Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Thanksgiving Giveaway

Thanksgiving seems like the Rodney Dangerfield of holidays. There's always a mad dash from Halloween to Christmas. Okay, so maybe Thanksgiving celebrates gluttony and football. But what I like about it is that it gives me time to reflect on the good people in my life and to acknowledge the blessings I've experienced.

I've decided to have a giveway. It requires no special skill. No artistic ability necessary. It would be great if you would leave a comment about one thing for which you're thankful this year.

This is for the yarn lovers out there: 2 hanks (350 yards each) of superwash merino sock yarn. Sundara Yarn produced a special colorway in Tulip to celebrate Spring 2008. On November 17, I'll randomly draw the name of the lucky recipient.






57 comments:

A Fanciful Twist said...

Oh my goodness gracious, I am so tickled I found my way to you!

May I just say, my beloved Mammie's favorite song began playing with Joni mitchell's beautiful voice, as I read. What a treat!!! (it is a fave of mine too)

These are so beautiful, crochet love for sure!! Or Knit love ;)

ps: Your banner and entire blog look is fabulous!!

mindyondich said...

Hello fellow KRer (MindyO). Saw your post and thought I would comment.
I think this season the things I am most thankful for are
1)That I still have a job(that I love), being in retail and the market tanking I'm really lucky
2)family/friends this time of year especially
3) KR, all the great helpful people in the knitting community
4)Yarn,needles, and the knowledge to use them. (realy can any knitter comment and NOT include yarn :)?)
Hope you have a great holiday season and a great 2009
Mindy

alienated_bookworm said...

Just recently I escaped unscathed from various kinds of trouble. All were at least partly my own doing. I'm fine even though I don't deserve it. For that I'm truly thankful!

anderknit said...

Just ONE thing to be thankful for this year? There are so many. I'm thankful for my husband, who is working night and day to try to stabilize this country's financial system, to my children, who bring joy to my life every day, to my dog, who understands when I need "a hug", to this country, for coming together peacefully every 4 years even when things seem like they're falling apart, and to people like you, who despite what may be going on in their lives, exhibit so much generosity.

Juanita said...

I'm thankful for so many things, but one of the greatest blessings of my life is my love of books and reading. As a high school librarian for 22 years, I witnessed far too often students who hated having to check out and then read a book. If they would allow it, I was frequently able to put a book in their hands they would enjoy--or at least not hate. I once mentioned to a boy that one of the greatest blessings of my life is my love of reading. His reply? "You're making fun of me, aren't you?" I assured him I wpuld never do that, but it served to remind me that many homes are rich in video games, TVs, and other forms of technology yet, when it comes to the written word, are in abject poverty.

Thank you, Mary, for an opportunity to be reminded of the many gifts we have all around us.

dothead said...

Thanks for posting your link on KR. I am thankful to be employed at a time when so many people are not. I am thankful for all the good friends in person and on line who supported me during my breast cancer fight this year. Most of all, I am thankful to be cancer free.

Janine said...

Just one? Yikes. In addition to all the usual suspects (health, happiness, family, friends, job) I'm thankful to have the good sense to appreciate and know how to make things with yarn. Having a hobby that exercises my creativity and my fine motor skills, that can produce fanciful or the practical end results, is truly a blessing. So many people that I know have lives that revolve around just work and TV - I feel truly thankful that there's more to me than that.

ps. Lovely blog! Thank you so much for holding this contest! :)

morningsidegirl said...

I am thankful for the ability to keep on knitting with a tremor that makes other crafts difficult.

I am thankful for my beloved daughter, who even callec *me* for relationship advice. (!!!)

I am thankful and honored that a young friend, same age as my daughter, called me to talk about his grandfather's death.

I am thankful for my husband of 30 years, who still loves me, in spite of all my failings and difficulties.

Thanks be to God for the beauty of life and the earth.

Barbara said...

The one thing I am thankful for is the lady who taught me to knit. At a time when I had some health problems and many doctor appointments, she knew that knitting would get me through it! If I win the yarn, I will give it to her. Thanks.

sockaholic said...

How generous of you! I would love to be in the drawing.

I am thankful for my wonderful husband! I had to wait 52 years to find the love of my life, but I'm so glad it happened. I'm also grateful for our combined 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren. Family is a blessing.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for so many things, but these days I am most thankful for having been able to quit smoking. If I win, just contact me through procrastiknitter at Knitter's Review.

Kim in Oregon said...

I'm thankful for the generosity of the Internet!

kim (kbshee at KR).

Stephannie said...

Before going into the thankfulness I have to say your blog design is just lovely.

I'm thankful for my husband, our family, our friends, our pets.....

and thanks for doing the giveaway!

ceil said...

It's really great that you ask bloggers to submit what they are thankful for, esp. after monumental events of recent weeks.

I am thankful to live in a land where we can express our diversity freely. It unifies diversity and helps us all understand how much, much farther we need to progress in our understanding of each other and the world. Connected with this is being able to express creativity, esp. the kind for the common good. And even though I'm a little nervous about world events right now, there is a lot to be said for having a wonderful husband, a roof over my head, food to eat (and the ability to cook it well), and good friends.

Mrs. MacKenzie said...

I feel like you have invited me over to your house!
I am thankful for the online knitting community. I learn new techniques daily and I am constantly in awe of everyone's beautiful creations.

Anna said...

Hi, and what a lovely sound as I read your interesting blog..
I am thankful for artists like Sundara, and others, and that they are able to practice their art despite the mass marketing whirling about us all.

Thank you for this offer. The "Tulip" colorway is one of her loveliest, and I missed the chance to purchase some of it.

Best wishes, Anna

Erin said...

Can never resist a good little giveaway. ;)

This year, I'm thankful that my husband and I are employed--that everything seems to be going very well. I'm thankful that we can afford the pets that we love, and that we can both make room for the hobbies that we love. (LIKE YARN!)

Mostly, though, I suppose I'm just thankful that things are okay. There are bad days, and good days, but regardless...everything is okay. :)

Amber said...

Thanks so much for linking your blog on ravelry. It's always wonderful to find a reminder to reflect on the things that we're grateful for.

I'm most thankful for my son, the most beautiful surprise of my life. From him I've learned to listen, to dance for joy, to stand up for another person when it really matters, to pause and breathe and really look, and that a cape can be made appropriate attire in just about any situation.

i like cake said...

What a lovely thing to do!

I am grateful for many things, but most of all for the amazing man I'm in love with, as well as my incredible family!

Thayer

Alicia said...

I am thankful for SO many things!

First and foremost I am thankful to be alive. I can very close to losing my life a couple of years ago and have lived each and every day since then with a deep appreciation and gratitude for simply being alive.

I am so very thankful for my dear husband. He is my biggest source of support and strength. I am unspeakably proud of him, of the man that he is, and honored to call him my husband and my friend.

I hope you and your family have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

tinsleymumsey said...

Mary, the name alone is worth visiting your blog. Thank you for bringing us here. I hope you can spend more time with us, too.
Glenn

Margaret said...

I am most grateful for the time I get to spend with my two beautiful grandchildren. They are the joy of my life.

Melanie said...

I'm thankful for many things including my family and friends who have been a tremendous support to me through a difficult year. However I am most thankful for the time I was able to spend with my beloved Gram before she passed away in September. She was central figure in my life and my families. She was a feisty, independent woman who always spoke her mind. I cherish our time together and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss her terribly.

copesettic said...

Despite grumbling about the everyday, when I sit down and think I am so grateful for my family, and especially for having two healthy children as I see kids every day who are struggling with health issues. We have a home and wonderful new pets, and I have a job in which I know every day that I am needed. Oh, and I learned to love knitting (and yarn) this year!

Jessica said...

What a generous giveaway! I'm thankful for tons of things, but at this very moment that I type this, I'm thankful for the pot of tea that's brewing and all the birds/squirrels feasting at the feeders that I can see outside my window.

xoxoxo -sophistaknit...... said...

I know this sounds corney- but in prticular this year, I am truely thankful for my health. Earlier this year I had a head trauma at work and have subsequntially been diagnosed with epilepsy disorder. Thankfully, I am being monitored and medicated- but just staying in the hospital for a week and the constant batttery of tests really opened by eyes to how much we all take things like good health for granted.

moonlitbeach said...

What a nice thing to do for the holidays!

I am thankful that this year I learned to crochet. Not only has it given me tremendous creative satisfaction I was missing in my life, but it's brought the people I love joy when they receive the gifts I make them. And, I've met some friendly and fun knitters and crocheters who share the same passion.

Amanda said...

That yarn is gorgeous! I am most thankful for the amazing and supportive group of people who love me.

Sara (SassyPurlGirl on ravlery) said...

Last October I was almost killed by a car while crossing the street. I suffered extensive injuries and was in a halo last Thanksgiving. I was thankful to just be alive. This year I am thankful for the love and support that I got from my family throughout the healing process. I am thankful that my children saw their mother fight for her life and win. Most of all, I am thankful for the love and support of my best friend, lover, partner, and confidant, my husband.

luckylily said...

Lovely blog!

I'm thankful for the wonderful people I've met in the knitting community, who understand my passion so well.

I'm thankful that I'm still crazy about my husband and that I still find him to be the funnest person I ever met.

Chris

Anonymous said...

I lost my job this year, and have spent the last several months trying to put back all of the pieces of my life that were shattered. I am thankful for my family who helped me through it all, and for the opportunity to recreate myself into someone I like better. And I am thankful to people who give away gorgeous yarn! ~Laurel (laurelib on Ravelry)

Michelle said...

what a beautiful colorway!

I am thankful for my little family (hubby and 21 month old girl) and for the fact that my mom bravely battled breast cancer and is here to enjoy life with us!

Manise said...

What a lovely and generous thing to do! Thank you.

After my family and health, I am so grateful for the wonderful knit/spin buddies I have made over the last 2 years. With them my life has become so much richer.

decadentdelusion said...

This might sound silly, but I am thankful for my two cats. :) No matter what is going on in my life, they always pull me through... they remind me that life doesn't need to be so serious, and of the important things like sleep, snacks, cuddling, and playtime. :) I adopted them during a really tough time, and I'm convinced that they saved my life and have gotten me through the past two years.

Chris said...

Hey! Thank you for checking out my blog and becoming a follower! I've been by your place before, and now I think I'm just going to have to follow you, too. Because good things follow good things.
This yarn looks like something my good friend, who is learning to knit her first socks, would LOVE. I've heard her say Merino wool many times. Sometimes when we weren't even talking about knitting, yarn, crafting, or anything about Merinos. She just has to say it sometimes.

KnitJaneKnit said...

I love Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for my three wonderful little boys who make life interesting and lots of fun, and a husband who likes hand-knit socks!

Grace said...

Hi Mary, thank you for linking to this at Ravelry! What a great blog.

I love this season because it's not about giving or getting anything. It's about reflecting on the year, counting your blessings, and being with family (not going to happen for me this year, but it's okay).

This year, I'm thankful for getting through surgery to remove several large-but-benign uterine tumors. In particular, I'm thankful for the surgeon's skill and the love/care of my family and friends. I'm also thankful for getting into a fantastic law school and surviving (even if it's just barely) my first year so far.

DJ said...

I'm thankful for generous bloggers who share the wealth with other knitters, of course. Also, that I live where I have a warm home and people who love me and friends that care very much about me. All the other 'things' in life seem less valuable next to family/friends/home.
Hugs, DJ in SW MI

"grammiepammie" said...

Thank you for the idea of the giveaway-what beautiful colors for yarn!
I'm thankful for another year of good health for both myself and my family; for the provisions the Lord has given us (food, clothing, a roof over our heads) and the blessings of a family.
"grammiepammie"
(I'm on MichiganKnit with you)

Carol said...

I am thankful to wake up every morning in good health, to have my sister in the same town, and to have many many good friends in my life.

Jackie said...

What a super nice giveaway!

In this year of tough economic times I'm thankful that both my husband and I are employed. Considering he was laid off in April (and found another job with same employer within 2 days) and I'm in the mortgage business, we are very fortunate.

I'm also thankful that I discovered knitting this year. It has opened up a creative side that I didn't know I had. Not only am I knitting, my photography has improved, I've dyed some yarn, and I'm beginning to quilt. Not bad for a math geek!

buglady01 said...

Wow! Love the graphics. HI Mary,thanks for your help, I finally figured out how to post. Thank you for offering up your beautiful sock yarn. Still exploring your bog and reading everything and going to all of the links. Hey will you b positng some pics of your latest knitting project. Maureen

6toknit4 said...

I am grateful for my children who bless me and test me every day, and make me a better person every minute. And for their father, my husband who lifts me up and walks beside me through it all.

Sally Backhaus said...

I'm thankful that we have a house and food, that my husband has a job, and that the most magnificent creature ever to walk the earth (in her not at all biased mommy's opinion) is healthy and happy; learning and growing.

KarenK said...

How nice of you! As every year, I am thankful that my children and their families are safe and healthy and happy. If that were not so, nothing else in my life would matter.

ravcherry said...

before i continue, you have a beautiful website...very calm, yet creative and inspiring!

i am thankful for so many things. i started listing them all out, but in the end it seemed redundant for me to list everyone i love. i guess what i am most thankful for besides all the amazing people in my life is the fact that i am constantly inspired/enraged/confused/enraptured/amazed with people i meet and things i see. i consider it an enormous gift from my mother to learn and empathize with everyone so that you don't become numb with the world and its many difficulties. with the hardships that she's had to endure, i cannot help but think that any difficulty i may face can always be endured with the love and support of your family, friends, and community.

thank you for giving me (and everyone else) the opportunity to share our thanksgivings and appreciate what we have to hold dear!

wakenda said...

As always, I am thankful for my family. Every year that goes by, I love them more and more.

But this year, specifically, I am thankful for the privilege of being able to act in incredible shows and work with incredible people. I have had a truly amazing amount of theatre in my life this year.

Fairy_Knits said...

Things I am thankful for (even though I am unemployeed) are having enough food on the table for my daughter, a warm place to live and family and friends who love through thick and thin.

Carolyn sunshine_5473@yahoo.com said...

I've really enjoyed checking out your blog. Very nice! This year I'm Thankful for good health, since I had some serious issues this year and things have turned around beautifully. I'm also thankful for my grandson who was born right after last Thanksgiving. I'm sure he will be my one and only. He is so special and such a delight. I'm also grateful for the wonderful lady who taught be sock knitting as sock knitting has become a passion.,

linann said...

Found your blog on KR board. I will be checking back often.

Love your choice of music!

Sandra Bejster said...

Mary,

An early Thanksgiving hello to you and thank you for your generous giveaway.

Loved your playlist. While visiting my Grandmother a couple years ago, my Uncle decided that I needed to go home with all her albums. You can imagine the collection! I'm slowly going through them and turning them into CDs for her. Al Jolsen was my favorite.

Since my husband just lost his job, I am grateful just to have him and our daughter as my family. He is the most wonderful husband and I couldn't imagine having a better 14-year-old daughter (she is the light of both our lives).

We have our health, a roof over our head, food on our table and clothes on our back. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Plots_star said...

Your Blog is very pretty. This year I am thankful for peice of mind, just being able to be at peace with life. I'm also very thankful for my handsome 3yr old who is ever so helpful in the kitchen this year. I'm thankful for being able to enjoy the simple things in life.

lisa said...

Thank you, what a lovely thing to do!

I am most grateful for my wonderful husband of 32 yrs, who works so hard and never, ever complains about the yarn I buy and never questions the "need".

Nia said...

Hi,
I'm really thankful for all of my new friends this year that are all from Ravelry.
Nia

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my large, quirky, sometimes exasperating, family. But most of all my wonderful hubby and three great (now college age) children. I am truly blessed!

Kim (Matlie on Ravelry)

Dan said...

I am thankful that Barack Obama is our new president.
jpsdad on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that I still have a job and that all of my friends are still here to enjoy another Thanksgiving -- God is good!!

Knittingleftie (Ravelry)