Knitters Against Multiple Sclerosis

Its that time again. Like last year, Team Claudia's Blog is once again fundraising to fight Multiple Sclerosis.

My 2008 MS Ride started off with a big, fat hitch: a broken husband/tandem captain. Because I am way too blind to ride 75 miles on my own bike, this seemed to mean that I would not be wearing the Number 1 bib in the 2008 MS Ride. Which was really disappointing because we knitters all worked REALLY HARD to become the number one fundraisers. Luckily my knitter/bicycle racer friend Michele volunteered to captain the Big Orange Tandem, thus saving the fundraiser!

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This year, the husband/tandem captain is fully healed up and absent catastrophe, we will be riding the 2009 MS Ride on Saturday, June 27, 2009.

Last year, knitters all over the world generously supported my ride and this charity to the tune of over $32,000 and we were -- for the second year in a row -- the NUMBER ONE FUNDRAISERS in the entire ride!

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So for the 2009 MS Ride, I will be proud to be pinning on this Number One bib one more time.

Last year I also heard from knitters all over the world who are struggling with this disease, which among other badness can compromise their ability to knit. NO! UNACCEPTABLE! How about we kick some more fundraising ass for them? Can we be the Number One Fundraisers for a third year in row? Yes we can!

Now, in order to provide donation incentive, there are FABULOUS PRIZES. The way this works, is that for every $10 (US) you donate, you get one chance to win the fabulous prizes. So, if you donate $30, that is three chances to win. The drawing happens on Monday, June 29, 2009.

You can donate two ways: directly to the charity by clicking on the tandem bicycle button (or just click on this link) or with Paypal by pressing the "Paypal" button (its in my left sidebar) and use any form of payment to leave me a donation. I forward every penny of your donation to the MS Society and pay the Paypal fees out of my own pocket.

Also, if you have a prize that you'd like to donate that would be great! Just email me or leave me a comment.

So, without further ado let me introduce you to the first prize in a Prize Basket that will be filled to overflowing by the week of the ride:

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This is my own personal softcover copy of "Tudor Roses" by Alice Starmore which has been in my library since 1998. Long out-of-print, this hard to find book has sold for crazy prices recently. If you'd like a chance to win it, simply donate $10 or more to my MS Ride fundraiser. You can also help me with this fundraiser by posting about this opportunity to score "Tudor Roses" on any lists or Ravelry groups/forums on which AS devotees hang out. Get the word out if you can!

Won by Claire N.

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This is a skein of Sundara Silk Lace in the Cherry Blossom colorway, a gift from Elaine C.

Won by Diane W.

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And a skein of Socks That Rock Medium Weight in the Muddy Autumn Rainbow colorway, also a gift from Elaine C.

Won by Nadja S.

Each is a separate prize, which you can enter to win by making a donation of $10 or more to my MS Ride fundraiser.

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This is new copy of the Norah Gaughan book "Knitting Nature" generously donated by Gina F. To win this great prize or any of the other prizes in the Prize Basket, donate $10 or more to my MS Ride.

Won by Laura E.


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Here is a beautiful Knit-Purl sock kit donated by Linda M. The sock yarn is from The Lavender Sheep in the color "Cascades", and the kit comes with a pattern by Sarah Worthington called "Cascade Locks". In addition to the yarn and pattern, there is a set of Knitpicks double pointed needles, a cable needle and a sweet socky greeting card.

Won by Barbara K.

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From Kathy K. comes not one, but TWO copies of one of my favorite knitting reference books, "Knitting from the Top" by Barbara Walker. She calls herself "ditzy" for buying extra copies, but I'm calling it a planned gift to the cause. Each book goes to a separate winner.

Won by Mary M. and Melissa B.

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Lorette came to Boston a few years back, shopped with the local crew and bought this skein of J.Knits alpaca lace-weight yarn (4 oz., 1200 yds) in the color "Boston". Its only fitting that this lovely yarn would come back to become a great MS Ride prize.

Won by Angie S.

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From Teyani comes 8 luscious oz. of butter-yellow cormo spinning fiber. Mmmm....cormo. So soft, so lovely. She is running a fundraiser on her blog for her choral society, yet still generously donates a prize to my Ride: check out her prize basket too!

Won by Anna J.

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Suzanne graciously donated this amazingly cute Morehouse Critter Scarf kit. What a fun project this will make for a lucky knitter.

Won by Carol D.

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Katey J. writes:

My mother-in-law, Marsha Bish passed away from cancer this past January at 66 years old. She was a lifelong knitter and yarn collector. She, like a lot of us was a process knitter and I've run across many unfinished projects, but one of the things that I have encountered was not one, but two completed Colinette Absolutely Fabulous throws in the feather and fan pattern.

As I live in Georgia and we also inherited about a dozen quilts that she made, I'd like to offer one of the completed throws as a prize for your ride....I also will enlist my knitting group in helping me get the fringe on the edges this week!

So, how about that? What a lovely gesture, that results in a kick-ass prize for one lucky winner.

Won by Debora S.

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The prize isn't this yarn: its BETTER. Grumperina will knit the lucky winner a custom pair of socks, to his or her liking in terms of fiber, fit and color. Perhaps she'll use some of the pictured, delicious yarn from her stash. Or not. A pattern from her library, or maybe she'll purchase or create something special, just for YOU -- the lucky winner. If the winner is totally against handknit socks (OK, hard for me to imagine, but possible) perhaps she will substitute a small lace scarf, hat or mittens -- something equivalent to two skeins of sock yarn or so. You know Grumperina -- this will be the most meticulously knitted-to-perfection pair of socks you will ever own.

Won by Catherine MacI.

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From Silvia comes this beautiful skein of Trekking Hand Art sock yarn (457 yds) in the Fire colorway. Ooooo. Fire. If only I could win one of these prizes, I'd sure like this one.

Won by Jody F.

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Another great prize comes from Hunter at Violently Domestic is offering two lucky winner a complete set of her patterns Popped (pictured above), Nugatory and Ensnared. First of all, I can't resist the name "Violently Domestic", and second, what pretty socks!

Won by Tina W. and Joanna W.

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Diana from Streets and YOs" made this beautiful (and deliciously orange) box bag so that you could win it as a prize. This is a perfect bag for a lace project or your take-along socks. This would also be great to keep my your digital camera in.

Won by Penelope D.

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Margene donated this lovely handspun skein to the Prize Basket. Read all about the birth of this yarn here.

Won by Susan A-M

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Feeling socky today? If so, I have prizes of great interest to you that are going into the MS Ride Prize Basket:

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An All-Vermont sock package from Knitigator Kathy, which includes A Piece of Vermont hand-dyed superwash wool in the "Dancer" colorway, plus a set of size 1 Darn Pretty Needles by Grafton Fibers.

Won by Melissa G.

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And from Chappysmom Deb comes my favorite sock book ever, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts "Simple Socks". My favorite sock needles ever plus my favorite book ever plus some scrumptious yarn. You can't say that I'm trying try to hook you guys up.

Won by S. Kate H.

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Rick of Shepherd's Flock is once again supporting my MS Ride by donating one pair of women's short cuff slippers with sheepskin sole to one lucky winner. I LOVE these slippers (my husband's slippers are pictured: he loves them too) and am so happy that one of you will have the chance to experience snuggly warm feet this winter.

Won by Kim B.

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Speaking of snuggly and warm, Naomi is donating two skeins of Drops laceweight alpaca, perfect for a lovely shawl or scarf.

Won by Freda B.

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From Gail comes this great assortment of Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock Yarn. Each skein is a separate prize, so three winners will be very happy with Dani's beautiful product.

Won by Barbara H., Kathi D. and Renee T.

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From Julie at Big Sheep Jewelry comes a special prize: Julie will send one lucky winner a bead crochet bracelet of the winner's choice. I have one of these (in orange) and its a really beautiful piece.

Won by Victoria M.

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Today's Eye Candy Friday is brought to you by Knitting the Blues Terry:

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She is donating this beautiful Forest Canopy Shawl shown in splendid form here to the MS Ride Prize Basket. How cool is that!

Won by Theresa P.
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A week or two ago, a large box arrived from Sundara. With breathless anticipation, I popped open the box to find these delights, all for you -- none for me:

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Three skeins of Sport Merino in the color Spiced. (This is one prize.)

Won by Anne M.

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Two skeins of Sport Merino in the color Poppy. (This is one prize).

Won by Flannery C.

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Three skeins of Aran Silky Merino in the Wild Blueberries colorway. (This is one prize).

Won by Susan D.

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One skein of Sundara Sock Yarn in the colorway "Aurora Borealis".

Won by Teresa N.

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From top to bottom: One skein of Fingering Silky Merino in the "What I Need" colorway. One skein of Fingering Silky Merino in the "Everything You Love" colorway. One skein of Silk Lace in the "Remembered Joys" colorway.

Won by Dawn McN., Cheryl S. and Sheila W.

People this is some serious yarn pron that you don't wanna miss! Thank you Sundara!

You'd think that this would be enough for one day, but trust me that it SO isn't.

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The beautiful and talented Johanna from Kaya's Kloset is donating a pair of handmade sheepy baby shoes as a prize. So cute it absolutely is hurting me. Thanks Johanna!

Won by Wendy R.

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Bets will send one lucky winner a package of three differently sized Pattern Tamers. These look really interesting and I'd love to try them myself.

Won by Lorette M.

And last, but definitely not least, the generous Blessed Juno will donate six bars of handmade soap (winner's choice) to one lucky winner. Mmmm.....soap....love it.

Won by Valerie Y.

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Julia of Knitterly Things and Vesper Sock Yarn has really come through big-time for the Prize Basket.

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She is offering five lucky winners a copy of the Chevron Love MIttens pattern.

Won by Ann McD., Mindy S., Judy B., Vanessa P. and Beth R.

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And one lucky winner gets the special MS Ride edition "Tandem Ride" mitten kit shown in the above picture. I love those colors, but is that really a surprise?

Won by Mandy P.

But, that is NOT ALL.

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To really, really entice you to donate $10 or more to my MS Ride, Julia is offering two subscriptions to the Vesper Sock Yarn Club, which is a three month subscription and a value of $90 US. The summer club will be July, August and September. Each month, Julia will send out a skein of special edition yarn to the two lucky winners. Now that is a prescription for extreme summer happiness if you ask me.

Won by Angela P. and Brenda M.

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From Michelle comes this lovely skein of Opal Masterpiece sock yarn in color 3704. I happen to love Opal sock yarn -- it makes colorful socks that wear like iron. One lucky winner will find out for themselves!

Won by Terre T.

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Melanie is donating an awesome prize: three prizes of three patterns each, winners' choice from the large selection of her great patterns! My personal favorite is the Hanami pattern shown above.

Won by Lori B., Anna N. and Marie N.

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If you are drooling over lace, keep drooling over this next prize. Caroline L. (sweetcaroline on Ravelry) is donating a brand-new copy of Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia to one lucky winner.

Won by Linda S.

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Laura is donating three skeins (about 190 yards each) of her handspun alpaca. If you don't happen to spin, this prize is a great way of learning about how special and "alive" handspun yarn is. Thanks Laura!

Won by Terri C.

Aubrey from Goodies Unlimited Soaps is offering four winners a $25 gift certificate and she will pay world-wide shipping. But that's not all -- this year Aubrey is also throwing into the Prize Basket two sock knits, each including a set of (my favorite) Grafton Fibers DPNs. Six winners will walk away from this raffle as happy campers because of Aubrey's generosity.

Won by Karen K., Michelle S., Jessica McD., Donna G., Lisa B. and Julia M.

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Check out this extremely cute handmade bag set donated by Michele of Three Bags Full. This is actually in my hot little hands, so that I can personally attest to its cuteness. This would be perfect for storing a sock project and using the little matching bag for notions.

Won by Pam R.

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My friend Cara has supported me doing this fundraiser since it first began years ago. She is keeping on with her generosity by offering up TWO $25.00 gift certificates to the fabulous The Loopy Ewe. Thanks Cara!

Won by Kathleen B. and Ann H.

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Lisa H. has also been an unfailing supporter of my MS Ride, donating prizes every year. This year she is offering up a skein of Vesper Sock Yarn in the colorway "Tartan"; and

Won by Terri L.

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A skein of Zen String Serendipity (fingering weight 100% African superwash merino wool -- 375 yards) in colorway Vitamin C.

Won by Lyn McC.

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Thea Colman of BabyCocktails is donating FIVE separate prizes consisting of one of her great patterns, plus a batch of vintage buttons in the winner's favorite color. You might remember that recently Norma looked stunning in Thea's Golden Vintage Cardigan, pictured above. I quite like this one for myself, but Thea has lots of other patterns to choose from if you win this prize.

Won by Judy c., Angela K., Lindsay C-M, Stephannie T. and Crystal B.

Maryse is another friend who always supports me in this ride. A talented photographer, this year she is offering as a prize a set of her awesome greeting cards. Thanks Maryse!

Won by Rachel S.

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Traci P. is donating a copy of the "Knitter's Book of Yarn" by Clara Parkes. I reviewed this book awhile back and think its a great addition to your library and a great prize!

Won by Jardee W.

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Not only is Regina J. extremely cool and the absolute best of company, but she always breaks open her stash for this fundraiser. This year she is offering a skein of Sock Pixie Cashmerino; and

Won by Wendy B.

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A Fleece Artist Textured Scarf kit which includes two skeins of yarn and the pattern for the scarf.

Won by Gina F.

Now, for all you Rowan fans out there, my girl carolyn has an amazing prize for you. I'll just put up all the pix:

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Rowan 25, 26 & 27 (all one prize)

Won by Deb B.

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Rowan 31, 33 & 40 (all one prize)

Won by Jackie P.

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Ella Rae Book 13, Dale of Norway - Best of Tiur, Simply Shetland 4 at Tomales Bay

Won by Dawn P.

Wow. If you know of a Rowan fan looking for hard-to-find out of print Rowan books, this raffle is your place!

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From Jenn U. comes this great skein of Wollmeise sock yarn in the colorway "Barista". There has been lots of hubbub about this yarn, and it looks fab!

Won by Michelle S.

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Check out these adorable set of sheepy stitch markers from Jillian at Wee Ones. I haven't seen anything cuter in a long while.

Won by Candace F.

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From Tanis at String Theory Yarn comes this amazing skein of Caper Sock yarn (80% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon) in the Didgeridoo colorway. This yarn is amazingly soft -- cashmere socks! I'd keep this for myself if I could, but that would be wrong.

Won by Christine D.

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Lori is donating this awesome sheep project bag. The inside totally cracks me up. Thanks Lori!

Won by Chrystie D.

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Always wanted to try Rowan Kidsilk Haze but perhaps you didn't way to be so spendy? Well, here is your chance: Sue N. is donating three balls of this fabulous yarn in the Pearl colorway. This is more than enough to make a big wrap or shawl, like my Birch.

Won by Marina S.

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Gina F. is donating a bunch of great books, starting with Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop.

Won by Claire N..

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Stahman's Shawls and Scarves, and

Won by Karen H.

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Morehouse Farm Merino Knits.

Won by Caroline R.

In addition to her book donations, Gina adds:

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Three skeins of gorgeous deep purple Misti Alpaca Lace. Thanks Gina!

Won by Lisa B.

Christa Giles is offering five lucky winners two patterns each from her Ravelry Designer Page. Lots of great ones to choose from for the lucky winners!

Won by Tanya S., Leanne R. Debi L., Lisa B. and Regina J.

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Here is a very unusual prize brought back from China by Lisa R.: some way-cool Chinese knitting books and a stash of delicious tea. I know that its delicious tea because Lisa kindly sent some extra to me as a pressie. Thanks Lisa!

Won by Sara D.

Lastly for today, is a special prize donated by Kathy (Woolybelle on Ravelry). She will donate to one lucky winner their choice of audiobook (15 CDs or less) from Recorded Books. I LOVE audiobooks, so I hope this prize will give someone who has never tried knitting to a story accompaniment to fall in love with it too.

Won by Etherknitter Laurie

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Over the years of this fundraiser, Anne of Knitspot has always been right here with me. She lost her dad to MS, so this cause hits very close to home. This year, Anne is throwing some great prizes into the MS Ride Prize Basket: one $25 gift certificate and three $10 gift certificates to the Knitspot Shop. There is also something special brewing on her blog, so go over and check it out!

Won by Marie S., Easter C., Toni W. and Carolyn N.

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Allyson D. has donated this great Ravelry tote as a prize. Mmmm....Ravelry merch is the best!

Won by Sarah P.

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Sue N. has tossed some dreamy yarn into the Prize Basket: two hanks of Prism Kid Slique in "Wisteria" (66% rayon, 26% kid mohair, 8% nylon). This will make a lovely scarf for a lucky knitter.

Won by Laurin B.

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From Mona and Stephanie at Dye Dreams comes their beautiful Celestial Mitts kit in the winners choice of color. A beautiful pattern and a luscious, soft, alpaca/merino/silk yarn. Heavenly, indeed.

Won by Greeley O'C.

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Sharon T. is donating one copy of the book Knit One Below by Elise Duvekot to the Prize Basket. This looks like a great addition to a knitter's library. Thanks Sharon!

Won by Marina M.

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From Suzanne comes a lovely Morehouse Farms Belladona shawl kit. Their merino yarn is so soft and wonderful, this will be a great project for a lucky person.

Won by Barbara S.

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Here from Elaine C. are 12 balls of Adrienne Vittadini Olivia in a pale pink colorway (100% cotton, 50 g. = 90 yds). A great summer knitting project.

Won by Kris M.

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Courtesy of Elizabeth is one copy of the book "Wendy Knits" by knitter/blogger extraordinaire Wendy. Thanks Elizabeth!

Won by Ann H.

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From Anne K. comes this beautiful skein of Vines laceweight yarn from Earthly Hues (Rav link) in the Rainbow Feet colorway and a copy of Things I Learned From Knitting by the incomparable Yarn Harlot

Won by Debra R.

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As you might recall, the very first prize in the Prize Basket this year was my personal copy of Alice Starmore's Tudor Roses. Well, now there is a second Alice Starmore book in play:

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Diana H. is donating her copy of Alice & Jade Starmore's "The Children's Collection", an out-of-print book, to the Prize Basket. If you could find this book, you'd have to pay quite a bit for it. OR, you could donate to my MS Ride for a chance to win it. Thanks Diana for this great prize!

Won by Rhonda C.

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My friend Annie is donating this beautiful handmade tote bag for fiber artists crafted by Maggie Alexander of Maggie's Farm, a vendor at the major fiber festivals. Maggie sells these bags through her Etsy shop. This well-made, sturdy, paisley tapestry fabric bag measures 15" wide by 19" deep and has seven deep, internal pockets for holding spindles, needles, notions, cell phones, keys or what have you. This bag has never been used (Maggie is Annie's MIL, so she has access to lots of them!) and Annie is kindly donating it as a fabulous prize.

Won by Tina N.

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Kathy O. is donating this beautiful "Embrace the Lace" Lace Club package for March, named "Hope". This kit includes 2 skeins of Malabrigo 100% Baby merino wool, each approximately 470 yds/50 g. in the colorway "verde que te quiero verde". Included is the Fauxbius pattern by Chrissy Gardner. To see this item made up, check out the Embrace the Lace Group on Ravelry.

Won by Alicia R.

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From Pam R. comes this luscious 400 yd. skein of Black Bunny Fibers sock yarn, 100% merino superwash in the colorway "Summertime". Indeed, the perfect summertime sock project for one lucky knitter.

Won by Cheryl McL.

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Jill of Starstruck Cat Design will donate to one lucky winner two 10 oz. handpoured soy wax candles in the winner's choice of fragrances. The one pictured is "Gardenia" which just so happens to be one of my very, very favorites.

Won by Rachel L.

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Lucy of Mind's Eye Yarns knows exactly what lights my fire -- orange yarn! Here for my (and hopefully your) viewing pleasure is a skein called "Flames of Heck" -- 8 oz./90 yds. of sport/DK superwash merino.

Won by Mary R.

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Amy, one of the few, the proud, the weightlifting knitters, went to the Estes Park Wool Market and hauled back a great prize for the Prize Basket. Here are two skeins of handspun dk-to-light-worsted skein of rose-grey alpaca from Evening Star Farm in Arvada, Colorado. "So soft!" says Amy, and I totally believe her.

Won by Abigail N.

To finish up today, here is story about how generosity begets more generosity.

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Etherknitter Laurie found herself with an extra copy of the new book by Barbara Parry, "Teach Yourself Visually -- Hand Dyeing", so she asked Barbara to send the extra copy to me for an MS Ride Prize.

Won by Patricia F.

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Then, in the same package with the book, Barbara sent me these two beautiful skeins of Foxfire Upland Wool + Alpaca, 80% wool, 20% prime alpaca (135 yds, worsted weight) in the color "Bittersweet" to add to the Prize Basket. How sweet of Laurie and Barbara to donate such great prizes!

Won by Pat W.

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Just in case the chance to win two out-of-print Alice Starmore books isn't enough to get you to donate, here comes Number Three:

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Louise B. has donated her great-condition hardcover 1992 U.K. edition of Alice Starmore's "Celtic Collection". If you've been looking for this book, now is your chance!

Won by Teri S.

Keeping on the book theme, Dr. Steph is donating the following awesome books to the Prize Basket:

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Yarn Girls "Beyond Basics".

Won by Kathleen R.

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Kathleen Taylor "I love Felt".

Won by Patricia L.

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Vicki Howell 'New Knits on the Block".

Won by MIchelle S.

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Tracy Chapman "Toys to Knit". Each book is a separate prize.

Won by Elizabeth P.

The next book in the Prize Basket today is one of my favorites:

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Kate is donating her copy of "Traditional Fair Isle Knitting" by Sheila MacGregor to the Prize Basket.

Won by Mary Jane W.

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Handspun yarn from Harrison Handspun.

Won by Lisa W.

Lillith of Old Maiden Aunt Yarns is offering one lucky winner £30 in gift certificates to her on-line shop. A shopping spree is such a great prize.

Won by Paula S.

Donna of D'Lynn Designs is offering three great prizes from her handmade, repurposed/upcycled jewelry collection:

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A cell phone charm.

Won by Stephanie M.

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Great earrings; and

Won by Rene W.

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These beautiful stitch markers. Thanks Donna!

Won by Jenae N.

If you are into handmade soap (as I am) here is a delicious prize for you: Shelley at Smelly Shelley's Soaps is offering one lucky winner the chance to choose any three items from her shop.

Won by Kjirsten E.

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Check out this Sock Monkey box bag from Stitched by Jessalu. Jessalu gave me my choice of bag for a prize, and I picked this one for you guys. The lining completely cracked me up.

Won by Evelyn N.

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Wen is donating some top-notch sock yarn to the Prize Basket. Pictured above is a skein of Wollmeise "Saami" which is the December club yarn.

Won by Bertha C.

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And a skein of Socks That Rock Lightweight in the colorway "Rare Gems".

Won by Susan H.

The following six separate prizes are all courtesy of Dawn M.:

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This beautiful, large knitting bag by Offhand Designs.

Won by Beverly F.

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One skein of hand-dyed rayon chenille (10.8 oz., 337 yds) from Roz Houseknecht.

Won by Emily H.

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One skein of Schaefer Yarns "Esperanza" (70% wool, 30% angora, 8 oz., 280 yds.)

Won by Marianne P.

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One skein of J. Knits Superwash Me sock yarn in the colorway "Happy Anniversary to Ewe".

Won by Nancy McP.

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One skein of Yarn Lovers Juliet sock yarn (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon) in the "Cloud Nine" colorway.

Won by Carol K.

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"Brilliant Knits" by Brandon Mably plus Vogue Knitting "Socks Too" (this is one prize).

Won by Rebecca G.

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Some prize donors give more than just an item from their stashes. They give of their knitting time and expertise to lure you into donating to my MS Ride.

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Gayle B. knit this beautiful Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf from "Knitted Lace of Estonia" by Nancy Bush especially for the Prize Basket. It is made out of Handmaiden Fine Yarn's Camelspin in the "Novia Scotia" colorway. A close-up view is here. Thank you Gayle! What a wonderful prize for one lucky winner.

Won by Kim C.

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Moirae from Three Fates Knitting has donated this great skein of Three Fates Knitting BFL Platinum, 75% Superwash BFL, 25% Nylon. Kettle Dyed with Acid Dyes.

Won by Cynthia H.

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Sarah D. is donating this lovely skein of Plucky Knitter MCN (80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon) fingering weight yarn to the prize basket. It is the Plucky Knitter's April club offering in a colorway called Leona Stevenson inspired by Barbara Stanwick in "Sorry Wrong Number". Sarah says this yarn is "very soft and squishy" and I totally believe her with all that cashmere in it.

Won by Kassia F.

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This lovely skein of Fleece Artist 100% merino yarn in the color "Amethyst" comes into the Prize Basket courtesy of Mary.

Won by Billie G.

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Mary also is sending along this skein of Lorna's Laces Shepard's Sock yarn in the color "Mother Lode". Thanks Mary!

Won by Cari L.

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From Leslie S. comes a copy of the book "Two at A Time Socks" and two balls of Australian Merino by King.

Won by Manise H.

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Hattie is offering up her Tendril Embrace sock pattern (Rav Link) to one lucky winner.

Won by Deidre McN.

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Caroline M. spun this lovely skein (442 yds., 105 g.) of three ply, superwash merino and nylon sock yarn and donated it to the prize basket. One lucky winner will experience the joy of knitting handspun socks without having to actually do the spinning!

Won by Seanna Lea L.

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From Julie S. comes the book Norsk Strikkedesign, a collection of Norwegian designs. A great book for a knitter in a colder climate than Tucson where Julie lives!

Won by Carol C.

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Kym picked a great way to de-lurk...donating great prizes for the Prize Basket. Above is a mouth-watering skein of Sundara sock yarn in the Bird of Paradise colorway, and:

Won by Anabella W.

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Socks That Rock in the Alina colorway. Thanks Kym!

Won by Rachael H.

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Nancy S. is donating a skein of her handspun made from 7.6 oz. of corriedale from Crown Mountain Fibers in the Druidenzauber colorway. Its a two ply yarn in a light worsted weight. Delicious looking.

Won by Sara L.

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Here is two great skeins of Regia sock yarn (one of my favorites) designed by Kaffe Fasset offered up by Mary Beth M.

Won by Sarah P.

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Mary Beth is also offering as a separate prize this skein of wool/bamboo blend sock yarn hand-dyed in Vermont by Ellen's Half-Pint Farm.

Won by Lisa A.

Now, don't be freaked out. But you are about to see an enormous array of delicious Vesper Sock Yarn dropped into the Prize Basket by Cindy:

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Neopolitan

Won by NIcolette C.

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Sweet Water

Won by Jo T.

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Aqua Me Lon.

Won by Anne P.

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Knit and Tonic

Won by Jenny H.

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Strange Little Mama.

Won by Elizabeth L.

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Midnight Knitter.

Won by JoAnn V.

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Meteor.

Won by Pam H.

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Astro.

Won by Sharleen H.

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This is the entire LaStrada kit (minus the original packaging), which will go to one lucky winner who donates to my MS Ride. Maybe it will be you!

Won by Teresa C.

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Ruth from 5elementknitr is donating a set of Stitch Savers (one of each in the four sizes she makes in the Basic, plus a customized one) to one prize winner. What a great little notion to have with you when you've dropped a stitch on the go, and we have ALL totally done that.

Won by Patricia J.

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This pile of deliciousness is my girl Juno's stunning contribution to the Prize Basket. This is eleven skeins of Chasing Rainbows kid/merino (180 yds per skein each, aran weight) and will make someone an amazing sweater. Or the winner can just roll around in it nekkid -- I'm open.

Won by Marita W.

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My friend Sylvia is absolutely the most accomplished knitter I know, and that is saying something as I'm privileged to know my share of folks deserving of high praise for their mad skillz. She has made three fine-gauge knitted mitts for the Prize Basket, each being a separate prize. The raspberry and orange varigated pairs are a lady's small (6.75 - 7.25") and the brown pair is a medium (7.25 - 7.75 inches around the palm above the thumb). The yarn is a wool/bamboo blend knit finely on size 0s. Three lucky winners will be very happy with these!

Won by Eve F., Lorrie C. and Jennifer B.

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Erica is donating this drool-worthy skein of Black Bunny Fibers BFL sock yarn in the Audacity colorway to the Prize Basket. Thanks Erica!

Won by Darra H.

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Don't want to knit socks, and want a pile of beautiful yarn for a larger project? Well, Karen has the prize for you: ten skeins of Rowan Donegal Tweed (109 yds, 25 g.) in the Pickle colorway, and a BlueQ oilskin 13" x 14" shoulder bag in black and white Manga-style from the "Cute as Hell" collection. There is no card-carrying knitter on the planet that wouldn't want this prize. (Apparently, I'd really like it, but no -- all for you.)

Won by Jofran P.

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Here is a very unique and beautiful prize offered by Martha of Thistle Handwerks. She will make one lucky winner this beautiful tea cosy, using Belgian linen and naturally hand dyed silk floss. Personally, I don't embroider and would have no way of owning such an heirloom piece other than winning it here. I can't win it, but you can!

Won by Kay W.

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Christine S. is offering a lovely skein of natural fawn-colored alpaca heavier laceweight yarn, raised and spun in Saskatchewan. And,

Won by Anne B.

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To bump up the color quotient, Christine is also offering as a separate prize two balls each of Filatura di Crosa Maxime Print Soft Socks, and Knitpicks Clementine Risata. Orangey goodness for your feet!

Won by Stephanie B.

Now, get ready for a seriously generous prize offering by SusanSW. Each picture is a separate prize and I'm just gonna list 'em:

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Rowan Classic "Summer Delights" booklet by Martin Storey plus 8 skeins of Intermezzo's Aran 30 ply mercerized cotton (149 yds ea) in color 5--cream

Won by Roxanna H.

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Annie's Attic "Knit Summer Tops" booklet plus 5 skeins of Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece (cotton/wool, 215 yds ea) in Caribbean Sea color

Won by Amy R.

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2 hanks of Trendsetter's Chameleon (acrylic, 88 yds ea), one in color 52--dark blue/green, one in color 76--rainbow

Won by Lynn A.

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1 skein Schaefer's Esperanza (lambswool/alpaca, 280 yds) in color Elizabeth Cady Stanton and 1 hank A Touch of Twist's Spectacular Softball (cotton, 231 yds) in color 5--soft blue/purple

Won by Stephanie S.

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2 balls Elann's Sock It To Me (superwash wool/polyamide, 230 yds ea) in Puzzle blue/grey/black/white and 1 ball Yarn Forward's Knitted Sock Sensation (4 ply merino, 328 yds) in mint

Won by Linda W.

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2 balls Regia's Kaffe Fassett (superwash new wool/nylon, 210 meters ea) in shades of browns/blues and 1 ball of Opal's Uni (superwash wool/polyamide, 425 meters) in marine blue

Won by Toby S.

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Berroco's booklet #286 "Mica" and 1 skein of some company's "Icing" (cotton, nylon laceweight) in claret

Won by Laura S.

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1 skein Great Adirondack Yarn's Papyrus (nylon/poly, 70 yds) in blues/greens and 3 skeins of wool by an unknown hand-dyer in shades of blues, reds, and greens

Won by Julie S.

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Knitted Jackets by Cheryl Oberle and 2 skeins of Cherry Tree Hill's Supersock DK Select (superwash merino, 360 yds ea) in Blueberry Hill

Won by Kathryn A.

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The Knit Kit and 2 balls of Classic Elite Yarn's Summer Sox (cotton, superwash merino, nylon, 175 yds ea) in color 5595 (raspberry, orange, grape, lime)

Won by Stephanie W.

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2 skeins Oceanwind Knits' Fingering Superwash Merino (185 yds ea) in Berrijus and 2 skeins Radiant Twist's Superwash Merino Sock (375 yds total) in Ancient

Won by Melanie O.

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1 skein LuLu's Yarns' Supersock Merino (400 yds) in Limoni and 1 skein Merlin the Cat Yarns' Superwash Sock (560 yds) in Moor

Won by Dianne MacD.

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1 skein Sunshine Yarns' Superwash Merino (450 yds) in Black Rose and 1 skein Kangaroo Dyer's Superwash Sock (wool/nylon, 450 yds) in Queen Jewels

Won by Jessica McD.

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1 booklet "Pure Noro" by Jane Ellison and 4 skeins of Noro's Oimochan (wool, 36 meters ea) in 1 orange and 3 multi

Won by Renee S.

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14 skeins of Intermezzo's Aran 30-ply mercerized cotton (149 yds ea): 1 in white, 1 in burgundy, and 2 ea in lt. green, sea green, orange, hyacinth, aqua, and delft blue

Won by Morgan H.

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11 balls of Almedahls Idena's Cotton Lux (Egyptian mercerized cotton, 119 yds ea) in #70--lilac and 4 skeins Mouzakis' Butterfly Super 10 (mercerized cotton, 251 yds ea) in color 3782--poolside

Won by Judith S.

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Mission Falls booklet "for him and her..." and 19 balls of 1824 wool (merino superwash, 85 yds ea) in tricolor 664--surf

Won by Allison H.

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6 hanks of Madil's Pierrot Print (merino, 219 yds ea) in color 325--grey/royal blue

Won by Adrienne B-H.

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From Opal (whose Etsy shop is here) comes this delicious handspun yarn. She says, "These dark saturated colors remind me of a midnight sky. Made from an alpaca/merino blend, I used the Navajo Plying method to keep the color repeats true to itself." Yarn Vitals: 311 yards, 4.1oz - 116.2g, 20-18 WPI / Fingering - DK weight.

Won by Cherrie P.

Also from Opal:

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Won by Valerie Van C.

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Won by Catherine S.

The stitch markers are made with a pewter charm, a 7mm closed jump ring, sterling silver findings, and Swarovski crystals. They'll fit up to a size US 7 or a 4.5 mm needle. The stitch markers with the charms are perfect for marking the beginning of a row or round for any project.

From Kim D. comes a boatload of great prizes:

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A skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock DK in the Green Mtn. Madness colorway.

Won by Kathleen N.

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2 skeins of Made By Ewe 100% merino wool sock yarn (100 g., 440 yds.)

Won by Linda H.

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Two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Seaside colorway.

Won by Pamela R.

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A copy of the "Big Book of Knitting" by Katharina Buss.

Won by Jo T.

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A copy of "Great Knits" from Threads Magazine and a copy of "Modern Classics" by Louisa Harding (this is one prize).

Won by Jerome B.

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A copy of SpinOff Special Socks Edition plus a copy of "Folk Style" by Mags Kandis (this is one prize).

Won by Kathleen R.

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A copy of "Cables Untangled" by Melissa Leapman.

Won by Alex B.

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Ray Whiting of Knitivity, an independent art yarn dyer in Houston, TX, has donated a skein of "Knitivity's Down Home Art Yarns - Socks" in one of his popular colorways: "Art School, Sr.", part of the Art School colorway collection. DHAY-SOCKS is 75% superwash/25% nylon, a full quarter-pound (4 oz), approx. 460 yards per skein. Thanks Ray!

Won by Jessica C.

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Valerie of the StitchyMushroom is donating one of her adorable handmade box bags (the winner gets to choose amongst the three bags shown) to the Prize Basket. Or, if none of these appeal to the lucky winner, he or she can choose another from Valerie's shop.

Won by Rosemary McN.

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SallyH (on Ravelry) is donating a copy of Ann Budd's "The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns" to the Prize Basket. This is a tremendously useful book, and a great prize.

Won by Karen O.

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Donna is donating this array of Opal sock yarn (orange-red, blue and purple) to one lucky winner. This is probably my favorite sock yarn for durable, color-fast socks and I think the winner will really enjoy this prize. But that's not all from Donna:

Won by Charleen G.

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Here is a skein of "Knitted to a T" merino wool sock yarn in the colorway "April Showers"; and

Won by Elizabeth S.

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A skein of See Jayne Knit hand-dyed 100% blue-faced leicester wool, together with a purple stitch marker.

Won by Kane G.

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Emily, the talented dyer behind Sophie's Toes sock yarn is donating a skein of her delicious 100% superwash merino in the Renaissance Faire colorway. Thanks Emily!

Won by Janet W.

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Linda is donating her copy of Cat Bordhi's book "Socks Soar on Two Needles". One of these days I swear I'm gonna try this.

Won by Gail C.

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Diana of Otter Wise is donating a set of her four for-sale patterns as a prize. The pictured pattern is the Dragontail Shawl, but check out all of her patterns here (Rav link).

Won by Lynn M.

Ah, and now we come to the very, very last prize for this year. As is tradition, its a beautiful shawl.

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My Cookie is a bad-ass knitter, cranking out the fabulousness at a furious pace. Here she has outdone herself with an oversize rendition of the Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf from the Nancy Bush book "Knitted Lace of Estonia". The yarn is Zephyr wool/silk lace weight in the Ruby colorway, bought for her by the equally bad-ass Norma. For more on the knitting of this shawl, click here. Thanks Cookie for making us an awesome prize!

Won by Katrina C.