Friday, September 02, 2011

The Competitor

I have never really been known for my competitive fire. When I was in grade school, I won a spelling bee*. As the winner, I was supposed to compete in the next level--district-wide or regional, i can't remember. anyway, i had to do a preliminary round in order to make sure i was qualified, and i purposely spelled my first word incorrectly so that I wouldn't have to participate. (the word was "statue" btw. i left out one of the "t"s)

but every once in a blue moon, I get fired up and I just really want to win. this happens extremely rarely and comes from some generally unexplored place inside my psyche. i think the last time it happened, i ran for Vice-President of my student council just because i really did not like the girl who was running and didn't think she should be unopposed on principle (i lost). right now i am pretty far behind in the feeddog contest. so it's time to up the stakes.

Contest at feeddogIf you visit the blog and vote for me (Sara P) in the sidebar, come back here and leave a comment that you voted. Your entry gives you a chance to receive either this lovely selvedge pincushion that I made last night, or a free pattern from my self-published designs. Let me know in the comments whether you would like the pincushion or the pattern and make sure your email address is enabled so that I can contact you if you win. I will close comments Sunday night and choose 2 winners by random draw.

this being my 3rd pincushion, i improved a few things: it's not filled quite as much, making it easier to insert the pins. i quilted the top to a layer of cotton flannel so it's stable but not too thick. the pincushion is 4.5" square and filled with crushed walnut shells, which will help keep your pins sharp.
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In the event that I actually win the contest, I will draw one additional winner who can choose between 3 OOP Fat Quarters from Denyse Schmidt's line, Katie Jump Rope, or a skein of Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Karner Blue.
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If you've already voted for me, thank you so much! You are also eligible to win, just leave a comment below. Thanks for helping me out and good luck to everyone who comments.

*You may well ask why I won that spelling bee in the first place. My best explanation is that it was sort of an accident. I was a strong speller, and I wasn't aware that the consequences of my actions would be taking part in additional spelling bees. had I known, I probably would've lost that one too.

41 comments:

  1. I voted!  Twice even!  Gotta love having 2 computers handy.  (Pin cushion)

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  2. I voted for you! I really hope you win, Sara. Your design is really different from anything I've seen, and I would be thrilled for you to win! Good luck, and thanks for sharing a fun incentive for votes. :)
    Oh, sidenote: I was in a spelling bee in elementary school. I was sick and even though I'm a very good speller, I got knocked out in the first round because I couldn't hear the word correctly. He said caddy and I heard candy. *doh*

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  3. I voted for your block.  Hope you win. 

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  4. I voted for your block too.

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  5. Nadine Borovicka9/02/2011 10:13:00 AM

    Voted in the first and second rounds.  I'll even hop over to the other computer to do it again later.

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  6. voted! i love that pincushion!

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  7. KnittingReader9/02/2011 11:11:00 AM

    I voted twice, too. And will vote when I get home tonight.

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  8. Alissia Austell9/02/2011 11:17:00 AM

    congratulations on your design! I hop you win!

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  9. Voted for you, good luck! Your block looks great!

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  10. another vote!  pincushion, please.

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  11. OneNeedleKnitting9/02/2011 11:53:00 AM

    I voted! Twice! (once in the first round and once in the second)

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  12. I just voted for you!  I would love to win that cute pincushion!  Good luck!

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  13. Ashley Gibbons9/02/2011 01:55:00 PM

    Didn't know you were so close so I voted for you! ;)

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  14. Dawn in ND (fellow snob)9/02/2011 02:00:00 PM

    I voted once yesterday and once today :)  good luck!

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  15. I voted for you!  That pattern is still the best.

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  16. I just went and voted for you! I definitely think your design is the most cool and modern. Good job!

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  17. Oh, forgot to say that I would like a pattern if I win! thank you so much!

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  18. I would love to win one of your patterns! Also, I just voted for your block design. Good luck!

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  19. I found my way here from the Ravelry Quilters Knitting board, and voted in both rounds.  Your design is really unique!  Good luck in winning the Accuquilt.  (pin cushion)

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  20. i was in a spelling bee when i was in the 6th grade.  gelatin was my downfall.  i have no idea how i spelled it then but it was obviously not right.  i totally already voted for you but i will try to vote again!

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  21. I've voted for you twice too will vote again when my son comes home with his laptop :o)  (pattern please)

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  22. hey, and i wanted to let you know i blogged about this so hopefully that will give you a bunch more votes!  

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  23. Good luck! I voted for you :)

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  24. Nicke sent me to vote for you and so I did! Hope you win!! :-)

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  25. Hey, good luck ! I voted for you. Love your designs and would opt for a pattern if I'm lucky enough to win.

    Roxyrana on Rav.

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  26. I voted!  I like your block.  It's really orginal.  I think I've seen the other two before. 

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  27. I voted! I like the modernity of your block. If I win I would like the pincushion.

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  28. Kirsten Northfield9/03/2011 01:13:00 AM

    I voted too - such a great design! I like the selvedge pincushion too:)

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  29. I was in a spelling bee, too. It didn't make any difference to me whether I won or lost, I was just so bored. Anyways, I've voted for you, good luck!

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  30. I would always have voted for that one even without such a generous giveaway!  The others seems very little old-ladyish.  Fingers crossed for you!

    Oh, and pincushion please :o)

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  31. I voted for you again.  I love the "clean-ness" of your pattern and although it looks modern, I could also see it as material for a retro skirt.  (But since I lost more than one battle with a zipper, I don't sew clothes anymore.)  Good luck!

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  32. I voted for you!  Great design - I love it!

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  33. Spontaneousthreads9/03/2011 10:28:00 AM

    I voted, fingers crossed! Good luck

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  34. I voted. Love your design :)

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  35. I voted and wish you luck as I liked the design!  But I also like your patterns and would opt for one of those!

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  36. Hey Sara, I forgot to say that I would the coin toss pattern. Those socks look so cool.

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  37. I voted.  Good luck.

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  38. I voted for you, good luck!
    KatDee99 (Ravelry)

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  39. I voted - best of luck to you!

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  40. I voted!  Good luck!

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  41. I voted 3 days ago. Yours is my favorite by far!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!

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