Friday, January 23, 2015

"Evil Queen", yarn, giveaway

My favorite Disney villain is Maleficent. I didn't realize this until after the 2014 Angelina Jolie movie came out. But the more I think about it, she is. And I'm quite chuffed that somehow they've found a way to bring the character back to Once Upon A Time. I have Lady Purl yarn called Once Upon a Dream that I'm so going to knit me some socks during this second half of this season. I hope they can explain the huge plot hole of "she died in her dragon form in Storybrooke and she was some sort of undead" but either way, Maleficent! Her name has been changed to "Evil Queen" but she's still the same magically villanous lady.

So . . . on December 18, 2014, I see this beauty in my newsfeed.



I lasted a whole two days (I think) before I broke down and bought the chart. And then I realized, oh wow wouldn't she be great as a storykeep (SK) or a quick stitch (QS) or a mini? I decided I didn't want to wait about for someone else to request it . . . so I did. Someone else also got her without the background, but I'm not as sure on that point. The example was on some hand dyed fabric, but part of the beauty is the background. (Might still get it to go with the others.

So . . . yesterday, the SK, the QS, and the mini (along with the "no background") were listed on the site. Squeeeeeee!

And they look like:



Well the SK and QS at least. The mini is a smaller version of all of the big one.



And while I was looking on the "new charts" page I noticed a new SK. I love SKs, there's something about the shape, I think. So . . . SK Ice Princess, which I adore the colors of her, had to come along with SK Maleficent. Since, you know 50% off sale.





So . . . onto the next topic, yarn. I finished spinning and plying the Feather colorway of the Spun Right Round merino I'd bought to do during last year's Spinzilla. I didn't have the oompf to get a 3rd braid done, so that one was still sitting about. (I added another 3 to it - in the colors of Human Fly, Phosphorous Pixie, and Mint Me.) And I also was busy with both drop spindles. I did more on my top whorl "eclectic" yarn and realized when I wound it off, that I'd left it too long. Oooops. I'd gotten 9 1 ounce bags of superwash merino on eBay and it's going to be quite eclectic once it is all spun/wound/etc. And the other spindle (the bottom whorl) has been hosting some more of that "sweet tarts" yarn - 1/2 of the 4 ounce braid of Malabrigo Nube in baya electica. And again, I'd left it too long on the spindle. sigh But I have finished that one and wound it onto a cardboard wrapping paper tube. And I've started the 2nd half of the braid. It's soooo pretty. And a lot thinner than the previous spinning. (I have a pair of red braids, called Cereza, that is always out of stock on Paradise Fibers it seems like.) The only thing I don't particularly care for about the Malabrigo Nube is it seems a bit felted. If I had a drum carder, I'd probably run it through before spinning.





Ok . . . onto the giveaway. I've done a couple of giveaways before. One was in honor of my friend's birthday and the other was in memory of my Uncle on the birthday after he passed away. Usually I like to do a guessing contest. And there's clues and all that. But this time, I'm doing it a bit differently. Partly because I've left it too late to really have a proper guessing contest thingymy and partly because it's for my birthday. (plus some people already know what the "prize" is.)

So how does it work? Very simple. I'll be posting here and on my fb and in a few of the groups I'm in. And if someone wants to have a chance, just comment either there or here (or both) or message me. Then next Friday, January 30, 2015, I will pick a name for each chart. (And then RAK the chart) Actually, I'm not picking, my furry minions, Daenerys, Myrcella, and Brienne, will be doing the picking.



So . . . it's my birthday, but you're getting the gift! lol

So . . . what are the lovlies I've picked out to giveaway?



They're both storykeeps. The first I picked is one I've stitched. He's still my favorite SK - I was able to stitch him in 17 days. Plus, dragon. Yes, if you're thinking SK Fragile, you're right!

The other one I picked was of course, SK Maleficent. Since she's the my favorite Disney villain. I was hoping she'd get released in time for my birthday so I could include her.

So . . . here are the pictures of SK Fragile and SK Maleficent:



So . . . good luck!

34 comments:

  1. I hope you had a wonderful birthday and got some nice pressies ;-) I hope there is a year of health and joy and stitching ahead of you =)
    SK maleficient looks amazing, at first I could not understand why everyone got mad about this, but the longer i look at this, the more I love it. Maybe I should check out that film after all, I completely missed it :D

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    1. lol it's not my birthday yet, that's January 30th, tho I have gotten myself some new fiber which I could say I got myself for my birthday. :)

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  2. Ooooh so your the one to blame for making my maleficent decision so hard LOL! Hope you have a great birthday and I would love to be included in the giveaway!

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    1. Yes I am! lol I figured not everyone would want to do the full size, plus I am totally intending to stitch them all. Tho I can't take credit on the no background one.

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  3. Happy Birthday! What a good idea to spread a little bit of joy to someone else on your birthday! I might do the same!

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  4. Happy Birthday! I'd love to do the Maleficent SK for my daughter the Sleeping Beauty Geek! (her birthday is next month!)

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  5. Happy Birthday!! You are such a sweet lady to be spreading the joy on your special day. I would love to be included in this giveaway and hope you have a wonderful new year!!

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    1. You're included in the list, good luck!

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  6. I have been wanting to try a HAED. SWEET!

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    1. Good luck on your entry. SK Fragile is a great first HAED.

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  7. Happy Birthday! I would love this to be my very first HAED stitch.

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  8. I hope you have a Happy Birthday!
    I love both of these SK's. Thank you for having such a wonderful giveaway!

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  9. A HAED! Wow. I did Starry Night and it took forever but turned out great with gridding and patience. Include me in the giveaway!

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  10. Happy Birthday. I haven't tried to do an HAED yet. I hope your fur-babies pick my name. I love fur-babies.

    Brightest Blessings.
    Gloria

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  11. Happy happy birthday! I am biding my time on getting a HAED pattern of black cat..... because that is my furbaby. Hope you are having a spectacular day!

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    1. I don't know if you like the SK Logan one (as it has ladybug wings) but that is a really nice little pattern of a black cat that doesn't have much confetti for a SK.

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  12. Great way to celebrate your birthday!! Maleificent please- I've stayed away from the site because I just know the Karlos dragon set will jump in my cart & there are too many big bills this month!! I didn't even know she'd been SK'd!!

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    1. lol I know how that is
      yeah I asked Michele "did anyone request her as a mini, QS, and/or SK yet" as soon as the BAP came out since i knew that she'd be fantastic in smaller form.

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  13. Happy Birthday Sarah!! :) Hope you have an awesome time celebrating your special day!! Best wishes <3 Yup, remember to make that magical wish when you blow out your bday cake candles :)

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  14. Happy birthday! How very generous of you to give these away. I would love to win either one. It would make a great late birthday present for me (January 8). :)

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  15. How sweet of you to give these away for your birthday! I've never done a Storykeep so I'd love to enter the giveaway!

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    1. :) you're entered
      SK's tend to have a bit more confetti due to needing to get the detail in a smaller area, but Fragile is really not bad I thought.

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    2. I'm doing a QS now for the BB SAL and oh my...confetti galore! None of the HAEDs I'm currently doing have that much. So if I win, I'll be ready to conquer it!

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  16. I hope you have an awesome birthday! I haven't attempted a HAED yet. I just haven't gotten up the nerve but your blog is making me want to start one more and more! They are beautiful! Please enter me in your giveaway! Thanks :o)

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    1. It took me 8 months to get up the courage to even start Tannith (QS Lotus Wood) as I got scared, so I understand. Once I did start her and also Alien Cat SK, I was like "why was I so nervous?" Of course, I saw them and went "I'll never even own one, they look so complicated" . . . 10 finishes and like what, 8 or 10 wips later, I had to eat those words. lol

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  17. Giveaway commencing shortly . . . just have to finish compiling the names and getting out the minions.

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