AndeeKF Fiber Arts and Photography {giveaway}

Today’s giveaway is from Andee, whom you might know from her blog, Match the Pictures.  She’s been a regular part of our Yarn Along here at Small Things for as long as I can remember.  I am very pleased to be sharing this space with her today!

Hello!  I am an independent knit wear designer. I really enjoy designing and releasing my own knitting patterns. I love getting inspiration for my patterns from different yarns. I am most loyal to alpaca yarn since I have alpacas. I enjoy making patterns for hand spun, small fiber mill processed yarn and indie dyers.

I think one of the most rewarding things about making knitting patterns is to see all the wonderful garments people make from my patterns. I like to design items that can be worn as an everyday item.  I am looking forward to releasing quite a few new patterns in the near future. My design process starts with an idea in my head and then I do a sketch. Once I find the yarn I want to use for the project I make a swatch and type up the pattern once I know the gauge.  Then I knit it and wear it. As I like to say I need to field test it. Then I might make several modifications and knit it again. Once I am pleased with the result I release the pattern to my test knitters. After the test knitting is done I release the pattern.



I enjoy the whole process so much and with all the support I get for the patterns I already have released it encourages me to keep designing. When I am not helping my parents out at their alpaca farm, or helping my kids with the school work I am either spinning yarn, knitting or writing patterns.


For the giveaway I will be giving away each of my patterns to one winner:

Treasure Vest, Treasure Cardigan, Joey Infinity Scarf, Standing Stones Cowl, Outlander Cowl, Postcard Cardigan, Tidal Wave, Penny Infinity Scarf

In addition, I am offering $1.00 off all my patterns for Small Things readers using the code SMALLTHINGS2015 from October 10th – October 17th.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post!  Comments will close and a winner will be selected on Tuesday, October 13th.

Thanks, Andee!

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Nova Natural {giveaway}

dressNova Natural has been my favorite place to buy high quality children’s toys for many years now, so it’s always exciting for me to share their business with all of you!  If you’ve been reading here for the past few years, you’ve no doubt seen some of our favorite things, purchased from Nova, here on the blog. As we move into fall, now is a great time to start thinking about dress-up play!

“Most children love dress up play. They can imagine themselves in all sorts of different roles and situations, sparking ideas and creativity, building empathy, developing problem solving skills, and learning how to relate to others. For parents, watching your child play dress up helps you understand who they are and what interests them. You get to know what affects and motivates them, useful knowledge for any engaged parent. And most importantly, dress up play is just plain fun!

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At Nova Natural Toys & Crafts, we believe in not only the value of such play, but also that kids engage in it with safe, natural, products. That’s why we only offer the most durable, high quality, costumes, non-toxic face paints, and toys. You’ll find wooden swords, tunics, helmets, crossbows and more to supply your burgeoning knight or Robinhood. And for the would-be fair maiden, a beautiful frock and headdress. We’ve even conjured up a magical sorcerer’s robe and cap. But wait! Did we spy a fairy with silk wings, flowery headband and wand flitting by? Of course we did. This is play, after all.

So round up your favorite fairy, knight, and wizard and come with us on an imaginative play adventure.”


For the giveaway, Nova Natural would like to offer one winner a $50 gift card.  In addition, when you join their mailing list (scroll to the bottom of their homepage, and you will see the place to enter your email address), you will receive a coupon for $7.00 off your order.

To enter this giveaway, start by leaving a comment on this post.  (This giveaway has ended.) Then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter widget below, logging in with either your email address or your Facebook account for your chances to win.  You will need to start by selecting the option to leave a comment on this blog post.  In addition you can receive three more chances by joining the Nova Natural mailing list (the form is at the bottom of their homepage), following Nova Natural on Pinterest, and another chance for following @novanatural on Instagram!  The giveaway will end on Monday, September 28 at 8 a.m. EST.  The winner will be announced later that morning within this post and notified via email.
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