Category Archives: contest

and the winner is….


  There are three winners to announce
1st prize – the names chosen for our Chinese hamsters
2nd prize – the names I really really wanted them to be called but Karl wasn’t so keen, but as I loved the names so much I’m giving a prize
3rd prize – random prize draw winner

1st prize goes to Adee and the hamsters are now called

Itchy & Scratchy

Karl is a HUGE Simpson’s fan, well done!

2nd prize goes to Rosie for suggesting Bam & Boo
I loved this idea, as it has the oriental theme as well as a knitting theme. I’ve knit with a bamboo blend once but the yarn was so so soft.

3rd prize (drawn from my notions case, I was going to use a hamster ball but they were in the cupboard and all my dyeing was in the way) goes to Sophie.

Hamster Drawing, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

I will e-mail you all in turn to let you know what of the the prizes is still available. 1st place gets 1st choice etc.

well done to everyone, we’ve had great fun looking at your suggestions!

wip wednesday


wip wednesday, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

After completing the Clementine Shawlette I have 3 three things on my needles. I know only 2 are pictured but I don’t have a photo of the third and its upstairs and I ‘ve just finished dyeing roving, have dinner to make and I want watch the footie (read as: can’t be assed to take photo right now)
The Sweet Pea socks are half done. They are really great knit i’ve just been lacking the sock mojo lately. They are for my Sock It To Me swap pal, so I had better get a move on.
The Deep V Argyle Vest in just divine! Love the pattern, love the yarn, love the colours. I’m actually further along than this now. I have the waist decreases done and am about to start on the on the bust increases and in a few rounds time I have to place the neck steek stitches.

We have decided on a winner for the Hamsters names, and will awarding a second prize also (this is a a name I really really liked but Karl wasn’t so keen on). We will be doing the draw for the random winner later tonight. I’ll try to post winners later tonight if not I promise they will be posted tomorrow.



I promised prize pictures so here you go!

Prizes, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

From top left clockwise:
Cascade Sassy Stripes – a surprisingly soft self striping sock yarn (2 x 50g)

Fyberspates Alpaca Sock Yarn
– already pre-balled but I can re-skein if you would like. Really soft and snuggly.

Lana Grossa Meilnweit Fun – Bright variagated 75% Wool 25% Nylon sock yarn (100g)

Malabrigo Lace Weight – Pearl Ten Colour (varagated greys) (470m/50g)

If none of these take your fancy I will also be offering a credit for my etsy store (any yarn/roving of your choice) or I can dye you a skein of an already sold colourway.

The response to this has been great, and Karl and I have had fun seeing your suggestions.

I still don’t have photos but Karl has promised to drag himself away from the PC tomorrow to help. I forgot to add the hamsters are both little boys – although most of the names seem to be universal.

Animals, contest and toys!


Lots has been happening here but I’ve been so tired that I haven’t had the energy to blog about it all. A couple of days after Rufus died we lost another hamster. We are not bad owners I promise, he was 2 and half and died very suddenly. Literally one minute we saw him running around the cage about an hour later went to go give the hamsters some veg and he was dead. It was a real shock. Our other Roboroski hamster (his brother) is very frail and loosing his hair (although seems fine in himself, is eating fine and still runs on his wheel like a maniac) and we have been keeping an eye on him as he is so frail, but the his brother appeared perfectly fine.

Friday I had to go to the sorting office to pick up a parcel I had to pay customs on (some Lanaset dyes, can’t wait to give them a go) and this means walking past the pet store – not a safe thing to do with Karl, especially on pay day! We have four new additions to our family – 2 Chinese hamsters and 2 gerbils. We have named the gerbils Sooty and Sweep. Sooty is a ginger colour (just the puppet) and Sweep is black. We have yet to name the Chinese Hamsters – this is where you dear readers come in. I’m going to set a contest – choose names for our 2 new Chinese hamsters. I will post pictures tomorrow as need Karl to hold them whilst I snap. Karl and I will choose the winner (which will be our favourite name) but I will also choose a runner up randomly – so everyone is in with a chance, regardless of mine and Karl’s name preference. So, you want to know what you can win – I will post pictures of sock yarn from my stash you can choose from tomorrow, or if you don’t fancy any of that, you can choose something from my shop (at any update, the prize won’t have a time limit) or I will dye something specially for you.

To enter all you need to do is leave your answer in a comment to over the next 7 days. I will announce the winners 12th September.

Although I’ve been tired I have been knitting, in fact I have some FOs (again will post pictures tomorrow.) I finished the Lola Bunny and This Little Piggy, and have cast on for the Pirate Panda. I have also cast on the Hoodie for Harvey. Its going to take a while but I have until xmas so no rush.

I joined the Rugby World Cup knitalong over on Raverly and my project is the Deep V Argyle Vest. I’m hoping to complete it during the tournament. It is easy enough to do whilst watching TV but complicated enough to keep my attention. I also joined the 3rd round of the Monkey Sock Swap – I love knitting this pattern and am looking forward to deciding which yarn to use etc.

I have my appointment the first of my tests in London, my 24hr blood pressure monitor will be fitted on 17th Sept at 1130. I’m strangely excited about this as I get to visit Stash Yarns. In the past my regular check-up appointments have always fallen during their summer holiday, but this time they will be open. I think I may have to do some retail therapy.

Great Contest


Ali is having a fantastic contest, if u enter via here please let her know as every referral gets me an extra entry.

My summer knitting goals:

  1. To finish my Hogwarts Sock Swap Sock – about 1/3 finished (Horcrux Sock)
  2. To start and finish my Sockapalooooza 4 pals sock – i have yarn and vague idea of pattern
  3. Complete (second) scarf for my ISE 4 pal (Fairy Godmother’s Scarf)
  4. Knit Ms Marigold
  5. I know it won’t get finished but to work on my mitred square afgan at least two hours a week.
  6. Knit Spring Things Shawl (with beads not nupps)



National Blog Posting Month – its a really cool idea, an alternative to national novel writing month. So I had better get my thinking hat on, as I am going to post everyday in Novemeber. For more info go here.

SP9 contest answers


Shelby has set a little contest and asked us to list some favourites, so here goes

Actor – Matt Damon
Actress – Audrey Hepburn
Animal – Polar Bear
Band – don’t have one but fave singer is Beth Orton
Book – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Bubble Bath – Liz Earle Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash, used as bubble bath
Candy – Cadburys Whole Nut
Color – Pink
Drink – Diet Coke
Flower – Lavender
Food – Roast beef, yorkshire pudding, roast pots etc
Lip Balm – Liz Earle Superbalm
Lotion – Liz Earle Botanical Body Cream
Movie – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Place – my bed
Song – Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
TV Show – Medium
Yarn – Cherry Tree Hill Supersock merino
Vacation Spot – Ireland

My fave tea cup


For part of the Knitters Tea Swap 2 we have been asked by our hostess to post a picture of our fave tea cup on our blogs. Well here is mine!

It is a one-cup teacup/pot. It is from Whittards and they do them in various colours/designs. I has a lid and a cup shaped filter then goes inside. This means I can make one cup of whatever tea I choose with less washing up. The filter is removed when brewing is completed so there is no need for tea strainers etc. I used to have a matching tile coaster but it seems to have disappeared.