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Saturday, August 1, 2009

400th Post Summer Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Click HERE to see who the lucky winner is!

In a little more than a week's time, the 400th post here at Hooked On Needles will be published. I never would have thought, just about a year and 2 months ago, that I'd hit that mark so soon. Yet here we are, and I think we should celebrate!

According to the calendar, we are in the middle of summer here. But according to the weather, once again we are back to the cool rainy climate we in New England associate with early spring or fall. Don't get me wrong though! I'll take this weather over the hot and humid stuff any day of the week! I'm much more productive when it's cooler.

But I digress. I'm having a 400th Post Summer Giveaway starting right now. The winner will be announced in my 400th post which should be in a little more than a week, so you have time to share this with your friends too!

Would you like to see what your prize will be?

400th post summer giveawayWhen you've decided that the day is much too nice to spend indoors, just grab your Crocheted Mini-Duffel, toss in your sunscreen, chap stick, Crystal Light packets, your summer journal and notecards. Add a bottle of water and your sunglasses, then leave a little sticky note saying you're at the beach, and off you go! If you take a few pictures while you are there, you can put them in your little photo album later to share with everyone who was too busy to enjoy the day with you!

Crocheted Mini-duffel giveaway prizeIn case you haven't guessed, this Crocheted Mini Duffel is what I was making recently when I offered the video tutorials on how to work the Forked Cluster Stitch and how to incorporate colorful bits of yarn into your work. It's a generous size for holding a towel, book, sunglasses, and bottle of water, plus car keys and cell phone for when you just want to go sit at the beach and relax for the afternoon. It would also be great for toting your current project with you to the doctor's office or any of those other places you find yourself waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting!

The mini duffel has a crocheted draw string (video tutorial coming soon!) which is held closed by the hand painted wooden bead that I purchased on vacation at Bella Beads in New Hampshire. In fact, finishing this bag was my vacation handwork project that I brought along in case we had a day or two of rain or cold. Good thing I did bring something along too since most of the week was quite a bit chillier than usual for this time of year and I only went in the lake two times all week! Brrrrrr, it was refreshing!

fabric lining of crocheted mini duffelThe bag is lined with one of the fabrics I purchased at Keepsake Quilting during that same shopping trip.

So if you would like a chance to win the Crocheted Mini Duffel and other assorted goodies shown in the picture above, just leave a comment on this post telling me which of the links at the top of my sidebar you like the most or have found the most helpful. You can also suggest any other links that might be appropriate there as well.

Feel free to share this giveaway with your own readers and friends, on your website, facebook page or twitter. International entries are welcome. Please make sure I can reply to your comment or include your email in your comment so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Good luck to each of you!

Happy Stitching!

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  • I enjoyed looking at the Knitting section and went immediately to the Charity link. Left you a message there!

    By Blogger LizzieK8, At August 1, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

  • Isn't that just great - I am the very first, Mary Grace! Love your bags and Number 1 doesn't feel too lucky so, I'll be back!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

    By Blogger Lurline, At August 1, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

  • I love your knitting section. I have tried crochet, and although I love the look of the items made, I can't seem to get it myself. I just keep on knitting! I'll go take a look at the charity section now. I run a knitting charity. We make baby blankets and donate them to a local children's hospital.

    P.S. I am in Canada.

    Take care,
    Christine (a.k.a The.Knitter)

    By Blogger The.Knitter, At August 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM  

  • I have been lucky enough to receive some of your works of art, so I will give someone else a chance to win, I just wanted to say congrats on your 400th post!! that is amazing!!

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At August 1, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

  • Love the bag..
    My favorite link is your Hand Embroidery. I can crochet a bit and pick it up every once in a while, but my first love is Embroidery.

    By Blogger Lisa, At August 1, 2009 at 9:49 PM  

  • What a wonderful giveaway package. I love your crocheting projects. Since I've started crocheting again I've learned a lot from your site.

    By Blogger Sweet P, At August 2, 2009 at 6:46 AM  

  • I have to admit that I have not actually watched the tote bag tutorial, but I want to. I loved watching you make those for the school fair. Some day, I will make one! Keep up the posts I love seeing what you make and dream of the time that I will be able to create such fun stuff!

    By Anonymous Jane K, At August 2, 2009 at 6:11 PM  

  • Hey Mary Grace,
    Oh..that little tote bag is just adorable...wow! You are always busy making something, aren't you? LOL! How can you pick just one favorite? I love the crochet section...I still have lots to learn! I love your whole site...even though I don't sew...I still love to read what you're up to!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Merry Thornsburg, At August 2, 2009 at 11:16 PM  

  • I get so much from your site every time I visit. I get inspiration, motivation, and instruction. Thank you for taking the time to share so much with all of us. I like the never end bias binding tutorial best of all. And I really like all of your tutorials.

    By Blogger Quietspirit, At August 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM  

  • What a lovely bag! Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. And congratulations on your 400th post!

    By Blogger Carol R., At August 4, 2009 at 12:00 PM  

  • Hello Mary Grace, Happy 400th Post....love the crochet duffel bag....gorgeous....thank you for the chance to enter...I liked your link about the recycled jeans into a clothes peg bag....hugs lyn ps will put your giveaway on my sidebar

    By Blogger bluebird-lyn, At August 5, 2009 at 12:53 AM  

  • I really like the bag! My favorite link is your crochet link.. it is, after all, how I stumbled to you blog.. you little baby hat! I had been searching for something simple to make to donate to the local hospital for the babies, and that's the pattern I used, and sent people to from my church who were helping me. I have since used the same pattern but adding an additional row or two used it to make larger hats for kids and adults. some I've made without the roll up brim, and put a very simple scallop edging on it instead. everyone loved them!

    By Blogger Milk Brain, At August 5, 2009 at 6:53 AM  

  • Hi,
    I have to admit that thanks to you, i tackled crochet using your granny square tutorial (and the other videos as help for the stitches). Although I dont think I'll give up knitting just yet, I have found that crochet is so nice and easy to tuck into a bag for when I go out.
    Thanks so much for doing this for people :)


    By OpenID dutchkiwi, At August 5, 2009 at 2:14 PM  

  • This is first time on site and just love the videos. I have been knitting since high school but just within last 2 years have started again. Video on increasing was very helpful as I had forgotten how to do it and seeing written instuctions didn't help. Thanks! Will bookmark and be a regular visitor.

    By Anonymous koolasqcombr, At August 5, 2009 at 3:26 PM  

  • I love your blog, and I find everything worthy of viewing when I have time. This is my first time to comment, but wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your tuts on sewing, crochet, and of course, your videos. Thank you for being so generous with your talents in all these areas. Congrats on the 400th. God Bless and keep em coming Mrs Mary. I am dibbs on knittinghelp.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 5, 2009 at 10:40 PM  

  • Hi,

    I loved your video tutorials and your entries. count me in for your give away.


    By Blogger Kanmani, At August 6, 2009 at 1:38 AM  

  • Hey Mary,

    I love your crochet sections and ofcourse your all the post. U are very helpful
    Thanks a lot
    God bless u

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 6, 2009 at 2:36 PM  

  • Hi, The link I like the most is the sewing link...I always get alot of inspiration from projects others have made....love the tote bags you made from Upholstery fabric. Thanks for the opportunity to win that great bag you have on offer for your 400th Post giveaway. If you have time to check out my blog, there's a giveaway on there too! Hugs Naomi from Australia

    By Blogger Beeshebags, At August 7, 2009 at 4:55 AM  

  • Congratulations on your soon "400th post". We all seem to have so much to share and it's wonderful to find each other in the "big world", but then discover "it's a small world after all!!"

    If you get a chance to see my blog you'll see I try all sorts of things including crocheting. So I can appreciate the time and fun in creating this bag.

    By Blogger Susan, At August 7, 2009 at 6:41 AM  

  • For me the most useful link would have to be the list of video tutorials. It is really helpful to have something visual rather than struggle to learn something from a book.
    I love the crochet bag you made.
    Congratulations on your 400th post!


    By Blogger Solstitches, At August 7, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

  • Hello! My name is Nika! I so like your blog! We are from Russia. My husband and I to work with students. We organize many clubs to construct attitudes friendship and to speak them about the Christ. I have ladys club, we to do hand made cards, scrapbook, quilt and crosstitch. It is good opportunity to testify about our God and His love! Every Saturday I have craft club for ladyes. We do cards, quilt, crochet, cross stitch too. It very not usual and new to Russian culture. I to study from different blogs how to make cards, made quilt and to use different technics. We are missionary to the Far East Russia. We are russian. We live in city Birobidzhan, it is the Jewish region in Russia. A lot of Jews live here. They have synagogues and to celebrate religious holidays. But many of them do not know the Christ. We have 2 daughters. Polina is 8 years and Liliya is 2 years.And if you are interesting about us I shall be glad give answer to you. I will glad if you can write me.Sorry my English.
    You can vizit to my blog http://christforchristglory.blogspot.com
    and our family ministry blog

    You can vizit to my blog http://christforchristglory.blogspot.com
    and our family ministry blog

    By Blogger Никушка, At August 7, 2009 at 10:55 PM  

  • I think the link for the tutorial videos are most helpful! Great give away - the bag is just wonderful!

    By Blogger Agneta quilts, At August 8, 2009 at 2:49 AM  

  • Congratulations on your 400th post. I think the tutorials would be the most helpful thing on your blog. The duffel bag is gorgeous.


    By Blogger Mystica, At August 8, 2009 at 3:15 AM  

  • Congratulations! I like all of it but just know the bias binding was perfect for me.
    Greatings from Sweden

    By Blogger Jane S, At August 10, 2009 at 7:28 AM  

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