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Thanks to all of y’all you played and showed interest in the contest and in my patterns. I entered each entry into a spreadsheet and then used the PsychicScience random number generator to first generate 10 random numbers for Cocoon and then 2 random numbers for Lillian.

The numbers that came up for Cocoon were 37, 42, 63, 19, 57, 62, 6, 77, 23 and 34. The numbers for Lillian were 45 and 72.  So who won and how?

Cocoon Winners:

6 – Ellen Margulies – Facebook
19 – HeySweetGeorgia – Twitter
23 – Tallpolishgirl – Blog comment
34 – Awkwardgirl – Ravelry
37 – Knitterotica – Twitter
42 – Lydia Tilus – Facebook
57 – Kklemann – Blog comment
62 – InJuneau – Ravelry
63 – MyaLMG – Ravelry
77 – tapmouse – Twitter

Lillian Winners:

45 – Indigomuse – Twitter
72 – Heather Hodgins Lam – Facebook

Congrats to the winners! If you won, you should be getting your download link soon! Sorry to those that did not win. Perhaps you’ll get lucky next time!

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eDSC01979 logo Happy Labor Day!  To celebrate, I’m going to give away 10 free copies (and maybe a couple more if I find some particularly clever posts) of my new pattern, Cocoon. Read on for details.

The initial concept for Cocoon came about about 2 years ago, when my stepmom requested a stole in some dark blue colors. So, I set forth to design a stole for her and I hand-painted a cashmere/merino yarn in some dark blues. In the end, I loved the stole and the design, but I felt that the hand-painted colors really did not show off the details very well. I also wanted to alter the design a bit and really incorporate more transitions and patterns in the stole to truly embody the idea of a the life of an insect (such as a butterfly) from cocoon to full metamorphosis.

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Above: The original Cocoon I created for my stepmom. As you can see, the variegated colors, albeit tonal, do not really do the lace patterns justice.

After percolating in my mind, nearly 2 years later, several several revisions, the official public version was unveiled at The National Needlearts Association trade show this past June in Columbus, OH. Cocoon was showcased at the Mountain Meadow Wool booth. Photos from the show below:

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Cocoon is not a difficult lace project for beginners and it is still quite interesting for more experienced lace knitters. The cocoon pod pattern in the body created by dropping stitches, which is both exciting and fun, and the pattern in the body and the border is relatively easy to memorize. The ends of the stole is flanked by a pattern that I intentionally created to resemble wings of insects, while at the same time look like a floral motif.

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As I mentioned at the top of the post, I will be giving away at least 10 Cocoon patterns (PDF file). Here are the many ways in which you can get a chance to get your free copy of Cocoon:

  1. Retweet my announcement on Twitter. (I’m @AnneKuoLukito on Twitter.)
  2. Post a comment below.
  3. Post about Cocoon or the giveaway on your blog (link this post so I can track your post).
  4. Post a comment on the Cocoon pattern page on Ravelry.
  5. Post a comment on my fan page on Facebook.

Each of the actions above will entitle you to an entry. Contest closes at 9pm PST on Tuesday, at which time, I will list everyone’s username(s) in a spreadsheet and then use a random number generator to select the winners. For example, if you retweeted and posted a comment, you will get 2 entries. Winners will be announced in via Twitter and in a blog post on Wednesday. Good Luck and Thanks for Playing!

EDITED TO ADD (9/7/10):  Since it was freezing last night here in SoCal, and I’m feeling generous, I’m also going to throw in 2 free copies of one of my most popular patterns, Lillian (Ravelry listing for you Ravelers). You’ll be eligible to win Lillian if you post about either patterns on Twitter (make sure you mention @AnneKuoLukito so I get alerted and add your entry) or make a comment on the Crafty Diversions Facebook fan page.

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Whitey Coyote was trying to snuggle up to Cocoon and the yarn when I was working on it. When I wouldn't let her rub on it, she decided to thwart my process by being cute and snuggling in my lap.

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Using a random number generator, the winners for the I’m a Klutz Pattern Giveaway are….
::drum roll:

  1. jmywest@….
  2. Ilythya
  3. Emmy/ xcupidxstuntx@…
  4. Neraulia
  5. Knitmeahamster
  6. Luminea
  7. Bekbek
  8. Silverlotus
  9. Ilythya
  10. Ruth/ Ruth@…
  11. Pikkle
  12. Veggie
  13. Knitmeahamster
  14. Knitticism

Congrats to all of you!!  Winners are ranked according to the order in which the number generator spit out the numbers. jmywest will have top pick of the 14 patterns available, then Ilythya and so forth. Unfortunately, Knitticism will get the leftover pickings. The top five winners will also be able to pick one new, unklutzified pattern of their choosing.

If You Are a Winner….

  1. Send me your mailing address, and don’t forget to give me your real name too. Top 5 winners: please also give me your Ravelry name if you would like the bonus pattern to go into your Ravelry library.
  2. Email me your pattern preferences. Giving me a range would be very helpful in case the one you want is claimed by someone of a higher rank than you.
  3. Also, I’ll be listing the winners and linking your Ravelry name (or website) in my next newsletter/posting to my mailing list. So if you have a site you want me to link to, let me know.

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I brought my portfolio along with me to Sock Summit and I kept it in my tote bag along with my water bottle, which contained a tiny bit of tea in it. Of course I am brilliant and did not screw the bottle cap tightly enough. Thus, the tea leaked into the bottom of my bag. 😦

These got a little wet and stained in the top left corner.

Several of the hardcopy printed patterns in the portfolio got a little damp and tea-stained at either the top right or the top left corner. Some are barely noticeable, some a little moreso, and some have a little bit of color transfer in the area where it was wet because I backed the patterns with black cardstock inside the portfolio,  but they are otherwise in great condition. Nonetheless, I can no longer use them as portfolio samples. I could sell them at a little discount for being “hurt,” but I think I’d rather give them away!

People always like giveaways right?  The giveaway includes 14 patterns – one each of Arrrgyle Skullcap, Buccaneer’s Booty, Audra, Carmen Bolero, Fu Lantern, Liana, Lillian Cardigan, Mermaid, Orinoco, Pacifica, Pfeiffer Falls, Rio Dances in the Sand, Threesome, and Twister. And, I will throw in a second bonus non-klutzified perfect condition pattern for the 5 of the lucky 14, which will also be selected and drawn at random. That’s giving away over $80 worth of patterns! You can find more details about each pattern here.

The black cardstock transferred a little bit of color to the backs of the ones that got a little wetter.

How to Get the Patterns: talk about the patterns! You can talk about it on your blog, make a comment on mine, or talk about it on Ravelry (of course don’t violate any Ravelry or group posting rules). You can do a review, say what you’d do to modify it for yourself, suggest it to someone who might be looking for a specific type of pattern, or whatever strikes your fancy, etc. If you talk about any of the patterns on your blog, do a trackback blog post link or link my blog/site. I am able to see referral site statistics from my blog/site, and if a pattern is hotlinked in the Rav forums, I see those stats too. Earburning me works too. And if you’re not sure that I’ll see it, you can add a comment to a blog post letting me know that you posted.  If you choose to post on Ravelry, because it appears there are more than 3-4 patterns named Carmen and Lillian, the hotlink works better if you type “Carmen Bolero” and “Lillian Cardigan.” I *heart* modern technology.

These got a little wet and stained in the top right corner.

How Winners Will Be Selected: The contest period commenced on Aug. 11, 2009 and will end on Sept. 30, 2009. To make selecting and tracking easier, I’m checking the Rav and my stats everyday. I copy the username and/or referrer’s blog onto a running list organized chronologically and by date and source. I’ll then select the winners using a random number generator/picker. 🙂 Multiple mentions and posts count separately. The first selected will have top pick as to which pattern she wants, then the 2nd person, then the 3rd, and so forth. I’ll snail mail the patterns to the winners. The 14 winners’ names will go into another random drawing for the additional 5 bonus patterns.

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New Ads

I’ve been wanting to put some one Ravlery ads for my patterns and design for some time, but I just haven’t gotten around to it until now.  I created 2:

Ravelry approved the ads sooner than I had anticipated, so I was not able to get Pfeiffer Falls and Lillian up before the ads ran.  It was only a 2-3 day gap, so it’s not bad at all.   At least I made my goal of getting them out before Sock Summit.

New Shopping Cart

The benefit of insomnia is that I stay up to do stuff like editing photos, patterns, website and other stuff that I sometimes procrastinate on.  Last night This morning (until about 3:00am), I was trying to get my version of Pfeiffer Falls up on my site. I decided to go with e-junkie ast the host and delivery system. So far, things seem to be easy and in working order.

For now, I’ve decided that I think I’ll allow site visitors the option to purchase using either the Ravelry shopping system, or from this site via e-junkie.  I think choices are good – I was just worried that same less savvy person would get confused and the pages would get too cluttered.

Most patterns will have both options eventually. However, there will be a few that I can only sell on my website due to contractual obligations and limitations with certain publishers.  For example, I can only sell Pfeiffer Falls on my own site and not through any 3rd-party websites, including Ravelry.

New Pattern Listing & Price

I was kind of grappling with pricing Pfeiffer Falls – whether to sell it at the same price that Interweave is selling it for, or to sell it at $5.75, which is $0.25 more.  After polling some good knitterly friends, I decided to keep my pricing at $5.75 for several reasons.

First of all, the one Interweave sells is the magazine version and still has the same good quality for which they are known. (I signed a semi-exclusive contract for them to sell the pattern in their store, so I still get some royalties for any pattern sales through them.)

My version of Pfeiffer Falls has all the “bells and whistles” that can be included in self-publishing, but can be somewhat excessive in traditional publishing due to understandable space issues.  The extra pages and extra information is also why I’m pricing it at $5.75 instead of $5.50 – I do offer hardcopy patterns for people (including selling them wholesale), so there’s also a cost associated with printing 6 pages with a photo on just about each page.

The extras that I include in my self-published Crafty Diversions version of the pattern:

  • U.S. Standard and International metric measurements and calculations
  • Written out instructions for the pattern chart, for those who are not chart-inclined, or prefer text.
  • 6 photos of the project worked in different yarns, including the Optional Ruffles version.
  • A special chart to make grafting in pattern much, much easier.
  • Live embedded hyperlinks – all you have to do is to click on the logos, the email address and any underlined linked text to get to the website.

And of course, I made sure that this was tech edited.

1:51 pm Edited to Add: Early Bird discount! Help me try out the new cart and the coupon discount option.  Buy within the next 72 hours and get $0.50 off pattern. Code: PFKAL2


Actual Pattern Sample. Click for enlarged view

Actual Pattern Sample. Click for enlarged view

Another New Pattern Release

I’m also pretty much done with Lillian, which I hope to post for sale on Ravelry by the end of the day.  I just want to double check it since I rearranged some of the formatting and added an extra page to the pattern so that it’s more roomy and easier to read.

Lillian is another pattern that I designed in coordination with SWTC to highlight their wonderful Tranquility yarn. I’ll do a separate post about this pattern once I’ve listed it and created a site page for it.

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