Friday, 25 May 2018

Giveaway Surprise


Thanks for calling in.

A parcel squished through the letterbox this morning, all purple and spotty.  Exciting!  I had won a prize.

Last October I read this blog post by Helen from the blog The Knitting Exploits of Josie Kitten and was very moved.  A few months later, Helen announced the Great Yarn Giveaway in order to raise more money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of her late husband.  She asked for wool-related donations from various suppliers and encouraged everyone to send a monetary donation in return for their name being entered into the Giveaway. Each prize was given a number and a recipient was chosen by a random number generator. Helen raised £8,150, here's her Justgiving page which lists all the wonderful prizes. Isn't that amazing, what a great idea.  Thank you Helen for my surprise.

What was in the parcel?

What lovely soft wool in such pretty colours. It's 100% Blue-faced Leicester wool which gives both strength and sheen as well as softness.

The Knitting Swede is a one woman business sourcing ethically produced British wool which is then hand-dyed or hand-painted.

I'm looking forward to making something special with it.  Any suggestions, warmly welcomed.



  1. What a wonderful prize which I know you'll put to very good use. The colours compliment each other so well so I'd probably use it for a two colour shawl. Helen's done so well with her fundraising, such a worthwhile cause.

    1. That's a good idea, I'll have to have a look for some patterns. That was such a great sum to raise to help others.

  2. What a lovely surprise! I like the pretty parcel and also the colours of the wool inside it:)

    1. Great aren't they, sometimes it's nice not to have to choose. I've never had such expensive wool either! 😊