Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Prizes and Patience

I know it has been a long time since I promised to announce results and dole out prizes for those of you who donated to Doctors Without Borders. I'm afraid I was a bit overwhelmed with family duties these past several weeks, and I apologize if I caused anyone any inconvenience or excessive knitterly anxiety because of my delay.

However, I am glad to report that, including those who posted to participate in the drawing, and those who contacted me by email but did not wish to receive a prize, we raised $1,090 through the Knitting Asylum blog.

I want you all to know that I consider a prize drawing to be serious business, and I believe that the individuals in charge of selecting winners should be completely impartial and unbiased.

This is why I do not even draw names at random from a hat myself. Instead, I defer that duty to the Prize Selection and Disbursement Committee here at the Knitting Asylum, who take their jobs very seriously, and who strive for absolute fairness.

Process: The name of each participant is written on a piece of paper. The piece of paper is then folded into a neat little square, and deposited into an enticing-looking cardboard box. The box is given a good shaking up before it is presented to the Prize Selection Committee. Members of the Committee take turns drawing names from the box, without consulting each other, unfolding the pieces of paper, or reading the names of those chosen, although in one instance of enthusiasm, two Committee members did briefly squabble over possession of a folded piece of paper. The still-folded pieces of paper are collected by me, and prizes awarded in the order the names were drawn from the box.

Here is a member of the Prize Selection Committee just after drawing a folded square from the box.




And the winners are:

Two Skeins of Wool in the Woods Spring Frost: Marina McIntire

One Skein of "Mardi Gras" Handspun: "triedandtrue" on Ravelry

Necklace Stitch Markers and one box of chocolate-covered Macadamia Nuts: pdxknitterati/Michele B

One Skein "Driftwood" Handspun and one box of chocolate-covered Macadamia Nuts: Emmy

One "Good to Go" small project tote bag: janeyknitting AT yahoo DOT ca

Please reveiw the blog two entries back to see a picture of your prize!

In addition to the prizes above, the Knitting Asylum has also included a few promotional goodies (tape measure and pens) from the shop.

Thanks so much to everyone who donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Now I am going to go back through the emails to contact everyone so I can get your physical mailing address and get these in the mail as soon as possible. If you read this before I contact you, please email me at: dezcrawford AT gmail DOT com.

Again, thank you for your patience. I will get the prizes in the mail as soon as I have contacted each winner.

Again, we raised $1,090 US for Doctors Without Borders. Good job, readers, and thank you so very much both for your donations and for your patience in hearing the contest results.

Inmates in the Asylum since July 27, 2006: