20 May 2011

SMS Giveaway Day

Sew Mama Sew is having a giveaway day on Monday and to be a part of it I have to have my Giveaway Post up by Monday at 9am EST. Well, with how my weekend is planned, I won't be making that deadline unless I post now so here it is.

What do I have to give, you make ask? Lots of stuff. Well, lots of yarn. Lots of handspun yarn! 
 First up for grabs you see that first attempt at cocoons. 130 yards of local wool that I got raw. Yes, it was dirty and stinky and now it is pretty with pink bubbles in it. It is imperfect, but a lot of work has gone into it. You might think I would be a little more partial to my first attempt at something like this, but I'm not. You can have it.

Next up is 1q25 yards of superwash merino wool, tencel, and Angelina sparkle plied with yellow cotton sewing thread. You can't really see it in this picture but there is a lot of sparkle. 

The third option is 80 yards of wool that I got from the Sheep Shed Studios. It is a 3 ply, self striping white/brown and black. I think this will work up nicely, like tweed. I've made a lot of this kind. I love Navajo plying!

Rules:
I don't really care if you follow me. In fact, I would probably prefer it if you didn't. I'm not promoting a shop or this blog or even my spinning really, though it will be on sale at the Roswell, NM Farmer's Market this summer if anyone is interested.
 I just like giving things away. I like making other people happy, and when I make someone a winner chances are I made them happy. 
I also really like mail. So on to the "rules!"

1) I am limiting this to the USA and Canada only. Sorry all you foreigners, but I do have a budget.
2) The winners have to send me a postcard or letter in return. Hey, I told you I love mail. I'm not requesting anything else of you or trying to sell you anything. If I don't get anything out of this then why should I send you something?
3) Giveaway closes May 25th, as per SMS rules. 
4) Make sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner! 
5) Basically just leave a comment on this post to enter. That's all you really need to know, right?

The third yarn will only be sent if I get enough comments. How about... 150? That's not irrational, is it?
I will probably try to find some extras to shove in the boxes for the winners, but I have no idea right now what extras might make it in there. Maybe some super dooper awesome Wildtree All Natural Foods samples? Maybe, we'll see.
Oh, and if you leave a comment that I like enough you may get a little treat even if yo don't win, just because I am cool like that.

89 comments:

  1. I love mail too! You know, I usually don't enter in these craft giveaways featuring materials I don't know how to work with. I can't knit/crochet/etc, I seem to be incapable of following directions like that. But I've sort of always wanted to learn how and finding these in the mail might be the motivation, since they just look so pretty I'll have to give it an honest go. Twisted motivation, I know.

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  2. i love yarn. i love handspun. i love giveaways!

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  3. I'm so impressed that you can spin your own yarn its beautiful. I'd love to enter and only wish I'd thought to ask people to send me a post card.
    slhorman at gmail dot com

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  4. Very pretty! Though I'm not sure I trust my knitting skills to hand spun yarn. I'd be happy to send you a note from Canada (even if I don't win)
    Sarah

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  5. I'm a new knitter and have not worked with hand-spun yarn but then again, this year has been full of first-timers in my crafty life.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  6. very cool!

    thanks,

    leisel

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  7. I love it! That first white and pink looks so happy. And since I see that you are in NM, can you please eat a sopapilla for me? One sounds so good right now, and there aren't any around here!
    yngdot at gmail dot com

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  8. Cool yarns! Love handspun yarns - always looks great. I love mail too - always sending letters around including to friends that live in my own city.

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  9. Love your "rules"! There isn't anything quite as nice as a handwritten note or surprise coming in the mail, is there? I'd love to win some of your handspun! I do spin a bit, but love to see and use others handspun!

    Sheryl at brentandsheryl dot com

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  10. Great idea with the postcard. You should have made everybody who enters send you one, so you would get a bunch of postcards from all over the country!

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  11. beautiful yarn! i love mail too!!

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  12. Well, who doesn't like mail? :o) Your post made me crack up! And as a yarn obsessed person, I wouldn't mind winning some so thanks for the chance! I think the handspun yarn would go great in the bags I make. Hope I win so I can find out! :o)

    ravensrascals at gmail dot com

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  13. I would love to win some yarn! I love to knit so this would be perfect!

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  14. any of the skeins could make some beautiful projects.

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  15. First, I love handspun. I don't spin myself so am always coveting it. Second, I read a bit further down and I am very sorry to hear about your sister. I know I'm a complete stranger, but I have a bunch of siblings too and if any of them died I'd be devastated, so my sympathies. And third, I have won quite a few time during giveaway day, and I always send a hand written thank you note. You would surely get one from me. Thanks for the giveaway.
    scarletteandcinnamon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. wow, very nice.
    mandicoulter@gmail.com

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  17. simply lovely! thanks for the entry!

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  18. I would love some new yarn!

    alisonDblanchard [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  19. I'd love to win this! Handspun yarn is my favorite kind of yarn!

    odessa.who.rox@gmail.com

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  20. You are too funny! I've tried my hand at spinning; teacher said I was a natural, but I'm not interested enough to keep it up. I did look for my own wheel but didn't pursue that. I love natural fibers and would need to be on the lookout for small projects that use upto one skein to use these lovely hanks....I think you did a great job with the cocoons.

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  21. Thank you so much for this great giveaway (and a post that made me smile :)!!). I love knitting and I love to use different kinds of yarn!
    bourkea(at)yorku(dot)ca

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  22. hey, that first one is gorgeous. i love you hand spinners. thanks for your dedication and hard work!!

    for my postcard fix i joined swapbot and i share postcards there!!! but i'd be very glad to send you one too!

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  23. That yarn is freakin' beautiful! I love the first one with the pink bubbles and I think you did a great job! I also love tencel, so the 2nd one is fab too and I REAAAAAAAAAAAALLY want to see it in person! ;) It's nice to see someone tell it like it is - quite refreshing! :)
    piperbellaboutique@gmail.com
    (I'm totally with you on getting mail, I love it!)

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  24. Your hand spun yarn looks great! I have yet to try to spin my own but you have inspired me! I have a feeling that if I were to send you a letter we may become pen pals. I have always wanted an adult pen pal!

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  25. This is an awesome giveaway, I love handspun yarn!
    mindfulhome at gmail dot com

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  26. I'm so jealous that you can spin pretty yarn and i can't. Maybe someday when I no longer have children under the age of 5 I'll have the time to learn to spin. In the meantime, maybe I'll win and take some of this lovely yarn off your hands and knit something worthy of it.
    epeanut79 at comcast dot net

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  27. I'm totaly in admiration with your work! Impressive! Would love to see it in person
    fabiennecote(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Promise I will send a postcard

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  28. I love beautiful yarn! I am a novice knitter and always looking for ways to fuel my addiction.

    Would be quite happy to send you a postcard anytime.

    bsyb100 at gmail dot com

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  29. Those look great! I braid mohair cinches, but I'm having trouble finding a mohair supplier anymore, so if you ever spin mohair please let me know. Thanks!

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  30. I have to say I'm loving your giveaway!!! I'm new into the spinning. Maybe one day it will click. Thanks for a chance to win!!!

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  31. LOL! you made me laugh :-) I love mail, too, and would love to send you a letter!

    I am new to knitting and drooling over your yarns! So pretty. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Beautiful yarns! Thanks for a chance to win. And never fear - I love mail, both receiving it and sending it. I make a mean fabric postcard too.

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  33. I love the yarn! My husband knits and crochets so it'll be up to him to make something with it. If my 3 year old daughter has her way it'll probably be clothes for her dolls!

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  34. Such lovely yarn! I'd be thrilled to send you mail in return! (:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    eidolons AT gmail DOT com

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  35. Thanks for the chance! thurbs8(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  36. As a fellow spinner I hadn't thought to use some of my sewing thread as a contrast in yarn. Your choice is very pretty! And some of your sparkle in that yarn does show a little in the picture. I love sparkly things. :)

    All three of your yarns are very nice. Keep having fun with it.

    Thank you for this chance to enter your giveaway.

    (having issues getting it to not list me as annon. So in case it doesn't show my email is modernwench @ gmail.com)

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  37. I'm ready to make that beautiful yarn into some great hats!

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  38. Handspun. That's amzing. I've tried my hand at that but only under very controled circumstances, with an instructor at my shoulder and the results weren't anything I hoped for. But that's still on my bucket list. Thanks
    bc(underscore)hats(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. I don't know much about yarn, but this looks pretty. About a year ago, I told my daughter she needed a hobby, so she picked the one thing I don't do, knitting. She knits whenever she has down time and is happy to make anything I may ask for. I love to give her yarn whenever I can since she's in school and is the usual starving student. Thanks for the chance.

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  40. love that you are doing this to make us happy! i am already happy just for the chance! i really admire spinners too, such a great finished product to use after a rough starting material.

    asdrexler at gmail dot com

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  41. I am seeing spots... no wait that is the wall paper :). Ok, I'm fine. lol

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  42. Wow, those beautiful yarns look so fun! I could spend years just imagining what to turn them into. Thank you for participating in the giveaway! Thanks!

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  43. I would love to send you a postcard from our little 7.5 square mile town of Dana POint on the California coast! Thank you for a great giveaway! I love handspun yarn.

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  44. Good work! I would love to send you a postcard. Thanks for entering my blog, it seems like it would be perfect for you!

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  45. Anonymous24 May, 2011

    Hey Jessica, You are great - I just love your attitude. This is a great giveaway and even if I don't win I'd love to send you a letter or postcard. I still get excited when I get a personal piece of mail - so rare these days. Anyway, thanks for the chance to win your special yarn. Linda
    rodlindafansler(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. Anonymous24 May, 2011

    I hope this works - I can't seem to post under Google but I don't know if you will be able to find me if I win.
    I love your yarn and I love to send and receive REAL mail too so I will definitely send a letter if I win (if you are able to find me that is)
    Gina

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  47. The yarn looks great--would love to knit something with it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  48. i'd love a chance to win! o would definitely send you a postcard :) gooberific@yahoo.com

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  49. Beautiful yarn! I would love to send you a letter. (I love writing them. There's just something about pen and paper. Hey....if you want a penpal...I'm just saying....) :)


    Thanks for the chance!

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  50. Anonymous24 May, 2011

    thanks for the giveaway

    radiyas(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Oh such delicious yarns! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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  52. Your yarn is so lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. I love the yarns they would be beautiful in some of my cording or on my hand made dolls. I would be more than happy to send you one of my handmade cards. It is always fun to get mail...especially when it isn't bills. LOL The art of letter writing has realy gone since the computer made it's way into homes.

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  54. Thank you for the great giveaway.
    atchisonsteph at gmail dot com
    I live most of the time in Canada, but also have a residence in the states, so I hope you can include me in the giveaway.
    Regardless of whether i win or lose I'd send you mail, just email me and we can get in touch.

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  55. Oooh, yarn, yay! I will gladly send you a piece of mail if I win, love that idea!

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  56. Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  57. Ohhh so pretty, I LOVE handspun wool! Thank you for the chance to win, they are all great prizes! :)
    okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

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  58. Thank you! Would love to send you a postcard, I love mail too!

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  59. i love snail mail :) i'll be sure to send you a pretty postcard if I win this beautiful yarn that you so laboriously worked on!

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  60. I'm learning to spin myself! Drop spindle. I've been spinning for a week. So far all I've made are some singles. Hopefully I'll ply them and have some bumpy lumpy art yarn! :) Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    Email is in my profile. :)

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  61. I like mail, too - that's why I joined Swap-bot.com. ;)

    crystalarcand (at) gmail (dot) com

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  62. this is fantastic. i love handspun. x

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  63. What a fun idea--a postcard or letter in return! I think that is a perfectly reasonable (and fun) request. I'm thinking of wonderful postcards that I see around town that would be fun to send. I really love the white with pink. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  64. Pretty yarns! I'd love to send you a card if I won. It's be the least I could do to say thanks.

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  65. Ha! Your first attempts are WAYYYYYY Better than my first attemps. In fact, I'm pretty sure I have the 6 yard chunk (yeah, it doesn't even resemble yarn...its a full on CHUNK) of wool/yuck laying in my craft room somewhere. I'm scared to dig it out for fear that the spinning police will find me and try me for crimes against wool. I would love to adopt your homespun pretties and turn them into cuddly things of awesome.

    I'd love to send you a letter, even if I don't win. email me your addy and I shall draw you a pretty picture :D

    Have a great day and thanks for the giveaway! ( yeah, that's right. I rhymed.)

    lafenwick (@) me.com

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  66. Those yarns look amazing!!

    reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  67. Love Love the yarn. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. thanks for the giveaway..i love me some handspun!! raineoc@yahoo.com

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  69. I love this blog title, your writing style and the idea of sending along a postcard! ^_^ I love yarn and mail, too - how fab!

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  70. Those are BEAUTIFUL! I've always wanted to learn how to spin yarn. It looks so calming. Now if I could only convince my husband that I need a spinning wheel!

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  71. I have some neat handmade cards I will send when I win!

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  72. Winning would make me happy and I'd gladly send you mail from the Windy City! Your yarn looks lovely. My friend just taught me to crochet so I'm in the market for yarn!

    liz at mommysaidsew dot com

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  73. boobs huh? mee too! lol
    thanks for being a good sharer!

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  74. Thanks for a great giveaway... the yarn is really pretty! I would treasure it!

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  75. Tracey S25 May, 2011

    Since my girls nd I are taking up knitting together, I can promise not only a card from me, but from them as well (most likely hand embellished with lots of schoolkid drawings, too!). Thanks so much for participating, ,and I just love that you make your own yarn. How awesome is that? I don;t have a blog, but my elmail is tracey (underline) sconyers (at) yahoodotcom. Thanks!

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  76. Those are some great looking yarns!

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  77. Those are beautiful skeins. I love homespun yarn. I want to learn how to hand spin, and eventually get a spinning wheel. And I do love mail. I love sending it as well as receiving it. :)

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  78. Those are fantastic yarns, and thanks for the great rules :)
    Stephanie
    slondoncrane (at) yahoo (dot) ca

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  79. Your yarn looks wonderful. I'm happy to mail you a letter if I win :) Thank you. mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  80. The yarn is beautiful! My sister just started knitting ad would LOVE these! So if I win I'll gift them to her (maybe she'll make e something pretty?!) and I'll send you a postcard & a little something in return! :)

    I'm like you with the followers, I don get why some *make* you follow... Life's not a popularity contest. ;)

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  81. Gorgeous! I would so like to win! And I would send you a postcard from my town with the greatest of pleasure. P.S. I'm with you on not requiring people to follow my blog for giveaways - and I'm seeing a lot more folks express this sentiment this time, too.

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  82. I desperately covet handspun yarn :) And I Love getting mail too - and sending fun silly notes and cards :D

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  83. pretty yarn!

    i read someone else mention swapbot, and i have to agree, it's my penpal fix. but even if i don't win i'd like to send you a postcard :)

    mnethia [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  84. i love mail too. i love postcards. i might just send you something if you send me your address.

    tonight i made an asparagus and leek quiche. it was tasty.

    i really like that purple poncho.

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  85. I'd love to have the pink one! It's so pretty and that you did it makes me want it even more!

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  86. I'm obviously not in on the giveaway since it is now officially June 11th, BUT I did want to come by and say hi "Hi". that's all.

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  87. What lovely blog. I'll be lurking around here for a while. If you'd like you can enter this precious giveaway. It's the last day to enter.
    Warmly

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  88. I love that you want fun mail in return for your giveaway. I love fun mail too, so I may just use this idea in some way myself. Thanks for the inspiration today!

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