there have been some changes & additions to the prize pool - here's the revised prize list, with some truly amazing things to be won!! i'll keep taking sponsorship donations up until the end of the day on 8th june 2008 (run day!!) & will draw the prize winners on 9th june - for each £5 of sponsorship money you donate, you get one entry to the prize draw.
dee at posh yarn has donated a whopping 500 grams of emily, a 4ply (sock weight) yarn made from 80% lambswool, 10% angora, 10% cashmere, with 360 yards per 100g. the yarn will be dyed to whatever colour the winner chooses - have it all dyed up in one batch & knit a beautiful sweater, or choose five different colours & knit yourself a drawer full of new socks!
katharine at K1 Yarns has donated a prize so gorgeous that i'm tempted to sneak my own name into the prize draw - a kit for one of her new K1 designs, "waverley" featuring habu yarns. this kit includes not only the pattern (size options from 34"-44" bust) for katharine's beautiful sweater, but also all the yarn you'll need to knit it (habu shosensi (linen paper yarn) & habu stainless steel/silk blend yarn). this prize has a value of roughly £70!!!
anne at knitspot has donated three separate prizes, each for a gift certificate to her pattern shop worth $10. she's got so many gorgeous designs, you'll have a hard time choosing just one pattern - from amazingly intricate lace shawls & stoles to quicker projects like fingerless gloves & stunning socks, anne's shop has everything! i'm a self-confessed knitspot fan & have already knitted three of anne's shawl patterns, so i can vouch for how great the patterns are - & my birthday's in july, so you could always spend your gift voucher on me!
renee at goddess knits has donated at $20 gift voucher to her online pattern shop - there are some truly stunning patterns there!!
jen at fyberspates has donated an amazing £50 gift voucher to her online shop, so you can pick whatever you like from her yarns! my favourite is her dk weight "scrumptious", a blend of BFL & silk which she dyes up in gorgeous colourways:
natalie at the yarn yard has donated a month's membership to her "sock club plus" - this gets you 100 grams of her variegated sock yarn, plus 100 grams of her solid sock yarn, in exclusive club colourways - look at her beautiful colours!
val at actual size creations on etsy is donating a super-cool knitter's messenger bag, custom-made just for this prize draw in the race for life colours (blue & pink). you can check her site for other views of her messenger bags, but here's a sample pic of one of her bags, with room for all your needles & tools:
kat at paper & yarn on etsy has donated a set of her cute stitch markers, which will be custom-made for the winner with whatever words they want. you can check out her etsy site to see some of her work, but here's a sample pic of some of her markers:
jennifer at know knits, home of the go knits pouch, has donated a fab prize of a set of three go knits pouches (one in each size - small 8"x6", medium 11"x8", large 13"x11").
& molly at nerdclub2000 on etsy has donated two separate prizes, each for a set of gorgeous stitch markers, that she will custom make for the winners! here's a pic of a sample set, & you can see more of her work in her shop.
plus, i've dug deep into my own precious yarn stash & come up with a couple of tempting prizes as well! first, a skein of handmaiden sea silk in colourway "midnight":
handmaiden sea silk is a 2-ply weight yarn with 100 grams & 400 metres per skein, & is a blend of silk & seacell (a fibre made from seaweed!).
and, to get you hard-core sock knitters drooling, i've convinced myself that this is a good enough cause for me to give up a precious skein of the elusive wollmeise sockenwolle, in colourway "dani":
wollmeise sockenwolle is 100% superwash merino - and once you've knitted with it, you'll never want to knit with anything else!! the skein has a whopping 150 grams & 575 yards (i've made two pairs of socks out of one skein before).
& last, but by no means least, is this beauty:
it's a swallowtail shawl, knitted by me in my own old maiden aunt 2-ply silk/cashmere hand-dyed in a one-off colourway, & decorated with sparkling beads. it's a small-ish shoulder shawl, perfect for wearing over a summer dress, and the silk/cashmere fibre blend is just luscious.
so how do you get a chance to win one of these amazing prizes? simple - follow the links in the sidebar to donate on my race for life sponsorship page, or send me your sponsorship donation via paypal to tigerlilith AT hellokitty DOT com. then, email me at thepenguinruns AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk to let me know that you've sponsored me and that you want to be entered into the prize draw (this step is very important!!). each £5 donation gets you one entry to the prize draw - so the more you donate, the better your chances. please donate before the end of the day on 8th june 2008 - i'll be drawing prize winners on 9th june!!