Sunday, July 21, 2013

Win a Fiber Dreams' Chokecherry Days Sweater Kit

For this blog giveaway our sponsor is the very generous Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams!  And by generous she's not only giving away her beautiful new sweater design Chokecherry Days, plus two more of her patterns, but this is her 3rd time sponsoring a giveaway on my blog!  Let's give it up for Laura...rousing applause!

Prizes
1st Chokecherry Days & 3 skeins
Serendipitous Ewe Fate Fingering in Twilight Sky
2nd Winner's Pattern Choice
3rd Winner's Pattern Choice

the lovely Laura Patterson
Meet Laura: I’ve been knitting off and on since I was probably about 7 or 8 years old. Grandma taught me to cast on and to knit, but not how to purl; Mom taught me to cast off within the next few days. I remember sitting in the backyard while Mom was in the kitchen, knitting up what must be the world’s ugliest vest for her out of green variegated acrylic yarn that she bought for me at the grocery store. The vest was hip length, opened in the front, and was fastened with two huge pompoms connected by a crochet chain. It had to be pulled on over the head as those pompoms didn’t come off. I had no idea what a pattern was, much less how to read one, so I made it up as I went along. It was the 1960s. You can imagine how horrible the yarn was. 

 

After that I crocheted a lot, did needlepoint, embroidery... whatever. Took two knitting classes at a yarn shop when I was in my 20s, learned to purl (!) among other things. I still have and wear the sweater I knit in that first class. 



Between then and now I’ve phased in and out of knitting here and there, now and then. Made scarves and sweaters mostly, then a bunch of socks and an intricately cabled Aran for Dave in the 1990s. This was one time when the infamous “boyfriend sweater curse” didn’t strike, as we weren’t married yet when I made that sweater for him. Knitting was replaced with a flurry of counted cross stitch projects for three or four years before knitting resumed. After about 15 years of husband-ly prodding, Dave talked me into designing my first piece, Pinwheel, a lap blanket for him to use in his home office in winter. I’ve been designing non-stop ever since, and loving it. 



I’d started knitting a lot of lace, and didn’t have any blocking wires. I borrowed a set from a dear friend, and that got Dave to thinking. That year he gave me a set of blocking wires in a clear acrylic tube for my birthday. We talked about what it would take, and decided that we had a product there. The clear acrylic tubes were pretty, but the finish was fragile, scratched easily, so Dave started sanding them to give them a more resilient finish. Since then we started having the tubes custom made for us, then getting our label printed directly on the tubes. Not only are the new tubes more resilient, but with so much of the work done it means less time in the shop for Dave, while simultaneously giving us a more professional product. 



In June of 2009 we signed on with Bryson Distributing. Getting on with Bryson has done wonderful things for sales, as I’m sure you can imagine. In January 2011 one of my shawls, Evening, was in the fashion show at TNNA. The shawl seemed to be one of the hits of the fashion show. We’re hoping that that will introduce us to even more stores.

Chokecherry Days
Brilliant red in summer, chokecherries darken to nearly black by harvest time, when their sweetness is at its peak. The lacy leaves and red color of Fiber Dreams' Chokecherry Days sweater evoke blissful days of summer, wiling away the time, waiting for the fruit to ripen to perfection before making autumn’s jams and syrups.  

Basic stitches are set off with a parade of leaves and its knit in one piece from hem to armholes.  
 
Knit in a fingering weight you only need 2-3 skeins of Serendipitous Ewe's Fate Fingering! 

 

Fortunately for knitters everywhere Patterson has focused her talents toward designing Socks, Lace Shawls & Scarves, Accessories and Women's Garments. She is an amazing knitwear designer with an eye for beauty that melds pleasingly with comfort and wear-ability.  Please take a moment to browse her Collection


Serendipitous Ewe Fate Fingering
Enter this Giveaway: The more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win. Make sure to leave a comment(s) under this blog post telling what you did to enter. And please make sure to leave your name and check this blog, Facebook, Twitter and my Ravelry group on July 30th to see if you have won.

The Winner will be announced Tuesday July 30th.  
 
1. 
Take a look at Fiber Dreams pattern collection and tell us which is your favorite and why. 
2. Blog about this giveaway on your blog & link it, leave a comment under this blogpost with a link back to your blogpost.
 
3. Join my Ravelry group, Sandrasingh.com and introduce yourself in the "Welcome tell us about yourself..." thread.
 
4. Announce this giveaway in your Ravelry group, or in a Ravelry group that allows you to announce blog giveaways.
 
5. Friend me a Facebook: Sandra Singh and write a comment on my Wall about this giveaway.
 
6. Announce & link this giveaway on your Facebook Wall.
 
7. "Like" my Facebook Page, Sandrasingh.com
 
8. Follow me on Twitter: Sandrasinghcom
 
9. Announce this giveaway with a link on your Twitter page.
 
10. Follow this blog.
 
11. Sign up for my Newsletter on my Home Page.
12. Pin and link your favorite Fiber Dreams' pattern on your Pinerest page.

47 comments:

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I received your newsletters.

suburban prep said...

I like the Dancing shoes shawl. Right now I really enjoy shawl knitting and This is a great pattern.

suburban prep said...

I belong to your ravelry group

suburban prep said...

I follow your blog

suburban prep said...

I receive your newsletter

Anonymous said...

i looked through the Fiber Dreams Collection and like Chokeberry Days Sweater the best because I love knitting and wearing lightweight sweaters

Anonymous said...

MissBunt Rav
My favorite Fiber Dreams pattern is Lalique. I love the details and the versatility of the piece. I really think you could dress it up or wear it casually.

Debbie said...

I "Like" your Facebook Page, Sandrasingh.com

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS SWEATER! :)

1. After looking at Fiber Dreams' offerings, Chokecherry Days is still my favorite.
2. I am a member of your Ravelry group. Do I need to reintroduce myself?
3.I'm your friend on Facebook.
4. I have announce & link this giveaway on my Facebook Wall.
5. I haved "Liked" your Facebook Page, Sandrasingh.com
6.I receive your Newsletter.

Purlescence on Ravelry

Debbie said...

I'm your friend on FB!

Debbie said...

My favourite is Tethys because it looks so comfortable!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I follow your blog.

Judi A. said...

I don't knit socks and don't wear cowls, but love sweaters like the Chokecherry Days Sweater and this is by far my favorite. It is perfect!

Judi A. said...

I belong to your ravelry group.

Judi A. said...

I am your friend on facebook

Judi A. said...

I liked your Facebook page

Judi A. said...

I follow your blog

Judi A. said...

I receive your newsletter

Denise said...

Blog comment:
I like the pattern Fiber Dreams Illusions because I am into socks right now and these look interesting and easy enough for me to do!! :)
My blog where I posted a link to the giveaway:
http://spiffyniftyriffic.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/httpwww-sandrasingh-com/
I have been a member of the Ravelry group for sometime now, my name is Spiffyniftyriffic :)
I announced this in my Ravelry group called Needles and Hooks for Wood Lovers. A link to that is here as well: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/needles-and-hooks-for-wood-lovers/topics/2641785
I tried to "friend" on Facebook but there was no add friend option :( I messaged you and told you of this problem. I posted this on my page and the link to it is here: https://www.facebook.com/nhawt.commashure Yes, my name is Nhawt Commashure :)
Also, the Sandrasingh.com facebook page is liked by me.
I joined twitter and followed sandrasinghcom as well and posted a tweet about the giveaway it can be found here: https://twitter.com/Spiffynifty
I am following this blog, name spiffyniftyriffic
I am currently signed up for the newsletter on the website.
I have pinned my favorite Fiber Dreams pattern to my pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/229050331021550062/

auntsandee said...

Would love to win and the Chokecherry patterns look fab!!

Anonymous said...

The chokecherry days sweater is exactly what I'd like to knit now. The other patterns are lovely but this is the best...IMHO.
tktl on Ravelry

Amanda Cleveland said...

Ok now that all my sharing is done I absolutely love the Fiber Dreams Dulcavina. It is so delicate and beautiful. Good luck to all that entered and thank you for the chance to win! :)

Anonymous said...

Chokecherry and Dancing Shoes are my favs.

Thank you both for offering this chance.

NanaMamah on Rav

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I am a member of your Ravelry group.

Debbie said...

I like Fiber Dreams Tethys because it looks easy to knit and easy to wear. Thanks
gussek on Ravelry

Debbie said...

I get your newsletters.

gussek on Ravelry

Debbie said...

I follow your blog.

gussek on Ravelry

Debbie said...

I like you on Facebook.
gussek on Ravelry

Debbie said...

I'm in your Ravelry group.

gussek on Ravelry

Debbie said...

I follow on Twitter.

gussek on Ravelry

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

1. Chokecherry Days is my favorite.
2. I am a member of your Ravelry group.
3.I'm your friend on Facebook.
4. I follow your blog
5.I receive your Newsletter.
Knottyknitter40/Darcy

Anonymous said...

I like the Aventine Shawl the best as I think it is a beautiful lace summery pattern.
apple380 on ravelry

Quilting Tangent said...

Fiber Dreams Chokecherry Days Sweater is very pretty.

Anonymous said...

I love 'dancing shoes' gorgeous.

amyknit40 on ravelry.

whirlofwings said...

I love the Chokecherry Days pattern because it looks simple, yet elegant.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I like the patten North Coast. I have the perfect light blue yarn for this pattern.

Luciana Young said...

I did almost all of the above, because I really want to win :o) I think I like Dancing Shoes shawl the best, it's lovely and I'm on a shawl kick.

Susie B said...

I liked to your FaceBook page. I get your newsletter and I really like the Dulcavina shawl. Am into bigger shawls this year.

Amanda Cleveland said...

I joined your ravelry group and your blog. I also liked your facebook. Great blog!

annethologist said...

LOVE Linea de la Playa!

aticdwelrs said...

On Fiber Dreams my favs are her socks..
Linea de Playa and Illusions
Her wrap Starshine is also beautiful
I follow your blog and also Ravelry

Carmen N said...

I love the lacy look of Fiber Dreams Dulcavina

Carmen N said...

I'm a member of your Ravelry group

Carmen N said...

I "Like" your Facebook Page, Sandrasingh.com

Carmen N said...

I follow @Sandrasinghcom on twitter

Carmen N said...

I follow your blog

Carmen N said...

http://pinterest.com/pin/106608716152206162/