And the winner is…

Entries for the yarny give-away closed last night.

All the names were placed in a bowl:

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The bowl of opportunity (note the use of scrap paper)

And a winner was selected by our impartial judge:

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The judge

And here is the draw itself (be patient):

So, congratulations itwasjudith… we will be in touch very soon to get your address so that we can post your yarns to you.

Commiserations to all the rest of you. That was fun, so we might have another one in the new year… watch this space.

 

Last chance

Today is your last chance to enter our yarny give-away: an Arctic tale and some cosy sock wool. Perfect for winter entertainment… or just entertainment if you are south of the equator!

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A gripping yarn

Simply leave a comment on the give-away post for one chance to win. For a second chance, head over to Mr Snail’s blog and leave another comment on his give-away post. Entries must be received before midnight tonight, 6 December, UK time.

Good luck everyone… we will be making the draw tomorrow.

And if you don’t knit, you can nominate someone else to receive the yarn.

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Lovely sock yarn, for you or a friend

Remember to enter our give-away

Just a note to remind you about our give-away for a chance to to win these two yarns

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Ripping yarn and knitting yarn

Whether you fancy a good read

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Kirkenes Blue (reader not included in the give-away)

Or creating a pair of socks

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This is what the yarn looks like when knitted into socks (socks not included in the give-away, they belong to my mum now!)

Our give-away is for you!

To enter, just leave a comment (not just a like) on the original give-away post HERE; and to double your chances of winning, leave another comment on the original give-away post on Mr Snail’s blog HERE. Actually, go visit Mr Snail’s blog anyway… he’s got a lovely new blue background and it’s snowing (he likes snow), plus his latest post has a very scary picture of a spider.

Entries for the give-away close at midnight on Sunday 6 December 2015, UK time… and you can enter no matter where you are in the world.

GOOD LUCK!

 

A couple of good yarns

Do you enjoy a good yarn? Then this is the blog post for you…

To celebrate a month of writing and knitting, Mr Snail and I are having a little give-away. For your delight and delectation we have a package of two sorts of yarn to send anywhere in the world…

First there’s Mr Snail’s book Kirkenes Blue: a gripping yarn of intrigue and deceit under the beauty of the Northern Lights. And then there’s a ball of fabulous self-patterning 4 ply yarn. There’s 100g in the ball which is plenty to make a pair of socks or some lacy item and it’s 75% Merino wool so is lovely and soft, but with 25% synthetic fibre to make it hard wearing.

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Both these yarns could be yours!

If you want a chance to win this pair of yarns, simply leave a comment below; and if you want to double your chances, head over to Mr Snail’s blog and leave a comment on his post about this give-away too.

We will send the package anywhere in the world and all comments left before the end of Sunday 6 December (UK time) will be included in the draw.

Good luck!

Normal service will now resume…

Hello world!

A few of my current apple collection

Part of my current apple collection

I know that you haven’t heard from me for a while, but there was a trip away, a whole heap of orders to make, piles and piles of apples to process and a novel to edit. In fact there are still piles and piles of apples and a final read-through of the novel, but progress has been made. In addition, Mr Snail was ill for a week and so I had to do all my own washing up… good grief!

The first time we went to Norway, Mr Snail got the idea for a novel involving the snow hotel and kicksleds. Finally, over the summer, he finished writing it and it was ready for editing. One of the things that I hate about many self-published books is the poor English – confusing ‘too’, ‘to’ and ‘two’; grocers’ apostrophes; poor spelling – and, perhaps worse, plot inconsistencies and factual errors (bluebells flowering in July, for shame). So, although editing factual work rather than fiction is my profession, I have switched hats and am now in the throes of my final read-through of Kirkenes Blue. While I do this, Mr Snail has been working on the cover…

Draft cover

I have already suggested a slight edit to the text!

All being well, Kirkenes Blue will be available in both paper and electronic format towards the end of the month and I’ll have preserved enough apples to provide me with a year’s worth of breakfasts.

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