Of Rats and Jen

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Freebie Friday Hiatus, and Thanksgiving Break

Filed under: Announcements,Contests,Holidays — folkcat at 3:53 pm on Friday, November 16, 2007

Sorry, folks – I know how some of you look forward to Freebie Fridays now, but I’m afraid it has to take a bit of a break. I’m having one of those days.

Those of us in America will be celebrating Thanksgiving next Thursday as well. I know that Turkey Day itself isn’t until Thursday, but planning and preparations will throw off every day between now and then, and on until the following Monday, too.

Crafting Jen, then, will be taking a break until November 26. Freebie Friday will return at the end of that week, on November 30.

Don’t be surprised if you see some short messages here over the coming week. Depending on what I wind up doing, I may not be able to resist posting now and then.

The somewhat beleaguered book review that I’ve been promising all week may pop up on Shopping Jen in the meantime, too. I really do want to tell you about this title – once the publisher fixes some problems, it could be an essential reference for many fiber artists.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, however and wherever you celebrate it! Gryphon and I are planning a quiet meal for two at home, with special snacks for the Ratties.

Happy Thanksgiving!

And the Bead & Button Magazine Tote Bag Goes To…

Filed under: Announcements,Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests — folkcat at 2:38 pm on Monday, November 12, 2007

Sarah! With four kids – three of them boys girls (my error!) – I’ll bet she’s got lots of stuff she could be carrying around in this roomy bag. Congratulations, Sarah!

While I watched your comments and links trickle in this weekend, I was busy myself. I’ve made good progress on a scarf from Knitting New Scarves. And in Second Life, I’ve been landscaping our property. There’s a nice little woodlot developing, as well as small homes in various styles for a number of our avatars. Pictures of everything, knitting, landscaping, and all, Real Soon Now!

Entries Closed for Freebie Friday, Nov. 9th.

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 1:00 pm on Monday, November 12, 2007

It’s noon, Eastern time, on Monday, November 12th. Entries are now closed for this week’s Freebie Friday drawing. I’ll announce the winner later!

Freebie Friday, Nov. 9, 2007 – Bead & Button Magazine Tote Bag

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests,Knitting — folkcat at 4:26 pm on Friday, November 9, 2007

It’s that time again – Freebie Friday time! This week, Freebie Friday represents one of our previous winnder giving back. Judith, who won My First Entrelac Bag a couple weeks ago, picked up her prize, but also left something to offer as a new prize. So here it is!

Disclaimer: Because of the size of this week’s prize, I’m sorry to say I must limit entries to mailing addresses in the United States and Canada only.

Bead & Button Bag
Bead & Button Magazine Tote Bag

This is an official tote bag from Bead & Button Magazine. Judith won it at a bead retreat she attended earlier this year. But, like so many of us, she has plenty of totes, so it’s never been out of the plastic bag it came in.

I attempted to measure it in the package, and it appears to be huge – about 13 inches tall by 22 inches wide. I can’t vouch for the third dimension -the way it’s folded, I can’t get an angle with the ruler.

There is one flaw to note in the bag – at the bottom, it appears that a hot knife at the factory accidentally cut into the package, and nicked the bottom of the bag in two places. Technically, then, this is a factory second. The cuts are small, and right in the nylon webbing that reinforces the bag and forms the handles. This material isn’t likely to fray, but there are two tiny holes at the cut point.

The bag should otherwise be fully functional – just don’t put tiny, loose items in the bottom! Like, oh, say, beads. I can see this holding a fairly large knitting project. There is an exterior pocket, too, that would be perfect for tucking your pattern and notes into.

If you’d like to have this flawed, but official, Bead & Button Magazine tote bag for your very own, it could happen! Just follow these simple instructions to earn your entries in the drawing:

  • Only mailing addresses in the United States and Canada are eligible for entry to this drawing.
  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, November 12th. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address.

Thanks once again for taking part in Freebie Friday! I hope you have a great weekend. As for me, I have started a new scarf project from that book, Knitting New Scarves, and I’m really excited about it. I’ll tell you all about it – with pictures – next week!

And The Heishe Beads Go To…

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 3:45 pm on Monday, November 5, 2007

…blogless Heather! Congratulations, Heather, the beads are yours. I’ve sent you an e-mail as well, asking for your mailing address.

Wow, you guys really go nuts over the natural material beads, don’t you? This week set records for Freebie Fridays – we had a total of 18 entries from 15 different contestants. (Three people earned a second entry by posting a link at their blog.) Our previous high count was 13 entries for a beaded bracelet on the Oct. 19th Freebie Friday.

Many, many thanks to everyone who participates in these giveaways. They’re a lot of fun for me, because I get to make an even more personal connection when I send packages out to the winners. And clearly, a lot of things that I have gathering dust around the house are going to good homes where they’ll be well loved.

I’ve got a busy day ahead of me – look for a post tomorrow about my knitting and crafting progress. And once again, Congratulations, Heather!

Entries Closed for Nov. 2nd Freebie Friday

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 1:00 pm on Monday, November 5, 2007

It’s Noon, Eastern time on November 5th – entries are now closed for this week’s Freebie Friday drawing for the buffalo horn heishe and Job’s Tears beads. I’ll announce the winner soon!

Freebie Friday, Nov. 2nd – Natural Beads

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests — folkcat at 5:15 pm on Friday, November 2, 2007

It’s Freebie Friday time again! What have we got this week?

Buffalo Horn Heishe BeadsIn the category of “Things I Got At A Bargain, And Have Way More Than I Need Of” – this week’s prize is 8 strands of buffalo horn heishe beads. I purchased a large lot of these at a yard sale this past summer, for very, very little money. I’ve already given away or sold a large portion of them, and still have more than I’m likely to use in my lifetime.

So here they are, offered up for Freebie Friday – 8 strands, each one about 24 inches long. That’s sixteen feet of beads!

This week’s drawing is open to any and all entries, including international!

These are tiny beads that would look good as spacers between glass beads, or in a multi-strand necklace or bracelet with accent beads scattered. Of course, your own imagination is the only limit to how these could be used!

pb020793_edited.jpgTo give you an idea of the size we’re talking about, here’s a close-up with a penny for scale. Click through for a larger image so you can see it better.

I don’t have a picture, but I’ll also include a strand of Job’s Tears, a natural bead made from a seed pod. These pods grow on a grass-like plant, and actually have a naturally occurring hole in them, perfect for stringing. They would look wonderful strung with the buffalo heishe.

Would you like these beautiful, natural material beads for your very own? It’s this easy:

  • All readers are eligible for entry to this drawing, including international mailing addresses.
  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, November 5th. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address.

That’s all there is to it. So hurry, enter now, and then check back on Monday to see who won. In the meantime, good luck to you all, and have a great weekend!

The New Home For the Entrelac Bag is With…

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 1:50 pm on Monday, October 29, 2007

Judith! Congratulations, Judith, the bag is yours to take care of. And I know you’ll take good care of her.

I also know where you live, so we’ll be making arrangements soon for you to collect your bag.

Many thanks to everyone who expressed a heartfelt desire to give a good home to My First Entrelac Bag. My readers are clearly kind, loving people, who know that good handknits deserve care and attention.

If you didn’t win this week, fear not – there will be another Freebie Friday in just a few days!

Entries Closed – An Hour and Forty-Two Minutes Ago!

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 1:43 pm on Monday, October 29, 2007

Eep! Forgot to pre-post my “It’s noon, entries are now closed” item. So, it’s now past noon, entries are definitely closed, and I’ll soon be posting the winner. Stay tuned!

Freebie Friday, Oct. 26 – My First Entrelac Bag

Filed under: Contests,Knitting — folkcat at 3:54 pm on Friday, October 26, 2007

Freebie Friday has been running for a couple of months now, and seems to be growing in popularity. Don’t you think, though, that it’s about time there was a knitting-related prize? Other than a review copy of a book, that is?

How about a felted entrelac bag?

How about the first one I ever made?

Let’s do it!

Disclaimer: Because of the weight of this week’s prize, I’m sorry to say I must limit entries to mailing addresses in the United States and Canada only.

Colorful Entrelac Bag
Jen’s First Entrelac Bag

Knit from a pattern in Bags: A Knitter’s Dozen – a pattern I’m now knitting for the seventh time – this brightly colored bag was my first entrelac work. The yarn was Plymouth Galway, in five different colors.

This was also my first felting (fulling) experience. And I’m pleased to say it went well. The bag felted up nice and thick, so thick it will stand on its own as sort of a floppy bucket.

First Entrelac Bag - Aerial View

Sitting like this, the bag stands about eight and a half inches tall, and measures around twelve inches in diameter. Plenty of room for carrying a knitting project, cell phone, accessories.

Why would I give it up? I did use this as my primary knitting bag for a while. Until I knit Entrelac bag #2 from Noro Kureyon, and made it even larger. The Noro Kureyon bag is now my go-to project bag, and My First Entrelac Bag sits idle. Much better to see her go to a home where she’ll be used!

Would you like to provide that home? Will you love her and carry her and pet her as she deserves? It could happen – here’s how!

  • Only mailing addresses in the United States and Canada are eligible for entry to this drawing.
  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, October 15th. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address

It’s that easy! Will My First Entrelac Bag become yours? Enter now, and check back Monday to find out!

Meanwhile, I’ll be busy knitting on Entrelac Bag #7 this weekend – I hope you have a good time, too!

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