And the prize goes to…

Yesterday evening, I closed comments on the giveaway post, double checked my list of entries, and used Random.org to draw a winner. There were 330 comments and 472 entries. To everyone who took the time to leave a comment, share on facebook, tweet about it, THANK YOU.

The winning entry was from firegirlpj.

The Red Collection giveaway winner

I’ve already been in touch with the winner!

**SPOILER ALERT FOR MYSTERY SOCK KNITTERS** If you don’t want to see a picture of this year’s Through The Loops Mystery Sock, then go away now!

I have this problem (not unusual for many knitters) where I’m pretty much addicted to casting on even though I already have plenty of things on my plate. Why fight it?  I decided to join the SOCKTOBERFEST party:

red socks

YAY SOCKTOBERFEST! I’ve always celebrated Socktoberfest, but this year I’m actually participating by knitting socks. The pattern is the TTL Mystery Sock 2010 that Kirsten from Through the Loops has been doing for a few years now. It feels crazy and insane knitting a mystery pattern. But there’s already some garter stitch in the design, so I’m a happy knitter.

The yarn is Skinny Bugga from The Sanguine Gryphon. I purchased this almost a year ago at SAFF. The color is Tomato Frog and is just about the perfect shade of red. I’m knitting the large size on size 1 (2.25 mm) needles. Luckily I have two sets of needles in that size, so I split my ball of yarn in half and cast on for the second cuff.

Someone asked for red socks (the only person allowed to ask for socks) for Christmas, so the goal, if I don’t finish in Socktober, is to finish these lovelies by Christmas. I’m pretty optimistic.

How are you celebrating Socktoberfest?

Time for a Giveaway

Over the past year, I’ve spent a lot of time wondering how many books I might sell. To be honest, I really had no way of knowing or even predicting that number. I dreamed of selling a million, but hoped to sell twenty.

Well, I have sold almost one hundred books, and though it’s not a million, I’m surprised and excited and humbled. I’m also feeling a bit gifty and generous, so I thought I’d do a wee giveaway.

Except it’s not wee. It’s big. Wanna know what you could win?

The Prize

Yarn.Play.Cafe large totephoto courtesy of Yarn Play Cafe

Questions you may have

How do I enter?

Leave a comment on this post.

Can I enter more than once?

Yes! You can enter up to three times: one entry for a comment on this post, one entry for a tweet, one entry for a Facebook post.   Please let me know in your comment on this post if you’ve tweeted or put it on Facebook. I trust that you’ll be honest about it.

Here’s a sample tweet that you can use:

  • @zigzagstitch is giving away her new book, The Red Collection, and a pile of swag! Enter here: http://tinyurl.com/3xktf2p

I already bought the book. Can I still enter?

Of course! If you’ve already purchased the book, I will refund your money if you win!

I’ve never visited your blog before. What’s this about a book?

My new book is called The Red Collection. You can learn more about it by clicking here.  Thanks for stopping by!

How long is the contest?

The contest starts right now and will run through Friday, October 1st at 7 pm (Eastern Standard Time). The winner will be announced by Oct. 4th.

Thank you!

I’ve known from the beginning of this process that it would be a big job to get the word out about my book. Self-publishing The Red Collection was the perfect option for me and my family, but it means I’m also the publicist, the manager, the distributor, the marketing director, the customer service agent…you get the point. When you share the links to this contest and my blog, you’re making my job that much easier. For every tweet, for every Facebook link you share, for every person you tell about the book, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t do it without your support.

this morning

This morning, I got Jerry off to school. I started a few loads of laundry and folded a few loads, too. I made breakfast for Maggie. I made my bed, and opened up the box with the new husband pillows that arrived from Sears. I tested out the husband pillows with Maggie. We played with the box the pillows came in. I cleaned up the kitchen from breakfast and  made lunch. Then we ate lunch. I checked my email, got caught up on twitter, watched a bunch of videos on youtube instant (Gaga, Elmo, Florence + The Machine, Titus Andronicus, etc, etc) and did some facebooking. I watched the end of the VMAs that I missed last night.

I also cast on for a hat, worked the 29 bobbles along the brim, worked the body in stockinette, decreased for the crown, fastened off the last 10 stitches, wove in the ends, tried it on Maggie, then took pictures while she added rocks to her rock collection.

Maggie

Maggie

Maggie

Maggie

Maggie

This was a good morning.

Pattern: Heartless Hat from The Red Collection
Started: This morning around 7 am
Finished: This afternoon around 12:30 pm
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky, in the glorious Lettuce colorway. Mmmm.