Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Giveaway: hand crocheted blanket

blanket6It’s here. My blog is officially one year old this Saturday. When I sat down at my computer one year ago, life was very different. I sent my thoughts out like paper airplanes into the abyss. Nobody was reading. I couldn’t have imagined that this many of you would have found me in just one year. It makes me so happy to connect with you all the time.blanket1

To celebrate, I’m giving away this hand crocheted afghan. I’ve decided to open an Etsy store to sell my goods, so this is a little jump start. I’ll be posting details about that as soon as I get it going.

This winter throw is made out of Red Heart 100% Acrylic yarn in “Aruba Sea” and “Coffee” colors; it's embellished with a variety of flowers in the lower right corner and a picot edge. It is approximately 52 by 82 inches and weighs 4.5 lbs. I crocheted this blanket with double strands of yarn, so it’s extra cozy. It is pictured below on a Queen sized bed, but it would cover a twin nicely.

Since each blanket I make is acrylic, it’s kid-friendly, pet-friendly, and klutz-friendly. Just throw it in the washer and dryer. I will arrange shipment (or delivery, if nearby) to the winner.

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This would make a loving gift for someone you know… or perhaps you need it folded neatly over the back of your couch for those chilly January movie nights? Approximate value is $125. I am giving it away, people!

FOUR WAYS TO ENTER. Do all or just one. Depends how bad you really want to win. (Up to 4 entries per person = increased odds at winning.)

1) Comment this post. Please identify yourself clearly. You wouldn’t believe how many Jennifers I know. Either use a profile or your real name/initials so I can contact you if you win.

2) Become a fan of {alis grave nil} on Facebook and leave me a comment on the link to this post. (If you’re already a fan, just leave a comment there too.)

3) Tweet about this giveaway. Be sure to include this exact text (note underscores in my twitter name): “@_AlisGraveNil_ http://tinyurl.com/yllu7py” so I can find your tweet. (If your twitter name is not something I’d recognize, mention it in your comment here as well.)

4) Mention this giveaway on your blog. Be sure to provide an active link to the mention in your comment so I can verify.

All entries must be submitted by 10:00 PM on Sunday, January 3. Winner will be chosen using Random.org. (I’m going to make E do it because I want to be completely out of the decision. He’s impartial.)

This giveaway is open to ANYONE. I know there are a lot of you who read but don't comment. That's totally cool with me, but this is your big shot to come out of the woodwork and win something! ANYONE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD CAN WIN. Even former students. I see you there, and it's okay. We're all friends here.

Thanks for a great year. I’m looking forward to seeing who wins. :)

On your mark, get set, GO!

39 comments:

  1. Oh lovely! How I would adore that blanket!
    Congrats on your bloggiversary!

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  2. Um, I've never commented on your blog because I thought maybe you had to be a blogger to do that sorta thing. At any rate, I've always checked in on your blog every few days and I absolutely LOVE this blanket you've crocheted! So I'm posting something now and identifying myself as one of those many Jennifers you know. Jennifer Sharp from the unparalleled Period 6... Mock trialer and former babysitter :)

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  3. That blanket is beautiful. Whoever wins is going to be so lucky!

    This is my entry. But I'm heading over to FB to comment there too. :)

    -Jeannette

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  4. Omg! I'm so happy that you are opening an Etsy store, it's going to be amazing, and I'm DEFINITELY entering this giveaway because I love, love, love, love the blanket! It's sooo freakin' cute!

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  5. I think the blanket is beautiful! And if I don't win, I'll be looking forward to your Etsy opening ...

    Good luck to all the blog readers!

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  6. very pretty!!! i love the little flowers!! great job, can't wait to see your esty shop. :)

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  7. Wow! I love this blanket! What a great choice of colors!
    I'm a follower!

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  8. I love the new flower idea. Here is my comment. T E R R I D E A V E R S. LOL :D

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  9. Just in case you didn't see it . . . I blogged about the giveaway :)

    www.thisisntaperfectlife.blogspot.com

    ~ Janis

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  10. free, snuggly-warm, handmade goods?

    pat is in, and objects to jen's claim of unparalleledness.

    look how many of us come out of the woodwork when you start giving away free stuff

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  11. Another beautiful blanket. I love the flowers. You'll have to tell me how to get started on Etsy too.

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  12. Hey! Are those the same flowers as the ones in the scarf I made you? I love adding them into the blanket...it really gives it something special. You are very talented and creative!

    Love,
    Lis (and I think I'm sage to assume I'm the only one!)

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  13. I love the flower idea! I need to learn how to crochet the blanket you made.....but in the meantime I will hope to win it!

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  14. That gorgeous blanket is so much better than a snuggie. Seriously. And here are a few reasons it should become mine:

    1. I live in Washington, DC. It's much colder here than it is in Elk Grove. It recently snowed so much I got snow in my shoe.

    2. I recently had an earache. Worse, I erroneously believed ear aches were for babies, so I ignored it. It got worse. The only thing that could have possibly made me feel better would have been a blanket.

    3. I'm getting married and last time I checked, I did not have a present from you.


    My fingers are crossed,

    Katrina Emmons
    circa EGHS Class of 1997

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  15. I want it I want it!!!!! I have been working on a blanket for years!! I can never get it done!!! Pick me pick me!!'

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  16. I would LOVE this blanket. It's adorable! You do great work, and I can't wait till you open your Etsy store!

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  17. I posted a comment, like the 4th one, but it's not there. Here's my second and really important comment. Love the colors of the blanket. Currently, using my computer as a heat source. Kelly McMichael - English Instructor Extrordinaire (yeah, spelling issue there).

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  18. OOOOOHHHHHHH I have to win this, not only because I am in love with it, but because it matches my current theme on my blog, so it's perfect for me! I will become a fan of yours on facebook and will post about your giveaway on my blog right now honey. I hope you get some new followers from it. Please add my page on facebook too if you want under Blonde Episodes. I am in love with your blog and see that we have English teaching in common! Have a fantastic new year honey! Kori xoxo

    http://blondeepisodes.blogspot.com

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  19. That blanket is GORGEOUS and would totally match my bedroom! :) Congrats on your one year blog birthday! :)

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  20. The blanket is beautiful and your blog rocks. Happy Blog Birthday!
    Kristina MSW

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  21. I gots to win that gorgeous blankie!!!! It is beautiful!!! :-D Love, Sarah Reed

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  22. That is a beautiful blanket! I would love to have it. Maybe not while in Panama, i might die of heat exhaustion.. But consider this Mary Menke's entry! (The Menke family) :) I love reading your blogs and keeping up with a good english vocabulary while I'm not using mine at all here! Thanks for all your interesting posts!

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  23. Beautiful! I love it! Do I really have to identiful myself? Do you know very many ML's? Ok, well, let's just say that I love a decorated "Cheer" box and you know where to find me! :)

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  24. It's so pretty!!!!
    +1

    posted on sidebar under "giveaways"
    here
    +1

    tweeted: http://twitter.com/robin_titan/status/7262622550

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  25. Hey Coach, congrats on the blog anniversary, you were my inspiration to start blogging during Charlie's deployment! The blanket is awesome, I should get a hobby!

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  26. This blanket is beautiful. Followed E's like of your blog from Facebook. Here is my entry.

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  27. Beautiful! I love the colors that you picked...and the flowers!!

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  28. It's beautiful! And congratulations for opening a shop on Etsy, yay!

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  29. Heather you are talented in sooo many ways! I'm very glad you started your blog. I really enjoy reading your work. Your blanket is beautiful!

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  30. I already have a PDawg original crochet blanket, but I just have to brag about how awesome it is! Super thick and snuggly. Last night on NY Eve, took a little nap under it. Also, the highest form of praise came from Lucy, my 10 lb dog. She has taken over control of the blanket as one of her favorite places to curl up for a nap :)

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  31. Man, isn't it crazy how many people pop up to comment for this blanket? Even if I don't get the blanket, I'm definitely inspired by your crocheting skills. I'm finishing up my first scarf, and it has taken so long for me. I can't imagine doing a blanket! But if you work full time, have a husband and kids and can do it... then I definitely can take it on!

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  32. Reading the word afghan reminded me of Animal Dreams... or maybe that's just because it's you writing the word afghan. Anyway, it's really nice looking and I feel as if it would keep me cozy warm in Michigan. Also, checking the spelling on afghan made me realize how close of a spelling it is to my name... Meghan. I feel like I practically own it already. (Veiga, by the way)

    Happy 1 year blog anniversary! :)

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  33. Count me in! -Dad

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  34. Enter me!

    -Kathy D

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  35. happy one year blog anniversary!
    hope you have many more to come.

    p.s. my bedroom in sf consists of blue/turquoise bed spread and brown sheets. hello matching afghan!

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  36. ummm let's be serious, im the only Jennifer that matters. Jennifer ARJONA. and i want that blanket!!!!!! =D

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  37. Such a cool giveaway! The afghan is beautiful. I love the colors! SO excited that you opened an Etsy shop too- congrats :)!!!

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  38. Love it! I'm tweeting it! I'm rare to your blog! My twittername is @OhhKarinaa (: Look out for my tweet!

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