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MoFo #21: Vegan Yarn Swap!

27 Oct

If you knit or crochet, you’re probably aware of the awesome website Ravelry. It’s like facebook for yarn enthusiasts! You can post your knitting projects, look at others’ projects, download patterns, browse yarn, and chat with other knitters in the forums or common interest groups. There’s even a PPK group on Ravelry! My favorite group is the Vegan for Every Season Swap, which hosts season-themed swaps. I’ve done it three times now and have always had a lot of fun. Once you’re paired up with a partner, you have to put together a package of vegan yarn, treats, and other goodies related to your partner’s interests.

Here’s what I sent my partner for the fall swap:

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So there are some Halloween-themed goodies…socks, tea towel, glow-in-the-dark nail polish…and inside those treat bags are the whole collection of Go Max Go bars, Primal Strips, Swedish Fish, and Sour Patch kids (hope she likes candy, haha!). The yarn in the back is really soft fall-colored cotton from Yarns of Italy. My swap partner likes wine so I sent her a nice local Red, and I also made the cookie jar mix from the PPK. I also made some Dia de los Muertos stitch markers. I wanted to bake some treats for her pet bunnies, which I’ve done in the past, but dang I just ran out of time.  Anyway, I hope she likes it all!

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Here’s the package that came in the mail to me today!

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Here’s what is in the picture above:
-lovely organic cotton yarn from Long Ridge Farm…and some patterns tucked alongside to inspire me!
-fiber wash
-candy corn (my favorite Halloween candy-this one is almost vegan, except for some beeswax and confectioner’s glaze),
-adorable pumpkin stitch markers from See Jayne Knit
-greeting cards, I think they are handmade, wow!
-a bound notebook that I’m going to use to write down patterns
-fall themed tea towel
-a little Halloween figurine that is already decorating my desk at work
-lots of fun teas to try
-a box of sweet annie, a really fragrant and lovely herb I had never heard of! I’ve been having a lot of fun reading up on its medicinal uses and history. I think I will make some sachets with it with rosemary and lavender 🙂

I love these swaps! They’re so fun to assemble and I love getting treats in the mail.

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MoFo #10: Cup Cozy Giveaway!

12 Oct

Hey folks!

My first MoFo giveaway is something perfect for chilly October weather – cup cozies!

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Knit by yours truly, these little guys will keep your drinks hot and your hands safe from burns. Keep one handy in your bag and forgo cardboard cup sleeves forever.  You’ll have the cutest latte in town!

The yarn is 100% acrylic, and don’t worry, I’m not supporting the petroleum industry by purchasing synthetic yarns…I inherited them from another knitter! Each cozy is a different size, in order to fit different types of cups:

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-the blue cabled cozy is medium sized, to fit paper coffee cups and beer/soda bottles
-the owl cozy is a bit bigger, to fit larger drinks and ceramic mugs (without handles)
-the buttoned red cozy is largest and has a detachable flap to fit around coffee mugs with handles.  It will probably fit paper cups, too!

Don’t need three? Then give one away to friends or family. They make good gifts!

The giveaway will be open till Sunday night (11:59 pm PST, 10/16/11)  and I will randomly choose and announce the winner on Monday.  It’s open to people from all parts of the world!  

To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite cold weather drink is.  Make sure to include an email address or some other way for me to get in touch with you!