Friday, March 09, 2007

. . . 3, 2, 1 . . . PATTERN + CONTEST . . . LAUNCH!

Guess what?! It's about time for another contest! This contest is to celebrate the launch of the Simply Elegant Sox pattern by Tess of Polar Bear Patterns, designed using Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn.

I shared a photo of Tess' Simply Elegant Socks with you a few weeks back, but the pattern was still in the test and finalization phase. It's available for purchase now on the Polar Bear Patterns website and I'm helping to kickoff the launch with a contest.

Before I dive into the contest details, let me take a moment to tell you a bit about the pattern. This pattern is just what the name implies: simple and elegant. For those of you who are very experienced at knitting socks with complex, minute and intricate cable, lace, stitch, and color details, this pattern is probably not for you. But for all of you who have been sticking with pretty basic socks or who are fairly new to sock knitting in general, this is a wonderful step toward more detailed and interesting sock knitting. The lace pattern is straightforward and easy to follow and is a great way to build your confidence in taking a step forward in more varied and interesting sock projects. It also comes with a handy tracking sheet, that I personally just love. No more hash marks and odd notes to decipher to keep track of where you stand in your pattern and to ensure the second sock matches the first! Instead, you easily track your progress as you move through the pattern using the nifty tracking sheet provided with the pattern. And, of course, the pattern is designed for Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn. (Any comparable, lightweight sock yarn may be substituted, of course.)

And now to the contest details:

First Prize:
One copy of the Simply Elegant Sock pattern from Polar Bear Patterns, one skein of Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the winner's choice of colorways, and this fun, reversible sock knitting tote bag.

Second Prize:
A felted bag kit that includes 8 ounces of Fearless Fibers Worsted Weight Mohair/Wool Yarn and 2 ounces of FF Small Loopy Mohair Boucle Yarn, both in the Stormy Night colorway, along with a pattern for this felted bag (shown here in the Fruit Pop colorway). If this looks familiar to you, it's because I gave one of these kits away in a contest many months ago. The winner, Melissa, contacted me a few weeks later to let me know she had not received her prize. I, of course, sent her another. Well, about SIX MONTHS later, the Post Office returned that lost package to me with the original kit in pristine condition. It was marked as "unclaimed" which leads me to think that Melissa was not home when it was delivered and her mail carrier neglected to leave a notice in her mailbox, leaving the package sitting at the Post Office for months. Anyhow, Melissa received the second kit I sent to her long, long ago and now I have the first one back in my hands and ready for someone to take as a prize. I guess the inefficiency of the postal system is your gain!

Here is the bag shown in the Fruit Pop colorway. It's an extremely simple design and pattern, but of course, many of you may choose to do something much more interesting than this with the yarn!

And here's a picture of the Stormy Night colorway which is the colorway that will be given in the kit for the contest prize:

Third Prize:
Two skeins of Manos Del Uraguay Yarn. These are extras from what I bought for the Red Sweater KAL a couple of months ago. I never did finish my project for that KAL, but I have plenty more yarn if I decide to complete it in the future and still have these two extra skeins. It's definitely not my favorite yarn, but it is very good for felting and the colors are beautiful. It would make a lovely hat or perhaps a small felted bag.

In addition, each prize recipient will receive one of these buttons. I had a batch of these custom made for FF as part of my plan to aid knitters in taking over the world and making it a better place.

Entering the contest:
In order to enter the contest, you must stand on your head in a public place such a shopping mall or perhaps the public library, for a period of at least 2 hours and 47 minutes chanting the words Make Gloves Not War. Of course, I have no way to verify that you've done this, but I'm just going to trust in advance that all of you will surely have no problem doing this. Hee, hee!

Actually, the entry is simple. No standing on one's head or guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar required. Just send an e-mail to with a subject line reading "Contest Entry." The winners will be selected by random drawing.

All entries must be received by midnight pacific time on March 20th. I will announce and notify the winners on Wednesday March 21st.

Mailing List:
On a side note, I've been thinking of putting an FF e-mailing list together for some time. If you would like to be included on the list, please make note of that in your contest entry e-mail. I will NEVER use your e-mail address for any other purpose and will NEVER sell or share the e-mail list with anyone. The e-mail list will only be used in the event that there is hot news related to Fearless Fibers to share. I cannot imagine that I will ever use the list to distribute news more than once per month and likely much less frequently. Note also that entering the contest will NOT put your e-mail on the mailing list. I will only add folks to the list who specifically make note of that and request to be added. No spam coming from me, I promise!

Alrighty then. That's all for today. Everyone have a wonderful weekend and get those contest entries to me!


~Tonia~ said...

Yay a contest!! I love those socks.

Suzy said...

Ditto the "Yay, a contest"! I've already ordered your Butterscotch yarn and Tess's pattern -- now waiting by the mailbox for them to arrive (well, alright, not literally, as I'm really at work wasting company time online, but in my HEART, I'm by the mailbox waiting.....)