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January 17, 2018



Him: "I found a big box at the front door. Did you order anything?"
Me: "Nope."
Him: "It's light for it's size. I think it's yarn."

I assured him I hadn't ordered yarn, but when we opened the box, out popped dozens of skeins of  crayon colored yarn! I knew I had won a contest to win a year's worth of yarn but it took me a while to put two and two together. When I realized it was my contest spoils, I started squealing, "I won, I won! It's here, it's here!"

Thank you Pacific Yarn Company and the Yarn Craft Academy, I'm thrilled to receive your lovely yarn. I also won a platinum lifetime membership of the academy, so looks like I'll have no reason not to perfect my craft! I'll be checking into that over the next several weeks and I'll get back to you.

I've always felt it pays off to enter contests. For decades I've entered every one that appeals to me. Someone has to win, why not me? The first thing I remember winning was a desk set from our local stationary store. I had the choice between brown leather and white and gold, and chose the brown set to give to my father for Father's Day. From then on I was hooked. I have won yarn before, also a cake decorating kit, a travel bag, pizza from our local parlor, free dinners, and other things over the years that I can't remember. This is my biggest win yet--dozens of skeins of Pacific Yarn's Zephyr DK and fingering weight Mist. Both are made from California cotton and Montana wool, spun in Wisconsin and dyed in Maine. I heard about this yarn last year and in an effort to support local, sustainable products when I can, I ordered a sweater's worth in the pink Bougainvillea. I used a little of it for my recently finished Boho Shawl. It has a pretty, rustic look and it takes the dye very well. When knitting it has a pleasant, dry feel and knits very easily. It has a bit of VM in it, but no more than you would expect from a minimally processed yarn.  I really can't believe my good fortune!









There's plenty here for multiple shawls and sweaters, solids and stripes, so I started to play around to see what I could make. I've got a sweater's worth of the Sand Dollar color in both the DK and fingering weight. I love any shade of white. I played around with some color combos for shawls or sweaters for me or Annie or Carter.  The colors are gorgeous.





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13 comments

  1. So excited that you were the winner!! Enjoy!!

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  2. I too entered this contest and when the email went out that you were the winner, I was wondering how long it would be until we got a sneak peak at your spoils!! Congrats on being the lucky recipient of such a beautiful array of yarn! And the colors are magnificent. Can't wait to see what they become. Congrats again!

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't quite believe it at first, but when the yarn arrived I became a believer!

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  3. How lovely for you! You are so generous with sharing I am glad you won. I too enter contests and have done well, the best being a luxury holiday for 4 at a boutique resort on gorgeous Aitutaki in the Cook Islands (South Pacific).

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  4. Wow! Congratulations! What a fabulous prize!

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  5. What a fabulous prize,I can't wait to see what you make with it.

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  6. This is the perfect contest for you to win. The yarns look beautiful and can't wait to see what your finished projects are. Congratulatons.

    Carole

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  7. How gorgeous! I'd be tempted to hang them all around the room, they look so good in their twists! Happy knitting lucky lady!

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    1. That's how I felt! They are still on my table so I can walk by and admire them!

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  8. Question? What does VM mean? Also if YOU still have room for perfecting your craft, where does that leave the rest of us???
    Happy weekend!

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  9. Wow, Kristen, this is an amazing prize! I am so happy for you!! Can't wait to see all the amazing things you make with these beautiful colors. :-)

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  10. Congratulations, Kristen. I'm so glad all the confusion was sorted out!

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