Thanks to everyone who participated in Blogger Bingo 2007! By all appearances, it was a huge success. No bingo-related injuries or arrests were reported, even with 168 people involved.
And a super special thanks to David and Mel for being the Official Blogger Bingo Headquarters, which basically meant they had spare bingo cards and provided the perfect spot to display the amazing felted scarf/banner that Woolybuns Chris made for me last year. How awesome was that? It looked stunning on the rafters of the barn.
And Mel performed Paul Lynde duty perfectly this year as the center square. I hope everyone bought a pair of the alpaca socks that were at his booth, they truly are amazing. We at Chez Stitchy are particularly fond of the cotton/alpaca sport socks. So. Awesome. And machine washable! If you didnt, Ill remind you next year.
A few people mentioned that they didn’t seem to be appearing on any cards, but I did a double-check when I got home and everyone what was a square appeared on two cards. Some were Saturday or Sunday Only cards, but you were all on there. I think Ill do fewer cards next year, rather than making extras so everyone would be on two. There’s a weird balance you have to reach so people don’t get their own cards and whatnot. Its kind of a process. Maybe Ill program something in Excel to help automate it a little. I hate that people were feeling disappointed and left out.
But all in all, I think everyone had a good time. Its always great to put faces and voices to the blogs you read and the names you see in emails and comments. The Ravelry buttons were a huge help because there was a nice space for people to write their names on. It was a huge help as my recollection of names and faces is about on par with that of your average box of rocks. That is to say, not very good at all. There are times when I look at my husband and say “And you arrrreeee . . . .?” So, y’know.
And now, without further delay (because Ive delayed enough its been a week, let me tell you. I had a 9am conference call on Monday morning and work has been crazy since then. I’m glad this week is over.)
Winners were selected by a very scientific method. I kept asking my husband to pick a number between 1 and 168 and matched them up to my spreadsheet. There were more prizes than Id thought because about halfway through, he begged me to stop badgering him with demands for random numbers. I may or may not have explained what I was doing at the time. (I will also be emailing the winners and prize donors to get addresses and whatnot)
Mel (the Center Square!) – Cabezalana and David donated a cute alpaca monkey (handmade in Peru, Pennsylvania-approved!) from A Craftsmans Touch. I almost forgot to give him out as a prize, Id gotten accustomed to having him pinned to my knitting bag.
WINNER: Judy – smatterings
-Carole of Carole Knits is offering a skein of something delish from her roof-busting yarn stash.
WINNER: Tamara – The Persnickety Knitter
WINNER: Sandy – Sandy’s Knitting
AND Felt Frenzy.
WINNER: Karen – Foothills Folly
-Annie of Annie Knits is dipping into her stash of Socks That Rock for some lucky winner. I do believe she’s even going to let the winner choose!
WINNER: Patti – QuiltBeadKnit
-Caro of splityarn has bequeathed one of her lovely handmade needle cases to The Cause!
WINNER: Marin – AntiM and the Rickety Blog
-Suzanne of A Crafty Lawyer has donated a pendant from her Etsy shop. She also makes sweet stitch markers, which she calls “Jewelry for your knitting”. Her stitch markers are currently being featured in the current Cool Stuff on Knitty!
WINNER: Monica T. – Calling on Kahlo
-Once again, Briar Rose Fibers will be donating something from their stunning collection. Do you now hard it was to part with last year?
WINNER: Debbi (debbi62 on Ravelry) – A Day in the Life of Debbi
WINNER: Maryse – Bags n Trash
-Amby of Russell Yarn is donating one of her amazing sock knitting bags from her Etsy shop, Julip Bags. She’s named them the “Everything-But-The-Sock Bag“. Know why? Oh man, you’re gonna love this. It comes with notions. Notions, people! Could you plotz? The winner will get to choose theirs! (This one is my favorite, in case anyone was wondering.)
WINNER: Julia (julsey on Ravelry) – Peony Knits
-Jennifer of vanCalcar Acres Sheep Farm is donating four prizes! I know! So. Awesome.
1. Oktoberfest Sock Kit. Who doesn’t want a frosty mug of sock?? I love this so much, I can’t even tell you.
WINNER: Sara – Chicken Betty, life from scratch
2. A sock kit of the winner’s choice. Good luck with that whole “picking just one” thing.
WINNER: David – Sweater Project
WINNER: Michelle – Everybody Loves Saturday Night
4. a 4oz skeinlet bag from the Yarn Fairy (bags are made up of 2 or more skeinlets, usually 3-4 in complimentary colors, most one-of-a-kind). Trust me, the Yarn Fairy will not let you down.
WINNER: Ann (annieone.typepad) – Annie Knits
-Dawn of Scary White Girl Designs (don’t let the name fool you, she’s darling) is going to whip up the winner’s color choice of either a beanie hat (with ruffle, if you wish), a bottle cozy, or an ice cream pint cozy! (It can’t just be me that has a whole ritual of folding and arranging paper towels around the ice cream container. right? I need one of those!)
WINNER: Jenn – PassionKNITly
WINNER: Devorah (aka Mama Squid) – Squid Knits
Robyn of Knit & Purl Mama is going to pick something special for one lucky winner out of either her stash or her shop, Robyn’s Nest! (I bet when you have a yarn shop, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.)
WINNER: Vanessa (Butterflyjones on Ravelry) – Butterfly Knitter
WINNER: Emily – Emily Knits
Denise of Knitting Without Needles (oh, yes she does!) is donating a copy of her book Learn to Knit on Circle Looms, along with a set of knitting looms so you can start right away. I’ve seen the amazing things make their way off knitting looms, you’re going to love this!
WINNER: Laura – Soapturtle Knits
Sadia of Pumpkinspuns Musings will make your head spin with her contirubution! A pair of her Spindle Jewels earrings from her shop, Pumpkinspun Wools and Fiber Designs. They are wee spindles with handspun thread wrapped around them. So cute!!
WINNER: Marilyn – The Knitting Curmudgeon
WINNER: Chris – Spinneret
Lynee, who isn’t a blogger but is still part of the knitting family, is handing over what she has deemed “lurvly Canuckian goodness”. Two skeins of Koigu! Pretty awesome, eh?
WINNER: Maureen (also not a blogger. Maybe theyll talk each other into joining the fray.)
The lovely ladies of Ariadne (wow, that sounds kind of hot is a Mythological sort of way – rowr) are bestowing upon one mere mortal a skein of Opal Hundertwasser! And no, you don’t have to pronounce it to win it. Well . . . maybe . . .
WINNER: Andrea (blog free and loving it)
WINNER: Tina (PhoenixFibrwrks on Ravelry) – Phoenix Fiberworks
-I’m donating a winner’s choice of anything from my General Store, featuring “Knitting into the Blogosphere” and “MOKS” t-shirts and tote bags.
WINNER: Heidi – Sunflowerfairy Knits