And The Winner Is…..

The winner of our one-skein giveaway is……(drum roll please)….

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That would be Chris, I-hook on Ravelry, whose pattern choice was a crochet shawl called Over the Willamete.

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I'm so glad Chris won! I loved this pattern when she posted it, even though I don't crochet.  It's going to be a pleasure to send her the yarn, and Chris, I hope you'll have time to work it up soon and you'll share it with us when you do!  Many thanks to Jenn Wolfe Kaiser who wrote the pattern and was kind enough to let me use her photograph.

And thank you to everyone who posted their favorite pattern.  There is an amazing variety of inspiration and ideas in your comments!  I've added so many of your ideas to my queue.  Perhaps one of them will find its way into our Self-Indulgent September Knitalong, later this year.  I wish I could send each of every one of you some yarn for your project!

The only remaining question is what yarn to send.  The pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn and it seems to look lovely whether it is worked up in a solid color or a more vibrant colorway.

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I finally decided this pattern needed a luxury yarn and chose a skein of Elliebelly BFL CashSilk Sock, a yarn I've been for myself and friends, but haven't ever sold.  The blend is 70% Blue Faced Leciester, 20% Silk, and 10% Cashmere, and the yarn seems to have all of the best qualities of each fiber, plus a nice stitch definition.  I hope it will be a good fit for this pattern, or whatever you choose to make with it Chris!

Several of the pattern designers whose designs were included in the comments have kindly offered copies of their patterns to readers of the blog, so stay tuned for a post later this week and a chance to win some of these wonderful patterns.

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