Monday, April 16, 2012

With Friends Like These

Hi everyone. Today's post is dedicated to you, my readers! I love each and every one of you in a special way, because you are willing to take the time out of your busy schedule to read and comment on my blog.

I want to share a few things with you all today that I have received from the amazing people I have met on here and Ravelry.

I'll start with my BEYOND AMAZING penpal, Ivy, of whom I have been sending letters back and forth to for a little over a year. We met through the Random Acts of Kindness group on Ravelry, which is by far the best group ever. I have been gifted so many patterns and such from some very amazing people on there!! Anyways, we hit it off right away and every time I receive a letter or package I cannot wait to rip open the envelope. I wanted to share with you all just how amazing she is!

First we have the world of spinning. Without her guidance I probably never would have picked it up. She has also sent me some pretty amazing fibers, including these:

Left - Camel Down, spun but yet to be soaked. Right - Knitpicks Bare Stroll, dyed myself

And lets not forget the amazing Christmas gift of Manos de Uruguay silk blend, which made the amazing sweater that I discussed last time.

Today I received a package in the mail in the form of a skein of Manos de Uruguay Maxima, a giveaway prize from Evelyn at Project Stash. It's such a beautiful color, definitely destined to be a warm winter cowl!

Next up on my list is the beautiful stitch markers I got from a trade back in January. The creator is from near by Topeka and does some amazing things with Crystal beads. I absolutely love having an excuse to use these!

And finally, who doesn't love their LYS? I know I love mine (Wildflower yarns and knitwear of Manhattan KS)! The owner is so helpful and she carries such a great variety of yarns. She had a holiday open house back in December and I won this as a door prize. I cannot wait until I have an excuse to use it. Dying consumes so much time though, and I want to have a pattern in mind before I do so. 

This leads me to introduce something new to my blog;  A GIVEAWAY!

That's right folks, I want to thanks the amazing cyber world of knitting and spinning by offering a giveaway to a lucky reader.  All you have to do is tell me one thing you really like about my blog, or why your read/follow as well as something you think I could improve on. The last few months I have really gotten my blog together and started developing a new style, mostly with the help of all my faithful readers, which is why I trust you guys to give me the best pointers.

And the winner gets their choice of one of the following 3 yarns as well as a couple little surprises from me:

Top Left: Surino, 70% Suri Alpaca, 30% Merino, 100 yards, 1.7 oz. Unknown brand, but I think it may be handspun. Won at a fiber convention last year, just not sure what I'd ever make with it. Has some nice flecks of green and orange also.

Top Right: Nasua Handknits Granite, 70% wool, 30% acrylic. 50g, 82 yards. Forgive the acrylic content, I love everything Nashua makes. This color way is really pretty too, a nice balance of thick and thin weights.

Bottom: Louet Bonnie, 94% wool, 6% silk. 50 g, 88 yards. Such a lovely colorway, I couldn't pass it up when I saw it at the store. 

Any of these 3 yarns would be so much fun to work with!

Contest ends at the end of the month, at which time I will draw a random name from the list of those who commented. Good luck everyone and I hope you all have a great week!



  1. Just gotta say what I like about your blog is you- you are so genuine in your posts- There's not a single thing I'd change.

  2. Amen to Lynn's comment! I think your blog is fun to read because it inspires me to try new things like spinning, dying or painting! My favorite thing in your blog is the hippo :) I sneek peeks of him from time to time just to put a smile on my face.

  3. Awww, Lisa, well I think you are beyond amazing yourself! We've been friends for a year now and I cannot imagine life without the letters and cookies and being able to live vicariously through such an amazing artist!

  4. This post is heartwarming! It's so sweet of you to take time to recognize the kindness of others. :-D

  5. Your blog is lovely because it seems to reflect "you" - enthusiastic and kind...
    If I could change one thing - bigger words?
    Your presents look lovely - and fab giveaway yarn!

  6. What a wonderful post, Lisa. I love reading your blog because you're so genuine and giving, and it's reflected in everything you write. I wouldn't change a thing. Keep up the awesome work!

  7. I like reading your blog because it is friendly and inviting and enthusiastic! I would make your photos a little larger so they are easier to see, as one improvement.

  8. The truth is I started reading your blog because I saw a link on Ravelry, or maybe because you left a comment on mine? I can't remember now, but I like it so I keep coming back! One thing I think you (and me too) could improve on is photos on the blog. Good luck, I look forward to your posts next week!

  9. I like that /i found you in the blog world (actually you found me i suppose) but you live in the same town as me!


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