Raffle deadline extended!

Big news:  I’m extending the time for donating to Summer Search through October 15th. I know things are a bit uncertain right now with the budget impasse in Washington, and I want to make sure that everyone who is interested in donating to Summer Search has a chance to do so comfortably. (I’m hoping that things get sorted out by mid-month at the latest.)

A few people mentioned that they would prefer to use Paypal for their donation; if you would like to Paypal me a donation, I will make sure you are entered in the raffle and I will forward your donation to Summer Search. Just send me an email and I’ll give you the paypal info. Likewise, if you want to mail me a check, email me and we’ll work that out, too.

To those of you who have already donated, thank you for your kindness and generosity. Your response has been amazing!

About Summer Search

If you’d like a bit more information about Summer Search, there’s a terrific article that describes the Summer Search program and analyzes its impact at the Philadelphia Social Innovations website. This article estimates that for every dollar Summer Search invests in a high schooler, society gets $14 to $44 back,  “an impressive social return on investment. …Thanks to Summer Search’s impact, more and more students each year are becoming educated, civic-minded contributors to society, an outcome whose true value obviously goes beyond the financial gain we have estimated. ”

How the raffle works: easy-peasy

You donate directly to Summer Search Philadelphia by going to this link AND (this is important!) selecting the Philadelphia office (it says “Please direct my gift as follows” and you tick the Philadelphia oval).  Then email a copy of your online receipt to me at carol(at)blackbunnyfibers(dot)com. (Replace the stuff in parentheses with the correct symbol.)  To be eligible for the raffle, you must make your donation by October 15th, at midnight.

For each five dollars you donate, you’ll get one chance to win a prize. Look at ‘em all (and huge thanks to my friends in the yarn business for their support — I am overwhelmed by how great the prizes are).

1. $100 gift certificate to Black Bunny Fibers


Purchase handdyed yarns like this if you win!


2. Signed copy of Sock Yarn Studio, plus a skein of Black Bunny Fibers sock yarn.

3. An assortment of knitting books, donated as review copies by their publishers (at least ten books, including knitting and crochet, kids’ patterns, adult patterns…..)


4. A free PDF pattern by lovely Lara Smoot.

5. Two free PDF patterns by Tanisknits (the fabulous designer/author Tanis Gray).

6. A yarny prize from the Miskins at Buffalo Wool Company (who make totally amazing yarn from bison fiber)!

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7. Three, count ‘em, THREE skeins of Rowan Fine Art Sock Yarn from our pals at Westminster Fibers (this stuff is like yarny crack — LUSCIOUS)

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8.  A prize from the wonderful folks at Kirkwood Knittery!


9. Winner’s choice of five PDF patterns from Black Bunny Fibers.

10. A PDF copy of Big Foot Knits, by Andi Smith (read about it at the Cooperative Press website)

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11. A free one-year digital subscription to KnitEdge magazine, courtesy of Cooperative Press!


12. A bee-yoo-tiful yarny prize from Happy Fuzzy Yarn (located in delightful Ann Arbor, Michigan, my old stomping grounds)…


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13. A signed copy of Knitted  courtesy of amazing Barb Brown!

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14. Gorgeous handpainted yarn from Moose Manor Handpainted Yarns!

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15. A US $50 gift certificate to Patternfish, where you can choose your downloads from thousands of gorgeous patterns by many designers and yarn companies, including exclusives like Dale of Norway!

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16. A sample of Wrapture wool wash, courtesy of Kristin Ohmdahl and Eucalan!

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17. A lovely prize from Lost City Knits (purveyor and creator of handdyed yarns including offerings from small farmers – their alpaca is to die for).

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18. Three Reflections pattern booklets from the uber-talented Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, of Hamilton Yarns!


19. Yarn and a sample garment courtesy of our friends at Cascade Yarns!

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20. A beautiful and functional Yarn Jar ™ from Lancaster Yarn Shop (which has the added bonus of coming from Intercourse, PA)

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21. A supercute “Know Your Cuts of Lamb” tote bag, courtesy of the delightful Lorilee Beltman.


22. Two gorgeous patterns, courtesy of designer Anna-Lena Mattison

23. A copy of “10 Secrets of Laidback Knitters,” by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza, donated by designer Kimberly K. McAlindin (whose gorgeous design is the gold sweater on the right-hand side of the cover!)



24. The first download of my oldest kid’s first published knitting pattern PDF, which will include this hat:


25. Signe copies of Indie Socks and Toe-Up Socks, terrific books donated by the wonderful designer Chrissy Gardiner at Gardiner Yarn Works.

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26. A sampling of yarns from the inimitable Alpha B yarns — one skein of each of her four bases:  Luxe B (fingering wt merino/silk), BFF B (100% superwash merino, fingering), Single B (100% merino, singles, fingering wt) and BFL B DK (dk-weight blue-faced leicester). Alpha B doesn’t have a website but you can find their yarns at fine emporia like Knit Purl in Portland, Knot Another Hat in Hood River, OR and The Tinsmith’s Wife in Comfort, Texas.

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27. A gorgeous skein of yarn (handyed/natural dye yarn) from Barbara at Spencer Hill.

28. Stunning yak/cashmere/bamboo spinning fiber (50g — enough to do a scarf) from Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts….

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29. A prize package from our lovely friends at WEBS! HOLY MOLY — pattern, 6 skeins of Deerfield silk/alpaca yarn and Knitter’s Pride needles to make a shawl AND a $25 gift card AND a lovely knitting bag!
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30. A skein of sportweight yarn and a pattern from Mindy at Puff the Magic Rabbit!

31. A custom batt by the amazing Solly, son of spinner extraordinaire Loraine G!

32. Two sets (means two winners!) of three patterns from the Tallented StephCat (Stephannie Tallent, author of the brand-new Hitch! from Cooperative Press, along with California Revival Knits, a fabulous book).

33. Handdyed yarn from the inimitable Rabbitch!

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34. Two skeins of MadTosh Pashmina from the Mosaic Yarn Shop  (locations in Blacksburg and Roanoke, VA)!

Thank you!


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