Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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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!

Lucky Number Six…

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 1:51 pm on Monday, October 22, 2007

…that’s the number the Random Integer Generator came up with. And that number belongs to Angela in Italy! Congratulations, Angela!

This was our biggest Freebie Friday yet. We had a total of thirteen entries from ten hopeful readers. That’s three people who posted links to the contest on their own blogs and earned an extra chance in the drawing. Angela was one of them, and it sure paid off for her.

Anyone who didn’t win this time – don’t forget, Freebie Friday comes every week. So be sure to keep your eyes on this space for the next prize offering!

Entries Now Closed – Freebie Friday, Oct. 19th

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 12:00 pm on Monday, October 22, 2007

It’s noon on Monday, October 22nd – entries are now closed for this week’s Freebie Friday drawing for the handbeaded bracelet. I’ll announce the winner later!

The Winner of the Cross Stitch Kits Is….

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 1:51 pm on Monday, October 15, 2007

Cheryl! Congratulations, Cheryl – I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for the address to send your kits to.

Thanks to everyone for playing again. Don’t worry if you haven’t won yet – there will be another Freebie Friday coming along at the end of this week.

Oct. 12th Freebie Friday – Entries Now Closed!

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 12:00 pm on Monday, October 15, 2007

It’s noon Eastern time on Monday, October 15th – entries for last week’s Freebie Friday contest are now closed! Thank you for playing – I’ll announce the winner later today.

Freebie Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 – Counted Cross Stitch!

Filed under: Announcements,Contests,Stitchery — folkcat at 3:51 pm on Friday, October 12, 2007

Here’s something a little different for Freebie Friday – a pair of counted cross stitch kits that have been sitting in my needlework stash!

Because of the size of this week’s prize, I’m afraid I must restrict entries to mailing addresses in the United States and Canada only. My apologies to my international friends – there will be opportunities for you again soon.

We’ve talked in this blog about how I do many, many different crafts. Currently, knitting, quilting, and a little beading and spinning are at the forefront, but lurking in the background are counted cross stitch, needlepoint, and other forms of crafting.

Like many, I’ve developed stashes for each of these crafts. Sitting in the needlework stash are a number of counted cross stitch kits bought over the years, usually on sale. I’m mostly fine with keeping them for the “someday” when I will get around to taking the time to stitch again.

Looking through them, however, I realize that my tastes have changed since the purchases, or that I have more designs in certain categories than I really need. So I thought that this week, rather than let some kits that have fallen out of my personal favor continue to stagnate in my stash, I’d offer a pair of them up as the Freebie Friday prize.

Freebie Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 - Cross Sttich Kits

On the left, we have a Bucilla kit that I’ve only had for a year. I bought it at an amazing bargain at a yard sale last year.

Bucilla Kit - Cats In The Sewing Room

The theme is cats, and I have many, many more cat-based counted cross stitch designs in my stash. I think this purchase was more for the low price I paid than a personal need to have and stitch the kit.

The package is completely sealed, and therefore contains all the supplies that originally came with it – 14 count aida cloth, cotton floss, floss separator(s), and gold-plated needles. The finished design is 12 inches by 12 inches.

NeedleMagic Kit - Happy Hearts Sampler

The other design is a traditional style sampler from the NeedleMagic company. The copyright date on this is 1980. I believe I purchased it a few years later than that, but probably no later than 1983 or 1984. The package this time is open – I had a habit at the time of being so excited about a new kit that, even if I didn’t plan to stitch it right away, I’d open it up and examine all the contents. I can assure you that everything is in the package and in good condition, though the front cover paper with the finished photograph has been crinkled and torn at the top.

This has been in my stash for some 23 years, at least. At the time I purchased it, I was fascinated by the history of cross stitch, and particularly by vintage samplers. Now, not so much. I still have a profound respect and admiration for the roots of the craft, but no longer feel a desire to decorate my home with samplers in this style.

Do you do cross-stitch? Have you thought about taking it up, but been intimidated by the cost of the kits? This pair of kits could be yours if you enter and win this week’s Freebie Friday drawing!

Each contestant can have as many as two chances to win – just read and follow these simple rules to get yours!

  • 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 simple! One of you will have a chance to be stitching soon – will it be you?

Best of luck to everyone, and have a great weekend!

Monday…What More to Say?

Filed under: Announcements,Contests,Holidays,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 1:17 pm on Monday, October 8, 2007

It’s a gray, dreary Monday here in New Hampshire, rainy and not much to say for the outdoors right now.

As for the indoors, there’s a plumber ass-end up in our bathroom (sorry, the quarters are too close to sneak a photo), replacing the faucet mechanism for the shower/tub; cold, but freshly made (yesterday) apple crisp in the refrigerator; and me, sitting at the computer, trying to figure out what I’ve got to talk about today.

I suppose, of course, that I should tell you who the winner of last week’s Freebie Friday was. It’s Sara! Congratulations, Sara – you should already have e-mail asking for your mailing address.

I did get some knitting done on the desert-themed entrelac bag for Christmas.

WIP, Christmas 2007 #3: Desert Entrelac Bag

As you can see, we’re working on lots of the mottled green/brown yarn for the ground. It looks like a large portion of the bag in this picture, but remember, this will be felted and a lot of the mottled section you see will be the bottom of the bag, so it won’t be fully visible from the sides.

I did pick up another skein of the variegated blue Malabrigo to do the handles with, so I’ll be able to get on with that as soon as I finish the next few rounds of the bag. Which should go quickly, once I pick it up – we’re down to squares only 6 stitches across now, and each round gets smaller until we’re only 3 stitches across. Won’t be long now!

As for the Rattie Sisters, Sable seems to be going through a phase combining loneliness and discomfort. There have been signs that she’s a bit constipated, and we’re making changes to her diet to help that along (more juicy greens, some canned pumpkin, etc). Most significantly, though, she seems upset whenever we’re away from her side for too long. Her appetite was down on Sunday, too, and I made an extra effort to find something, anything, that she would eat.

When she came out of the cage, she spent lots of time sitting on my knee with my hand cradling her, and covered by the corner of a blanket. Or on the back of my chair, curled up against the back of my head. She seemed to be desperately craving comfort and contact.

I spent Sunday taking her with me everywhere. When I worked at the desk computer, I brought her cage to a small table at my side. I went to the kitchen to make the apple crisp, and carried the cage in to the counter, so she could see I was there for her. The only time I didn’t take her with me was when I went to the bathroom.

By the end of the day, she had eaten some food, and seemed a little more chipper. Today, she’s got a better appetite, though she’s still craving company.

I did an experiment Sunday. I let Lola out of her cage, and allowed her to go into Sable’s. Sable was huddled in a nest bag on the top floor. Lola explored everywhere, then crawled in the bag with Sable and pounced on her – classic dominance play. But Lola quickly tired of that, and went back to poking around all the corners of the cage. She alternated between the two activities, cage and Sable, for a while, then seemed to settle in just as if they were always together. Sable even came out of her funk enough to come out of the nest bag, and interact with Lola some.

It’s looking good that we may, possibly, be able to put them together again one day. I’ll be allowing more visitations like this, and we’ll keep them separate at night for now. My fingers are crossed that this works out – it will be so much less work if the girls don’t have to be kept separately!

Oct. 5th Freebie Friday – Entries Now Closed!

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 12:00 pm on Monday, October 8, 2007

It’s noon Eastern time on Monday, October 8th – entries for last week’s Freebie Friday contest are now closed! I’ll announce the winner later today.

The Return of Freebie Friday – Inspired Fair Isle Knits?

Filed under: Announcements,Books,Contests — folkcat at 3:43 pm on Friday, October 5, 2007

Welcome back to Freebie Friday!

Freebie Friday this week is open only to mailing addresses in the United States and Canada. My apologies to readers overseas – you’ll get a chance again soon!

inspired fair isle book jacket_edited.jpgThis week’s prize is the new book Inspired Fair Isle Knits by Fiona Ellis. I reviewed this book on Tuesday, both here and at the Shopping Jen blog. If you’ve been reading here, you may recall my review wasn’t entirely favorable.

The key points in my review were:

  1. The editorial work was sloppy – there were typos, grammatical errors, inconsistent style, and bad photos.
  2. I didn’t like the designs, mostly, and for those that I did, I’d remove the Fair Isle detailing.
  3. The writing was excellent, providing good and complete instructions. This book was better written than most I’ve reviewed thus far.

Point #1 is unfortunate, but mainly a cosmetic issue, and is being addressed by the publisher. You can read their response here.

Point #2 is largely my own personal taste. I didn’t like the designs – someone else might. Maybe you?

Point #3 is worth noting. The instructions in this book are very well written, and information is given for nearly any technique you might need while working a project. Fiona Ellis is a good writer, and it shows here.

Although I gave a generally unfavorable review, it was based largely on my opinion of the designs (influenced slightly by the bad editing work). There might, though – just might – be some among you who like some of the designs I showed. And editorial errors aside, you won’t be disappointed in the writing.

How can you win this book for your very one? The rules, as always, are simple:

  • 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 8th. 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.

There it is, then – are you the one this book is meant for? Drop a comment, post a link, and get a chance to find out!

Good luck, and have a great weekend!

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