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Freebie Friday’s Day Off

Filed under: Announcements,Contests,Daily Life — folkcat at 12:27 pm on Friday, September 28, 2007

I’m sorry to say that Freebie Friday is cancelled for this week. It should be back in full force next Friday.

I get migraines – not the painful ones, though. I will get a small headache, but the majority of my symptoms are the other neurological ones. Last night, while watching a little late night TV, I had the sudden flash of a migraine aura that left my vision blurred. This morning, things are still a bit out of focus, and I’m feeling a bit woozy and nauseous.

Best for me to take a day off, then, and let my head get back to normal. Please, everyone, don’t worry about me. Just have a great weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday.

The Disney Bead Winner is…

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 1:41 pm on Monday, September 24, 2007

Tracy! Congratulations, Tracy – I’ve e-mailed you for your address so I can get the beads to you.

Many thanks to everyone who played! You’re making Freebie Fridays a fun event for me. I love that you’re enjoying the giveaways as much as I am. Remember to check back later this week to see what the next prize will be!

Sept. 21st Contest Entries Now Closed

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 12:00 pm on Monday, September 24, 2007

It’s noon Eastern time on Monday, September 24th – entries are now closed in the Freebie Friday Disney Bead giveaway of September 21st. I’ll post the winner later on!

The Winner is; and, Other Matters

Filed under: Announcements,Contests,Knitting,Rats!,Television — folkcat at 1:56 pm on Monday, September 17, 2007

The Random Integer Generator has spoken. The winner of the book, Suss Design Essentials, is Lee. Congratulations, Lee! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your address.

Don’t forget, Freebie Friday happens every week – be sure to check back this Friday to see what I’m offering!


Generally, this award-show slut was pleased with the Emmys last night. This must have been a tough one for the voters – every nominee was truly deserving, if you ask me. I can’t say I was disappointed with any of the results.

The show was also well paced, with entertainment spots as often being comedy bits as song and dance numbers.

The only jarring note for me was the hand of the censor on the proceedings. I was puzzled when the show suddenly cut away from Ray Romano in the middle of his speech, leaving us without his voice, and looking at an odd view from somewhere around the ceiling that didn’t even show the stage.

The same thing happened two more times, proving it wasn’t just an error in the control booth. The consensus in the news reports is that the performers who were censored used expletives, and were cut for those. Since individual stations could face fines if such words get out on the air, I can almost understand that. But why, then, didn’t they just bleep the sound and leave the actor on screen, so we’d have a clue what happened? Why the odd, static shot from the ceiling somewhere?

Okay, stepping off my little soapbox now. Thank you for indulging me.


The latest entrelac bag, with the desert theme, looks much like it did the last time I showed it. So, no new picture there.

The reason for that is simple. I spent most of the knitting time this weekend working on a project I can’t blog, because it’s a Christmas gift for someone I know reads here. I finished that project, with great results. But, of course, I can’t show you a picture of that, either.

There should be photos real soon, though, as I’ll be getting back to the entrelac bag now. And having finished one Christmas gift, I need to start planning the next one…


The Rattie Sisters are learning to cope. It’s kind of nice to have Sable requesting intense cuddle time now. She’ll just lay there on my chest, eyes closed, while I stroke and stroke her whole back with my hand in a way that no Rattie could ever duplicate for her. You know it’s feeling especially good when she can’t help but make little chirping noises.

Lola is getting more Daddy time, and she loves it. I don’t think I’ve mentioned before how she loves crawling around under fabric. Any fabric. Even the fabric that you’re wearing.

She got under Gryphon’s shirt yesterday while hanging around with him, and didn’t want to come out. He decided to get his supper anyhow, and simply went to the kitchen with her in his shirt, crawling ’round and ’round him.

This led to a re-enactment of a scene from Alien. You know the one, right?

Lola Belly Buster
Belly-Buster Lola

Can’t see what I’m talking about?

Can you see her now?

Belly Busting Lola Detail

Sept. 14th Contest Entries Closed

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 12:00 pm on Monday, September 17, 2007

It’s Noon on Monday, Sept. 17th – entries for the current Freebie Friday giveaway are now closed! I’ll announce the winner later.

A Book for Freebie Friday, Sept. 14, 2007

Filed under: Announcements,Books,Contests — folkcat at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 14, 2007

First, an announcement. I knew I had readers all over the place, but it was really brought home in the last two weeks, when the winners of my Freebie Friday giveaways hailed from Denmark and Italy. Wow!

It’s expensive to ship overseas, but I don’t want to completely exclude my international readers. So I’ve decided that, when the prize is something larger and heavier, I’ll have to limit entries to mailing addresses in the United States and Canada only.

Don’t worry if you’re overseas – when the prize is light and small, as the bracelet and the beads of the last two weeks were, I’ll allow international entries.

I’ll always tell you clearly in the contest posts who is eligible. If you miss that, however, please don’t be offended if I must disallow your entry based on geography.

And so, this week’s giveaway!

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!Suss Design Essentials: The Ultimate Collection for a Classic Handknit Wardrobe

This week’s prize is the newly-released book Suss Design Essentials by Suss Cousins. I reviewed this book on Wednesday, both here and at the Shopping Jen blog.

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, Sept. 17th. 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 we are…let the comments begin! I was really torn between keeping this great book, and giving it away. But then, I figured that if I was ever ready to do something with one of Suss’ designs, I’d find a way to acquire it again. So, drop me a comment, post to your blog, and it could be yours!

Good luck, and have a great weekend!

The Winner is…

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 2:04 pm on Monday, September 10, 2007

As determined by the Random Integer GeneratorRiohnna! Congratulations – you should have an e-mail soon asking for your mailing address.

A new giveaway will be coming up Friday – stay tuned!

Sept. 7th Contest Entries Closed

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 12:00 pm on Monday, September 10, 2007

It’s Noon on Monday, Sept. 10th – entries for the current Freebie Friday giveaway are now closed! I’ll announce the winner later.

The Aug. 31 Freebie Friday Winner is…

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 1:24 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Marianne! Congratulations! I’ve sent an e-mail to let you know – just send me your address, and the bracelet will be on its way to you.

I’ll be posting a new Freebie this coming Friday – don’t forget to watch for it!

Entries Closed for Aug. 31st Freebie

Filed under: Announcements,Contests — folkcat at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Entries are now closed for the August 31, 2007 Freebie Friday contest. I’ll announce the winner later on!

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