Sunday, October 26, 2008

Gina Wilde and our Wildest contest ever.

Loops hosted Gina Wilde of Alchemy Yarns of Transformation for a truly transformative presentation this past Friday.

Here's a pic of Gina (left) and Terri - we decided that, with their hair and their love of color, they must have been separated at birth:

Gina also shares Terri's love of funky boots. Love, love!

Gina really got down with her presenation, demonstrating how she lays out each skein of yarn to hand-paint them in tiny batches of 5 skeins. I didn't know that Gina herself paints every single skein of Alchemy yarn!

All the crowd was mesmerized when Gina told us the story of the day she received a great offer from Random House/Potter Craft for her beautiful new book, Shibori Knits...the very same day she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Through the end of October (that's this Friday), Loops will donate 10% of all sales of Alchemy Yarns to the Tulsa Young Survivors group, which distributes information to women under 40 diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Thanks so much to Gina and her sweet husband and business partner, Austin, for traveling all the way from California to visit us! We hope they will come again soon.

Now, to the contest...we had an incredible 267 entries in our Offhand Bag Contest! Thanks to everyone who shared the Loops love! The winner (by random integer drawing) is Terry Ross. Congratulations Terry - you win the beautiful green Offhand Bag!

Honorable mention goes to Julie Swaim, who has an amazing circle of influence (or just lots of really good friends). She got 24 people to enter the contest and mention her name! Julie wins an Offhand Tia accessory clutch. Your prizes will go out this week, ladies.

Thanks to all who entered, and be sure to keep an eye our for our next contest!

- Shelley
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P.S. Gina signed all of our Shibori Knits and Destination Alchemy books - order yours while they last!


Blogger Jules said...

Wow I've been out of town, nice to come back to this! I do have a lot of knitting friends apparently.:)lol I'm so glad at least if I couldn't win my friend Terry could! And I really did get to give info on the store being here & available online to plenty of people I know that pass through & just need one more place to shop online for good yarn.:)

October 26, 2008 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Terry Ross said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so thrilled! Thanks for such a great contest, Shelley. And thanks to you, Jules, for giving me the chance to enter it. You both rock!

October 26, 2008 at 5:12 PM  

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