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Today, I bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor Knit It Up. In Kate's words:
"We're a small family fiber company specializing in unique small batch colorways on fine yarns and fibers, plus lot's of fun accessories. Our family company is headed up by me: Kate McMullin, dyer, spinner and Mommy, with lot's of support from hubby Neil, and occasional help from the kids. My oldest is 5, just learning to knit and loves putting labels on packages. In the future I envision her (and the boys) saving up money for college by spending summers in the "shipping department." Abby already has a real eye for color though, so there's a good chance she'll be at the dyepots someday."
"Our homesite and has links to the blog, twitter, newsletter signups etc. Be sure to follow us on Twitter because we do a giveaway or discount code every Tuesday! I do have another etsy shop with finished handknits, so if you haven't learned to knit yet, but covet the gorgeous scarves you'd make if you did, you should check it out."
SouleMama: What's your favorite part of your job? The most challenging?
Kate: My favorite part of this job is that I get to be creative while still being a full time mom. I love being home with my kids and my time with them is precious, but I think we would all go crazy if I didn't have another outlet for dreaming, creating and planning. The most challenging part is finding that perfect balance between work and being a full time mom. It's always a juggling act and I have to be careful about making the kids my priority because it's so easy to get caught up in the craziness of running a business. Plus, I'm sure any SAHM can relate, other people just don't get it. Why does being a stay-at-home-mom mean I am always home, always available and never have anything else going on?
SouleMama: What artists/crafters/teachers have inspired your life?
Kate: More than anyone else, my Mom. I remember as a kid thinking that she could do anything, and I was usually right. We always had awesome Halloween costumes, and amazing birthday parties. She made my Prom dress and my wedding gown - both without a pattern except for what I had in my head! I still remember my 9th birthday when I wanted a Hawaii Luau theme, but also a pinata. (This was before pinatas went with every party). We sent out invitations that looked like airline tickets, greeted everyone at the door with Leis, and pretended to board. Mom served airline peanuts and drinks, then my Dad and older brother hijacked the plane to Mexico where we had a luau/fiesta. Fantastic, right?
SouleMama: Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
Kate: "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass." It's true in so many ways. Think of all the little things you do that add up to something big. Small daily choices become habits that define us, little children grow to become the adults who can change the world. This one is great when you're feeling like all the little things you do as a mother aren't important... all those little things have a great impact when you put them all together!
SouleMama: What's the product you are most excited about offering right now?
Kate: I'm crazy about fiber - obviously! But the thing that I'm loveing most at the moment are our gift tags. We started out making gift tags for knitters with spaces for fiber content and care instructions (after I had a friend ruin some handknit socks in the washer!). Now we make them for crocheters, and all sorts of crafters. So if you're amazing enough to give a handmade gift, you can have a special place to tell the lucky recipient about it - what it's made of, what inspired you, etc. My favorite designs are the ones with cheeky reminders about handmade being special, like our Selfish tags which read "This project took hours of my precious time to make. You may now ooh and ahh and wear it every single day for the rest of your life."
For today's giveaway, Knit It Up is generously offering the following to ONE winner:
~ We're giving away a 3 month subscription to one of our fiber clubs!
(The winner can choose Sock Yarn Cinema - a sock yarn club for movie lovers, Spinning the Seasons - gorgeous rovings inspired by the season, or The Diamond Club - luxurious spinning batts. There's nothing better than having gorgeous fiber show up in the mail. Some of our club members have been known to stalk their mail carriers around delivery time.)
In addition, Knit It Up is offering Soule Mama readers 20% off all orders this week . Just use the coupon code: SOULEMAMA20 when checking out. Offer expires February 12th, 2011.
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Thank you to Knit It Up!
To enter, please leave a comment in today's post (one entry per person, please). Comments will close on Sunday by 8:00am EST. Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced here in this post by Monday evening.
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This is a super giveaway! I have been working on my first socks and would love material to make my second with.
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