Good morning, my lovelies. We are full on our knitting roster, the non-profits are decorating their voting boxes, we’re assembling our tent and chairs and lights and heaters. I’ve posted 12 lovely prizes that will be given to one knitter in each team. Tomorrow is Go Day. I can’t tell you how humble I feel at the turn out of people willing to give of their time and energy and skill to this project. We have 42 people taking 48 shifts to have continuous knitting for 24 hours. It’s amazing…and humbling and exciting. I can’t wait to see it happen.
And to express our gratitude, Over The Rainbow Yarn is putting up a $1oo gift certificate to the store for one of the knitters who has so graciously agreed to join this mad adventure.
Really, thank you from the bottom of our collective heart. xo
Todays installments are delicious, and remember any two hour shift will get you a one in four chance to win a prize.
First up today is a silk notions purse from dellaQ. At a moderate but still useful 5 inches by 7 inches, this pretty stripe-ey thing will delight you every time you reach for a stitch marker. It will also add brownie points to your karma since, as it says on the package insert, “a portion of your purchase trains low-income and rural Vietnamese women in the art of quilting.”
Second, we have a luscious skein of Araucania Ushya in Platinum Gray. This chainette, 98%merino/2% polymide yarn is soft as a cloud, and at 114 yd/100gm, it will make a scarf, cowl or mitts that will go with everything you own.
Next we have a skein of Berroco Voyage in color Mossy. Another chainette yarn, this one in a worsted gauge. I wouldn’t call it “Mossy” exactly; it’s a lovely, tweedy balanced blend of green, teal, red, yellow, green and purple with bits of blue and brown that picks up whatever it’s next to. Alpaca with a touch of polyester give it a soft but bouncy hand you’ll enjoy working with.
And last we’re offering up a skein of Schaefer Anne in color Clare Boothe Luce. Schaefer names all their Anne yarns after famous women. In case you didn’t know, Clare Boothe Luce was an author best known for her play, “The Women.” You can read all about her here, and maybe you can tell us why she is represented in these bold peacock colors. With a generous 560yds/4oz, this 60% superwash merino/ 25% mohair/ 15% nylon blend has a subtle sheen that will make a super fancy shawl.
Tomorrow is the deadline for signing up for your 2 hour shift. We really hope to get as much of our community as possible to work on this project. And it’s going to be such fun!
We’re still hoping knitters will sign up for a two hour shift for our Community Blanket Knitting Marathon on October 12, 2012. (See I Love Yarn Day page for details)And we’re hoping some prizes will entice you. Yesterday we promised three yarn items and a book. Today we have even more goodies. First up…
This is a big fatty hunk of loveliness from Malabrigo called Rasta in Purple Mystery. Photos don’t do justice to this kettle dyed pure merino beauty but, at a gauge of 2 stitches to the inch on size 17’s you’ll fall in love.
Second, we go to the other end of the spectrum with Ella Rae Lace Merino. We have fallen in love with this delightful 100% Extra Fine Merino, tightly spun sweetheart. The stitch definition is amazing and it’s bouncy hand is a dream to knit with. And with 460 yards, there’s enough to make a pretty scarf or shawlette.
And then there’s Baby Alpaca Chunky from Cascade. Soft. So satisfyingly soft you’ll want to roll around on it. We’re thinking fingerless mitts…or a hat…or a snuggly cowl you’ll want to wear every day.
And last up for today, a Fiber Trends Needle Felting starter kit. If you’ve been meaning to take up a new hobby…and really, which of us hasn’t contemplated yet another way to bring fiber into our lives and homes?…this kit has everything you need to get started. You’ll be making felted christmas gifts before you know it.
We’ll be posting more enticements tomorrow. And we still have openings for two hour shifts. Surely there’s something here that would make it worth your while to come knit on our Community Blanket.