The contest is now over. You can see the winner and a list of all the entries here, and my finished design here.
Today is the third anniversary of my very first post on this blog (A Little Outing With Franz, also my very first knitting pattern). Huzzah!
I have learned a lot about knitting and about pattern writing in those three years, and there are some things in my early work that make me wince now. But never mind. Today is not a day for regrets! Today is a day for celebrating and for creating new things!
In that spirit I've decided to run a contest. Do you like handspun and/or hand-dyed yarn? So do I! Would you like to win some? Here's what to do:
In a comment to this post, leave:
1. Your e-mail address OR your Ravelry ID OR another method of contacting you (if you'd rather not leave one publicly, you can also leave this number blank and e-mail your contact info to running.jack.knits AT gmail dot com).
2. A link to your very favorite indie yarn retailing under $20 a skein (wish I were made of money, but I had to draw a limit) preferably on Etsy to make things easier for me, but a link to the seller's personal website is okay if they're not on Etsy.
3. A description of what you think I should knit out of your very favorite yarn (be as specific or as general as you like).
4. Your choice of whether you would like to receive the finished knitted item, or a skein of the yarn and a copy of the finished pattern.
In two weeks (that's November 26, the day after Thanksgiving), I will, by a secret method, choose a winner and broadcast it with great cheer. I will order two skeins of the winning yarn, use one to knit an original item, and then mail either the finished item or the other skein to the winner. (Edited to add: The contest will end midnight, CST (-5:00 GMT); I'll post the winner on Saturday morning.)
So, hop to it! This is a good time to advertise your favorite independent yarn seller and tell us why you love them. (Just enter once, please). Don't have a favorite independent yarn seller? Click through the links of the other entries, and maybe you'll discover one!
Here's a good place to start browsing: Hand Dyed, Handspun, and Hand Painted.
The contest is now over. You can see the winner and a list of all the entries here.
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