Saturday, 11 October 2008

A giveaway

Bought to you via Crochet and Knit Giveaways
Giveaway Item(s):One pair of ribbed handwarmers as shown below.

How the winner will be chosen:All comments left will be given a number and I'll use a random number site to pick a winner

Giveaway Begins:Today

Giveaway Ends: Sunday 19th midnight UK British Summer time

Winner will be notified on/by: 20th October via email

Rules: No duplicate entries/comments. No spamming. Giveaway is open to everyone. Winner MUST respond within five days, otherwise they forfeit their winnings, and a new winner will be announced.

How to Enter:Just leave a comment here, please tell others about it, and go and check out the other blogs who are doing a giveaway.

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Giveaway ribbed handwarmers
Here's what you could win, they're knitted using superwash sock wool, which I think has some nylon content (not entirely certain as it didn't have a ball band when I got it), so should be find machine washing at 40 degrees centigrade. They fit me, I have small hands, but also fitted on my Dad's hands, and would fit a largish clild as well. If you wnat them please leave a comment and I'll pick a winner. I am happy to pay for shipping, and no I don't mind sending them internationally.

Edited o add- there are a few comments below where I'm not sure if they're entering or not. If you do want to enter then please make it clear in your comment. Also can you either leave your email, or make sure your blogger account is set up so I can email you. I'm going o presume all comments before this do want to enter, if I discover the person who wins didn't mean to enter then I'll redraw.

Friday, 10 October 2008

This could be the straw that breaks the camels back...

I've just finished a really upsetting phone call. It was from one of the wonderful Guiders in my district. she has been running her unit for just over a year, and has had enough.
Really it's a combination of factors, she's started a new job, she feels inexperienced and feels like she's not planning a good enough program, the parents don't support her when she needs an extra adult, and the behaviour of the girls is very poor.
She's said she can stay until Christmas and after that she wants to carry on as assistant but no more.

This is the 2nd Brownie unit in my district that will be or is currently without someone to run them. I also have a guide unit with 40 girls currently being run by just 2 guiders. There is not a unit in the district that I feel is running to the potential it could be due to a shortage of regular helpers who could help share the load. There are 300 girls in units in my district, and so many of their parents view Guiding as a right. Despite many pleas for help the stock answer is that they are too busy. I long to wave my diary in their face, tell them what my week has been like, tell them just how few hours I spend at home between leaving for work, arriving home, leaving again, and coming home and collapsing in to bed. Tonight is the first night I will have in this week, next week is much the same.
I run my own Rainbow unit, am district commissioner, catering officer for the climbing club, am a first year teacher and I would quite like to actually see my friends and family occasionally. If I can do it, anyone can, for the most part we don't even want someone to organise meetings, we just someone who will turn up regularly for just an hour and a half a week.To me it's just another example of the selfish nature of society at the moment.

/rant over, normal service will resume tomorrow with a giveaway!

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

A delightful surprise

I had a wonderful surprise this morning,I collected a parcel from the post office and the contents were amazing. A while ago I won a caption competition over at Yogic Knitter. My prize parcel arrived today.
Prize from Yogic Knitter
some lovely goodies
Opal Yarn

and a ball of fabulous sock yarn.

Thank you so much!

PS. If you fancy getting a nice parcel in the post come back on Saturday when I will have my own little giveaway.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

In the pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Don't whisper it.
Don't be oblique.
Don't be shy.

Ask every woman you care about "have you checked your breasts?"
And ask them to ask at least two people that they care about.
Ask the men you know to ask their wives and girlfriends.
And make sure the men check themselves, because men get breast cancer too.

So I'm asking YOU... "Have you checked your breasts?"

Shamelessly stolen from Natalie at The Yarn Yard

PS. I'm pleased to announce a new family member, the faithful Xantia has gone to the scrap heap in the sky and Annie Astra is now safely sat outside ready for many adventures!