And, we have a winner (or two!)

The Paper Lanterns Knit-a-long has wrapped up and the winners have been chosen!  First of all, I just have to say how much fun it was to see everyone's projects unfold and watch the finished objects appear!  Some truly beautiful cowls and mitts were finished as part of this KAL, and we had a great time sharing them.

The winner of the grand prize, random drawing was Judy, or socks4judy on ravelry.  She managed to make not only one, but TWO beautiful cowls.  She won a skein of Orion from Luna Grey in the Blush colorway and a mini project bag!  Check out her finished cowls here and here.  

I also promised a prize for the "designer's choice" finished project, which was not an easy choice to make!  There were many contenders, like this lovely version by Jaime in Rasta...so pretty! And I absolutely LOVE this pair of mitts by 9crafty11, inspired by Lady Edith from Downton Abbey, so clever!  It was a hard choice, but the prize went to Melissa, happyknitter14, for her beautiful mitts, which she photographed so creatively.  They make me hungry for jelly beans every time I look at them!  She won a project bag with some knitting goodies and some honey hand cream from the Savannah Bee Company, one of my faves!  They sell honey coffee too...double yum!

Be sure to check out all of the finished projects.  The cowls and the mitts all turned out great, thanks so much to everyone who played along.  We had a blast and hope to do another KAL in the Fall.  

While that was all going on, I managed to round out the Paper Lanterns Collection, with a tam style hat.  The whole collection is now available as an e-book on ravelry, as well as individual downloads.  

Here are a few pics of the samples I worked up, both in lovely Malabrigo Worsted, in soft Springy colorways, Pearl and Water Green.  Since Spring has been so slow to actually grace us with her presence this year, I have gotten some good use out of these little berets, and am not ready to put them away for the season yet!