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Mardi Gras Contest extended

The Mardi Gras Contest deadline has been extended to March 8th. Please see details here.

I goofed in looking at the calendar and thought there was an additional week in there somewhere when setting the original deadline date? This short month of February always gets me confused (or at least that is my excuse, lol). I’m sorry this caused people to be pressed for time to enter. I hope the extension allows more people to have a chance to win the Mardi Gras Viewer’s Choice prize.

For this contest, it doesn’t matter if your HeartStrings project was from years ago, or even if it still is in the works. Just post a picture of it on the HeartStringsFiberArts Facebook fan page along with name of HeartStrings pattern. We’d love to see what you are doing/have done, so we can ‘like’ it and help you win.

Mardi Gras Viewer’s Choice Contest

It’s Mardi Gras season here in New Orleans. That’s a great excuse to have another contest for free yarn, right?! Let’s celebrate with the purple, green and gold since those are the traditional colors of Mardi Gras.

Post a photo to the HeartStrings FiberArts fan page on Facebook of any HeartStrings design you’ve made that incorporates any one, two, or even all three of these colors. Please also let us know the HeartStrings pattern name and any other details you’d like to share about your project.

Any Facebook fan can vote by clicking ‘like” beneath their favorite project photo(s). Feel free to leave comments, too, to encourage others to vote for your favorite(s).

Contest entries and voting will close at noon, Central Standard time (GMT-6) on Tuesday March 8. Winner will be the entry with the most “likes”. So the sooner you post your project and get the buzz going, the better the chance you have of people seeing it and voting. In case of a tie, a random drawing will be done of the top-voted entries.

Prize is 150g of DK weight machine washable Australian merino wool yarn (1 – 50g ball in each of the 3 colors: purple, green and gold, of course) — PLUS — assorted official New Orleans Mardi Gras beads.

This contest is open to all Facebook fans of HeartStrings FiberArts (to be a Fan, just click “Like” at the top of the HeartStrings FiberArts Facebook page if you have not already done so). Any fan can vote on as many contest photos as they wish. So gather up your friends to come on over the HeartStrings FiberArts, be a fan, and like your contest photo.

Let the contest begin and have fun!

Enter the contest or vote here

Mix-matching colors in socks is just one idea of what you could do with the Mardi Gras yarn prize if you win the Mardi Gras Viewer’s Choice Contest. For example, here is a purple, green and gold adaptation of Vernal Equinox from The Sock Calendar.

Mardi Gras Socks
Mardi Gras Socks

Be My Valentine coupon special

Be My Valentine thru Feb 14, 2011. Visit the Ravelry store and enter coupon code


at checkout to get 14% off any of these specially selected heart-themed e-patterns:

Tell your friends (they’ll love you for it). Gift someone (they’ll love you even more for it!).

Winner of the Sock Therapy Kit

Congratulations to Donna Wells, the winner of the random drawing for the Sock Therapy Kit. Donna’s name was chosen from all entries made at the HeartStrings FiberArts Facebook page. The winner receives yarn and “chocolate”-colored ribbon to make the socks along with a full-color printed pattern. Just for fun and added therapy, I am throwing in some chocolate mint swizzle sticks. These go well with hot coffee or tea. Yumm.

Sock Therapy Kit
Sock Therapy Kit

Sock Therapy Pattern (cover page)
Sock Therapy Pattern (cover page)

Although this was the last Sock Therapy Kit I had, you can still get the pattern to make the socks in your own choice of yarn and ribbon. Sock Therapy pattern is available for purchase as either an individual pattern, or as part of The Sock Calendar eBook (includes Sock Therapy and 12 other sock patterns).

Thank you to everyone who has posted and shared. It is heart-warming to have such a nice welcome from my friends/fans on Facebook. I am enjoying reading it all even though I may not be able to respond to everything. Watch for more contests and drawings to be announced in the future. Even if you think you never win anything, I want to give you more chances!

Meet Joe Shopatron and the new Facebook Shop

HSFA Facebook Shop Tab
HSFA Facebook Shop Tab

I’ve been scrambling the last couple of weeks to learn more about Facebook and finally get my HeartStrings FiberArts business page launched. It’s been an exhilarating experience to see it come together, but also a lot of work and learning time to customize.

The latest addition is the Shop page. Fortunately, I had help in getting that page up and running. I was able to contract with Shopatron to initialize the page with a feed from my manufacturer’s catalog on Shopatron. Thanks to Joe Mlnarik (otherwise known as Joe Shopatron on my FB admin page) for going the extra mile in getting the data feed tailored to meet the unique needs displaying HeartStrings patterns in their proper categories. When reporting in to me yesterday, he jested, “The good news is your Facebook Shop is now live, and I am now very familiar with your product line :)”.

New Facebook Shop Tab

What this means to HeartStrings fans on Facebook is that links to HSFA patterns are just a tab away. Whether just to tell your friends about a favorite pattern you saw, or to buy, I hope this makes it easy and fun for you.

For retailers in my Shopatron network, this means greater potential for more sales coming your way as the word continues to spread about HeartStrings knitting patterns.