So last week I thought I'd have a little raffle. Nothing fancy. Just a little raffle to try to help cover the out-of-pocket cost of my Uncle Jan's new wheelchair. My Aunt and Uncle were responsible for $5000 of the cost of the chair and I hoped we might be able to cut that in half for them.
Boy did I underestimate what a group of knitters and crocheters are capable of!
- Eleven of you blogged about the raffle and helped me get the word out.
- Hundreds of you emailed to let me know that you are praying for my Uncle Jan.
- 18 of you emailed me to donate more prizes. Amazing prizes. Prizes that would be hard to part with.
- One of you is knitting a prayer shawl for my Aunt.
- Tracy White, who lives a couple of miles from the Shepherd Center Hospital where my Uncle is a patient, invited my Aunt Shirley over for a home cooked meal.
I want to say here that none of this would have been possible without every single one of you. You. I am talking to you specifically. You made this happen.
I also have to thank Jess and Casey of Ravelry for giving us a venue for easily spreading the word about the raffle and putting it on the front page.
And a special thank you goes out to all of my shareholders, who got the ball rolling when this was going to be a little raffle. Ya'll made me so proud!
Okay, now for the raffle. I had originally planned to make slips of paper for every $10 donation and draw the winners out of a hat. Now that there are 1,380 slips to cut out, this seems like not such a hot idea. Instead, I downloaded my paypal history since 7/4 (it was so big they had to email it to me!), deleted all my sales from the list and copied and pasted the entries in cases where people donated more than $10. For example, if Sally donated $50, I copied her entry and pasted it below the first entry four times, giving Sally a total of 5 raffle entries. After finishing I had 1,380 entries.
[Sorry if this is totally boring; I'm trying to make the process transparent.]
Then I paid a visit to my old pal, the random number generator. I asked it to give me 29 numbers between 1 and 1,380.
Then I wrote all the prizes on slips of paper and assigned them randomly to a number.
So, without further ado, the winner's are:
Frog Tree Yarns donated three great prizes. Carol Workman and Bryn Harris each won 10 skeins of sport weight alpaca yarn. Hope Nesmith won two skeins of Frog Tree's new Meriboo yarn (70% Merino/30% bamboo. This stuff is luscious!)
Lynn Frank has won her choice of of either one skein of her handspun yarn or two hand-dyed rovings or two hand-dyed skeins of sock yarn from theytoldmesew.
Astrahlgems donated three sets of stitch markers as prices. The silver set goes to: Ellen Zemlin. The gold set goes to: Anne Doster. And the bronze set goes to: Melissa Devendorf.
Susanne Matthews has won her choice of yarn from Spiffy Knits.
Erin G Mercer will take home a set of handmade stitch markers donated by Nelly Ortiz.
Sharon Carver takes home a pair of "flat feet" in the pink/orange/yellow colorway and a skein of alpaca sock yarn in a rainbow colorway donated by Janelle G.
Kimberly Cullen, the lucky dog, has won her choice of four skeins from Ruby Sapphire Yarns.
Carla Willingham has won a prize donated by my mom, a share in the Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm Spring 2009 Yarn Harvest.
Amy Lim has won a set of knitting looms donated by Crystal from Baby-hugs.
Anna Martin wins the handmade shawl pin donated by ThatOtherRedhead.
Jude Cope wins 11 ozs of her super-fine babydoll southdown roving (undyed) and two 12oz honey bears filled with honey from Babydoll Acres.
Thalia Brine will be getting a skein of Wollmeise in the Sultan colorway. T.M. Smith wins a skein of Sundra in Basil over Buttercup. Thanks to Nannyb for donating both of these beautiful prizes.
Sue Roth's mini-stash goes to: Christine Giviskos.
Karen Hines and Karen M. Scott each win a Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm Baseball Cap.
Phebe Brown and Erica N Warren each win a Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm T.
Kimberly Bush won her choice of any six skeins of Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm Yarn.
And the winner of the Grand Prize...my entire yarn stash with the addition of all this donated by Kay Meadors is Gaynor Brown!
Congratulations to all of the winners! Please email me at susangibbs1 at mac dot com with "prize winner" in the subject line. Please specify the prize you won and your mailing address. Most of the prizes are being mailed directly by the donator so I will be passing your email along to the appropriate party.
Please remember the generosity of our prize donors when you are shopping for things to add to your stash.
Finally, several of you lovely people have suggested that if you win, you would like to donate the yarn back to me to start another raffle. I think that is the most beautiful suggestion but I can't accept it. I mean, I really can't. The raffle took up every single moment of my time this week, and I loved every minute of it, but I have to get back to work! I have emails that have been stacking up for weeks and I haven't taken a photo in a week. But thank you for thinking of it! You are the most amazing community I have ever belonged to.