Did you guess what was in the box?
If you said it was my husband, all ready to jump out semi-clad as an early birthday surprise for me you'd be right!
Wait! no, not really :o)
Of course you all guessed right - my prize from Deramores!!!!
This is what I won for winning the Deramores 'best undiscovered crochet blog 2014' award, and what an amazing prize!
I am very sorry to tease you and I apologise for taking a while to share with you my loot but there is a good reason for the delay which I will explain later and once you know what it is I'm sure you will let me off!
So what exactly was in the big box? Do you wanna see?
LOADS of yarn!!! Loads of it! A few other goodies too, let me show you...
Some gorgeous scarlet Sirdar cotton yarn. Various colours of chunky Vanna's Choice - have wanted to try this out. Some stunning Maxi Wool by Erika Knight with a corresponding crochet jumper pattern and a Deramores baby colour pack.
Seven balls of Deramores Vintage Chunky - love the colours of this yarn, another I have wanted to try out for ages. And some Natura Cotton in beautiful candy colours to die for. Six balls of Rico Design creative cotton in turquoise, and wow look - some Rowan soft knit cotton in shade 581 which is a lovely teal colour - right up my street!!!
A whole load of Stylecraft special dk - a Lucy colour pack. Can't wait to make a ripple blanket maybe from this?
As well as all this yarn they sent patterns and books too...
...and a fantastic set of gold crochet hooks!
The Arne and Carlos book 'Knit and Crochet Garden' is beautiful. The photography is stunning in itself - even before you consider the wonderful projects in the book! I am happy just to sit and flick through, an absolute delight to my eyes.
And one more thing - a superb red bag! I didn't even know Deramores sold bags to be honest, but this is a fabulous Namaste bag and I love it!
So aren't I lucky? You should have seen me when this box arrived - I was so excited just like my 7year old self at Christmas time. Now don't you worry, I certainly will put this lot to good use, and of course will show you what I make with it.
But do you think I am going to be greedy and keep it all for myself?
I'm going to do a give-away, yay!
So for you lovely, lovely lot I wanted to give away some of the yarn but I also wanted to include a hand-made gift as well, hence the delay. I have been busy (around work and all the other boring things that get in the way of fun) making a cushion using the new square motif I have created for my cushion collection that is ready to show you soon.
This one is using acrylic yarn and is in bright, fun colours with white to join.
I've made this with a fabric back in a cute rosy print with red polka-dot buttons to finish it off!
So along with the cushion cover (not the pad though) I will give-away this selection of Deramores Baby dk yarn in colours denim blue, sky blue, deramores pink, apple green, blossom pink, primrose yellow and snow white. This is the yarn and colours I used to make my daughters magic hexagon blanket that was part of my competition entry, so I thought it would tie in nice and neatly.
So if you would like to win the cushion cover and yarn pack please leave a comment. I will use the 'pull a name out of the hat' method to pick the winner and if you do have trouble leaving a comment with Disque then I will accept email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org as long as the words 'betsymakes June 2014 give-away' are in the subject field of the email.
So just to confirm the give-away is the seven balls of yarn and the cushion cover (I scoffed the yummy chocolate biscuit made by my lovely daughter #1. I will send to anywhere in the world and I will do the draw in 2 weeks time on Tuesday 1st July 2014
Good luck everyone!!
'till next time...