 18 sts/4”, 20 rows/4” (more detailed gauge information given in pattern)

Finished Sizes:
White Cowl: 9” tall and 21” circumference
Gray Cowl: 8.5” tall and 19” circumference

Coupled Cowl: White

Coupled Cowl: Gray

So, what about the giveaway, you say?! I will happily and excitedly give TWO readers a full set of my output so far — the Coupled Cowls pattern AND my Flurries cowl and mitts pattern. Ok, that’s only two patterns, but it’s still three cowls and a pair of fingerless mittens! And I’ll send them to the two winners in any format they like. I can email the PDFs straight to you, send them via Ravelry if you’d like to have them in your library there, or even send printed copies by post anywhere in the world – whatever’s most convenient for you!

Two patterns each to two readers!

Here’s what you do: since this post announces the release of the Coupled Cowls pattern and since I made those as a gift originally, leave me a comment and tell me about something you’re making (or already made) as a gift for Christmas or whatever winter-based holiday you might celebrate. If you’re a sane person and aren’t crafting for the holidays this year, tell me about something you made in the past or a handmade gift someone made for you. In exchange, I’ll take this week to tell you about the gifts I’m making this year, and I’ll pick two commenters at random in some fashion (fingers crossed there are actually two of you!) on Friday. Please make sure there is an email address left with your comment so that I can reach you if you win and keep visiting the Sew, Mama, Sew blog to enter more giveaways. Thanks for stopping by!