And it's about time. The air may still be chilly here in the big city, but finals are this week and, to me, that means I might have some SUMMER READING time ahead of me. Or at least I might be able smuggle a few contraband novels covertly into a park or beach during those weekends when I should be studying spreadsheets for the Foundations of Finance class I'm taking.
But what should I read??? YOU tell ME.
Anyway, here are the rules. They aren't very complicated. There isn't much room in my life for complicated right now.
There are 3 ways to enter the contest! You choose which way(s) you want to enter.
Category 1) Comment with one, two or three book recommendations. You will earn one, two or three entries. You are welcome to recommend more, but three is limit for Category 1 drawing entries.
Category 2) Post this contest on your blog and link to me. You get 3 extra entries for this one! Be sure to provide me with a link of where to find it on your blog.
Category 3) Send someone over. If someone comments and tells me you sent them, you get one more entry per person sent.
No matter the number of entries, no person can win more than once.
That word has always given me chills. Deadline. It's so rough, so final and bloody. This sensation has only gotten worse since I went back to grad school.
Anyway, this contest begins now and entries are accepted through the end of my finals and the subsequent celebration of the semester's end, which means Sunday, May 11, 2008 at noon (or whatever time I sober up).
There will be 4 winners, all chosen at random by our lovely EmmaTeazle:
Better get on her good side.
Winners will be chosen in order. The first name drawn gets to choose one of these four gifts. The second will choose from the remaining three gifts; the third winner has the two remaining choices. Winner number 4, well, you get what you get, but you're still a WINNER!
The contest is open to INTERNATIONAL entrants as well as New Yorkers. I have lots of stamps and I know how to use them.
The offering today is an astounding assortment of Spider-lishish goodies.
One copy of Knitting Through It, featuring my story, The Castle of Our Dreams. Whether you've got knitting fever or not, you'll enjoy reading these touching stories of people doing what they can to get through the tough times.
You can read more about my contribution to the book here, if you need a refresher.
With the book comes a special surprise gift - I'd show it to you, but then I'd have to kill you because it's still top-secret for now. The gift that comes with this book will be one of the first versions of a handcrafted sewing design I will be creating for special occasions and special people and, if it is a hit, perhaps for an Etsy shop one of these days. If you are an early adopter, or if you like a pleasant surprise, this one's for you.
Whoever wins this will have to pry it out of my clenched fingers. Those little monkeys are so cute they make my eyebrows pucker every time I look at them.
That curly tail would sure come in handy for slipping out the office window on beautiful days like these.
Oh, and you might find a fun little something-something inside that bag, if you know what I mean (it's bad luck to give someone an empty bag, after all).
My criteria for prizes was to give away fabulous stuff that I'd love to win myself. Which makes it so much more difficult to actually give away the stuff. But I will be brave.
Take for example this pookeh Heart Shaped Box necklace.
Sandra outdid herself with this one. Look, it even opens.
Brooklyn Handspun's hand-dyed Green Valley superwash soft spun sock yarn!
Speaking of SPRING, I just want to romp naked through those fluffy green strands. But I won't. I promise. You'd never get it untangled.
If you've tried this yarn, you know you love it. If you haven't tried it, well, why not?? Win your very own skein, right here, right now. This 4 ounce hank is more than enough for a fabulous pair of socks. Now stop petting your computer screen, those smudges are unseemly.
Should you win this yarn and you are certifiably not a knitter, then you send me foot measurements, I send you exquisite handknit socks. In about a month. This part of the prize only applies to non-knitters so don't be all, knit me socks if you have a knit blog and published patterns floating around. I'll catch on eventually and send you crappy socks with a special little present from Emma inside. Did I ever tell you about the time in DC we found half a mouse in our bedroom?
So there it is, an actual contest on the OSOH blog. Will wonders never cease. Now, get those book recommendations coming. I will also compile and post a nice listing of these for everyone's benefit, post contest.