Google+ Beverly Is Yarn Crazy!: November 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Huge Contest

I have been very lucky and I want others to be able to have some good fortune in their lives too. There is a huge giveaway of HP products that you can enter to win such as:

$6,000 dollars worth of Hardware and Software
· HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
· HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC
· HP MediaSmart Connect
· HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live)
· HP Mini 1000 (with XP)
· HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
· HP 564 Photo Value Pak
· Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Home Premium or Microsoft Windows XP pre- installed on all units (Mini 1000 runs XP)
· Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses
· Microsoft Windows Live
· Corel VideoStudio X2
· Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-ray disc)

Find the details at HP's Magic Give Away site and good luck to everyone!

One of the places that I have entered the contest is at Thoughts on Poetics & Tech by commenting on one of her posts, "I Am Not The Wheelchair: Air travel and disability". I highly recommend her blog. My comment to the post, which is also part of my entry in to the contest can be see here. One of the great things that all of us can get out of the HP magic give away is the opportunity to find the blogs of amazing people that we may not have otherwise known about.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My Lucky Day!

I am still stunned by Friday. I am not sure why I was so fortunate, but I am very grateful for my good fortune. What good fortune, you may ask...hello, is anyone out there asking?

First, I was informed by NAMG on plurk that I won the contest that she and several other plurkers sponsored! You may remember that I blogged about the contest earlier in the week, if you would like to check out all of their blogs. The prize is yet to be determined but I am so grateful that I was lucky enough to be randomly picked. Thank you so much!

Then, as if that wasn't wonderful enough, another plurk pal asked if I would like to test one of her incredible products for free! I know I am being a bit obtuse about the what and the who of this, but as soon as I get permission from her, I will tell you all about it and where you can get it too.

Finally, I saved the best for last. We received a letter informing us that a handicap accessible apartment is now available, after being on a waiting list for 8 months! We still have to interview for it, so it isn't a done deal, but Ray and I have been waiting for something to become available for so long and it could make such a huge difference in our lives. We should hear more by Tuesday, hopefully. Please keep your fingers crossed for us!

I was already feeling pretty grateful for my family, my friends, a roof over my head and plenty to eat, so now I am feeling quite overwhelmed, blessed, and even more grateful. Also, I must admit, I did think that I should go buy a lottery ticket on my lucky day, but common sense prevailed.

I wish for everyone to have a such a lucky day and may every day bring to you some joy!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Another Contest For You To Enter!

Some wonderful plurk pals of mine are running a contest on their blogs. I was not able to help sponsor it with them, but I would like to let everyone know about it so that you can enjoy it and possibly win.

To enter the contest you simply need to post a comment on one or all of the participating blogs. You may do so once per day per blog from Sunday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 26th. On black Friday, November 28th, they will announce the 2 winners of the contest. To read more information about the contest and to enter, please go to one or all of the following blogs and good luck!

As Kat Knits

Not A Mean Girl

Alana's Passion

The PQ Nation

Middle Aged Suburban Diva

Popping Bubbles

SU Comments

Random Ramblings of a Stay At Home Mom

I Read Banned Books

Daily Douz


Three Ring 'Surf' ace

Andrea's Internet Cafe

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Win A Craft Book...

The amazing Vickie Howell of Knitty Gritty fame is running a contest on her blog in celebration of her 35th birthday. She will be giving away 35 craft books to lucky entrants!!! So, what are you still doing reading the dreck on my blog? Get over to her blog and enter! Good luck!

Vickie Howell's 35th Birthday Craft Book Contest

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Knitting Purls

Hello everyone! I know that it has been quite a long time since my last post. Most of the time, I post only when I have a project completed, or when I have hit a snag in my current project and want to share the process and/or frustration of the situation. Well, none of that has happened. Hurrah!

I am working on a couple of identical sweaters (except in color) for my twin nieces and it is going quite well, but it will take some time before I have pictures of the finished objects, simply
because I am a slow knitter. Since, I don't have project info or pictures for you I thought I would post some information about something else that has begun to take up a little time in my life.

Knitting Purls is a lot of things. To start, Knitting Purls is the company of a friend of mine, Ida Walker. She is a knitter and so much more, who aspires to become a mogul. I met her on Plurk and learned that she published an e-zine fittingly called "Knitting Purls", so I subscribed to it. It is very well written, with a wealth of information in each issue. She is passionate about supporting the indie fiber artists and it shows in not only her e-zine, but in other endeavors that she has developed, such as Knitting Purls Sock Club, her Knitting Purls podcast which is available for free download on itunes, and by the beginning of 2009 there will be a Knitting Purls line of yarn and fiber available.

Along with the Knitting Purls e-zine, she also has developed 2 other e-zines: Spinning and Dyeing for those whose love of fiber goes much deeper than just buying yarn, and Hooks and String for the crocheters among us. I highly recommend subscribing to all 3 e-zines, since there is no fee to do so and so much to be learned.

Ida also has a charitable non-profit, The Lily M. Foundation. This foundation has a two-fold purpose. First, to assist with veterinary care for pets of seniors and of those in need through Lily's Friends. This program offers Patterns for Paws in a fund raising effort with some wonderful designers, like Wendy Johnson of Wendy Knits fame, donating their patterns to benefit the cause. The second purpose is to help combat illiteracy through the Lily M. Literacy Campaign. Please take the time to go to the blog and read more about both of these important causes and purchase the patterns to help the causes.

For the fans of Knitting Purls who want to interact with other fans or get to know Ida better, she does have a fan group on Ravelry called Knitting Purls. She is there to answer questions and loves to hear ideas from friends and fans, of what we would like to see in the e-zines. She sponsors KALs and design contests too, so stop by the group to check out the fun. You can also find more information about her sock club and how to become a member. Oh, by-the-way, I am a moderator in the group, so you can find me there too.

Now, if I have piqued your interest, you must be wondering where do I find this incredible Knitting Purls. I will attempt to list as many sources that I can.

Knitting Purls Blog
Knitting Purls Ravelry Group
Knitting Purls Etsy Shop

E-zine Subscriptions can be obtained by sending an e-mail to the following addresses with subscribe in the subject line.

Knitting Purls e-zine:
Spinning and Dyeing e-zine:
Hooks and String e-zine:

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Holiday Gift Knitting

My, how time flies! I can't believe there are only 7 weeks, yes, just 7 weeks left until Christmas, which is my gift giving holiday. Many of you may have even less time if you are knitting for other holidays or celebrations. About one-third of my gifts have been made so far and I have so many more gifts to get knit and/or crocheted.

Since I last posted a picture, I have completed a few things. First are 2 pair of thumbless mittens with crocheted I-cords for my twin nieces.
This is a Fun Fur Bottom Hat that I made for another one of my nieces. I should have blocked it before photographing it. What's next? I have cast on for a child size 2 cardigan and I cast on a rather girly hat. I will keep you updated with pictures of those as soon as I complete them.

How are you doing on your holiday gift knitting?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


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