The big news up here is that the very first New York City Yarn Crawl is coming up this weekend, October 9-12, Friday through Monday.
We have a Fambly Double Whammy this weekend–a bar mitzvah and a bat mitzvah occurring simultaneously (luckily they are brother and sister, so the simu-davening will be occurring at one convenient location)–so my personal Crawling Time will be somewhat limited. I am determined, though, to hit at least a few of the shops that are participating, focusing my efforts on venturing out of my regular circuit of fave shops.
Ann, you won’t be here, but your knitting will! The Yarn Crawl was kind enough to invite us to be part of the fabulously silly Scavenger Hunt contest that Blue Sky Alpacas is sponsoring. Here’s how it works:
Each of the 14 participating yarn shops will have on its premises a sample project from either Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters’ Guide, or Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. The item will be recognizable from its photograph in the book, or for those who (very sadly, I weep for them, really I do) do not have the books, from a quick search of Ravelry’s patterns archive using the search term “Mason-Dixon Knitting”. (Not that I check this listing daily or anything.) IMPORTANT NOTE: The item will not be hidden, so please do not dig through yarn bins or otherwise disturb the yarn shop. The item will be in plain sight somewhere in the store. The item will bear a tag saying, “Mason-Dixon Knitting #__”.
When you have located the item, make a note of the information on the tag AND the name of the shop in which you found it.
At the end of your personal yarn crawl, send an email to [email protected], listing each item you found BY NUMBER, and the shop you found it in. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. New York time on Tuesday, October 13, 2009.
There will be one grand prize winner, of this fabulous prize:
A kit to make this luxurious Blue Sky Alpacas, quilt-inspired throw. I’ve seen the kit, all dolled up in a beautiful basket. It is to covet. This is a blanket for people who wrap themselves up in a regular quilt and say, “This thing is just not thick enough for me, and also I’d like 28 skeins of alpaca/merino in it.”
There will also be a wonderful second prize involving Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere. Don’t lose hope if you don’t get to all 14 stores. Enter anyway! Scavenge your heart out!
The winners will be chosen by random drawing from among all entries with the highest number of correct scavenger hunt finds. That is, if several entries have all 14 items, the drawing will be from those entries only. If nobody finds all 14, the drawing will be from all entries that have 13 items, and so forth. Given what I know about knitters, and their energy for visiting yarn shops, I’m guessing there will be a few 14-item entries.
May the best scavengers win!