Friday, October 23, 2009

It's All About Me & Giveaway

Natasha at Artistic Creations came up with the best idea for a swap ... It's All About Me! The twist is that instead of making something for someone else, you make something for yourself.


I think this is a great idea because we are so generous to one another, but it can be difficult to show that same kindness to ourselves.


For the swap, I knit myself a set of Log Cabin Wash Cloths. You might remember I bought this yarn for my
birthday a couple months ago specifically for these wash cloths. The swap helped motivate me to get them finished. Thank you, Natasha!


The wash cloths are knit by starting with the middle square, binding off and then picking up stitches around the edge of the square.


This project helped me improve my skills in picking up stitches. I feel much more confident with this skill.


I tried to finish this scarf for the swap, too, but wasn't quite able to do it. The yarn is made of 100% sugarcane and is very nice to knit with.


I'm offering a ball of the exact same yarn that I'm using to knit the scarf as a giveaway. It's called Ruca and is made by the company Araucania. It is hand-dyed in Chile and there is 263 yards.

This giveaway is open to anyone, and I will ship it to any country. Please be sure to leave an email address if your comment doesn't link to your blog! I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner on Thursday, October 29th.

40 comments:

Rachel said...

I love your washcloths! They're just like little quilt blocks - and you said you didn't quilt. I guess you kind of do now!

The scarf is beautiful. That's not the feather and fan pattern, is it? Did I tell you how much I love that pattern? I'm presently making my third scarf with it. You'd be so proud of me; I knit an entire ball of bamboo yarn while watching a movie tonight!

It's your fault I'm so into knitting right now - all that inspiration. I haven't quite decided if that's a good thing...

Anyway... long comment short... I'd love the chance to win the sugarcane yarn. How sweet (pun intended ☺)

Natasha Burns said...

Your wash cloths are gorgeous - the perfect colour combination! your scarf looks lovely too, what a pretty pattern! Thanks so much for joining in!

Linda said...

Your washcloths are beautiful! I would love to enter your giveaway! Thanks so much...

Theresa said...

Fancy washcloths my friend and nobody deserves a sweet gift more than you:) I wish that I knew how to do that, not that I have time but you can sure make some pretty things. Enjoy your weekend whatever you do:)

Gerry said...

Had to think hard when I read 'log cabin washcloths'. Being a quilter and a knitter and a crocheter [etc., ect.] the description -log cabin - could not associate with washcloth until I got here to your blog. what a neat way to spruce up the mundane chore of dishes. Your log cabin is very, very cool and I love your color selection. Hats off to you and your 'It's All About Me'.
Oh, yes, I'd love to win your generous giveaway. A neck warmer is going to be a necessity very soon. ;oD

Gerry said...

Just joined your FOLLOWERS

PunkiePie said...

Love the washcloths and scarf! I wish I knew how to knit. Please don't add me to your giveaway. The yarn would go to waste at my house. Just wanted to leave you a comment.

Dogwood said...

Stacy~Your washcloths are so beautiful. Those colors look good enough to eat. Like sherbet ice cream. I know you have been so busy and you got them done for this fun party that Natasha has planned for us.

Your scarf is so lovely. Soft, soft. I love that pattern. You are so adventurous with learning new stitches and patterns. And, I taught you to knit and I am still doing scarves and those easy basic stitches.

Have a fun day today in San Francisco with your family.

Marie Antionette said...

WOW!!! Waht beautiful washcloths, and the scarf is to die for.Such beautiful work.
XXOO Marie Antionette

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

I LOVE those washcloths!!! They are my very favorite kind to use! The scarf is gorgeous, so perfect for winter. I love the colors you chose also!!
Hugs,
Amy

Nova said...

Love the green cotton.

Abigail said...

you're awesome, thanks for the chance!

peters.ab0124(at)gmail.com

DebsCrafts said...

Beautiful work! And beautiful yarn! Hope I win.

ikkinlala said...

That's really pretty yarn!

kate said...

Sugarcane?! That sounds amazing! I love your blog!

Jane said...

Thank you so much!

BeadKnitter said...

Your washcloths are beautiful! I love the combination of colors you chose.

Thanks for the contest. I had no idea they made yarn out of sugar cane. Sugar, corn, soy, bamboo-what will they use next?

knittingdancer said...

I love how that scarf is working up in that sugarcane yarn. Your washcloths are beautiful. The color combinations goes together great.

arlette said...

Loveeeeeeee your washcloths and the scarf, I love the sugarcane yarn, I never heard of that before, I'd like to test it, please count me in!

Thimbleanna said...

What a lovely swap package! You're so lucky, your partner knows just what you love! (And lest you think I wasn't reading your post, I'll insert a {wink}{wink} here!)

Fete et Fleur said...

I taught myself to knit last year and had a scarf making marathon last Christmas. I love the idea of knit washcloths!

Your scarf is beautiful.

Nancy

Cat said...

I always wondered how people make log cabin patterns. Now I know. ;)

Lynns Lovelies said...

What pretty washcloths~~those colors are just lovely!
I would love to enter this giveaway..I haven't used sugar cane yarn before, either!
Thank you for hosting this great giveaway!
I just started my first giveaway on my blog, so much fun, isn't it?

Take care,
~Lynn

Rabid said...

Cute washcloths!

I recently knitted up a scarf in a very similar pattern :)

I've never even heard of sugarcane yarn. I'm itching to touch some :D

Renee G said...

The washclothes are lovely. And the scarf yarn is absolutely gorgeous as well.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

Queen of Dreamsz said...

How pretty they are...oh, and I love all of the new exotic fibers...I haven't tried the sugar cane yet but I've got some of *corn* yarn...very smooth and soft.

Drop by anytime,
Hugs,
Stephanie

Lori said...

your wash cloths are lovely...you used Natasha's favorite colors too...how nice of you:) thanks for stopping over to visit with me!!!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

How clever to knit washcloths. I have never seen this. They are just so pretty. I knitted something years ago, but haven't picked up the needles since. Thanks for the inspiration. And yes, please enter me in your drawing for the sugarcane yarn.

Blessings,
Kitty

Kaye Prince said...

I was originally intending on taking part in "It's All About Me" and then (of course) I found I didn't have time to do something for myself because I was in the middle of doing things for other (and school too)! Hopefully I can get something done soon, although my sewing machine broke yesterday so we'll see how that goes. Your washcloths are gorgeous - you did a fantastic job with the colours!

That yarn is beautiful - I would definitely love to win it and already have some ideas of what I could knit.

j. barrett said...

hi, looks like a good sample of yarn to see if it's something you want to knit mre things out of. how's it wash?

Woollywotnots said...

Hi Stacy, the colours of your cloths are lovely and your scarf is beautifully knit. What a great idea for a swap.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

I've loved every Araucania yarn I've tried, and that sugarcane would be a new one to fall in love with. The colors are great, and your scarf is beautiful.

The Rose Room said...

They are just lovely, beautiful colours! Too pretty to use!!! Rachael:)

Barb said...

I just love those cloths. I am not a knitter, rather a quilter--but never too old to learn, so I truly appreciate the work of someone who is! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

Connie said...

Lovely!!! I wish I could knit and/or crochet but I have absolutely no talent for it, sugar. You, however, DO!!! Beautiful colors, too.
xoxo,
Connie

EdaMommy said...

Greetings! I had fun poking around your blog - I'm inspired to stop hemming and hawing and try to pick up knitting again. ^_^

The Ruca is a really intriguing yarn! I'm going to try and find it at my LYS!

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

Hi there,
I love your scarf and the yarn looks yummy!! I have a confession...I don't knit very well but I LOVE to CROCHET! I know, that can be a bad thing to some knitters, but crochet just comes so easily to me where knitting just doesn't.

I taught myself to crochet about 5 years ago and since have done scarves, hats, bags, tank tops, tunic tops and a skirt. I had a free form crochet patch in a book by Prudence Mapstone a few years back, too. Such fun!!

And it looks like you're having a great time, too. So glad you stopped by my blog this morning and a pleasure to stop by your blog as well. I love it!

Your giveaway idea ...rocks!!

Susan Gallacher-Turner
Susan's Art & Words

Hannah said...

those washcloths are lovely, what a great idea! :)

daylily777 said...

The wash cloths & the scarf are beautiful !I know you will enjoy them .8~)
~Myrna Lee

arlette said...

Hi Arlette! Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway. You are the first blogger I've met from Costa Rica! It sounds like you are very busy with all of your craft hobbies.
Hello and thank you for stopping by blog, I love to meet new people, I'm honoured to be the first blogger you know from this small country!, there are some costaricans over here, but they don't share our love with the knitting and crocheting. I keep myself really busyyyyyy, because I love crafts, well, I'm still intrigued with your sweet yarn, I'm amazed the people can do that!