Sunday, January 28, 2007

Contest Closed

A huge Thank You to all who sent suggestions for the name of the scarf project. There are 123 suggestions to double check just to be sure that no other entity is using them, or one that is extremely close! I'm thrilled at the wondeful response and while there is no single suggestion that stands out above all the rest, there are a lot of good ones, and a few that are really great! Jim and his staff definitely have a big job ahead of them.

I hope to get them all checked out and turned over to Jim and his staff by mid week and expect an answer back within 10 days. No deadline has been discussed, so it will depend on how busy they are, because of course healing comes first!

I will be announcing the winning name as soon as I recieve the news.

Contest Confusion!

For those people whom I managed to confuse, and only those who sent a name for the multi-directional scarf, rather than the Scarf Project prior to this post, you have a 24 hour period to send a name for the Project and my apologies for not making the whole thing clear.

If you didn't send a name for that scarf, then I'm sorry but you don't get any lee-way on the time to enter the contest. I'm a night owl, and I'll be posting at midnight that the contest has ended, remember it was specified that it was California time.

Thank you to all who entered the contest, over 100 suggestions came in!
There are two people who didn't leave email addresses or blog addresses so if they win, well, I guess they won't win if I have no way to contact them or verify they were the person who left the suggestion, so I hope they come back to the site and leave their info.

Be back later.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Just two days left!

There are only two days left to enter your suggested name for the scarf project! Remember there is no limitation on how many times you can enter as long as you enter a different suggestion each time! Get your suggested name in before midnight, Sunday, January 28th! It must be in my in-box by midnight, don't trust your server, or yahoo's to get them there in the last few minutes. Send them now for your chance to win!

I've had over 60 suggested names so far, and that means one lucky winner will receive the free yarn.

Sad news from my sister, they've found more cancer in two more tumors. Previously it has been localized, but this time there is a tumor on the other side of her head. Her doctor will add a new drug to the chemo cocktail she already receives in hopes this will be strong enough to stop the growth of new tumors and arrest the growth of existing ones.

I'm currently knitting a scarf for the project, one done in several novelty yarns in similar colorways. It's about half done. Next in line is a red fun fur one with a white heart in it, I haven't done the chart yet, but it shouldn't be difficult.

But for now, it's bed time.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Good Response to Contest

Thank you to all who have entered the contest. There have been over 30 names suggested, and only one name has been suggested repeatedly - hmmm, it will be interesting to see if that's the one Jim and his staff choose. By the way, you'll notice I changed the Paton's Divine yarn from one skein to two - yep, found another one!

The multi-directional scarf done in Katia Mexico, is now finally complete as of about an hour ago. It is shown here while still in progress . It turned out really nice if I do say so myself. This yarn was originally bought to become a bag, but as you knitters out there know, sometimes our yarn knows more about what it wants to be than we do. It's not colors I could wear, but for someone who can wear greens, like my youngest who is a red-head, it will look gorgeous on them. I've gotten very little knitting done this week, though last night I did finally finish the seaman's cap I'm making for one of my grandsons. I had to tink two full rows on it as I'd not only miscounted stitches and my decreases were off, but I'd also forgotten to do a plain knit row between the two decrease rows. Then while walking down the dairy aisle of the grocery store it suddenly came to me that I'd done it wrong.

Oh, and I re-started and finished one square and started a second square for my friend Jeanne who is doing blankets for :
Warm Up America
, so I guess I got more done than I realized. Now back to the Bella Cardigan sleeves . . . I will finish this ufo!

Thursday hubby decided he wanted to use some cabinets that I had in my yarn/computer room, and in exchange he offered me the last set of stainless steel wire shelves he had in his shop. Whoo hoo! That meant way more storage for me - I now have 3 sets, with 6 shelves each. One of my friends recently described coming into my little getaway as "like going to the yarn store". Well, except most of my yarn is stored in those plastic storage bins, so it's kind of hard to get the tactile experience of a yarn store. Our area is so dusty, and the soil is mostly peat dirt which gives off a dust so fine it can penetrate most anything, so it's really hard to keep things clean. Of course there are the numerous project bags with yarn in them, but at least there is now room to walk without feeling like you're walking the balance beam. All the bags, boxes, and such are up off the floor. I wanted to post a picture, but because the room is only 10 x 10 it's not possible to get a picture without out the desk being in it. But take my word for it, it's so nice to have everything in order. Now if I could just get my yarns sorted by fiber, type and color I'd be one happy kniterati.

I'm off to catch up on my email . . . see ya!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Name that "Scarf Project" Contest

This scarf project has been on-going since it's inception back in August, and because I plan to continue it indefinitely "it" needs a name. If you want to read more about "it" check out my archives, beginning on Aug 5, '06. There were other pertinent posts on Oct. 3rd and 8th, and again on Dec. 20th, with a few mentions of donations, etc on other dates.

So, here are the rules, and the prize that you can win!

1. What do I need to do to enter?

Think of an original name for the scarf project, keeping in mind that someday it may benefit more than just the cancer center we now donate to. Also keep in mind that we accept both knitted and crocheted scarves. When you've thought of a good name or two, search the internet to make sure that name isn't currently being used by another charity project or a company or group that could file a law suit over the name. When you're confident the name is original, and not currently being used, leave a comment with the name and a way for me to contact you. Or you can email your entry to me at "the yarn tart at yahoo dot com" with "Scarf Project Contest" as your subject line.

2. Who will choose the final name?

I will check all entries to be sure they are original, and narrow the field to about 12 names, then the final name will be chosen by my contact, Jim Linderman, along with members of his staff, at the Sister Mary Pia Cancer Center where all the scarves are currently donated.

3. When does the contest start and end?

The contest begins immediately, and all entries must be received prior to midnight on Sunday, January 28th, California time. The winner will be notified as soon as Jim and his staff have an opportunity to make the decision, but no later than February 14th.

4. What is the prize?

Over 1,000 yards of Yarn! Fantastic, fun, funky, and flirty!
1 skein Ironstone Yarns "Showstopper" in color 204, 100 yds
5 skeins Paton's VooDoo in color Night Sky, 166 yds total
4 skeins Laines Du Nord Ombre in color 53, 298 yds total
2 skein Paton's Divine color Chantilly Rose, 284 yds
and some brand name, mystery yarn not shown in the photo or listed.
Additional rules;
1. Entries with no contact information will ineligible.

2. In the case of duplicate entries, only the first one received will be kept.

3. The name will be chosen based solely on it's appeal and appropriateness to the project, with no regard to who sent it in. Also, Jim and his team will not be given any information about the persons whose entries are given to them for consideration.

4. If for any reason I am not able to contact the person who sends the winning entry I will post the name of the winner on the same lists I post the contest and it will then be up to that person to contact me.

So put on your thinking caps, and I wish Good Luck to all! Please feel free to share this on other blogs and yahoo groups, it's ok if I'm inundated with entries!

For anyone who would like to contribute to the project, the new email address to contact me for mailing information is "the yarn tart at yahoo dot com". A quick over-view of the guidelines;
scarves can be any color, any size (think logically), we need scarves for both men and women, they can be knit or crochet, any yarn (please either send a label with the scarf or a note listing the fiber content and laundry instructions). You may send along a personal note if you wish, these are always left with the scarf they are sent with. Please use only clean yarn or launder the scarf before sending it. If you have smokers or pets in the home I ask that you launder the scarves and keep them in plastic bags to keep them clean and smoke, dust and dander free. The recipients of these scarves often have severely compromised immune systems and it's important that we not endanger their health further by providing a product that could cause an allergic reaction.

Thank you to all of you out in cyber space who have already donated scarves and/or yarn! I wish I could put into words how much I appreciate each and every one of you, but words just don't seem to express my feelings very well. This past week has been bitterly cold for California (down to 20° at night), and each and every patient who came into the cancer center this week was offered a scarf and Jim said they're down to only about 20 scarves left. Guess I'd better get busy knitting!