Want to win some yummy yarn?

Today's topic of blog post for Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is meant to be "Something Different" - a blog post where we branch out and do something that maybe we haven't done on our blogs before.

I initially cast my thoughts towards something more technical. But while I have the technology to do a podcast or a video, unfortunately I don't have a lot of the additional time that goes into making something like that work seamlessly (read: editing time) without a heavy amount of advance planning.

But! Something else that I'm not sure I've ever done on the blog before is a contest! Who doesn't love contests? And inspired by my good friend Kathleen Lawton-Trask of Knit Like You Mean It (her new book, Silver Screen Knits Vol. 2 was just released - go check it out!) who regularly gives away her stash on her blog, I've dived deep into the stash to come up with a lovely skein of sunshine that sadly I've never known what to knit with.

This golden beauty is 100g/370 yards of fingering weight (that's 4-ply for you Brits), 100% superwash wool in a colour called Honeycomb. It is hand-dyed on Gabriola Island, British Columbia by Canadian indie yarn dyer Indigo Moon. Perhaps she will speak to you?

To enter the contest, leave a comment telling me which one of my yarn bowls is your favourite, or tell me about your own! You must comment on this post by 23:59 GMT on Sunday, 18 May. On Monday I'll use a random number generator to select a winner and send the yarn off to it's happy new home.

Good Luck! xx

Friday Fun

It's been a busy time here at C&Q with visitors, a weekend away and a couple of daytrips besides and I've been scurrying this week to catch up. Sadly, when it's this busy, the blog is always the first to suffer (along with laundry but nevermind!).

After spending most of this week at the computer following up on various projects though, I was happy to relax a bit today with a late breakfast and a book, followed by some cozy time on the couch at Loop after picking up the latest PomPom Quarterly.

Loop has new bags! And I'm excited to try Quince & Co's gorgeous wool - it feels so light!

Loop has new bags! And I'm excited to try Quince & Co's gorgeous wool - it feels so light!

Incidentally, PomPom are having a Christmas party with a pop-up indie yarn market on December 6th. Do check out the details as it sounds like a fun time. Rach and I are going to put in an appearance and I think I might just knit myself the Take Heart toque from the latest issue for the occasion.

Speaking of parties - I attended one last week at the Oxford Yarn Store for Kathleen in celebration of the launch of her book Silver Screen Knits.

That's the  Lana Turner Beaded V-Neck Top  on the cover. Already in my favourites and am mulling over my yarn selection.

That's the Lana Turner Beaded V-Neck Top on the cover. Already in my favourites and am mulling over my yarn selection.

The party was fantastic and Kathleen has a great write up of the shop itself, along with the event, over on her blog at Knit Like You Mean It. They had a beautiful alpaca silk blend yarn that I'm still thinking about. Sigh.

Souvenir yarn from Paris:  Biscotte & Cie  Felix self-striping sock yarn. Not exactly French, but French Canadian.

Souvenir yarn from Paris: Biscotte & Cie Felix self-striping sock yarn. Not exactly French, but French Canadian.

What else can I tell you? Our weekend in Paris was incredibly relaxing and I finally managed to visit the very cute L'Oisive The et Tricot. As it was a weekend we were lucky enough to grab a table for brunch - which was huge and incredibly satisfying!

 The afternoon session of Lizzy's Meadow Quilt class shows off their first blocks.

 The afternoon session of Lizzy's Meadow Quilt class shows off their first blocks.

The following weekend I was lucky enough to meet fabric and quilt designer, Lizzy House, and take her workshop for the Meadow Quilt at The Village Haberdashery. She is just one of the sweetest people and her class was great fun. I don't consider myself a quilter (yet?), but I think I could be by the time I get through with this project! 

Still lots of catching up to do though - more soon!