Welcome to May Giveaway Day!

23 May


Thanks for checkin’ out this little blog of mine!  If you’ve never been here before and have come via Sew, Mama, Sew!’s amazing event, I’m very glad to have you!  My name is Emily and I am currently focused on sharing my experience of traveling around Europe with my husband and 8-month-old son.  A huge part of this experience is crafting along the way–making things for my family and for people back home–as a way of staying grounded and making a home wherever we go.  I’ve been doing a series of giveaways on my own that are somehow based on our travels, and this fit right in!  So without further ado, I give you my two, yes TWO special items up for today’s giveaway (Note: You are WELCOME to enter BOTH but you need to leave two separate comments to do so):

Item #1: Freyja’s Rose French Press Cozy Knitting Kit
This is a knitting kit but it is also an original work of art by yours truly as the chart is a watercolor painting.  Inspired by my recent trip to Iceland and my meeting with the ladies who run Knitting Iceland, this is a simple project to practice two-colored knitting and that will keep your coffee nice and warm snuggled up in some Icelandic wool.
Kit includes:
*Hand painted color chart for Freyja’s Rose pattern and handwritten instructions which includes  little more information about the pattern itself and its inspiration
*3 lovely buttons handmade by a ceramic artist near Oxford, England
*2 balls of Lett Lopi (light Icelandic lopi wool) yarn in two colors, dark teal and brown
You will need:
*Size 8 (5mm) knitting needles
*A basic knowledge of knitting, but there’s nothing terribly complicated and I am happy to make myself available via email if you come up with questions.  I can also recommend a couple of websites that have easy-to-understand video demonstrations of just about everything you can imagine!
note: the finished cozy pictured is NOT included with the kit.
To Enter:
*Please leave a comment on this post and describe your favorite coffee-related ritual or one-time event (and if you don’t drink coffee but want to enter anyway, tell me why! I love a good story)
*Winners will be chosen at random but answering the question makes it more interesting and helps me keep straight which of the kits you’ve entered for.

Item #2: Mended Sweater Snowflake Counted Cross Stitch Sachet Kit
This pattern was inspired by an obviously well-loved sweater in an exhibition at the National Museum of Iceland.  It’s a really great project for learning if you’ve never done cross stitch, and once you’ve finished stitching, fill with lavender from the Cotswolds in England and inhale deeply!
Kit Includes:
*Handpainted color chart for counted cross stitch and handwritten instructions and the story behind the pattern
*Woven embroidery fabric and fabric for the back of sachet
*English lavender from the Cotswolds (found in Oxford) for the filling
*Wool embroidery thread in teal and lavender
*1 embroidery needle
You will need:
*An embroidery hoop, 3″ or 4″
*Basic knowledge of counted cross stitch, though once again, I will be available through email for questions and can suggest web resources–it’s about the easiest embroidery method, so this is a great project for learning!
To Enter:
*Leave a comment describing where you will put the sachet when you’ve finished it
*Winner will be chosen at random

Comments close on Wednesday, May 25th, at Midnight.  The winner will be announced in my post on Thursday, whenever I’m able to do that:) 

Once again, you CAN enter to win both, but please do so with TWO SEPARATE COMMENTS, ONE FOR EACH KIT.

Thanks again for stopping by!  I hope you’ve liked what you see here on Transient Homestead and will come back for a visit again soon!


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185 responses to “Welcome to May Giveaway Day!

  1. Rie

    May 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    OMG, I don’t drink coffee & it’s not cos I’m breastfeeding either. I haven’t drunk coffee since high school – no real reason why, I just prefer water or hot chocolate or tea or my latest discovery is Chia tea. Boring, I know!!

  2. Michell

    May 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Love having a flat white first hing if i am at a study day. Helps make the early morning rise easier

  3. Michell

    May 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I would have to display the sachet somewhere everyone would see it

  4. Elke

    May 23, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I´d love to win the lavender-package, because I love lavender very very much and I would like to hang a embroidered sachet in my sleeping-room at the button of the wardrobe just to have a good smelling thin in my dreams.

  5. Stitched Together

    May 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I don’t drink coffee but my partner does. He is useless in the morning so pretty much every day for the last 10 and a half years I have brought him coffee in bed. Its a little sign of my love and appreciation for him. That’s why I want the cozy, for him.

  6. Gill Watson

    May 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

    please count me in for item #1
    I love strong coffee but why does it taste so much better sitting outside a cafe in Portugal than it does back in good old England!!!

  7. Gill Watson

    May 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Please enter me for item #2
    If I was lucky enough to win I’d keep this in my knicker drawer!!
    By the way I live in the Cotswolds (Gloucestershire)

  8. Lee

    May 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Thank you for the giveaway – I would put the sachet in my daughters clothes duffel when she goes back to college in Aug.!

  9. Lee

    May 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

    My son is away at grad school – he was my coffee buddy – got up in the morning made some scones and coffee for he and I. I love it when he comes back home to visit! Thank you for the beautiful giveaways!

  10. Susan

    May 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I love the lavender sachet kit! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Annabel

    May 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I’m not much of a knitter, but I do love embroidery, and would put the sachet in wrapping paper and give it to my mum. She’s getting into Huck embroidery, from Sweden I think, and would be very interested to see what sort of stitching the people in Iceland do!

  12. Kat H

    May 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

    What fantastic giveaways! Thanks so much for the chance to be in to win them! I’m glad I found your blog through the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day – your crafty adventures sound like a lot of fun to follow! 🙂

    I’m actually going to leave two comments, as both prizes look super fantastic. So first up, here’s my answer for the knitted coffee cozy one…

    I don’t actually drink coffee – I’m a tea fiend instead. Especially while I’m sewing – I love to have a cup of tea next to me when I’m sitting at my sewing machine, it just seems to complete the ritual nicely. 🙂

  13. Kat H

    May 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

    And for the second one….

    If I was lucky enough to win this little cross-stitch kit, I’d put the finished sachet in the drawer where I keep my selection of gloves for winter – it’s winter over here now, and I’m just imagining how nice it would be to have lovely lavender scented gloves on cold winter mornings.

  14. Katie

    May 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Wow, thanks for the lovely giveaway! The color charts are amazing!

    I would really love to win the Cross Stitch Sachet Kit, thank you!

  15. daniela

    May 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

    early in the morning the three older kids and i get up, boiling water for a big can of tea and then also a cup of filter coffee for my dear husband. i love to do this as i’m not an early morning coffee drinker, though the smell i like.

  16. daniela

    May 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

    one more lovely and generous present. i would put the lavender pillow in my drawer with the woolen winter sweaters and stockinette’s…

  17. Kas

    May 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Standing at the Harrods counter, getting the blend mixed up just right! I love my coffee 🙂 And thanks for the beautiful pattern!

  18. Carol Bowen

    May 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Oh the cozy would be right by my computer:)

  19. Carol Bowen

    May 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    The sachet would make a wonderful gift for my mother-in-law.

  20. Stephanie

    May 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I have never seen a knitting pattern look like a piece I would rather frame than actual use!! My coffee ritual also includes making 3 baby chinos to keep my little ones busy while I enjoy a wonderful cup myself!!

    xo Steph

  21. Stephanie

    May 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    You kit makes me want to cross stitch again!! The sachet would end up in my top craft draw so every time I open the draw I am smelling wonderful inspiration!!

    xo Steph

  22. Ladybug

    May 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I think I would have to make several of these and use them as the wrapping for the homemade ornaments I give each year at Christmas.

  23. Jingle

    May 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Your watercolored chart is gorgeous! I don’t normally drink coffee, but every weekend we go to the diner near our home for breakfast and I have ‘coffee’ with my breakfast…of course, a small mug includes at least three creamers and more sugar than I can really track, but they tell me it’s still ‘coffee’ LOL! I think it’s more like flavored cream and sugar! HA!

  24. Jingle

    May 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    The sache kit is beautiful! I would create it and then include it as a gift…My mom’s birthday is coming up!

  25. Kathe

    May 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I love knitting – sewing – needlework in general AND I LOVE MY MORNING COFFEE!! Weekends are a treat as I grind my own beans and drip the coffee – then savor each sip and the aroma – probably too much info I’m sure. Would love either of the give-aways. Thanks.

  26. kathy h

    May 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Both your giveaways are great but I would enter the sachet one. Very pretty and someday I would like to try toknit something other than a scarf but not just yet! I would put the sachet in my daughter’s drawer and see when she would notice it! I would probably have to make 3 of them as I have 3 daughters. WOuld be very fun for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. moira

    May 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I’d definitely use the sachet on my desk with my evening tea. I LOVE lavender and would like to win this pattern.

  28. Anne - Tesla's Mom

    May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I think I will give this to my best friend if I win. She always gives me the sweetest things and it would be nice to reciprocate!

  29. Patty

    May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Ooooh…real English Lavender! This is for kit #2…and if I won I would put the sachet near my pillow, to lull me to sleep. But I think my 12 year old would steal it from me before I ever got a chance 🙂

  30. Sandie

    May 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Adore both projects – but I have the perfect person to gift the French Press Cozy.

    Thanks for participating!

  31. Michelle Z

    May 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    What a great giveaway. I would love to enter for Item #1: Freyja’s Rose French Press Cozy Knitting Kit. Coffee ritual…I must be boring b/c I do not think I have one. Just something I have to have every morning when I wake up. I’m a mom on the go so I take my coffee out the door. I guess the evening cup could be considered to have a ritual behind it. Whenever we have company or family dinners with extended family, the coffee always comes out along with pastires or cakes/cookies/pies that we have made to share with each other. We all sit around the table drinking our coffee while we eat yummy treats and laugh togehter. Those would be a fav.

  32. Katy

    May 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    my coffee story is that when I worked for Starbucks they had new baristas do coffee tasting classes… you had to taste every coffee and make notes… by the end of the evening (not even daytime lol) our handwriting was so jittery no one could read it LOL

  33. Katy

    May 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I would hang the sachet near my sewing area and I would frame the pattern and hang it beside it (how absolutely lovely that you handpainted them!)

  34. Náhhatl Vargas

    May 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I can’t help it, but I love both, I’m an avid knitter, and I love those hand painted charts.
    So this comment is for the French Press cover.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  35. Náhhatl Vargas

    May 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    And this is for the Snowflake Counted Cross Stitch Sachet Kit, love how you arrange your kits, and love the watercolor art.

  36. Ashley

    May 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    My favorite coffee ritual is making my own iced coffee at work. I hate my job so much that the iced coffee is my one comfort when I come into the office. Ahh, coffee!

  37. Ashley

    May 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I will probably put the sachet near my bed so I can smell the lavender and it will relax me!

  38. MaryBeth

    May 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I start my morning with the following recipe:
    mix equal parts decaf coffee and hazelnut coffee
    make your coffee as you normally would. Mix hot milk and Giradelli white mocha. Mix equal parts coffee and milk and top with chocolate whipped cream. YUMMMMMMM. Thanks for the chance to win.

  39. H2Ogirl

    May 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    How lovely is your site. I’m so glad to find you. I would adore the Freyja’s Rose French Press Cozy Knitting Kit – for my french press at work of course.

  40. H2Ogirl

    May 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I would also adore the Mended Sweater Snowflake Sachet Kit. This would be be mainly in my room – with all my other pretty things. I never knew that my old love of cross stitch has grown up too. I adore the feel of your site! I can’t wait to see what else you post as I now follow you

  41. Judith

    May 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    When I’ve finished it, I will give the sachet to my daughter when she comes to visit.

  42. Chris C.

    May 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Oooh, I’d love to win the french press cozy kit! My favorite coffee-related ritual is that my boyfriend makes me a cup of coffee (half-caf, just a little milk, just how I like it) every single morning and puts it in a travel mug so it’s all ready for me to take to work with me. He’s been doing it, unasked, since the very first time I spent the night at his house, and even though it’s this super-simple thing, it just makes me feel so loved. 🙂

    I’m new to your blog, but glad I discovered it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  43. Stephanie Atchison

    May 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway. My favorate coffee related ritual is to sit in the morning at the table with my crossword puzzle and a cup of coffee.

  44. Stephanie Atchison

    May 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I think that I would put the sachet in my bedroom above my bed. I love lavender

  45. nicole

    May 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    thanks for the giveaway!

  46. kat

    May 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    what gorgeous watercolor charts, very charming!

    We started using a french press in place of a normal coffee maker a couple years ago and have never looked back! I love opening the vacuum seal on a fresh new bag of beans and swirling the coffee all around in the press with the hot water..such a soothing process.

  47. kat

    May 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I do a lot of embroidery but have not tried cross stitch yet…this looks like it could be a very pretty first project and it’s so nice to hear what inspires your patterns. I think I’d put the sachet on the bed and then in between my pillowcase to fall asleep with that relaxing scent!

  48. pianomama

    May 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Wow! I’ve knit a tea cozy – but have never seen a French Press Cozy! What a cool idea! Love it!

  49. TracyDK

    May 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I would love to win the sachet. I love to cross stitch! 🙂 I would give it to my niece for her birthday because she loves the colors and she’s a huge fan of lavender. 🙂

  50. reeve

    May 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I don’t drink coffee:( But I LOVE your pattern and think it would be pretty to frame and hang in my craft room. AND… my roomie drinks coffee AND has a french press, so I would still knit it!

  51. reeve

    May 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I LOVE THE SNOWFLAKE pattern!!

  52. Lizzie

    May 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t like coffee, but a cup of fruity herbal tea on a rainy day, snuggled up on the couch with my hound is a favorite moment of mine!

  53. Lizzie

    May 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Mmm, lavender is my favorite – and that sachet would find a home in the side entryway on my house – it gets a little stuffy and icky smelling at times!!

  54. Jocelyn

    May 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I think the best coffee related event was when my daughter and I visited Starbucks and enjoyed their Fraps for the week they were half price. We would watch the clock and at 3:00 headed to SB. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  55. Jocelyn

    May 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Oooo the sachet would be so lovely in my bedroom. I used to do a lot of cross stitch when my children were little. Thanks so much!

  56. Tiffany

    May 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I normally don’t drink coffee, but when we are in Chinatown, New York in the summer time. I love to get their ice coffee with cream and sugar. Plus they have so many yummy pasties to go along with the coffee.

    I would like to like to enter for the item #1 giveaway.

  57. Melissa Zeffer

    May 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I would love to enter for the knitting option! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!

  58. Kelly Massman

    May 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I’d love to win: em #1: Freyja’s Rose French Press Cozy Knitting Kit!
    Coffee routine: weekends only but special because it’s with my hubby!!! 🙂

    thanks also for a chance to win!

  59. Kelly Massman

    May 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Item #2: Mended Sweater Snowflake Counted Cross Stitch Sachet Kit and I’d probably put lavender in it and give it to my mom! She’d be so thrilled!!! as would I…

    thanks also for a chance to win!

  60. sangeetha

    May 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    sachet in my dresser

  61. sangeetha

    May 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    my favorite tea related ritual is to make my own chai with fresh spices – the aroma wakes me up!

  62. Georgiann

    May 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Beautiful pattens — what a lovely gift idea for a knitter! Here is my favorite coffee ritual — my husband gets up at 5:30, usually to read or run, and always brings a cup of coffee up to me an hour later when he hears that I am up and the shower stops running. We’ve been married for 28 years!

  63. Georgiann

    May 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    And I will comment on the sachet as well, as I do love to stitch! I would probably keep the sachet in a drawer in my workroom, so that I would often be reminded of the kindness of Giveaway Day!

  64. Jennie

    May 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Entry for item# 2—I have been working on a counted crossed stitch pattern for almost two years!!! It will be finished here in the next month!! (Stitch count: 210 x 170)

  65. Jennie

    May 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Entry for #1 My morning coffee ritual is to have my non coffee drinking boyfriend brew me a fresh pot! He makes the best coffee.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Victoria

    May 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I love the french press cozy kit and have just the DIL who will adore using it after I have all the fun of knitting it.

  67. Sarah C

    May 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I actually don’t drink coffee. I don’t like the idea if being dependent on something (like cafeine) and because my family seems to genetically be kind if intense and addictive I don’t risk it. Anyway. When I was a defiant teenager my father ‘forced’ me/insisted I drink a whole cup of coffee at a fancy cafe with him to have a life-chat and break me of some conditionings. Kind of funny since most of my peers were downing the stuff like there was no tomorrow!
    Love your giveaways and am jealous of your trip!
    Best wishes!

  68. Sarah C

    May 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I would put the sachets on my bedside table to admire and to help me relax at night after a busy day!

  69. Suzanne

    May 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I would love to win the French press cozy. My husband and I are coffee fanatics and our daily ritual is that he makes me a latte on our fancy Italian espresso machine while I make something for breakfast. We’ve gotten pretty good at timing our jobs so the coffee is ready right as the toast is being buttered (or eggs scrambled).

  70. Sara

    May 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Since I’m not much of a coffee drinker my favorite coffee moment is seeing the smile on my man’s face when he wakes up in the morning and realizes that I set the coffee pot the night before…it always makes his day.

  71. Jo

    May 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Both of these are beautiful! I will be coming back to follow your Journey!! Enjoy every second! ~ Jo

  72. Cinnamon

    May 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I would love the french press cozy kit. The hand written instructions are just beautiful. Lovely giveaway. Thank you.

  73. Dennis

    May 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    When I get it done it will go my mother. She has a house fulI of things that I have made. Thank you for your giveaway I will check back soon to have a better look.

  74. Liz

    May 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    What an amazing giveaway. My favorite coffee related ritual is my Wednesday morning coffee with my old neighbour. it used to be I would pop next door for a cuppa, Now I have to travel, but the plunger is still ready to go at 9am so well worth it, I’d love to make this and give it to my neighbour.

  75. Liz

    May 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    If I win, I’ll put the sachet in my Woolen jumper draw, so I can smell like yummy Lavender as I cuddle up in the this winter!

  76. Loralynn

    May 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I love the idea of the sachet! I love lavender and would keep it next to my bed for sweet dreams!

  77. vicki

    May 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Oh my that knitting kit is amazing, your painted instructions are beautiful!
    I quit work when I had my son and by far and away the thing I miss the most about working is picking up my morning coffee on the way and sitting on the steps of work drinking it before I started the day!

  78. vicki

    May 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    The lavender sachet kit is beautiful too!

    I would put the sachet by my bedside to help me have sweet dreams.

  79. Vivian B

    May 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Item #1 – favourite coffee related ritual….on laundry days (we live way out in the country and have water delivery so I bring our laundry to town to the laundromat to do it every week or two) I’ll get the laundry loaded up and then head over to the coffee shop and get a rich latte, I’ll sit there with no kids, no obligations for a whole 30 minutes while I wait for my wash to finish. I’ll have my latte and my latest favourite book and just enjoy being alone. Love it!

  80. Vivian B

    May 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Item #2 – sachet – the cross stitcher in me is super excited by this little gift. I have a little basket that I keep all my little cross stitched pin cushions and tiny pillows…it’s kept in our bedroom on the bookshelf where I can reach out and touch.

    thank you so much for your generousity, I’m glad to have found your blog, so interesting!

  81. Ashley

    May 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I would really love to win the french press kit – I love using a french press to make coffee. I keep thinking about making a cozy for my press and this would be a great kit to stop thinking and actually do it.

  82. The Hungry Crafter

    May 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I’d just LOVE to win the french press cozy so I could make it for a friend. She used to hint to me that she wanted me to buy her a french press for Christmas, and I never did get her one, so she finally bought one for herself! So if I were to make her a cozy, it would be perfect!

  83. Melissa

    May 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t drink Coffee! After watching my parent get headaches if they missed their morning coffee as a teenager I decided that I wouldn’t drink the stuff. Instead I now drink 10 cups of tea a day and get a headache if I don’t have my morning cup. Go figure.

  84. Melissa

    May 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I will put the satchet in my daughters pj draw. Maybe it will help her sleep better.

  85. Marguerite

    May 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Sachet… probably among baby stuff, if one comes this next year… until then, in with the linens, most likely!

  86. Jane T in NW Louisiana

    May 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I would put the little sachet in my undies drawer.

  87. Jane T in NW Louisiana

    May 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I don’t drink coffee or knit, but my 86 year old mother does both and I would want to win this as a surprise for her.

  88. Liz

    May 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    My heart skipped a beat! Lovely yarn and buttons and pattern!! I love coffee, drink a cup of cold brewed coffee every morning to start the day right. Thanks!

  89. susan hwang

    May 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I will put potpourri in the satchel to hang in my closet.

  90. BA

    May 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Coffee ritual: Oh man, I can’t leave the house in the mornings without at least two cups! I love my keurig!!

  91. Christy

    May 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    My mom loves coffee and HATES (with a passion) when it gets cold. I would like to try and make it for her (I’m just getting started in knitting).

  92. Christy

    May 24, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Also I love to cross stitch and would give this to my daughter if I won :o)

  93. Candace Henderson

    May 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

    It would be in the great closet in the guest room of my great new house…. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  94. Sandy

    May 24, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I am entering the giveaway for the sachet. I love lavender and would put the finished sachet in my sweater drawer. Thanks for a chance to win!

  95. Keri Schorah

    May 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

    What exciting giveaways…wish I found you earlier. Will defintely follow from now on. You and your family are living out a dream of mine! I always pour myself a cup of coffee, but with a 2 year old and a 1 yr old, I don’t always drink it! I love both kits! Wow! Have a safe trip!

  96. Keri Schorah

    May 24, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I think I would give the sachet, if I can really learn to make it…to my friend. She LOVES them!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  97. Kristi F.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:17 am

    My coffee ritual is to heat up a second cup once my little guy goes down for a nap. It gives me a little down time and a pick me up for the rest of the afternoon.
    mindfulhome at gmail dot com

  98. Debbie

    May 24, 2011 at 2:47 am

    MMMM Coffee!!! Sometimes when I’m lying in bed waiting to fall asleep at night, I think “Mmmm…my coffee is going to be so good in the morning” I almost wish I could have it then! OK..that’s not really the kind of comment you asked for…but… mmmmm coffee… is all I’ve got on my mind right now….lol

  99. Robyn

    May 24, 2011 at 3:14 am

    The day does not start without coffee… lovely pattern.

  100. Jen

    May 24, 2011 at 4:13 am

    The colours you have chosen are beautiful. Very homey.

  101. Jen

    May 24, 2011 at 4:14 am

    I’m loving the idea of a lavender sachet. So pretty.

  102. Wendy Hatton

    May 24, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Mine might be more of a chocolate related ritual but I can’t eat chocolate without a good hot cup of coffee to go with it. Peas in a pod. Fortunately I can drink coffee without the chocolate or my spare tyre would be enormous by now!
    How lucky you are to be travelling and finding lovely crafts in different countries.

  103. Wendy Hatton

    May 24, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I like the colour combination for the sachet. It seems a shame to put it out of sight in the ‘smalls’ drawer. Perhaps where is can be fully appreciated on the shelf in my living room.

  104. Pomona

    May 24, 2011 at 5:54 am

    It sounds like a wonderful trip you are making – and great to discover you via the Sew Mama Sew initiative. If you are back in England at all I do hope you will head our way! I have become a follower so that I can keep up with you.

    I’d love to enter for the knitting kit first. Coffee is a bit of a sore point with me at the moment – I have always loved it, especially a nice cappuccino, but I am beginning to suspect that it doesn’t do me too much good, and I might have to give it up, oh dear!

    Pomona x

  105. Pomona

    May 24, 2011 at 5:56 am

    And this is the one for the lovely cross stitch kit – they are both so beautiful I couldn’t begin to choose! I am doing a giveaway on my blog for some lavender bags and bits and bobs with lavender grown in my English cottage garden – hope you might join in if you get some internet access?

    And it would go in my cardi drawer, of course, to keep the moths away …

    Pomona x

  106. Gemma Rathbone

    May 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

    The lavender sachet cross stitch kit is beautiful! I could do with this to hang near the cat’s litter tray!

  107. amy dame

    May 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

    i don’t knit, but i’m wishing i did! your pattern is so beautiful!

    but i do cross stitch, and your sachet would be lovely in my scarf basket – then every time i wrapped one around my neck, i’d smell the lavender!

    thank you so much for the giveaway!

  108. Ms Muffin

    May 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Okay, I am not much of a coffee drinker. I prefer black tea and drink that every day. Occasionally I will have a latte … but that is it. A rather memorable incident with coffee … years ago I was at an airport with a friend to pick someone up. The flight was delayed … and it was late. So in order to stay awake we drank coffee. Instead of regular coffee I had espressos. Me not being used to coffee at all … I had about 5 or more of them … VERY stupid choice! As I got a very bad stomach ache and was feeling miserable ALL night! Never ever have had so many espressos after that!!!! 🙂

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! I LOVE iceland – since I was a kid. But have so far not been there. Really wanna go and really love those sweaters that they knit there! What an amazing giveaway! Will start following you ….
    Stop by my blog and enter mine, too – you could win some custom-made buttons! 🙂

    Love Ms Muffin

    ulli-xox [at] web [dot] de

  109. Ms Muffin

    May 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I wil lenter for the other one too … though I am really hoping for the iceland one. 🙂
    Love the way you incorporate your travels in your crafts! Amazing!

    Where would I put the sachet? Well, either in my drawer of clothes … or I would hang it to my pin board close to my work table. Just so I can look at it all the time … 🙂

    Love Ms Muffin

    ulli-xox [at] web [dot] de

  110. Emma

    May 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I love the look of that French Press cozy…I don’t actually drink coffee, but both of my parents do and it would make them a lovely present. Once when I was considerably younger I was making coffee for my Dad for the first time when my Mum was away. He clearly wasn’t watching me closely enough, because I actually made his coffee with cold water straight from the tap – needless to say he wasn’t that impressed!

  111. moralia

    May 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I just browsed through your blog & love it! Your little boy is an angel! I love his big toothless grin!! 🙂 I’m going to subscribe to your blog as I love the photos you share & your “real writing”… 🙂

    I would love to win the cross stitch kit, the pattern looks lovely! I would see if I could use it on a set of winter themed coasters! 🙂

  112. Gina Power

    May 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I would love the knit kit. I give coffee up for Lent every year so my first cup after Easter is always a Caramel Macchiato – it is the best cup of the year 🙂

  113. Cassie

    May 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    These look cute! I am always up for trying something new. Count me in for both… First comment for Item #1: Freyja’s Rose French Press Cozy Knitting Kit 🙂 I love how you thought of this. I am interested in seeing it in person and giving it a try.

  114. Cassie

    May 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    and my comment for Item #2: Mended Sweater Snowflake Counted Cross Stitch Sachet Kit… This looks really neat too. I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like! Thanks!

  115. Mirva

    May 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    In the summer we go sit in the garden during sunny mornings to drink our 1-2 cups of coffee we need in our system in order to function. Sometimes I have a naughty cigarette as well. It is the most relaxing thing in the world.

  116. Amy

    May 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I would love to win the Press Cozy kit, and I don’t really drink coffee, however my Sister In Law loves to knit and she LOVES her french press, so this would be a great gift for her.

  117. Susan, Champaign

    May 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Freyja’s Rose French Press Cozy please! My favorite coffee-related ritual is actually about iced green tea. I go to my favorite local coffee shop every single day through the drive up and have for about 3 or so years. I just love when they have my tea ready because they recognize my car. I was thinking it was just the car, but one day I actually went inside. They were so surprised to see me walking they exclaimed “She HAS legs!”

  118. Page

    May 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I’d like to win the Freyja’s Rose French Press Cozy Knitting Kit. Thanks again for a great giveaway! izazbz at yahoo dot com

  119. Hannah

    May 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    For the lavender sachet – Your beautiful giveaway combines two of my mother’s favorite things: cross-stiching (like crazy… seriously, my parent’s house doesn’t have a wall without one of my mother’s pieces that she has made from the mid-1970s to present) and the smell of lavender. When I was about six, she taught me how to cross-stitch – a craft that I dabble in from time to time. This pattern, plus English lavender, would be the perfect gift for me to make for her and gift upon her arrival to London in July!

  120. Amanda

    May 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Hey Emily,

    I would love the cross stich kit and would hang it in the hallway of my new apartment in Akuyeri, where you, Eric and Everett are of course always welcome.

    The blog is great btw.

    Amanda xxx

  121. Page

    May 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I’d also like to win Item #2: Mended Sweater Snowflake Counted Cross Stitch Sachet Kit. Thanks for a great giveaway! izazbz at yahoo dot com

  122. Sarah

    May 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I have never tried embroidery before, I would love to try, My mother love lavender, I would give it to her once I finished it. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  123. Sarah

    May 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Don’t drink coffee but tea every day. Every night m eand my honey snuggle up with a cup of tea and then I usually fall asleep in his lap. It is my favorite part of each evening.

  124. marta

    May 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Look at all these comments! Woohoo! Go Emily!

    Cross stitch is one craft that I have not yet learned, so I’d love to win your kit to get me started! And as usual, your presentation is just lovely! I like your style, my friend! 😉

  125. marta

    May 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    And, naturally, I’d be equally as thrilled to win the knitted french press cozy kit! And I’m sure you can guess exactly who would be gifted with the end result! 😉

  126. Evelene Sterling

    May 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I’d like to win the Freyja’s Rose French Press Cozy Knitting Kit. I don’t drink coffee because the one time I did I ended up running to the rest room-seems that coffee and me just aren’t made for each other:-( I do love the smell of fresh brewed coffee! Have a wonderful time traveling with your family!

  127. Evelene Sterling

    May 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I’d love the win the lovely sachet and I would put it in my lingerie drawer so I could see and smell it everyday. Thanks for a chance to win!

  128. Heather Jackson

    May 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    While the knitting appeals to me, I know I’m a rather failed knitter, so the cross stitch would be ideal for me!


  129. Ingrid

    May 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I do not drink coffee, but I love Starbucks, since it reminds me of the time I was living in the US. We don’t have one here, but I always have to visit one when I am abroad.

    However, I do love the smell of coffee, so I enjoy the fact that my husband makes coffee every morning.

  130. Ingrid

    May 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    If I was the lucky winner of the sachet I would give the finished sachet to my mom. She is the one that taught me cross stitching when I was a kid, and I know she loves lavender. 🙂

  131. Shirley

    May 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I’d like the French Press cozy. I don’t drink coffee but I do have two French Presses. I make tea in the smaller one. The bigger one is incase someone brings their own coffee grounds and wants to drink it!

  132. Alexandra

    May 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I love coffee! With lots of milk and sugar 🙂 A friend told me a great coffee joke recently: The worst thing in the morning is having to make a coffee, without having had a coffee. It describes me perfectly! 😀

  133. Alexandra

    May 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    The sachet sounds lovely. I would put it in the drawer where I keep the socks I knit!

  134. Binks

    May 25, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I’m more of a tea drinker, but that won’t stop me from using the cozy. I’m always carrying around a cup of tea. And my ritual is that I always inhale deep to smell the tea before my first sip. I just love it.

  135. Binks

    May 25, 2011 at 12:34 am

    well… I would first show everyone the sachet I made and then I think I would keep in in own of my clothes drawers. That way I’ll always smell lovely.

  136. kristen

    May 25, 2011 at 12:52 am

    cozy giveaway
    i always have my coffee im one of my many funky flea market mugs..i rotate them to be fair lol


  137. Tawny

    May 25, 2011 at 1:16 am

    I would put the pretty sachet in my lingerie drawer. Ooh lala! 😀

  138. Frances

    May 25, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Wow how much fun are you having – and experiencing craft across Europe as an added bonus!! Congratulations, my favourite coffee experience is the get together with friends to have a good chat! Thanks for the chance to win! Frances

  139. Heidi

    May 25, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Love the knitting kit!
    I have to drink decaf cause regular coffee totally cracks me out, like majorly, I have even had random panic attacks from coffee. I also get irregular heartbeats when I am super stressed out and coffee makes it worse.
    But I live in Portland Oregon and crave it like mad, so thank goodness for decaf:)

  140. Frances

    May 25, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Thanks for the chance to win twice! I would love this lavender pouch – think i would give to my Mum!! Frances

  141. Kathy Pritchard

    May 25, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I’m an a devoted knitter and would love to win the Icelandic knitting project. It would be fun to pass on this new process teach to my friends, too, if possible! What a treasure! Kathleen

  142. Megan

    May 25, 2011 at 2:45 am

    The knit kit is lovely! I don’t drink coffee (I drink lots of tea) ,but I do have a french press for making coffee for my boyfriend.

  143. domestic diva

    May 25, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I’d put it in with my bath towels.

  144. Kris

    May 25, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I love your french press cozy!! Knitting is my way to unwind and relax, this would be perfect!!
    You could say the only reason I get out of bed is just to have coffee. But not black or even regular, no I doctor mine up with quite a bit of Skinny Caramel Machiato and 1% milk. Ahhhh, that’s like dessert and breakfast in one. I really enjoy my glass coffee press but my husband prefers the coffee maker. Since I hate to waste coffee, I usually just make a pot his way and enjoy. Special occasions for me warrant my press, I’m thinking tomorrow morning will be special enough!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful, unique craft!! I’m so glad I found your blog!!


  145. Jennyroo

    May 25, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Coffee (tea) always needs to come with a cookie! Otherwise, what’s the point?!? Would love to win the 2 coloured knitting kit!!

  146. creativeinstincts

    May 25, 2011 at 3:16 am

    MY mom would serve coffee post dinner when the entire family would get together and talk about teh day taht went by. Now that I am married and moved out I miss that a lot.

  147. creativeinstincts

    May 25, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I would put it in the family main room.

  148. ElfRenee

    May 25, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I love coffee, especially iced coffee, so I try to make coffee smoothies. I like to use coconut milk!

  149. ElfRenee

    May 25, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I would hang that adorable sachet in my closet!

  150. Stephanie

    May 25, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Oh the cross stitch kit is just darling, I haven’t cross stitched in ages and just seeing that makes me want to start again! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  151. Dawn K.

    May 25, 2011 at 4:01 am

    I LOVE the smell of coffee… but unfortunately do not like the taste *sigh*

  152. Dawn K.

    May 25, 2011 at 4:02 am

    I think it would be interesting to use the satchet on a pillow covering 🙂

  153. Kat

    May 25, 2011 at 4:38 am

    I would love to win the sachet! I am loving your blog, by the way – you are so inspiring.

    I think I would give the sachet to my Icelandic teacher as a gift – she has been in London for fifteen years and I think she would enjoy the combination of Icelandic traditions and English lavender!

    Thanks for a beautiful giveaway!

  154. Lizw

    May 25, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Love the sachet kit – haven’t cross stitched in ages but this is just the inspiration I’d need.
    Thanks for the opportunity

  155. Grafik & Grafok

    May 25, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Very creative giveaway! Congrats! 🙂 I’m in for the first one! 🙂 Lovely blog!

  156. arndisosk

    May 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I would love the french press cozy. My favorite coffee ritual is waking up with my son on sunday mornings and having coffee in a nice cup.

  157. Jen W

    May 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Mended Sweater Snowflake Counted Cross Stitch Sachet Kit PLEASE!!!! Looking forward to reading more of your
    blog and definitely living vicariously through you on your travels. How awesome!

  158. Rae

    May 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Item 1:
    My ritual is really boring. I have one cup every morning while I check facebook and scim the news articles.

  159. Sarah

    May 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I’d love to win the cozy kit! I make myself a mocha every morning with my nespresso machine, and sip it while reading books to my little girl before getting my older boy up for school. Delightful. Thanks for the chance to win!

  160. lorraine

    May 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    i will put the sachet in my yarn stash to make it smell pretty!..thanks for the giveaway!

  161. lorraine

    May 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    i love to drink my coffee while i read the paper…i hope i win! thanks again!

  162. Em

    May 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I love that it is a handpainted chart…. I’ve not done any knitted colour work before, that seems like a great first project.
    I love a cuppa coffee first thing in the morning while I’m checking my email.

  163. Em

    May 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I also love to do needlepoint… latest project is a sampler for a friends baby.
    BTW, I’d love to see a tutorial on those softies, and the finger puppets are adorable.
    They are both lovely giveaways, thanks for the chance. I hope you’re enjoying your trip.

  164. Natalie

    May 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I drink coffee all day long! I’m not addicted to the caffiene, I just love the smell and taste.

  165. Mama Lusco

    May 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I’d love the cross stitch sachet for my bedroom!

  166. Wendy

    May 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    My favorite coffee time is with my boys. We homeschool and every once in a while one of them will take a class. During the time of the class, I always take out one of the other boys. They enjoy hot chocolate. I enjoy my coffee and the chit chat. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance!

  167. Janet

    May 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I love lavender sachets. I use one as a sleeping aid on those nights when sleep eludes me. I love the smell of lavender. And I love your homemade gifts and the thought you have put in. This is my entry for the sachet.

  168. Janet

    May 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    This is my entry for the knitting pattern and wool. I live in the far north. I am so jealous of your travel in Iceland. The pattern really speaks to me of cold winters. I would love to win this. I am not a coffee drinker though, only tea. Rituals with tea abound. My DH has to have the temperature of the water just right – and never let it boil. Then the tea is steeped for 3 or 4 minutes depending on whether it is a cup or a pot and the type of tea. Loose tea can be reused 2 or 3 times and just gets better. Thanks for your lovely giveaways.

  169. Paloma

    May 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I’ve been an admireror of the sweater kit for a while so it would be grand to win.

    I once applied to work at Starbucks for the summer and my interviewer asked me a similar question. I do not drink coffee but my mother does ritualistically in the morning and when she needs a break from her day. She had a special mug that was just for her coffee. Thinking of my Mom, I told my interviewer that I love the smell and the bit of happiness it can bring to people’s days and how I would love to be a part of that. He looked at me like I was crazy!

  170. Paloma

    May 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    If I were to win the sachet I would put it in the closet where I keep my yarn. Thank you for sharing your lovely designs!

  171. Raggaknits

    May 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Love, love, love, love it. Would frame both patterns for sure. Thanks for once again being inspired by visiting us at Knitting Iceland. We were also inspired by meeting you!

  172. Trina Dela-Curva

    May 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Item #-Everytime my sweetheart brings me my morning-before-work coffee, I am transformed in my memory, for five minutes or so, to my being seated in a big chair, with my grandmother and her lady friends-they would have REALLY strong, spanish coffee in demitasse cups-she always poured some of hers into to baby-sized porcelain cup, and I would swing my legs gently, and mimic proper etiquette from her. I am named after her.

  173. Trina Dela-Curva

    May 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Item #2- I have a hugh, old portrait of my grandmother’s last baby she had, at about a year old. Her name was Dorothy, and she would have been my Aunt. She passed away from Meningitis, and the family always shared their memories of her.That portrait has her seated on a bear skin rug. This portrait was always hung in our small, extended family home, and it eventually passed on to me. I have had the portrait re-framed in professional, archival frame and glass, and hangs prominently in my home. I immediately knew that Iwould cascade it gently down the front of the frame. The lavender is precious, as was she. I also know that I may not ever make it to the UK, but love British television/BBC, culture and literature. Thank you for creating this site-it is warm, easy to navigate, and wonderful to share with others.

  174. Courtney Holder

    May 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Emily — I love your cool giveaways — what a creative idea!

    If I got to make Item #2 — I would hang it next to my white clawfoot tub so I could look at it when I’m in for a hot soak.

    Such a cool way for you to track your adventures through Europe!

  175. Karyn Ashley-Smith

    May 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Freyja’s Rose French Press Cozy Knitting Kit — I’m relatively new to knitting (still learning!) Love the idea of a small project, the yarn looks amazing! Love the look of the paper the project is printed on.

  176. Karyn Ashley-Smith

    May 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Mended Sweater Snowflake Counted Cross Stitch Sachet Kit — i would make this for my husband. He works rotating shifts and spends 2 nights at work…so for either his bag or his locker…unless he wanted to leave it at home with his….t-shirts *grin*

    He used Lavender deodorant when we met….just one of the things I love about him!

  177. abeecher

    May 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, these are absolutely gorgeous! I know one of my closest friends would appreciate them so much so if i won, i would give them to her as a gift.

  178. abeecher

    May 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Please enter me again, these are so lovely! thank you so much for passing on such beauties

  179. Miss Mary

    May 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I’m new to knitting–never worked from a pattern before. I’d love to try yours!

  180. Miss Mary

    May 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I’d be more than happy to cross-stitch as well!

  181. Carol Sue

    May 26, 2011 at 12:08 am

    My coffee ritual is making my own mix of Cafe Vienna, heating the water nice and hot, oh the fragrance when you put the hot water to the mix!!! My favorite flavored coffee, sitting down and having a good chat with my honey. It makes for a great start to a day!!!

    Oh, I like the snowflake…being a flake myself……grin….

  182. adrienne

    May 26, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Freyja’s Rose: I don’t drink coffee (!!), but I think a french press would be perfect for my tea addiction.

    I love making myself a nice cup of English Breakfast tea in my precious Royal Doulton mug. I swear that tea tastes a million times better if it’s in proper china. Mmmmm.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  183. adrienne

    May 26, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Snowflake Sachet: I’d probably keep it in my knitting basket in the living room, so that every time I pulled out my current project, I’d get to see my pretty pretty sachet as well.

    Thanks 🙂

  184. Carmen

    May 26, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I’m not a big coffee drinker, but I love the smell of it.

  185. Abbi

    May 26, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I would love to win the french press cozy knitting kit. They both look neat!


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